Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is proud to recognise the commitment and service of individuals and programs

The Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council is authorised by Special Olympics International and is endorsed by our founding law enforcement organization - the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for the purpose of encouraging, promoting, supporting and providing technical guidance to Special Olympics Programs and Torch Run volunteers in planning and coordinating Torch Run events and activities worldwide, facilitating the expansion of existing Torch Run activities and programs, and planning for the development of new Torch Run initiatives and events.


Council Roles and Responsibilities
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is proud to recognise the commitment and service of individuals and programs

The Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council is responsible for the following:

Further the mission and purpose of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Set goals and objectives for the Council that are reviewed and updated annually.

Implement and comply with the Council policies and procedures.

Submit an annual Council budget for approval by SOI and inclusion in the SOI budget.

Schedule meetings and conference calls as necessary to carry out the mission, purpose and business of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Establish and oversee Council committees.

Oversee and coordinate the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference.

Identify and establish a sufficient number of Law Enforcement Torch Run regions to represent all Law Enforcement Torch Run participants worldwide.


Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is proud to recognise the commitment and service of individuals and programs

The membership of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council comprises the following:

Chairman Emeritus (1)
Chairman (1)
Special Olympics Appointees (2)
Special Olympics At-Large (3)
Special Olympics Athlete Appointee (1)
IACP Appointees (2)
NAAG (National Assn of Attorneys General) Appointee (1)
Council Appointees (2)
Law Enforcement At-Large (3)
Regional Coordinators (14)

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Richard LaMunyon

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Chairman Emeritus

Kansas, USA

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Scott Whyte

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Chairman

New South Wales, Australia

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Council Member since 2012
Current Term expires in 2022


Dave Dorn

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Vice-Chairman

Minnesota, USA

Special Olympics at Large

Chair
Finance Committee

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2021


Kelli Seely

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Special Olympics Appointee

Washington DC

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Council Member since 2015
Current Term expires in 2019


Dave Breen

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Special Olympics Appointee

Illinois, USA

Chair
Marketing & Development Committee

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2020


David Solo

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Special Olympics at Large

Northern California, USA

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2021


Lisa Smith

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Special Olympics at Large

Delaware, USA

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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2020


Kevin Brown

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Special Olympics Athlete Appointee

New York, USA

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2020


Jason Ravnsborg

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NAAG Appointee

South Dakota, USA

Council Member since 2019
Current Term expires in 2021


Russ Laine

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IACP Appointee

Illinois, USA

Chair
Elections Committee

Chair
IACP Committee

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Council Member since 2000
Current Term expires in 2020


Jason Johnson

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Council Appointee

Montana, USA

Vice-Chair
Final Leg Planning Committee

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Council Member since 2019
Current Term expires in 2021


Rodney Seurer

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Council Appointee

Minnesota, USA

Chair
Conference Planning Committee

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Council Member since 2016
Current Term expires in 2020


Lee Barrett

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Law Enforcement at Large

South Carolina, USA

Chair
Training Committee

Chair
Affiliates Committee

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2021


Steve Nigrelli

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Law Enforcement at Large

New York, USA

Chair
Priority Programs Committee

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Council Member since 2013
Current Term expires in 2020


Antonio Williams

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Law Enforcement at Large

Hawaii, USA

Chair
Military Initiatives Committee

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Council Member since 2010
Current Term expires in 2022


Joe Carlone

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Region 1 Coordinator

Connecticut, USA

REGION 1 - USA
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Vice-Chair
Conference Planning Committee

Vice-Chair
Affiliates Committee

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Council Member since 2011
Current Term expires in 2022


John Newnan

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Region 2 Coordinator

Maryland, USA

REGION 2 - USA
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Chair
Final Leg Planning Committee

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Council Member since 2005
Current Term expires in 2020


Mike Anderson

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Region 3 Coordinator

Florida, USA

Region 3 - USA
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Chair
Council Athlete Awards Committee

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Council Member since 2012
Current Term expires in 2021


Pat Hoey

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Region 4 Coordinator

Illinois, USA

Region 4 - USA
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio


Chair
Region Coordinators Committee

Chair
Guardian Awards Committee

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Council Member since 2016
Current Term expires in 2022


Mike Shortreed

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Region 5 Coordinator

Minnesota, USA

Region 5 - USA
Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2020


Heath Helton

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Region 6 Coordinator

Arkansas, USA

Region 6 - USA
Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas


Chair
40th Anniversary Committee

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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2021


Robert Woolsey

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Region 7 Coordinator

Nevada, USA

Region 7 - USA
Arizona, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern California, Southern California, Utah

Chair
Communications Committee

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Council Member since 2015
Current Term expires in 2022


Ron Casalenda

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Region 8 Coordinator

Wyoming, USA

Region 8 - USA
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Chair
John Carion Award Committee

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Council Member since 2013
Current Term expires in 2020


Gary Gordon

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Region 9 Coordinator

Republic of Ireland

Region 9
EUROPE / EURASIA


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Council Member since 2015
Current Term expires in 2021


Jan Branderhorst

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Region 9 Coordinator

Netherlands

Region 9
EUROPE / EURASIA


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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2022


Rick Lucy

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Region 11 Coordinator

British Columbia, Canada

Region 11 - CANADA
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, North West Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Chair
International Torch Run Alliance Working Group

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Council Member since 2015
Current Term expires in 2020


James Kao

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Region 12 Coordinator

Chinese Taipei

Region 12 - EAST ASIA
Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea




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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2021


Stephanie Lindsay

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Region 13 Coordinator

Jamaica

Region 13 - CARRIBEAN
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Christopher & Nevis, St Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands

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Council Member since 2015
Current Term expires in 2022


Mick Olsen

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Region 14 Coordinator

Victoria, Australia

Region 14 - OCEANIA
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, New Zealand

Chair
Policies & Procedures Committee

Chair
Program Excellence Awards Committee

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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2020


Cheri DeQuattro

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SOI Executive Support

Florida, USA

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Kelly Sheehy

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SOI Executive Support

Washington DC

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Other Information
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is proud to recognise the commitment and service of individuals and programs

Committees

STANDING COMMITTEES

Affiliates Committee
Communications Committee
Elections Committee
Final Leg Planning Committee
Finance Committee
IACP Committee
International Conference Planning Committee
Marketing and Development Committee
Military Initiatives Committee
Policies and Procedures Committee
Priority Programs Committee
Region Coordinators Committee
Training Committee

AD-HOC COMMITTEES

40th Anniversary Celebrations Committee

AWARD COMMITTEES

Hall of Fame Committee
John Carion Unsung Hero Awards Committee
Executive Council Athlete Award Committee
Guardian Award Committee
Program Excellence Awards Committee

AFFILIATES COMMITTEE

Identify associations, organizations, and groups that have a connection with law enforcement.

Encourage each such association, organization, or group to participate in and support Torch Run activities and Special Olympics.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Lee Barrett

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Lee Barrett


COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Develop and maintain communications strategies to enhance the level of knowledge and understanding of LETR activities through various means including The Guardian newsletter, LETR Website and social media platforms.
 
Publish The Guardian, the electronic newsletter of the Executive Council, for worldwide distribution on a quarterly basis.  The purpose of The Guardian is to help create awareness for the Executive Council’s on-going efforts and initiatives and to highlight the efforts of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Special Olympics movement worldwide.  Work collaboratively as a committee and with SOI staff to solicit input and content relevant to The Guardian.
 
Maintain and update the LETR website.
 
Develop, maintain, and update the LETR Facebook page.
 
Seek, develop, maintain and update any social media platforms that can further the mission of the LETR.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Rob Woolsey


ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

The Elections Committee is composed of at least three members of the Executive Council who are not eligible for re-election during the current year.

The Committee oversee the elections for At-Large and Regional Coordinator positions for the Executive Council.


2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Russ Laine


FINAL LEG PLANNING COMMITTEE

Responsible for planning and coordinating Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Legs for Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games and other Final Leg events as deemed appropriate by the Executive Council.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
John Newnan


FINANCE COMMITTEE

Responsible for planning and coordinating Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Legs for Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games and other Final Leg events as deemed appropriate by the Executive Council.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dave Dorn


IACP COMMITTEE

The Chair will be chosen from one of the two IACP appointees to the Executive Council.

Serve as liaison between the Executive Council and the IACP.

Work with the International Expansion Committee using IACP members and contacts in areas without Torch Run Programs.

Assist the IACP with the facilitation of the Annual IACP Law Enforcement Torch Run Photo Contest.

Promote the goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Executive Council, and Special Olympics in the IACP community.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Russ Laine


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE

Responsible for coordinating with SOI staff and the host Torch Run and Special Olympics Programs on all aspects of the annual Torch Run International Conference, including planning and conducting the conference within budget.

Identify and propose to Executive Council host sites and locations for the annual Torch Run International Conference.

Recommend potential agenda and schedule of the Torch Run International Conference to the Executive Council.

Work with SOI, the conference planner and the host Torch Run and Special Olympics Programs to review and recommend terms for conference contracts between SOI and other parties.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Rodney Seurer


MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Work with SOI staff to identify, develop and cultivate sponsors and fundraising ideas that will assist all Torch Run Programs.

Work with the SOI Staff to develop sponsorship packages.

Collaborate with SOI staff to make presentations to potential sponsors.

Work with the Executive Council to meet sponsor expectations in accordance with sponsorship agreements between SOI and sponsors.

Conduct training for Torch Run fundraising strategies in collaboration with SOI staff.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dave Breen


MILITARY INITIATIVES COMMITTEE

Develop and maintain strategies to promote the Law Enforcement Torch Run within the global military community.

Identify and engage senior military personnel as advisors to the committee.

Represent the Council at military conferences and events to enhance the knowledge and understanding of Law Enforcement Torch Run by military personnel.

Increase military participation in Law Enforcement Torch Run events.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Antonio Williams


POLICIES & PROCEDURES COMMITTEE

Responsible for maintaining the Policies and Procedures for the Executive Council

Work with the Special Olympics International Torch Run staff and Legal Department on proposed amendments to the Policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Special Olympics General Rules

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mick Olsen


PRIORITY PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

The primary focus of the Priority Programs Committee is to pursue LETR program development in those areas of the world that are strategically identified by the LETR
Executive Council in collaboration with SOI initiatives and interests.

The committee will surgically pursue development, training and mentorship in an intense manner with the
goal of program independence within the shortest time line possible.

This approach allows the committee to implement developmental strategies anywhere in the world and
would not be limited to international, domestic or regional classifiers.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Steve Nigrelli


REGIONAL COORDINATORS COMMITTEE

The Regional Coordinators' Committee was established to provide a linkage and support network within the Council for the 15 Regional Coordinator members of Council. It's primary purpose is information sharing and problem solving.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Pat Hoey


TRAINING COMMITTEE

In collaboration with the Communications Committee, International Conference Planning Committee and Priority Programs Committee, develop consistent training materials for use both internally and externally.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Lee Barrett


40TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE
(1981 - 2021)

This Ad-Hoc Committee, formed at the 2019 Conference Business Meeting is charged with developing and delivering activities and events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Law Enforcement Torch Run

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Heath Helton


HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

The Committee is charged with the receipt, assessment and determination of recipients of the Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame Award.

The Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the worldwide success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Scott Whyte


JOHN CARION AWARDS COMMITTEE

The Committee is charged with the receipt, assessment and determination of recipients of the John Carion Unsung Hero Award.

The John Carion “Unsung Hero” Award is awarded to a person who has exemplified the spirit of John Carion, a Torch Run Regional Coordinator who in 1994 was tragically killed in a plane crash.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ron Casalenda


ATHLETES AWARDS COMMITTEE

Shall be responsible to coordinate and work with the SOI staff to collect all necessary information to determine the Special Olympics Athlete Awards recipients that are given by the Executive Council.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mike Anderson


GUARDIAN AWARDS COMMITTEE

Shall be responsible to coordinate and work with the SOI staff to collect all necessary information to determine the Guardian Awards recipients that are given by the Executive Council.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Pat Hoey


PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARDS COMMITTEE

Shall be responsible to coordinate and work with the SOI staff to collect all necessary information to determine the Program Excellence Awards recipients that are given by the Executive Council.

2020 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mick Olsen


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Contacts

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FIRST POINT OF CONTACT

Kelly Sheehy
Manager
Law Enforcement Torch Run / Corporate Development
Special Olympics International

Mailing Address:

Special Olympics International
1133 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

Office: +1 (202) 715-3593
Cell: +1 (202) 510 8152

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