The AKLU is a registered 501c3 non-profit
Sarah Fornero, Ed.D., President
My day job is serving as a University Dean and Vice President, but my kettlebell hobby fills consumes most of my evenings and weekends. My career focuses on leveraging technology for teaching and learning, in particular online learning. I train with Mike Salazar at Windy City Kettlebell Club. I’ve earned one Master of Sport rank (20 kg Biathlon) and numerous Candidate Master of Sport ranks (16 kg TALC, Biathlon, Jerk, Snatch, Triathlon; 20 kg OALC, TALC). At international competitions I placed 1st (16 kg OALC, 68 kg+) and 3rd (16 kg TALC, Open) at the 2017 IUKL World Championships; 1st (16 kg TALC, Open), 2nd (16 kg Snatch, 68 kg+), and 3rd (20 kg TALC, Open) at the 2018 IUKL World Championships; and Absolute Middle-Weight Female Champion (16 kg Triathlon, Open) at the 2018 WAKSC Worlds - CaliOpen. I’m also a dog-mom to an energetic shepherd mutt.
Mike Salazar, Vice President
Jenn Casey, MBA, Treasurer
I am a homeschooling mom of three kids and entrepreneur (my husband is an entrepreneur too) living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 39, I got off my couch and started working out at CrossFit Kennesaw, where I am now a Level 2 CF Trainer, and also run the CrossFit Kids and Swing Fit (kettlebell) programs. I started competing in Kettlebell Sport in 2013 when at the time there was only one competition in the state of Georgia every year. In 2015, my teammate and I took over running competitions and Georgia Kettlebell Sport was born. To date, we’ve organized over a dozen competitions, workshops, and participated in local community functions (at the Braves Stadium among others), spreading the love of Kettlebell Sport all over Atlanta and the Southeast. I also have coached many kids in Kettlebell Sport and currently have a team of 4 awesome teenage girls who have the goal of competing nationally and internationally, and our youth team is going to grow in 2019. My own coach is the amazing Ken Blackburn, who helps me improve all the time. Currently I’m training 16kg triathlon because I love double jerks, and have a love-hate relationship with LC and snatch, so I figure why not keep at it? I’ve competed all over the country, about 20 competitions total, and earned Absolute Winner in Biathlon at the national championship last May. I have had the honor of competing at the IUKL World Championship events in Seoul, South Korea (2017) where I took 4th in 16kg OALC and Daugavpils, Latvia (2018) where I competed in 16kg Double Jerk and 16kg Double LC, taking 1st place in my veterans age group. I hope to keep plugging away at this sport and making progress for decades to come.
Ross Bell, Secretary
Tina Yerkes, Phd, Member-At-Large
International business executive by day - garage gym kettlebell lifter by night (and owner HellzBellz LLC). I have spent my entire career managing aspects of non-profit organizations and currently oversee global operations. I’ve represented team USA three times (IUKL South Korea, IUKL Latvia, and WKSF Italy) totaling 8 medals: gold in veteran snatch, gold veteran double long cycle, silver in amateur snatch, silver in veteran OALC, silver in veteran snatch, bronze in amateur snatch, and 2 bronze in amateur double long cycle. I currently compete in both amateur and veteran categories, double long cycle and snatch. I hold an MS in veteran snatch, a CMS in snatch and a CMS in double long cycle. I’ve been training 2 years with Ken Blackburn (IKFF) and with a strength coach Dan Hunter (Crossfit Ypsilanti). Prior to finding KBs, I competed in Olympic lifting, trained in martial arts and played soccer. I also juggle the busy lives of three teenage boys, all highly competitive soccer players.