Angi is an Indiana Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Trauma ICU Physician and the Medical Director of NASCAR/AMR Safety Teams and a member of the Indy Car Safety Team. 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.
Gabi is the new Executive Director, and is responsible for establishing Rachael’s First Week as a nonprofit organization and ensuring its sustainability for the future. In her previous role at the Community Foundation of Boone County, Gabi worked closely with the Fiege family to preserve Rachael’s legacy and is honored to continue that work here.
Rick is Rachael’s dad and her biggest soccer supporter. Rick works as a Real Estate Broker and coaches club soccer. Whether you know him as Rick or 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 and working as a ref for youth club soccer. Jeremy often speaks at our programs about the Indiana LifeLine Law, as his passion towards the law increased after we lost Rachael. He is a very vital part of our presentations and this program.
Dr. Jacob Capito
Dr. Adam Dunstone
Dr. Jill Menegotto
Sammy (Maethner) Kelly
Like Rachael, Shelby grew up in Zionsville and graduated from Zionsville High School in 2014. She then furthered her education by attending Indiana University where she received a degree in Secondary Special Education in 2018. Shelby is currently working as a visual merchandiser at Free People but
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!
Katie, a former IU grad and current IUEM resident, has been apart of Rachel’s First Week since medical school. Previously involved in program development and medical student recruitment, she is now one of the regular program speakers. She thoroughly enjoys the interactions with other speakers on stage and the opportunity to help educate and guide program participants into safe life experiences.
Mary met Rachael through soccer and high school where they became best friends. Rachael was a big influence on Mary’s choice to attend IU. Mary is currently in nursing school and has a passion for emergency medicine! Mary helps with RFW to share Racheal’s story so students can be prepared, educated, and keep others safe.
Erich is a 3rd year medical student at IU pursuing Emergency Medicine. Although he did not know Rachael, he was moved by her story and wanted to help educate students across the state. He is grateful for all the wonderful individuals that work with RFW to give high school seniors and college freshmen the tools they need to succeed in the coming years!
Katie is a high school student at Zionsville Community High School. She has volunteered her time to stuff all of the phone wallets Rachael’s First Week hands out during their presentations.
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