Feryl York was crowned Mrs. Iowa-America on June 15th at the beautiful Burnsville Performing Arts Theater in Burnsville, Minnesota, where she competed with other accomplished married women from across the state of Iowa.
Being an energetic, self-motivated and positive woman has led to much of Feryl’s success in the health and fitness industry. She is a native of Illinois where she graduated from Western Illinois University in 1999 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Western Illinois University is also where she met Ryan, her husband of 12 years. Having several years of cheer and dance experience, Feryl knew it was love at first sight when Ryan, who is a competitive swimmer, was assigned her partner in the class “Dance for the Physical Educator.” It is safe to say he waltzed his way right into her heart and they have been dancing ever since. Feryl joined Ryan in his home state of Iowa in 2001. After working several years in the health and fitness field she attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids Iowa to earn her A.A.S. degree in the physical therapist assistant program. In 2006, she joined the adjunct faculty team at Kirkwood where she enjoys assisting in a variety of classes. Feryl works as Assistant Facility Director at Physiotherapy Associates in Cedar Rapids, where her clinical experience includes out-patient orthopedic physical therapy. She remains active in the health and fitness community by teaching a variety of group exercise classes at The M.A.C. in Cedar Rapids.
In her spare time, Feryl enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan and of course their chihuahua Zipp. She enjoys staying active by participating hot yoga classes and also in a variety of endurance sports, including two marathons, two half-Ironman triathlons and countless short course triathlons across the Midwest.
Throughout her reign this year, Feryl’s primary focus is awareness and fundraising for cancer research. Her primary focus is with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as her mother, grandmother and two uncles have battled blood cancers. Ryan and Feryl co-founded the Live … Learn … Survive campaign to continue to improve the lives of those who have been touched by blood cancer. The opportunity to be Mrs. Iowa this year is all about using the crown to expand her voice and her reach into the community, the state of Iowa and beyond.
To follow Feryl’s reign, check out her blog here.
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