Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jennifer Stice : Chair

Jennifer Stice

Chair

Assistant Vice President, Senior Trust Officer, Town and Country Bank
Home Town: Ashland, Illinois
First Year on Board: 2013
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Coach, spring 2013 season
What Attracted You to GOTR: I am passionate about leadership for young women and promoting good health and wellness.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, working out, photography and various Pinterest projects


Jamie Kuhlmann : Past Chair

Jamie Kuhlmann

Past Chair

Senior Manager-General Accounting, Bunn-O-Matic Corporation

Home Town: Charleston, Illinois
First Year on Board: 2012
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Chair of Fundraising and Event Leadership Committee, Coach and Running Buddy
What Attracted You to GOTR: The idea of being able to positively influence a young girl’s life and give her the knowledge and confidence to succeed in life. Amazing!
Hobbies: Spending time with family, friends and our dogs, working out and lawn work.


Leah Hardy : Vice Chair

Leah Hardy

Vice Chair

Business Analyst, Levi Ray & Shoup, Inc.
Home Town: Springfield, Illinois
First Year on Board: 2014
Previous Involvement with GOTR: I have been a coach or practice partner at Christ the King School for the past 7 seasons and I have participated in every 5k event - a streak I plan to continue!
What Attracted You to GOTR: My own daughter is what initially attracted me to Girls on the Run, and I thought I would leave the program when she did - but that was 5 seasons ago! She is becoming a strong, confident teenager and I enjoy giving other young girls in our community the tools they need to make smart choices and live a healthy lifestyle through Girls on the Run.
Hobbies: Attending my children's performances and sporting events and volunteering at their school; traveling, running, and CrossFit


Jill Barth : Secretary

Jill Barth

Secretary

HR & Marketing Communications Consultant, Writer, & Yoga Instructor (200 RYT)
Home Town: Rushville, Illinois
First Year on Board: 2014
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Program supporter
What Attracted You to GOTR: The organization gives inspired energy to the girls, a place for body and mind to grow. There's excitement and encouragement in every GOTR engagement.
Hobbies: Family time, travel, good books, wine, and gardening


Lisa Stinson : Treasurer

Lisa Stinson

Treasurer

Senior Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP

Home Town: I grew up all over the United States, but I've called Springfield my home for the last 6 years
First Year on Board: 2015
Previous Involvement with GOTR: None
What Attracted You to GOTR: Girls on the Run does so many great things for young girls in our community. As a young girl, running and other sports were what helped me to get through the awkward stages of my youth. I moved around a lot and it was running and sports that helped me to gain friendships at new places and learn the skills such as perseverance, confidence, goal-setting and leadership that have helped me throughout my life. Girls on the Run integrates the great aspects of running along with these and other important skills to help young girls during a crucial period of their lives. I am so excited to be a part of this organization.
Hobbies: Running, soccer, reading, and family time


Paige Dodson : Board Member

Paige Dodson

Board Member

Sr. Engineer, Farnsworth Group Inc.


Home Town: Peoria, IL
First Year on Board: 2017
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Fundraised for Peoria & Tazewell teams
What Attracted You to GOTR: I have a passion for empowering young women and helping them to understand that their potential is limitless.  I was immediately drawn to GOTR when I read through the curriculum the first time.  It is amazing the way that GOTR rolls the life lessons and exercise into one program to teach these girls how to love themselves and their community.  They are lessons that I think everybody young and old could use more of!
Hobbies: Crossfit, running, St. Louis Cardinals, Fighting Illini, beach vacations, having fun with my husband and great dane, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Society of Women Engineers member (Outreach Committee and Communications Committee)


Albert O. Eck III : Board Member

Albert O. Eck III

Board Member

Director of Vendor Services, H.D. Smith


Home Town: Springfield, IL
First Year on Board: 2017
What Attracted You to GOTR: As the father of two young children, I wanted to support an organization focused on the health and development of young girls. GOTR has an excellent reputation for encouraging girls to grow confidence and learn healthy habits in the process. Similar to working with Boy Scouts and my son, I wanted show my daughter that I support her in her endeavors. Through my commitment to GOTR I also hope to teach my children about the value of being involved in the community and that gender lines are not boundaries defining who we are or what we do.
Hobbies: Woodworking, camping, completing DIY projects, and coffee drinking


Kristi Jones : Board Member

Kristi Jones

Board Member

Management Consultant, Kerber, Eck and Braeckel LLP (KEB)
Home Town: Belvidere, IL
First Year on Board: 2015
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Volunteer
What Attracted You to GOTR: Running has played a major role in my life. My experiences from high school track and cross-country taught me so much about myself and I carry these lessons with me in my professional and personal life. I want girls to have an opportunity to go out and challenge themselves and accomplish something that they never thought they could through Girls on the Run.
Hobbies: Half-marathons (Champaign-Urbana is my favorite course), cheering on the Fighting Illini, watching my daughters (Hannah and Sydney) grow up and get involved in sports and activities


Nora MacZura : Board Member

Nora MacZura

Board Member

Physician, Gynecological Oncology, Springfield Clinic, LLP

Home Town: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
First Year on Board: 2016
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Attended fundraisers, personal financial contributions
What Attracted You to GOTR: I think it is a wonderful needed program that helps inspire young women and provide them with the confidence, skills, and determination to succeed in life. I am a strong believer in not only exercising the mind, but also the body. A healthy lifestyle is crucial for physical and mental strength and is part of creating a positive environment for ourselves. I am so excited to be able to participate in this program in a more meaningful way and help young girls make better choices in life.
Hobbies: running, water skiing/wake surfing, reading, salsa dancing


Mike McGee : Board Member

Mike McGee

Board Member

Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty
Firefighter, City of Springfield

Home Town: Springfield, IL
First Year on Board: 2017
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Fundraisers
What Attracted You to GOTR: As a father of three super hero loving daughters, I am devoted to their health and happiness. GOTR is an organization that can help them and other girls achieve those goals. Not only does it promote physical well-being, it also contributes to a positive sense of sense and confidence.  Plus, my daughters can't wait to run in a race with other super girls.
Hobbies: The most important thing to me is my family.  To me a hobby is how you want to spend your time when you are away from work.  I couldn’t think of a more relaxing and rewarding hobby than spending time with my three daughters and of course their wonderful mother. 


Carolyn White : Board Member

Carolyn White

Board Member

Retired – former Computer Consultant, State of Illinois

Home Town: Manchester, IL
First Year on Board: 2016
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Coach
What Attracted You to GOTR: Being a mentor to young girls and helping to provide them with tools to become strong women. I’ve been very impressed with the curriculum as far as helping these girls, not only to become physically capable of running a 5K, but emotionally and mentally equipped to deal with adolescence.
Hobbies: Reading, oil painting, developing an ever-growing fairy garden with my granddaughter, volunteering with my parish and my local Relay for Life.


Founder

Deb Shultz : Founder of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois

Deb Shultz

Founder of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois

Retired, IBM Sales and Sales Management
Home Town: Fairbury, Illinois (moved to Springfield in 1992)
First Year on Board: 2010
Previous Involvement with GOTR: Founder of central Illinois Program in 2004 and the 2011 Athena Award winner
What Attracted You to GOTR: Initially I was attracted to the program because of the opportunity to share important life skills (friendship, health, service) with young girls in a very fun, non-competitive environment. What I’ve learned is that girls of all ages (adult volunteers like me) benefit from the GOTR messages and enjoy the program. GOTR participants and volunteers are amazing!
Hobbies: Family time, tennis, pilates, running, golf