Meet TEAM Waco!
TEAM Waco is an initiative created in hopes to knock down physical, mental, or financial barriers for those wishing to complete an IRONMAN. We are so excited for these athletes to accomplish their dream in October! Thank you to all of our valued partners for making this program a reality.
Jessie is a powerlifting coach and an independent contractor for William Fair Law. She is originally from Conroe, Texas, and graduated from Tarleton State University. Jessie is the kind of person who wakes up every day and says: “Let’s go seize the day, every day, friends!” Her favorite part about being involved with TEAM Waco is the community aspect of it. She has gained a new family within TEAM Waco and our community and is thrilled to finish this IRONMAN journey alongside her new family members.
We are proud to have Jessie as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Dr. Erika Sutton
Dr. Erika Sutton graduated from Texas A&M in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology focusing on Motor Behavior, from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in 2010 with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. She completed her residency and fellowship in orthopedics and Manual Therapy in 2013. She is from Kerrville, Texas, and is a proud child of God, wife, mother, small business owner, physical therapist, and Baylor professor! Her biggest supporters are her husband, Justin, and their two tiny tornadoes, Sydney and Saige. Her favorite part about being involved in TEAM Waco is the uplifting community. Erika feels that this has opened a whole new world of sports for her, so the accountability, support, and encouragement she has received have been priceless.
We are proud to have Erick as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Angel works at both Texas State Technical College and Waco Running Company. He is originally from Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in Rio Grande Valley with his Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies and from Tarleton State University with his Masters of Science in Human Resources Management. Jessie is a veteran and is supported through this journey by his husband, Nate. His favorite part about being involved with TEAM Waco is the community of the team and his ability to inspire others.
We are proud to have Angel as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Cooper is a Project Manager working for Grant Goss Contractoring initially from Waco, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Human Science. Cooper’s family is essential to him: “Family is the absolute best. My Mom and Dad are the best parents in the world, and my sister and I share a very close relationship. I am so grateful for my family.” His favorite part about being involved in TEAM Waco is the relationships he is forming with us.
We are proud to have Cooper as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Michaela is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at McLennan Community College. She is originally from Dripping Springs, Texas, and received her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences specializing in Plan and Environmental Soil Sciences and her Masters of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Land Conservancy and the City of Waco’s Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board. Michaela enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and pup, Chloe. She is also grateful to her extended family and friends who have supported her throughout this journey. We asked Michaela what excites her about being a part of TEAM Waco: “I am excited about challenging myself physically while growing with my fellow TEAM Waco athletes and am also excited about the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of local races. I hope my journey inspires others to reduce their environmental impact, both in racing and in everyday life!”
We are proud to have Michaela as a TEAM Waco competitor!
Caleb is a Project Engineer from Sealy, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University in 2018. His favorite part about being involved in TEAM Waco is being able to meet other incredible individuals with unique stories and getting to share his story and journey alongside them. His favorite quote is: “Love people, use things. The opposite never works.”
We are proud to have Caleb as a TEAM Waco competitor!