Committee

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Festival Director

Name: Katie Hickey
Major: History
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Previous Positions: LPH, Fundraising Assistant, Fundraising Chair
Favorite SpO Sport: Powerlifting
Other Campus Involvement: Relay for Life Food Co-Chair, Phi Sigma Pi, Honors Student Advisory Board/Peer Advisor

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Faculty Advisor

Name: Lori Blake
Position: Assistant Director of Student Development
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Favorite SpO Sport: Bocce

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SOPA Liaison

Name: Steve Koch
Education: M.Ed., Drexel University
Position: SOPA Eastern Competition Director
Previous Position: Senior Associate Director of Recreation, Drexel University
Favore SpO Sport: All of course!

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Director of Administration

Name: Bobby Reiff
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Barrington, IL
Previous Positions: LPH, Soccer Assistant
Favorite SpO Sport: Soccer
Other Campus Involvement: Student Ambassadors, New Student Orientation, LeVel

Athlete Involvement
Chair: Danielle Morro
Assistant: Nick Carney

Awareness
Chair: Jackie Plowshay
Assistant: Rodrigo Rivera
Assistant: Aida Mohajeri

Computers and Registration
Chair: Lily McLaughlin
Assistant: Conor Dawson
Assistant: Hannah Lee

Evals
Chair: Sarah Milligan
Assistant: Lily Lies

Finance
Chair: Jessica Ritchie
Assistant: Mihir Shah

Housing
Chair: Nicole Gambino
Assistant: Rebecca Simoni
Assistant: Dan Weber

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Director of Competition

Name: John Szot
Major: Biology
Hometown:  Keene, NH
Previous Positions: LDR/W Assistant, Awareness Chair
Favorite SpO Sport: LDR/W
Other Campus Involvement: Blue Key, Orientation Counselor, Club Ultimate Frisbee, VU Band

Bocce
Chair: Sarah Hanley
Assistant: Carl Sonnenschein

LDR/W
Chair: Kyle Wilkinson
Assistant: Brenna Swetman

Powerlifting
Chair: Annie Fazzio
Assistant: Mike Farnan

Roller Skating
Chair: Melissa Connolly
Assistant: Andrew Blazoski

Soccer
Chair: Ryan Milanaik
Assistant: Anita Morro
Assistant: Elias Volk
Assistant: Sara Thoms
Assistant: Will Horyn

Volleyball
Chair: Kristin Bianca
Assistant: Manny Morris
Assistant: Elizabeth Shea
Assistant: Grace Williams

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Director of Human Resources

Name: Luke Allen
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Suffield, CT
Previous Positions: LPH, Soccer Assistant, LPH Chair
Favorite SpO Sport: Soccer
Other Campus Involvement: Equity Society, Blue Key Society, Ambassadors

Hospitality
Chair: Kara Lepri
Assistant: Meaghan McCann
Assistant: Matt Plucienik

LPH
Chair: Connor Milanaik
Assistant: Vallena Lipske
Assistant: Annie Sedgwick

Media/Publicity
Chair: Scott Gosselin
Assistant: Eric Bellomo
Assistant: Meghan Dunne

Off Campus Vols
Chair: Mariana Sanchez
Assistant: Katy Funabashi
Assistant: Matt Zabloudil

On Campus Vols
Chair: Lauren Kambe
Assistant: Ariana DiCroce
Assistant: Nicole Rogers

Volunteer Coordinator
Chair: Karli Miller
Assistant: Teddy Bartha
Assistant: Pat Ralph

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Director of Special Events

Name: Lindsay Peterson
Majors: Chemical Engineering
Hometown:
 Manalapan, NJ
Previous Position: LPH, VC, Powerlifting Assistant
Favorite SpO Sports: Powerlifting
Other Campus Involvement: Blue Key, Orientation Counselor, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Service Break Trip Leader

Awards
Chair: Thomas Rodriguez
Assistant: Colleen Topper
Assistant: Elizabeth Roller
Assistant: Vincent Ventura

Ceremonies
Chair: Sarah Backenstoe
Assistant: Francis Cunningham
Assistant: Sam Insalaco

Entertainment
Chair: Alanna Jennings
Assistant: Elise Keale
Assistant: Delaney McMullen

 

 

Fundraising
Chair: Tiffany Cedar
Assistant: Dan Bernardi
Assistant: Ray Horner
Assistant: Mollie Reese

Healthy Athletes
Chair: Anna Vine
Assistant: Kyle Bowles
Assistant: Kelcy Mackell

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Director of Support Services

Name: Erin Hannon
Major: Biology
Hometown: Darien, CT
Previous Position: LPH, Medical Assistant
Favorite SpO Sport: Volleyball
Other Campus Involvement: Liturgical Ministry, Club Ultimate Frisbee

Facilities
Chair: Ryan Klingert
Assistant: Brianna DiTullio
Assistant: Joe Gaule
Assistant: Savannah Trifiro

Food
Chair: Patrick Schroeder
Assistant: Erica Dembowski
Assistant: Steve Perrotti
Assistant: Thomas Saldutti

Medical
Chair: Hannah Bredl
Assistant: Steven Buonomo
Assistant: Molly Purnell

Security
Chair: Mike Fuery
Assistant: Eric Campbell
Assistant: Aubree Fairfull

Transportation
Chair: Kathryn Fitzpatrick
Assistant: Thomas DeNova
Assistant: JD Zanetti

Would you like to support Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova to make 2014 the best competition yet? Check out our volunteer page, or Donate Here


"Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
— Athlete Oath


How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved

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The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is unlike any other event at Villanova.  With great reason, athletes, volunteers, and students alike regularly remark that Fall Festival is their favorite weekend of the year.  Nothing else unites our campus with as much enthusiasm, and nothing makes Villanova as wonderful as experiencing the athletes’ excitement, sportsmanship, and joy.”

–Paul Insley, ’14
2013 Director of Competition

DID YOU KNOW...?

DID YOU KNOW...?

Fact:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games in 1968. Held at Chicago's Soldier Field, the event consisted of 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada competing in track and field, swimming, and floor hockey.