Meet the Board

Ryan Sanders


"I'm Ryan, a 22 year old Senior studying genetics. I have been powerlifting for about 6-7 years now, so I am a boomer in powerlifting terms. I have also been a board member for this club for 3 years and president since the start of 2020. We have made a lot of changes to the team this semester and I am excited to see a bunch of new faces!"

Jessie Kinney

Vice President

"Hi! I am a senior studying Health Promotion and Health Equity also getting certificates in Disability Rights and Services, as well as Athletic Healthcare. This will be my fourth year on the team and my fifth year actively competing in the USAPL. When I'm not in the gym I enjoy going to coffee shops and hanging out with my cats. I am so excited to see what my last year on the team has in store!"

Justin Rife

Head Captain

"My name is Justin Rife. I am currently a Junior studying Kinesiology. I have been competing in powerlifting meets for almost 8 years and have quite a bit of experience at the local, state, and national levels within the sport. In my free time I like to cook, play video games, learn about random "handyman" skills, and hang out with friends."

Megan Choy


"I am a junior studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science and this is my third year on the Badger Powerlifting team. I started my journey in powerlifting when I was a junior in high school (because my brother forced me) and I've stuck with it since! Outside of the gym you can catch me hanging out with friends, doing homework , or cooking/eating something. Looking forward to meeting all the new members!"

Lexi Birkett

External Social Chair

"I am a Junior studying Psychology and Criminal Justice, and I've been powerlifting for a little over two years now. When I joined the team as a Freshman, I had no previous powerlifting experience, but was able to grow within the sport with the help of my fellow team members and coaching staff! Outside of the gym, I love to cook, play Xbox, and watch true crime documentaries."

Evelyn Mendoza

Internal Social Chair

"Hello, my name is Evelyn Mendoza and I'm a senior studying Economics. I started powerlifting two years ago and it has changed me for the better. Outside of the gym, I like to watch 90 Day Fiancé and overindulge on watermelon or apples."

Thomas Hosseini

Saftey Officer

"Hi! My name is Thomas and I'm a junior studying biochemistry on the premed track. I've been powerlifting for around 10 months now and have loved every second of it. The team has allowed me to not only lift in a competitive environment, but to also make countless friendships along the way. When I'm not lifting, I love playing soccer, working on my research, and playing with my birds."

Quinn Parker

Junior Saftey Officer

"My name is Quinn Parker. I'm a sophomore studying Biochemistry and Mathematics. I have been powerliftng since I was about 11 years old and recently fell back in love with the sport. Outside of school I am usually working in research labs or volunteering at a free clinic. I also enjoy playing spikeball and being silly with my friends."