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, 5k Chair & Training Facilitator


2019 Board of Directors

Circe Black, Chair
Susan Beck, Signature Event Co-Chair
April Harper, Grants
Victoria Hauser, Governance
Karen Doleki and Dori McGuire, Communications & Marketing Chairs
Renee Lenassi, Treasurer
Jess Tobin, Governance

Are you interested in serving?

Board Membership- We are seeking additional Board Members for the 2019-202 term (and beyond). Please fill out this board interest form and 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.

Renee Lenassi : Development Chair

Renee Lenassi

Development Chair

Renee Lenassi is excited to join the board of Girls on the Run to act as treasurer and advise the Board of Directors and organization on all things finances to ensure long term stability and success.

April Harper : Grants Chair

April Harper

Grants Chair

April Harper has volunteered as an Assistant Coach for Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond and is  invested in the program’s mission to help young girls develop a healthy sense of self and positive coping strategies. She joined the Board in January 2019 in an effort to support the mission and strategic growth of the council.

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, April is committed to serving the Greater Richmond community. She studied Biology at Longwood University and received a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Indiana. Currently, April spreads her passion for conservation and the natural world in her role as an Environmental Educator at Maymont Foundation.

When she is not teaching or volunteering, you will likely find her training for and competing in triathlons. April is an ambassador for Kinetic Multisport where she has another opportunity to uplift and motivate new athletes in the sport of triathlon.

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.

Dori McGuire : Communications and Marketing Co-Chair

Dori McGuire

Communications and Marketing Co-Chair

Dori McGuire 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.


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.