GOTR Welcomes New Board Members

Board of Directors news & updates

Girls on the Run is pleased to welcome three new board members to our team! Patty Hale, Jennifer Stice and Valerie Woodrum joined the Board of Directors in July and each one brings their unique skills, talents and perspective to our growing program.

Patty Hale has been a Girls on the Run coach for five seasons at various program sites in Jacksonville. Patty enjoys giving her time to the program because of the life skills it provides to young girls at her local elementary schools. “The girls learn the benefits of exercise, making good choices and feeling awesome about themselves,” Patty said. Patty is also a chemistry lab instructor at Illinois College and enjoys spending time with her family and fostering rescue dogs.

Jennifer Stice also became involved with our organization through volunteering as a coach in our previous spring season. Jennifer is from Ashland, IL and said, “I am passionate about leadership for young women and promoting good health and fitness.” She is an assistant vice president/senior trust officer at Town & Country Bank and also enjoys spending time with family friends, photography and working out.

Valerie Woodrum is a branch manager/AVP with Illinois National Bank and became involved with our program when her daughter signed up at their local elementary school. Valerie has completed our last two 5k events with her daughter and enjoys the time they spend running together at home. When Valerie was asked what attracted her to Girls on the Run, she said, “I love GOTR! The program offers so many positive ways to love yourself and others, while also teaching the importance of volunteering and the benefits of exercise.”

Karen Carlson has also been elected to serve as chair of the board for 2013-14, replacing Girls on the Run Founder Deb Shultz, who will serve as past chair. Karen is director of Public Relations and Communications at SIU School of Medicine. She has been involved with Girls on the Run since 2003. Other board members for 2013-14 include Bethany Jaeger, Tammie Klein, Jamie Kuhlmann, Kristy Martin and Mary Warren. Thank you to all of our board members and volunteers who give their time to support our girls!