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Appointments made to Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

Friday, June 3, 2011
Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

The council was established in 1992 to improve the health and increase physical activity of Michigan residents.  The council is working to get Michigan moving by promoting the health benefits of physical activity and creating behavior-changing programs that equip citizens to lead physically active lifestyles.

"We are fortunate to have this group of individuals who will use their diverse talents to promote a more active and healthier Michigan," Snyder said.

Doreen Bolhuis, Dr. Bryan Dixon, Ted Hillary, C.J. Lee and Michelle Phillipich are appointed and Florine Mark and Peaches McCahill are reappointed.

Bolhuis, of East Grand Rapids, is the president and CEO of Gymco, Inc., as well as partner and founder of Fitsmart, LLC and Motion Evolution. She is also executive director of the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Aquinas College.  Bolhuis is a lifelong athlete with 40 years of successful work teaching physical literacy, health and fitness to children.  She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Central Michigan University. She replaces Terry-Ann Smythe.

Dixon, of Marquette, is the medical director of the U. S. Olympic Education Center, the Marquette Sports Medicine Institute and Advantage Athletic Training. He is also the sports medicine specialist for Marquette General Sports Medicine. Dixon earned a bachelor's degree from Montana State University and master's degree from Michigan State University. He replaces Mary Angela Zatina.

Hillary, of Grand Rapids, is a Division I basketball referee. He has more than 40 years of refereeing experience and 25 years of experience teaching for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Hillary earned a bachelor's degree in history from St. Joseph's College and a master's degree in physical education from Western Michigan University. He replaces Shanna J. Mueller.

Lee, of Ann Arbor, is an administrative specialist for the men's basketball program at the University of Michigan.  He received multiple awards while playing basketball at U of M, including being named co-captain of the team, receiving the Bob Ufer Quarterback Club Spirit Award, the Big Ten Conference Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, and the Thad Garner Leadership Award. He was also named All Big Ten Academic Team and Michigan Daily Student of the Year. Lee served as the business development manager for Ann Arbor SPARK. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.  Lee replaces Geraldine Jackson.

Phillipich, of Lansing, is the owner and operator of Avail Solutions LLC, a fundraising and event planning company focused on road races.  She serves as the race director for Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Lansing City Rescue Mission, We Can Do It 5K to benefit the Women's Center and course director for Heart of a Spartan 10K to benefit the MSU Scholarship Fund. Phillipich is a committee member for Women Working Wonders 5K/10K to benefit the Sparrow Foundation and the Capital City River Run to benefit Impressions 5 Science Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in human resources from Michigan State University.  Phillipich replaces Linda Jimenez.

Mark, of Farmington Hills, is president and CEO of The WW Group Inc. based in Farmington Hills, an internationally recognized weight loss enterprise. She is the largest franchise holder of Weight Watchers International, currently operating Weight Watchers meetings in regions throughout Michigan and Ontario. In 2004, Mark was inducted into the National Management Associations Hall of Fame and in 2003 she won the Entrepreneurial Visionary Award from the Women's Business Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the American Heart Association, Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan, and the Detroit Institute for Children.

McCahill, of Grand Rapids, is the president of Corporate Systems Inc./The McCahill Group, a consulting and management firm which specializes in health and beauty. She is also the owner of Personal Coach, an interactive health and wellness program.  McCahill has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of corporate health promotion.  She earned a bachelor's degree in recreation and youth leadership and a master's degree in recreation, both from Michigan State University.

The appointments will serve two-year terms, expiring April 30, 2013. The appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.