Michele is a native Floridian that spent most of her teen years outside Boston before returning to Florida. She has lived in Brevard County since 1995, moving there from Orlando. She is a respected Neuromuscular Massage Therapist living in Melbourne Beach, where she has practiced for 15 years, prior to that she was a rehabilitation counselor.
Barry is currently employed at the Harris Corporation in Melbourne Florida. Barry has been a telecommunication engineer for over 25 years and been involved in emerging technologies throughout his career. He relocated from Michigan to Central Florida in 1979. Barry is currently serving the North & Central Chapter as a member of the Society’s National Board of Representatives.
Marathon experiences: San Diego Rock “n” Roll Marathon (2004, 2005,
2007,2008,2010) ● Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon (2004, 2005, 2007)
● Maui, Hi (2005) ● PF Chang’s Rock-n-Roll (2006) ● Walt
Disney World ½ Marathon (2003) ● Nashville Country Music ½ Marathon
(2003, 2006) ● Virginia Beach ½ Marathon (2003, 2004, 2006) ● Key
West ½ (2004, 2005, 2008) ● San Jose Rock and Roll Half (2006, 2007) ●
Nike Women’s Marathon (2009) ● Chicago 1/2 (2009) ● Jacksonville
Run with Donna 1/2 (2009)
Barry & Michele joined Team In Training in 2002 participating as run:walkers in the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon. They started coaching at the end of 2003. Since that time the sport of running and walking has become a lifestyle. Combined they have completed 20 TNT events as participants. This season will mark their 14th leading teams to the finish line. Michele says “Running and walking makes you healthier and Team In Training saves lives. A truly WIN WIN situation.” Barry and Michele study the sport have been trained at advanced levels by the National TNT run and walk coaches and both were recently certified as coaches by the Road Runners Clubs of America.
In 1999 their family was affected by Leukemia. Barry’s sister Beverly was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Beverly's determination led her to participate in clinical trials of a new oral treatment specifically for CML. Beverly's response to Gleevec is nothing short of the miracle many families pray for.
They love to share her story. They had no idea the role The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society played in the research and development of the drug that allows Beverly to live. The inventor of Gleevec, Dr. Brian Druker says ‘Without Team In Training my team could not have done what we did’. Barry says “We have to keep working for the future families. We want to give them the genuine hope that my family has experienced.”
They are dedicated to assisting others achieve their personal goals of walking or running a marathon. Goals they admit initially seemed out of reach. Michele says “We started as complete novices and are proof that with a gradual increase in long runs/walks and a steady weekly mileage base, YOU CAN DO 26.2 or 13.1! “ They believe training to finish is the only way to go for the first timer, however if you have some experience they have studied several methods under some of the best coaches in the business and are glad to help guide you to a choice that suits your goals. They know how to improve your running and how to convert you from a mall walker to a race walker