Our Leadership

 

Staff

Molly SnowExecutive Director

Molly joined Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County with 12 years of experience helping non-profit organizations build and improve fundraising programs. Her diverse industry experience includes producing complex, multi-day fundraising events (such as the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day and California AIDS Ride), organizational growth planning, project management and peer-to-peer fundraising. Hearing her 10-year-old niece, a GOTR participant, loudly and proudly declare her personal “awesomeness,” something clicked and Molly knew where she wanted to focus her attention, skills and experience. Bringing an intense belief in GOTR’s mission and a deep desire to see girls develop into confident, healthy individuals, she is excited to be a part of this incredible, dedicated team.

katie_smKatie Bradshaw, Volunteer Manager

Katie is passionate to see young women retain a pure and true estimation of self, particularly through the tumultuous and formative years of elementary and middle school. Over the past nine years Katie has worked in the nonprofit sector to recruit and train people to engage in meaningful service opportunities. She has worked within the public school system, at summer camps for youth, and with the homeless. As a new mom, Katie runs mostly pushing a stroller these days and enjoys relishing the great outdoors with her family. She is honored to play a role on the all-star GOTRLA team.

stephanie_smStephanie George, Seasonal Program Manager

Stephanie’s involvement with Girls on the Run started as a passionate Head Coach. Stephanie quickly fell in love with working with the girls’ and found her self speaking to everyone she met about the excitement in seeing her team recognize and honor their individual strengths and celebrating their inner selves! One of the endless reasons why Girls on the Run is important to Stephanie is because of her passion to see positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development of girls thrive in the greater Los Angeles Area. Stephanie has a healthcare background working both in administration and community services departments. Stephanie also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from La Sierra University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Political Science.


Board of Directors

Laurel A. Fowler, Board Chair  

Laurel has been involved with GOTRLA since 2009, when she volunteered as an Assistant Coach at GOTRLA’s Victory Park site in Pasadena. She became so inspired by her experiences that she decided to become more involved and joined the GOTRLA board in May 2009. Laurel works as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is currently assigned to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Immunization Program where she works as the Deputy Director. In this role, she provides advice and guidance on a comprehensive immunization program to prevent and reduce vaccine-preventable diseases within Los Angeles County. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA, and is an avid runner, hiker and lover of the outdoors. Laurel joined the board in 2009.


Belinda Madrid Teitel, Board Vice Chair

Belinda is the Vice President of Education & Leadership Development at the Center for Nonprofit Management of Southern California and brings skills from the nonprofit, business and governmental sector. Ms. Teitel is an executive coach, and capacity building consultant and trainer on a range of topics, including raising funds from individuals, foundations and corporations, board development, organizational development, marketing and strategic planning. She has been coaching and consulting for nonprofit organizations for more than 13 years and has worked with over 100 organizations of all types and sizes. Prior to becoming a consultant, Ms. Teitel served as Southern California Director for Earth Share of California, a nonprofit federation of 90 premier local, state and national environmental organizations. She began her business career in the banking and finance field and has formed extensive alliances in the nonprofit, business and governmental sectors throughout Southern California.  Ms. Teitel is an active member of Hispanics in Philanthropy.  Belinda joined the board in June 2011.


Christy Noel, Board Secretary

Christy has over 15 years of global experience in marketing, corporate branding, and communications programs. She is the Chief Marketing Officer for SaverNation, the only cash back program for retirement plans. Outside the office, Christy is an endurance athlete and marathon coach who has completed multiple Ironman triathlons and marathons. She is thrilled to bring her business acumen, passion for running, and desire to create strong girls and women to Girls on the Run. Christy joined the board in Spring 2012.

 

Cathy Rios, Board Treasurer

Cathy currently serves as financial analyst for Alliance for Housing and Healing in Eagle Rock. She fell in love with running when she joined the track team in high school, discovering that aside from staying fit and healthy, running was helping her cope with the stresses and pressures of being a teen. A desire grew in Cathy to make a positive difference in her community by sharing this experience. That opportunity finally came when she joined GOTR as a volunteer coach. Although no longer able to volunteer as a coach, Cathy hopes that as Treasurer she will to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of teens for many years to come. Cathy joined the Board in Spring 2012.


Mia Arias

Mia is Director of Programs at the National Health Foundation where she is responsible for the management and coordination of a multi-hospital chronic disease prevention and management consortium as well as the Southern California Patient Safety Collaborative, a peer-to-peer learning collaborative facilitating quality improvement within hospitals. Mia has eight years of experience working with non-profit community based organizations. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mia joined the GOTRLA board in Spring 2010.


julie_sm2Julie Battaglia

Julie is a public relations professional with more than 20 years’ experience working for some of the world’s leading consumer brands in PR agencies, the not-for-profit arena, and most recently, in her own freelance business. Julie has a long-time commitment to girls maximizing their potential for success. She served as a Girl Scout leader for thirteen years, mentoring seven of her troop’s young women to achieve Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award. She is also a strong believer in the power of achieving a physical goal and proud to have hiked to the summit of Yosemite’s Half Dome. She and her husband David are active volunteers in their community of La Caῆada and the greater San Gabriel Valley. They are also the proud parents of two young adults in college. Julie joined the board in 2014.


Bridgette_smBridgette Blebu

Prior to working as a research analyst at Special Service for Groups, Bridgette was a graduate student at USC, where she received her MPH. There she developed a passion for social epidemiology, health disparities research and program evaluation. Bridgette also enjoys spending time with her family and exploring cities. She is overjoyed at the opportunity to use her skills to share the wonderful work of Girls on the Run LA through program evaluation. Bridgette joined the board in 2014.


Lindsay_smLindsay Carlson

Lindsay is a partner in the Litigation and Trial Practice Group at Alston & Bird LLP, a national law firm of over 800 attorneys. She is a member of her firm’s Women’s Initiative steering committee, and the National Association of Women Lawyers – which focus on the advancement and professional development of women in her law firm and in the legal profession. She is originally from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to attend law school at UCLA. She never ran a mile before turning 30 years old, but has now completed several half marathons and the L.A. Marathon. She is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, and enjoys international travel – most recently to Australia with her husband, Scott Crichton, for their honeymoon. Lindsay joined the board in 2014.


Kristen Cruise

Kristen works in Corporate Citizenship at The Walt Disney Company on Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living. She is responsible for developing initiatives – from guidelines for food marketing to kids to consumer tools – to help make healthier lifestyles easier and more fun for kids and families. While at Disney, she also worked on charitable programs for employees. Kristen received her M.B.A. and Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA, where she focused on corporate responsibility and nonprofit management. Kristen joined the board in November 2012 after falling in love with the girls and program as an assistant coach. She is thrilled to help GOTR expand the number of opportunities for every girl in Los Angeles to discover her own strength and confidence. Kristen joined the board in 2013.


SarahR_smSarah Randhawa

Sarah is Executive Director of Finance at 20th Century Fox Film, responsible for the consolidation and reporting of financial information for the studio. Originally from England, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Manchester and a post-graduate certificate in International Business from Manchester Business School. Sarah is a Chartered Accountant in England and a Certified Public Accountant in California. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Sarah has developed a passion for running and triathlon and has completed several half marathons and sprint triathlons. She first heard about Girls on the Run at one of her races, and after experiencing the very real physical and emotional benefits of running herself, she was eager to become part of this wonderful, growing organization. Sarah is so excited to be a part of helping girls in Los Angeles County believe in themselves, so that they ultimately grow into strong and empowered women.  Sarah joined the Board in January 2014


Sara Gleason VillegasSara Gleason Villegas

An independent nonprofit fund development consultant, Sara has long been professionally involved in helping nonprofit organizations find strategic ways to financially support their missions. An east coast native, Sara relocated to Southern California in 1998 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University. Now a wife and mother of two sons and three daughters, Sara joined the GOTRLA board in November 2012 with great enthusiasm about helping girls across Los Angeles County realize that they truly can do anything. Sara understands from experience that an active lifestyle has endless benefits for people of all ages and she makes sure her busy schedule always has time for regular pilates sessions and hikes. Sara joined the board in 2013.


Advisory Group

 

J. Christine Harmes, Ph.D., Past Chair

 


Lauren Rauscher, Ph.D., Past Chair

 


Elizabeth SadlonElizabeth Sadlon, Past Chair

 


Leanne Lowden Mothershead, Regional Coordinator