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.
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
Director of Marketing and Development
College: BS, Saint Michaels College; MBA, Champlain College
Fun fact: I love driving places. I’ve driven across the country multiple times.
Accomplishments: 5 marathons and 2 half ironmans.
Great Special Olympics moment? Watching 3 of our Vermont athletes stand on the podium at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea.
Anything else? Married to Abbie and we have a black lab named Maple and 3 chickens (currently).
Director of Programs
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.
Special Events Manager
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.
Accomplishments: I was recently asked to coach the Middlebury College women’s ultimate frisbee team.
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. My dream job is to become a lunch lady so I can teach young people about growing and eating delicious healthy food.
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.
College: Springfield College; Currently attending Southern New Hampshire University pursuing a Master’s in Sports Management.
Can you juggle? I do not have many hidden talents. I am definitely willing to learn how to juggle though.
Accomplishments: I was selected as one of the 10 guest presenters to the New England Sports Management Symposium to present my public relations and budgeting projects.
Greatest Special Olympics moment? The first time I ever volunteered for Special Olympics Missouri. The sense of accomplishment and joy that the athletes had regardless of how they finished stuck with me.
Family: I am the youngest of 4 children. My sisters are Jenn, Amy and Stacey and my parents are Marie and Marvin. We have a Jack Russell named Jack Jack that is a huge fan of rides (boat and car).
Athletes and Families Coordinator
College: University of Massachusetts
Fun fact: I love new adventures. I road an elephant in Thailand, a bike in Vietnam and ran a Tough Mudder in Ohio. Give me a bike or an elephant any day over running.
Greatest Special Olympics moment? Running with Raymond Chadwick in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and hearing him thank everyone who cheered!
Family: Husband Chris, daughter Atilia and a pack of pugs; Comet, Dante and Leah.
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