Special Olympics Wyoming Staff

A dynamic and dedicated team that provides resources and support to athletes and volunteers

Special Olympics Wyoming has a very dynamic staff team to provide the resources and support to our stakeholders for their work. We look forward to hearing from you; please don't hesitate to reach out with questions, suggestions, and celebrations!

Jen Haines

Jen Haines

CEO/President
The CEO manages the overall administration and management of the organization, including program services, development, and administration. Hire, lead, and coach a strong management team. Focus on planning and execution, fund development, and relationships with the community. The President & CEO advises the board on policy matters, will ensure plans and policies established by the board are followed and will communicate to the board all significant progress, opportunities, and critical events.
Tara Short

Tara Short

Vice President of Development
This position supervises the Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run and Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Direct the strategic components of the organization's Resource Development Implementation and provide oversight for Special Events, provide support and guidance to the Director of LETR and Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Responsibilities include Festival of Trees, Jackalope Jump, Statewide sponsors, Corporate sponsors, National promotions, Branding (logo usage), Facebook postings, Press Releases, Local fundraising activities. Web site Management.
Bobby Casey

Bobby Casey

Vice President of Programs
This position supervises the Director of Program Services and Director of Youth & Schools, and reports to the CEO. Supervision of the Director of Program Services involves work collaboratively to provide support and direction to all Area and Local Programs in Wyoming. Provide leadership to areas of competition, training, athlete recruitment, family services, volunteers, fundraising, and Athlete Leadership Program's (ALP's). Supervision of the Director of Youth & School involves oversight and support of Unified Champion Schools, Unified Sports®, and Young Athletes activities.

Laura Kelly

Director of Program Services
Responsibilities Include: Works closely with volunteers, athletes, coaches, and community partners and acts as a liaison between local programs and the state office. Provides support and direction to area directors and local programs and their activities.

Cathy Bisiar

Director of Law Enforcement Torch Run
Responsibilities Include: Organization, delivery, and support to the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Wyoming including the coordination of Jackalope Jumps.

Jessica Purdum

Director of Unified Champion Schools
Responsible for all functions of Unified Champion Schools (UCS) grant, including grant writing, implementation, expansion strategies, and monthly reporting  Serve as the UCS program contact for Special Olympics Wyoming, providing consistent communication along with establishing and strengthening relationships with school contacts  Support schools in the implementation of UCS programming by providing information, equipment, and other resources  Travel to schools and communities throughout Wyoming to network, recruit and teach  Implement all components of the UCS concept in an increasing number of schools in Wyoming  Collect and maintain individual school data  Provide professional development opportunities for students and educational leaders  Prepare and manage an annual budget as it relates to UCS to accomplish the goals of Special Olympics Wyoming  Conduct meetings and develop communication materials to ensure clear and open communication between all UCS
Christine Rodriguez

Christine Rodriguez

Office Administrator
Responsibilities Include: Bookkeeping, Area Accounting, Database management, and inventory.
Erin Gamroth

Erin Gamroth

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Responsibilities Include: Assist in the implementation of select statewide special fundraising events, public education and communication activities of the organization.
Molly Blomstrom

Molly Blomstrom

Office Assistant
Responsibilities Include: Thank you’s, Inventory, Receptionist, filing, data entry, and general office support.
Karen Beddoes

Karen Beddoes

Area I Director
Responsibilities Include: Providing support to local programs. Provide oversight to Area level competition. Assist in athlete training; program growth, and fundraising activities.
Chrissy Bowns

Chrissy Bowns

Area II Director
Responsibilities Include: Providing support to local programs. Provide oversight to Area level competition. Assist in athlete training; program growth, and fundraising activities in Southwestern Wyoming.
Marsha Dial

Marsha Dial

Area III Director
Responsibilities Include: Providing support to local programs. Provide oversight to Area level competition. Assist in athlete training; program growth, and fundraising activities in Southeastern Wyoming.
Carrie Pilcher

Carrie Pilcher

Area IV Director
Responsibilities Include: Providing support to local programs. Provide oversight to Area level competition. Assist in athlete training; program growth, and fundraising activities in Northeastern Wyoming.