Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers are the backbone of Girls on the Run! To highlight their efforts, we spotlight a different Girls on the Run volunteer each month.


 

April 2017: Girls on the Run Coach Jessica Kiefer

Five-year Girls on the Run 5K coach Jessica Kiefer says that "volunteering with Girls on the Run is easily one of my favorite parts of every year. I look forward to our 10 weeks together as a team!" Read more...

 

March 2017: Girls on the Run Coach Rob Dyer

Three-year Girls on the Run 5K coach Rob Dyer says "the most rewarding part of coaching is the feeling that I have helped impact the girls in a positive way." Read more...

 

February 2017: Girls on the Run Volunteer Alissa Bell

Long-time Girls on the Run 5K Volunteer Coordinator Alissa Bell says the best part of volunteering for Girls on the Run "is definitely the joy of contributing to something I feel passionate about." Read more...

 

January 2017: Girls on the Run Coach Charlynn Koss

Seven-year Girls on the Run Coach Charlynn Koss says she "will never tire of seeing the look of joy on each girl's face as she crosses the finish line at the 5K." Read more...

 

December 2016: Girls on the Run Volunteer Elaine Burgess

Long-time Girls on the Run volunteer Elaine Burgess believes that "Girls on the Run is as much about character development as it is about forward movement." Read more...

 

November 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Melissa Evjenth

Four-year Girls on the Run coach Melissa Evjenth says that "something long-lasting can happen in those 10 weeks" of the the Girls on the Run program with the girls who participate. Read more...

 

October 2016: Girls on the Run Coaches Carol and Scott Swink

Girls on the Run coach Carol Swink decided to volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run because " I was so impressed that Girls on the Run provides coping mechanisms for girls and I wanted to be a part of the program." Read more...

 

September 2016: Heart & Sole Coach Abby Lopes

Abby Lopes, a three-year Heart & Sole coach, believes the Heart & Sole program is "teaching girls to have a voice and to be strong emotionally, mentally, and physically." Read more...

 

August 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Jessica Martin-Moss

Seven-year Girls on the Run coach Jessica Martin-Moss tells anyone thinking of being a Girls on the Run coach that "you will get more out of coaching than you ever dreamed possible. You will become part of a community of strong girls and coaches." Read more...

 

July 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Jenn Miller

Jenn Miller, a six-year Girls on the Run coach, tells girls who are considering participating in the GIrls on the Run program for the first time that "the feeling of finishing your first 5K is priceless." Read more...

 

June 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Kiran Khanna

Kiran Khanna, a four-year Girls on the Run coach, loves "watching the girls learn to be kind and feel empowered (through the Girls on the Run program). It is rewarding to see them learn such great skills."  Read more...

 

May 2016: Girls on the Run Volunteer Elizabeth Halden

Girls on the Run 5K volunteer Elizabeth Halden's favorite part of the 5K is "seeing the dads, brothers, uncles and grandfathers wearing the same spirited outfits as their special Girls on the Run girls, from pink and green hair coloring to rainbow tutus. It's an awesome sight!" Read more...

 

April 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Efrain Hernandez

Efrain Hernandez, a second-year Girls on the Run coach (and a sixth-grade teacher), says that "the Girls on the Run program is about so much more than just running." Read more...

 

March 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Stacy Mascitelli-Morey

Long-time Girls on the Run coach Stacy Mascitelli-Morey loves that the Girls on the Run program "gives girls a voice, it empowers them with life skills and how to make informed decisions about their lives, it helps them set goals and train for a 5K."   Read more...


 

February 2016: Girls on the Run Volunteer Christy Cowley

Long-time Girls on the Run volunteer Christy Cowley has some advice for anyone thinking about getting involved with Girls on the Run: "Go ahead and be the positive role model for a girl that you would've wanted when you were young."   Read more...



 

January 2016: Girls on the Run Coach Janet Borrison

6-year Girls on the Run coach Janet Borrison decied to become a Girls on the Run coach because of the "values of the Girls on the Run program - moving forward with positivity, being intentional and grateful, living with healthy habits and being a strong girl/woman - are important tools I want for my daughters and all girls in our community."   Read more...



 

December 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Caroline Lee

4-year Girls on the Run coach Caroline Lee has "never come across a volunteer who has regretted the decision to be a Girls on the Run coach! So, if you're thinking about it, go for it!"   Read more...



 

November 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Mona Liza Reyes

12-year Girls on the Run coach Mona Liza Reyes thinks that being a volunteer Girls on the Run coach is "by far one of the top five MOST rewarding things I have ever accomplished. My life has definitely become more enriched from being a part of this program."   Read more...



 

October 2015: Girls on the Run Volunteer Marla Britt Fields

Long-time Girls on the Run volunteer Marla Britt Fields thinks the best part of being involved with GIrls on the Run is that she feels like she's "doing something that makes a difference in a girl's life. They learn lessons through Girls on the Run that they will take with them forever...and so do I."  Read more...



 

September 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Patti Harris

Eight-year Girls on the Run coach Patti Harris was motivated to get involved with the Girls on the Run program because "I liked everything I heard about the program, from the curriculum to the training for a 5K. Girls face so many tough situations; the more ways they can learn to handle those issues, the better off they will be."  Read more...



 

August 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Ally Bocchieri

What two-year Girls on the Run coach Ally Bocchieri likes most about Girls on the Run "is that each year there are girls who do not believe they can run a 5K. The program is so well-designed that even if a girl ultimately decides that running is not for her, she'll have a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in what she achieved at the end of the season."  Read more...



 

July 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Kim Shakeri

Three-year Girls on the Run coach Kim Shakeri first signed up to volunteer as a Girls on the Run coach because "Girls on the Run wasn't around when I was young. I didn't find my love of running until I was 40 years old. If I could help just one girl discover she loved running at age eight instead of age 40, I knew I had to say yes."  Read more...


 

June 2015: Board Member and 5K Volunteer Trish Scallan

Girls on the Run Board Member and 5K Race Committee member Trish Scallan loves watching the girls cross the finish line and come into the food area at the Girls on the Run 5K each year: she likes seeing "the smiles, the accomplishment, the pure joy."   Read more...

 

May 2015: Girls on the Run 5K Volunteer Lori Fabris

Long-time Girls on the Run 5K Race Committee member and Team Adelaide member Lori Fabris thinks the best part of being a Girls on the Run 5K volunteer is "seeing strong girls pushing themselves to accomplish a huge goal of completing the race."  Read more...

 

April 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Stephanie Young

Girls on the Run Coach (and 4th grade teacher) Stephanie Young thinks the best part of being a Girls on the Run coach is "bonding with the girls outside of the classroom. I also enjoy getting to know the other Girls on the Run coaches who are so motivated to inspire the girls."  Read more...

 

March 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Tracy Winterhalder

Girls on the Run Coach Tracy Winterhalder loves "seeing the moment when all the girls realize that running is fun, and watching them become more empathetic, compassionate, supportive friends to one another. Seeing the girls cheer each other on and make connections with other girls they may not have (if not for the program) is simply joyful." Read more...

 

February 2015: Girls on the Run 5K Volunteers Barbara and Lance Lougee

Long-time Girls on the Run 5K volunteers, as well as Race Committee members, Barbara and Lance Lougee love volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5K. "We like the teamwork. There is such a spirit of dedication and camaraderie that one can't help but be buoyed along with the energy of the girls." Read more...

 

January 2015: Girls on the Run Coach Jessica Crane

Girls on the Run Coach (and elementary school teacher) Jessica Crane loves getting to know the girls outside of the classroom. "Being able to take my "teacher hat" off, and just get to know them on a more casual level, is priceless." Now in her fourth year of coaching at Oster Elementary, Jessica thinks "girls need an outlet to talk with adults who care (and have been in their shoes) about issues that they are facing." Read more...

 

December 2014: Girls on the Run Coach Kelly Enrico

Girls on the Run Coach (and elementary school teacher) Kelly Enrico first heard about the Girls on the Run program from some of her former students. Now in her third year of coaching at Country Lane Elementary, Kelly loves “seeing the girls thrive... and grow in their confidence. (while training to) complete their first 5K." Read more...

 

November 2014: Girls on the Run Coach Sarah Turpie

Sarah Turpie first got involved with Girls on the Run through the recommendation of a friend. Now, not only is Sarah a Girls on the Run coach at Rio Del Mar Elementary but she's also a member of Team Adelaide (our super-committed volunteer force of current and former coaches). Sarah loves being a Girls on the Run coach. "The rewards of connecting with the girls and watching them shine and find their inner strength and beauty over the course of the program are priceless." Read more...


 

October 2014: Girls on the Run Board Member Karen Izzo

Karen Izzo first got involved with Girls on the Run when the program was being offered at her daughter's school. Now, not only is Karen the Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley Board Chair but she's also a member of Team Adelaide (our super-committed volunteer force of current and former coaches) and a former Girls on the Run coach and the former Girls on the Run 5K Race Director! She does and has done it all! Her favorite part of being and staying involved: "Being a part of the energy and the change of these young girls." Read more...


 

September 2014: Girls on the Run Coach Amy Ratcliffe

Girls on the Run coach Amy Ratcliffe began as a volunteer at Willow Glen Elementary in San Jose before starting a team up at Escondido Elementary in Palo Alto. Both of her daughters have participated in the program and she's brought on more and more coaches each year to her teams. "I would (and do) encourage everyone to become a Girls on the Run coach. it is such a great program! The impact you have on the girls is so rewarding!" Read more...


 

August 2014: Girls on the Run Coach Leola Edmond

Leola Edmond starting coaching eight years ago--after her own children had left home--and has coaches ever since. "Being a volunteer for Girls on the Run has changed my life, especially knowing the Girls on the Run program has helped brighten the future of the participants," she says. "That has brought the true meaning of volunteering to me." Read more...


 

July 2014: Girls on the Run Coach Don Watson

Girls on the Run coaches are not just women but also men who are helping inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Realtor and grandfather to six, Don Watson became a Girls on the Run coach in 2013 and has coached at Bagby Elementary ever since. "Watching the girls grow during each season is undoubtedly the best part." Read more...


 

May 2014: Girls on the Run Board Member and 5K Emcee Karen Trolan

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley Board Member and 5K Emcee Karen Rolan is an amazing volunteer as well as an inspiring role model. A runner and triathlete for much of her life, Karen was paralyzed in a small plane crash in 2009. Never one to give up, Karen chose to deal with this trial in her life and keep on moving. Her continued active lifestyle and dedication to Girls on the Run are amazing. Read more...


 

April 2014: Girls on the Run Coach & Team Adelaide Member Else Sinsigalli

Superstar volunteer Else Sinsigalli wears many Girls on the Run hats: She's the mom to several Girls on the Run alumna, a long-time coach and member of Team Adelaide (our super-committed volunteer force made up of current and former coaches). For Else, being part of Girls on the Run means "being part of this community and giving all girls a voice and a chance to be seen for their strength." Read more...


 

February 2014: Girls on the Run 5K Volunteer Jennifer Soucy

Jennifer Soucy is a long-time Girls on the Run 5K volunteer and mom to Girls on Track graduate Stephanie Soucy. One of her favorite 5K memories? Handing out ribbons at the finish line. "It is such a rewarding experience to see the girls having fun and reaching their goals." Read more...


 

January 2014: Girls on the Run Coach Kristina Hayes

Kristina Hayes is a 4-year Girls on the Run coach and third grade teacher at Nixon Elementary School in Palo Alto who helped start the program at her school. "I knew that this program would help the girls at my school learn to think more positively about themselves and others." Read more...


 

December 2013: Girls on the Run Junior Coach Marissa Rajczi

Marissa Rajczi is a former Girls on the Run participant and current Girls on the Run Junior Coach at Van Meter Elementary School. "I love being a coach who also went through the program as a girl, and I think it adds so much to my ability to relate and provide applicable input for the girls. Plus, who can ever get enough of those smiles?" Read more...


 

November 2013: Girls on the Run Coach Denise Pang

Denise Pang is a 4-year Girls on the Run coach (who started a new program site for the 2014 season) and new member of Team Adelaide, our superstar volunteer force. "As a mom, my goal is to give my two daughters the tools to become healthy, confident and socially responsible women (and contributors to society). Girls on the Run helps to fulfill those goals." Read more...

 

October 2013: Girls on the Run Coach Dorina Kohler

Dorina Kohler is a two-year Girls on the Run coach at Village School in Campbell. "I volunteered for the girls but quickly realized that I was benefiting as well. The lessons we discussed are great reminders at any age. And the personal rewards of helping to enable strong, confident girls is priceless." Read more...


 

September 2013: Girls on the Run SoleMate Mirella Murchuca

Mirella Machuca ran the 2013 Athleta Esprit de She 5K in Palo Alto as a Girls on the Run SoleMate to raise money to help more girls participate in Girls on the Run programs. "After reading about GOTR, I decided to run for a cause. I became a SoleMate because I firmly believe in a young girl's self-esteem and being empowered by those strong women and men around her." Read more...


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