Monday, October 15, 2018

Four New Members Join Little League® International Advisory Board

New Advisory Board Members (L to R): Derek Lisby, Perry Pierce, Roman Jones, and Carl Thompson. This October, during its annual fall meeting in Williamsport, four dedicated Little League® volunteers were named the newest District Administrators to join the Little League International Advisory Board. (Courtesy of Little League® Baseball and Softball)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – This October, during its annual fall meeting in Williamsport, four dedicated Little League® volunteers were named the newest District Administrators to join the Little League International Advisory Board.


The four new members of the Advisory Board are Derek Lisby (Indiana), Roman Jones (Georgia), Perry Pierce (Connecticut), and Carl Thompson (Arizona), replacing Dave Arkfeld (Nebraska), Jenice Condie (California), John Donaldson (Virginia), and Jennie Todd (Pennsylvania), in their respective regions, who have each concluded their four-year term on the Board.

“The Little League International Advisory Board is an important group of individuals, who provide valuable input from the field and insight from the dedicated volunteers who continue to grow our program, while representing their regions, districts, and local leagues,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We are grateful to each of the members who have completed their service on the Board and are looking forward to welcoming in these four new dedicated individuals who will bring valuable knowledge and expertise to our organization.”

The Little League International Advisory Board provides counsel and recommendations to the Little League Baseball and Softball staff and senior management. Each board member serves a four-year term, with representation from all nine of Little League International’s regions. The 12-member board provides input, perspective, and opinion on current aspects of the Little League program and proposed new initiatives, as Little League International continues to improve its volunteer support and program offerings as the world’s largest youth sports organization.

Little League considers the input of the Advisory Board as vital in providing an effective program to ensure that all participants, parents, and volunteers have a rewarding and enriching Little League experience. Board members are typically District Administrators, or other volunteers whose many years of experience at local Little League programs.

Here are the four new members of the Little League International Advisory Board:

Derek Lisby – Indiana District 7
A Little League volunteer for 25 years, Derek Lisby has served as the District Administrator for Indiana District 7 for the last seven years. Along with his experience as a D.A., Mr. Lisby has also served as an Assistant District Administrator for five years, a League President for four years, as well as six years of experience as a manager and a year serving as a local league coach.

Roman Jones – Georgia District 5
Roman Jones has served as the District Administrator for Georgia District 5 for the past seven years as well as an Assistant District Administrator for three years. A Little League volunteer for two decades, Mr. Jones has been a local league manager for 10 years, a coach for eight years, and a League President for two years. In addition to his Little League experience, Mr. Jones also serves on the Board of Directors for Keep Warner Robins Beautiful, a non-profit affiliate organization of Keep America Beautiful. 

Perry Pierce – Connecticut District 1
Named the 2008 Volunteer of the Year by Connecticut District 1, Perry Pierce has been a Little League volunteer for more than 35 years. With more than 20 years of experience as an Assistant District Administrator and as a manager, Mr. Pierce has been serving as the District Administrator in Connecticut District 1 for the past three years. In addition to his experience as a local league manager, Mr. Pierce has also served on the Darien Little League Board of Directors for more than 20 years.

Carl Thompson – Arizona District 5
Carl Thompson joins the Little League International Advisory Board after serving as a Little League volunteer for the past 21 years, including 14 years serving as a Little League Umpire and Umpire-in-Chief. For the past seven years, Mr. Thompson has served as a District Administrator for Arizona District 5.

About Little League®
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