Our two newest staff members have just laced-up for their first season with the Girls on the Run staff. Girls on the Run of Central Illinois is excited to welcome Kelsey Dyckman as the Events and Volunteer Manager, and Courtney Davies as the new Program Manager. Kelsey will be the point person in the implementation of the community 5k events as well as assist with overall program management. Kelsey volunteered as a coach for four seasons while working as the Special Events Manager at the American Lung Association in Illinois. She loved seeing the positive impact the program has on both the girls and the coaches and is excited to be a part of the Girls on the Run team full time.
Kelsey received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois, Springfield in 2006. She is a Central Illinois native, growing up in Carlinville and currently residing in Staunton. Kelsey enjoys being active, riding bikes and has run several 5ks and stairclimbs. Her and her husband Doug are excited to be welcoming their first child in January, a little girl and future Girl on the Run!
Courtney received her Masters in International Relations at the University of Chicago after interning for the National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program, a coalition-based approach to community injury prevention coordinated by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Sweden. She returned to the Council to continue working as a program coordinator for Safe Communities, in addition to taking on projects and planning within corporate and community partnerships. Throughout her work experiences, Courtney has retained a passion for working with and for people, including her inspiring teaching experiences at the University of Illinois—and unique employment as a balloon artist during high school!
Whether on her bike, kickboxing or climbing trees, Courtney believes that few things compare to the feeling of empowerment and strength while being active. Her own personal commitment to challenging herself physically transformed into an interest in helping others find their inner “Supergirl.” She looks forward to helping facilitate the outstanding work of the Girls on the Run site volunteers and coaches, and providing a supportive environment where girls can test themselves to realize their endless potential!