Executive Council

State Director
Officer Donovan Heavener | Federal Way Police Department

The Torch Run Director is a law enforcement representative who acts as the point of contact statewide and internationally. They are responsible for oversight, leading, planning and implementation of the LETR Campaign. The LETR Director sets policies and procedures and ensures Special Olympics Washington’s regulations are met to ensure cohesive operations. This person is also responsible for the financial training and infrastructure of the campaign and will serve as the leader for both state co-directors.

Co-Director, West
Fire Investigator Michael Day | King County Sheriff’s Office

State Co-Directors are responsible for all awareness and fundraising campaign elements throughout their regions of the state. They will assist in efforts to increase existing sources of revenue, building relationships and new fundraising opportunities through effective communication with the law enforcement community. Co-directors will serve as the main point of contact for all Regional Coordinators.

Co-Director, East
Detective Brandon Johnson | East Wenatchee Police Department

As the eastside Co-Director of the LETR Campaign for Special Olympics Washington, Brandon Johnson is the main point of contact for Regional Coordinators in Region VI through Region X. Detective Johnson is with the East Wenatchee Police Department. He has been in law enforcement for 17 years and has been involved with the Special Olympics Washington and the Law Enforcement Torch Run from the beginning of his career. In those 17 years, Detective Johnson had the honor of participating in numerous Tip-A-Cop events, Run-With-A-Cop races, Polar Plunge events, and Torch Runs.

Special Olympics Washington Board of Directors Liaison
Rex Caldwell | Retired Chief of Police

Former Chief Caldwell has been active with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign since at least 1986. After many years with the LETR Board, Rex is working to support Special Olympics athletes and families through his activity on the Special Olympics Washington Board of Directors while promoting LETR across the state.

Advisory Committee, Ex-Officio
Captain Bryan Keller | Bothell Police Department

Captain Keller has been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for decades. Serving in many capacities over the years including LETR State Director; he has done it all from Super Plunging to leading Torch Runs! Bryan was chosen to represent Washington as the Final Leg Runner at the 2009 World Winter Games in Idaho and again as a Team Lead for the 2018 USA Games Final Leg Torch Run hosted in Washington. Bryan now serves as an Advisory Committee member to the Executive Council mentoring and providing a historical perspective.


Regional Coordinators

Thank you for your interest in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for Special Olympics Washington.  Please feel free to reach out directly to our Regional Coordinators with comments, questions or concerns through any of the means included below.

Contact Regional Coordinators for organizing fundraising efforts and the Torch Run events within a multi-county area.


Officer Sara Felty – Bremerton Police Department
Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Kitsap Counties

Officer Patrick Gilbert – Fife Police Department
Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Special Agent Mike Rollins – Federal Bureau of Investigation
Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark and Skamania Counties

Patricia Duemmell – Marysville Police Department
Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish and San Juan Counties

Officer LeAnn Whitney – Renton Police Department
Ellie Hardwick – Special Olympics Washington
King County
Email – Officer Whitney
Email – Ellie Hardwick

Captain Dan Hansberry – Ellensburg Police Department
Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat Counties

Officer Dan Irish – Hanford Patrol
Officer Raymond Aparicio – Pasco Police Department
Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties
Email – Officer Irish
Email – Officer Aparicio


Detective Stephen Evitt – Wenatchee Police Department
Okanogan, Douglas, Chelan and Grant Counties

Officer Heather Ernst
Ferry, Stevens, Pent Orielle and Spokane Counties

Ellie Hardwick – Special Olympics Washington
Adams, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties