Team Chocolate Milk
Meet Team Chocolate Milk for the United Dairy Industry of Michigan! These athletes are passionate about nutrition and fitness and recover with chocolate milk after hard training sessions. Make sure you look for them at your next race!
Tatiana Anthony is a surgical intensive care physician assistant living in Ann Arbor. She is big into the outdoors and tries to spend as much time at her favorite place in the world, Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix. She splits a lot of her time between triathlons, road riding, mountain/fat biking, and riding her cross bike. Most of her races are either mountain biking or triathlons with a few running races. She enjoys trail running/riding and competes in triathlons of all distances including Ironman Louisville in 2015.
Heather Calkin is a Bay City-based project manager by day, yoga teacher by night (and early morning). She also teaches Pure Barre. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle has always been a passion of utmost importance to Heather. She balances her busy schedule by taking time for herself each day, usually in the form of some kind of physical activity. With running specifically, she found that she can really turn off her thoughts, quiet her mind, and truly be present when she’s outside running, no music and the wind in her hair. When she’s not working or teaching, you can find her chasing balls on the tennis court or running the trails and open roads of the Great Lakes Bay Region with her four-legged partner in crime, Luke Skybarker.
Gail is a Michigander working in southwest Ontario, where she researches nutrition for dairy cows and teaches dairy farm management. She loves exploring the Great Lakes region on running shoes with her four-legged friend, Leonidas, and her favorite things to listen to while running are audiobooks and podcasts. (She also has a cat named Beaker, who does not participate.) As you may now be guessing, Gail is a proud Spartan and a bit of a geek.
Andrew Chapin has been a Psychology, Health and Physical Education teacher at Mason High School for 16 years. He was a 2015 Governor’s Fitness Award winner and the 2017 Excellence in Education Award winner. When Andrew is not teaching he is either coaching youth sports, running or traveling with his family. He and his wife, Camy, have three young and active sons. Although Andrew has competed in many road races, the marathon is his favorite. He has completed 10 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2016.
Kaitlyn is a full-time student at Oakland University. She is a resident of Shelby Township where she also is a gymnastics instructor at Olympia Gymnastics. While balancing this schedule she also juggles being one of the country’s top female Junior Olympic Weightlifting athletes. She has lifted competitively for two years and aspires to compete at the world level. When Kaitlyn isn’t training, at work, or at school you can find her hanging out at her house watching television or relaxing in the hot tub. Kaitlyn loves chocolate milk and always grabs a glass the second she returns home from a lift.
Jennifer Cornell is an Ann Arbor-based marketing communications consultant. She’s also a certified personal trainer and kettlebell coach. For fitness, Jenn runs and does CrossFit and kettlebell classes. She’s completed two marathons and numerous half marathons, 10k, and 5k races.
Mara Cook Greatorex
Mara Cook Greatorex is a Fitness Coach specializing in CrossFit, HIIT and Indoor Cycling in the Ann Arbor area. When she is not helping people get healthier, she is a mom of two (mostly) awesome kids.
Although working out to stay in shape is a huge motivating factor for her, she loves to work toward goals. Training for races helps her stay on track. Mara has run three marathons, several half marathons, countless 10ks and 5ks and is currently working on getting back into triathlons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and napping.
Derek DiGiovanni has been a passionate physical educator for twenty years that not only teaches the importance of physical fitness but also teaches the importance of making nutritious food choices. He also proves to be an excellent role model for his students and athletes by living his life the way he teaches his students to hopefully live theirs. Derek has competed in over a hundred running races, triathlons, and adventure races; including the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and the Boston Marathon. He has coached athletes in cross-country, swimming, track, baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is married with three children who are also extremely active in sports.
Seth and Lyndsay Earl
Seth and Lyndsay Earl live in Ludington, Michigan with their two daughters McKenzie and Madisyn. Seth works for the United States Department of Agriculture as District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. A graduate of Michigan State University and Colorado State University, Seth finds his passion in fostering relationships with farmers and serving the agricultural industry. Lyndsay graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, she began working for Michigan Milk Producers as a Member Representative. Lyndsay performs routine inspections and quality control on dairy farms across a five-county area on the west side of Michigan. In their spare time, they enjoy helping out on their family’s 500 cow dairy farm. Both Seth and Lyndsay are active Farm Bureau members and strive to help propel the agricultural industry to new heights. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking with their daughters and competing in adventure racing, a sport that combines two or more endurance activities with a goal of reaching as many checkpoints as possible within a set time range.
Cortney Freeland is the Nutrition Outreach Manager at Milk Means More and oversees programming with health professionals and media markets across Michigan. She received her bachelor’s degree in science with a focus on health promotion from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in public health from The University of Michigan and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Cortney also serves as chapter advisor of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at the University of Michigan. She has competed in two marathons, two half marathons, two half Ironman triathlons, several Olympic-length triathlons and dozens of community 5K, 10K and organized cycling events. In her spare time, you will find Cortney training for triathlons, up north, traveling, and adventuring with her husband.
Darren is a physician assistant specializing in abdominal organ transplantation at the University of Michigan. He currently resides in the Ann Arbor area and prefers to adventure local and “opt outside” to live an active life! Darren enjoys running local 5K and 10K events in the community and participating in organized cycling events. When he is not working, he enjoys spending his time at his local gym, running, cycling, traveling, and exploring with his wife.
As a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Melissa manages and leverages partnerships with sporting teams, arenas, high schools, universities, and races. She is also responsible for seeking out new opportunities to increase chocolate milk sales, including providing more extensive, in-depth nutrition education to athletes. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Eastern Michigan University, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, hanging out in the gym, and participating in races.
Lindsay and her husband, Dean, live in South Haven, Michigan with their three boys, Enzo, Ciro, and Caspian. Lindsay competed on the Eastern Michigan University Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field team for 4 years. She is a triathlete and high school cross country and track & field coach. Coaching is Lindsay’s passion, as well as promoting proper nutrition to athletes, which plays an essential role in athlete successes. Lindsay has qualified to represent the USA in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2017 and Gold Coast, Australia in 2018 at the ITU Triathlon World Championships. Her goal this year is to qualify in August 2018 at USA Triathlon Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio to make the 2019 team and head to Switzerland for the 2019 ITU Triathlon World Championships.
Steven Harden has been a small animal veterinarian at Clarke Animal Hospital in Spring Lake, Michigan, for over 25 years. Born and raised in the neighboring town of Grand Haven, he enjoys endurance training and everything the outdoors has to offer. He has ran the Boston Marathon five times in a row and ultra-distance races of varying lengths. Steven is a lifelong MSU Spartan fan and cannot be bothered during game time. He relaxes by hanging out with family and friends and vacationing with his wife, Lanette. Steven is currently making his “comeback” after an Achilles tendon rupture in October 2018. He truly believes chocolate milk is the ultimate post workout recovery drink.
Sean Hickey is a Chelsea-based branding and storytelling professional who runs a full-service marketing firm in Ann Arbor. When he’s not helping clients solve marketing challenges, Sean is a passionate cyclist, downhill skier, and outdoorsy type. He completed his first Century (100 mile bike ride) a few years ago before switching from road to mountain bikes. Since then, he’s competed in the Iceman and Cherry-Roubaix races and is training for an increased race schedule. You can find him dodging trees on trails in SE Michigan and the Traverse City area on everything from a fat bike to a single-speed.
Jeremy Hudson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who was unfamiliar with triathlon while living in Chicago in 2009 when a friend invited him to complete the Super Sprint race. When Jeremy, naive to endurance sports, crossed his first triathlon finish line, he hadn’t yet realized the crush he’d develop with a new sport — or three! Nine years later, after a nauseating amount of hours training and a financial investment in equipment and race fees he’d rather not think about, Jeremy has used his nutritional expertise to complete a plethora of endurance races of varying distances and disciplines. His racing highlights include racing 3 Ironman races and representing the United States at the ITU Long Course World Championships in Motala, Sweden in 2015. Jeremy attacks each day with the motto of late Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.”
Sheryl is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with extensive experience in management, wellness, and clinical nutrition. She’s filmed over 100 media segments for WZZM, Fox17, WoodTV and WGVU on nutrition in the news, grocery shopping tips and simple recipe swaps to support a healthier lifestyle. Sheryl hosts a successful blog, thedietitiansdigest.com, and multiple media accounts that focus on good nutrition and product reviews. She enjoys helping companies create healthier work environments and helping individuals reach their weight, sports and wellness goals.
Ashley and her husband Eric own Sheridan Dairy in Bad Axe, Michigan. They are the third generation on the farm and they are raising the fourth with their two daughters, Calli (3) and Adeline (newborn). After having her new daughter, Ashley is working hard to take care of her postpartum body and get back to running in 2019. She loves running because it sets a good example for her daughters of a healthy lifestyle, provides stress relief and because she likes chocolate and wine a little too much. You can follow along with Ashley’s training at her blog and social channels under the name Messy Kennedy. In her spare time, Ashley loves reading, running, watching movies with her family (anything to do with Disney or HarryPotter) and trying new recipes in the kitchen. In this next year, Ashley is hoping to get a PR in the half marathon and will run races of various lengths and possibly her first triathlon.
Jennifer Melchi is an Ann Arbor-based freelance graphic designer, artist, and mom. She has always been involved in sports, including competitive swimming, soccer and running. Currently, she enjoys CrossFit, and competes throughout the year and annually in the CrossFit Open. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, their two boys, and two dogs!
Ralf Mielke is a German-born fella living in the United States for the last 14 years. He currently lives in Ann Arbor and works in the machine tool industry. If he is not working he can be found splitting time between his fat and mountain bikes. He also enjoys being outdoors, trying all sorts of craft beer, and hanging out with his four cats that he shares with his fiancé. He enjoys competing in bike races, triathlons, and has completed a full Ironman in NYC in 2012.
Bridget was born and raised in Northern, Michigan on a dairy farm. She works as an Industry Relations Specialist for Milk Means More and has a passion to help farmers share their story. Bridget graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agribusiness Management. She enjoys playing with her Australian Shepherd JT, running, being an Auntie, hunting and spending time with friends and family. Bridget recently went to Uganda, Africa on a mission trip and can’t wait to return. Bridget didn’t start running long distance until late high school and has enjoyed it ever since. She competes in 5k’s and has a 2019 goal of competing in a half marathon.
Abigail O’ Farrell
Running has taken Abigail O’Farrell many places and she can confidently claim she would not be where she is today without it. Abigail balances being a wife, mother of five children, dairy farmer, and runner. Her running tenure began in high school with all-star performances that culminated in two State Champion titles. It continued at North Carolina State University, where she ran Cross Country and Distance events in Track and Field both indoor and outdoor. Before she met her husband and had children, she competed in four marathons with a marathon personal record of 2:56.14. Children slowed down her running career, but she continued with a double stroller until 2016, when her running career halted. Now, after the birth of her fifth child, she is battling back from major health issues, including depression, and stepping back on to the treadmill to get in shape. She has her eyes on running the Bay Shore Marathon in the spring of 2019 and 5K’s and 10k’s locally, perhaps with her older children. She has been refueling with chocolate milk since she started running!
My name is Joe Packard, and I live in Manchester, MI with my wife Katelyn. I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. I work for a dairy cooperative as a field representative, servicing about 80 farms across six counties in southeast Michigan. My wife and I also work on our family’s dairy farm, where we milk 380 cows, and farm 800 acres to feed them. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing video games, and relaxing on the lake just across the street from our dairy farm. My favorite dairy product is chocolate milk, and my favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food.
Liz is the Michigan Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Division’s newest Field Veterinarian. She graduated from MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and spent five years in private practice, primarily working with dairy cattle. Liz was raised in Rochester, Mich. and spent the last three years working on Wisconsin farms. Liz loves running, traveling, visiting family and hiking. Liz recently ran the Lansing 5K and is working towards running her first 10K this year!
Jennifer Schrader is a web developer by day, mother and dairy farmer by night. She has been running regularly for several years. Her goal is to participate in one 5K a month, every month (even the awful wintery ones). Her greatest running accomplishment was completing a 5K at seven months pregnant with twins. She and her husband own a dairy farm in St. Johns, MI, and pride themselves on raising the next generation of dairy farmers. They have three children, a son Jonathan and twin daughters, Michaela and Lillian.
Jaimie Strickland recently completed her veterinary residency and is now a Ph.D. candidate studying nutrition and immunology in dairy cows at Michigan State University. She enjoys teaching veterinary students, conducting research projects and working as a nutritional consultant for everything from Labrador retrievers to black rhinos. Jaimie runs not only to stay healthy but also to relieve stress and to get lost (both metaphorically and sometimes literally) out on the trails. She recently completed a 50-mile ultra-marathon and hopes to one day complete a 100-mile race. She loves hanging out with her family and friends, exploring northern Michigan and playing with her two dogs, Bear and Thelma.
Since David Queen started running in 2000, he’s run 12 marathons and two ultra marathons. The Ann Arbor-based athlete juggles running with being a dad of two and his career as a quality manager at Nissan Technical Center North America. David, who’s a father of two, also coaches youth soccer.
In the last year, he achieved a personal record on his 5k, and ran three marathons.
Gertie van den Goor
Gertie van den Goor and her husband Geert are passionate about dairy farming and producing safe, affordable and wholesome milk for consumers. So passionate, in fact, that in 1999 they moved to dairy-friendly Michigan from the Netherlands. When not working on the farm, Gertie loves to quilt, cook, eat and read. She started running five years ago after having some heart problems. “When I started, I could not run from the back door to the mailbox, Gertie says. “But now I like to run three times a week for four miles and a few races each year. Twice I did the international half marathon in Detroit and I got my feet wet trying some trail runs last year. In May, I turn 55 and I signed up to run my first (and only) marathon that month.”
Carla and her husband, Kris, own Evergreen Dairy in St Johns, Michigan. She is the sixth generation to farm her family’s farm. Carla blogs about the farm at Truth or Dairy and talks about farming at schools. Carla hosts podcasts for the Michigan Ag Council, is the Essex Township supervisor and works in marketing. The couple is raising three sons – twins Ty and Cole and their younger brother, Max. Carla loves running, hiking, swimming, and being outdoors. She has competed in all sorts of races: Triathlons, agricultural-based obstacle races, marathons, and a 50k (31 mile) ultramarathon. Her next goal is to run races of all different mile lengths. Her favorites races are the ones her family runs with her.
Ross Williams is from Homer, MI. He is the sixth generation on his family’s dairy farm- where they milk cows with robotic milkers. Ross runs numerous races a year including 5k, half marathons, triathlons, and mud runs. He is always focused on keeping as healthy as possible and is always on the move!