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Courtney Verrill

Shaun Castle opens up about his near death experience, his recovery, and his journey as a professional and collegiate athlete.

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The SPORTS `N SPOKES staff is comprised of a close knit group of professionals dedicated to the delivery of exciting content to the wheelchair sports and recreation community. (click on any name to learn more about them.)

Richard Hoover - Editor

Richard Hoover
Since 2007

Mr. Hoover has a long relationship with SPORTS `N SPOKES spanning back to his service as Paralyzed Veterans of America president, 1984-1986, where he contributed his voice and leadership for disabled veterans' rights and awareness. His crowning moment was during his 1986 testimony before Congress where he outlined the need for better financial and medical benefits for veterans programs. Mr. Hoover is a U.S. Air Force pilot and Vietnam veteran with 148 combat missions in his F-4. During a flight in an F-106 fighter/interceptor in 1973, he ejected from his disabled aircraft resulting in a spinal-cord injury.

It was after the passing of Cliff Crase, SPORTS `N SPOKES founding editor, that Mr. Hoover was asked to step in as acting editor to continue Cliff's legacy. Mr. Hoover eventually accepted the position full-time. We welcome his proud service to the country, his unwavering dedication to S'NS, and his many years of experience.

Favorite S`NS memory
"Meeting the staff for the first time is one of my favorite memories. The future was unclear at the publication and despite that the staff has always produced quality publications, remained supportive of each other, and had fun."

Tom Fjerstad - Deputy Editor

Tom Fjerstad
Deputy Editor
Since 2014

Mr. Fjerstad has a long history with Paralyzed Veterans of America. The Minnesota native incurred a spinal-cord injury in 1989 while on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an aviation electronics technician and flew aboard the Lockheed P-3 Orion. One of a group of veterans that formed the Minnesota PVA chapter in 1993, and served as the chapter’s first president. He served continuously on PVA’s national board of directors for more than 20 years, including four years as a national vice president and two years as national senior vice president. Parliamentary Law became a passion while he served as a PVA vice president leading to his accreditation as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.

In his free time Mr. Fjerstad enjoys handcycling, bowling, trapshooting, and spending time with his wife and twin teenage boys.

Sherri Shea - Marketing and Circulation Director

Sherri Shea
Marketing and Circulation Director
Since 1978

Sherri has been a pivotal part of SPORTS `N SPOKES for more than 30 years. She has literally worked in every department, starting at the front desk, then accounting and production layout. She has penned articles for both publications and has become the advertising and marketing guru for the publication while employing her keen sense of experience with the daily operations.

Sherri received her BS degree in business from Clarion State University in Pennsylvania.

Favorite S`NS memory
"Every day here is different, and I really enjoy working up a new magazine or bringing in new advertising clients. Our staff goes beyond the typical co-worker relationship; we are a family."

Andy Nemann - Assistant Editor

Andy Nemann 
Assistant Editor
Since 2011

Andy Nemann came to SPORTS 'N SPOKES after more than four years of editorial experience with the Gannett Magazine Group where he helped manage two national magazines and a trio of Florida travel publications. In all, Andy has more than 20 years of journalism experience, including writing for a national newswire and managing custom publishing projects for clients such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University of Arizona.

During his spare time the Cincinnati native enjoys hiking, golf, Ohio State football and spending time with friends.

 John Groth- Editorial Coordinator / S'NS

John Groth
Editorial Coordinator / SNS
Since 2013

John has a zest for telling people's stories. The Indianapolis native joined SPORTS 'N SPOKES after spending the past nine years working in the newspaper industry as a sports reporter/editor throughout the Midwest. He's taken home honors wherever he's worked, including a 2007 Hoosier State Press Association first-place Best Sports Event coverage award.

In his spare time, John enjoys watching sports – especially Notre Dame football —and trying out new, local restaurants. He's also fascinated with misters. Yes, the cooling devices typically seen putting forth a refreshing fog of mist to us desert dwellers.

John received his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communications from DePauw University in 2004.

Brittany Martin - Editorial Coordinator / PN

Brittany Martin
Editorial Coordinator / PN
Since 2015

Brittany Martin is pleased to bring her talents, passion and enthusiasm to the PVA Publications team. She honed her journalistic skills over the past 10 years in the newspaper industry, working as a copy editor, page designer, Web content editor and social media manager. During her tenure with 1013 Communications, the website under her guidance earned first place in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest for three consecutive years.

In her spare time, Brittany loves competing in skeet and sporting clays tournaments, working out, knitting, cooking, listening to music and spending time with her amazing husband.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2005, where she graduated summa cum laude with honors from the Barrett Honors College

Ann Garvey - Graphic Art Director

Ann Garvey
Graphic Art Director
Since 1987

Ann brings a unique blend of humor and professionalism to the S'NS family. Like so many in the S`NS office, she started working the front desk more than 22 years ago helping to orchestrate the many tasks of deadline, circulation, and customer service, and in the process has honed an exceptional flare for her job. The Utah native moved to Ariz., in 1959 and recalls wondering why there weren't horses tied to posts around town.

Ann attended Brigham Young University, where she earned her BS in speech pathology.

Favorite S`NS memory
"We always had fun around Halloween, and I recall Cliff dressing as the Energizer Bunny one year. Cliff had a flare for levity."

Kerry Randolph - Production and Graphics

Kerry Randolph
Production and Graphics
Since 2015

Kerry joined the SNS team in 2015 and brings more than 15 years of graphic design experience and fresh ideas to the production team. The New Mexico native served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 before earning his BA in graphic design from Collins College.

In his free time, Kerry enjoys basketball, photography and spending time with his wife and kids.

Suzi Hubbard - Circulation and Subscription Coordinator

Suzi Hubbard
Circulation and Subscription Coordinator
Since 1997

Suzi came aboard S`NS more than 17 years ago and has become a trusted member of the S`NS family, especially to all our customers and subscribers. She is the voice you hear for subscription questions or when ordering everything SPORTS `N SPOKES. The native Arizonian is a graduate of Glendale Community College where she earned her AA in general studies.

Suzi's devotion and genuine love of people is a treasured trait in and out of the S `NS office.

Favorite S`NS memory
"Talking to our customers from across the country and the world is my favorite part of being here. I think I have the best job in the office."

Christopher Di Virgilio - Web Content Manager / Staff Writer / Photojournalist

Christopher Di Virgilio
Web Content Manager / Writer
Since 2009

The Chicago native has called Phoenix home for more than 16 years and has written for a variety of Arizona publications, and founded his own writing and editing business. From lifestyle to scientific articles to technology-based policy, Christopher brings a unique voice in telling people’s story.

Christopher proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, enlisting right out of high school. He continues to honor veterans to this day by helping promote local and national veterans organizations.

Christopher was instrumental in helping design and launch the S’NS web site as well as creating the social media “face” of SPORTS ‘N SPOKES. Chances are it’s him you interact with online.

But, his true passion is meeting the audience and telling their story.

Favorite memory
"I joined the staff as an intern but always felt right at home. At the editor's request, having to give a presentation before our publisher and board of directors, while intense, proved to be a life altering experience."

Courtney Verrill - Web Content Coordinator / Staff Writer / Photojournalist

Courtney Verrill
Web Content Manager / Writer
Since 2017

Courtney’s biggest passion in life has always been photography and journalism. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute in 2015. Shortly after graduation, she packed up her bags and moved from California to New York to pursue an internship with Business Insider where she reported on lifestyle, sports, international news, and military and defense.

Courtney joins the PVA Publications team eager to meet and connect with the talented athletes and audience. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, going to sports games, binge watching shows on Netflix, and trying new restaurants with her fiancé, Nate.

Diane Doyle - Office Assistant

Diane Doyle
Office Assistant
Since 2007

Diane's felicitous flare and personable style has earned her the reputation of "go-to-girl" when there is a task at hand or research project that needs immediate attention. The Minnesota native has been contributing her talents to the S`NS family in the form of customer service, media relations, and shipping and receiving, just to name a few.

Chances are that Diane will be the first voice you hear when you call. Diane is the pulse of the office.

Favorite S`NS memory
"The level of professionalism in the office has made my time here a treat. There is rarely a dull moment, which makes each day a fond memory for me."