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CARF directors elect Sherry Wheelock to a seat on the board

Special Olympics Florida president/CEO brings two decades of financial leadership and support for persons with disabilities 

January 10, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- Sherry Ryan Wheelock, president/CEO of Special Olympics Florida, was elected to a seat on the CARF Board of Directors during the board's November 2012 meeting. Wheelock will serve a three-year board term beginning January 2013.

The board provides governance for CARF International, a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

"The CARF Board of Directors welcomes Sherry's expertise," Kayda Johnson, chair of the board, said. "She brings an exceptional perspective to the board."

"I look forward to serving on the CARF board to promote quality and progressive thinking toward accreditation standards, especially in the field of developmental disabilities," Wheelock said.

Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization's programs provide opportunities for individuals to develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy; and share their gifts, skills, and friendship. At present, the organization is building an integrative healthcare prototype to serve persons with intellectual disabilities.

Before she assumed the president/CEO position of Special Olympics Florida in 2012, Wheelock chaired the organization's board of directors.

For twenty years, Wheelock has held positions of increasing responsibility in the financial community. She was most recently a senior financial executive of Universal Orlando. During her sixteen-year career with the Florida theme park resort, she was active in the company's strategic planning and government relations and supervised more than 100 staff members in various facets of finances and operations. She has also served in leadership positions with Franklin/Templeton Mutual Funds and Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Involved in the community, Wheelock has served on the boards of the Universal Orlando Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Northern Florida.

A graduate in business administration in accounting at Baylor University in Texas, Wheelock is a certified public accountant in the state of Florida.

Serving in diverse health and human service fields, the eleven members of the CARF Board of Directors bring unique and valuable experience to their governance roles. Wheelock serves on the board with:

  • Kayda Johnson, Solana Beach, California (board chair)
  • Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, Ithaca, New York
  • Thomas J. Buckley, Ed.D., Hollywood, Florida
  • Karen Chastain, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Richard Forkosh, Manchester, Missouri
  • Marvin Mashner, West Point, Pennsylvania
  • Paul Nathenson, RN, ND, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • D. Sharon Osborne, Seattle, Washington
  • Robert H. Short, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Herb Zaretsky, Ph.D., New York City, New York


1/10/2013 12:05:00 AM

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