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Executive Committee

Ladies Rock Off-Road Club (LROC) is led by a committee within the organization; our CEO, CFO, and Board of Directors. These individuals volunteer their time to make decisions that navigate the direction of the club based on our members needs and takes on assignments as needed. All members of the Executive Committee are voted into their roles by LROC members.

Pit Crew

The LROC Pit Crew is a group of members that volunteer their time to support the clubs mission, vision and goals. This team helps support the daily operations, promotes and advocates for women in the sport, recruits new members and helps make new members feel welcomed. All members of the Pit Crew are appointed by the Executive Committee.

 

 

Meet Your Fearless Leaders

We are an organization led by women, for women.

Cristal Mroczek

CEO

Hello, I am Cristal Mroczek, the CEO of LROC, and a member of the MN4WDA. I work as an Executive Assistant at a Medical Device Company.

Back in 1995, I bought my first Jeep Wrangler YJ (1989 used) and now I rock a 2019 manual 4-Door JL Rubicon and I’m 100% in love with it. I spend almost every weekend I can off-roading with my family and friends, or should I say, scaring my family and friends - haha! LROC is such an amazing network of ladies (and supporters) who educate and empower each other. I never, in a million years, would have thought I would be able to do half of the things I can do without the support and encouragement of my LROC family. I’m also happy to have been the inspiration for the saying: “Just Cristal It!!” When you wheel with me, you’ll understand. 😊

Fun fact: I climbed Mount Fuji in July of 2019 (the Fujinomiya Trail) – only 1% of the population can say that!

When I’m not off-roading, I love to hang with my family, watch movies & HGTV, listen to old-school hip-hop. I’m happily married to a Jeep Grand Cherokee owner, Toby, we take that out when we’re being fancy. Together we have five children - Eva (20), Ethan (19), Josh (18), Ella (16) and Olivia (15) and a little Maltese-bichon pup Ryland. We live in Blaine, MN.

I look forward to off-roading with all of you!

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Kristina (Kris) Bowe

CFO

I am Kris Bowe, and am the CFO of LROC, and a member of LON (Ladies Off-road Network) and the MN4WDA.  I am also a CPA and a member of the MNCPA society.  I work as a Controller for an global investment consulting firm and love my work.  I also serve as the Finance Chair for my church leadership team.  I have the awesome opportunity of getting to work hard AND play hard and have a great family that backs me up and has just as much fun when we are playing.  When not wheeling, I love to travel, read and LAUGH.

My first vehicle ever was a manual Grand Cherokee that an ex-Viking had owned.  I had one weekend to learn how to drive it so that I could haul myself off to school.  When I started off-roading it was in the passenger seat and as a spotter.  Around 2013 I started participating in ladies runs and in June 2017 I purchased my own jeep.  I just couldn’t let my husband have all the fun.  I am grateful for the experience in the passenger seat. It taught me to be a better spotter and I was able to gain a lot of experience and knowledge without the intimidation of sitting behind the wheel.  I like driving even more!  Now, I am the owner of a beautiful red 1997 TJ, named Axle.  He’s a beast that is growly as heck and won’t fit in any parking ramps, but loves wheeling. 

In 2018, I participated in the Ladies Offroad Network Challenge and was chosen as a top ten challenge winner.  From there I was chosen as one of the top three ladies getting to participate in a national off-road event with Ladies Offroad Network. I was able to travel to Glamis and participate in Camp RZR, which was an absolute blast, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the UTV world. 

I’m married to a fellow jeep enthusiast, Mike, who owns a black 1998 ZJ (Humpty).  We have two girls Grace (16) and Addie (12), who also love off-roading with us.  Grace just purchased her first jeep, also a 1998 ZJ, and is currently working on re-building it with Mike.  Which means we have a lot of jeeps on our tiny lot.  We live in Richfield, MN and while I absolutely love the convenience of the city life, I silently long for more room in the country.    Traditionally we have done most of our wheeling in the MN and WI areas, however we have plans to get outside of the Midwest and do some wheeling trips in other parts of the U.S.  Let the next adventure begin!

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Chris Talley

Board of Directors

 

I became a Facebook Follower of LROC in 2018 and went to my first LROC event in March 2019. Since that first Winter off road adventure in my 1989 YJ “Clifford” the entire Talley family has been hooked. Our youngest and all his friends come camping and are now LROC supporter too, pulling winch lines, hooking up recovery lines, and spotting.

I have always owned a Jeep branded vehicle as my daily driver, in full disclosure, my very first vehicle that I owned was a 1985 Bronco II that I owned about 6 months. I owned one of the first XJs and one of the last. I owned an 1984 XJ, after an engine replacement and just about every other part replaced,  I drove it until  that little Jeep could go no more, I had well over 200K on it. My next Jeep purchase was a 2001 XJ, same color- same features, just had more than a barely working heater and I didn’t have to lift the hood and put a screwdriver in the carb to get it to start daily. Unfortunately, an 18 year old not paying attention and ran a red light at 55 mph ended the life of that 2001 XJ. So it was off to find another vehicle. Jeep no longer made the XJ. What was I going to do… I basically had the same vehicle for 17 years. But I found a close match in the 2006 XK- Commander, which at almost 180,000 miles is still going strong! I got my 1989 YJ known as Clifford, the Big Red Dog, about 3 years ago as a Mother’s Day gift, he was already lifted and had 35” tires, but since then our boys stripped him down and we had him repainted and replaced the engine, and put 37” tires on him, added a winch and replaced a couple other things here and there and take him for a cruise around the lakes and out to woods to run as much as possible.

I have been Outdoor enthusiast since I was about 14 years old when I attended my Environmental Education Summer Camp. I pursued a career as the Environmental Education Director at a Minnesota Nature Center for about 10 years, where I went on Nature Walks with Preschoolers and Snowshoed all winter with Elementary Students and adults. I moved to the Minneapolis area after commuting for almost 6 years from Duluth to be with the love of my life, partner and biggest supporter, Blake. We have had many different kinds of adventures over our years together. We fielded a Sportbike racing team and did track days as well as street rides. For fun on two wheels in the winter, we raced pit bikes at a local indoor Go Kart Track. Our youngest has been on two wheels since he could sit up. He wanted to ride his motorcycle out in the woods and my husband got a dirt bike and immediately came home and bought me a dirt bike. We ride as much as we can on dirt bikes as a family in Minnesota and a few times to Texas and Missouri. We also ride scooters and street bikes as much as we can.

I have been an outdoor enthusiast all my life became a LROC Pit Crew Member in October 2019 to pursue my next outdoor adventure on Four Wheels!

 

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Annabella Paul

Board of Directors

Hi I'm Annabella. I'm a member of LROC and a LROC Board of Directors. I'm married to an awesome jeep enthusiast, Jesse, and we have 5 kids all together. We all (except our 5 year old) love offroading. We got our first jeep about 8 years ago just for fun. We would go, more overlanding, and mudding. We got into trail riding 2 years ago with some friends. We rode with them memorial weekend to see what it was all about and we loved it. We both had jeeps at home at this time and after that weekend we literally went home and tore mine apart to build it up for the ladies run that launched LROC. We took the month to put a 4.5" lift in it, tires and LOTS of frame work. Her name was patches. We were up till 5am the day of the run to finish her up and we went. It was my very first time driving and I absolutely fell in love with the sport. I loved the challenges, the community and the commoradory of the jeep community.

Outside of offroading, I'm currently a school bus driver. I'm also the director of FLAAA's modified pitch softball program, I teach on wednesdays at church along with being involved in a few other ministries, I run my own custom vinyl creations business and I have my associates degree in criminal justice which I hope to start pursuing a career in soon.
Our kids all have their own dirt bikes, and atvs. They love driving and playing whatever they can and they can't wait to get their own jeep someday.
I love working in the shop with my husband who has taught me everything I know about my rigs and more. I am currently, again, building my new jeep for the ladies weekend of wheeling event. I love LROC and everything it stands for. I enjoy meeting all the new people and helping new drivers get comfortable with and learn their rigs, along with teaching other ladies how to work on their own rigs.
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Misty Hakes

Board of Directors

 

Meet Misty Hakes! She resides in Kensett Iowa with her husband, children and two fur babies. She is a member of Ladies Off-Road Network, North Iowa Jeep Club and MN4WDA. Currently employed for the last 14 years at NSB Bank as a lending assistant and part time at Worth Brewing Company for the past 10 years.

Misty bought her first Jeep in 2016. She was lucky enough to score a 2001 Jeep Wrangler which she named Vern but her husband Tom seems to call her Seizure. They have done A LOT of modifications to her since she came into their lives. To name a few they have added heavy duty bumpers, a winch, bigger tires, axels, gears, lifted her up a bit and added a sound system just to name a few. The list keeps going on and is never ending. Misty has not been in the off road scene very long but she has loved every experience. Moab Easter Jeep Safari was one of her favorites.

Her husband is an off road enthusiast also. He not only supports her and encourages Misty with everything she does he is also a huge supporter of LROC. When she is not out on the trails Misty enjoys days in the shop working on their rigs, camping, reading, motorcycles, traveling and most outdoor activities. They are always up to something. As Misty’s mom would say “There is no grass growing under our feet”.

Misty can’t wait to meet more ladies and fellow off roaders that share the same passion as she does at future events. If you see her out there make sure you say Hi

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Jen

Pit Crew

I’m Jen Dougherty and excited to be part of LROC Pit Crew! I am new to Minnesota; relocating from Northern California in August 2019. People always ask “WHY??” and I always answer, “Why Not”! Minnesota is so beautiful in all seasons! It is a breath of fresh air…literally!

I have been an off-road enthusiast since I was a teen and a Jeep enthusiast for just as long. I am on my 4th Jeep now. Previously owning a ‘79 CJ-7, ’06 TJ Rubicon, ’16 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Having the Trailhawk for less than a year, I missed the freedom of Wrangler, so I bought a brand new 2017 JKU Rubicon manual, named her Stella and love every minute I get to drive her!

I have been off-road quite a bit living so close to the Sierra Mountains but have yet to take Stella because of her being still being stock. She is a Rubicon, so I am confident in her ability for mostly flat but looking for that lift to give her some height to tackle the rocks Minnesota has to offer! Can’t wait to explore!

When I am not daydreaming about being off-roading again, I am training software for a large mortgage company during the week and on the weekends, you can find my husband and I out adventuring, searching out the breweries, local eateries and just enjoying being outside. I am still on the hunt for some trails for hiking and wheeling with public access to clear running rivers or lakes so if you know, please share your finds!

I look forward to meeting everyone and putting some trails under my belt! Cheers!

 

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Laura Champion

Pit Crew

Hi, I’m Laura Champion.  I am currently a speech coach for a high school speech team and Iam very passionate about helping teens find their voice!  I am a very late bloomer to the world ofoff roading.  I just recently bought an Ocean Blue 2019 Rubicon while going through a divorceand instantly fell in love with her, off roading and LROC!  I never had the opportunity to do muchoutdoorsy stuff in my lifetime but always loved it when I went camping as a kid and forATV/Snowmobile rides.  I’ve always wanted to go off roading but was married to a couch potato and falsely thought it was a “guy” thing.  I’ve never been so happy to be so wrong!  Now I am exploring all kinds of adventures as a newly single and empowered female...LROC was a natural fit with their supportive attitude and caring nature.  I knew I had to be a part of this group in any way I could! I don’t have a lot of knowledge about Off Roading or vehicles in general, butI am passionate and learning fast (everything Jeep for me).  What I do offer are my organizational skills and anything math/finance related...gotta keep the lights on so we can have  fun!     Oh, and before you need to ask, yes, I’m the Champion sister that rolled her brand new Jeep.  It was quite the learning experience and I am more passionate and dedicated than ever! I’ve already lived through many worst case scenarios in this last year (divorce, rolling my sugarbaby....pandemic) and not only survived, but thrived!  If this grandma can do this thing, anyone can...bring it on: Freaking Fearless and Fancy Free!  I love this community and look forward towheeling with each and every one of you!

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Mara Bloom

Pit Crew

I’m Mara Bloom and I live in Wisconsin. I drive a 2003 Jeep grand Cherokee Laredo and my jeeps name is black widow and I also have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland edition also I drive an offroad tow truck. I have been wheeling for 13 yrs. I love being in the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends and other wheelers. Always willing to help other wheelers learn different techniques that they might now have known about it. Wheeling off road is just so relaxing for me and it’s a ways to spend quality family/ friend time together.

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Morgan Wendt
Pit Crew

I'm Morgan Wendt, a proud member of the LROC Pit Crew. I'm a full-time college student, majoring in Biology and pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. I will graduate in 2020 and hope to find employment with the Minnesota DNR. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, camping, hanging out with my dogs, and of course, wheeling! I currently wheel a heavily modified 1997 Jeep Wrangler lovingly named B.J., which stands for Buggy Junior. There isn't much left on it that's from the original Jeep, hence it's name. BJ was a hand-me-down from my dad when we decided to build his buggy. We have always enjoyed all aspects of this sport together and aren't often spotted without one another.
I also volunteer with the Minnesota 4 Wheel Drive Association as their Membership Director, and have sat on the Board of Directors in the past. I find that LROC and the MN4WDA overlap in a lot of ways and I look forward to working more with that overlap! LROC's goals and values are very similar to my own and to my work with the MN4WDA, and I can't wait to contribute to LROC's growth and development. The club has already done so much in such a short time and I'm excited to see what the future holds for us!
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