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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

University of Michigan interim athletic director joins Hollis as honorary co-chair

Thursday, April 2, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced one appointment and five reappointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. Snyder also announced the appointment of University of Michigan Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett, who will join Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis as honorary co-chair of the council.

The 15-member council works to improve lives and strengthen communities by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. In an effort to further promote healthy lifestyles, the council hosts the Governor’s Annual Fitness Awards which recognize Michiganders who have overcome obstacles along their health and fitness journeys.

"Good general health and fitness is an important part of our state’s reinvention," Snyder said. "I thank these appointees for their willingness to serve and look forward to the work they will do to help improve the quality of life for Michiganders."

Tori Sager, of Marquette, is co-founder of Fellow Flowers, a women’s running company that honors, shares, and celebrates the reasons behind why women run. She served as an elementary teacher, guidance counselor, and basketball coach for Negaunee Public Schools. She played collegiate basketball at Southwestern Michigan College and has been a volunteer coach in the community for the past 15 years. Sager earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Southwestern Michigan College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in guidance counseling also from Northern. She replaces Bryan Dixon.

Peaches McCahill, of Grand Rapids, is president of The McCahill Group, a consulting and management firm specializing in health and beauty. She has experience in design, education and management of corporate wellness systems. McCahill earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in therapeutic recreation and industrial recreation from Michigan State University. She is also reappointed as chair of the council.

 Florine Mark, of Farmington Hills, is president and CEO of The WW Group Inc. She believes that exercise creates a healthy mind and body and spreads that message as she speaks throughout Michigan and around the country. She is widely known as a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and humanitarian. Mark earned an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.

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

Michelle Phillipich, of Haslett, is race director of the Capital City River Run and a coach for Team Playmakers. She served as the marketing director for Playmakers and works in marketing and sales for Meridian Plumbing. Phillipich earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Michigan State University.  

Nolan Moody, 29, is an attorney at Dickinson Wright. He is a former Big Ten baseball pitcher for Michigan State and a professional pitcher in the Detroit Tigers’ minor leagues. Moody earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from Michigan State University.

Appointees will serve two-year terms expiring April 30, 2017. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.