Meet the GGRF Team
Meet the people that work tirelessly in Ethiopia, the US, and around the world to make our programs and impact a reality.
Get to know the GGRF Staff in the US and Ethiopia:
Kayla Nolan has been involved with Girls Gotta Run Foundation since 2009 as a Richter Scholarship Research Fellow. She has served as GGRF's Executive Director since 2012, increasing the size of the organization by 10 times, designing a new program impact model and increasing GGRF's program size by seven times. Kayla was based in Ethiopia for four years, working to develop and advance GGRF's programs, impact and partnerships. She currently visits Ethiopia several times a year to support GGRF's program staff while leading GGRF's organizational growth from the United States.
Fasica Gebre Michael
Life Skills Mentor, Soddo Program
Fasica has been working with GGRF as the Life Skills Mentor for the Soddo Program since 2013. She works as an Amharic teacher at the Abba Pascal School. Since joining GGRF, Fasica has completed multiple training courses on female mentorship, leadership, and youth empowerment. Fasica also manages the nutriton program and ensures that every girl has a healthy snack after practice.
Coach, Bekoji Program
Fatia is the first female coach in Bekoji where she was an apprentice to Coach Sentayehu, the man who coached nearly all of Bekoji's Olympians. Fatia has worked with GGRF since 2012 and has served not only as a coach but a role model for the girls.
Program Coordinator and Life Skills Mentor, Bekoji Program
Sukuare serves as GGRF's Program Coordinator and Life Skills Mentor in Bekoji. She has worked with GGRF since 2014, upon completing her degree at Asella University. Sukuare oversses the Bekoji program, works closely with the Mother's Savings Group, and implements the lfie skills program. She serves as a role model for the girls and community at large.
Accountant, Soddo Program
Yeshi serves as GGRF's accountant for the Soddo Program. She has worked with GGRF since 2013 and has overseen the finances of the program with impeccable care for detail.
Coach, Soddo Program
Tadesse serves as GGRF's Coach in the Soddo Program. Tadesse has been working with GGRF since 2013. He is also a Physical Education teacher at the Abba Pascal Girl's School.
Board of Directors
Get to know the GGRF Board of Directors:
Ashley Kollme, M.A.
Chair of the Board
Ashley Kollme has been involved with Girls Gotta Run since joining the board in 2009. A local avid runner who is passionate about the mission of the organization, Ashley has focused on helping to raise funds for GGRF through sponsored races and by forging local partnerships with other organizations such as Girls on the Run of Washington, DC. Ashley is the former Development Director for Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, where she was responsible for all initiatives toward the annual goal of raising over $9M in grants and donations. Prior to this, Ashley worked for Davidson College as an admission officer. She is currently the Director of the Latino Student Fund; college preparation program. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Davidson College and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Harvard University.
Allyson Senie, J.D.
Allyson was first introduced to the Girls Gotta Run Foundation by her son who traveled to Ethiopia in 2014. There he had the opportunity to run with girls form the Ya Ya Village, some of whom had received scholarship funds from GGRF. Since learning of the GGRF organization, Allyson planned a successful fundraising event with Georgetown Day School’s track team. During the fall of 2015, she is organizing similar fundraising events with St Albans High School, the National Cathedral School and the Edmund Burke School’s cross country teams. Allyson was formerly a senior legal advisor in the Office of Chief Counsel for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Allyson travelled to Africa to develop, organize and manage the U.S.- South Africa Commercial Law Seminar in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. She also participated in the Department’s task Force on Women and the Global Economy. Allyson is a former coach of a Girls on The Run team in Alexandria, Va. Allyson is a graduate of the George Washington University National Law Center (JD 1988) and Ithaca College (BA Political Science 1983).
James Scott, M.B.A.
Founding Member and Board Treasurer
Mr. Scott is the Treasurer of the Board and a founding member of GGRF. He is Population Reference Bureau's chief financial and operating officer, and has more than 30 years' experience as the chief financial officer of nonprofit organizations in the health care, environment, and policy fields. He also has been an executive committee member of the nonprofit environmental organizations Earth Share and American Whitewater, and a board member of the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), an independent accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Mason University.
Rosie Rodriguez, M.B.A.
Rosie Rodriguez is a passionate advocate for women’s rights with over 10 years of experience in the philanthropic and corporate sectors. Throughout her career, she has cultivated authentic relationships and built collaborative partnerships for mission-driven organizations. She is currently a consultant for nonprofits and social impact companies. She was the interim Director of Development, Board Chair, and mentor at The Lower Eastside Girls Club for 8 years, where she supported the mission through a wide variety of development, programmatic, and advocacy initiatives. Prior to dedicating her life’s work to the advancement of girls and women, she began her career in the international legal field for seven years. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. From Rosie's work with women’s organizations in New York City and abroad, she has witnessed the power of education and empowerment to improve the lives of girls and women. On a personal level, running, education, and travel empowered Rosie and enriched her life in many meaningful ways. Her knowledge of nonprofit administration, commitment to helping girls become vital agents of change, and passion for running will help her support GGRF's mission of investing in girls who use running and education to empower themselves and their communities.
Gaby Grebski, M.A.
Gaby Grebski has been working as a high school counselor, health educator, and track & field and cross country coach for almost 15 years in both private and charter schools. She has spent much of her career on the ground counseling, teaching, and mentoring youth and has spent summers working for organizations like the Girls Leadership Institute and LearnServe International. She has worked abroad in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zambia to help bring awareness to the many issues facing young girls including access to education and HIV prevention. Gaby serves on the board of directors of Girls Health Ed, a DC-based nonprofit bringing comprehensive health education to underserved girls. Gaby herself is an avid runner, having competed at both the collegiate and masters levels. Gaby is passionate about empowering and tapping into the potential of girls and young women worldwide.
Leigh Pasqual, M.A.
Leigh is the Founder of the Good for Girls Foundation and has spent more than fifteen years working on women’s rights issues, as a communications strategist, gender advocate and writer. She has worked with the United Nations and with nonprofit organisations in the United States and other countries on issues such as CEDAW, violence against women, gender and HIV/AIDS, and effective communication in the development field. Leigh holds a degree in European Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Masters degree in European History from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.