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Originally published: 2014-01-06 13:08:34
Last modified: 2014-01-06 13:11:02

Ron Henries on Special Olympics NC board

The board of directors of Special Olympics North Carolina elected officers and five new members for 2014, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.

Allen Oliver of High Point was elected to serve as the Special Olympics N.C. board chairman. Tim Taft of Chapel Hill was elected to serve as vice chairman. Leslie Packard of Raleigh was elected to serve as secretary and Bill Richardson of  Raleigh was elected the treasurer. All officers will serve in their roles for 2014 and 2015. Ron Henries of Boone will serve as immediate past chairman.

All members will serve a three-year term from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016.

"These 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."

Board of directors and officers are:

Allen Oliver, High Point, (chairman) director of City of High Point Parks and Recreation Department

Tim Taft, Chapel Hill, (vice chairman) professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at UNC Chapel Hill

Leslie Packer, Raleigh, (secretary) partner at Ellis & Winters LLP

Bill Richardson, Raleigh (treasurer), registered representative of Capital Investment Companies

Ron Henries, Boone, (immediate past chairman) instructor at Appalachian State University

Mary Ann Brown, Lexington, Special Olympics Davidson County coordinator in the Davidson County Parks and Recreation Department

Jim Bullard, Mooresville, retired from Wachovia

Jason Godwin, Knightdale, chief of Knightdale Police Department

Zach Commander, Elizabeth City, Special Olympics North Carolina athlete

Mark Evans, Winston-Salem, senior vice president of First Community Bank

Jim Farrell, Cary, director of Credit Suisse

Roy Forrest, Whittset, retired captain of Guilford County Sheriff's Office

John Gouldie, Raleigh, past state deputy for Knights of Columbus

Phil Gruber Jr., Raleigh, president of RPG Solutions

Sean Halleran, Charlotte, event security and operations consultant

Lewis McLean, Stanly, support services professional at Hughes Behavioral Care

Katie Nordeen, High Point, news anchor at WGHP Fox 8

Janet Presson, Waynesville, president of A Small Miracle Inc.

Ken Smith, Raleigh, news reporter and anchor at WRAL-TV 5

Jim Triandiflou, Cary, CEO of Relias Learning

Amy Wurst of North Kansas City, Missouri, vice president, Henry Wurst Inc.

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information, visit Special Olympics North Carolina at Engage with them at; and