Melissa Singer Elected Treasurer of Little League Baseball International Board of Directors
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2002) – Melissa Singer, controller at Little League Baseball International since 1998, was elected corporate treasurer today at the annual meeting of the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors, it was announced by board chairman W. Dwight Raiford.
“Melissa brings a wealth of experience, both as a local Little League volunteer and as an expert in financial matters,” Mr. Raiford said. “With this new position, she will become an even greater asset as we move forward in serving the children of the world.”
Mrs. Singer, the second woman to become an officer in Little League’s 63-year history, will be responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of the corporation, including the various regional centers around the world, and the eight World Series tournaments operated by Little League.
“Melissa has made an outstanding contribution to Little League since she joined our family,” said James P. Stopper, Little League chief financial officer. “I look forward to working closely with her in the coming years.”
Mrs. Singer lives in Montoursville, Pa., with husband Byron, daughter Caitlin, and son Travis, and is a member of the Montoursville Little League board of directors. Before coming to Little League, Mrs. Singer was assistant business manager for the East Lycoming School District for eight years, after working as a staff accountant at Commonwealth Bank.
“I am honored to have been elected as Little League’s treasurer,” Mrs. Singer said. “I am also grateful for the guidance of Mr. Stopper, and for the support of everyone at Little League.”
The board of directors also re-elected Mr. Raiford to a second one-year term as chairman. Mr. Raiford, the first African-American elected as chairman of Little League’s board of directors, founded the Harlem (N.Y.) Little League with his wife, Iris, in 1989 and has been a strong supporter of Little League Baseball’s Urban Initiative. Mr. Raiford, who was first elected to the board in 1994, works as an independent consultant in New York. Little League by-laws allow a chairman to serve for a maximum of three terms of one year each.
Tim Hughes of Williamsport was re-elected as chairman-elect. Mr. Hughes is the owner of Hughes Rare and Early Newspapers, and is a former vice president of operations for Little League Baseball.
Founded in 1939, Little League is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with approximately 2.8 million baseball and softball players ages 5-18 in the U.S. and 104 other countries.