Board of Directors

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) was created in 1994 as a private charitable foundation to advance the policies and programs of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. MFF’s board of directors is comprised of residents who play a vital role in the promotion of health, wellness, and physical activity throughout the state of Michigan.

Peaches McCahill, Chair Thomas Boehr, Secretary Steve Cook, Treasurer Laura Appel
Wayman Britt Willie Burton Debbie Dingell Patricia Herndon
Geraldine Jackson Chris Johnson Brigitte LaPointe Lila Lazarus
Florine Mark Shawn Premer Raquel Thueme

The Governor’s Council

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports was established through an executive order issued by Governor John M. Engler in 1992 to improve the health of, and increase physical activity among, Michigan residents.

The Council is comprised of representatives from across the state, appointed by the current governor to two-year terms. The Council’s vision is that the state and its communities embrace and support physical activity and health education.


Mary Patay, Chair Willie Burton Kattie Carpenter Joan Gustafson
Armond Harris Conell Loveless Jr. Florine Mark Michelle Mattison
Felicia Maxwell Anthony Moreno Barbara Payton Scott Przystas
Ryan Reichel Todd Turner