Girls on the Run NYC Board of Directors

Deanna Koestel, Board President

Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus

Deanna has been a runner since her cross-country days in middle school. She has run 7 marathons in addition to countless half-marathons and shorter races on both roads and trails. Deanna is passionate about running and deeply committed to the goals underlying the Girls on the Run mission. In 2007, she began volunteering for the Girls on the Run Central New Jersey chapter, where she was both a coach and board member. In 2013, she became involved with Girls on the Run NYC as a SoleMate and volunteer. Deanna is thrilled to have been elected President of the Girls on the Run NYC Board and is excited to help expand the program and its mission throughout the five boroughs. She is committed to encouraging all girls and young women to live joyful, healthy, empowered and confident lives and to inspiring them to strive for success in any goal they seek in life.

Maura Whelan, Board Secretary

Law Firm

Maura has been a recreational runner since her early teens and believes in the power of athletics to promote healthy self-esteem and powerful, lifelong friendships among women and girls. For Maura, the highlight of every Girls on the Run season is each girl's visible joy and pride crossing the 5K finish line. Maura is a lawyer in private practice and a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School. 

Diedra Nelson, Board Treasurer


Carla Dunn, Board Member


Carla understands first-hand the powerful affect running can have on the lives of young women. She competitively ran track in high school but lapsed in her athletics after starting her career. The birth of her daughter dramatically changed her perspective on healthy living. She initially just wanted to set a good example but after her first 5K she was hooked. She has since run 6 half marathons in 2 years and propelled her career in communications at UBS. Carla is looking forward to sharing the powerful positive effect that running has on a young girl’s life and hopes to inspire her daughter to be a future girl on the run.

Lori Holmes, Board Member


Lori is a partner at HawkPartners, where she helps clients assess market dynamics and trends and develop marketing and brand strategies across a wide range of industries. Lori’s areas of expertise include new product development, optimizing marketing communications, product positioning, and consumer segmentation.  She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Richmond and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Lori has completed the NYC marathon, three Olympic-distance triathlons and is working towards completing a half marathon in every state, training with a group of girlfriends who embody the values of Girls on the Run. Lori grew up playing sports and is passionate about the empowerment of girls through physical activity and teamwork which Girls on the Run teaches. She has been a volunteer for Girls on the Run NYC since 2007 and joined the Board in 2016.

Gail Kegolis, Board Member

Hutchin Hill Capital

Gail joined the Board of Girls on the Run in 2011 after volunteering as a Running Buddy since 2008. Gail has been an athlete all of her life, playing soccer for the U.S. Women’s Team, N.J. State Teams and for Villanova University as well as completing two New York City marathons. She is a firm believer that athletics build confidence, self-esteem and overall health in young women and is proud to be a part of such an incredible organization.

Rachel McCarthy, Board Member


Rachel is JetBlue's Vice President of Talent, overseeing all aspects of hiring and developing talent across JetBlue - a critical piece of strengthening JetBlue's culture as the airline expects to cross the 20,000-Crew member mark in 2016. Rachel has 25+ years of experience within the airline industry, with much of it dedicated to developing new products and services. While Rachel was born and raised in South East England, she is pleased to call New York home. In her spare time, she enjoys running and shares this passion with the community as a Board Member for Girls on the Run, an organization that helps young girls build confidence through health and fitness. She has been on the board for the past two years and running is an important part of Rachel's life - she wishes she had caught the "running bug" earlier in life as it has brought incredible satisfaction to her life as well as recognizing that it teaches some great life lessons - she wants to encourage young girls to find their love of running and community and firmly believes Girls on the Run does that in a meaningful and fun way! Between Rachel and her husband, their family is spread across three continents - North America, Europe, and Asia - so it's a good thing she absolutely loves to travel!

Julie Rice, Board Member

SoulCycle Co-Founder Julie Rice and her partner Elizabeth Cutler are leading a fitness revolution. Their vision of a motivational 45-minute indoor-cycling workout combined with a chic branded environment, and “above and beyond” customer service came to life in 2006 in the rear lobby of an Upper West Side dance studio that Cutler found on Craigslist. Julie and Elizabeth were honored as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Builders + Innovators in 2013 and 2014, SoulCycle was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness of 2013 by Fast Company and was rated the sixth most influential brand on Twitter at CES in January of 2015. Julie is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal's Accelerator column, where startup mentors discuss strategies and challenges of creating a new business.

Amy Sherman, Board Member


Amy began running at an early age but didn't run her first half marathon until 2005. However, it was through running that she gained self confidence as a girl. She feels it is a privilege to give that gift back to girls through Girls on the Run. Amy has a background in marketing, PR and communications. Over the course of ten years, Amy was a part of the Gap Inc. Communications team residing in San Francisco, CA, Milan, Italy and New York City. It was through running that she built lasting friendships across continents. Today, Amy is the Director of Communications for YAI, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a proud board member of Girls on the Run NYC.

Diane Weinberger, Board Member

Hamptons Marathon

Diane began running in high school but was inspired to run a marathon while at Wellesley, the halfway point of the Boston Marathon. She has run 5 marathons (3 NYC and 2 Boston) and loves running so much she and her running partner created the Hamptons Marathon & Half in 2007. She knows that crossing the finish line builds confidence and a sense of pride long after the runner’s high has worn off and instilling a love of running in young girls can create lifelong benefits. Diane joined the Board of Girls on the Run in 2014.

Girls on the Run NYC Staff

Allison Hauser

Executive Director

Allison began volunteering for Girls on the Run NYC in 2006, and started in 2007 as a volunteer coach of both Girls on the Run and Girls on Track at various sites around the city. With a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from North Carolina State University, Allison graduated as a Park Scholar and is the President of the N.C. State Alumni Association in New York. Allison’s love for Girls on the Run comes from a desire to inspire other through fitness, to engage others in healthy lifestyles and to empower young girls. Team sports have always been a part of Allison’s life, and she enjoys the camaraderie of such and is honored to help young girls build friendships and self-esteem, along with a love for running, through the program. She grew up running with her sister and friends, and still enjoys going on running vacations to races around the country with both her original and her new running buddies.

Dorothy Chen 

Business Operations Coordinator

Dorothy received her B.A. from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures department with a concentration in Dance. In her past life in Los Angeles, she was a semifinalist for the Music Center Spotlight Awards as well as a representative for Los Angeles at NYCDA’s National Competition. Dorothy taught Contemporary Modern at Cuizon Ballet Centre in Thousand Oaks and was the Administrator at Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. In December of 2011, she started a dance collective, SZC Project, with Sara Silkin and Lydia Zimmer. Since living in New York, Dorothy has danced in the works of Sophie Sotsky | TYKE Dance and Sunhwa Chung | Ko-Ryo Dance Theater. Dorothy is grateful to be a part of the Girls on the Run NYC team and enjoys helping to facilitate the Girls on the Run mission and vision to enable girls to be confident and to live out their limitless potential.

Lindsay Zickler 

Program Manager

Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also ran cross-country. She obtained her Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University, with a focus in Sports Management. Lindsay joined GOTR NYC in 2013, bringing with her several seasons of experience as a cross-country and track coach.  She has worked in the non-profit health industry and most recently, has been responsible for the marketing and event management of several run/walk/ride events across the country. As a former college athlete and overall wellness-enthusiast, Lindsay strongly believes in the mission of Girls on the Run. It is through the powerful combination of physical activity and life lessons that these young girls are able to develop their confidence, self-esteem, and healthy decision-making skills. Lindsay stays active physically and mentally by walking her dog Zoey, running at Prospect Park, and practicing yoga and meditation.

Summer McKanstry

Fundraising & Events Manager

Summer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC) and Master of Science in Journalism – Public Relations from Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL). Summer has planned a variety of special events, fundraisers and conferences for large associations including The Florida Bar and has volunteered with the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. She has mentored young girls since college and finds joy in helping to inspire them. As a former athlete, she understands that athletics build self-confidence, enhances the culture of teamwork and encourages a healthy lifestyle. Summer believes in the Girls on the Run mission and knows every girl is uniquely created and their potential is limitless. She is the wife of Jameel, mother of little Amier (Jameel Jr.), and dog Windy. She is excited to be a part of the amazing Girls on the Run NYC team.

Internship Opportunities

Girls on the Run NYC is currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 internship positions.
For more information on the opportunities, please visit to our Internship Opportunities page.