Roy was born October 13, 1948 in Flint Michigan, He graduated High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan in 1966 with honors, and Michigan Technological University with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1970. He served 3.5 years in the USAF as an Electronics Instructor in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he won several awards as an outstanding instructor, before returning to Michigan Technological University to pursue a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1975. He worked in Manufacturing with Procter & Gamble from 1975 till 1991, and moved to Elkhart in 1991 to become their Engineering Manager with Crown International, and finally their Plant Manager for their Amplifiers Division, before leaving there in 1999. He also held positions with Dutch Mills of Goshen and Morfam of Mishawaka, before starting his own Maintenance and General Contracting Company in the Elkhart area. He currently resides in Middlebury, Indiana with his wife, Christine and her four children, who all attend the Middlebury School system. He and his wife just completed a 7 month journey on the TV Reality Show Biggest Loser where Roy lost 88 pounds and extended his life expectancy by over 20 years. He has a wonderful story to tell about his life before and after the show, and what he is doing to pay it forward to others who may want to begin or continue a health-journey of their own.
Christine Pickler was born December 30, 1968 in South Bend Indiana and grew up in St. Joseph County. She attended PHM schools, where she graduated in 1987. She also attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, but did not complete her college education. Chris moved into Elkhart County during her early adult years and has lived there since. Chris married in 1991 and started a family shortly after. She has four children ranging in age from 18 to 8. Being a mother was first, and foremost important to Chris and worked various jobs to support her family. She and Roy married February 14, 2011 and are a blended family. Chris has struggled with weight since childhood and has fluctuated up and down on the scale for 25 plus years. Chris applied for the Biggest Loser on a whim after her 8 year old asked her to, while checking online to see when the new season started. From there, everything happened very quickly and before she knew it she found herself on the ranch. Chris is excited to tell the rest of the story and help others as they embark on their own weight loss journey.