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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2014 > January-April > Four Members Elected to the Little League® International Board of Directors Following the Retirement of Board Member and Former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale

Four Members Elected to the Little League® International Board of Directors Following the Retirement of Board Member and Former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale

Four Members Elected to the Little League® International Board of Directors Following the Retirement of Board Member and Former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale

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It was announced at the 26th Little League® International Congress the retirement of Little League International Board of Directors Member and former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale. The Board elected Steven P. Johnson, Williamsport, Pa., Susquehanna Health President and CEO, to assume the seat vacated by Dr. Hale’s retirement.

Dr. Hale, 90, started at Little League as the Director of Research. His baseball innovations changed the way the game was played, and his vision helped make Little League a fabric of societies throughout the world. He served as Little League President from 1973 to 1994, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1983. He was the second full-time Little League President in the history of the organization. From 1994 to 2001, Dr. Hale served as special advisor to current President and CEO, Stephen D. Keener.

“Little League would not be what it is today without the dedication of Dr. Hale,” said Mr. Keener. “Through his years of service, his Little League legacy is one of the biggest in the history of youth sports. I could not have asked for a more dedicated mentor during my early years with the organization, and Little League is forever grateful for Dr. Hale’s lasting impact on the program for the last 60 years.”

The entire press release on Dr. Hale’s retirement can be found here.

Mr. Johnson will be assuming his role as Board Member immediately. Joining the Board in November will be three, new Field Representatives. Also approved at the spring Board Meeting was a new, four-year term for Field Representatives to the Board.

For the Eastern Region, Tony Richardson (Neptune, N.J.; New Jersey District 11 Administrator) is nominated for the seat currently held by Michael Serino (Moscow, Pa.; Pennsylvania District 17 Administrator). Mr. Richardson, 68, has been a Little League volunteer for 30 years, serving as District Administrator for the past 18 years. The President and CEO of All Star Investigations, Mr. Richardson retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 30 years. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. Mr. Richardson is the 2007 recipient of the Peter J. McGovern Distinguished District Administrator Award. The Little League New Jersey State Director, Mr. Richardson has been an active organizer of Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees in New Jersey.

For the Western Region, Bob Toigo (Sammamish, Wash.; Washington District 9 Administrator) is nominated for the seat currently held by Marty Hoy (Torrance, Calif.; California District 25 Administrator). Mr. Toigo, 71, has been a Little League volunteer for 44 years, serving as District Administrator for the past seven years. Now retired, he was an employee of the Port of Seattle, Mr. Toigo served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Washington District 9 is the home of the Junior League Softball World Series, held in Kirkland since its inception in 1999. He has received the Western Region Assistant District Administrator of the Year award and also serves as the Washington State Little League Director and on the Northwest New League Development Committee. There are 14 local Little League programs in Mr. Toigo’s district.

For the Asia-Pacific Region, Jolly Gomez (Manila, Philippines; Philippines District 1 Administrator) is nominated for the seat currently held by Stephen Guerrero (Dededo, Guam; Guam Administrator). Mr. Gomez, 54, has been a Little League volunteer for 22 years, serving as District Administrator for the past seven years. As Commissioner of the Philippines Sports Commission, he is not only in charge of the 60 local Little League programs in his district, but all youth sports in the country. In 2007, he received the Little League Assistant District Administrator Commendation Award. At this year’s International Congress, he was also the recipient of the District Administrator Little League Meritorious Service Award.

“We are extremely grateful for the years of service on the Board of Michael, Marty, and Stephen,” said Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “And we are excited to have Tony, Bob, and Jolly provide their insight and wisdom on the Board for the next four years. All of these gentlemen have given countless hours of dedicated service to ensuring that millions of children around the world can have a wonderful Little League experience.”