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 Michiana is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run Michiana was established in 2010 to serve St. Joseph and Elkhart counties and has had over 1,500 participants over the past six years.

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


Amy Cooper-Collier

Council Director

“I am inspired by so many stories of Girls on the Run truly making a difference in our community!”

Jenny Derenek

Program Director

“Girls on the Run inspires me to be a confident and caring adult.”

Liz Johnson

Development Director

“As a mother to three girls, I want my daughters, and all girls, to know that they have limitless potential. Girls on the Run embodies this ideal in so many ways and I am proud to be a small part of this incredible movement!”

Courtney Jorgensen

Community Engagement Coordinator

“It's not just the girls who get rewarded with the program; everyone who has a part in GOTR is positively impacted.”

Jody Julian

Executive Assistant

“I love the energy of 5k day and watching the girls cross the finish line with their GOTR friends, parents and siblings. I can see the pride in their smiles! I know GOTR changed all of their lives for the better and that makes me proud to be a part of this amazing program.”

Samira Payne

5K Director

“GOTR inspires me to live my best life and be a more active member of my community.”

This Could Be You!

Program Coordinator

“Now hiring for a Program Coordinator.”

Melissa Glenn

STAR Coach

“I believe in the values Girls on the Run instills in young girls and I live these ideals. I am a role model to little girls with big dreams. I encourage them to accomplish things they never thought possible. Through coaching, I am showing myself what I am capable of, embracing who I am and defining who I want to be!”

Girls on the Run Michiana is made up of passionate individuals who help to inspire more girls in the Michiana area. Currently, we have no job openings.

Employment Opportunities
Our Board

Katie Mishler


Crowe Horwath LLP

Stephanie Cerney


Crowe Horwath LLP

Jamie Helman

Development Chair

Stacy Koebel-Harder, CPA

Board Secretary

University of Notre Dame

Lety Stanton-Verduzco

Board Member

Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County

Robin Vida

Governance Chair

St. Joseph County Health Department

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year. Contact us to learn more about opportunities on the Board of Directors.

Contact Us

Girls on the Run Michiana
51160 Bittersweet Road, Suite 202
Granger, IN 46530

(574) 315-2882