Special Olympics Vermont staff is comprised of a dedicated and excellent group of individuals with broad corporate and non-profit experience. The staff supports the ongoing growth and development of programs throughout Vermont including all competitions, fundraising activities and brand management. Athletes and families are vital to the mission of SOVT and the staff provides a variety of services for them.
Photos by Heather Glenn
President & CEO
College: Boston College, BS Marketing
Fun fact: I was a gymnast for 12 years. I used to be able to do multiple flips.
Accomplishments: Co-Founder of the Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group.
Greatest Special Olympics moment? Watching Steve Smiel learn that he won gold at the 2013 Golf Tournament.
Family: Married to Steve Boutcher, Mother of Harrison and Emma
Education: MSC, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland; BA, Geneva College, PA
Accomplishments: Completing a master’s research project
Family: A fantastic partner working on a PhD in Montreal
Pet Peeve: Bad public transit networks
Vice President of Development
College: Virginia Tech
Fun fact: Started out studying interior design, interned with a firm and won several awards for tile and rug design. Favorite TV channel is still HGTV
Family: Married to Rick, mother of Zachary and Nick, 2 cats: Oliver and Mike Wazowski (from Monster’s Inc)
Pet Peeve? People who are intolerant of differences.
College: Lake Superior State University, BS Marketing & Management
Fun Facts: Runner; enjoy cooking and entertaining-serving as the host even when I’m at some else’s house, from the UP of Michigan (Yooper)
Accomplishments: LSSU School of Business Outstanding Baccalaureate Award recipient; Learned to create all of my meals gluten free and close to as delicious as they used to be!
Greatest Special Olympics moment: Spending time with athletes and families at Winter Games; taking part in the magic that happens through competitive sports.
Community Development Manager
Education: Masters of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor, Canada
Fun Fact: Being featured in an episode of Degrassi Junior High
Accomplishments: Working with the Anti-doping team and volunteers at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games
Greatest Special Olympics moment: Volunteering at the Winter Games while in University
Family/Pets: Married to Adrian; soon to be mom to a little girl. One dog named cooper
Pet peeve: People who litter
Wendy LaPine Kenny
College: Champlain College
Fun fact: I swam with a dolphin. It was an amazing experience!
Accomplishments: Amazing family and many friends.
Greatest Special Olympics moment? The smiles, speeches, dancing and camaraderie. I feel lucky to be part of this amazing organization.
Family: I live in Jericho with my husband Marc, son Logan and dogs Chumley and Peekachoo.
Marketing & Partnerships Director
College: Middlebury College
Fun fact: I love to play ultimate frisbee! I play for a co-ed team that competes regionally all summer long. Our mascot is a moose.
Greatest Special Olympics moment? Draping medals for Unified snowshoeing. An amazing display of teamwork and compassion.
Anything else people should know? I love food and I love to feed people. I love talking to people about growing, cooking and eating delicious healthy food.
Data and Administrative Coordinator
College: Grove City College
Fun fact: Before Special Olympics, I was a teacher in the Burlington school district and in California.
Family: I’m getting married in August, 2015 and we have a dog named Pedro.
School: Burlington School District
Hobbies: I like spending time with my family and friends and doing activities in the community.
Favorite Sport: Swimming
Family: Mom Patty and four brothers; Reg, Mark, Tom and Matt