Ellen Shinkle is an educator, philanthropist, fitness professional and personal trainer from Mancos, and last year’s winner in the fitness category. Shinkle owns and operates Crossfit Cortez/Evolution Gym, where she meets with clients one-on-one and hosts classes daily. “I just knew this was where I wanted to be,” Shinkle said. “Some days it feels like a lot, but it is totally worthwhile.” Last April, Shinkle moved to a new location with more space to meet growing needs of clients. Teaching and providing opportunities for young people to exercise and enjoy the natural open space is her passion. She is an active volunteer, board president of the School Community Youth Collaborative, and served as coordinator for the Montezuma Inspire Coalition.