Girls on the Run St. Louis Elects New Members and Officers to Board of Directors

Posted by AOBrien in on Thu 08/05/2021 1:33

ST. LOUIS (August 4, 2021) – Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) has added new members and elected officers to its Board of Directors. Meet the dynamic people who will lead Girls on the Run St. Louis into its 20th year, dedicated to providing continued access to high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports girls’ confidence, competence, physical and emotional health, as well as their connection to their community.

GOTR-STL believes that all girls and communities should have access to its programs. They strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to continue delivering programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization. The organization core values serve as a guide and the organization stands firm in its long-standing commitment to building a world where every person can know and activate their limitless potential. GOTR-STL warmly welcomes the participation of any child who identifies as “girl”, non-binary, or gender expansive in its programs. GOTR-STL is committed to leveraging its intellectual, financial, and human resources to advance strategies to be inclusive, equitable and accessible to all. The organization pledges to be a reflection of the communities it engages, not only in appearance, but also through fostering an atmosphere of community connectedness that serves as a model for participants and other stakeholders.

New board members include: Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano, Director of Entrepreneurship, Cortex Innovation Community and Executive Director, Center for Emerging Technologies (pictured above left); Dr. Amy Eyler, Associate Professor of Public Health, Deputy Director of the Prevention Research Center at the Brown School, Gender Equity Faculty Fellow, Office of the Provost, Washington University in St. Louis (pictured above right).

Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and inspired by her own experiences growing up an immigrant in the United States, Ms. Ramírez-Arellano is passionate and committed to helping people in marginalized communities have access to opportunities for wealth creation. She uses her voice to bring attention to issues around access and has been recognized as a thought-leader in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Eyler is an advocate for gender equity and a nationally known expert in evaluating school polices and how they shape youth physical activity opportunities. The focus of her research is how policies impact chronic disease prevention, mainly through behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating.

Elected officers to the board include (pictured below left to right): chair Hannah Nelson, Senior Counsel, BJC HealthCare; vice chair Amy Fulton, community volunteer; treasurer Jill Coates, Corporate Controller, Apex Oil Company, Inc.; secretary Jennifer Hardester Founder and Counsel, STL Med Law, LLC; immediate past chair Bob Harrison, President and Chairman of the Board, The Daniel and Henry Company.


About Girls on the Run St. Louis
Girls on the Run St. Louis is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade, a critical time in girls’ self-development. Our mission is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. The innovative program combines training for a celebratory 5k event with interactive lessons that combine self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole girl – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Girls are empowered with positive self-awareness and increased confidence; a sense of achievement by training for and completing a 5k; and giving back to their community through a service project each season. Girls experience confidence through accomplishment becoming girls who can.

In response to COVID19, Girls on the Run St. Louis transitioned to a virtual curriculum, GOTR At Home, to provide continued access to this transformational program. More than 3,000 girls and 1,000 adult volunteer coaches completed GOTR At Home during Spring 2020, ensuring they stayed committed to their social, emotional and physical health.

Girls on the Run St. Louis was founded in 2002 and is now the second largest council in North America. Today, Girls on the Run St. Louis is in more than 400 schools across 23 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois. Visit to learn more about how you can empower a girl and empower a generation.