At its August 27 meeting, the Little League® International Board of Directors elected Dr. Kensa K. Gunter, a member of the 2021 Little League International Pandemic Response Advisory Commission, as an at-large Director.
“On behalf of the entire Little League International Board of Directors, we are honored to welcome Dr. Gunter as our newest member,” said Hugh E. Tanner, Board Chairman. “Dr. Gunter’s expertise and leadership on the Pandemic Response Advisory Commission was critical in helping Little League International navigate the pandemic with a focus on the mental health and emotional well-being of our players and volunteers. We look forward to Dr. Gunter’s continued guidance and expertise as we look ahead to the future and continue to enhance the Little League experience for millions of boys and girls around the world.”
Based out of Atlanta, Dr. Gunter is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) where she provides counseling and mental performance services to individual athletes, serves as the sport psychologist for various teams, and provides consultation services for different sport organizations.
“Little League International is an excellent organization and I am excited and honored to serve on their Board of Directors,” said Dr. Gunter. “I’m inspired by their commitment to wellbeing and to the development of young people, both on and off the field. I look forward to working with this wonderful team of professionals and youth advocates and the continued opportunity to contribute to their ongoing efforts and initiatives.”
In addition to her commitment to elevating conversations regarding mental health and performance, Dr. Gunter is also an advocate for honoring cultural diversity and being intentional about inclusion as it relates to individuals, organizations, and systems. In February 2021, Dr. Gunter accepted a position on the Pandemic Response Advisory Commission, which was established to provide Little League International with the framework on how to operate the Little League Baseball and Softball Region and World Series tournaments in as safe and responsible a manner as possible throughout this pandemic. As a result of Dr. Gunter’s guidance, Little League International established new emotional wellness resources and made them available to our participants throughout our Region and World Series tournaments this summer.
Dr. Gunter currently serves as the President of AASP, is on the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance, and is a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s External Mental Health Taskforce.
About the Little League® International Board of Directors
The management of the property and business affairs of Little League Baseball®, Incorporated, is vested in the International Board of Directors. The Board has the control of the corporation and the power to appoint such standing committees as it shall determine and to delegate such responsibilities as it shall deem advisable.
Along with more than a dozen at-large members from a variety of occupations and backgrounds, the Little League International Board has nine Field Directors, each representing one of Little League’s nine regions, who are nominated by their peers for election to four-year terms by their region’s District Administrators. The members of the Little League International Board of Directors are volunteers in this service to Little League. They receive no compensation for their dedicated work on behalf of the program and the children of the world. Learn more here.