We are so blessed to have an amazing volunteer Board of Directors that helps us set direction, goals, and puts in many hours to help us succeed.  We’d like to introduce you to some of our newest members.  First up, Cindy Heidke!

1. Tell us a bit about you – your hometown, family, and your interests/hobbies.
Grew up in Appleton, WI.  I have one older sister and two awesome nieces in 3rd & 4th grade.  Interests and hobbies?  What am I NOT interested in.  That list might be shorter.  😉  Wringing the most out of every single day.  People might say that I get 30 hours out of a 24 hour day.  I enjoy playing outdoors, hiking, cooking, music, good conversation, laughing, cards, learning something new, dancing, running, playing and watching sports.
2. How did you come to be involved with Tri 4 Schools?
I volunteered at a mud run because a Facebook friend of mine posted the need on her wall.   I read about the organization and sent an email to Katie telling her about my interest in helping out any way that I could.  We never got to really connect over the next 9 months, but since I was a volunteer, I was sent an invitation to the Summer Shindig event.  I decided to go, and Katie and I got to connect.  We met for coffee within the next couple weeks, and the rest is history…
3. What made you want to be a board member?
If someone had asked me what would my dream volunteer opportunity be, I couldn’t even dream this one up!  I’ve always been passionate about helping people be at a healthy weight.  There are just so many benefits–mentally, physically and socially.  As childhood obesity increased, my passion really shifted to wanting to put my energy into helping prevent and lower childhood obesity.  I believe in what Tri 4 Schools does without hesitation.  Not only does the organization create events that teach kids to be active and build self-confidence, but it also donates all of the entry fees right back to the child’s health and physical education programs!  At a time when those programs’ budgets are at $100-$200/year, this organization is crucial in helping kids in the area be healthy and active.
4. What are you most excited about for Tri 4 Schools in 2015?
This is my first full season as a board member.  I want to help make Tri 4 Schools a common household name.  I no longer want to tell people I’m on the board of Tri 4 Schools and have them ask me, “What’s Tri 4 Schools?”