Staff

Rebecca McWilliams
Executive Director
- Rebecca.Mcwilliams@girlsontherun.org

Rebecca first volunteered at a Girls on the Run 5K in New Orleans and marveled at the positive energy and infectious enthusiasm of all the girls and coaches. She knew right away that she wanted to somehow be a part of this amazing organization. After recently relocating to Birmingham with her family, she is thrilled to be serving as Executive Director of Girls on the Run Birmingham. Rebecca graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Public Communications and a Minor in Educational Studies. Most recently, she served as the Director of Donor Relations at a community hospital in New Orleans, LA. Her 15-year career in non-profit organizations has taught her about the value of philanthropy and volunteerism and the profound impact it can have on the lives of others. In addition to her work with Girls on the Run, she keeps busy exploring the Magic City with her husband, 4 year-old son, and 2 year-old daughter - a future Girl on the Run!

Kelly Klehm
Program Coordinator
- Kelly.Klehm@girlsontherun.org

Kelly became involved with Girls on the Run when she signed up to volunteer as a coach shortly after moving to Birmingham in July of 2016. She began the fall season as a coach at a community site and was then hired to be the Program Coordinator. She’s excited to be in this role and looks forward to working with all the coaches, girls, and families. Kelly has degrees from Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University, both in Milwaukee, WI. She has taught regular and special education, worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and also at the Milwaukee Public Library. Prior to moving to Birmingham she was a special education teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools. When not working with Girls on the Run Birmingham, she keeps busy by running, hiking, reading, and exploring The Magic City with her husband.

Wynne Speir
Marketing and Outreach Director
- Wynne.Speir@girlsontherun.org

Wynne has been involved with Girls on the Run since she interned in Charlotte in 2002. She eventually coached, planned 5K’s and volunteered. After moving to Alabama in 2009, Wynne helped bring Girls on the Run to Birmingham where she served on the inaugural board of directors. While Wynne has been connected to Girls on the Run for a long time, now, as a mom of two (including a daughter), she is more aware than ever of the importance of supporting healthy, happy and confident girls. Wynne has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and prior to joining Girls on the Run Birmingham was Community Engagement Coordinator at Children’s of Alabama.

Candice Powers
Assistant Program Coordinator
- Americorps@girlsontherunbham.org

Candice Powers is this year’s AmeriCorps Member for the Birmingham Metro Girls on the Run office. She’s a recent graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in International Studies. Girls on the Run’s mission is especially appealing to Candice because of her eleven year old sister, Courtney. Her goals this year include positively influencing girls by being a site coach and by improving office efficiency in the GOTR office to impact even more young women!

Board of Directors

Annemarie Axon
Chair

Attorney, Wallace Jordan

Libby Morgan
Treasurer

Treasury Supervisor, Drummond Company

Olivia Affuso
Director

Associate Professor, UAB School of Public Health

Jennifer Andress
Director

Certified Running Coach, & TRX Certified Trainer, Resolute Running

Tami Blaudeau
Director

Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Christy Evans
Director

Senior Manager, Markstein

Ann Haas
Director

Managing Director, 1919 Investment Counsel

Mary Virginia Mandell
Director

Community Volunteer

Erica Neel
Director

Chief Executive Officer, Pee Wee's Pawn

Annie Thompson
Director

Executive Director, The Thompson Foundation

Loren Traylor
Director

Vice President, Investor Relations at Birmingham Business Alliance