About the Minnesota Endo Warriors

The Minnesota Endo Warriors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness about endometriosis and providing educational resources and community support for those affected by this disease.  We welcome warriors at any stage of diagnosis through exciting events, support groups, and an online community.

The organization was launched January of 2018 with a focus on raising awareness, providing educational resources and community support for the state of Minnesota. The MN Endo Warriors is proud to sponsor the Minnesota Endo March in partnership with the World Wide Endometriosis March’s annual event which unites the world to bring awareness for endometriosis. The nonprofit partners with local doctors and clinics specializing in the gold-standard of endometriosis treatment, laparoscopic deep-excision surgery, as well as other community businesses and national organizations interested in promoting the health and well being of endometriosis patients. The MN Endo Warriors does not partner with or accept funds from any pharmaceutical companies in its mission of awareness and patient advocacy.

Huge thank you to Anne Ulku for her logo and branding work. She is a true professional and we’re proud to call her a warrior!

Meet the Board of Directors

Britt Thelemann Pangerl

Britt Thelemann Pangerl

President

Britt is no stranger to the nonprofit community and was named one of 2016’s Twin Cities Finest for her philanthropic work. After living for 15 years with severe pain and confirming a diagnosis of infertility in 2017 she sought further support from an endometriosis specialist. Her diagnosis of Stage III endometriosis was confirmed after laparoscopic excision surgery in January 2018. Britt was Miss Minnesota USA 2011 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. Professionally she has worked as a live event host, auctioneer, on-camera talent for 12 years.

Emily Berry Bosak

Emily Berry Bosak

Secretary

After nearly 10 years of symptoms and 6 different doctors, Emily finally had surgery in January 2016. Instead of being treated for endometriosis, she was diagnosed with adenomyosis. Since then, Emily has made it her mission to inform everyone she can about endometriosis and the proper forms of treatment so that other women won’t go through the years of pain and struggle she did. 

Breanna Blaschke

Breanna Blaschke

Board Member

Breanna received her diagnosis of Stage III endometriosis after her first surgery in high school, which was followed by course after course of harsh hormone therapies. After realizing how dismissive many doctors were to women’s reports of pain, her passion for women’s health advocacy was sparked. Bre worked as an actor in NYC for some years after college but has just moved back to the Twin Cities to pursue medicine – she hopes to reach all women with the message that severe pain is NOT normal and hopes with increased awareness new treatments can be developed that are less devastating and invasive.y.

Kate Brock

Kate Brock

Board Member

Kate is no stranger to the horrors of endometriosis. In her journey, she has encountered countless doctors, a failed surgery, and over 8 years of pain in trying to find answers. In November 2015 Kate finally found Dr. Eric Heegaard with ObGyn West and after her first laparoscopic excision surgery was formally diagnosed. In January 2018 she traveled for further assistance to the CEC (Center for Endometriosis Care) in Atlanta, GA. After battling her own struggle to find compassionate and adequate care she knew she wanted to help make a difference. She is so excited to be part of the endometriosis community in Minnesota and can’t wait to bring more awareness to more people. She wants to help all endo warriors feel connected and part of this community.

Katie Miyake

Katie Miyake

Board Member

Katie is a seasoned endo warrior who has been in recovery from endometriosis and adenomyosis for almost three years. After years of pain and infertility, Katie was finally diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis in March of 2012. After two unsuccessful ablation surgeries, she found an excision endometriosis specialist who could better treat her illness and also diagnosed her with adenomyosis. She had two successful excision surgeries with the specialist, the last of which included a hysterectomy to treat her aggressive and painful adenomyosis. Since that last surgery in October of 2014, Katie has been mostly symptom free and has worked hard to reclaim her health and to guide others in their journey with endometriosis to find proper treatment and support.

Crystal Scepaniak

Crystal Scepaniak

Board Member

Crystal was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2011 after 19 years of symptoms.  She has has had 7 surgeries since to relieve pain caused by Fibroids, Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. This journey has formed a passion in Crystal to educate women about this disease and their options.  She has a strong desire to see others empowered to make educated decisions that are best for their bodies and to live as healthy and as pain free as possible!

Meagan Tourtillott

Meagan Tourtillott

Board Member

Meagan joined the MN Endo Warriors in April 2018 after participating in the 2nd annual Endo Awareness March which left her inspired and yearning to contribute. She had a laparoscopic surgery in June 2017 which led to an official diagnosis of endometriosis and suspected adenomyosis; this led her into the internet rabbit hole looking for more information about her diagnosis which she found shockingly and disappointingly scarce. Meagan comes to us with an exercise science degree and is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition after she discovered her passion for the importance of physical fitness, mental health, and proper nutrition in managing overall health.

Past Board Members

Ali Spinelli

Past President & Founding Board Member
After Ali had her first laparoscopic excision surgery for stage IV endometriosis in October 2016, she realized how little awareness and education was available about the disease. On her own, she launched the official Minnesota Endo March in March 2017. After its initial success, she realized how desperately her community needed a place that would bring forth both education and hope, which birthed the idea of the MN Endo Warriors. Ali is currently pursuing a career in medicine after she was greatly impacted by her endometriosis journey and the amazing physicians she met along the way. The Minnnesota Endo Warriors are thankful for Ali’s vision and leadership at its inception.

Read more about Ali’s endometriosis story in her Warrior Wednesday blog post.