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 Northeast Ohio was introduced in Summit County in the spring of 2007 and offered to 12 girls. Since inception, GOTRNEO has served over 7,600 girls and involved thousands of volunteers. Previously known as Girls on the Run of Greater Summit, the council received independent 501(c)3 status and changed its name to Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio in 2015. GOTRNEO hosts sites in Summit, Cuyahoga, Portage, Medina and Lorain Counties.

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


Robyn Cutler

Council Director

“I am passionate about Girls on the Run and the strength of character and increased confidence the program instills in our girls and volunteers. Knowing our beauty comes from the inside, not the outside, is a life lesson for all touched by Girls on the Run.”

Kristie Spiegel

Senior Program Coordinator

“I am proud and honored to be part of this amazing organization that is helping the young girls of our communities, our future, become strong, confident and healthy. Seeing them cross the finish line at the celebratory 5k is so inspiring and emotional.”

Erin Mathews

5k Director & Communications Coordinator

“Every girl deserves to know that she is amazing and beautiful, to understand that her unique qualities are what make her special, and to be given the courage to share her true self with the world.”

Tricia Miller

Community Volunteer Coordinator

“To the world you may be just one person. But, to one person you may be the world. Start by making a difference for that one person.”

Kristi Fox

Development Director

“I believe all children are full of potential...many just need a "spark" to help them realize it. I'm proud to work for an organization like Girls on the Run which helps girls find their spark and empowers them to be strong, confident young women. Our girls will change the world!”

Addie Winzen

Operations Coordinator

“I am thrilled to be working with Girls on the Run and to have the opportunity to impact the development of the region's next generation of strong, confident and empowered young women.”

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Our Board

Lucille Esposito

Board Chair

Consultant, EIG Program Manager GAR Foundation

Laura Dicola

Vice Chair

Summit Education Initiative, Early Childhood Education Strategy Leader

Megan Mazza


First Energy, IT Business Specialist

Ellen Holodnak


Akron Children's Hospital Foundation

Tricia Easton

Board Member, Past Co-Chair Sneaker Soiree

Community Volunteer

Victoria A. Giovangnoli

Board Member

Community Volunteer

Sarah Lynch

Board Member

Meaden & Moore, Accountant

Tricia Perduk

Board Member

Summit County DD, Communications

Jason Ruegg

Board Member, Governance Committee

Walsh Jesuit High School, Dir. Alumni Relations

Olivia Stone

Board Member

Coleman Professional Service, Counselor

Charles Solley

Board Member

Akron Children’s Hospital, Director Government Relations

Danyelle Sweitzer

Board Member, Co-Chair Sneaker Soiree

GPD, Human Resources

Linda Teodosio

Board Member

Summit County Juvenile Court, Judge

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year. For information about Board of Directors opportunities, please contact

Contact us about Board of Directors Opportunities

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio
8929 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

(234) 206-0786