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Special Olympics names executive director

Monica Daniels

Special Olympics Mississippi has named Monica Daniels as its new executive director.

Daniels has more than two decades of experience in fundraising and management of non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Daniels will advance Special Olympics Mississippi’s strategic plan and guide the organization’s programs and mission. Under her leadership, Special Olympics Mississippi will continue to provide children and adults with intellectual disabilities opportunities for developing physical fitness, demonstrating courage, experiencing joy, and participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and their communities.

Previously, Daniels served as the Director of Annual Giving at Millsaps College; Vice President of Resource Development at United Way of the Capital Area, Inc.; and Director of Development at Magnolia Speech School, all located in Jackson.

Daniels earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Delta State University and a Master of Science in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University. She has been recognized as one of Mississippi’s Top Ten Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal and by United Way Worldwide for her completion of the 2011 Worldwide Resident Fellows Program.

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