1) How have you been involved with Girls on the Run?
I learned about GOTR through my daughter who was in the program in 2019 in Philadelphia. I was also her buddy during the 5K in December 2019. I then volunteered as a coach for the summer program at Smith Playground. When I moved to Maryland, I decided to initiate the program at Cedarmere where my children attend.
2) What drew you to the program to get involved?
I loved how excited my daughter was when she spoke about it. Then when I did the 5K, I was so happy to see the excitement from everyone there. I had never heard of it before so to see the 5K was amazing! I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
3) Why do you think it's so important for girls today to have access to this program?
A lot of girls lack effective communication skills and confidence. GOTR provides an opportunity for them to develop and grow both. I watched my girls at Cedarmere transform in the span of a few months just from their positive interactions with each other and the coaches through the GOTR curriculum.
4) How have you seen the program impact a girl on your team?
One girl on my team last year did not want to run AT ALL. She complained the first few sessions. About halfway through, there was a shift. She became the motivator of the team. She often took off running by herself and was able to motivate the girls to do "just one more lap".
5) What are some of your hobbies or interests?
I love all things wellness! I overcame symptoms from my personal battle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD by improving my nutrition, moving my body and reciting affirmations. I love empowering my community using the same tools. I also love serving in church (I sing almost every Sunday, I'm on the women's leadership team, and the youth team). And last but definitely not least, I love my family! I have been married for 9 1/2 years and together, we have 11 children (5 who currently still live at home).