Rancho Niguel Little League Volunteer Dr. Darrell Burnett Elected
to Little League International Board of Directors
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 9, 2007) – Dr. Darrell Burnett, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., a licensed clinical psychologist, a marriage, family, and child therapist, and a certified sports psychologist specializing in youth sports, has been elected to the Little League International Board of Directors it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.
As a Little League volunteer, Dr. Burnett coordinates the Challenger Division in California Districts 55 and 68, and has served on the board of directors for Rancho Niguel Little League since 1987. Joining the Little League Challenger program in 1991, Dr. Burnett was appointed the District 55 Assistant District Administrator for the Challenger Division in 1992. Earlier this year, Dr. Burnett was recognized as one of the top 100 sports educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.
“Dr. Burnett has a remarkable background working with children, and he brings an invaluable voice and perspective to the board,” Dennis Lewin, chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors, said. “Those vast experiences, especially with children having special needs, along with his tireless support and appreciation for the Little League Challenger Division make him a wonderful addition.”
Joining Dr. Burnett as newly-elected board members are: Hugh E. Tanner of Houston, Texas, and volunteer field directors, Kenji Kimura of Tokyo, Japan (Asia-Pacific Region, four-year term); Douglas Mackenzie of Sydney, Nova Scotia (Canada Region, five-year term); Giuseppe Guilizzoni of Novara, Italy (Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, five-year term); Ana F. Piñeros de Pelaez of Barranquilla, Colombia (Latin America Region, three-year term); John P. Roll of Greenville, Ky. (Central Region, three-year term); David E. Ruotolo of West Haven, Conn. (East Region, four-year term); Paul H. Flanagan of Sophia, W. Va. (South Region, five-year term); Ferris Maness of Fresno, Texas (Southwest Region, three-year term); and Robert Fleming of Las Vegas, Nev. (West Region, four-year term).
The nine field directors were nominated by their fellow district administrators at the 24th Little League International Congress convened earlier this year in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Tanner, a partner with the International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P, in Houston, Texas, has been a coach, manager and board member in West University Little League for 12 years and was instrumental in establishing West University Little League’s Challenger Division. He served as co-chairman for last April’s Congress.
“Each new board member brings several years of experience to the table,” Mr. Keener said. “It’s that experience at many levels of the Little League program that helped these new members gain the respect of the league presidents in their district, and gave their fellow district administrators the confidence that each would be a worthy board representative.”
Dennis Lewin of Wellington, Fla., a member of the Little League International Board of Directors for eight years, had served as chairman-elect since 2004. The former senior vice president of production for ABC Sports, and later, the senior vice president of broadcasting and planning for the National Football League (NFL), succeeds Timothy Hughes of Williamsport, Pa., who will remain on the board of directors.
“I have a genuine respect for the role and responsibility of chairman and it is an honor to lead the Little League International Board of Directors,” Mr. Lewin said. “I have been a part of the Little League program for many years, and I am proud to be associated with an organization that plays such a relevant role in the lives of some many children. I see my time as chairman as an opportunity to continue to educate, and help expand the program.”
Little League Baseball, founded in 1939, is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million participants and one million volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 other countries. The Little League Baseball International Board of Directors, a volunteer board, is responsible for the management of the property and affairs of Little League.