Board Members

Board

Cheri Bass
Cheri has worked in both the investment and construction industries in administration and customer service. Additionally, she has taught English as a Second Language and has a desire to see expats, as well as young people of all cultures, develop the skills to succeed in life. She holds a bachelor’s degree in counseling and resides with her husband, Chuck, in Marco Island, Florida, while caring for her aging mother in their home.
Chuck Bass
Chuck is an entrepreneur, who has worked as a sole proprietor or partner in diverse businesses including a manufacturers’ rep firm, international property development firm, and a restaurant group. Presently, he travels the world partnering with indigenous leaders who primarily specialize in blessing the marginalized people in their cultures focusing on both spiritual and economic development. Chuck resides with his wife, Cheri, and Cheri’s mom in Marco Island, Florida.
Chris Hyatt
Chris Hyatt is the Senior Pastor at Covenant Life Church in Lawrenceville, GA. Originally from New Mexico, Chris and his wife, Donna, live in Buford, Georgia and have four adult children: Ben, Katie, Olivia and Emily. Chris, a sought out speaker and developer of young leaders, if given the time will also quickly tell you about his eleven grandchildren.
Sue Liebenthal
From Chicago, Dr. Sue Liebenthal and her husband, Ed, have owned and operated a dental practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan for over thirty years while also developing and launching short-term dental clinics in at-risk neighborhoods with extreme economic disadvantage. The Liebenthals have three grown children: Corlynne, Julie and Marc. Both Ed and Sue have dedicated their lives to impacting poverty through providing medical services as a bridge toward building developmental relationships.
Roger Hyatt
Roger is now retired after a fifty year career in building and leading communications companies in the oil field country of west Texas. Roger and his wife, Darlene, live in the Atlanta area and have two grown sons: Chris and Chad.
Mark Woodruff
Boy With a Ball’s Board Chair since 2012, Mark has a passion for mentoring and networking young people to support them in fulfilling their destiny. Mark currently works as a physician at Whole Person Healthcare in Omaha, NE where he resides with his wife, Caren.
Gordon Green
Gordon T. Green, CRP is Chief Strategy Officer for Rideau Recognition Solutions, a Canada-based company that helps corporations support the growth of their employees as individuals and helps them reach their full potential. Gord and his wife, Selena, live in Hamilton, Ontario where they raised their three sons, Alex, Zack and Harrison.
Ed Liebenthal
Native of Chicago, Dr. Ed Liebenthal and his wife, Sue, have owned and operated a dental practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan for over thirty years while also developing and launching short-term dental clinics in at-risk neighborhoods with extreme economic disadvantage. The Liebenthals have three grown children: Corlynne, Julie and Marc.
Caren Woodruff
Caren is passionate about helping young people find their way in this challenging culture. She lives in Omaha, NE with her husband Mark, where they raised their 3 children. They have 5 grandchildren. Caren is currently a life coach, among many other things.

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Caterina Gouvis-Roman
Temple University
Dr. Caterina Gouvis-Roman joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Fall 2008 after two decades with The Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Roman’s research interests include prisoner reentry; gang violence; the role of community organizations and institutions and other aspects of social capital in crime prevention and neighborhood well being; and the spatial and temporal relationship between neighborhood characteristics and violence.
Dr. Jean Rhodes
University of Massachusetts
Dr. Jean Rhodes, Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, is one of the world’s leading authorities on mentoring. She is Chair of the Research and Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership.
Dr. Michael Nakkula
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Nakkula is the Practice Professor and Chair of Applied Psychology – Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Nakkula’s teaching and research focus on the development of resilience and the promotion of possibility development among low-income children and youth.
Dr. Michael Karcher
University of Texas San Antonio
Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Karcher conducts research on school-based and cross age peer mentoring as weel as on adolescent connectedness. He authored the Cross-Age Mentoring Program (CAMP) and materials that Boy With a Ball's Velocity is built around. education.utsa.edu