Staff and Board

Executive Director

Kelly Eldridge has been executive director of Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville since December 2014. In 2009, Kelly was introduced to Girls on the Run by a friend, Mindy,  asking to help coach a team.  Reluctant at first, Kelly agreed to volunteer for “just one season.”  During coach orientation, she knew that Girls on the Run would have a profound impact on her and that she would be in for more than “just one season.”  Several seasons, hundreds of girls, and thousands of cheers later, she is so grateful to Mindy for the initial introduction.

Kelly believes strongly in our organization’s mission to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. It is her mission to show girls how to activate their limitless potential.

Board of Directors

A. Brian Massengill, board president  Brian is a  member of the Myers Massengill Group at Morgan Stanley.  He attended the University of Tennessee where he earned his degree in Finance and has 10 plus years of experience in his field.  During his time at UT Brian worked with inner city youth at the Boys and Girls Club.  There he found enjoyment in implementing life skill development programs.  As a passionate trail runner and a desire to give back to the community as he had while attending UT, joining GOTRGK was an easy decision.  Brian currently lives in Knoxville with his wife Amy and their two children, Mackenzie and Connor.

Jennifer Piercepast president  Jennifer is the assistant director of Sorority & Fraternity Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She joined GOTRGK in 2015 with a history of volunteering since 2011 through Gamma Phi Beta, being a Running Buddy, and participating in the annual GOTR pasta dinner fundraiser.

Maria Down, president-elect  Maria is the Cause Marketing Specialist for Discovery. She has 13+ years of experience in event planning, fundraising, and volunteer management. She has a passion for encouraging and empowering girls and women to be their best selves in all aspects of their lives including physical, spiritual and mental health.

Alicia W. Price, secretary  Alicia is the Knoxville Neighborhood Director for Healthier Tennessee, a statewide initiative through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness. Prior to her health promotion work, Alicia was a leadership development educator and coordinator of service-learning experiences at the University of Tennessee. Alicia has been on the GOTRGK Board of Directors since 2018 and brings with her an enthusiasm for developing strong, healthy, and confident female leaders. Alicia lives in Northwest Knoxville with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.

Terry LeAnn Keltner has been with Morgan Stanley for seven years.  Before Morgan Stanley, she was with  First Tennessee Bank for over ten years. Terry joined GOTRGK board of directors in 2015 and is currently Chair of the Community Outreach Committee. She and her husband Corey enjoy taking day trips with their two corgis, Fred and Petey.

Abigail Harris works for the Knox County Schools as a Public Affairs Specialist and joined GOTRGK in August 2016 as both a coach and a board member. She brings with her 10+ years of experience in public relations, communications, and event planning. Abbey believes that running is an empowering outlet for both mental clarity and physical/emotional strength and is excited to help spread that message to young girls in our area schools.

Leslie Godfrey is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Pinnacle Financial Partners in Knoxville, TN specializing in private and small business banking. Prior to Pinnacle Financial Partners, Godfrey specialized in private and small business banking with First Citizens Bank & Trust Company. Godfrey joined the board in 2016 and brings her expertise in communications, finance, and leadership to GOTRGK.

Courtney Read is a member of Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell, & Lauderback P.L.C. practicing law in the areas of civil litigation, appeals, municipal law, and health care liability defense in Knoxville, TN. As a former college athlete, former group fitness instructor, and avid runner, she has a passion for fitness and overall well-being. Courtney joined the board in 2016 bringing her experience in leadership, event planning, and volunteering with youth.

Julie Utterback is a CPA and the Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer of Covenant Medical Group.  She has been with Covenant Health in financial roles for almost 18 years.  Her first encounter with GOTR was handing out medals at the finish line in Spring 2017.  After that experience, she knew she wanted to become more involved and is excited to serve on the board of GOTRGK.

Kathryn Culver is a certified public accountant at PYA, PC and has worked with PYA since 2012.  She attended the University of Tennessee where she earned a BSBA in Accounting.  She then attended Tennessee Technological University where she earned an MBA with a specialization in Accounting.  She is accredited in Business Valuation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers.  Katie has a passion for running and giving back to the community and volunteer work.