LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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

Chairman Emeritus (1)
Special Olympics Appointees (2)
Special Olympics At-Large (2)
Special Olympics Athlete Appointee (1)
SOI Executive Director of LETR (1)
IACP Appointees (2)
Council Appointees (2)
Law Enforcement At-Large (3)
Regional Coordinators (15)

Scroll down to view the profiles of the Council Members

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Richard LaMunyon

Richard is currently the City Manager for Maize, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita. He was a member of the Wichita Police Department for over 26 years and served as its Police Chief from 1976 until 1989. He is active as an advisor for Law Enforcement to Wichita and the surrounding area.

As Wichita’s Police Chief he founded the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in 1981 and has remains active in its growth.

In 1995 at the request of Sergeant Shriver, he assumed the role as Chairman of the International Executive Council for the Torch Run and is currently Chairman Emeritus. Richard lives in Wichita with Sharron, his wife of 53 years. They have two grown married sons and four grandchildren.

CHAIRMAN

Mike Peretti

Mike Peretti is a thirty-two year law enforcement veteran. He recently retired from the Livermore Police Department in Northern California. Mike’s career highlights include a twenty year attachment to the Tactical Operations Unit and assignments to Traffic, Criminal Investigations, Support Services and Patrol. Mike has spent twenty-five years teaching criminal justice courses at the regional academy and local university. Mike possesses undergraduate and post graduate degrees and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

A Torch Runner since 1998, Mike has served as his agency’s coordinator, member of the Northern California LETR Executive Committee, and has been a member of the LETR International Executive Council since 2003. Mike has presided as Chair of the LETR International Council since 2010.

VICE-CHAIRMAN

Mark Musso

Mark Musso’s involvement in Special Olympics began in 1972 as a volunteer in Kansas. He filled the role of Operations Director for the 1991 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Since 1991 he has been the President and CEO of Special Olympics Missouri. He was elected to the LETR Executive Council in 2010.


SPECIAL OLYMPICS APPOINTEE

Glenn MacDonell

Glenn MacDonell has been with Special Olympics Ontario since 1988 when he began his career with the organisation as a District Developer, working with volunteers at a local and regional level. In 1990 he was appointed Executive Director and in 1998 became President and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario.

With over thirty years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, he has been a catalyst in advancing the aims of people with a intellectual disability. As an active sports enthusiast, Glenn believes strongly in the Special Olympics mission and his energy and crewtivity has been recognised and applauded across the industry.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS APPOINTEE

Peter Wheeler

As Chief of Strategic Properties, Peter Wheeler oversees a diverse portfolio including World Games, A Very Special Christmas music series, Global Ambassador Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Legacy, Unified Sports Experiences, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Peter has held a variety of other leadership roles in the 40 years he has been involved with Special Olympics: Executive Director of Connecticut Special Olympics, Program Director Massachusetts Special Olympics and author of the Sports Skills Instructional Program, a series of guides for teaching Special Olympics athletes sports which has been used as the core curriculum over the last 33 years within Special Olympics and within hundreds of thousands of schools worldwide.

He and his wife, Jane, reside in Northern Virginia with their two children.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS AT-LARGE

Richard Fernandez

Richard P. Fernandez is the development officer for the Law Enforcement Torch Run program for Southern California.

Rich has been with Special Olympics Southern California since 2005 and has been a support team member for final legs in Athens and Nebraska. Additionally he has been on the International Council since 2011 and is a member of the Marketing & Development committee and Chair of the Program/ Athletes Awards committee.

Having been a cohost for the 2010 International Torch Run conference, he is looking forward to hosting LETR on the Final Leg in 2015.


SPECIAL OLYMPICS AT-LARGE

Tim Martin


Tim Martin has been involved with Special Olympics as a volunteer since 1986.  Accepting the role of CEO for Special Olympics Arizona in 2009, he has worked with LETR in Arizona to build a collaborative and supportive relationship that truly resembles a family.  Tim believes that strong relationships create strong results, and with that philosophy the Arizona LETR Program and Special Olympics Arizona have grown together to become key strategic partners in programming and resource generation. Tim’s passion for family, friends and Special Olympics drives him to be a strong leader with in the movement.  

SO ATHLETE APPOINTEE

David Lane

David has been involved in Special Olympics since 2001 as an athlete, Athlete Leadership program / Global Messenger graduate, certified coach and mentor. He has participated in 13 sports with track, floor hockey and basketball being his favorited. He was the recipient of the Minnesota Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2006 and represented Minnesota at the 2014 Special Olympics National Games, winning 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal in long distance running.

David has also been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run as the Athlete Representative on the Minnesota Executive Council since 2006 and as the Athlete Representative on the International LETR Executive Council since 2014. He has travelled around Minnesota participating in many LETR runs, events and activities, over 35 Polar Bear Plunges and has attended 9 International LETR Conferences. Dave was a Final Leg Team member in 2006 carrying the Flame of Hope through Illinois and Iowa to the National Games in Ames, iowa.

David was the recipient of the LETR Executive Council Special Olympics Athlete Award in 2011.

David is employed at the Duluth Running Company. In his spare time he has run over 36 half marathons and volunteered over 7700 hours at his local hospital.

SOI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF LETR
Michael Teem

Michael has been committed to the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics for 25 years. He has served on the LETR International Executive Council since 1996 and was Chairman from 2004-2010. Michael Teem currently serves as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a position he accepted at Special Olympics, Inc. following his retirement at the rank of Major from the Raleigh, NC Police Department on May 1, 2010.

Michael was inducted into the International Torch Run Hall of Fame in 1995 and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1996. The North Carolina Torch Run raised more than $8,000,000 under his leadership as the NC Torch Run Director from 1993 to 2003, and the Raleigh PD has raised more than $1,100,000 for Special Olympics. Michael was the inaugural inductee into the North Carolina LETR Hall of Fame in 2004 and was also inducted into the Wisconsin LETR Hall of Fame in 2010.


IACP APPOINTEE

Russ Laine

Russ Laine has been involved in law enforcement since 1976 and recently retired as the Chief of Algonquin Police Department in Illinois. He is a Past President of the IACP and is still actively involved with that organisation. He has been involved with the Torch Run since 1989 and has been a member of the Executive Council since 2000. Russ is a Board member with Special Olympics Illinois.

Russ is marred with two children and four grand children and loves the outdoors and boating.

IACP APPOINTEE

Walt McNeil

Walt McNeil has 35 years of professional executive leadership in criminal justice, including 12 years as a Police Chief in two Florida police agencies and 4 years working and leading 2 Florida state-wide agencies. His career began in 1979 in the Tallahassee, Florida Police Department serving at all levels. Walt is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served two terms as the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to lead the Florida response to Hurricane Katrina when that hurricane struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Walt currently serves as a two year member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council appointed by Secretary Napolitano. He serves as the Chair of the IACP LETR Committee and is a Past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL APPOINTEE

Steve Nigrelli

Steve is a 24 year veteran of the New York State Police and is currently assigned as a Captain overseeing the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Steve first carried the Flame of Hope in 1994 and has been a Torch Runner ever since. Steve is the New York State LETR Director after having served for several years as a Regional Director. Since joining the NYS LETR family, Steve has organized and volunteered at dozens of LETR events in New York State, including; Chairman of Polar Plunge, Chairman of “Law and Orders”, Coordinator of Western New York Torch Run legs and serves on an “Over The Edge” Committee. Steve was selected to be a member of the 2013 Final Leg team in Korea.

Steve was awarded the John Carion Unsung Hero Award in 2012. He joined the LETR Executive Council in 2013.


EXECUTIVE COUNCIL APPOINTEE

John Pratt

Actively involved in the Torch Run since 1997, John has served on the International Conference Planning Committee for the past sixteen years.

He first carried the Torch in 1983 when his police chief organized a local run after hearing Chief LaMunyon speak at the IACP Conference.

Retired in 2007 John has served at nearly every level of the movement, including as his agency coordinator, assistant director of his state committee, as member of the International Executive Council and as a Special Olympic Liaison in his home program of Northern California.

He was a recipient of the John Carion “Unsung” Hero Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame in 2011.

John is also the parent of an intellectually disabled son, the inspiration for his LETR involvement.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AT-LARGE

Kurt Kendro

Kurt Kendro is a 27 year veteran with the Honolulu Police Department and currently holds the rank of Major and serves as the commander of the Traffic Division.

Kurt has been a member of the Executive Council for the last 10 years and currently holds one of the Law Enforcement At-Large positions and is the Chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee. Kurt was part of the inaugural Torch Run in Hawaii in 1986 and in 2002 was inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of Fame.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AT-LARGE

Antonio Williams

Antonio L. Williams is the Chief of Police for U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii he has been in law enforcement for over 28 years.  Prior to becoming a federal law enforcement officer, he served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer for twenty-two years, retiring honorably as a First Sergeant in 2008.  

He became an MP because he knew he wanted to help people. It is that same sense of service that drives him to participate in helping of the Special Olympics movement.  Mr. Williams’ involvement with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run is extensive, beginning with his participation as a young soldier in Torch Runs and Tip-A-Cop events. 

His roles have expanded to include volunteer coach and unified player in softball and bocce, a highly successful fundraiser through annual Cop-on-Top, Tip-A-Cop, Fuelling Dreams, Polar Plunge and Super Plunge events, not only is he a member of the Special Olympics Hawaii Executive Committee, but he also sits on the International LETR Executive Council spearheading the military initiative.  Most recently, Mr. Williams was honored with the selection as Hawaii’s Final Leg Running Team Leader for the 2013 World Games in Korea.

While he’s a dedicated and successful fundraiser, Antonio’s greatest contribution to Special Olympics is his ability to raise awareness by encouraging volunteerism and leading others to see the important value of the organization’s mission.  


REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION I

Joe Carlone

Joseph Carlone has been with the Department of Corrections for twenty-two years. He is currently a Captain assigned as the Executive Officer for the Tactical Units. In his spare time he enjoys camping with his family and spending time in the gym. Joe is an active volunteer who participates and supports several Special Olympics events such as penguin plunges, Summer Games and others. Joe is currently the Assistant Torch Run Director and the Region 1 Coordinator and has been involved with Torch Run for over twenty years. Joe is not just involved with Special Olympics, he lives it every day, his daughter and son are huge volunteers and passionate about the athletes they support.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION II

John Newnan

John has been involved in the Torch Run since the inaugural Torch Run in Maryland in 1986. He has served as his agency coordinator, county coordinator, and has been the MD LETR Director since 1999. He is a Final Leg veteran and serves on the Torch Run Executive Council as the Region II Coordinator.

John was honored in 2005 to be inducted into the Richard LaMunyon International LETR Hall of Fame. He is especially proud that his Torch Run efforts involve his entire family, his wife Kathy, son Ryan, daughter Jessica, and daughter-in-law, Ashley who works for Special Olympics Maryland as their volunteer coordinator.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION III

Mike Anderson

Mike has been with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office for the past 24 years and is currently the Road Patrol Commander. He has been involved with the Torch Run for the past 20 years and has served as agency and county coordinator.

He currently holds the position of Florida Region 8 Director for the Torch Run. He is also the marketing director of the local management team for Charlotte County Special Olympics and volunteers his time with several events including coaching golf.

The Torch Run has meant a great deal to Mike over the past 20 years and has given him a greater appreciation for life.


REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION IV

Jim Reno

Jim has been with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for 36 years and currently holds the position of Captain, Homeland Security Bureau / Tactical Branch.

He is married and has three daughters and two grandchildren. He has been involved with Torch Run for over 20 years and is the Past Indiana LETR State Director.

He enjoys backpacking, hiking and reading military history.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION V

Richard Sheldon

Rich has been with the Minneapolis Police Department for 23 years and is currently assigned to the 1st Precinct, SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team, and MPD Honor Guard.  He has been involved with the Torch Run since 1995 and has been the department leg coordinator, Torch Run Director, MN LETR Executive Council – Central Area Coordinator. 

He founded the MN LETR Jail and Bail with Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Minnesota in 1995.  In 2007, he co-founded the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Calhoun.  He also volunteers for Tip-a-Cop, SOMN Spring & Summer games, and State Final Leg.  

This native from Central North Dakota enjoys boating on Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, hunting, basketball and most importantly time with his family.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION VI

Mark Wollmershauser

Mark retired from the Tulsa Police Department in 2009 after a 25 year career. He has been involved with Special Olympics and LETR since 1991. Mark became the LETR Director for Oklahoma in 2010. He was elected to the Executive Council in 2012 as the Region 6 Coordinator. Mark was a John Carion Award recipient in 2010.

Mark is married to Peggy and has a daughter, Amy, who is a Special Olympics athlete and a son, Mark Jr, who is a Sergeant on the Tulsa Police Department.



REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION VII

Robert Woolsey

Robert has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the last 16 years and has developed a proven track record of fund raising and cooperative collaboration between the Nevada state program and his international partners. Robert’s experience has helped him serve as a member of the International Marketing and Development Committee and as a Final Leg Planning Committee Member for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. Over the last 8 years, Robert has been heavily involved in the active planning and sharing of ideas in Region 7 and has used those best practices to grow Nevada’s program as its State Director, but also his sister programs in Region VII. Robert has mentored and worked within Region 7 to help expand opportunities to fundraise and grow public awareness and his dedication to the LETR and the athletes of Special Olympics earned him the John Carion “Unsung Hero” award in 2014.

 

Robert is currently assigned as an Operations Lieutenant for the City of Las Vegas Marshals Office. He has 18 years of law enforcement experience and currently sits on various public safety related boards and commissions throughout Nevada. Robert is married and has two children who also volunteer their time to Special Olympics.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION VIII

Ron Casalenda

Ron is the Chief of Police with the Douglas Police Department and has over 33 years of law enforcement experience. Ron was been involved with LETR since 1994 and has been the Wyoming State LETR Co-Director since 1999.

Ron is married to his wife Deb, and has 2 children a son Justin, a daughter Ashley, and has 2 grandchildren. When not working with LETR, Ron enjoys camping, working as a high school/middle school basketball official and involved in multiple aspects of football, cross country and track officiating.

Ron's biggest accomplishment involving LETR is his induction into the Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of Fame.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION IX

Gary Gordon

Gary has been a member of the An Garda Siochana (Police Force of the Republic of Ireland) for over 25 years and is currently in charge of the Community Policing Unit in Kilkenny.

Gary is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Republic of Ireland LETR and took part in the 2009 Final Leg as a Torch Runner and in the 2013 and 2015 Final Legs as a Team Leader.


REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION X

Jacek Hachulski

Jacek is a Lt Colonel with over 30 years service with the Polish Police. He is currently attached to the Police Training Center as an expert in Special Police Intervention Techniques and Tactics. He has been involved with the Torch Run and Special Olympics for the past 20 years and is has been a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council since 2001.

Jacek is a Final Leg veteran having organized and participated in almost 30 Final Legs for the Special Olympics Poland Summer and Winter Games as well as being a member of the Final Leg teams for World and European Games since 1993.

He was honored to be inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame in 2000. Jacek is married and has two children (Borys and Justyna). His hobbies include literature, music and sports.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION XI

Rick Lucy

Rick Lucy recently retired as Deputy Chief from the Abbotsford Police Department after more than 32 years service.

He has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for 25 years and is the current Director of British Columbia LETR as well as being a Director on the Board of Special Olympics British Columbia.

Rick was selected as a Torch Runner for the 2015 Final Leg in California.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION XII

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REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION XIII

Stephanie Lindsay

Stephanie has been actively involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Jamaica for over 15 years, both as a runner and coordinator of Torch Run activities.

She is currently a Superintendent with the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Stephanie was selected as a Torch Runner for the 2015 Final Leg in California and joined the Executive Council in 2015.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION XIV

Scott Whyte

Scott has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for nine years and was the foundation Torch Run Director of the first LETR Program established in Australia (LETR NSW). He retired from the New South Wales Police Force in August 2015 at the rank of Detective Superintendent. In addition to the 32 years spent with the NSW Police Force (1983 - 2015), Scott was also a member of Strathclyde Police in Scotland from 1978 till 1981.

He is married to Julianne and they have a daughter, Rebecca.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR
REGION XV

Vladimir Caceres

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