Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Girls on the Run of Southeastern CT is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run of Southeastern CT was established in 2014 with one team of girls ready to learn. dream. live. and run. GOTRSECT is an up and coming council filled with motivation to help all girls of Southeastern CT to gain a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world.

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making


Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions


NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people


Molly Evak

Executive Director

“I am thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the girls in our community. I was initially drawn to Girls on the Run to help foster and ensure that all girls will grow up with a strong sense of self-worth and confidence.”

Gay Long



Jillian Heuschneider


“Jillian earned her BA in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Hofstra University, and is now enjoying a career in Talent Acquisition, currently working at Pfizer, Inc. Jillian is eager to be involved in the non-profit world and is excited to be part of a wonderful program that encourages girls to be healthy and confident.”

Courtney Smigiel

Marketing Director

“Being a GOTR Board Member reminds me that I can make a difference and be the inspiration, that I can change a young girl's life and remind her that she is remarkable and can achieve greatness in anything she does!”

Jim Roy

Public Relations

“The secret to being happy is sharing with others.”

Sarah Lafayette

Founder of GOTRSECT, Board Member


Allyson Lubs

Team Adelaide

“Every season we touch many girls’ lives through our program, the best part is that we are giving them the skills and tools to be successful today and in their future.”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Southeastern Connecticut area.

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Gay Long

Board Chair

Jillian Heusschneider

Board Secretary

Courtney Smigiel

Board Member, Marketing

Allyson Lubs

Board Member, Team Adeliade

Molly Evak

Board Member, Executive Director

Jim Roy

Board Member, Public Relations

Sarah Lafayette

Board Member at Large, Founder

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Board Opportunities

Girls on the Run of Southeastern CT
PO Box 1312
Pawcatuck, CT 06379

(978) 317-0731