Meet Our Team

Dedicated to providing opportunities

The Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) team is led by dedicated staff with various backgrounds. Our goal is to provide athletes with opportunities, promote awareness, and provide support to the community.

Special Olympics Arizona Staff


SOAZ team headshot of Jamie Heckerman, President and CEO

Jamie Heckerman

President and CEO

Doug Taylor

Chief Financial Officer


Ben Wrubel

Vice President, Programs

Ryan Betcher

Sr. Director of Sports and Area Services

Rubett Garcia

Director, Mountain & Northern Monument Area

Sean Williams

Sr. Manager of Sports and Operations

Jaycob Mace

Coordinator, Palo Verde Area

Robert Granlund

Coordinator, Four Peaks Area

Mandy Evans

Director, River Area

Mary Nielsen

Manager, Yuma Area Sports & Competitions

Thomas Miranda

Manager, Unified Sports

Gianna Zola

Director of Health and Education

Summer Burgess

Sr. Coordinator, Health Programs

Saul Lugo

Sr. Coordinator, Athlete Leadership

Payton Bergmann

Sr. Coordinator, Unified Champion Schools

Kelli Greene-Agnew

Coordinator, Young Athletes

Rachel K

Sr. Coordinator, Programs Administrative


Meghan Mullin

Director, Development

Lisa Ball

Director, Regional Development

Tiffany Kepney

Specialist, Development Administration

Keri Cordon

Sr. Manager, Grants

Tarren Kramer

Sr. Coordinator, Donor Relations

Kyle Garbett

Specialist, Program Operations

Heather Turkes

Sr. Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement

Julie Calabro

Specialist, Development

Mike Burnett

Director, Law Enforcement Torch Run

Joe Curran

Liaison, Law Enforcement Torch Run


Mary Christensen

Director, Finance

Marketing & Communications

Amanda Metcalf, MPH

Sr. Director, Marketing & Communications

Aaron Garcia

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator


Interested in any of our open positions? Apply here!

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