John Berardi, Martin Hoover Elected as Field Members to Little League® International Board of Directors

John Berardi and Martin Hoover
New Field Directors John Berardi (L) and Martin Hoover (R)

Voted on by the District Administrators (D.A.s) during their Region Meetings at the 28th Little League® International Congress in June, John Berardi and Martin Hoover have officially been named to a four-year term as Field Directors to the Little League International Board of Directors, as approved by the Board during its annual fall meeting, hosted by Major League Baseball at their offices in New York City on Friday, November 11, 2022.

Mr. Berardi (Massachusetts District 13 Administrator) will take over as the new East Region Field Director, while Mr. Hoover (California District 49 Administrator) will serve as the new West Region Field Director, replacing Ken Liesegang and Jenice Condie, respectively, who conclude their four-year terms.

“On behalf of the entire Little League International Board of Directors, we are honored to welcome Jon and Martin to our Board and look forward to the insight, perspective, and value that both of them will bring to the organization as they represent the dedicated volunteers throughout their respective regions,” said Steven P. Johnson, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “We are all incredibly thankful to both Jenice and Ken for their service on the Board these past four years and appreciate all their efforts as we work together to write the next chapter in the Little League story.”

John Berardi – East Region Field Director

John Berardi and Ken Liesegang
John Berardi (L) and Departing Field Member Ken Liesegang (R)

Most recently named the 2022 Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Award winner, Jon Berardi currently serves as the D.A. for Massachusetts District 13 and is the state director for local Little League programs across Massachusetts. A former member of the Little League International Advisory Board, Mr. Berardi has also spent 25 years as an Assistant District Administrator before taking over as a D.A. and has been a big contributor to the growth of the Little League program throughout the northeast. Mr. Berardi’s father, George Berardi, was also a long-time Little League volunteer, District Administrator, and supporter, and also served on the International Board of Directors, elected in 1987. The Berardis are believed to be just the second father-son combination to serve at this highest level in the history of the organization.

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Martin Hoover – West Region Field Director

Martin Hoover and Jenice Condie
Martin Hoover (L) and Departing Field Member Jenice Condie (R)

A Little League volunteer since 2000 when he first attended the Junior Umpire Training Academy at the West Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, California, Martin Hoover has been a dedicated supporter of the program for more than two decades. During his time as a local volunteer, Mr. Hoover served as an umpire, equipment director, League Secretary, Vice President, and League President before stepping up to serve on the district level. Throughout his Little League career, he has been selected to serve as an umpire at the Little League Softball® World Series, was elected as the Scorekeeping Committee Chairman for the Little League Softball West Region tournament, and in 2016 was named a member of the Little League International Advisory Board. Today, Mr. Hoover continue to serve as the D.A. for California District 49 where he has been for more than a decade.

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.

Nine members of the Board are Field Directors. Each represent one of Little League’s nine regions and 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.