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
Terry LeAnn Keltner, board president Terry has been a Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for six years. Before Morgan Stanley, she was the Financial Center Manager for First Tennessee Bank. Terry joined GOTRGK board of directors in 2015. Her strengths include financial planning, investment management, retirement income planning, and marketing.
Jennifer Pierce, president-elect 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.
Abigail Harris, secretary Abbey 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.
Brooke Greene, treasurer Brooke currently works in Accounting and Finance at Bush Brothers Inc. She has 10+ years of experience in accounting and finance. Brooke has been on the board since July 2016 and brings her expertise in leadership, accounting and finance to GOTRGK. Brooke also has experience in non-profit leadership roles within the Knoxville community.
Jamie Ligon is a physical therapist at Apple Health and Wellness, has served on the GOTRGK board since July 2015. Prior to getting her doctorate in physical therapy from the UT-Chattanooga, Jamie was a certified personal trainer and therapy assistant. She was a volunteer track coach at Notre Dame High School in 2011-2012. Her passions include working with youth, engaging in exercise, and promoting wellness.
Kelli DeRieux is the development director for Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR). Kelli began tenure on GOTRGK Board of Directors in July 2015. She has strong experience with non-profit leadership roles. Kelli’s skill set includes event planning and fundraising.
Brittanie Weaver works in Brand Marketing at Bush Brothers Inc. She has 12+ years of experience in marketing and advertising. Brittanie has been on the board since July 2015 and brings her expertise in leadership, communication and marketing to GOTRGK. Empowering women and girls is a passion and something she believes
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.
A. Brian Massengill 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 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.
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.
Susan Silber, long time resident of Knoxville has her Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While she works part-time in her husband’s dental practice, she has made giving back to her community a priority. She has served on multiple boards including the Knoxville Jewish Alliance, the Knoxville Jewish Federation, Greater Knoxville Kids on the Block and the Knoxville Jewish Day School. Susie has always had a passion and a gifting when it comes to children; one of her greatest accomplishments was puppeteering for the Greater Knoxville Kids on the Block for 15 years. After serving for one year as a coach for GOTR, she is excited and honored to be serving as an active member of the GOTR board.