Mercy Sanchez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Blog Extraordinare, retired school teacher, retired from DMV-Senior Executive Secretary; former law enforcement officer; editor in chief of the Patriot Press College Newspaper at CFCC, Ocala Florida winning third place in “Best Editorial Cartoon at the Florida College Magazine Awards.” Mercy made her journalist internship as a reporter in the newsroom of the Ocala Star Banner newspaper in 1998, mostly compiling news briefs and obituaries from 2000. In 2001 she owned her own bilingual local magazine called Herencia Magazine, (formerly Cultura Magazine) and writing content for all of the channels on health, travel, consumer, arts, culture and mind/body/soul. A fun and spontaneous person, always doing new, fun, exciting and creative things on her blog www.strikingdivas.com, Mercy offers great versatility as a freelance journalist – whether it’s compiling a quirky dating/relationship column or producing a well-researched medical book about almost ANYTHING! Writing is her passion and her genuine way of treating people and interested in them has people find her highly appealing. Mercy is also a cyclist enthusiast. She enjoys sports and being outdoors. Her favorite quote is: “ Sometimes it’s great to change things up and try new things. Always be positive and never give up on your dreams or goals! Be spontaneous and enjoy life as much as I can… always on the look out to learn, live, love and laugh…! Happy, optimist, friendly, generous, noble and spontaneous person. It’s through this website that Mercy can reflect upon her passions dreams and opinions.
Jeff Currier born in Cadillac, Michigan, but Jeff considers himself a Texan. He has been in the bicycle and fitness industry since dirt was discovered, having worked within the bicycle retail arena since 1989, within physiology labs and health clubs since 1993, as a Tech Rep for Polar Heart Rate Monitors for 9 years and finally as a bicycle industry representative for brands such as Bianchi bicycles and Rolf Wheels in the most recent years. After a successful seven year plan, Jeff graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance in 1993. He has been a Category 2 cyclist, USA Cycling coach and certified personal trainer since the early 1990′s and has raced over 300 races since that time, including an effort within the Duathlon scene in 1994 that positioned him as a top ranked (#7) age group duathlete for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is at this time, Jeff would like to ask you not to comment on his age or say things like “holy crap, he must be ancient!”
Jeff’s interest in cycling and fitness is more than apparent as one can see and with this said, if one ever needs to find him, he can surely be found out on the road, accumulating some of his 200-300 miles of weekly cycling, working hard to make Striking Divas an amazing website or sitting on his bum playing, I mean working on the social networks, which by the way is a part of his job description! In all seriousness, it is with Jeff’s passion for cycling and fitness, vast experience within these arena’s and desire to continue learning and then share this knowledge (and self deprecating humor) that makes him an ideal addition to the Striking Divas team.
“I once prayed to god for a bike, but quickly found out he didnt work that way…so I stole a bike and prayed for his forgiveness.” ”Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
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