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Leadership

Mindy Waterous

Mindy Watrous

President & CEO

Mindy has led Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) as President/CEO for ten years. Since coming to SOCO, Mindy has helped the organization grow to over 20,000 athletes. Under Mindy’s direction, the organization rolled out – The Young Athletes™ Program – which serves children ages 2 ½ to 7 with developmental/intellectual disabilities or delays. Mindy has also led the Project UNIFY® initiative which increases Special Olympics collaboration with schools by expanding inclusive sports opportunities through Unified Sports® and Young Athletes, more deeply engaging young people in our sports movement, and promoting youth leadership and youth advocacy for acceptance and inclusion of our athletes in schools and communities.

Prior to joining SOCO, Mindy served as the Executive Director of Walden Family Services, a treatment foster care agency that trains and supports foster families who care for severely abused and neglected children with significant behavioral and emotional problems. During her tenure at Walden, she was instrumental in researching, developing, and implementing new programs and initiatives to better serve children in the program. Under Mindy’s leadership, Walden expanded its treatment foster care services to include care for youth with developmental disabilities and children with special health care needs. As the Executive Director, Mindy was responsible for the overall administration of an agency caring for over 400 foster children in five district offices throughout Southern California with an annual budget of $11 million.

 

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Jan Gordon

Senior Director, Law Enforcement Torch Run

Jan Gordon is the Senior Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and has been with Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) since 2011. In her role, Jan oversees a cadre of more than 1,650 Law Enforcement officials throughout the state who advocate, raise awareness and fundraise for SOCO’s programs and athletes. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, law enforcement agency recruitment, retention and renewal, sponsorship, special events, and supporting all of the law enforcement involved in the LETR movement. Under her direction, the Colorado Law Enforcement Torch Run has had a 238% increase over the past five years.  Prior to working at Special Olympics Colorado, Jan owned an Event Management Company working in the nonprofit sector and received her degree in Business and Marketing from the University of the Pacific. She received the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, where she sits on their Women in Business Committee.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters while being active in the beautiful state of Colorado.

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Becky Kennedy

Chief Financial Officer

Becky Kennedy joined Special Olympics Colorado in July 2015 as the VP of Administration/CFO. Becky manages all financial activities of SOCO to ensure integrity and fiduciary responsibility. Becky’s career as a non-profit finance professional spans more than 20 years including 4 years with Children’s Hopechest and 16 years with Christian Booksellers Association, both in Colorado Springs, CO.  She has a BS in Accounting and Finance from Adams State, and a MBA with an emphasis in IT from CU, Colorado Springs.  Becky grew up in Southeastern Colorado and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Chaka Sutton

Senior Vice President of Programs

Chaka Sutton has worked for Special Olympics Colorado for 19 years and served as the Coaches Education and Outreach Coordinator (3 years) and Foothills Area Manager (8 years), before being named VP of Programs in 2007. Chaka oversees the program department and ensures quality delivery of the SOCO mission. Under his leadership, Chaka has directed Project UNIFY implementation, area realignment and program restructure, two National Games Teams, the SOCO Rapids Team, introduction of flag football and the addition of the Summer Classic. Chaka is also the direct liaison to Special Olympics International, Special Olympics North America and Team USA for sports. He has coached three World Games teams for Special Olympics Team USA (snowshoeing in 2005 and powerlifting in 2007 & 2011). Prior to joining SOCO, Chaka was a preschool teacher at the Denver Child Opportunity Program – Lowry Campus and was an assistant football coach at East Tennessee State. Chaka earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Psychology, with a minor in Sport Management, in 1995 from East Tennessee State, where he played football.

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Megan Toohey

Vice President of Development

Megan Toohey is responsible for the planning, development and execution of SOCO’s overall development efforts, including prospect education, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of the individual, foundation and corporate donors; gift planning; special events; and leadership of the development team. Megan served as the Director of Events for just over a year prior appointment as Director of Development in February 2015, and in January 2016 she was promoted to Senior Director of Development.

Prior to joining the team at Special Olympics Colorado, Megan served as the Senior Events Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Events Manager for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where she ran large scale events, and was responsible for a 10,000-person volunteer force.  The New York native earned her Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky and went on to receive her Masters of Science in Tourism and Non-profit Management from Arizona State University.  Megan enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband, Marc, and dog, Riggs.

Lexie Vean

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Grover Wray, Chair, DigitalGlobe, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
  • John Shukie, Vice Chair, Forward Progress Athletics Consulting, LLC, President & Founder
  • Pat Lovett, Secretary, Pat Lovett Coaching, Career Coach
  • Laurin Quiat, Treasurer, BakerHostetler LLP, Partner
  • Jim Reuter, Past Chair; FirstBank, Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. Jay Albright, Sports Medicine Surgical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Patrick Cowan, US Bank, Senior Vice President
  • Karin Crawford, Waring Associates, President
  • Vince Egan, Special Olympics Colorado Athlete
  • Alie Goldblatt, Special Olympics Colorado Youth Representative
  • Eddie Hartnett, Athletic Director, Boulder High School
  • Samantha Holloway, GoSpotCheck, Co-Founder and Chief Sales Officer
  • Scott Kennedy, Cherry Creek Insurance Company, President & COO
  • Mollie Lehman, Western Athletic Conference, Senior Associate Commissioner & CFO
  • Greg Leonard, Hyatt Regency Denver, General Manager
  • Richard A. Levine, Law Offices of Richard A. Levine, PC., Managing Partner
  • Charlie Monfort, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Owner/General Partner
  • Dr. Neil Norton, Comfort Dental, Inc., Executive Vice President
  • Evan Rothstein, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Shareholder
  • Melissa Sachs, DCT Industrial, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
  • Paul Schreder, Ellwood Associates, Senior Consultant
  • Scott Siegfried, Cherry Creek School District, Deputy Superintendent
  • Kris Staaf, Safeway, Inc., Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Bill Austin Austin/Hauck Clothiers, Owner
  • Mark Barnes Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Shareholder
  • Peter Coakley Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Senior Vice President and General Manager
  • Tim Griggs Telecommunications, Senior Executive
  • Dick Hall Retired, Business Ethics Institute LLC, President
  • Kelly Hanratty Marketing/PR Consultant
  • Tom Harding G. Thomas Harding Jr. CPA, Owner
  • Erin Holloway Safeway & United Airlines, Global Messenger & Special Olympics Athlete
  • Leif Houkom Retired, Bantek West, Inc., CEO
  • Michael Hutchinson Retired, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Partner
  • Rich Karlis CenturyLink, Director of Corporate Sponsorships
  • Kim Koehn K2Ventures, LLC, Principal
  • Lloyd Lewan Lewan & Associates Inc., Retiring Chairman; Executive Dean and Chairman of the Board, Emeritus, Semester at Sea
  • Steve Sander Sander Marketing, Principal
  • Lew Sapiro Breeze Inc., Former President
  • Mark Urich Lockton Companies, LLC, Executive Vice President