Our Council

Greater Richmond Council

Executive Director: Ruthie Burke
Program Manager: Nancy Davidson 

Key Volunteer Staff Members

Carrie Parker, Volunteer Coordinator
Nikkia Young, Special Events & Training Facilitator


2018 Board of Directors

Circe Black, Chair
Victoria Hauser, Governance
Tonya Futrell, Treasurer
Michelle McClure, Marketing Chair
Caroline Agee, 5K Chair
Susan Beck, Signature Event Co-Chair
Jess Tobin, Governance
Melissa Early, Development Chair

Are you interested in serving?

Board Membership- We are seeking additional Board Members for the 2018-2019 term (and beyond). Please email Circe Black at circe.black@girlsontherun.org and include your resume and brief statement of intent with areas of interest.

Volunteer Staff- Volunteers are critical to the operations of our organization. If you are interested in volunteering in a consistent capacity, please email us and include your resume, brief statement of intent including areas of interest and time available to engage with GOTR staff. Email: info@gotrrichmond.org

Board Bios

Circe Black : Board Chair

Circe Black

Board Chair

Circe Black was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario by conscientious, intelligent and loving parents. Early on she developed a determination to be independent and make a difference. Shortly after receiving a BA, she moved to Virginia to pursue her passion of Social Work. Circe thrived while building her career and life in Richmond. Since receiving her MSW, she has worked in both the clinical and administrative facets of behavioral health refining her project management and leadership skills. She enjoys renovating her century old home and traveling with her husband; as well as entertaining, cooking, running marathons and practicing yoga.

Melissa Early : Development Chair

Melissa Early

Development Chair

Caroline Agee : 5k Chair

Caroline Agee

5k Chair

Caroline has volunteered as an Assistant Coach for Girls on the Run for three seasons through Girls on the Run of South Hampton Roads. She is invested in the program’s mission to help young girls develop a healthy sense of self and positive coping strategies. She joined the Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond Board in May 2016 in an effort to assist in the program’s growth and serve a greater number of girls in the community. She hopes to provide a link between the program and the public schools and is interested in empirically measuring the program’s outcomes in the lives of participating girls.

Caroline currently serves as a School Psychologist for Richmond Public Schools and works at the elementary school level. In addition to evaluating students, she enjoys providing group counseling and preventative services to improve student outcomes. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Education in School Psychology from the College of William and Mary, and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from the College of William and Mary. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, playing tennis, being outdoors, and visiting the Eastern Shore.


Victoria Hauser : Governance

Victoria Hauser


Victoria Hauser joined the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond in June, 2014. She has served as the Secretary and Governance Chair. In addition to her work on the board, she has served as a Running Buddy for three seasons, and is always inspired by the joy and sense of accomplishment that every girl experiences during the 5k that concludes each successful GOTR season.

After growing up in Tobaccoville, North Carolina, Victoria attended the University of North Carolina – Asheville where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in History. She holds a Masters of Arts in History and a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. Victoria is an Associate Project Manager with Wendel Architects and Engineers in downtown Richmond.

Victoria is also a member of the Junior League of Richmond, volunteers with the architecture collections at the Library of Virginia’s Special Collections, Division of Prints and Photographs, and is a frequent race volunteer with the Richmond Roadrunners Running Club. When not volunteering or running, Victoria enjoys yoga, reading, touring museums, and frequenting all of the restaurants in her Church Hill neighborhood.

Michelle Mercurio : Communications and Marketing Chair

Michelle Mercurio

Communications and Marketing Chair

Michelle Mercurio is all about the story and is excited to join the board of Girls on the Run to help share the news, events and successes of the girls who are empowered through the work of the Greater Richmond Council.

In her career, Michelle loves to help entrepreneurs and professionals tell their stories so they can get paid. Her businesses focuses on creative, proven techniques to help clients visualize and communicate their brands, strategize their marketing and position themselves to achieve their goals.

Michelle can be found locally and nationally (and sometimes internationally) delivering workshops, telling stories and pretty much keeping it creative. She loves living in the downtown area of Richmond, Virginia and is always out and about enjoying the people, places and activities of RVA. You can follow her on her social profiles (mostly Twitter & Instagram @MichMerc) to see what's up in her world (bonus: you'll also see her adorable nephew & new pup). Feel free to drop her a note to discuss the magic you're thinking about via her website www.michellemercurio.com.

Jess Tobin : Governance

Jess Tobin


Jess Tobin is from a small town in New Hampshire.  After receiving her B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire and working in Boston for a trade association that represented the health club industry, Jess moved to Richmond to attend law school.  She has a law degree from the University of Richmond and practices law at Hunton & Williams LLP, with a focus on commercial lending and business finance.  Jess enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, being outdoors, reading and spending time with friends, family and her dog.