Special Olympics Wyoming announces new president and CEO

Jennifer Haines has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Wyoming, effective Sept. 1, 2020, according to a press release from the board of directors of the organization.

Priscilla Dowse is retiring after serving the movement for more than 44 years, spending the last 17 years at the helm of Special Olympics Wyoming. 

As president and CEO Haines’ primary responsibilities include strategic leadership, operational management, fundraising and moving forward the Special Olympics Wyoming mission and objectives consistent with the policies of SOWY. 

Special Olympics Wyoming has 1,840 athletes, 550 coaches, and utilizes 400 law enforcement officers and 1.322 volunteers annually, according to the release.

Haines lives in Casper, and is a 2001 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Park Management, with Honors and Distinction and a minor in Sociology.

“I am excited about my new role with Special Olympics Wyoming.  I’m passionate about providing outstanding sports opportunities for our community, and I’m ready to lead the team effort in offering events and programs around the state of Wyoming,” Haines said. “I’m especially looking forward to working with all of the amazing athletes who are the heart and soul of Special Olympics Wyoming.”

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