Special Olympics Vermont



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

Lisa DeNatale_SOVT Lisa DeNatale
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




Michelle Gates_SOVTMichelle Gates
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.





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Mike Frisbie

Director of Programs










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Liza Reed

Marketing & 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.

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.



Wendy Kenny_SOVTWendy LaPine Kenny
Finance Manager

 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.



Chris Langevin_SOVTChris Langevin
Sports Manager

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).


Justin Graham_SOVTJustin Graham
Community Development Manager

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.


Elizabeth Cross
Office Support

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

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