ABOUT THE FOUNDER
In June 2015, FITGirl Founder & Executive Director Cheri Dickmeyer, felt the local community was in need of a summer camp that focused on both fitness and empowerment for teen girls. Through personal experience with two teen daughters of her own, Cheri wanted to develop a program that would help middle school and high school girls deal with anxiety, bullying, body image, self esteem, friendships and fitness.
The camp idea was initially born from Cheri’s experience running an online health and wellness magazine. Within 30 days after the idea of a fitness camp was thrown around, Cheri developed a summer program in July asking for help from some of the best fitness and empowerment coaches in Omaha. The camp created a media frenzy with an outpouring of support and validation from parents throughout the metro area. FITGirl, Inc. now offers monthly mini-camps, 12 week empowerment classes, yoga and fitness, mother and daughter self defense classes, dad & daughter activities, expo’s and more! It is more than a teen empowerment program – it is a movement!
Cheri graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Photography. For 8 years Cheri ran her own full service marketing firm as well as a health and wellness magazine in Omaha. Her primary goal today is dedicating her time to the growth and expansion of FITGirl Inc., a non-profit organization that will allow her to grow to cities outside of Omaha.
In her spare time, Cheri enjoys traveling, photography & art, sports, spending time with her family and her teen daughters Lauren and Livi, volunteering, speaking, writing and catching up with good friends.
ABOUT FITGIRL, INC
The mission of FITGirl, Inc. is to empower young girls as they develop and mature by demonstrating positive lifestyle choices; physical, mental, relational and nutritional.
We do this through camp style programs with coaches and mentors who instill confidence and courage with confidence building and physical fitness activities.
We want to help increase a young girl’s awareness in identifying who they are and what they want. We help develop their abilities so they can grow confidently by equipping them with life skills that set cadence for life. They will learn how to handle challenging situations and relationships, as well as overcome barriers to achieve goals. Most importantly, we will teach them about the importance of choosing healthy foods that fuel their body and get them excited to exercise and stay active.
FITGirl, Inc. focuses on what is already inside a young girl – we help her learn how to tap into her own skills and abilities to shine.
THE FITGIRL WILL DISCOVER! Empowerment, Confidence, Motivation, Resiliency, Trust, Fitness, Nutrition, Supportive and Positive Relationships!
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As Senior Business Director – Domestic Intermodal Sales, Mike has lead sales responsibilities for the Hub Group account, one of UP’s largest Intermodal Marketing Companies. Prior to this position, Mike was a Business Director for the International Intermodal group with responsibility for key Ocean Carrier accounts. Mike began his career at Union Pacific in 1995 at the National Customer Service Center in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of UP’s Marketing and Sales training program, Mike has performed various marketing and sales roles over his 21 year carrier at UP including ten years with UP’s Automotive Business team responsible for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) shipment of finished vehicles and auto parts shipments
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Married with five children including two daughters, Mike enjoys coaching his kids in various sports and participating in their activities.
TRACY CARMICHAEL, VICE PRESIDENT
A Nebraska native with a passion for people. She is an Alum of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has been in B2B Sales for the past 20 years. Empowering and working with youth has been centric to her for years and she has been involved in mentoring, coaching and teaching programs for young girls and boys.
Tracy is the mother of three and embraces every opportunity that she can to teach her children to embrace their individuality, face challenges and wake up each day knowing they can make a positive impact on someone they encounter.
She devotes her time outside of work to her children, athletics and giving back to the
community. “Being a part of FITGirl enables me to continue to help girls tackle challenges, love their authentic self and create a positive and safe environment for them to evolve.”
Bobbie M. Cizek is a Director of Sales at Pacific Life. She has spent the last 14 years in the financial services industry, mastering her passion for investments, along with supporting, coaching and developing top talent. Bobbie is known for her enthusiastic leadership style, strategic vision and innovative ideas. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and plans to further her education in the near future.
She has four incredible children and a husband, Brent, that she is madly in love with. She spends all of her extra time cheering her children on at their various events, folding laundry and making memories!
Bobbie’s love for FITGirl started in the summer of 2016 when she was looking for a summer camp for her daughter, Casey, that wasn’t a typical “girl” camp. Two years later, Casey has become an ambassador for FITGirl, spreading the message of kindness, confidence, self-esteem and love.
“After watching my daughters passion for FITGirl grow, I feel so blessed to become an integral part of this organization and everything it represents.”
Liz is a long-standing resident of Omaha who was a Kindergarten teacher for 8 years, but after having children, turned her passions into a different direction. She isn’t one to sit around doing one thing for long, and she likes the variety! She is the Community Coordinator for Athleta in Village Pointe, she works at the front desk for CORE Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, and has her own photography business, NEW Candids.
In her free time, she enjoys running – but running on dirt trails are her favorite because they offer a way to de-stress and become grounded with nature. She also likes to ride her bikes (road bike and mountain bike), walk her dog Duncan, and loves to spend time with her two kids, Tori (13) and Bennett (7). Basically, if she’s outside, she’s happy!
Liz enjoys writing and has a vision of becoming a published author some day. She loves traveling, adventure, enjoys meeting new people, and thrives on lifting others up. She loves to volunteer at races and events, and is looking forward to directing a 5k race in 2018. But most of all, she is excited about being a part of the FITGirl, Inc. team and is ready to bring her best to the table.
Michelle Bandur’s award winning career with KETV Newswatch 7 started in late 2009.
She rejoined the station as a reporter in November of 2016. “it’s in my blood,” said Michelle. Michelle graduated from Westside High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Iowa State University. Even in college, Michelle was hungry for learning the business. As a college senior, she anchored the morning news for WOI-TV.
Michelle started as a cub reporter and anchor in Lawrence, KS and then gained experience at WIBW-TV in Topeka, KS, KLKN-TV in Lincoln, NE, KABB-TV in San Antonio, TX, KABC-TV in Los Angeles, CA and Orange County News channel in Santa Ana, CA.
Michelle has covered important events in the metro including the reunion of the Woracek Twins with their rescuers, Von Maur shootings, the Little Sioux and Hallam tornadoes, the search for Plattsmouth boy Brendan Gonzalez and numerous Husker football and College World Series stories.
Michelle has also taken her passion for journalism to the classroom. She taught Broadcast Journalism writing at Cal-State-Fullerton, while living in California. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with students, and rarely turns down an opportunity when invited to speak at career days.
She has also managed the TV/Media Program at Iowa Western Community College. The Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association has given Michelle its highest honor, recognizing her as one of the state’s top journalists for her investigative reporting.
Midlands Lutheran College awarded Michelle the Distinction of Journalism honor. Michelle has also earned numerous Associated Press and other awards as well, including a Regional Award in Southern California for documentary she produced about the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Michelle is honored to have her work recognized by her peers, but is humbled and inspired by the people she meets everyday.
Michelle takes pride in telling the stories of her neighbors and helping them with problems or injustices they may run across. She also seeks out positive and inspirational stories, where ordinary people overcome obstacles to accomplish extraordinary feats.
Michelle does have a life outside of work! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, many from her childhood. She also enjoys spending time with her Border Collie, Archer. They’ve taken agility training classes together. Watch out Best of Show! You may see them running and hiking at various places around the area. Michelle is active in the endurance sports community and competes in triathlons. She has finished 5 Ironmans. That’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, followed by a marathon of 26.2 miles. “triathlon is my blood too,” said Michelle.
She volunteers at races and is also active with Greater Omaha Area Trail Runners or GOATz. Michelle is also a member of the USA Triathlon Midwest Council. USAT is the governing body of the sport of triathlon. Michelle has also served on the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Committee.
Nick Langel was born and raised in Norfolk, NE, as the oldest of four children from Kevin & Patti Langel. He is ten years into his career at Union Pacific Railroad, currently working within the company’s international intermodal division.
He is a five-time Summit Award winner at Union Pacific, a 2017 recipient of the Omaha Junior Chamber of Commerce’s TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) award, and was recently recognized by Produce Business Magazine as a recipient of the “40 under 40” award within the US produce industry.
Outside of work and his involvement with FitGirl, he is active with the Omaha Jaycees, Joslyn Museum Young Art Patrons Governance Committee, Youth Emergency Services, Union Pacific Ties, United Way of the Midlands Community Investment Review Team, the PANCAN Purple Stride fundraiser that supports pancreatic cancer research, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Bowl for Kids Sake, The March for Babies (March of Dimes), and within the Christ the King Catholic parish here in Omaha.
Nick enjoys living and working here in Omaha with his wife Pamela and two children Sebastian (5) and Charlotte (newborn in August 2017!). Nick is a 2007 graduate of Creighton University, with a BSBA in finance and marketing. GO JAYS!!!!!
BRIAN NIELSEN, TREASURER
With almost 20 years in the public accounting industry, Brian Nielsen is currently a Manager, CPA for RG & Associates. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Kearney with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management and also obtained his Substantial Equivalency in Accounting from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He grew up with a passion for sports – playing basketball for Millard South, the University of Nebraska – Kearney and a Belgian professional team in Aarschot, Belgium. These days, he and his wife enjoy watching their 7-year-old twin daughter and son participate in a variety of sports.
Stacie has had the unique career path of practicing law, working as a corporate trust officer, a financial planner and a wealth advisor. As a Lead Advisor with Foster Group, she has a passion for working with clients to design financial solutions that reflect their personal values surrounding wealth and the legacy they desire to leave behind. “My clients are an extension of my family. I love hearing their stories and discovering what makes them unique. Spending time one-on-one with my clients is the best part of my job.”
A lifelong learner, Stacie earned her B.A. in Political Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, she is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation and is a graduate of Leadership Omaha. In 2010, she was recognized as the Outstanding Career Professional by the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center. In addition to her service with FITGirl, Stacie is active in several community and business organizations including the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Omaha Estate Planning Council, the Society of Financial Service Professionals, and the Omaha Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy Advisory Board. She also serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Expo and is a member of the Omaha Chapter of the Circle of Red.
Stacie and her husband Bob have two children at home who keep them busy with their sports and activities. When they can find some free time, they enjoy traveling and cheering on the Huskers.
VANESSA JURADO, PROGRAM COORDINATOR
My name is Vanessa Jurado and I come from a small Nebraska town, good ol’ Holdrege, NE. Most importantly I come from two parents that left their home country and native language to come to a completely different world just to insure that one day their daughters would have any future they wished. The thing is they have never stopped putting us first in their life. Unfortunately my mom had to take the journey of raising two little girls alone, but it needs to known that my mother is the reason for my success, my determination, and my passion. She relentlessly pushed us to keep going and fight for everything we want and somehow at the same time taught us how to be patient and the meaning of love within a family. Today I’m proud to say that I am an Alumni from Creighton University with a degree in Finance and Marketing. Along with my responsibilities as a Program Coordinator with FITGirl, Inc., I am also an Advisor with Mutual of Omaha and I’m genuinely happy to wake up every morning and go to work. My only wish now is that God blesses me with the wisdom and tenderness he blessed my mother with so one day I may be able to raise my children the same way my mother raised me.