New Members Elected
Raleigh, NC – The Board of Directors of Special Olympics North Carolina elected three new members with terms beginning in 2015, according to SONC Board Chairman Allen Oliver.
Beginning new terms on the SONC Board of Directors are Ellie Johnson of Raleigh, Ira Jones of Morrisville, and Scott Shannon of Charlotte. All members will serve a three-year term from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2017.
Johnson is a digital marketing director with Red Hat based in downtown Raleigh. In her role, she is responsible for the company website Redhat.com. She became involved with Special Olympics NC more than six years ago when her former employer (MediaTwo) donated its services to redesign the SONC website which is currently in use. Johnson and her husband are the parents of a special needs son, Grady. She is also an advisory board member of Connections Home.
Jones is the chief of police in Morrisville and was recommended by the NC Association of Chiefs of Police as a nominee to the SONC Board of Directors. He has been an active participant of the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run for SONC and has encouraged his police department to be active in the NC LETR. In October, he participated in Over the Edge in Raleigh benefitting SONC. He is active in several law enforcement associations and organizations and plans to help SONC better educate these groups about the NC LETR. He is also active in Youth Thrive.
Shannon is an insurance advisor with Windermere Insurance in Charlotte. He served on the SONC Board 2002-2013 including several years as the SONC Treasurer. He and his family have been active many years in Special Olympics as volunteers for the local Mecklenburg County Spring Games. Shannon has been instrumental in fundraising for SONC raising anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 a year from his friends and colleagues. Shannon is also active in Safe Alliance and the Urban Ministry, both local nonprofits in Charlotte.
“These new members have exhibited great dedication and devotion to the cause,” said Oliver. “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 2015 SONC Board of Directors are:
Allen Oliver of Kure Beach, (Chair) retired, City of High Point
Dr. Tim Taft of Chapel Hill, (Vice Chair) professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Leslie Packer of Raleigh, (Secretary) partner, Ellis & Winters, LLP
Bill Richardson of Raleigh (Treasurer), registered representative, Capital Investment Companies
Mary Ann Brown of Lexington, coordinator, Special Olympics Davidson Co. in the Davidson Co Parks & Recreation Dept.
Jim Bullard of Mooresville, retired from Wachovia
Zach Commander of Elizabeth City, athlete, Special Olympics North Carolina
Mark Evans of Winston-Salem, senior vice president, First Community Bank
Jim Farrell of Cary, director, Credit Suisse
Roy Forrest, of Whittset, retired Captain, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office
John Gouldie of Raleigh, past State Deputy, Knights of Columbus
Phil Gruber Jr. of Raleigh, president, RPG Solutions
Sean Halleran, of Charlotte, consultant, event security and operations
Ellie Johnson, of Raleigh, digital marketing director, Red Hat
Ira Jones, of Morrisville, chief of police, Town of Morrisville
Lewis McLean, of Stanly, support services professional, Hughes Behavioral Care
Katie Nordeen of High Point, news anchor, WGHP Fox 8
Janet Presson of Waynesville, president, A Small Miracle Inc.
Ken Smith of Raleigh, news reporter/anchor, WRAL- TV 5
Scott Shannon of Charlotte, insurance advisor, Windermere Insurance
Jim Triandiflou of Cary, CEO, Relias Learning
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. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.