Jessica Bliss

Reporter, The Tennessean newspaper

Jessica Bliss

Jessica Bliss

1. Favorite running quote- “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

2. Who is your running hero? The daily doers. Anyone who takes time out of the daily grind to accomplish a goal, whether it’s walking one mile or running 100.

3. Do you like to listen to music while you are running? Usually, I can’t survive the miles without music. When I am running with a goal in mind, my strides often match the beat of the latest Top 40 hits. But there are times when I run on the greenway near my house and let the hum of nature serve as my soundtrack. That is when I enjoy running the most.

4. Favorite place to run- Any place that I didn’t run the day before. I get bored easily.

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? It inspires positive change where it is needed most, with kids. It is impossible not to be won over by GOTR’s mission, and those girls’ smiles are enough to make anyone’s heart soar. Being part of an organization where I can take my passion for running and redirect it in such a positive way is amazing. I can’t imagine anything better.

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR? The people and the difference they make in each other’s lives. The girls, women, and men involved in our organization are amazing.

Kendra Brown

Corporate Recruiter, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

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Kendra Brown

1. Favorite running/inspirational quote?
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle
when the sun comes up you’d better be running.”

2. Who is your running hero? Wilma Rudolph

3. What are your favorite running/walking sounds? The sounds of nature

4. Favorite place to run/walk? Any scenic area outside

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I love the focus on getting young people active and healthy.

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR? I’m hoping to complete my first 5K as a runner not as a walker and am looking forward to doing it side by side with a GOTR participant.

Shaunelle Bynum

Chief Operating Officer, HCA Nashville Shared Services Center
1. Favorite inspirational quote- “There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.” – David Burns, Intimate Connections.”

2. Who is your running hero? I would have to say my oldest daughter Gina.  She was not very athletic as a child and she started to run in her mid 30’s.  She is now running in half marathons and stays in great physical shape.

3. What are your favorite sounds while being active? I like very upbeat dance music when I exercise. (Lady GaGa, Madonna, etc.)

4. Favorite place to be active- I love to be outdoors.  I like to walk and many times I walk on the new walking trail at Indian Lake in Hendersonville.  I also work out at the YMCA twice a week.

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I have been very career focused all of my adult life.  I feel like I now need to branch out and become more community oriented.  I also have a 2 ½ year old granddaughter.  I think this will help prepare me to interact with her when she reaches that age!

Diane Crosier

Attorney, Hartzog & Silva

Diane Crosier

Diane Crosier

1. Favorite running/inspiration quote: “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
– John Bingham

2. Who is your running hero?: Janet Jernigan and all of the young runners that have determination beyond belief.

3. What are your favorite running sounds?: The sound of my feet on the pavement, the rustle of leaves in the fall and talking with a friend on long runs.

4. Favorite place to run: It varies—Crockett Park, the Greenway trails, and the streets near my neighborhood.

5. Why are you involved with GOTR?: It is such a wonderful program. I feel privileged to be a part of something that will touch the girls’ lives forever in a positive way.

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR?: The girls’ smiles, their hugs, their enthusiasm. The reward is so great that I forget that I am there for them.

Kim Carpenter Drake

Philanthropy and Branding Consultant and Adjunct Trainer and Consultant, Center for Nonprofit Management

Kim Carpenter Drake

Kim Carpenter Drake

1. Favorite running/inspiration quote: “Try not. Do, or do not. There is not try.”

2. Why are you involved with GOTR? I’m involved with GOTR for two reasons. First, my daughter is a participant in the program and I have seen first hand the wonderful impact it has on her wellness, physical fitness and her self confidence. Second, I believe that programs like this one are vital to our girls from all backgrounds – it gives them common ground and builds to types of skills they need for a success future.

3. What is your favorite part of GOTR? Seeing the rewards of their hard work when the girls participate in a run – the smiles and looks of determination are even worth getting up early!

Mandy Gallagher

Relationship Mgr., Entertainment Division Nashville, City National Bank

Mandy Gallagher

Mandy Gallagher

1. Favorite running/inspirational quote: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”
– Philippians 4:13

2. Who is your running hero? My Aunt Mary Jo. She wakes up every morning to run/walk and challenges herself to accomplish goals. She accomplished the Country ½ Marathon and I am so proud of her!

3. What are your favorite running sounds? Anything on my iPod at the moment!

4. Favorite place to run: In Nashville my favorite place is Percy Warner Park. I also love when I go home to visit my family and am able to run in the country!

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I believe in the mission of GOTR as it helps build the lives of young girls. I believe in building strong relationships through encouragement and motivation and this organization exemplifies this!

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR? I love being a part of GOTR as it allows me to be able to enrich the lives of young girls by letting them know that they can do anything they set their mind to!

Janelle Glover

Principal, Smithson Craighead Academy

Janelle Glover

Janelle Glover

1. Favorite running/inspirational quote? “Running in the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
– Oprah Winfrey

2. Who is your running hero? My running hero is Wilma Rudolph.

3. What are your favorite running sounds? Sounds of nature are my favorite running sounds.

4. Favorite place to run? My favorite place to run is in my neighborhood that has rolling hills.

5. What is your favorite part of GOTR? I have personally seen a transformation of our girls who have participated in the GOTR program. Their confidence level has increased along with their academics and their ability to work with team members on accomplishing a common goal.

Trey Harwell

Lawyer, Partner at Neal & Harwell, PLC

Trey Harwell

Trey Harwell

1. Favorite running/inspirational quote: “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.”
- Christopher McDougall (Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen)

“Know why people run marathons? …Because running is rooted in our collective imagination, and our imagination is rooted in running. Language, art, science; space shuttles, Starry Night, intravascular surgery; they all had their roots in our ability to run. Running was the superpower that made us human — which means it’s a superpower all humans posses.”
- Christopher McDougall

2. Who is your running hero? Tie: Joan Benoit (ladies first), Bill Rogers, Steve Prefontaine, and Scott Jurek

3. What are your favorite running sounds? Tie: Thoughts in my head (sometimes the sound of silence), rain, and music on my iPod

4. Favorite place to run: Tie: Percy Warner Park or anywhere outdoors (just say no to “dreadmills”)

5. Why are you involved with GOTR?: I love the people and the mission of GOTR and want to share my passion for running with others.

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR?Hearing the wonderful stories about the GOTR successes and their accomplishments. Plus, the loud cheers of support and big smiles I receive when I pass the GOTR aid stations is an added bonus.

Janet Jernigan

Executive Director, FiftyForward

Janet Jernigan

Janet Jernigan

1. Favorite running quote– Hebrews 12:1 “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

2. Who is your running hero? Several of the local female older runners including Valera Jones, Margie Stoll and Helen Reed.

3. What are your favorite running sounds? Usually it’s the absence of sound – such as no vicious dogs barking.

4. Favorite place to run- I enjoy running in the Big South Fork National Recreational Area where we have a cabin or on any of the greenways through the woods or around lakes.

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? For the first part of my career I worked in the field of children’s mental health and Girls on the Run allows me to combine my interest in nurturing the self esteem of young girls with my passion for running.

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR? Having an opportunity to work with other runners and running advocates to promote a very worthwhile program.

Susan Keffer

Managing Partner, McKerley & Noonan CPAs

1. Who is your running hero? My running hero is the person I run with at least 5 days a week, David Wilds who many call “coach.” He has run over 60 marathons over the past 30 years.

2. Favorite places to run- My favorite places to run are in Percy Warner Park on the trails and on the many Greenways in Nashville. They are beautiful and full of sounds of birds.

3. Why are you involved with GOTR? I am involved in GOTR because I love what it does for girls and I wish there had been a program like that when I was young. I was chubby when I was young and lacked self esteem. When I began running during my college years, I gradually got fit and along with that gained self esteem. I look forward to helping the organization grow.

Jennifer Kimball

Council Director for GOTR Nashville

Jennifer Kimball

Jennifer Kimball

1. Favorite running quote- “We’re doing it!” -Mary Orcutt

2. Who are your running heroes? Molly Barker, Deana Drossin, Joan Benoit, Mary Orcutt, Sarah Fisher, Dr. Rachel Biber, Janet Jernigan and Margie Stoll

3. What are your favorite running sounds? The wind, and birds, and the slap of my feet on the earth.

4. Favorite place to run- Definitely Mossy Ridge Percy Warner Park

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I saw a photo of GOTR Founder Molly Barker in Runners World and she was surrounded by a sea of young girls who were all jumping up in the air with wild happy smiles on their faces. I read about the program and thought “I want to do that!”

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR? Of course the girls! The GOTR curricula makes it SO much fun to sneak in these very important life lessons as we run and play together. When they’re young, they’re really starting to figure out who they are and then over the year(s), we have the pleasure of watching the girls grow, physically and in their emotional and critical thinking, and they constantly surprise and inspire me (as well as make me laugh). I also really love sharing the GOTR experience with the incredible women (and a few incredible men) who so generously donate their time and talents in support of the girls and the program.

Kim Mayes

Collections Manager, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Kim Mayes

Kim Mayes

1. Favorite running quote- “The only way to define your limits is to go beyond them.

2. What are your favorite running sounds? Bethany Dillon – You are All I Need

3. Favorite place to run- Outside where it is flat

4. Why are you involved with GOTR? I have a heart and desire to surround young girls with positive and encouraging support through running so they can mature into young confident women.

Jennifer Schott

Songwriter, Schott Heard Around The World Songs

1. Favorite running/inspirational quote? “For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will.”
– John Bingham, The Courage to Start

2. Who is your running hero? Kara Goucher, Deena Kastor

3. What are your favorite running sounds?
The sounds of outdoors — the birds and trees blowing in the breeze. And the beep of my GPS watch when I’ve completed another mile!

4. Favorite place to run? Richland Creek Greenway & Radnor Lake

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I love seeing the girls have fun while working hard towards a goal and then accomplish it! As a runner, I think it’s great to see the girls starting out young learning about healthy lifestyles, team-building, body image, etc. The lessons from GOTR can be applied throughout a lifetime!

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR?
Getting to know the girls and seeing big smiles on all their faces when they cross the finish line!!

Brenda Scott

Owner, Swiftwick
1. Favorite running quote- “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” -Joe Paterno

2. Who is your running hero? My daughter and (American distance runner) Ryan Hall. A poster of Ryan hangs on my daughter’s bedroom wall.

3. Favorite sounds while being active? None – just me and my thoughts. With five children, sometimes my only quite time is when I am being active.

4. Favorite place to be active- A swimming pool or wooded trail.

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I believe in the program. My two younger girls are proud graduates of the GOTR program. My older daughter wasn’t exposed to running until middle school. Kids are exposed to soccer, football, and hockey at very young ages. Why not expose them to the amazing benefits of running? Running gives me a sense of peace that I don’t find anywhere else and it fuels the competitive spirit.

6. What do you love most about GOTR? It promotes a good lifestyle. With childhood obesity such a problem today, we need to promote health for kids. When you start off this early in their life promoting something healthy, it stays with them. It’s like reading. If you read regularly with your kids, they’re more likely to pick that up for a lifetime.

Ryan H. Smith

Senior Director of Process Improvement, Dollar General

1. Favorite running quote- “Start slow, then taper off.” – Walt Stack, San Francisco Bay Area Running Legend.

2. Who is your running hero? Sister Madonna Buder

3. What are your favorite running sounds? My foot fall on a quiet trail, the crunch of leaves, birds chirping

4. Favorite place to run- The Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley, California

5. Why are you involved with GOTR? I believe that running and athletic activities can not only stem the tide of obesity in our country but also stem the tide of low self esteem found in many of these same girls. 

6. What is your favorite part of GOTR?  The positive energy found in everyone involved!

Tina Tuggle

Director of Player Development, Tennessee Titans