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Special Olympics New York welcomes new president & CEO


Mon, Jun 11th 2018 01:30 pm
The board of directors of Special Olympics New York has named Stacey B. Hengsterman as the organization's new president and CEO. She officially begins her role on July 1 at the organization's headquarters in Schenectady.
Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America, provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Hengsterman is an accomplished leader with nearly 20 years of experience at the State University of New York, the country's largest comprehensive system of public higher education. As chief of staff at SUNY's central administration, she served as the strategic adviser to the chancellor and the board of trustees and was the primary liaison to presidents, student and faculty leaders and executive staff at the 64 campuses that comprise SUNY. Hengsterman and her staff managed a wide-ranging portfolio of activity encompassing community and government relations, advocacy, communications, development, operations and policy.
In 2017, Hengsterman created and managed the first philanthropic foundation in the university system's history. Most recently, she has been working with SUNY Chancellor Emeritus Nancy L. Zimpher to launch the nation's first Center for Education Pipeline Systems Change at SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government, forging public-private partnerships and attracting investments to advance the work of the center.
"I am committed to Special Olympics New York's core values and am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside a team of people who share a passion for social inclusion and equality," Hengsterman said. "I welcome the opportunity to attract attention to and support for the Special Olympics mission, our wonderful programs, and our amazing and positive impact on New York's families and communities."
"Stacey has a proven record of success in organizational management, fundraising and leadership, as well as a heart for serving our state's special-needs community," said Patricia Martinelli, chair of the board of directors of Special Olympics New York. "As the board's unanimous selection as president and CEO, we are confident that she will enthusiastically refine and advance our strategic plan, always leading with compassion and acumen. Special Olympics New York is in very good hands."
Hengsterman, whose son, Alex, has Down syndrome, said her passion for the Special Olympics mission stems from the many community members, businesses, teachers and students who have always made Alex feel welcomed and included.
Stacey lives in Clifton Park with her husband, Rick, a high school history teacher, and their three children: Jackson (17), Alex (14) and Lauren (11).

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