Angi is an ICU doctor and now the Medical Director of NASCAR. More importantly, she is Rachael's Mom and the woman behind our program. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, she shares her heartache with thousands of young people each year with the hope of changing the fate of just one student. She acts as second mom to many of Rachael's friends, who label her as Momma Fiege.
Rick is Rachael's dad and her biggest soccer supporter. Rick stays busy with real estate and coaching boys club soccer. Whether you know him as Rock, Coach or Papa Fiege, you know that he is a behind-the-scenes kind of man. You may get lucky enough to see Coach Fiege at one of our programs, but usually his work for RFW is done outside of our program time.
Jeremy is Rachael's brother and was one of her best friends. While you almost always find him at the fields coaching youth club soccer, you will also expect to see Jeremy at all of our programs. Jeremy is our Indiana LifeLine Law expert, as his passion towards the law increased after we lost Rachael. He is a very vital part of our presentations and this program.
Shary's relationship began with Rachael's Family when her son played on Coach Fiege's soccer team. After Rachael's death, Sharyl helped conceptualize the idea of Rachael's First Week. Despite so busy working as a Medical Administrator, you can almost always catch Sharyl at the RFW events, taking pictures and keeping Momma Fiege sane, program after program.
Catana is the Injury Prevention Coordinator for IU Health Methodist Trauma Services. She has been with Rachael's First Week for a few years, interfacing between trauma services and outreach. You may catch her in the audience of some of our programs or representing RFW at events. Without Catana, our programs would not be possible!
Dr. Adam Dunstone
This crazy Scottish man was a recent medical resident at the IU School of Medine. Adam has been with RFW for a few years now and we are thankful for him. He is one of our lead resident speakers, who always adds some comic relief. Adam has been dedicated to making sure another accident like Rachael's doesn't happen again.
Dr. Jill Menegotto
Jill has been with us for a few years and has taken a huge leadership role in recruiting new residents and reaching out to universities. She is currently a resident at the IU School of Medicine. Chances are you'll see Jill on stage at a program, as she is a regular speaker. You may also witness her putting one of the largest boys in the crowd into a recovery position on stage. We love Jill and are thankful for her dedication to our team!
Dr. Jacob Capito
Jake is a former Butler Bulldog. Although he never knew her, he and Rachael share a lot of common interests; especially their love of soccer. Jake is a medical resident at the IU School of Medicine. In his spare time, Jake joins the panel of residents during our RFW programs.
Julia was one of Rachael's closest friends. They became friends their freshman year of high school while playing on the same soccer team. Julia is a regular speaker and is often given the difficult task of tackling the topics of depressions, suicide and Adderall at our programs.
Laura and Rachael were best friends for 12 years. Laura lived behind Rachael for most of their lives and the two were inseparable. Laura has been on the Rachael's First Week team since the beginning. Despite being busy teaching, you'll probably see Laura on the friends panel at an RFW program discussing her "exit strategies". Laura is in charge of the RFW Instagram, Snapchat and other behind-the-scenes jobs.
Heather is a second year medical student at IUSM interested in emergency medicine. She worked as an EMT for 4 years in Owen County, Bloomington, and Indianapolis. She now lives with her fiance, two adorable dogs, and their cat. She has been with the Rachael's First Week program for about 1 year and does a great job getting volunteers for the program.
Sammy (Maethner) Kelly
Sammy and Rachael met on their childhood soccer team. The two became extremely close and shared an abundance of laughs and crazy times together. Sammy has been with Rachael's First Week since our first program. Although she is busy teaching, Sammy is part of our panel and is often responsible for discussing hard topics such as suicide and the impact of losing Rachael.
Dara and Rachael met on their first rec soccer team called the Purple Apes when they were about 5 years old. Although a year younger than Rachael, the two remained friends throughout the years. When she's not DJing under the name Derz, you may catch Dara at a RFW program. Dara has been on the friends panel since the program started and we are so thankful for her positive energy!
Srisha and Rachael played soccer together and became one of Rachael's best friends despite her choice to go to IU's rival school :) Srisha has been with RFW since the beginning and once and a while you may catch her on the friend panel of an event.
Hannah and Rachael played soccer together through high school, sharing many great memories. Hannah is busy going to school for her doctorate currently, but still attends Rachael's First Week programs. She has been with the program since the beginning, often serving on the student panel.
Julie is the Executive Program Director. She handles Facebook, Twitter, the website and all email correspondence. She does the photography, marketing and attends programs to ensure the tech runs smoothly. She works on getting the program into area high schools and local colleges.