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Laura joined Girls on the Run in July 2009. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth serving nonprofit organizations. Laura has served as the Executive Director of Girls Inc. in Augusta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida as well as directed a special needs camp for children with cancer. Laura has a passion for girls needs and the issues that are unique to them, and she believes in the mission of Girls on the Run wholeheartedly! Laura grew up participating in athletics, and believes every girl should have the opportunity to increase their self-esteem, resilience, and build a healthy lifestyle. Laura is excited to work with such amazing volunteers to help GOTRNEFL reach every girl who wants to participate!
Teri Thrower, Program Manager, joined GOTR as a coach of one of our scholarship sites during Fall 2008. A native of the NW suburbs of Chicago, she relocated to Jacksonville with her husband in the winter of 2001 after graduating with elementary and junior-high teaching certificates from Northern Illinois University. After working in the Duval County elementary school system for several years, she had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mother for her son, Aden. During this time, she was also very active in extra-curricular activities, including softball, running, and triathlons; completing the Florida Ironman 140.6 in November 2012. Teri oversees the GOTR program, including managing registration each season, site recruitment, coach recruitment, as well as serving as a liaison to all Site Champions and Coaches and coordinating site visits.
Stephanie Schaeffer started with Girls on the Run as a running buddy in 2014, fell in love with the organization, and immediately signed up as a coach that next season. She brings 11 years of marketing strategy experience to the Communications and Special Events role, from working in digital strategy for several marketing agencies to growing a small software start-up into an industry leader. As a coach, she has personally watched the positive transformations of young girls that complete the program and she can't wait to use her experience to help GOTRNEFL to grow and reach even more girls. Outside of GOTR, her interests include spending time with family, running, photography, traveling, writing, reading and helping rescue dogs.
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