Founder and VisionGiver

Molly Barker, MSW, is perhaps best known for having founded Girls on the Run in 1996. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, she used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program. Today, there are Girls on the Run councils in over 220 cities across North America serving over 200,000 girls and women each year.

Now Molly is heading up The Red Boot Coalition…a project that takes the same message of authenticity and empowerment to the “rest of us” by inviting those who are willing to address the current fear, anger and hyperpolarized state of some of our largest systems: politics, religion, economics and ethnicity, by engaging in dialogue focused on the Eleven Red Boot Coalition Principles. Not afraid to ask the hard questions, Molly engages with humor, poignant stories, and rich demonstrations of the power possible when people collectively give voice and action to love, compassion and curious-inquiry in spite of the perceived chaos, fear and anger around us.

Molly is a positive role model. She enjoys writing, running and yoga but most enjoys the challenges which emerge in her own personal evolution and deep desire to live life outside the Boxes that might otherwise contain her.

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 Coalition, 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.


 Brooks is a certified Red Boot Guide, and serves in our Central Office as our Navigator. In this role she supports Red Boot Guides around the country, and helps them navigate the journey of bringing the Red Boot Coalition to their communities. She is honored to help maintain passion and quality amongst the guides nationwide, so that Red Boot may continue to grow with its core strong, connected and joyful. 

Brooks has been facilitating individuals and groups through yoga, breath work, mindfulness/meditation, and deep soul work, for over 20 years. Her heart's message to the world is "Wake up. Slow Down. Connect," and so her love for Red Boot aligns beautifully with her life's work. She believes that every individual is an embodiment of infinite creative expression and is grateful to be an agent of change in the awakening of light and truth. She shows up with clarity of presence and expansive compassion, her laughter is highly contagious and her words are direct, loving, kind and inspiring.