AS (Additional Staff) perform a number of important duties not only during the Games, but also in the massive effort that goes into preparing for the Games. AS Coaches will help with medical needs, chaperone duties, administrative work and even laundry to keep Team Kentucky looking great on the field or in the pool. They have one of the most important — and least glamorous — in the Team Kentucky effort.
|Trish Mazzoni will serve as the Head of Delegation for Team Kentucky at the National Games, charged will oversight of all administrative functions for the team. She is the Executive Vice President for Special Olympics Kentucky and has worked with the organization for 19 years. She oversees all day-to-day operations for the program statewide. Prior to joining the Special Olympics Kentucky staff she served as a volunteer for the organization. Mazzoni as a veteran of many Special Olympics World Games events and served as the Head of Delegation for Team USA’s Great Lakes region for the 2003 World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland. She resides in Lexington
|Kim Satterwhite, the Special Olympics Kentucky program director for volunteer services, will serve as the Team Kentucky Assistant Head of Delegation. The Frankfort resident has been with Special Olympics Kentucky state office for nine years and served as a volunteer prior to that. This will be her second major Special Olympics competition. She served as an AS Coach for Team USA for the 2003 World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland.
|Joe Gentry of Bowling Green will serve as Team Kentucky’s medical staff person. Gentry has been involved in Special Olympics for 24 years, serving as the director for the Kentucky Special Events Medical Team, which provides emergency services at all Special Olympics Kentucky state competitions. This will be the fourth major Games event that Gentry has been a part of. He also participated in the 1991 World Summer Games in Minneapolis, Minn.; the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games in New Haven , Conn. ; and the 1999 World Summer Games in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill , N.C.
|Melissa Hardison of Frankfort is a member of the Special Olympics Kentucky State Office Staff, serving as the Field Services Director for the eastern half of the state. Her involvement with Special Olympics, however, goes back farther than her role with the State Office. She has long been involved in the program both as a former Special Education teacher in the Franklin County School System and as a volunteer. Her brother John is a Special Olympics athlete. This is Hardison’s first trip to a major Special Olympics competition.
|Mickie McManamon’s involvement in Special Olympics dates back to before the movement even got its name, as she served as a counselor at the day camps for children with intellectual disabilities that Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver held at her home prior to launching Special Olympics in 1968. The Brandenburg resident revived Meade County ’s Special Olympics program serving as the Meade County School System’s Director of Athletics for Special Olympics prior to her retirement following the 2004-05 academic year. McManamon continues to serve in a number of roles with Special Olympics Kentucky, serving on Sports Management Committees for basketball, softball and track and field. This will be her sixth major Special Olympics competition as a coach, having served at World Summer Games events in South Bend, Ind., in 1987; Minneapolis, s, in 1991; New Haven, Conn., in 1995; Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1999 and in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003.
|Elaine Preston of Ashland has been selected to serve as an AS (Additional Staff) Coach for the Kentucky delegation. AS Coaches perform a number of administrative functions for the delegation both before and during the Games. Preston has been a certified Special Olympics volunteer for 20 years and has served in many roles with the organization, including as the local coordinator for Boyd County for several years and as the competition manager for the annual Area 9 Spring Games which serve a 14-county area in northeastern Kentucky.