"What a great moment for me, my son, the world. What you have made possible for so many people defies all reason." LOWELL WEICKER, JR.
Former United States Senator
As President and Chief Operating Officer, J. Brady Lum provides strategic direction and day-to-day leadership for Special Olympics.
Prior to joining Special Olympics in May 2008, Lum spent 15 years at The Coca-Cola Company, serving in a variety of senior management positions. Most recently, he led the integration of the "Manifesto for Growth," a global initiative that recast Coca-Cola's mission, vision and capabilities. He also served in a variety of leadership roles in operations, marketing, strategic planning and organizational development, including Vice President, North America Strategic Planning and Integration, and Vice President and Northeast Region Manager for Coca-Cola North America.
Lum's community involvement has been extensive. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the national Hands On Network and, as a Board Member, chaired the Strategic Planning Committee of the recently combined Hands On Network and Points of Light Foundation. He also serves on the Jefferson Scholars National Selection Committee and Mead Endowment Advisory Board at the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as a Research Associate at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, and is conversationally fluent in Spanish and Malay.
Lum earned a bachelor's degree in government and foreign affairs, with honors, from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in business from Harvard University.
He is married to Jill Morehouse Lum and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland (USA), with their three children.
Stephen B. Corbin, D.D.S., M.P.H., has been with Special Olympics since August 1999. Dr. Corbin serves as the Senior Vice President of Constituent Services and Support and Dean of Special Olympics University at the headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for several areas, including health, research, evaluation, sports, families, schools and youth, athlete leadership, government relations and policy initiatives.
Dr. Corbin spent 23 years in various federal health agencies in clinical care delivery, program management and policy development, finishing his federal career as both the Chief Dental Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service and Chief of Staff to the Surgeon General of the United States.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland in College Park and a dental degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He additionally earned a degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is Board Certified in Dental Public Health.
He has lectured, performed research and published extensively on a wide variety of subjects.
Dr. John Dow, Jr. serves as Chief Operating Officer, Regional Growth. In this role, he works closely with Regional Managing Directors to oversee operations in all seven Special Olympics regions around the world. He also currently serves as the Acting Managing Director for Special Olympics Africa and Special Olympics Asia Pacific, and is the staff liaison to the Special Olympics Board of Directors International Advisory Committee. In addition, he is responsible for Special Olympics' business services.
Dow has more than 30 years of professional educational leadership experience. Prior to joining Special Olympics, he worked as a national consultant to educational and nonprofit organizations, specializing in planning programs geared toward disenfranchised and socially alienated students.
In 1992, Dow was named the Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), and from 1983 to 1992, he served as the CEO of the New Haven (Connecticut) Public Schools.
Dow earned his bachelor's degree in Biology and Physical Education from Indiana State University, his master's degree in Education with a Counseling Emphasis from Indiana State University, and his doctorate in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Dow has been recognized with numerous educational awards throughout his career, including the Black Businesses and Professional Women's Association Man of the year and the Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni Award. He also was named one of North America's top School Educators by The Executive Educator.
As the Chief Information Officer for Special Olympics' international headquarters, Mendes is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the global organization's information technology infrastructure. He oversees the advancement and improvement of the organization's integral IT system, which includes the global and regional Web sites, all applications and the Special Olympics Knowledge Management System, which is accessible to employees around the world. Additionally, he provides guidance on the technologies developed for Special Olympics World Games, such as the Games Management System.
Previously, Mendes was responsible for developing and implementing technology strategy in both the Broadcasting Engineering and Information Technology divisions of the Public Broadcasting Service. He also oversaw the daily operations of PBS's entire technology infrastructure. Mendes had previously served the organization from 1998 to 2001, and rose to the position of Chief Information Technology Officer during that time.
In May 2001, Mendes was named by "Computerworld" magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the United States. More recently, Mendes has been named the 2006 IT Executive of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region, he was bestowed a 2006 Mid-Market Leadership Award by "CIO Decisions" magazine and a 2005 Technology Leadership Award by "Broadcasting & Cable Magazine."
He is a co-author of the critically acclaimed CTO Leadership Strategies from Aspatore Books.
As Vice President, Human Resources and Organization Development, at Special Olympics, Rawles' role is to provide human resources leadership and direction as well as lead strategic and operational organizational development.
Rawles' background includes leadership positions in human resources in the financial services, technology and nonprofit fields, and responsibility for the delivery of human resources programs and services in multi-state and international environments. She was Division Vice President Human Resources for 10 years at the American College of Cardiology, a large nonprofit medical society. There she played a key role with the board, members and staff in areas such as strategic planning, board effectiveness, leadership development and change management, in addition to directing all the human resource programs.
Rawles received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, her graduate degree from George Washington University, and a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. She is an experienced facilitator and is active in several professional societies.
As Chief of World Games and Competition, Lee Todd is responsible for ensuring that the Special Olympics World and Regional Games, the flagship events of the movement, are carried out at the highest level of professionalism. Todd, who has been with Special Olympics as a fulltime employee since 1989, served as Director of Winter Sports, Deputy Director of International Programs, Vice President of World Games and Sport Development, and Chief Operating Officer for Regional Growth before assuming his current position.
Before coming to Special Olympics, Todd was Director of the Nordic Program for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, where he helped develop Disabled Skisport within the Association. Previously he sat on the Board of Directors of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and presently sits on the Maine Winter Sports Center Board of Directors. He is active with the International Ski Federation and the United States Olympic Committee.
Todd is a graduate of Boston University and Nichols College.
Drake Turrentine is Chief Legal Officer (General Counsel) and Secretary of Special Olympics. Under his leadership, the Legal Department is responsible for legal matters affecting Special Olympics, accreditation of all the more than 220 Special Olympics Programs, risk management, compliance with the Special Olympics General Rules, ethics and conflict of interest issues, Board support and governance matters, and human rights advocacy.
Before joining Special Olympics as its first in-house General Counsel in 1997, Turrentine was a partner for 18 years with Wiggin and Dana, one of Connecticut's largest law firms, and chaired its international business law practice. He served as outside general counsel to the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Connecticut and has represented numerous international businesses, including the Swedish Saab and Scania Groups.
Turrentine earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from Yale Law School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence specialist.
He resides in the District of Columbia with his wife, JoAnn.
Joan Wheatley is Vice President of Donor Development. She is responsible for directing fundraising strategies to generate revenue from individual donors through direct marketing, planned giving, and internet fundraising initiatives. Joan and her team were awarded the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Organization of the Year award in 2001 for their outstanding work in building a successful collaborative fundraising model with 50 United States chapters. Joan was also featured in Target Marketing magazine in 2004 for her efforts on behalf of Special Olympics to balance long-term donor value with ongoing donor acquisition investments.
Prior to joining Special Olympics, Joan served as Director of Advertising and Sales Promotion for Amtrak, where she led the organization's integrated marketing program, including advertising, sales promotion, database marketing, and marketing communications.
In 2008, Peter Wheeler assumed responsibility for leading the global communications strategies and efforts for the Special Olympics movement. He continues his role in overseeing the A Very Special Christmas music series.
Prior to assuming this position, he led Special Olympics' broadcasting strategy and plan as well as the legacy effort worldwide around the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai. In this role he served as a producer for several broadcast events, including the Opening Ceremony, Global Family Forum Show, Global Youth Summit, Special Spirit in China Show, and www.specialolympicslive.org.
Previously, Wheeler held a variety of senior executive positions within Special Olympics, including Executive Vice President responsible for leading The Campaign for Special Olympics, the movement's first major fundraising campaign initiative; and Vice President of External Affairs, responsible for the oversight of fundraising and communications worldwide.
In 1995, Wheeler was the Executive Director for the Special Olympics World Games in Connecticut. Other leadership roles in the 33 years Wheeler has been involved with Special Olympics include: Executive Director of Special Olympics Connecticut and Program Director of Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Dennis Brueggeman, who has been involved with the Special Olympics movement for almost 25 years, is Managing Director for Special Olympics Latin America. During his time as Managing Director, the number of athletes in the Latin America region has increased from 75,000 in 2001 to nearly 300,000 in 2007. He led the establishment of the Latin America regional office in Panama, bring together staff to support national Programs in the region in the areas of Board and staff development, fundraising and public awareness, athlete and coaches training, and volunteer management
Brueggemann assumed his current position in 2001, after having served as Special Olympics Vice President for Global Field Services for the previous five years. Prior to that, he was Special Olympics Director of European Program Development, based in Paris, France, from 1990 to 1996.
Before joining the Special Olympics International staff, he served as Executive Director of Special Olympics Minnesota from 1984-1990, and as Director of Program Development for Special Olympics New York from 1980-1984.
Brueggemann earned his bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton College, and his master's in education administration and rehabilitation from the University of Minnesota.
Anna Chan was named Managing Director for Special Olympics East Asia in April 2007. In that position, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the region, which serves more than 774,000 athletes throughout East Asia, including China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea and Macau.
Chan joined Special Olympics in 2002 as a member of the Regional Growth team, with a focus on Organizational Development in East Asia.
A longtime Special Olympics volunteer and supporter, Chan has more than 30 years' experience in the fields of special and physical education, working as a teacher and administrator at various educational institutions in Hong Kong, Canada and the United States.
She was also a delegate for the Hong Kong Track and Field team in the 5th Asian Games in Bangkok in 1966 and the Universiade Games in Japan in 1967. Since the late 1960s, Chan has volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics and various other youth groups, especially those for disabled children, in Hong Kong and the United States.
Chan earned her bachelor's degree in Special Education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her teaching certificate from the Northcote College of Education in Hong Kong.
She currently serves as Board Member for Philadelphia Chinatown Development Committee and Asian American Women's Coalition, Philadelphia.
Mary Davis, named Europe/Eurasia Managing Director in 2008, was formerly the CEO of Special Olympics Ireland. Prior to that, she served as Chief Executive Officer for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin. Currently she serves on many committees and boards and was appointed by the Prime Minister in Ireland as Chair of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship. Davis has recently been appointed chair of the Advisory Committee to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce.
In November 2004 she was appointed by Irish President Mary McAleese to serve on the Council of State for Ireland.business and telecommunications corporations.
Bob Gobrecht joined Special Olympics North America as Managing Director in 2006 after serving as the CEO of Special Olympics Southern California for two years.
Before joining Special Olympics, he taught as an Adjunct Professor of Sport Management at California State University Long Beach and owned his own consulting business based in Southern California. Prior to becoming a professor, Gobrecht was the CEO of Seattle Seafair, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Seattle Mariners and the Anaheim Angels and Manager of the Disney International Sports Program. Gobrecht is a former Peace Corps volunteer.
Ayman Abdel Wahab is Managing Director of the Middle East/North Africa region. He was a successful businessman who, after a career in Egyptian multinational business and telecommunications corporations, started his own business. In 1997, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Misr Languages Schools, which also served as the headquarters for Special Olympics Egypt. After serving as a volunteer, he was named National Director of the Program in August 1998. Abdel Wahab focused on growth and from 2,240 athletes when he became National Director, Special Olympics Egypt increased its athlete count to more than 15,000 in just two years.
In 2000, Special Olympics chose Abdel Wahab to lead the Middle East/North Africa region. In his eight years as Managing Director, the number of registered athletes has increased from 20,433 in 2000 to nearly 130,000 in 2007. The International Olympic Committee honored Abdel Wahab with its certificate of merit for his contributions in the field of intellectual disabilities in 2002. He was named to the Special Olympics International Executive Management Committee in 2003.