Cathy O’Meara has been appointed coordinator of racing officials for the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, it was announced Feb. 4 release by ROAP chairman Stan Bowker.
ROAP, which receives primary funding from The Jockey Club and is based in its Kentucky office, is a collaborative effort of 18 industry organizations striving to enhance integrity in the pari-mutuel racing industry. The organization accredits and provides continuing education for stewards, judges, and racing officials in cooperation with the universities of Arizona and Louisville.
O’Meara will oversee ROAP’s day-to-day operations, including the On Call Stewards’ Program, and will work closely with the universities of Arizona and Louisville to coordinate accreditation and continuing education seminars for stewards and judges.
O’Meara, a former Thoroughbred trainer and farm manager, has been with The Jockey Club since 2006 and assists with its many industry and safety initiatives, including the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit and the Equine Injury Database.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in animal and poultry science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and a master’s degree in business administration from Sullivan University in Lexington.
O’Meara succeeds Jennifer Voss-Franco, who has decided to pursue another opportunity in the Thoroughbred industry.
“Jennifer came aboard when ROAP had evolved to the point that it needed a full-time professional to manage its operations and we appreciate her diligence over the past two years,” said Bowker in a statement. “Cathy brings a unique and diverse skill set to the organization, and we are confident she will help ROAP meet and exceed its objectives going forward.”