Press Release – Jennifer Sublett announced as new Executive Director

July 1, 2012

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Names Executive Director

Jennifer Sublett

Jennifer Sublett has been named executive director of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois. She succeeds Tracy Zeman, who has been executive director since January 2011.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an international, non-profit prevention program that prepares girls ages 8-13 to run 3.1 miles and educates them about healthy physical and emotional lifestyles. The program empowers girls at an early age to prevent the display of future at-risk behaviors, giving girls greater self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, a healthier body image, and a better sense of community. The spring and fall programs are administered at more than 40 public and private elementary and middle schools in Springfield and other communities.

“Girls on the Run has had a huge impact on the community and the girls we serve. I look forward to continuing the growth and accomplishments of the organization,” Sublett said.

Sublett previously was director of donor and public relations at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in Springfield. From 2005-07, she was development director for Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. She also served as outreach director for the Illinois Environmental Council (2002-05).

She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois State University in Normal in 1999.

A native of Springfield, Sublett is a member of numerous organizations, including as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Capitol Area Chapter and the Sierra Club Sangamon Valley Group. She also is a member of Illinois Women in Leadership and Young Philanthropists and Young Springfield Professionals Network.

About Girls on the Run

In 17 seasons at 45 program sites, the Springfield GOTR program has touched the lives of more than 200 volunteer coaches who have inspired nearly 2,000 girls to complete the program and live healthier lives. The autumn season will begin September 4th, 2012, at central Illinois elementary and middle schools.