Jim Farrell of Credit Suisse elected as new treasurer
The Board of Directors for Special Olympics North Carolina elected three new members for 2016 and elected Jim Farrell of Cary to serve as treasurer through 2017; according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO Special Olympics North Carolina. Farrell, a Credit Suisse employee, steps into the Treasurer role on the Board after the January death of long-time Special Olympics volunteer and supporter Bill Richardson of Raleigh.
Beginning new terms on the SONC Board of Directors are James “Jamie” R. Gerhart of Durham, Bobby Gene “Bob” Harris of Durham and Tony “TJ” Washington III of Charlotte. The new members will serve from March 17, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2018.
James “Jamie” R. Gerhart of Durham is a site selector for Sheetz, Inc. He has volunteered with Special Olympics in Durham County as a Unified golf partner since 2014 and attended the 2014 and 2015 SONC Fall Tournament in High Point with the Special Olympics Durham County golf team. He is active with the Sheetz for Kidz Foundation and a volunteer with the First Tee of the Triangle. Gerhart has a BS in marketing from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Bobby Gene “Bob” Harris of Durham is the voice of the Duke University Men’s Football and Basketball Teams for the Blue Devils IMG Sports Network. He has volunteered with several of the SONC Summer Games over the past 35 years and volunteered for the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in North Carolina. More recently, Harris emceed the Special Olympics NC UNC vs Duke Unified basketball game when it was played on Duke’s campus in 2014 and 2016. Harris has a long history in radio dating to 1967 when he began his career with WZKY in Albemarle, NC. He was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, and served on that organization’s Board of Directors 1996-2008.
Tony “TJ” Washington III of Charlotte is a treasury service advisor for Bank of America. He has volunteered with Special Olympics in Mecklenburg County as a coach in basketball and powerlifting since 2014. Prior to beginning his career in the banking industry in 2006, Washington attended Virginia Tech where he played on the Hokies football team. He earned a BS in Family Child Development in Human Services from Va Tech. After college, he had a professional football career with the World Football Championship in Germany and then returned to the US where he played for six NFL teams before ending his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2002. Washington currently volunteers as the vice president of the Board of Directors for the NFL Players Association Former Players Chapter in Charlotte.
“These three new members have exhibited great dedication and devotion to Special Olympics,” said Fishburne. “I feel strongly each will contribute and enhance our efforts to fulfill the Special Olympics mission and serve the athletes in our state.”
Full listing of officers and members of the 2016 SONC Board of Directors are:
Leslie Packer of Raleigh, (Chair) 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) Credit Suisse
Allen Oliver of Kure Beach, (Immediate Past Chair) retired, City of High Point
Mary Ann Brown of Lexington, coordinator, Special Olympics Davidson Co. in the Davidson Co Parks & Recreation Dept.
Zach Commander of Elizabeth City, athlete, Special Olympics North Carolina
Roy Forrest, of Whitset, retired Captain, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office
Jamie Gerhart of Durham, site selector, Sheetz Inc.
John Gouldie of Raleigh, past State Deputy, Knights of Columbus
Phil Gruber Jr. of Raleigh, president, RPG Solutions
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
Sean Halleran of Charlotte, consultant, event security and operations
Ellie Johnson of Cary, digital marketing director, Red Hat
Katie Nordeen of High Point, news anchor, WGHP Fox 8
Earl Phipps of Pinehurst, chief of police, Village of Pinehurst
Scott Shannon of Charlotte, Windermere Insurance
Ken Smith of Raleigh, news reporter/anchor, WRAL- TV 5
Dr. Tim Taft of Chapel Hill, professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
TJ Washington III of Charlotte, treasury service advisor, Bank of America
Special Olympics North Carolina
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