Girls on the Run International Staff Members

Elizabeth Kunz Chief Executive Officer

As a lifetime advocate for girls' and women's issues, Liz has always encouraged others to recognize the power they have to create and transform their own lives and the world at large.  Liz spent the first eleven years of her professional life in the corporate sector before transitioning to the non-profit sector in 1996.  It was while working at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte that Liz first met Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker.  The mission of Girls on the Run - inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident - profoundly resonated with Liz's personal mission and she started volunteering for the organization in 2002.  She served on the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005 and joined the staff as Chief Operating Officer in 2006. She has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Girls on the Run International since 2008, presiding over an incredible time of organizational growth. Liz brings significant expertise to Girls on the Run in setting strategic direction, leading change, and creating an appreciative culture of innovation and empowerment. 

Kathryn Thompson Chief Operating Officer

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.  

Theresa Miller Chief Engagement Officer

I am thrilled to be a member of the Girls on the Run team and to have the opportunity to share the Girls on the Run mission, vision and values with our current and future partners. This is an incredible organization that empowers women and girls, and it is a blessing to be able to make an impact on the lives of girls through my work. 

Heather Blake Chief Financial Officer

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.  

Lisa Luth Senior Vice President, Council Development

At Girls on the Run, we teach our girls the value of expressing gratitude daily.  This lesson is easy for me to put into practice when it comes to my work here at Girls on the Run.  I am so grateful to spend my time serving an organization that teaches girls to know and activate their limitless potential.  I am honored to be a part of a program that changes the landscape of how girls see themselves in the world.

Allison Riley Senior Vice President, Programming and 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!

Sharon Williams Vice President, Information Technology and Risk Management

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!

Mandy Murphy Vice President, Training and Development

I have learned so much about leading an authentic life from my work with Girls on the Run. It is truly a gift to work with an organization and with people who value and encourage individuals to show up fully and authentically in the world – just as we are  -- our perfectly, imperfect selves!

Michelle Jackson-Holland Sr. Director of Human Resources

Working for Girls on the Run has taught me the importance of being intentional in my decision-making, valuing relationships, and the importance of making an impact, one girl at a time. It is amazing to be part of an organization that teaches not only our girls, but all of the adults involved, to lead a life with limitless possibilities. Joining the Girls on the Run team has made such an impact in my life – I have had the opportunity to join a network and meet amazing and remarkable women and girls who will shape the future of our world. 

Sequoya Mungo Sr. Director of Access and Inclusion

I am honored to be a part of an organization that believes in the limitless potential of all girls.  The lessons girls learn through GOTR are transferrable to all aspects of their lives now, and well into adulthood.  Being a part of something so impactful is truly magical.

Liz Wian Sr. Director of Development

The GOTR spirit, unyielding commitment to our core values, and the remarkable people that serve this organization make Girls on the Run much more than a job.  It’s an honor to work alongside such passionate and visionary women and to cultivate relationships with others in the community that share our mission and values.  Every day I learn from the lessons we teach our girls and I am grateful for the opportunity to not only connect others to investing in Girls on the Run, but investing in myself as well.

Emily Plauché Director of Accounting and Subsidiary Controller

The only way to be truly satisfied in life is to do what you believe is great work and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  At GOTR, I am grateful every day to work with women who are passionately living the life they love, where we recognize each other’s limitless potential, celebrate each other’s unique strengths, encourage each other to dream BIG and then impart these valuable lessons to the next generation of girls. It is an honor to be a part of this team!

Sarah Richardson Director of Development

The reach and impact of Girls on the Run is truly awe-inspiring. I am proud to rally our community behind our programming and the amazing girls we serve. Together, we are creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential. 

Juliellen Simpson-Vos Director of Council Development

Girls on the Run is this amazing space where courage, compassion and confidence is nurtured. When those three things come together, magic happens. It’s an honor to work for this organization and help support our councils in reaching their limitless potential so that through their good work all girls can reach theirs.

Lisa Keller Manager, Council Relations

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

Deb Chaplin Events Manager

I'm grateful to work for an organization that inspires girls to be their unique selves, and that teaches them to stand up for themselves and others. At the beginning and the end of the day, it is all for the girls.

Asha Ellison Communications Manager

I like to think of Girls on the Run as a happy place. It feels magical to be a part of an organization that positively impacts and changes the lives of girls who will eventually grow into empowered women. They will lead and love others with a tenacity and courage that is unparalleled. What I love most about Girls on the Run is, when you look at our teams, you see the commitment to diversity, inclusion, and girl power personified. I look forward to what’s to come.

Ami Hill Policy and Risk Manager

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. 

Jill Stelluto-Hall Merchandise Manager

Girls on the Run has taught me that everyone is a unique individual. No matter our differences we all have one thing in common - we are all connected through Girls on the Run. I am honored to work with an amazing group of women who are impacting the lives of girls nationwide everyday.

Julia Pelly National Program Manager

I am thrilled to be a member of the Girls on the Run team and to have the opportunity to be a part of helping strong girls grow into strong women. Girls on the Run has shown me that anyone can do anything and has inspired me to work hard to live the lessons we teach our girls.

Christina Traband Development 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.

Grace Weaver Donor Relations Manager

I am grateful to be a team member at Girls on the Run and value the program’s ability to empower girls to be bold, strong and confident. It is a joy to collaborate with a talented group of women who truly care about the mission and values of the organization.

Jessica Willard Creative Services Manager

I am tremendously grateful to be a part of an organization which empowers girls to realize their inner strength and activate their limitless potential. Every day I have the privilege of collaborating with strong, supportive women who are effecting change in the lives of countless girls.

Marybeth Williams Grant Manager

Girls on the Run allows girls to not only find strength in themselves and their own individuality, but also strength in the relationships they have with one another. It is an honor to be part of an organization that promotes the empowerment of young girls and celebrates the sisterhood of all women.

Camille Grimsley GOTR Learning Academy Administrator

It gives me overwhelming joy to spend each day helping to further the Girls on the Run vision of creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential. It is a humbling experience to work in a place where the core values are lived, purposefully, each day. I am in awe of the profound impact that GOTR has on girls (and women!) and look forward to witnessing and contributing to its continued greatness.

Michelle Martinez Systems & Reporting Analyst

It’s a treat to work with a team that values joy, health, and confidence in their core mission. The vision of a world where all girls know their limitless potential and can boldly pursue their dreams is a vision that I am inspired and excited to help fulfill!

Ashley Metts Financial Analyst

I am proud, and grateful, to be part of an organization where our collective talents are working towards achieving an inspiring vision. It is incredibly rewarding knowing you are directly impacting the empowerment of today’s youth to recognize their limitless potential and pursue their dreams. My role at Girls on the Run is proof to dream big because dreams do come true.

Brittney Rogers Program Support Specialist

It is amazing to see how much Girls on the Run has grown in our organizational history, and to look at the path that lies ahead. From our participants, to our volunteers, to our employees – we are striving to personify our lessons and our core values to ultimately enhance the world around us. It is truly an honor to work alongside such powerful women, helping girls everywhere to be joyful, healthy, and confident.

Jennifer Walason Graphic Designer

Girls on the Run is an awe-inspiring organization to be a part of. I feel incredibly lucky that I am able to help further our mission of empowering girls by giving them the tools necessary to live joyful, healthy, and confident lives. It is a combination that encourages girls to become the best versions of themselves and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Nabeel Nasiru Tech & Operations Associate

I joined Girls on the Run because I believe that not only women should support and encourage women, but also men. By working for Girls on the Run, I get to be a part of something bigger than me every single day. I feel empowered to empower others! 

Emily Nergart Human Resources Coordinator

Girls on the Run is truly an amazing organization that inspires young women to achieve their limitless potential and excel at being healthy, strong and confident.  I am grateful to be part of an organization that has a positive impact on so many young lives.

Katlyn Patterson Accounts Receivable Coordinator

I am in awe of the mission of Girls on the Run and the people engaged in making it happen. Many young girls are in need of positivity, reassurance and happiness to lift their lives. It is endlessly inspiring to know I am part of an organization providing it. How could there possibly be a better reason to get up every morning?

Deborah Truesdale Office Coordinator

I’m excited to be a part of an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. With the fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running, girls in our communities can learn to embrace who they are, can rise to the challenge, and change the world. I look forward to sharing with everyone I come in contact with the mission and vision of Girls on the Run.

 

Lily Zhang Accounts Payable Coordinator

Women can achieve anything, and working for Girls on the Run proves this day after day. I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that encourages and inspires women to dream and do. As a mother of three daughters, the positivity at Girls on the Run empowers us all to reach for the stars.



Girls on the Run International Board of Directors

Juli Marley Board Chair; Charlotte, NC

Juli Marley is a partner with Blue Point Capital Partners, LLC, a middle market private equity fund. Juli is responsible for Blue Point’s investing activities in the South East region and currently manages Blue Point’s investments in OrthoLite, Smith Cooper and US Drinks. Juli first joined Girls on the Run as a coach in 2002, where she experienced first-hand the empowerment and inclusion the program creates and has been supporter of the GOTR mission ever since.

Kristin Lesher Board Vice Chair; Washington, D.C.

Kristin Lesher is a managing director and head of the Regional Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities. Kristin has nearly 20 years of investment banking experience and has has expertise across a number of industry sectors including consumer, industrial, technology, financial institutions, and business services.

Chris Cotton Charlotte, NC

Chris Cotton is a Principal at Summit Park and serves as the firm's financial operating partner. Chris has been working with the firm's investment team since 2010. Prior to joining Summit Park, Chris was a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP where he provided attest and financial advisory services primarily to middle market companies in the consumer and industrial products industries. Prior to Deloitte, Chris spent 11 years at Arthur Andersen LLP where he rose to the rank of Senior Manager.

Jennifer Ebbitt Los Altos, CA

Jennifer Ebbitt is a Director at X, Google parent company Alphabet's moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered internet, and smart contact lenses are developed. Jennie manages the X Partnerships team and helps X projects make contact with the real world. She has nearly 20 years of business development experience in consumer technology, mobile, strategic partnerships, content and IP licensing.  Jennie enjoys lacing up her running shoes, volunteering at school with her four young children and is honored to be serving on the Board of Girls on the Run to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

Phyllis Finley Alpharetta, GA

Phyllis Finley served as Executive Vice President, North America for an international HR Services organization for 27 years.  Her credentials included strategic planning, sales, recruitment, staff development and training, and leadership for all company-level diversity, corporate social responsibility and public affairs initiatives.  A strong advocate of community service, Finley supports efforts to improve the education, health, economic and overall empowerment of those who are disadvantaged and supports these priorities as a board member for Girls on the Run International.

Rakesh Gopalan Charlotte, NC

Rakesh Gopalan is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP, an international law firm. Rakesh practices in the area of corporate transactions, focusing on complex technology deals, mergers and acquisitions and public company securities issuances and reporting requirements. He is actively involved with diversity & inclusion efforts within the legal community, including by co-founding Charlotte’s Asian bar association. Rakesh enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, is an avid guitarist and loves to travel. He is thrilled to be a part of Girls on the Run International and looks forward to having his daughter join Girls on the Run!

Kristin Kelley Atlanta, GA

Kristin leads the strategic direction for Randstad North America’s integrated marketing initiatives involving branding, digital marketing, content, public relations, citation programs and enhancing the talent and customer experience. Kristin has served as an instrumental leader in driving business revenue through digital transformations and implementing Randstad’s agile workforce in 2015. Additionally, she has been an ongoing thought leader, targeting demographic shifts in women's leadership and the growing millennial workforce. Her wide-ranging skillsets and data-driven strategies improve the way Randstad communicates the evolving world of work.

Heidi Levine New York, NY

Heidi Levine is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm. Heidi’s legal practice focuses on product liability and mass tort litigation, typically in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution, and represents life science companies in compliance counseling and global anti-corruption investigations. In 2011, The American Lawyer named Heidi to its "45 under 45" list of "The Top Young Women of the Amlaw 200." In 2014, Heidi was honored by NOW New York with its “Women of Power & Influence” Award. Heidi spends much of her “free” time on the advancement and promotion of women in the legal profession and enjoys mentoring many young professional women. She is thrilled to join the Board of GOTR to continue her mission of building confidence in our young women.

Sheila McGinley Bloomfield, CT

Sheila McGinley serves as President of Cigna's Industry Verticals businesses.  She is responsible for Cigna's solutions and services for local governments, schools and hospitals & health systems.  Sheila was the inaugural chair of the Cigna Women’s Colleague Resource Group.  This employee-led, company-sponsored group works to harnesses the capabilities of Cigna's female employees to build stronger connections with customers and communities and to grow women leaders.  Sheila has over 30 years of experience in health care, having served in diverse roles at Cigna including in network management and product development.

Sonali Rajan New York, NY

Sonali Rajan is an Assistant Professor of Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies patterns of risk behavior among adolescent youth; environmental-level characteristics that influence health behaviors among urban youth and communities; and implements and evaluates school-based health education programs. In line with the approach of the “whole child”, her research embraces a comprehensive definition of “health”, recognizing that the synergy between multiple health issues and the surrounding environments together inform long-term outcomes. Sonali is a long-time Girls on the Run coach and volunteer and believes strongly in the value and mission of this beautiful program! Few things make her happier than spending time with her favorite 4th graders and she is so honored to serve as a board member and support GOTR's efforts at empowering young girls all across the country.  

Holly Ramer Boston, MA