Meet our new Program Director, Deidre Dodd!

Meet our new Program Director, Deidre Dodd!

Meet our new Program Director, Deidre Dodd!

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Girls on the Run of Alachua County would like to extend a happy welcome to our new Program Director, Deidre Dodd! Deidre has been working with the Alachua County Girls on the Run Program since 2011.  We are so pleased to welcome her to her new position & can’t wait to see the wonderful things she helps GOTR of Alachua County accomplish. I had the pleasure of interviewing Deidre and learned so many inspiring things about her.  Below are the questions and answers from my interview with her:

Question 1: How did you start out working with Girls on the Run? What lead you to volunteer?
  • When I began with GOTR in 2011, my two daughters were ages 9 and 4. My girls are very much outdoor, fun loving girls.  It was becoming increasingly important to me to ensure that they would continue to have the self-confidence in themselves through their maturing years, and Girls on the run was the perfect answer for my girls! The program at that time was being led at an elementary school where I worked, and I saw first hand the impact the Girls on the Run program was having on these students.
Question 2: What do you wish to accomplish as the new program director?
  • My wish as the new program director is to help Girls on the Run of Alachua County grow through organizational exposure as well as site locations, so that all parents are knowledgeable of the program. As well as giving these parents the opportunity to enroll their daughter into GOTR program, where ideas and strategies will change the way their girls think about not only themselves but friends and the community!
Question 3: What has been your greatest success or memory since you started working with GOTR?
  • An important part of my growing with GOTR was when we piloted the Girls on Track program in Fall 2013. This was the first time Girls of Alachua County participated in the second tier of the Girls on the Run organization, Girls on Track, offered to 6-8th grade students. As a coach for GOT, I found it ironic after preparing for each of the lessons that these messages are just as applicable to myself as much as they were to the girls. They relate to girls and women, and everyone.  Just because we, as coaches, are adult women does not mean that we don’t forget to practice these ideals in our own life.
 
Question 4: Has GOTR had any impact on you and/or your family? If so, how?
  • YES! Both of my girls have participated in the Girls on the Run as well as the Girls on Track program. We speak Girls on the Run lingo all of the time…We put in our positive cord, and begin to look at the positive ways to look at a situation, and we resolve the challenge in that direction. My youngest daughter loves to put her sparkly cord in, and she will tell me she is getting rid of her yucky, slimy cord. We focus on positivity, and I tell my own daughters as well as all of my GOTR girls that Happiness and Positivity are contagious…Be the Carrier!

 

-Rebekah Mena

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