Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) President & CEO Margaret Larsen announced the four newest members that will serve on the organization’s Board of Directors in 2016, including City of Sugar Land’s 1st Assistant City Manager Steve Griffith (Sugar Land), who has been re-elected as an officer and will serve as the Board’s Treasurer.
Robert Bradshaw (Houston), a site manager for INEOS Olefins & Polymers, Steve Hatchell (Irving), president and chief executive officer of The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame and Dale Hosack (Sugar Land), Chief Financial Officer for Western Container Corporation, have been elected Board members and will serve in at-large positions. All four were appointed to SOTX’s President’s Advisory Council in 2015 and will now serve a two-year term in their new roles.
“Our Board is vital to us; they work very hard to ensure that we continue to advance our organization, so that we can provide a top tier program for our athletes,” Larsen said. These four individuals are pioneers in their respective careers and each of them embodies the spirit of Special Olympics Texas. We are very fortunate to have them bring their talents, expertise and energy to the table, and I welcome them.”
Griffith is the former Greater Houston Area (Area 4) chairman for SOTX, a role he served in for six years. Revenue for Area 4 reached over $100,000 for four years. Griffith served as SOTX’s Law Enforcement Torch Run’s (LETR) state director for two years. During his tenure as state LETR director, he worked to integrate the state prison system into the Torch Run and generated $2 million annually for the Texas Torch Runners. The Texas Torch Run received national awards for revenue growth and totals. Griffith served on the SOTX Board of Directors for 10 years, including serving as the Chairman of the Board for two years. A Houston-area native and a 35-year law enforcement veteran, Griffith was named the City of Sugar Land’s Chief of Police in August 2005 and was promoted to 1st Assistant City Manager in 2014. He oversees Police, Fire, Public Safety Dispatch, Municipal Courts, the Airport and Communications.
Bradshaw has a keen interest in Special Olympics and has been invested in the program ever since the beginning. In 1968 he was privileged to attend the first-ever Special Olympic Games, held at Soldier Field, where his second cousin was a participant. As a SOTX coach for the past 10 years for the Clear Creek ISD Challengers, Bradshaw believes Special Olympics can have this same positive influence on boys, girls, men and women who may otherwise not have the opportunity to play in organized sports. Bradshaw coaches SOTX athletes in volleyball, basketball, swimming, and track.
Hatchell has more than 45 years of experience as one of the top athletics administrators in the country today. Prior to taking over the leadership of the NFF, he served as the first commissioner of the Big 12 Conference in Dallas, an entity he helped establish in 1995 after serving as the last commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 1993-95. While with the Big 12, Hatchell played a key role in negotiating the television contracts and bowl game formula that would make the conference one of the strongest in the nation today.
Hosack has spent his entire career working in manufacturing and driving lean accounting organizations. He is only the second CFO Western Container Corporation of Sugar Land has had in the company’s 35-year history. Western Container is the second-largest producer of plastic bottles for the Coca-Cola Bottling System in the world.
A full listing of officers and members on the 2016 SOTX Board of Directors is listed below.
Chair: Hector Amaya (Houston)
Vice Chair: Chad Tywater (Elgin)
Secretary: Curtis Scheffe (Aledo)
Parliamentarian: Rick McCarty (San Antonio)
Treasurer: Steve Griffith (Sugar Land)
Athlete: Patti Ballew (Amarillo)
Athlete: Kathy Thompson (The Woodlands)
At-Large: Shon Bjornberg (Farmers Branch)
At-Large: Robert Bradshaw (Houston)
At-Large: Frank Fuccello (Austin)
At Large: Steve Hatchell (Irving)
At-Large: Ralph Herring (Houston)
At-Large: Dale Hosack (Sugar Land)
At-Large: David Stephens (Plano)
At-Large: Jeanette Thorne (Amarillo)
Physical Education/Rec.: Jackie Zigtema (Tyler)
Programs: Amanda Shaw-Knight (Beaumont)
Programs: Tammy Hortenstein (Bronte)
Attorney: Maureen McCutchen (Galveston)
CPA: Kristi Hudson (Cleburne)
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 53,400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.
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