Our Council

Our Council

Council Director: Ruthie Burke

2017 Board of Directors

Circe Black, Chair
Victoria Hauser, Governance
Cassandra Gray, Secretary
Tonya Futrell, Treasurer
Jay Ell Alexander, Communications Chair
Cora Huitt, Development Chair
Caroline Agee

2017 Committee Chairs and Volunteer Staff

Nikkia Young, Special Events
Carrie Parker, Volunteer Coordinator

Are you interested in serving?

Please email Circe Black at circe.black@girlsontherun.org and include your resume and brief statement of intent with areas of interest.

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.


Victoria Hauser :

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.


Jay Ell Alexander : Communications Chair

Jay Ell Alexander

Communications Chair

Jay Ell  joined the board in December 2015 and serves as the Communications Chair managing the social media, website content, media relations and graphic design. Alexander has established herself as a pr professional with a true commitment to the Greater Richmond region. Most recently, she serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for The Balm In Gilead, Inc., an organization that focuses on African American health disparities. She also serves as the Public Relations Director for the national running organization, Black Girls RUN!, overseeing the media relations and marketing for the national brand and the local running groups. She is also a freelance writer for Urban Views Weekly.

Alexander also serves on the board for the Public Relations Society of America Richmond chapter and is an active member of the Junior League of Richmond.

A native of Norfolk, Va., Alexander graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and minor in Spanish. She also received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Alexander enjoys shopping, traveling, running and spending time with family and friends, including her husband, Chris and their dogchild, Jane Luna (JL).


Caroline Agee :

Caroline Agee

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.

 


Cora Huitt :

Cora Huitt

Cora joined the board in February 2013. She heads the Grants Committee and has worked to acquire funds for scholarships for girls to attend the GOTR program, and for capacity building. She has helped expand the sites in three years to ten. From her work in assisting women through their lifecycles, she wants to strengthen girl’s minds, bodies, and souls to build a positive body image and making good choices, eg. Nutrition and exercise in taking care of themselves. Cora knows it is imperative that young girl’s hear body positive messages to live, healthy, happy lives.

Cora is owner and director of Women’s Health Physical Therapy and Men’s Pelvic Health at two locations in Richmond, Virginia. Besides evaluating and treating women who present with a variety of diagnoses, including incontinence and pelvic pain, she teaches at a couple of universities and supervises student interns. One major area of interest is the development of Postpartum Strong, a program of care that includes assessment, education, and intervention of a woman’s musculoskeletal system after birth to prevent prolapse, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, back pain, and abdominal wall muscle separation. Cora was awarded a BS in Allie Health –Physical Therapy at OSU, an MACT from UNC, and a DPT from Alabama State.

Besides working and volunteering as a Rotarian, and on the Boards of GOTR and the Virginia Opera, she enjoys dancing, swimming and roller skating. She is often playing with one of her six grandchildren.


Lynn McDaniel :

Lynn McDaniel

Lynn McDaniel is the Director of Business Development for WorldView Solutions, Inc. where she oversees the full business development cycle and directed business processes from conception through end delivery. She joined the board in June 2014 as a way to give back to young girls and develop leaders. Lynn assumed the role of Vice Chair for the Board of Directors and served as Chair from April 2015- August 2016. During her tenure as Chair, the council secured critical grants which allowed for program expansion to the East End and four Title One schools. Lynn brings her skills in strategic relationships to build and expand GOTR.