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
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.
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.
Kristen can't remember WHY she went out for the track team when she started high school, but she's so happy she did, because since then running has never stopped playing a central role in her life. Kristen was the Director of Programs for Girls on the Run-Chicago for six years, and has worked with the operations team for the Bank Of America Chicago Marathon since 2010. She currently works for the City University of New York as the Director of CUNY Internship Programs, and she serves on the leadership council for Crown Heights Running Club. She has two cats, littermates named Meb and Kate, for Meb Keflezighi and Kathrine Switzer. She couldn't believe more strongly in the mission of Girls on the Run.
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!
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. She is a proud board member of Girls on the Run NYC.
Diane Weinberger, Board Member
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.
Chad Widensky, Board Member
Bank of America
Girls on the Run NYC Community Leadership Committee
Girls on the Run NYC Staff
Jae Cameron grew up as the least active kid in a family of extremely motivated runners. Building strength, community, and leadership through running has been a foundational part of her life - and motivates her to this day. Jae holds a masters degree in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia and undergraduate degrees in Gender Studies and English Literature from Concordia University. She has over ten years of experience in community organizing and fundraising for gender equity, and brings this passion to Girls on the Run NYC. Prior to joining GOTR NYC, Jae worked at Hollaback! as their program and development officer, and as a co-founder of the HeartMob platform against online harassment. Outside of the nonprofit sector, Jae has planted over one million trees during her time as a reforestation worker in Northern British Columbia and Alberta. She still runs with her family every week (albeit over a Fitbit and across two countries) and hopes to, one day, match them in marathons run.
Believing deeply in the power inherent in every girl, Dylan is thrilled to work for an organization that makes such a profound impact on the lives of girls, families, and communities! Dylan received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Wellesley College, where her two independent study projects focused on the effects of parental incarceration on youth and the relationship between forced displacement and gender-based violence. Prior to Girls on the Run, Dylan worked in operations at Formlabs and served as a social science research assistant at MIT and Wellesley. While living in Boston, she also volunteered at the Victim Rights Law Center. Though dancing is her main physical (and stress-relieving!) activity these days, Dylan hopes to one day run the Boston Marathon and pass through her alma mater's iconic "Scream Tunnel" at the 13-mile mark. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, writing, and exploring Brooklyn with her rescue pup Zola.
Operations and Volunteer Coordinator
Julia's connection to Girls on the Run began in 2013 when she served as a coach for Girls on the Run of Greater Rochester during college. After returning home to New York City, she continued her involvement as a volunteer and SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC, so she is delighted that she can now focus on her passion for the organization's mission as a staff member. Prior to joining the GOTR NYC team, Julia spent four years working at Columbia University Medical Center, managing operations for the Office of Development and later overseeing community programming for the Office of Government & Community Affairs. In her free time, she balances her own love of running with a love of cooking (and eating!). Her personal commitment to volunteerism has connected her to a variety of organizations devoted to empowering women, so she is excited to help others find similar opportunities through Girls on the Run.
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 (now, Heart & Sole - middle school) 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. 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 vacations to running events around the country with both her original and her new running buddies.
Radford is an educator and runner with 10 years of experience in the classroom and 18 years of experience on the track. Radford received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in International Relations and Religion, and has a master’s degree in International Affairs and Development from The New School, where she wrote her thesis on the impact of after school programs on students in South America. Originally from the great state of California, she has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and New York. She is thrilled to work with Girls on the Run to help young women realize their full potential and embrace their own joy. When she is not running races (the half-marathon is her favorite!) in New York City and beyond, she enjoys rock climbing, swimming, and avocados. She is an enthusiastic member of North Brooklyn Runners and lives in Bed-Stuy with her husband Joey and their cats Alexander Hamilton and Bernardo O’Higgins.
Girls on the Run NYC will announce Summer 2019 (May - August) internship positions in January 2019.