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Staff

Allison Nolen
Executive Director
- allison.nolen@girlsontherun.org

Allison Nolen is a Shreveport native who recently returned after over eight years in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Byrd High School and spent much of her high school years dancing with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. She earned a BA in French and her teaching certification from Centenary College. While at Centenary, she spent one year studying in Paris at La Sorbonne Nouvelle. After a few years as a high school French teacher in Caddo Parish, Allison moved with her husband to the Washington, DC area where she was a French and English teacher at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, a boarding school for classical ballet dancers. She later took the position of Academic Director at Kirov where she stayed for three years and focused on strengthening the academic department and guiding the school through re-accreditation with the Middle States Association. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Technology for Educators from Johns Hopkins University. Allison loves working with young people and is excited that Girls on the Run has taken root in Shreveport. Since leaving ballet behind, she has relied on running and yoga to stay physically active. Allison is the mother of a young son, and she spends her free time reading and writing fiction.

Emilee White
5K Race Director
- emileewhite2015@yahoo.com

Emilee White was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. She is a recent graduate from Northwood High School and is currently working at Boyd Family Dentistry as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant. Emilee is new to Girls on the Run and is looking forward to being part of such a great organization and the community!

Board of Directors

McKenzy Boyd
Board Chair

McKenzy K. Boyd, D.D.S. is a local dentist in the Shreveport area and owner of Boyd Family Dentistry. She is originally from Wasilla, Alaska and ventured to the South after graduating from high school. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from Louisiana State University and then attended dental school at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. After graduation, she practiced in Mitchell, South Dakota before returning to Louisiana. McKenzy is an avid LSU Tiger and Saints fan. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, and duck hunting with her husband Jared Boyd, their twins, and yellow lab. McKenzy became involved with GOTR to help promote a healthy lifestyle while improving young girls self esteem. She is excited this great organization has come to Shreveport and happy to be involved in the community.

Julia Popwell
Vice Chair

Julia Popwell is a third grade teacher in Caddo Parish and received her alternative certification in elementary education from Louisiana Resource Center for Educators in Baton Rouge. She is a native of Shreveport and attended Captain Shreve High School. As a child, Julia always enjoyed sports and extracurricular activities. She graduated from Louisiana State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. After graduation, Julia moved to Nashville where she was a nanny for a year. Julia is an avid Tigers fan, loves to cook, and run. In her spare time Julia loves spending time with family and her two nieces and nephew, and going to Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. Julia became involved with GOTR during our first season in Spring 2014 and was a substitute coach as well as a member of the 5K Committee. She is thrilled it has made its way to Shreveport.

Steve Wright
Treasurer

Steve Wright is a life-long resident of North LA. After completing his accounting degree at LSUS, Steve started his professional life in public accounting working as a Tax Advisor/CPA for 8.5 years before going to work for one of his clients, a local retailer. These past experiences lead him to his current position as CFO/COO at Kent, Kent & Tingle, an independent commercial insurance agency. The change in employment prompted Steve to get fit and pursue his “running career.” At the urging of a friend, he joined USA Fit during the summer of 2011, training and completing his first half-marathon. While training for a subsequent half-marathon and 2 full marathons, Steve was introduced to 2 local running groups, the 5 at 5 (5 miles at 5:00am) and SMR (Saturday Morning Run). The training for and participating in running events that just a few years ago seemed out of reach has reinvigorated both his personal life and his career, and it is that aspect of the GOTR program that interests Steve and lead him to volunteer on its Board. He also believes it is important to model a healthy lifestyle for his 2 sons, Will and Luke.

Jess Crotty
Secretary

Jess Crotty was born and raised in Kansas City, KS. After graduating with her BS in Apparel Design and minor in Business at Kansas State University, she and her husband, Matt Crotty, moved south to Texas and ended up in Shreveport, LA in 2012. She is currently a Property Manager and Broker Assistant at RE/MAX Executive. In her spare time, Jess likes to run, sew, DIY, and play fetch with her two mutts, Zeus & Calliope. Jess has run 2 full marathons, many half marathons, many 5ks, and looks forward to many more races. She belongs to the Shreveport USA Fit and Red River Road Runners clubs. Jess got involved with GOTR in the spring of 2014 as a volunteer at the 5k, and joined the Board of Directors in fall of 2016. Jess is passionate about GOTR because of the effect it has on young girls' lives through positivity, good decision making, and self esteem.

Hannah Bourque
Board Member

Hannah Bourque is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a Byrd High School alumni who received a B.S. from LSU Baton Rouge in Finance in May of 2010. Hannah currently works for Heard, McElroy and Vestal, LLC CPA firm and holds her CPA. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Hannah enjoys working out and has completed two half marathons and is pursuing a goal to complete a race in each of the 50 states. Her involvement in the local nonprofit community is what guided her to GOTR. Hannah is passionate to work with girls to build healthy character through the promotion of healthy and active lifestyle.

Lucy Medvec
Board Member

Lucy Medvec has lived in Shreveport since 1992 when she married her husband, Mark, a B-52 pilot stationed at Barksdale AFB. A California native, she graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Lucy has over 25 years of experience in development and marketing and has served as an active community volunteer for more than thirty nonprofit organizations. Lucy has served on the Girls on the Run Race Committee since it's inception in Shreveport. She is the mother of two boys and enjoys travel, reading, walking, and cheering on her Bruins.

Ann Rene Shores
Board Member