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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.
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."
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.
Marketing and Circulation Director
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 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.
Editorial Coordinator / SNS
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.
Editorial Corrdinator / PN
Devon has a contagious laugh. She has plenty to be happy about, having recently become one of SPORTS 'N SPOKES newest addition to the staff.
The Iowa native braved a cross-country trek to join us in Phoenix, Ariz., bringing with her a wealth of experience in the print journalism field. She most recently worked as a Pure Michigan Editorial Assistant for Midwest Living, part of the Meredith Corporation. Prior to that, Devon worked for the Food Network Magazine, a part of Hearst Magazines, as an ASME Intern. And speaking of food, Devon minored in culinary science with the hopes of funneling her journalism career in the food industry. Luckily, she’s landed a position where her culinary skills will get put to good use with our staff of foodies.
Devon received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Graphic Art Director
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."
Circulation and Subscription Coordinator
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."
Editorial & Website Coordinator / Production Assistant
Chuck has a long relationship with newsprint spanning back to his days in the Air Force where he was editor for the Jet Journal newspaper on Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. The Ohio native has called Phoenix home since arriving for military duty in 1968 where he was assigned to the public affairs office.
Chuck received a BS in mathematics from Ohio University. He is the creative talent behind the publication's bold imagery and has merged his old-school skills with 21st century technology, giving him a unique blend of insight and vision.
Favorite S'NS memory
"I'll never forget the day Cliff was invited to fly aboard Air Force One as a representative of SPORTS `N SPOKES."
Christopher Di Virgilio
Web Content Manager / Writer
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.
"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."
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."