Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

OUR PROGRAMS

Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run is an affilliate of Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and was established in 2001 to serve Kalamazoo County. We serve nearly 2000 girls at over 70 locations each year. Over 25,000 girls have crossed the finish line in Kalamazoo County since the program began.

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making

Embrace our DIFFERENCES and find STRENGTH in our CONNECTEDNESS

Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions

LEAD with an OPEN HEART and assume POSITIVE INTENT

NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people

OUR STAFF

Melisa Ellis Beeson

Director


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LJ Strunk

Operations Coordinator


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Marketing & 5k Event Coordinator


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Gayle Thompson

Event & Outreach Coordinator


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Laura Vander Beek

Program & Registration Manager


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Andrea Burke

Program & Volunteer Coordinator


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TBD

Program Coordinator


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Program Assistant


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JOIN OUR TEAM: We need passionate hard working individuals to make this program happen.

Current Openings
Our Board

Jennifer Goodwill

Council Chair

Heather McAnaw

Treasurer

Debi Newsome

Fiduciary Rep

Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo

Wendy Hutchison

Committee Chair

Bobbie Smith

Marketing & Communications Chair

Jennifer Lentner

Council Board Development Chair

Stryker Instruments

Lori Nagel-Bennett

GOTR 5k Event Chair

Terry Hutchins

Tutu Run Event Chair

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Katie Williams

Fund Development Chair

Alison Nuismer

H&S Operations Chair

Jenn Houghton

GOTR Operations Chair

Pediatrix Medical Group

Sarah Hurd

Special Events Chair

Chaney Bear, At Large

Richard Gould

Board Member, At Large

Family & Children Services

Maleeka Love

Board Member, At Large

Western Michigan University

Regina Miller

Board Member, At Large

Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring

Carolyn Wyllie

Board Member, At Large

Bronson Healthcare

Margarita Pinto

Board Member, At Large

Zoetis

Duane Park

Board Member, At Large

Eaton Corporation

Sarah Willey

Board Member, At Large

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Board Opportunities

Girls on the Run- Greater Kalamazoo
3901 Emerald Drive
Suite E
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

(269) 532-1220

info@girlsontherunkazoo.org