Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Girls on the Run serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties, an independent council of Girls on the Run, was founded in 2004 to serve the Metro Phoenix area. In 2017, more than 350 coaches will mentor more than 1,500 local girls, empowering them with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women who positively contribute to their communities. We are excited to soon serve our 10,000th girl this year!

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making


Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions


NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people


Meagan Kukowski

Executive Director


Adrianna Tusek Erickson

Program Manager


Zuri Torres

Program Assistant


Josi Sprunger

Administrative Coordinator


Join the Girls on the Run serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties team!

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Board of Directors

Holly Alexander

Board Chair

Director of Operations, ARC Construction

Cara Christian


Christian, Dichter & Sluga, P.C.

Paula Kipp

Grants Specialist

Southwest Human Development

Lisa Pozzoni

Owner, The Running University

Tara Skuse


Business Engagement Analyst, Isagenix

Meagan Vamos


Environmental Attorney, APS

Carol Relf

Executive Director

JP Morgan Chase

Susan Walter

Vice Chair

Senior Manager, Wolters Kluwer

Ashley Crossman, Ph.D.

Council Co-Founder & Advisory Committee Member

Senior Outcomes Analyst, Healthways Owner/Coach, She Runs Strong

Sharon McLaughlin, M.A., A.T.C.

Council Co-Founder & Advisory Committee Member

Health Science/Wellness Faculty, Mesa Community College

Julie Rose, R.N., B.S.N.

Advisory Committee Member

Unit Based Educator, The Mayo Clinic

Pace Team Committee

Bethany Christiansen

Certified Personal Trainer

Scott's Training Systems (STS)

Cindy Hansen

Community Member

Natalie Hill

Project Accountant

Wespac Construction

Kelley Howard

Library Information Associate

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Shannon Johnson

Center Operations Manager

Arizona State University

Sierra Jones

Client Assistant

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Jennifer Klemmetson

Public Relations Specialist

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Susanne Patterson


Arizona Home Sales by Sue

Jodilyn Peck

Systems Engineer

Integrity Engineering & Design Solutions

Crystal Perez


Juan's Authentic Mexican Food

Katie Piehl


Washington Elementary School District

Susan Price

Director Relationship Management

American Express

Suzanne Ray

Community Member

Dinka Serbalik

Internal Audit Manager

CVS Health

Alicia Truhe

Finance & Accounting Manager

First Solar

Ellen Wolff

Senior Program Manager

American Traffic Solutions

Sarah Wilson

Compliance Attorney

Sagicor Life Insurance Company

Rosina Wright-Castro

Student Success Coordinator

Mesa Community College

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Please contact us for more details about our Board and Pace Team volunteer opportunities

GOTR serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties
7721 E Gray Road
Suite 103
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(602) 795-6572