Emma Yonkers

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Athletic Training Intern

EMMA YONKERS comes to Pacific Crest from Glenview, Illinois, where she played trombone in high school marching band. By the summer of 2019, she will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and will continue to pursue a Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Saint Louis University.

Emma studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain, which sparked a strong desire to travel. This eventually led her to New Zealand, where she spent the fall of 2017 working at a school for children with cerebral palsy. Emma’s knowledge of the physical demands of marching and her love for the arts have drawn her to this opportunity to care for the members of Pacific Crest.

Nicole Schriock

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NICOLE SCHRIOCK currently resides in Vancouver, WA where she works as a Neonatal ICU nurse. Following a history of playing sports and working around athletes for years, she joined the Pacific Crest Health Team in 2017 and is very excited to work with the organization again this summer.

Nicole also enjoys volunteering as a nurse at Youth Heart Screenings, in the Medical Reserve Corps, and local Compassion Clinics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, and spending time with her family and dog.

Helen Turner

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HELEN TURNER served as the Lead RN for The Cavaliers from 1981 to the present, and is a co-founding member of The Cavaliers Medical Group, which started in 1996. In 2010, Helen met Jim Olea during his time with The Cavaliers, and since then has been a mentor and friend to Jim. She is excited to join Pacific Crest Health Team as a consultant!

Dr. Kevin Kloesel

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Health Team

University Meteorologist, OU Office of Emergency Preparedness

Associate Professor, College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences

B.S., Engineering Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1984

M.S. and Ph.D., 1990, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

KEVIN KLOESEL is responsible for providing weather forecast and weather safety information to the OU Office of Emergency Preparedness before, during, and after weather threats of all types on the OU Campus. He also provides support to the OU Executive Policy Group in severe and winter weather situations in order to facilitate campus protection and closure decisions. He develops and leads high-impact weather safety training on the OU campus for its over 30,000 students, faculty and staff, and for the over 40,000 pre-collegiate students that call OU home during summer sports and academic camps.

Kevin is a tenured Associate Professor specializing in decision-making in weather-impacted situations. He led the teams that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma, as well as awards from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Kevin was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s 2015 Charles E Anderson Award for “over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and underrepresented groups through community outreach and academic leadership.”

Kevin works directly with thousands of decision makers and emergency management professionals in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education, decision-making, and weather safety planning. He has provided numerous training workshops to improve weather forecasting and decision making in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Nigeria, as well as weather preparedness training to the NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, Drum Corps International, and numerous sports venues, concert halls and amusement parks throughout the country.

A frequent guest on local, state and national radio and television programs, he has appeared on the National Academies of Science Distinctive Voices, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, the Tavis Smiley Show, WeatherBrains, ABC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, WxGeeks, the BBC, and dozens of local radio and TV shows from coast to coast. He has also provided keynotes at the National Tornado Summit and the SXSW Eco Conference. He has served on two National Academies of Sciences panels reviewing weather forecast performance for the nation, and works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide support for the growing private weather and climate enterprise in Norman. He also served as a content designer for Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children’s museum exhibit.

Mike Turner

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CPR Consultant

MIKE TURNER was a member of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in the early eighties. He has served many years as a police officer and firefighter with the Village of Rosemont, Illinois. Mike currently operates his own business, CPR Stat, which teaches CPR to corporate and local businesses.

In 2014 Mike was able to help Pacific Crest Health Team acquire their very first AED. Mike helped Jim Olea, the corps’ Health Team Coordinator, to get his BLS instructor certification. Mike is excited to be a part of the Pacific Crest Health Team as CPR Consultant.

Jill Podsiad

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Surgical Technologist

JILL PODSIAD comes to Pacific Crest from Santa Barbara, Ca. She has been a full time Surgical Technologist for the last 10 years, as well as a medical and physical therapy assistant (and hopefully, by the time we hit tour this summer, you can add massage therapist to her repertoire!). She loves working with young people, and is passionate about proper nutrition and teaching young athletes how to prepare their bodies nutritionally so they can perform optimally on the field and in everyday life.

Jill’s middle son had a heart transplant in 2013, which means she also comes to us with some unusual real life experience and knowledge that she has had to learn and apply to her own daily life, in order to create better habits for a healthier lifestyle – for herself but mostly as a model to her sons. These changes have made her passionate about teaching young adults the importance of learning and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits while young, in hopes of always being a peak performer.

2019 will be Jill’s second year on tour with Pacific Crest.