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 2023


David Solo

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Vice-Chairman

Northern California, USA

Chair
Finance Committee

Chair
Strategic Planning Working Group

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2023


Jenny Fortner

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Special Olympics Appointee

Chicago IL

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Council Member since 2022
Current Term expires in 2024


Dave Breen

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Special Olympics Appointee

Illinois, USA

Co-Chair
Marketing & Partnerships Committee

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Council Member since 2018
Current Term expires in 2023


Heather Andersen

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Special Olympics at Large

New Jersey, USA

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Council Member since 2022
Current Term expires in 2025


Ellen Head

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Special Olympics at Large

Virginia, USA

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Council Member since 2021
Current Term expires in 2024


Chelsea Haag-Witherden

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Special Olympics Athlete Appointee

Victoria, Australia

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Council Member since 2021
Current Term expires in 2023


Rodney Seurer

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IACP Appointee

Minnesota, USA

Co-Chair
Conference Planning Committee

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Council Member since 2016
Current Term expires in 2024


Wade Carpenter

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IACP Appointee

Utah, USA

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Council Member since 2019
Current Term expires in 2023


Joe Carlone

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Council Appointee

Connecticut, USA

Co-Chair
Conference Planning Committee

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Council Member since 2011
Current Term expires in 2023


Mark McCorkle

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Council Appointee

Idaho, USA

Chair
Final Leg Planning Committee

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Council Member since 2022
Current Term expires in 2024


Shawn Byrne

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Law Enforcement at Large

Oklahoma, USA

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Council Member since 2021
Current Term expires in 2024


Jimmy Johnson

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Law Enforcement at Large

Alaska, USA

Co-Chair
Marketing & Partnerships Committee

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Council Member since 2022
Current Term expires in 2025


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 2023


Jim DiGianvittorio

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Region 1 Coordinator

Massachusetts, USA

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

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Council Member since 2021
Current Term expires in 2023


Danny Hall

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Region 2 Coordinator

Delaware, USA

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

Co-Chair
Communications & Training Committee

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Council Member since 2020
Current Term expires in 2024


John Clifton

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Region 3 Coordinator

Georgia, USA

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

Co-Chair
Communications & Training Committee

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Council Member since 2020
Current Term expires in 2025


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 2023


Jon Cole

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Region 5 Coordinator

South Dakota, USA

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

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Council Member since 2021
Current Term expires in 2024


Heath Helton

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Region 6 Coordinator

Arkansas, USA

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


Co-Chair
40th Anniversary Committee

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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2025


Dan Winter

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Region 7 Coordinator

Northern California, USA

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

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Council Member since 2021
Current Term expires in 2023


Ron Casalenda

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Region 8 Coordinator

Wyoming, USA

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

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Council Member since 2013
Current Term expires in 2024


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 2023


Ivan Shields

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Region 9 Coordinator

Northern Ireland

Region 9
EUROPE / EURASIA


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Council Member since 2022
Current Term expires in 2025


Mark McGugan

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Region 11 Coordinator

Ontario, Canada

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

LETR26

Council Member since 2015
Current Term expires in 2021


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 2025


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 2023


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

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Council Member since 2017
Current Term expires in 2024


Kami Delameter

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SOI Executive Support

Missouri, USA

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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

Communications & Training Committee
Elections Committee
Final Leg Planning Committee
Finance Committee
IACP Committee
International Conference Planning Committee
Marketing and Partnerships Committee
Military Initiatives Committee

Policies and Procedures Committee
Region Coordinators 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

COMMUNICATIONS & TRAINING 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.

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

2022 COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
John Clifton & Danny Hall


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.


2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mick Olsen


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.

2022 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.

2022 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.

2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Rodney Seurer


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.

2022 COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Rodney Seurer & Joe Carlone


MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS 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.

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.

2022 COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Dave Breen & Lee Barrett


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.

2022 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

2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mick Olsen


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.

2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Pat Hoey


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

2022 COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Heath Helton & Antonio Williams


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.

2022 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.

2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dan Winter


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.

2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Jon Cole


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.

2022 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.

2022 COMMITTEE CHAIR
Shawn Byrne


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Contacts

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FIRST POINT OF CONTACT

Kami Delameter
Manager
Law Enforcement Torch Run / Corporate Development
Special Olympics International

Mailing Address:

Special Olympics International
1133 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

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