Special Olympics North Carolina announces 2017 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Special Olympics North Carolina elected seven new members with terms beginning in 2017, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO Special Olympics North Carolina.

Beginning new terms on the SONC Board of Directors are Jim Bullard of Mooresville, Perry Flynn of Greensboro, Colin R. Jorsch, Jr. of Fayetteville, Lewis McLean of Stanley, Mandy Mitchell of Raleigh, Dr. Harry Stafford of Durham and Richard Topping of Charlotte.  All members will serve a three-year term from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Jim Bullard
Jim Bullard is a retired internal auditor of Wells Fargo Bank (previously Wachovia).  He is currently the Special Olympics liaison of Civitan District West and served as its Governor in 2004 and 2005.  Bullard previously served on the SONC Board of Directors including terms as Treasurer and Chairman.  He has volunteered more than 30 years with Special Olympics in North Carolina in roles at the local, state, and international levels.  He is currently the treasurer of HealthReach Community Clinic in Mooresville.  Bullard is a veteran of the US Navy, having served 1968-1974 and is a member of his local chapter of the American Legion. He attended Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

Perry Flynn
Perry Flynn is a professor in the academic professional track in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at UNC-Greensboro and a consultant to the NC Dept. of Public Instruction in the area of speech-language pathology.   He has served as the Director of the director of the SONC equestrian sports development team since the early 1990s and has volunteered at various SONC state level competitions over 25 years.   He is currently creating a pilot refresher training program for SONC Global Messengers (Special Olympics athlete spokespersons) that will be taught by speech pathology graduate students from UNCG.  Flynn is active with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and is involved with a variety of state and national speech, language, and hearing associations.  Flynn has a BS and Master of Education in Speech-Pathology from UNCG.

Colin R. Jorsch, Jr.
Colin R. Jorsch, Jr. is retired from the US Army and is currently a civilian instructor with the US Army at Fort Bragg.  As a volunteer, he is currently serving the second year of a two-year term as State Deputy of the NC Knights of Columbus.  His involvement with Special Olympics includes volunteering through the local Knights of Columbus in Fayetteville in the Special Olympics Cumberland County Games in addition to attending the SONC Summer Games in Raleigh.  Jorsch has also served seven years as a member of the Board of the NC LAMB Foundation.  Jorsch graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with a degree in business management and has a Master’s in security management from American Military University in Virginia.

Lewis McLean
Lewis McLean is a qualified professional with Hughes Behavioral and Mental Health Services based in Gastonia.  He currently serves on the SONC Basketball Sports Development Team and has volunteered with Special Olympics in Lincoln County since 1995 as a coach and event organizer.  He previously served on the SONC Board 2010-2015. Lewis has been a frequent participant in SONC’s Over the Edge fundraiser. McLean is active in several community nonprofits in addition to his church.  He has a degree in sports management from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont.

Mandy Mitchell
Mandy Mitchell is a sports anchor/reporter for WRAL and FOX50 TV in the Triangle.  She has volunteered as an emcee of a Raleigh 5K run benefitting SONC and was a previous WRAL TV rappeller for SONC’s Over the Edge fundraiser.  Prior to coming to WRAL TV, she was a sports anchor at a television station in Columbia, SC, where she was also involved with Special Olympics South Carolina.   Mitchell recently emceed the SONC unified rivalry flag football game between the SONC teams representing NC State University and UNC-CH held in Chapel Hill. Mitchell has a degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Harry Stafford
Dr. Harry Stafford is the director of the sports medicine fellowship program at the UNC-CH School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.  He has volunteered with SONC for the past eight years as a medical services volunteer during the SONC Summer Games at the opening ceremonies and various sports venues.  Professionally, Stafford provides sports medicine support for the athletics programs at both UNC in Chapel Hill and NC Central University in Durham.  His other community involvement includes the Durham Homeless Shelter and the Durham County Social Services.  Stafford has both a BS and MD from UNC-CH.

Richard Topping
Richard Topping is the Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, the country’s largest specialty health plan providing coverage for nearly a million individuals with complex conditions and specialized healthcare needs. Before joining Cardinal Innovations, Topping was a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.  He served with the Constitutional & Specialized Tort Litigation Section, representing the Secretary of Health and Human Services in cases involving childhood vaccines. He also served as counsel at the Center for Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Topping began his career as a U.S. Army infantry officer and is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association and several service groups for disabled veterans. He serves on the board of Medicaid Health Plans of America.  He holds degrees from Harvard, Connecticut and Holy Cross.

“These new members have exhibited great dedication and devotion to the cause,” said Fishburne.  “I feel strongly each will contribute even further as a Board member and further our goal to serve the athletes in our state and the Special Olympics mission.”

Full listing of officers and members of the 2017 SONC Board of Directors are:

Leslie Packer of Raleigh, (Chairwoman) partner, Ellis & Winters, LLP
Jim Triandiflou of Cary, (Vice Chair) CEO, Relias Learning 
Janet Presson of Waynesville, (Secretary) former owner, A Small Miracle, Inc.
Jim Farrell
of Cary (Treasurer), director, Credit Suisse  

Jim Bullard
of Mooresville, retired from Wachovia
Zach Commander of Elizabeth City, athlete, Special Olympics North Carolina
Perry Flynn of Greensboro, professor at UNC-Greensboro
Roy Forrest of Whittset, retired Captain, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office
James Gerhart of Durham, site selector, Sheetz
Bob Harris of Durham, voice of the Duke University Men’s Football and Basketball teams, Blue Devils IMG Sports Network
Ron Henries of Boone, special education instructor, Appalachian State University
Colin R. Jorsch, Jr. of Fayetteville, civilian instructor, U.S. Army at Fort Bragg
Lewis McLean of Stanley, support services professional, Hughes Behavioral Care
Mandy Mitchell of Raleigh, sports anchor/reporter for WRAL and FOX50 TV
Katie Nordeen
of Winston-Salem, news anchor, WGHP Fox 8 TV
Earl Phipps of Pinehurst, chief of police, Village of Pinehurst
Scott Shannon
of Charlotte, insurance advisor, Windermere Insurance
Dr. Harry Stafford of Durham, director of the sports medicine fellowship program at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Richard Topping of Charlotte, CEO, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Tony “TJ” Washington of Charlotte, treasury service advisor, Bank of America

About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at Engage with us on;, and
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