Special Olympics Michigan Welcomes Six New Members to the Board of Directors

Special Olympics Michigan would like to welcome six new members to the Board of Directors: 

 

  • Michelle Acciavatti: Account Director and Michigan Director of Account Management, Towers Watson, Chesterfield
  • Chris Axer: Regional Marketing Manager, Sam's Club, Howell 
  • Jacqueline Bunt: Athlete Representative, Special Olympics Michigan, Grand Rapids
  • Juliet Dragos: Anchor, WZZM, Grand Rapids 
  • Tico Duckett: President, Tico Duckett Distributing, Inc., Lansing
  • Bridget G. Hurd: Director of Community Responsibility, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Southfield

 

Michelle Acciavatti is the Account Director and Michigan Director of Account Management at Towers Watson, a global professional services company. She began her involvement with Special Olympics Michigan by volunteering at the State Summer Games while she was in college. Her daughter participated in the Young Athletes Program in 2012 and she will participate again this year.

Ms. Acciavatti has a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from the University of Michigan. She lives in Chesterfield with her husband Dan and her children, Dino and Katelyn.

Chris Axer is currently employed at Sam's Club where he is the Regional Marketing Manager. He has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for three years, where he has worked with the Sam's Club teams as part of Law Enforcement Torch Run® Polar Plunges.

Mr. Axer attended Sinclair Community College and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He lives in Howell with his wife Kiki. They have a son, C.J. and daughter, Nicole. Mr. Axer enjoys soccer, hunting, fishing and loves the outdoors.

Jacqueline Bunt is a Special Olympics Michigan athlete representative. She first became involved with Special Olympics Michigan at the age of eight. She has competed in gymnastics, basketball, bowling and softball.

Jacqueline is a counselor in training for the Gems program at her church. She enjoys painting, dancing, acting and doing American Sign Language interpretation for the musicals at her school. She will graduate from high school with a diploma on May 20.

Juliet Dragos is a TV anchor and station spokesperson for WZZM 13's "Friends for Life" campaign in Grand Rapids. Ms. Dragos has emceed the State Summer Games and also volunteers at fundraisers.

Juliet was nominated for an Emmy Award for news anchor in Michigan, the Gannett Great Good Award and the Athena Award. She also has recognitions that include the Professionalism Award from American Women in Radio and Television, the Local Hero Award from Grand Rapids Komen for the Cure, Outstanding Young Women of America and Who's Who.

Tico Duckett is the president of Tico Duckett Distributing, Inc., an industrial and janitorial supply company that has been serving mid-Michigan since 1998. In 2008, he established a commercial and residential cleaning company, D Squared Facilities Management, Inc.

Mr. Duckett is originally from Kalamazoo and attended Michigan State University where he was recognized as a standout running back for the football team from 1988-1992. Mr. Duckett is interested in serving his community in many ways and looks forward to his future on the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors.

Bridget G. Hurd is the Director of Community Responsibility at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she oversees and leads corporate giving, strategic partnerships, employee volunteer programs and corporate events. She became involved with Special Olympics Michigan through her organization's corporate giving program.

Ms. Hurd has a master of business administration degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Michigan. Ms. Hurd currently resides in Southfield.

"This is one of the strongest groups that we have had in a long time. Our board is very pleased with their interest and talent," said Lois Arnold, President and CEO of Special Olympic Michigan.

There are 19,620 athletes that participate in Special Olympics Michigan programs. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities. Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports, it's training for life.