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!
LINDSAY TWOREK, PRESIDENT
Lindsay Tworek is the Controller / Director of Operations for the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). She brings with her over 13 years of financial and operational experience. She has a passion for non-profit organizations. She has spent half of her career working for non-profit organizations, helping to build the accounting function, developing and implementing internal controls, and identifying and correcting operational inefficiencies to improve the financial health of the organization
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Married and a mother of two children, Lindsay is committed to creating and maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle for herself and her family.
As General Director – Premium Operations at Loup (a Union Pacific Subsidiary), Mike has lead operations responsibilities for the Intermodal operations team. Prior to this position, Mike held several different sales roles within Union Pacific Intermodal business team. 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 23 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 three 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.”
DR SACHIN PAWASKAR
Dr. Pawaskar currently holds a Professor of Practice position in the Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has a Ph.D. in Information Technology, an MBA, and a MS in Computer Science from University of Nebraska at Omaha. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Bombay University.
Prior to joining UNO, he had 25+ years industry experience with a successful record of accomplishments in the Telecommunications, Energy, Transportation, Healthcare and Insurance industries with extensive experience in new product development, architecture & frameworks, quality assurance, software security analysis & risk mitigation and audit compliance in a fast-paced environment. His career work spans both technical and management tracks all the way from programmer to Chief Technology Officer. His research interests include Sustainability, Energy Awareness, Big Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing and his latest passion Forensic Anthropology.
Dr. Pawaskar has a passion for Service Learning and Community Engagement projects. He enjoys teaching, especially young kids with malleable minds. He loves drawing and painting in his spare time. His hobbies include Philately (collecting stamps). He strongly believes in girls education, empowerment & equality and supports the “Nanhi Kali” (Little flowers/buds) foundation which promotes girls education in rural India.
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.
NICK LANGEL, MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
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!!!!!
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.
Brandi discovered FITGirl in 2016 when she saw a friend’s daughter get involved. “As she progressed through the program, she became so much more confident and even more active and successful with her sports. I really wish there was a program like this when I was that age.”
Brandi originally is from Seattle, but calls Nebraska the best kept secret in the Midwest. A Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and a former VP with JPMorgan, she has spent her financial services career serving women, as well as young professional families. Brandi is a dynamic force in Omaha business networking, sharing FITGirl’s mission with other leaders in the community.
An avid sports enthusiast, Brandi and her family root for the Huskers on Saturday and the Seahawks on Sunday. She grew up playing soccer, swimming and competing in track and field. She still stays active, training for triathlons, doing yoga and water sports. You can also find her on the tennis court, a sport she just recently started learning.
Torri is a native of North Dakota, but has been in Nebraska for more than 15 years. Torri graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Torri is a healthcare attorney in Omaha where she represents various kinds of healthcare providers with corporate, compliance, and regulatory matters. Torri has experience working with various non-profit boards and excited to bring that insight and experience to FitGirl, Inc.
Torri and her husband, Jason, have a four-year-old and three-year-old twins. Torri is passionate about living a healthy, active lifestyle and encourages her children to do the same. Torri recognizes the need to teach and empower tween and teenage girls to live healthy lifestyles and to give them an outlet for physical activity outside of competitive sports.