Little League® International is excited to announce that April Meehleder has officially been named the new Assistant Director of the Little League Western Region. Beginning in December, Ms. Meehleder will join West Region Director Dave Bonham and Assistant Director Brian Pickering at the Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.
Ms. Meehleder has worked at Little League International Headquarters in South Williamsport, Pa., as a League Development Assistant Manager since June 2015 where she has helped expand Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and the Little League Challenger Division® through efforts across the nation. As part of her work, Ms. Meehleder assisted in the on-boarding and chartering process for all new leagues in the United States, established new league best practices through work with current leagues, and helped develop Tee Ball training videos in coordination with local Tee Ball programs.
“All of us at Little League International are excited for April as she makes the next step in her professional career and are proud to see her continue to grow in the Little League community,” said Dan Velte, Little League Senior Director of League Development and Regional Operations. “Along with her outgoing personality and compassion for those around her, April’s dedication and commitment to what Little League represents makes her a perfect fit to help continue to develop our Western Region and create a unique experience for all those involved.”
As part of her new role at the Western Region Headquarters, Ms. Meehleder will work with the Western Region staff to assist districts and local Little League programs throughout the region, enhance operations, and continue to develop and implement new training programs as a resource for those leagues. Ms. Meehleder will also assist in the operation of tournaments, including the annual West Region Little League Softball Tournament and both the Northwest Region and West Region Little League Baseball Tournaments.
A 2006 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Ms. Meehleder has also served as a customer service representative for Historic Square Agency (Erie, Pa.) from 2013-15, was the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Blue Vase Consulting and Learnscape GED (Camp Hill, Pa.) from 2010-13, was a Facility and Operations Executive Group Leader for the Target Distribution Center (Chambersburg, Pa.) from 2008-10, and served as a team leader for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (Perry Point, Md.) in 2007.
The Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex includes Al Houghton Stadium, a Little League Division size field that is used for the regional tournaments, and serves districts and local leagues in 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).