Special Olympics Ohio is pleased to announce the hiring of Christine Hoyer as Chief Development Officer.

With more than a decade of experience in major gift fundraising, Hoyer has spent her professional career supporting children with special needs and life-threatening medical conditions and is committed to connecting passionate people to opportunities to make a local impact for children and families. She says she prides herself on the passion she has for creating an inclusive environment for all to build character, confidence, and inner strength through athletics and that she is honored to represent the athletes, families, coaches, volunteers, and staff of Special Olympics Ohio.

During her fundraising career, she has successfully executed million-dollar campaigns, formal events, and community activities. She has extensive experience growing boards into bigger, bolder strategic thought partners and in leading and creating women’s programs that directly connect donors to the mission for impact.

Hoyer first saw the impact of philanthropy during her 20-year executive career with Macy’s Inc., where she had opportunities to lead the Partners In Time employee volunteerism initiative and drove the Shop for a Cause cause-marketing campaign in the Columbus and Dayton markets. She most recently worked as Director of Major Gifts for the largest chapter of the national organization, Make-A-Wish America. She also served as a lead volunteer for The Childhood League, The Bexley Education Foundation, and Flying Horse Farms.

Hoyer is an athlete and avid runner who has completed seven marathons including the Boston, NYC and Chicago.