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Meet the Newest Members of the SOI Health Team

Transitions in several areas of the health department have led to a change in leadership in grant coordination, Healthy Hearing and Fit Feet, and communications. Meet the newest members of the global health team.

Aaron Merchen, Grants Coordinator: Aaron helps manage the internal grant process, from pre-award preparation through implementation and close-out. In addition he is responsible for tracking and managing approved awards for the Healthy Athletes department. Kathleen Palermo, former grants coordinator, is now the Department Administrator and Program Manager. Contact Aaron Merchen.

Katelyn Lowery, Manager, Healthy Hearing and Fit Feet: Katelyn supports the implementation of Fit Feet and Healthy Hearing events worldwide and leads the growth of these programs in new areas such as coach and family health education, as well as overseeing the hearing aid delivery program in partnership with Phonak and Hear the World Foundation. Contact Katelyn Lowery.

Lynn Aylward, Senior Manager, Global Health External Relations: Lynn manages the external awareness strategy and public relations opportunities for Special Olympics’ global health efforts. In this newly-created position, Lynn is instrumental in helping raise awareness of our footprint and impact in health as well as global development and government relations. Contact Lynn Aylward.

Lynn Erickson, Manager, Health Communications: Lynn oversees internal communications for Special Olympics’ global health efforts. She serves as the primary content-generator of health-related content for communication products. Karl Hejlik, former senior manager of health communications and research, now leads SOI’s internal communication efforts. Contact Lynn Erickson.

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Manager, Health Communications