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Special Olympics Ohio Announces New CEO

(Columbus, Ohio) – The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Ohio announces the appointment of Mr. Kraig Makohus as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

Makohus comes to Special Olympics Ohio with more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities to improve their quality of life and opportunities through work in the areas of residential, vocational, employment and recreational services, including leadership positions with Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania.

Most recently, Mr. Makohus served as President and CEO for Special Olympics D.C., prior to that he served nearly six years with Special Olympics Pennsylvania, where he was charged with building and leading their efforts in Western Pennsylvania, with a focus in the Greater Pittsburgh market. This market, though rich in Special Olympics programming, had little visibility or fundraising presence. Makohus was instrumental in leading tremendous growth through the development of an active Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics committee, the creation of highly visible fundraising events and strategies, and cultivating and securing corporate partnership, raising nearly $2,000,000 during this period. He was also responsible for Strategic Partnerships for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, which included government affairs work and the development and implementation of a four-year statewide growth strategy focused on school-based Special Olympics Unified Sports.

Special Olympics Ohio Board Chair Steve Pleasnick said, “On behalf of the Special Olympics Ohio Board of Directors, we are very pleased that Kraig has agreed to join our movement and take the reins from Bob Rickard”.  Mr. Rickard has retired after 37 years leading Special Olympics Ohio.  Makohus added, “It’s a humbling opportunity to lead this program and build off of the tremendous legacy that Bob Rickard has built to serve the 23,000 athletes in Special Olympics Ohio”.  

Kraig holds an MBA from Waynesburg University and a BA in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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