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COACH SPOTLIGHT: Kristen Kennedy

Name: Kristen Kennedy

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Age: 35coach-Kennedy

Favorite Hobbies:  Yoga and hiking with my dogs.  Two blue heelers, they have a lot of energy!

Profession: Project Analyst

Favorite GOTR Energy Award:  I like them all – the girls come up with some funny ones at every practice.

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run?  This is my first season.

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies?  I attended an International Women’s Day event in Colorado Springs and they had a speaker from GOTR.  I thought it looked like an incredible program and applied to be a coach.  I’m so glad I did!  It’s been fun to work with the girls and other coaches (and get moving myself!) – it’s the best part of my day!

What’s your favorite thing about being involved?  To see the girls progression and attitude changes.  We just did our practice 5K and some of the girls that have had a hard time running throughout the season really tried running as much as they could for the practice.  Everyone had a good time and they are so excited to run the 5K with their families.

 

Why should other women get involved?   It’s just really fulfilling.  The girls are funny, and fun and it’s really neat to see how some of the lessons click with them.

 

COACH SPOTLIGHT: Maya Fusako

Name: Maya Fusako

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Age: 35

Favorite Hobbies: Coloring, hiking, ultra marathons, stage racing

Profession: Pilates Teacher and FT graduate student

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: Peel the Banana!

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? March 2017

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? I wanted to be part of an organization that is designed to empower young girls to be strong-minded, confident, and independent in a world that doesn’t always encourage those qualities in women. GOTR teaches these young girls very valuable life lessons that can be used in all facets of their lives into adulthood, as well as help them understand that they are valued as individuals and to embrace who they are.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? The connection that you form with the girls over time. It makes my heart light up when they’re excited to do a fun activity with me or they want me by their side during their runs. Makes me feel like a “cool” adult because they want to play with me. Life can be stressful. It’s fun to let lose and be a kid with the girls sometimes!

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? I think they learn that GOTR is not only fun, but that it is hard work. It’s not easy training for a 5k race. More importantly, they learn that they are more cognitively advanced that they originally thought when they find themselves being able to answer challenging and complex questions that touch on emotions and relationships with others.

A memorable Girls on the Run moment? I had so much fun getting pictures of the girls, videos, and having them take pictures for us to be used on the website. It was a moment that everyone really relaxed, had a lot of fun laughing together as we goofed off and enjoyed being in the present. One girl suggested I do a faux hawk with my pixie cut. I have no style so decided to try her suggestion. I’m now sporting a faux hawk and love it! Thanks Tiba!

Why should other women get involved? It’s an opportunity to contribute to others and the community. It’s a very challenging, rewarding, and fun experience. You learn to lead, set an example, and inspire young girls who may not have a female figure to look up to. It’s truly a privilege to be a part of these young girls’ lives and guide them on their way to becoming strong, thoughtful, and confident young ladies.

COACH / STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Emily Fenger

Name: Emily Fenger

Hometown: Madison, NJ

Age: 28

Favorite Hobbies: All that is considered health and wellness, going on hikes and exploring this beautiful state with my Husband, being a fitlo ambassador!

Profession: Girls on the Run, Program Manager

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: The banana!

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? February 2017

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? I started running a few years ago and really concentrating on mind and body wellness and health. I started realizing how that goes far past working out, it’s being in touch with your self and what your soul really needs. I am so happy I can be a positive part in the lives of the girls I coach, being healthy is fun!

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? Seeing the girls smile and enjoying themselves, contributing to the group!

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? How to be a positive part of society, not only for others but for themselves. We need to love ourselves first before we can love others and really rock our star power!

A memorable Girls on the Run moment? One of the girls on the team drew a flower on her identity card. When I asked her what it meant she said “today I tried my hardest, so I bloomed.” Reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Elizabeth Appell, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

What’s your favorite day of the season? The first, I was so excited to see what the season had in store for us! It’s only getting better!

Why should other women get involved? You learn so much about yourself, I have learned some of my greatest lessons from these girls. The way they see the world and engage with the curriculum is eye opening, inspiring, and moving.

COACH SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Bowman

Name: Sarah Bowman

Hometown: Red Lake Falls, Minnesota

Age: 29

Favorite Hobbies: hiking, traveling and runningStargate_09

Profession: Kindergarten Teacher

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: Dead Bug

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? This is my first season! 🙂

 What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? At first, it was because I shared a passion for running. Then, it became something more. I wanted to inspire and encourage girls to be the best version of themselves.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? The girls are so open and honest in our discussions. We call our team the Stargate Sisters. Their willingness to share so openly has truly inspired me.

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? They learn about how to be a good friend, effectively communicate, encourage one another and so much more!

A memorable Girls on the Run moment? I decided to invite whoever was interested to run a mile without stopping. I timed our progress. At the end one of the girls got her personal best mile!

Why should other women get involved? Girls on the Run is so much more than running. It’s empowering girls to be the best version of themselves. It teaches them how to deal with life’s challenges, build strong and supportive friendships, and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

COACH SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Hanna

Name: Jennifer HannaStargate_16

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Age: 45

Favorite Hobbies: running, yoga, travel, and SCUBA diving

Profession: teacher

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: Surfer Girl

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? this is my 1st season

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? I heard about GOTR many, many years ago when I lived in Charlotte, NC and I was very interested in getting involved. A parent at our school was passionate about GOTR and brought it to Stargate this spring. I couldn’t wait to volunteer as a coach!

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? The most rewarding aspect of being involved with GOTR is connecting with the girls outside of the classroom. They are all so unique, fun, genuine, and good-hearted kids; it’s the highlight of my week when we meet.

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? The girls have learned great strategies during the program for calming down when they feel strong emotions and building friendships.

Stargate_12A memorable Girls on the Run moment? Running in the snow! The big, fat snowflakes stuck to our eyelashes. It was crazy and beautiful!

What’s your favorite day of the season? I really liked the Star Power Visualization lesson. The girls really connected with the lesson about using visualization to positively impact their thinking, feelings, and behaviors.

Why should other women get involved? I believe that not only do the girls benefit from the program, but the coaches do, too. It has been fun getting to know the girls, seeing them set and reach their goals, and having a great time. I have learned strategies for teaching young girls about self-confidence, connecting with others, and developing positive character traits. It’s so rewarding!

COACH SPOTLIGHT: Gwen Murphy

Name: Gwen Murphy

Hometown: Chicago, IL!

Gwen with her 9-year-old daughter Eve (dressed up as Rey from Star Wars) at the Halloween Monster Dash in Louisville, CO (October 2016).

Gwen with her 9-year-old daughter Eve (dressed up as Rey from Star Wars) at the Halloween Monster Dash in Louisville, CO (October 2016).

Age: 43

Favorite Hobbies: Playing with my 3 kids ages 9, 5 and 5; going on road trips; doing Pilates and yoga

Profession: Freelance medical writer (PhD Biochemistry ’03 CU Boulder)

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: our team-invented “heinie dance” award

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? This is my first season

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? My daughter. Eve is 9 and was inspired to start running by the summer Olympics last year. She and my husband started running, and I wanted to get in on the action!

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? Seeing the girls take the mindfulness-based lessons we offer to heart and hear their stories or witness their acts of bravery, kindness or empathy.

COACH SPOTLIGHT: Theresa Grzebinski

Name: Theresa Grzebinski

Hometown: San Antonio, TXStargate_22

Age: 44

Hobbies: spending time with family/friends, playing cards/games, dancing, playing guitar/singing, watching movies, and being outside!

Professional Background: occasionally sub here and there as a School Social Worker and stay at home as a mom

Favorite energy award: The “ooh la la”….or something to that effect:)

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run: This is my first season

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? I’ve heard friends talk about the program ….some have coached with their daughters, and I felt inspired to bring it to our school. And as a social worker, I was definitely connected to the premise of the program…empowering girls! I’ve spent over a decade working with all kinds of kiddos and families, many of which has been a hard, stressful, crisis-responding kind of a job.  I was really excited to work on the positive side of social work, inspiring girls, working on everyday skills, many of which aim to prevent problems vs respond to them.  It’s full of positive energy, feel good moments, and happy happy joy joy experiences that are over-the-moon fulfilling for me!!!

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? The girls are learning all kinds of things about friendship, decision-making, problem-solving, and about challenging yourself to work hard, do a little more than you’re comfortable with, push yourself a little farther than you might want to, and really, seeing that they get to decide how they want to ‘show up’ in the world:)

COACH SPOTLIGHT : Penny Dersham-Henry

Name: Penny Dersham-Henry

Hometown: Brighton, CO

Age: 45

Favorite Hobbies: reading, running, making jewelry/crafts

Profession: 4th grade math/science/social studies teacher

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: All of them!

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run? 3 seasons

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies? To get myself motivated to train for the Colfax Marathon relay.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved? Watching the girls learn & blossom

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program? Self confidence & kindness

A memorable Girls on the Run moment? When running the 5K with 2 5th graders and they met their time goal.

What’s your favorite day of the season? practice 5K & the 5K

Why should other women get involved? To make a difference in a child’s life and to begin to change the way society views women & girls.

JUNIOR COACH SPOTLIGHT : Brynne Stevens

Name: Brynne StevensCarson33

Hometown: Denver, CO

Age: 16

Favorite Hobbies: Reading, cooking, and running

Profession: I am currently a junior at Regis Jesuit High School.

Favorite GOTR Energy Award: Superstar

How long have you been involved with Girls on the Run?

I have been a Junior Coach for four seasons, but I was a Girl on the Run from third to fifth grade.

What inspired you to get involved with GOTR Rockies?

In my Sophomore year I was searching for a local volunteer opportunity. As a former GOTR, I was so excited to hear about the Junior Coach position. I am grateful to have the chance to combine my love for health and fitness with my passion for service!

What’s the most rewarding thing about being involved?

I love watching the girls grow as individuals and as a team, learning how to approach difficult situations and conquer their goals. Their smiles and radiant personalities inspire one another and me to work hard and be respectful. Not only do they become great runners, but they learn essential values in the process.

What do you think the girls learn during their time in the program?

I believe the girls learn what it means to be with and for others; they understand how to make healthy decisions that will foster a positive environment. The program teaches communicative skills that are relevant for all ages, and in the process, the girls learn to be respectful, kind, and confident.

Carson12A memorable Girls on the Run moment?

One of my favorite practices was when the girls received a sticker for each lap they ran, and were then allowed to place their sticker on any of the coaches, wherever they wanted. I came home with my face and shirt completely covered! Each sticker represented the diligence and perseverance the girls showed that day.

What’s your favorite day of the season?

I love race day because the girls are excited and eager to show what they’ve worked for throughout the season. I am always proud of their accomplishments, and, more importantly, they are proud of themselves!

Why should other women get involved?

As a female, it is gratifying to work with young girls, positively influencing their self-esteem and physical fitness. In GOTR, we have the opportunity to empower others and celebrate individuality. I want every girl to know that they are strong and capable of anything!