Your Coaches and Leaders

Meet your KP Thrive Team Training Coaches! 



Tami Anderson-Rush, MS, ETT 

Tami Anderson-Rush has a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology with a Minor in Nutrition and is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Test Technologist. She was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe California and currently resides in Roseville California.

Some of her professional roles include the following: created an “Exercise Basics” manual for the American Heart Association and employer groups implementing fitness programs; designed and taught exercise and nutrition classes as well as developed personal fitness plans at Pacific Bell’s Employee Fitness Center; was a lead Health Fair Tester and Coordinating Supervisor for Health Net’s employee Health Fairs; designed, implemented and supervised the Health Education Department programs for Sacramento Region’s Hill Physicians Medical Group and; currently works as a Health Education Instructor and is also part of the live well be well Employee Fitness Evaluation Team.

Tami has enjoyed exercise and the outdoors all of her life. Some of the sports she has a passion for include; running, cycling, hiking, swimming, snow and water skiing and scuba diving. She also loves taking adventurous trips, sporting events and any activity outdoors involving nature with her husband, two boys, and their dog, Cooper.


Moira Keene Acosta, BS, cPT  Moira head shot

Moira’s training as a health educator began in the rural parts of  Ecuador, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  While there, Moira worked designed health and led education programs for children, womens’ wellness programs, and cholera prevention campaigns.  She continued working in the field of health and wellness when she moved back to the States.  Her  path led her to teaching Anatomy/Physiology /Health to young kids and teenagers for several years.

She recently made the decision to get her Personal Trainer Certification to work more specifically with individuals on their exercise and health goals.  She has worked as a running coach for private individuals, club running teams,and high school track teams.  She currently works as a Health Education Instructor at Kaiser Permanente for live well be well (employee wellness), and the Corporate Health promotion team.

Moira’s favorite pass time is hiking in the Sierra’s-any trail around Lake Tahoe!  Any exercise that can be done outdoors is on her list of favorites, as she  is convinced that combining nature and exercise  is a pathway to health. She has run competitively in half marathon trail running events-her all time favorite type of competition.  Moira also enjoys spending time outdoor time with her family- especially.

For any questions about training, feel free to contact any of the coaches.


Meet the KP Thrive Team walking and running mentors! 

The mentors are invaluable to the team. They are all employees of Kaiser Permanente and are passionate about the KP Thrive Team. Each one has accepted the roles and responsibilities of being encouraging, motivating, and selfless to help others achieve their goals. Whether it’s a first time 5K run from the couch, or a half marathon walk, to a full marathon and relay team; every mentor takes pride in helping others succeed! (Starting with Top row from the left: Kurt Jaehn, Wes Ota, Barry Trute, Tiffaney Robinson. Bottom row left: Ryan Paulline, Rebecca Ford, and Lina Enfante)

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Meet Your KP Thrive Team Hiking Leaders

Joan Fairchild

Joan received a love of the outdoors at an early age from weekend family cabin trips on the Des Moines

river in Iowa. She played games of who could light a fire faster, who could build the strongest fort and who could find the most fossils. She has a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Cornell College, IA. She came to Kaiser Permanente in 1989 and began her career in the Pharmacy, then after a few years changed to Material Management and now has worked in Schedule Maintenance for 9 years.

Her favorite hike is the Grand Canyon, down to Phantom Ranch and back up Bright Angel trail. She always incorporates hiking on her vacations which could be big hikes in National Parks like Mount St. Helens, Mt. Lassen, Crater Lake, Half Dome Yosemite or finding city walking trails on visit to Midwest like the Bridge Trail in Ottumwa, IA. Most weekends, you will find her either hiking Auburn canyon area or in the Sierra’s. Joan has hiked Mt. Tallac, Mt. Rose, Donner Peak to name a few of the Sierra hikes. She has a goal of completing the Tahoe Rim trail. Joan has a cat named Princess Penny and enjoys cooking and Photography, going to museums along with spending time with family and friends.

Justin Wages

Justin comes from Placer Land Trust and LOVES the outdoors. He was raised in Fairfield, CA by his grandparents who emigrated from Spain in 1906 to raise sheep in the famous California grasslands. Justin graduated with a degree in Computer Science in 2002, yet having spent much of his life fishing, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors – he naturally turned towards a continuing education in the biological sciences and is working towards a degree in Ecology & Biodiversity with an emphasis in grasslands. With a new outlook on life, his experience with surviving stage 4 colon cancer and his desire to help others cope with mental and physical struggles by immersing them in nature and the wonders of our local ecosystems has helped him to enjoy the outdoors more than he could have ever imagined!


Meet Your KP Thrive Team Bike Leader

Peggy Gachowski 

“When my youngest graduated from high school I decided I needed a hobby and at that time my cousin asked me about riding the Tahoe ride in June. That was in 2009 and I got hooked!” Peggy rode her first century, America’s most Beautiful Ride around lake Tahoe. She has ridden 3 complete centuries and 5, 65 mile rides. “I also challenged myself by joining the Thrive Running team starting in 2011 and did a marathon relay and since then, I have done 3 half marathons and the CIM in 2012″. Peggy is a Kaiser employee of 30 years and keeps active on her days off. “I really enjoy the comradery of the thrive team and meeting new people and enjoying the outdoors with others. I look forward to riding with you!”


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