Molly Barker, Founder and VisionGiver

Molly Barker is the founder of Girls on the Run International, the program that uses running to empower girls. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, Molly used her background in social work, counseling and teaching to develop the program. Since Barker founded it in 1996, it has served a million girls and earned her numerous accolades, including the Daily Point of Light Award, given by President Obama and Former President Bush in a ceremony at the White House.

After retiring from the organization in 2013, she was asked to join the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a Washington group seeking ways to bridge the political divide in Congress. By the time its 29 members of the commission made recommendations, however, Barker had decided the real problem was bigger than Congress. It was all of us.

That was when she began formulating an idea for The Red Boot Way, a new organization whose name was inspired by the gift of a pair of red boots from her daughter Helen.

In August 2014, Molly put those conversation-starting red boots to task and set out to get to the root of what was causing these polarizing conversations. From Charlotte to Las Vegas she listened to hundreds share their fears, concerns and hopes.

“Ultimately, leadership comes down to one very simple question,” she wrote in the telling of her cross-country journey. “Am I willing to make the effort to see, to listen, to look for the humanness that rests within each person I encounter?”

Molly is the mother to two children: James, a fashion designer in New York and Helen, a dog trainer in Charlotte. When asked recently what her mom does for a living, Helen responded, “My mom listens and loves people for her living.”

Ann Davant Crehore, Executive Director

Ann Davant Crehore is a native Charlottean and a proud 1980 graduate of West Charlotte High School, a national model of racial integration at the time. After graduating from Hollins College (Phi Beta Kappa) she worked in Washington D.C. until the traffic and cost of living drove her back to Charlotte. She owned her own computer training and consulting business for 15 years.

Prior to being elected as Executive Director of The Red Boot Way, Ann was the Executive Assistant to the President of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and served as the Assistant Secretary to the Board. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer.

She and her husband, John, have two children who have (mostly) flown the coop.

Norbert Szucs, Intern

Norbert comes to us from Romania! Over the last seven years he has specialized in personal development blogging, organized events, and focus groups around personal development, small business marketing, and open forums. He is still working with over fifteen Romanian companies and clients as a Social Media Specialist, managing their Facebook pages; coordinating and promoting their events; and working with local media outlets to promote and grow their businesses.

He moved to Charlotte in May 2017 to further his career growth through education of the US marketing techniques and grow his knowledge in the small to medium business segments which he hopes will build and develop best in class marketing skills.

In his personal time since moving to Charlotte, he has enjoyed exploring and learning the city, mountain climbing and is looking forward to visiting the Outer Banks, Charleston, and Asheville.

Board of Directors

Molly Barker
Founder and VisionGiver

Sarah Paris
Chairman of the Board
Dixon Hughes Goodman Wealth Advisors

Marta Holden
Vice-Chair of the Board
Community volunteer

Eric Law
Treasurer of the Board
Retired Executive Director of Hands on Charlotte

Leslie Boyd
Secretary of the Board
Union County Board of Education

June Carter
Wells Fargo

Jill Santuccio
PRISM Communications

Shannon Weatherly
National Children’s Oral Health Foundation