Staff

Bob NorbieBob Norbie, President/CEO
Bob has been with Special Olympics Montana since 1993. A passionate advocate of the mission for 20 years, he says that athletes are masterful teachers if we pause long enough to listen, learn and let them reveal the champion in all of us. As Chief Executive Fan, Bob oversees the movement’s vision and strategic direction that currently impacts more than 2,000 athletes annually through the efforts of nearly 4,000 volunteers in 120 programs statewide. He has served in many other capacities with the Special Olympics International movement. As interim national director in 1998, Bob guided the reorganization of Special Olympics South Africa. He served a five year term on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors (2007-2011), chairing the International Advisory Council during this same time, and served a six year term on the Special Olympics North America Leadership Council (2006-2011).

Rhonda McCartyRhonda McCarty, Chief Operating Officer
Rhonda began her adventure with SOMT in March 2014. Prior to that she served as the principal of Valley View Elementary School in Great Falls for 16 years, bringing her to a total of 28 years in the education world. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening (for the short-lived Montana growing season), cooking, reading and hiking. She and her husband, Jon, have two grown children, Meagan and Ryan.

Judy Magruder, Assistant to the President
Judy just completed 20 years with SOMT in the Administrative/Operations Department where she has held a number of management positions. She continues to support the organization part-time by providing administrative support to the President/CEO, as well as working on special projects and assisting as needed. Judy and her husband, Tom, have two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild

Pat McCraney, Vice President Finance
Pat has been with SOMT since 2008. Previously she was employed by Great Falls Teachers FCU where she was a SVP for over 20 years, bringing 32 years of experience with banks and credit unions. She also volunteered as co-director of the HR committee for state summer games while in Great Falls. In Pat’s spare time she enjoys going to Griz football games and visiting her grandchildren in Washington.

Jamie Wood, Vice President Sports
A native of Montana, Jamie comes to Special Olympics with an extensive background in agriculture and experience in event planning while working for Montana State Fair. When not wrapped up in SOMT work, Jamie enjoys life at the ranch, and time with her cattle and horses.
 Lanni KlasnerLanni Klasner, Vice President Outreach
Lanni has over 15 years of experience in marketing, advertising, public relations, event planning, and management. She previously served as the Interim Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Great Falls College MSU (GFC MSU) and prior to that she was the Director of Outreach and Marketing at GFC MSU. Lanni has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Management and Communications from Montana State University – Billings. She is a Great Falls native who lives in “Tri Cities Area” a.k.a. Stockett with her husband Todd and their sons Christian and Keegan. In her free time, she is likely to be found at a sporting event either watching her sons play or her husband coach. Lanni’s husband is the boys’ varsity basketball coach for Centerville High School – Go Miners!

Megan Hill Sundy, Associate Vice President Unified Strategy 
Megan has over 7 years of experience as a professional volunteer manager. She has worked with 200 nonprofits to help build stronger volunteer programs, recruited volunteers for over 30 unique programs and 40 large events across Montana. Megan came to SOMT after working with Missoula Aging Services and the Montana Food Bank Network. In a past life, Megan lived and worked in Greece and Italy as well spent several years working as a paralegal in Missoula. When she is not working for SOMT, she is working to launch a new nonprofit, Volunteer Missoula, a new volunteer recruitment website for Missoula County. Megan has degrees in Liberal Studies and Classics from the University of Montana.
Jami Williamson, Outreach Director, Central Region
Jami joined Special Olympics in June 2014. Originally from Great Falls, Jami lived in Bozeman, MT for 11 years and recently moved back to her home town. Jami holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Montana State University. As an Outreach Director for Central Region, Jami serves the Great Northern Area, Charles Russell Area, Tri-County Area and Big Sky Area. Outside of work, Jami enjoys spending time with her family and friends outdoors and volunteering with Make A Wish Foundation.

Josh Anderson, Receptionist/General Assistant
Josh joined the SOMT staff in 2008 part-time doing clerical, custodial and athlete leadership work. He has been a Special Olympics athlete since 2000 when he began competing with the Troy Mountaineers. In 2005, he represented Montana at the Global Athlete Congress in Panama. Josh also served on the SOMT Board of Directors from 2003-2008. He relocated to Great Falls in 2009 with his dog, Marley, and now trains and competes with the Great Falls Hornets team.
Cindy ReiquamCindy Reiquam, Executive Assistant
Cindy joined the Special Olympics Montana team in February 2014. Cindy’s most recent work experience was commercial property administration and management. Her previous work experience includes administrative support for the Great Falls Advertising Federation, commercial bond and insurance customer support, and commercial banking. Cindy is an active community volunteer and has served in volunteer capacities including the Great Falls Symphony Board of Directors, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Gala co-chair, and the CM Russell Buffalo Auction co-chair. Cindy and her husband Chris reside in Great Falls. They enjoy spending time on the family farm, kayaking, and outdoors.

Wendy Rispens, Development Director
As a Montana transplant, Wendy considers living in Montana one of her top blessings. She is delighted to be married to Les Rispens who shares her appreciation of life’s simple things. They enjoy all the things Montana has to offer in the great outdoors and can usually be found on motorcycles, on 4-wheelers, along some river fly fishing or just out and about geocaching. Les and Wendy have 2 daughters, Samantha and Kassidy. Les is currently the County Executive Director for USDA/FSA in Havre, MT so a great deal of their lives is spent on the road so they can spend some quality time together in the same zip code.

Terri Sappington, Associate Vice President Law Enforcement Torch Run
Teri has been a member of SOMT family since 2000 and is currently the Associate VP Law Enforcement Torch Run. Prior to joining the staff, Terri was an active SOMT volunteer and former TCI Cable employee. She has an Associate of Science in Computer Management. Terri’s family, including her husband Doug and their four children, are also dedicated SOMT volunteers.

Michelle Torres, Accounting Assistant
Michelle Torres comes to Special Olympics Montana with over 25 years of experience in accounting. A Montana native, she moved to Great falls when she was very young, and graduated from Fairfield High School, in Fairfield MT. She graduated from Knapp Business College. Michelle has four children and three grandchildren, she is very family oriented. She loves the outdoors and feels MT is the only place you have something to do in any season.

Heather Wendell, Marketing and Design Specialist
Heather joined SOMT in June 2012. Prior to joining the SOMT team she worked at Benefis Health Care and the University of Great Falls. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Great Falls. Heather has been a Montana girl all her life. Her family includes her husband Josh and children Brecken, and Kaitlyn. She loves to spend time with her kids, and enjoys photographing, hiking and camping in this beautiful state!
LisaR_webLisa Romig, GMS Specialist & Sports Assistant  
Lisa Romig came to Special Olympics Montana in March 2015. As the GMS Specialist & Sports Assistant, she manages and maintains the volunteer, coach, and athlete paperwork and database. According to Lisa, “Working for Special Olympics Montana has been one of the most gratifying jobs that I’ve ever had. I enjoy coming to work every day and attending the Area and State Games is just icing on the cake!” Lisa has a degree in business and hospitality. Her experience includes 15 years of hospitality sales, event planning and management, and for the past 12 years she was a math and reading tutor for the Great Falls Public Schools. In her spare time, she loves gardening, camping and going for long drives in the great outdoors of Montana with her husband Mike and sons Mitchell and Payton.
MSU photo by Kelly GorhamMandy Patriarche, Development Director
Mandy joined SOMT in March of 2015. Prior to joining the SOMT team she worked as the Director of Sport Specific Giving for Montana State University Athletics. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management and Communications from Heidelberg University in Ohio where she played collegiate tennis. Mandy moved to Montana after 2 years of working in Yellowstone National Park. Mandy enjoys anything sports related and in her spare time can be found in the outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, or bird watching with her husband Jeff.
 April April_Charlo_WebCharlo, Tribal Outreach Director
As the Tribal Outreach Director, April will lead the Unified Strategies Pilot Project on the Flathead Reservation. Her educational, professional, and personal background made her the ideal candidate for this leadership role. April has a master’s degree in educational leadership, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and an associate degree in Native American studies. Professionally, she most recently served as the Executive Director of Nkwusm, the Salish and Pend d’Oreille language immersion school in Arlee, MT and is a member of the Healthy Native Community Partnership (HNCP) board of directors. April was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation as a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and is committed to being a change agent on her reservation.

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Scott Held, Sports Director
Scott was born in Sidney, MT, but has called many different locations in Montana home, including Savage, Shepherd, and Great Falls. He has two bachelor’s degrees, in business administration and marketing, from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he played collegiate baseball for the Marauders. Immediately following his graduation in May 2016, Scott joined the SOMT team and has quickly made himself indispensable. In his free time, he can be found out fishing on a lake or in the mountains. 

Vickie Donisthorpe, Donor Accounts Assistant
Vickie Donisthorpe joined the Special Olympics Montana staff in May of 2017. Prior to that she served as the principal of Great Falls Central Catholic High School for 5 years and principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary for 9 years for a total of 30 years in the education field. Currently, she is working in Donor Accounts but will be transitioning to the Health and Wellness Coordinator position April 1. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, being outdoors, reading and spending time with her family. Vickie and her husband, Scott, have 3 grown children and 1 granddaughter.