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From the moment Minka read about Girls on the Run she knew she needed to be a part of it. Minka took up running in her early 30s and quickly discovered its transformative powers. She soon realized that if she could cross a finish line, she could do anything. Having grown up the shy, awkward girl in the corner struggling with self-confidence, she wants girls to know that they too can do anything—and that they can be true to themselves.
From a social runner to a professional runner, Andrea has experienced all levels of the sport, and brings that knowledge and love of running as the Program Coordinator for GOTR. She qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and has now taken her competitive side into obstacle course racing. A San Antonio native, Andrea is a mother of two and has her PhD in Sport Communication. She is very excited to work with the coaches and girls to continue to build the running community in San Antonio.
Marika is a certified Personal Trainer, Children's Fitness Specialist, and Nutrition & Wellness Consultant. Her focus is strength training and a diet that consists of natural, whole foods and proper supplementation for disease prevention. She also works for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department as a Community Service Park Liaison Trail Steward for the Green Way Trails and the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department as a Park Ranger. Formerly, Marika owned and operated a multimillion-dollar small retail business but found her passion in helping women achieve their health and fitness goals. Her vision is to minister to females of all ages struggling with health, self-esteem, body image, and fitness issues.
Make a lasting impact on girls in Bexar County by helping us build a solid foundation! Girls on the Run of Bexar County is seeking applicants for our Board of Directors. This is a non-paid, part-time, volunteer position with a two-year commitment. We are particularly looking for people with strong skills and experience in development, human resources, and with previous board experience. For more information, please contact Yvonne Vargas.
Yvonne joined GOTR looking for a way to help young girls bring health and fitness into their lives. She has a passion for supporting people in reaching their wellness goals and promoting a balance of exercise and fun! She is a certified Les Mills Instructor who loves leading group fitness classes. Blending her enthusiasm of fitness in adults with serving Girls on the Run has been truly rewarding and inspiring.
As the oldest of three girls, Sally was raised in a family where girls and women make and can achieve their goals, strive to help others, and run for fun. After earning her BA from Smith College, an all-women's school, Sally went on to serve as a Captain in the Army, earn her MA and JD, direct a local women's 5K for 5 years, practice law, and run races from 1 to 26.2 miles. She never won any of those races, but she finds that GOTR's mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which integrates running and community service mirrors her own life experiences and personal goals.
Since joining Girls on the Run, Hermine has learned that you’re never too old to have an impact on the lives of girls and women. In her 40 years experience as an RN and CRNA, she’s dealt with broken bodies and minds. Girls on the Run’s program builds the bodies and minds of its participants and Hermine finds this very gratifying.