Staff & Leadership / Job Openings

“The right to play on any playing field? You have earned it. The right to study in any school? You have earned it. The right to hold a job? You have earned it. The right to be anyone’s neighbor. You have earned it.”

- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder, Special Olympics.

We, the staff of Special Olympics Missouri, believe in the following guiding values, which are engrained in the way we think and act:

Accountability, Excellence, Integrity, Optimism, Unity

These beliefs guide our choices and define for us integrity and the right
course of action that bond us together as TEAM SOMO.

If you are looking to contact a specific staff member or a specific area,
select the "Staff" tab below to find who you are looking for.

Have a question, but aren't sure who to ask? Email us!

Headquarters staff

Central Area

305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-635-1660
Area webpage

Kansas City Metro Area

KC Metro Area
9150 E 41st Ter, Suite 213
Kansas City, MO 64133
Phone: 816-535-9610
Fax: 816-535-9611 
Area webpage

North Area

702 Woodbine Road
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-233-6232
Fax: 816-233-0130
Area webpage

Southeast Area

1625 N. Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573-339-6733
Fax: 573-339-6370
Area webpage

Southwest Area

PO Box 14463
Springfield, MO  65814
Phone:  417-306-9963
Area webpage

St. Louis Metro Area

2945 S. Brentwood
St. Louis, MO 63144
Phone: 314-961-7755
Fax: 314-961-0660
Area webpage

The Special Olympics Missouri Board of Directors is responsible for setting the direction of the organization. They formulate and establish policies and oversee the President/CEO of the organization.

The Board also protects the assets and resources of the organization and develops goals to meet our financial needs to ensure the long-range financial stability of the organization. The Board members are independent voting members serving for a two-year term and can serve for four full consecutive terms.

Are you interested in joining the board of directors? Let us know!

Special Olympics Missouri Young Professionals Board

The Special Olympics Missouri Young Professionals Board (SOMO YPB) is a career and volunteer development opportunity geared toward integrating the time, talents and interests of young professionals (ages 21-40) to help further the mission of Special Olympics Missouri.


  • Expand your professional network.
  • Gain valuable leadership experience.
  • Receive recognition on SOMO website, newsletter, and annual report.
  • Make strategic professional connections through networking events with SOMO’s Board of Directors.
  • Make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics Missouri athletes.


  • Serve at least a two-year term on the SOMO YPB.
  • Attend a majority of SOMO YPB meetings.
  • Participate in SOMO YPB committees as needed.
  • Collaborate and leverage members’ professional and social networks to advance SOMO’s mission.
  • Act as ambassadors of SOMO, increasing awareness of its mission and building community engagement.
  • Provide support for special events, fundraising campaigns and volunteer-related activities.
  • Increase SOMO’s volunteer and coaching network.
  • Plan fundraising events and recruit new members.
  • Be well informed and prepared for meetings.
  • Listen respectfully to all viewpoints.

SOMO is currently accepting nominations for our inaugural membership to the SOMO YPB.  If you are interested in joining, please read through the charter and fill out the online SOMO YPB Self-Nomination Form.

Central Area

Chris Stehle is from Knob Noster, Missouri and attended the University of Central Missouri. Chris graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12 and a Minor in Athletic Coaching. Chris is currently a Gross Motor Specialist for the Columbia Public Schools District where he serves as an Adapted Physical Education Teacher for the Early Childhood Special Education Program at CPS. Chris coaches Varsity Football as the Receivers Coach for Rock Bridge High School as well as a Sprints Coach for the Rock Bridge High School Track Team. Chris also referees High School Basketball for MSHSAA and Umpires Softball for USA Softball. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for MOSHAPE (Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators) as the Chair of Marketing and Communications. 

Young Professionals Board
Young Professionals Board
Young Professionals Board
Young Professionals Board

If these job openings don't interest you, please check back in the future. You can also fill out our online employment application and we will contact you if any jobs open up that we feel line up with your experience.

Questions about the job application process? Email us!


We encourage you to apply if:

  • You have experience successfully working alongside determined individuals
  • You understand the importance of relationships as the secret sauce
  • You’re a self-starter and committed to the greater good
  • You’re results driven, bottom-line oriented and steadfastly push yourself to achieve goals
  • You enjoy navigating challenges and being solution oriented
  • You’re an out-of-the-box thinker who thrives on innovation to ensure mission success
  • You’re generous with your time and enjoy flexibility
  • You’re an exceptional team player with a great work ethic

Special Olympics Missouri loves interns! Applications are accepted throughout the year for a variety of positions within our nonprofit organization. Internships are available in public relations and communications, event planning and development, sports management, health and wellness, or youth engagement. If you’re an enthusiastic leader who works independently and you have excellent organizational and communication skills, please consider Special Olympics.

While most interns are unpaid, they can receive school credit, depending on their school’s requirements. We are looking for self-starters with excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.

With six different offices around the state, we have internships near you. They also range in subject matter from operations, to fundraising, to event planning, to public relations, to health, and much more.

We have the following internships available:

We also have volunteer opportunities available for everyone. The time commitment for Special Olympics volunteers varies from a few hours per year at specific events to working several hours a week year-round. For more information on volunteering, please visit our Volunteers page.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume that highlights your experience and career goals to the e-mail address below that is specified with each internship.