Locals to help lead Girls on the Run International

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local woman who has been involved with Girls on the Run Vermont for the past decade is one of two women recently added to the board of directors for Girls on the Run International (GOTRI)

Elizabeth Catlin joined the board in May and Phyllis Finley rejoined the board at the end of August. The two executives pledged to help guide the national non-profit organization which designs programming that strengthens third- to eighth-grade girls' social, emotional, physical, and behavioral skills to successfully navigate life experiences. More than 2 million girls have participated in the program since it launched 25 years ago.

Catlin has been a Girls on the Run coach for nine seasons and counting, and served on the board of Girls on the Run Vermont for 10 years, most recently as vice chair.

A graduate of Harvard College and Duke Law School, Catlin worked for the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C. before clerking for the Honorable James L. Oakes. After several years as a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., Catlin made Vermont her permanent home, returning to Judge Oakes' chambers as a staff attorney. In 2006, she founded Bluestone Wealth Management in Keene, N.H., and works there as an investment adviser. Catlin currently serves as board chair of The Brattleboro Retreat, and is doing coursework at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government towards a Master's in Public Administration. She lives in southern Vermont with her husband Jared Flynn and their two daughters, who share her passion for Girls on the Run as runners and volunteers. In her free time, she loves to play tennis and read literary fiction and memoirs.

"After a hands-full and heart-filled experience on the board of my local council, I am excited to help shape programming, set strategy, and define the future with GOTRI's national board," Catlin said in a statement. "GOTRI's message of inclusion and positivity feels as urgent and powerful to me today as it did when my older daughter started the program in 2008."

Finley, of Alpharetta, Ga., previously served on the GOTRI board of directors from July 2017 to January 2019. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland, Global Campus in Human Resources. She brings 30 years of experience and expertise in human resources. She currently works as an HR consultant helping organizations to navigate the complexity of building and executing their human capital strategy. In addition to her volunteer leadership at GOTRI, she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Council of Negro Women.

The two join the board which is led by chair Kristin Lesher (Wells Fargo) and includes: Chris Cotton, (Summit Park), Jennifer Ebbitt (X, Google), Rakesh Gopalan (McGuireWoods LLP), Kristin Kelley (The Intersect Group), Heidi Levine (Sidley Austin LLP), Juli Marley (Blue Point Capital Partners), Sheila McGinley-Graziosi, (Cigna), Deborah Pleva (Pleva Consulting) and Sonali Rajan (Columbia University).

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