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Beth Ann helped bring Girls on the Run to Caddo Parish after working for Girls on the Run – DC as their Race Director. Seeing firsthand how inspiring and empowering the program is for the young girls served, as well as the contagious and positive effect it has on everyone involved, Beth Ann felt compelled to bring this uplifting energy to Shreveport. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Beth Ann relocated to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2011 with her husband for his neurosurgery residency at LSU Health. Beth Ann has a Masters in Corporate and Public Communication from Monmouth University, as well as a Masters in Elementary Education from The George Washington University. Her previous work experience includes public relations, event planning, non-profit work, and a few years as an elementary schoolteacher. A lifelong runner, Beth Ann has completed several marathons and half-marathons and knows the importance of using running as a healthy outlet. Beth Ann has always been passionately committed to contributing to a greater good, and is honored to bring the Girls on the Run Program to the Shreveport area.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
Crista Moore Murray is a Shreveport native who, upon her return from California, decided to become a part of Girls on the Run in an effort to make this community a better place for young girls. Crista is a Licensed Professional Counselor with expertise in children, adolescents, and anxiety. She currently works for LSUHSC as part of their student wellness center, maintains a private practice, and is adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at NSULA. She is the mother of two young boys and enjoys spending time with family and any water activity.
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.