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.

OUR PROGRAMS

Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks & Warren Counties was established in the fall of 2006 by Dr. Stephanie Jones, a psychologist and passionate feminist, and fellow mother Lisa Thompson, who coached 13 girls on our very first team at Delaware Township School in Sergeantsville, New Jersey. In our early years, our council was supported by the Makara foundation: established by Stan Makara in honor of his wife, Susan, and high-school-aged daughter, Chelsea, who were both killed in an automobile accident earlier that same year. Over the past ten years, our council has served over 6,500 participants and worked with over 2,600 volunteers.

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

Embrace our DIFFERENCES and find STRENGTH in our CONNECTEDNESS

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

LEAD with an OPEN HEART and assume POSITIVE INTENT

NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people

OUR STAFF

Barbara Cavalla

Council Director


“Let’s get up and run at our own happy pace!”

Ashley Vogt

Program Coordinator


“I want every girl to grow up knowing that she is special, and she is POWERFUL!”

Kimberly Miniter

Special Events Coordinator


“Today is a good day for a good day!”

Fall 2016 Program Interns

Left to Right: Ariel Stephanick, Katie Wertheimer, and Karly Skerbetz


“Going into coaching, I was excited to mentor the girls and to have the opportunity to inspire them. What I didn't expect is how much they, and this program, would inspire and motivate me.”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Hunterdon, Bucks and Warren Counties area.

Corporate Opportunities
Our Board of Trustees

Emily Bent, PhD

Board Chair

Cynthia Schwarz

Board Vice-Chair

Stephanie Jones, Ed.D.

Founder & Board Secretary

Jon Perlman

Board Treasurer

Katherine Harrison, MBA, MSW, LCSW

Board Member

Stephanie Leister

Board Member

Bridget O'Halloran

Board Member

Julie Salthouse

Board Member

Jennifer Startzel

Board Member

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

Board Opportunities

Hunterdon, Bucks and Warren Counties
63 Main Street
Suite 207
Flemington, NJ 08822

(908) 751-5847

barbara.cavalla@girlsontherun.org