Mona Vespa, President
In 2016, she was promoted to her current role as President. Mona is honored to lead the team at GO! St. Louis after having worked in so many capacities for the organization during the last two decades. She has an extensive knowledge in all aspects of event planning and operations, volunteer management, and building sponsor and community relationships. With her depth of experience, Mona believes that the St. Louis running and walking community is strong and united because of the rich collection of groups, clubs, stores and local races we have in the area.
Mona holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She has three children and lives in University City where she is lucky to live and run in Forest Park almost every day!
Kristin Werner, Operations Manager
Kristin manages the participant operations for the event including registration and data management, customer and participant service needs, website needs, working with vendors and participant amenities, and much more!
Kristin is a dedicated local runner and enjoys mornings on Grant’s Trail and finding festive running attire to match every holiday and season that exists! When she’s not running, Kristin enjoys reading and spending time with her family (including her dad, who is also a great GO! St. Louis volunteer and supporter!)
Karen Lester, Operations Coordinator
Prior to working at GO! St. Louis, Karen spent her career with the U.S. Postal Service, where she worked in logistics. Karen has been a lifelong runner, and loves sizing up the competition at local 5Ks. She lives in South City with her two cats, Parker and Sammy.