Staff

Amy Renigar
Executive Director
- amy.renigar@girlsontherun.org

Amy Renigar joined the GOTR team in June 2012 because of her interest in public health and passion for creating a world where all girls (and women) are empowered to become their best selves. She came to us from the American Cancer Society, where she worked across seven counties in WNC as a community organizer, fundraiser and volunteer manager. Prior to her work at ACS, she focused her efforts on children (running a supervised visitation center in Dayton, OH and serving as a children’s clinician in Hazard, KY). Amy has an MA in Women’s Studies and a BA in Psychology. She enjoys hiking, spinning, listening to live music and the new challenge of running. For Sophie Magazine's feature about Amy, copy and paste this link in your browser: http://sophiemagazine.com/features/inspiring-others-to-cross-the-finish-line/

Robin Mehler
Community Outreach Manager
- robin.mehler@girlsontherun.org

Robin joined GOTR of WNC as the Community Outreach Manager in February 2013. With her background as an assistant camp director, teacher, outreach specialist to teen mothers and dropout prevention team member for Buncombe County Schools, as well as her volunteer leadership as a Board Member for the Asheville Triathlon Club, Robin was a perfect fit for GOTR! Robin has an M.A. in teaching from Western Carolina University and a B.A. in history from Samford University. In her “spare time” she enjoys playing outdoors with her husband and two young boys, running, cycling, reading and traveling.

Stephanie Bilotta
Program Director
- stephanie.bilotta@girlsontherun.org

Stephanie joined GOTR of WNC in April 2016 after falling in love with the program during her first season as a volunteer coach. A former small business owner in Asheville, Stephanie has found her passion in community involvement, and believes strongly in the importance of nurturing and guiding our youth. She has an MS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Mathematics. She loves running, yoga, hiking, cooking, traveling, and enjoying life with her husband and young son.

Board of Directors

Marlene Frisbee
Board Chair & Professor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Commun
- dorismfrisbee@abtech.edu

Marlene is a professor of marketing/business curriculum and serves as an advisor for the Phi Beta Lambda organization at AB-Tech College. She is an Asheville native and has dedicated her life to improving the education and health and wellness of her community. She has been an active volunteer and fund raiser with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life for several years, helping raise over $10,000 through her team, "Women Working for a Cure." Marlene has been a runner for several years; and since she and her husband don't have children, she's excited for the opportunity to share some of her values and excitement for running with young girls.

Rachael Nygaard
Board Vice Chair & Human Service Planner/Evaluator, Buncombe
- rachael.nygaard@buncombecounty.org

Rachael is a long standing GOTR volunteer, supporter, and a past and current SoleMate. She joined the GOTR Board in March 2014, bringing a wealth of knowledge about nonprofit management, program evaluation and planning. Rachael has served on numerous nonprofit boards and chose to join our Board because she recognizes the power of running in her life, "Running puts things into perspective and makes me feel healthy and powerful. When I am strong and calm and grounded, I am a better mama, wife, sister, daughter, friend, colleague, leader."

Manori Dockery
Board Treasurer & Branch Manager at SunTrust Bank, Weavervil
- manori.dockery@suntrust.com

Manori is the Branch Manager at SunTrust Bank in Weaverville. She is excited to be part of the GOTR Board because she recently started running as part of the Couch to 5K program, and she realized what an impact it has had on her. The sense of accomplishment she felt upon completing her first 5k was "immense" and she wants to help share that experience with others

Hana Bieliauska
Board Member
- hbieliauskas@gmail.com

Hana is a Senior Associate of Inspire PR Group. She moved to Asheville in 2016 and joined our board the same year. Prior to her move, she served as a Head Coach and as 5K Marketing Chair for Girls on the Run of Franklin County in Columbus, Ohio. Hana is committed to being a champion for Girls on the Run because the leadership roles allow her to combine three of her core passions: Empowering girls, public relations and exercise.

Stephanie Emerson
Board Member
- StephanieE@jpspa.com

Stephanie is the Director of Administration at Johnson Price Sprinkle PA. She is also the mother of a future Girl on the Run, Charlotte. Stephanie joined the board in June 2016 because she believes that EVERY girl should be given the opportunity to know and realize her potential. She is also loves the idea of not just pursuing your dreams, but boldly pursuing them. "Dreams remain just that unless you actively pursue them and turn them into a goal and furthermore, a reality. like to be a part of an organization that strives to help girls push themselves and realize the rewards of pursuit."

Robin Lenner
Board Member

Robin joined the board in January 2016, but she has been a volunteer coach, 5k planning committee member and a SoleMate for several years. She is the Events Coordinator at Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Aileen Sheehan-Wilson
Board Member

Aileen is the Associate Executive Director for Buncombe Alternatives, Inc., a non-profit working with youth involved in the Division of Juvenile Justice. She has lived in the Asheville area since 2002 and in that time, has devoted her life to improving the lives of children and families. She has been an active volunteer with Buncombe County Medical Society, Rotary Club, and Bele Chere. Aileen has been an avid runner in the past, but now spends much of her time teaching indoor cycling at both the YWCA of Asheville and the YMCA of Western North Carolina. As someone who recognizes the importance of building a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with GOTR!

Charlie Snider
Board Member

Charlie is the owner of Merrimon Square and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem and the HFC Girl's Soccer Team Manager. His daughter, Sage, participated in Girls on the Run from 2009-2011, and he wants to help other girls have the same opportunity to grow from GOTR the way his daughter has.

Leigh Pettus
Self Employed Consultant

Leigh has 30 years of nonprofit experience, 22 of which were on the leadership team of MANNA FoodBank, as well as extensive experience in public relations. She also has a long history working in the fitness industry both as a staff member and operating an independent fitness class business. She joined the GOTR of WNC board in July 2015. "I am interested in being a part of the development and success of young women. I have been impressed with Girls on the Run of WNC for several years. I had numerous mentors as an adolescent female that helped shape the woman I am now."

Natalie Bailey
Board Member
- nnb2000@hotmail.com

Natalie is a Public Information Officer for the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office. She joined the Girls on the Run board in July 2016. Natalie is an Asheville native who attended and graduated from Asheville City Schools. As an alumna from a women's college, empowerment of girls and young women is very close to Natalie's heart.

Anne Lazo
Marketing Consultant for GOTRWNC; Owner of Eagle Soars Consu
- alazo@eaglesoars.com

Anne is not officially a Board Member, but she has been volunteering at least four hours per month of her time and marketing expertise to GOTR of WNC since 2012. She has played an integral role in developing and growing our organization's presence around WNC through traditional and social media outlets. Anne also designed our Sponsorship Packet and served as a SoleMate. She's an avid runner and believes fully in the mission of Girls on the Run. Professionally, Anne has been marketing small and medium-sized businesses since 1992 and has over 25 years of experience in creating public communication campaigns. She is the CEO of Eagle Soars Consulting, which manages the entire creative process for clients from identifying concepts and selecting the design team to writing copy and supervising production and delivery of marketing material. Her specialties are: web design, writing text for search engine optimization, creating and managing email campaigns, creating strategic marketing plans, article writing, 360-degree feedback, sales training, leadership training, custom-designed training and development programs.