Jennifer obtained a BS in Dietetics from the University of Georgia in 1987 and then completed her dietetic internship program at the VA Hospital in La Jolla, California. She received her Registered Dietitian status in 1988 and has maintained this status. She is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the State of Florida.
Jennifer has worked in various roles as a Dietitian/Nutritionist including in-patient clinical work, industry sales and enternal formulas, and management of enternal feeding systems in long term care. Her non-profit work outside of Girls on the Run includes a school wellness committee, American Heart Association and school PTAs.
Fun fact: she has moved across the country six times in her lifetime.
Megan graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 with a degree in Business administration. She has worked in digital media, communications and public relations since 2002 at agencies, not-for-profits and most recently at the University of Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research as communications director.
Megan has been on the board of other not-for profits in the past, including HOPE and readily volunteers and participates in the Junior League of Gainesville and Girls on the Run of Alachua County. In her free time she likes to paddle around Florida in her kayak and plans to run her second 2015 half marathon in December.
Amy is originally from Tampa. She moved to Gainesville in high school graduating from Buchholz. She received a degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida in 2001 and a MBA in Healthcare Management from Saint Leo University in 2014. She is mom to 3 kids who keep her very busy and constantly entertained. Since 2007, she has worked as the Wellness Coordinator for Alachua County Government employees. Prior to coming back to Gainesville she worked as the Fitness Manager at a hospital in South Florida, working with high risk patients and community members. Amy has been serving on the Alachua County Healthy Communities Intuitive since its inception in 2009. This group brings community stakeholders together to address obesity in the community. She enjoys being active and exercising every day, especially joining her boys in the weight room. Fun fact: Amy loves sandwiches and enjoys creating unique ones.
As the daughter of an Airforce officer, Nooriel has lived all over the US. However, Gainesville has been her home for the past 15 years. Nooriel has a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida, a concentration that reflects her passion for girls/women’s issues. She strives to shed light on gender stereotypes in works she produces as a freelance writer.
Nooriel has a lifetime of working with children, having volunteered in he Kids Helping Kids mentoring program, interned in Spirited Girls class at PACE Center for Girls, co-taught at Run Alachua County for the past 3 years. Nooriel currently works as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Partnership for Strong Families, the lead Community Based Care organization in North Central Florida, providing child welfare services for local children.
Fun fact: Nooriel ran her first 5k race at the age of 8 years old, the Gator Gallop.
Krista holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida. She now works in higher education after spending a number of years in the legal field.
Krista served in a public relations role for the Junior League of Northern Virginia, on the board of the D.C. Gator Club and as a coach for Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia.
Emely Elugardo graduated from the University of Florida (UF) twice, once in 2012 with a Masters of Public Health degree, and in 2009 with a bachelor’s in public relations.
She currently works for the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Medicine at UF as a training coordinator for a Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center. She has been actively involved in non-profits and volunteering since 2011 where she was one of the founding members of a young professionals group in South Florida that raised money for a local non-profit.
She has been on the advisory board of Girls on the Run of Alachua County since 2013, and involved in Junior League of Gainesville since 2014.
Hobbies: running, spending time outside, water activities, and rescuing dogs.
Molly is a 20 year military veteran with experience in Communication and Information Management. She is currently pursuing a degree in Family, Youth, and Community. She and her husband have four children (Molly homeschools the youngest two).
In 2012, Molly became a site liason and coach while teaching kindergarten at Countryside Christian School. She continues to coach because she enjoys sharing the messages and spending time with the girls.
Other things Molly loves: babies, the beach, running, church activities and family time. Fun fact: Molly had a bone removed from her foot because it wouldn’t heal after a running injury.
Paula began volunteering with Girls on the Run in Washington DC and has coached six seasons in both DC and Alachua County, Florida. Previously, Paula worked with the American Reads program, teaching remedial literacy skills in underserved schools in Marlyand.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in international Business and in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters in Applied Economics from John Hopkins University. Her interest in health and nutrition has led her research to focus largely on access to healthy and affordable food in the US.
Paula currently works as a researcher in the Food and Resource Economics department at the University of Florida. Her hobbies are running, crossfit and reading.
Fun fact: she is an avid baker and runs a small cookie business on the side.
Michele was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. She moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. Sports, especially running, has always been a part of Michele’s life. She participated in the UF Trigators triathlon team.
Michele graduated from UF in 2002 and currently works part time as an occupational therapist. She is married and has two young children. Michele assisted in coaching with GOTRAC from 2013-2015.
Fun fact: Michele loves the beach and is learning to surf.