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“Really Awesome Rachel” was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska, but now calls Juneau home. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Sociology and specializations in Spanish and Civic Engagement. Her adventures have brought her to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Peru, Colombia, and The Bahamas so far. She plays ukulele and dances salsa whenever she can. She is always ready for adventure and is excited to be working with Girls on the Run!
"Tenacious Tara" serves as the AmeriCorps*VISTA for South Peninsula Haven House and has been a Girls on the Run coach since 2013. She also coached Junior Nordic Skiing in Homer and loves to bike, hike, ski and run! Growing up in Nome, Alaska, Tara grew from her involvement in cross country running and ski biathlon. With each season, she is inspired to empower the young girls to love themselves, accept others, and give back to the community.
Wholehearted Helen grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland and somehow found her way to the interior of Alaska! Helen has a degree in Forensic Psychology, a background in mental health and special education, and is now the Prevention Coordinator for the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living in Fairbanks. Helen is passionate about making sure that young people know how much their voices matter. Helen loves the way that Girls On The Run impacts the girls as well as the coaches and the way that it inspires us all to honor our own inner beauty.
“Loud Lauren” has lived in Sitka for about 3 years, and is currently getting a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Her dad is a marathon runner and has been trying to convince her to like the sport for over 20 years, but she has always preferred playing soccer instead… until she coached Girls on the Run, where she learned how to have fun and feel empowered running without a ball in front of her.
“Able Arika” moved from Philadelphia to Ketchikan six years ago. She graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in psychology and sociology. After spending a few years commercial fishing with her partner and their young daughter, she started her "town job" with Women in Safe Homes in the winter of 2015. Arika has enjoyed coordinating the Girls on the Run program in Ketchikan, and was excited to help GOTR expand to Prince of Wales Island where she has spent a lot of time exploring and commercial fishing!