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.


Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run 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. Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run was established in 2011 to serve counties in mid-Missouri has provided life-changing programming to more than 1,000 girls in the past 5 years!

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


Cheryl Unterschutz

Executive Director

“Girls on the Run programming provides life-changing opportunities for girls to recognize and achieve their greatest potential and I am empowered when I see what our program is doing for our girls!”

Christina Torbet

Program Coordinator

“I have been with our GOTR council since it began in 2011 and I love seeing it grow! I am passionate about what the program stands for. . .empowering girls to know that they are strong and free to boldly pursue their dreams. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Heart of MO GOTR team!”

Danielle Speckmann

Coach Coordinator

“As both a coach and coach coordinator, I am impressed by how effective our curriculum works to inspire not only the girls, but the coaches as well.”

Cecelia Kowalski

5k Coordinator

“"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Ghandi”

Michelle Cummings

Social Media Coordinator

“Girls on the Run is such a great organization aiming to help girls recognize and reach their full potential. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with all of the amazing volunteers, coaches and of course the girls who make up the program.”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Heart of Missouri.

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Valerie Slayton

Vice Chair

Plaza Dental

Michelle Haner


Young Living Essential Oils, Independent Team Beachbody Coach

Mara Roberts

Vice Chair

Columbia College

Angie Cantin


Bank of Missouri

Maureen Kokoska

Board Member

Diversified Management Co.

Andrea Linseby

Board Member

Plaza Dental

Kelsey Thompson

Board Member

Missouri Chapter American Academey of Pediatrics

Emily Wright

Board Member

Gibbons Workman, LLC

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

Board Opportunities

Heart of Missouri
3512 I-70 Drive SE
Box 1
Columbia, MO 65201

(573) 246-0884