Board of Directors 2017-12-04T09:24:47+00:00

Our Valuable Board Members

Jim Hamm
Jim HammExecutive Director
Business Employed by Cobb County School District in Transportation Department as school bus monitor for the special education students.

Special Pops Founding member of Special Pops Tennis; elected to the Board of Directors in 2005. Chairman of the USTA – Southern section Special Populations sub-committee; Current member of the Special Olympics North America Tennis Development Committee. Tennis Coach of Team USA – Southeast Region at the 2003 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Dublin, Ireland. Head Coach of Team USA – 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece. Affiliate Member of Professional Tennis Registry. Certified Special Olympics Tennis Coach. Member of USTA; Prior recipient of the USTA Southern Section Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award; 2017 recipient of the Harris-Guide Foundation Honor of Distinction; Tommy Nobis Foundation Philanthropy Award; Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities Vital Service Award; Cherokee County Volunteer of the Year; and Cobb County Volunteer of the Year.  

Paula Sumple
Paula SumplePrograms Director

Business Private Speech Language Pathologist serving children with special needs and all speech and language needs since 1992.

Special Pops Elected to Special Pops Board of Directors in January 2009. Certified Special Olympics Coach in Tennis. Registered Special Olympics Georgia Unified Partner. Site Coordinator for Special Olympics Tennis Academy at Harrison Tennis Center. Harrison Area Community Tennis Association Board member. Member of ALTA and USTA.  Recipient of Special Pops ACE Award 2008 and Serving Winners- Making A Difference Award 2013.

Keith Hires
Keith HiresFundraising/Grants
Business Career in Commercial Real Estate. Partner and Co-founder of H&H Investments, Advisory Board of Channel RE Fund, Equity Partner in REIT Capital Solutions.

Special Pops Tennis Elected to Special Pops Tennis Board of Directors in February, 2011. Registered Special Olympics Georgia Unified Partner. Special Pops volunteer since 2008. Member of USTA and ALTA.

Nancy Curtin Morris
Nancy Curtin MorrisTraining

Business Professionally, Nancy Curtin Morris is a human resource performance consultant, specializing in leadership development, coaching and learning. Nancy’s career spans 30 years in the hospitality arena; 24 of those with Marriott International. Upon retiring from Marriott, Nancy founded and is president of the Trinity Team, Inc.

Special Pops Personally, Nancy is a former division 1 tennis player and continues to play (and coach) in ALTA and USTA. Nancy is married and has three children, ages 16 and 13 (twins). She lives in Smyrna. Nancy was elected to the Special Pops Board in 2013.

Dave Ellis
Dave EllisFundraising/Grants

Business Dave’s experience includes twenty years of corporate leadership and over twenty five years of consulting in the area of executive development as a Managing Partner of Pantelis, Inc. Dave previously held corporate positions of Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate VP Human Resources, VP Personnel, Director of Training, and Director of Employee Development for a Fortune 50 conglomerate and two international corporations. Dave serves on the Board of Directors for Beaumont Products, Inc.

Special Pops Dave’s journey with Special Pops Tennis began in 2007 as a volunteer. He is a registered Special Olympics Georgia Unified Partner. Dave was elected to the Special Pops Tennis Board of Directors in 2013. He is also a long standing member in ALTA and USTA.person]

Ricco Monroe
Ricco MonroeFundraising/Marketing

Business Ricco is currently Manager of Distributor Sales, for the Western US, Pepsico Warehouse Sales division. His career spans over 30+ years and in addition to his current role, he has served in various sales and marketing positions for other leading consumer products companies including the Drackett Products Company and Gaines Foods.

Special Pops Tennis Elected to Special Tennis Board of Directors in August, 2009. He is also the parent of a Special Pops Athlete.


<strong>Patrick Lynch</strong>
Patrick LynchMarketing

President of The Frontier Group, a leading outplacement /career management/talent development firm with offices in Atlanta and Charlotte.  Prior roles included senior marketing and sales positions with leading consumer product companies such as Georgia Pacific, Kao Brands, Kraft/General Foods and The HON Company. Patrick has a B.A. from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Special Pops Tennis  Patrick became involved with Special Pops Tennis in 2010 after visiting the Summer Games to see the son of a friend compete. It was at that event that Patrick knew he had found a new home. Since that event he has since become the Site Coordinator for The Special Pops Tennis East Roswell Park academy , a Special Pops Tennis board member and a Basketball Coach for Special Olympics (it gives him something to contribute to during the cold weather months).Patrick has lived in Roswell, GA for 15 years and has one grown daughter.


<strong>Pete Callahan</strong>
Pete Callahan
Business  Pete’s 40-year business career includes sales, sales and marketing management, and business unit management in the specialty chemical industry. Most recently, he has been President of Atlanta Storage Concepts, Inc., a warehouse equipment company. Pete has also been a volunteer and member of the board of directors of an Atlanta area charity focused on serving the needs of homeless children.

Special Pops Pete has been a SPT volunteer since 2009, certified Special Olympics Georgia coach and Unified partner. Member of ALTA and USTA. Elected to Special Pops Tennis Board of Directors in 2015.

<strong>Rick Klupchack</strong>
Rick KlupchackFinance

Business  Background includes over 30 years in management roles with the Coca-Cola
Company and Alcan\Rio Tinto. Positions across the 2 companies included CFO,
Treasurer and Corporate Business Development Manager. Lived in Vienna and then
Moscow providing strategic planning and transaction services for over 30 transactions in
Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russia.

Special Pops 
Special Pops volunteer since 2009, certified Special Olympics Georgia coach and Unified partner. Member of ALTA and USTA. Elected to Special Pops Tennis Board of Directors in 2015.