Staff

Special Olympics Iowa State Headquarters
551 SE Dovetail Rd.
Grimes, IA 50111

Phone: 515-986-5520
Fax: 515-986-5530

Our Area Offices

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John Kliegl 
President and CEO
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  • Donor Relationship Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Financial Accountability
  • Organizational Administration
  • Board of Directors Liaison
  • Special Olympics North America/International Representation
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Rhonda Schwarzkopf
Director of Sports and Advanced Competitions
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  • Athlete Delegation Assignments
  • Outreach Services
  • Advanced Competitions (USA Games, World Games, etc.)
  • Logistics of State Competitions
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Karen Whitman
Marketing and Communication Coordinator
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  • Media and Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Social Media

THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

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Stuart Steffy
Individual Giving Officer
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  • Donations
  • Memorial Gifts
  • Planned Giving
  • Mail and Phone Solicitation

THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN TEAM

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Jeanette Steinfeldt
Vice President, Law Enforcement Torch Run
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  • Direct LETR Fundraising Events
  • LETR Volunteer Recruitment
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Rachel Bosworth
Law Enforcement Torch Run Marketing and Event Manager
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  • Coordinate LETR Fundraising Events
  • LETR Volunteer Recruitment
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Mary Besler
Law Enforcement Torch Run Event Coordinator
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  • Coordinate LETR Fundraising Events

THE PROGRAM TEAM

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Bruce Wilson
Senior Director of Programs and Regional Field Services
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  • Outreach Services
  • North / West Region Competitions and Events
  • North / West Region Fundraising
  • Coaches Training
  • FIT Program

Dawn Criss
Director of Regional Field Services
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  • Outreach Services
  • South / East Region Competitions and Events
  • South / East Region Fundraising
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Elin Phipps 
Director of Volunteers
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  • Volunteer Recruitment and Communication
  • Volunteer Promotion & Marketing
  • Management of Event Volunteers
  • Volunteer Registrations
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Bryan Coffey
Director of Unified Programs
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  • Unified Sports
  • Unified Champion Schools
  • Youth Leadership Program
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Unified Programs Coordinator                                            x115

  • Unified Sports
  • Unified Champion Schools
  • Youth Leadership Program
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Wendy Olinger
Director of Athlete Initiatives
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  • Challenge Days
  • Young Athlete Play Days
  • Athlete Leadership/Global Messengers
  • Healthy Athletes
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Tanner Nissen
Assistant Director of Sports and Advanced Competitions
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  • Athlete Physicals
  • State Games Registration/Entry Forms
  • GMS (Games Management System)
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Sally Briggs
Program Administrative Assistant
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  • Class A Volunteer Credentials
  • Event Verification for Athletes, Chaperones and Volunteers
  • Delegation Managers
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Christine Albers
Program Records Specialist
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  • Athlete Medical and Release Forms
  • Data Entry