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Girls on the Run International Staff Members

Elizabeth Kunz President

I have learned at Girls on the Run to let my core values courageously guide all my actions and decisions on behalf of the greater good. I have an immense amount of gratitude to serve an organization that honors authenticity, integrity, mindfulness and respect for others.

Kathryn Thompson Vice President, Operations

I joined Girls on the Run to follow my passion - inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, and teaching them how to realize and value their personal strengths.  Since joining the organization, I am humbled and amazed by the wonderful women who put their individual talents to use furthering the organization’s mission, vision and values.  

Heather Blake Vice President, Finance

Since joining Girls on the Run, I have truly learned what it means to lead with an open heart and how freeing it is to express joy, optimism and gratitude instead of hiding my feelings. I’m grateful to work with such a wonderful network of people whose passion is helping girls reach for their limitless potential.  

Amy Ellrod Vice President, Marketing

Since joining Girls on the Run, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with a group of women who are truly passionate about ensuring all girls have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. All of the women and girls involved with this amazing organization have taught me that no matter how old you are or where you come from, you can make a difference in someone’s life just by celebrating their inner beauty and everything that makes them unique.

Allison Riley Vice President, Programming & Evaluation

Since joining Girls on the Run, I have been inspired to approach each day with an open heart and renewed passion for serving youth. I have learned that Girls on the Run is more than just a program or an organization – it is a network of strong and wonderful girls and women committed to making this world a better place. I am honored to be a part of something so much bigger than me!

Michelle Jackson Operations Director

Since joining Girls on the Run, I have learned and truly appreciate the power behind helping girls achieve their limitless potential one by one.

Suzy Winters Director of Professional Development

Since becoming a part of the organization I have learned that you are never too old to learn new things and that work that has meaning creates remarkable satisfaction and joy.

Sharon Williams Director of Special Projects

Working for Girls on the Run has taught me that the lessons we teach the girls are good for our interactions as adults, too.  When you apply the GOTR core values to all relationships, people begin to shine because they feel empowered to be the best they can be.  When a person feels valued and appreciated, it is easy to express joy, optimism, and gratitude!

Fran Pineros Partnerships Director

I have learned at Girls on the Run to embrace my core values and ignite my passion to help all girls recognize their limitless potential.  I am both humbled and invigorated to work for an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, confident, healthy, responsible and connected to the greater community. GOTR changes the world one girl at a time and I am privileged to be a part of this amazing organization.

Lisa Keller Council Development Manager

Joining the organization has enabled me to see how Girls on the Run can empower girls to know they can achieve their greatest potential.

Christina Traband Partnerships Manager

Since becoming part of Girls on the Run, I have learned a tremendous amount about being healthy, joyful, and confident. These are important attributes for all girls to in order to set them up for success. Being able to work for an organization that brings such positivity and critical lessons to girls is a blessing because these girls are our future.

Lisa Kendzior Community Relations Coordinator

Girls on the Run has given me the courage to discover my true self and to let my true self shine! I am so lucky to work with women who encourage me to follow my dreams and to have the chance to help others accomplish their goals too. 

Celi Merchant Marketing Coordinator

Since joining Girls on the Run, I've learned to just go for it! No idea is too big, too ambitious, or too scary. I have truly learned the value in knowing and activating your limitless potential. 

Ami Hill Operations Coordinator

Girls on the Run has taught me to accept that while our girls cannot control the worlds they are born into, through intentional love and support, they can very much control the choices they make by learning how to thrive in even the yuckiest of environments; and though this is no easy feat, at the root of every challenge or disappointment lies an opportunity to blossom into a girl with clearer vision, ambition and unwavering self-love. 

Stephanie Lasure Accounting Specialist

I have learned at Girls on The Run to fully embrace the sunshine inside me! I am immensely grateful to the women I have met through this organization, as each one has shed light into my heart in different ways. They are thoughtful, mindful, authentic, intentional and remarkable women - each one on a mission to teach all girls how to embrace the sunshine that lives in each and every one of them. I am very grateful and humbled to be part of such an incredible organization.



Girls on the Run International Board of Directors

Chris Mann Board Chair

City Year

Jean Sequite

Gazelle Sports, Owner

Chris Scheurer

McGuireWoods LLP, Partner

Dr. Maureen Weiss

Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota

Denise Jackson

AMN Healthcare General Counsel, Senior VP and Corporate Secretary

Laura Maxim

Peak 10 - Director of Financial Planning & Analysis 

Douglass Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD

Seattle Children's Hospital, Chief of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity 

Patrick Callahan

CompassRed

Robin Sarratt

LancasterHistory.org, Vice President