Staff

Special Olympics Iowa State Headquarters
551 SE Dovetail Rd.
Grimes, IA 50111
Phone: 515-986-5520
Fax: 515-986-5530

**All accounting questions can
be sent to our Business Office
by emailing businessoffice@soiowa.org.

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 Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing

THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

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Stuart Steffy
Vice President of Development
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  • Donations
  • Memorial Gifts
  • Planned Giving
  • Mail and Phone Solicitation
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Megan Filipi
Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run
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  • Manage LETR Fundraising Events
  • Law Enforcement Recruitment
  • Sponsorships
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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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Madison Nelson
Law Enforcement Torch Run Event Coordinator

  • Coordinate LETR Fundraising Events
  • LETR Volunteer Recruitment
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Debbie Deskin
Business Office Assistant

  • Donation Entry

THE PROGRAM TEAM

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Dawn Criss
Sr. Director of Sports and Programs
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  • Manage Sports Programming
  • Sports Training and General Rules
  • Oversee Special Programs
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Katie Schrodt
Director of Regional Field Services (West)
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  • Outreach Services
  • Regional Competitions and Events
  • Regional Fundraising
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Kirsten DeVary
Director of Regional Field Services (North)
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  • Outreach Services
  • Regional Competitions and Events
  • Regional Fundraising
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JC Yates
Director of Regional Field Services (Southeast)
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  • Outreach Services
  • Regional Competitions and Events
  • Regional Fundraising
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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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Lexxi O’Brien
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
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Kara Neustrom
Health and Fitness Coordinator

  • Healthy Athletes®
  • Fitness Programs
  • Healthy Communities
  • Health Messengers