Delegation Leaders

Karen Gomez, Head of Delegation

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 I grew up on a farm in North Dakota, preferred warm weather so I moved to Los Angeles. I was a Vet Tech there for about 20 years. I then met my husband and moved to Gilbert in 2005.


I have three children. My oldest son has Down Syndrome, which became the entrance into a new world. We started doing Special Olympics as soon as my son turned 8. We loved the Gilbert Roadrunners as they were unified and my other kids got to participate. It wasn't long before the Roadrunners became our family! We have now been a part of the Roadrunners for TEN years!

Brandi Vidales, Assistant Head of Delegation

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 I am a Coach and parent of an athlete to the Gilbert Roadrunners. My son became an athlete on this team back in 2008. 


After watching the love and passion that our head coach, Eve Vance, has provided for our team, I decided that I wanted to also become a coach. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I get a great deal of joy out of watching these athletes compete. Unified Special Olympics has given our athletes a chance to compete and to be a part of an amazing team. 

Winnie Phung, Coach & Volunteer Coordinator

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I have been part of Gilbert Roadrunners since the start of this team by Eve Vance in 2008. I started with some volunteering and my three children participated as partners in different sports. And now I am a coach for many sports and my children have become coaches for the team as well. Gilbert Roadrunners has become a big part of our family and we enjoy helping and volunteering in the many events and activities for the Gilbert Roadrunners. 


I am a special educator for more than 22 years in the school setting and higher education. I have a passion working with children and adults with special needs and it is my greatest joy to watch them blossom and involve with the community in many ways. We have great people on this team and I love being part of the Gilbert Roadrunners. 

Denise Kenney, Events Coordinator; Website Administrator

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  We moved from New York City to Arizona in 2005 when our son was a teenager. My son has autism and is basically non-verbal. We joined the Gilbert Roadrunners in 2011 and our son loved it from day one. From coaching to the competitions, to the overnight trips and the parties....we became part of the Gilbert Roadrunners family. 


We feel accepted and our son is not judged. This team is part of my family and the resilience these kids show us amazes me and I am truly happy to be a part of this fantastic team!

Thank You to The Vance Family

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Eve Vance founded the Gilbert Roadrunners in 2008. She was committed to making our team not just a sports team, but a family. Chad, Eve’s husband, followed closely and dedicated all his free time working for the Roadrunners. Reanna, their daughter, from the time she was a young girl, was a partner to all the athletes, in every sport we did! 


The Vance family grew a small group of athletes and partners, into one of the largest unified delegations in the country. Together they dedicated all their time and energy to creating a team where everyone achieved their maximum potential, both on and off the field! The Gilbert Roadrunners owe everything to this family. 


The Vance family moved to Texas in 2019. We wish them all the best, they will be greatly missed, and there will always be a special place in our hearts for this family. We hope we can continue to be the team they always wanted us to be! 


Chad, Eve and Reanna..... the Roadrunners thank you for everything you have done for us; we love you and we are forever in your debt!