Six dedicated volunteers have officially been elected as the newest members of the Little League® International Board of Directors at their annual meeting on Friday, November 9.
The Little League International Board of Directors serve an important role in providing expertise, guidance, and oversight to Little League’s global program and set the direction for the organization’s future. Each of the members of the Little League International Board of Directors are volunteers and receive no compensation for their dedicated work on behalf of the program and the children of the world.
“Volunteerism is one of the most important aspects of the Little League program and each of our Board members dedicates their time, effort, and passion to continually finding a way to improve the program,” said Hugh E. Tanner, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “We are looking forward to welcoming each of these six dedicated volunteers to the Board and for the expertise and commitment they will provide to our organization.”
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.
Here are the six new members to the Little League International Board of Directors, including three new at-large members as well as the three Field Directors who were nominated for election earlier this year.
Pete Cacheiro (San Bernardino County, Calif.) – At-Large Member
“It is an amazing and humbling opportunity to be a part of the decision making for an organization that serves the youth internationally through baseball and softball. I’m really looking forward to learning about the operations of Little League Baseball and Softball and interacting with the volunteers, parents, and future stars of the game.”
Growing up as a Little Leaguer in Huntington Park, Calif., Pete Cacheiro currently serves as a Lieutenant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and is the Acting Police Chief in La Puente, Calif. In addition to his involvement in law enforcement, Mr. Cacheiro also serves as a Resident Security Agent (RSA) for the Commissioner’s Office at Major League Baseball, was a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 266, and is a volunteer with Isaiah’s Rock Foundation, the National Latinos Peace Officers Association, AYSO, and the Manny Mota Foundation.
Dr. Daniel Lueders (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – At-Large Member
“Sports have been very rewarding to me throughout my life, and that continues in my professional career as a Sports Medicine physician. Contributing to the Little League Board of Directors is an incredible opportunity for me to positively influence the physical, mental, and social health of young athletes and to ensure their safe participation and growth as athletes.”
Daniel Ryan Lueders, M.D., currently serves as a Sports Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. After completing his residency and fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Dr. Lueders served on faculty at the University of Michigan before taking his current position in Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Growing up, Dr. Lueders was a multi-sport athlete, playing baseball, soccer, tennis, and basketball. He currently is an avid road cyclist during his free time.
JoJo Rinebold (Zionsville, Indiana) - At-Large Member
“Being selected for this role is such an incredible honor because I don’t see myself as being any different than the many volunteers I have come to know over the nine years our boys played Little League Baseball. While it is an opportunity for me that is a true privilege, I see it as a recognition of what Zionsville Little League, and any Little League community, can mean to so many.”
Owner and principal of The Rinebold Company, a female-owned consulting practice based in central Indiana providing communications, marketing, and brand strategy expertise, Mrs. Rinebold has more than 25 years of experience in professional and amateur sports, entertainment, education, and member associations. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Executive Education Program, teaching marketing and communications for non-profits. In addition, Mrs. Rinebold has volunteered with Zionsville Little League for the past nine years in several roles working alongside her husband Michael who served in a number of Board positions including president. With her professional experience, Mrs. Rinebold also produced the opening ceremonies and developed a league brand strategy for Zionsville Little League. In addition to her Little League volunteerism, Mrs. Rinebold has also volunteered with Zionsville Rotary Club, Brebeuf Jesuit High School Mothers Association, St. Monica School Commission, and Kelley School of Business Women’s MBA Alumni Advisory Board and is a Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Graduate.
Jenice Condie (California District 12) – West Region Field Director
“I would like to personally thank the District Administrators throughout the West Region for this distinguished opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors. I am confident and excited to be able to provide insight and information on behalf of the entire West Region, and look forward to the future of our organization these next four years.”
Mrs. Condie has been involved with Little League for the last 31 years, including 16 years as a District Administrator. Along with her position as a D.A., Mrs. Condie has served as a member of the Little League International Advisory Board and is a current member of the Western Region Advisory Board. In addition, Mrs. Condie has served in a variety of local league roles, including League President, Treasurer, Secretary, Player Agent, and Team Mom Coordinator. Mrs. Condie will be replacing Bob Toigo as the Field Director for the West Region.
Ken Liesegang (New York District 4) – East Region Field Director
“It is an absolute honor to represent the East Region as a member of the Board of Directors. I am thankful to all my fellow District Administrators who have provided me with this opportunity and am looking forward to represent them as a member of the Board for the next four years.”
Mr. Liesegang has been a Little League volunteer for more than 25 years, including nine years as a District Administrator. Along with his experience as a D.A., Mr. Liesegang has served in a variety of capacities within the Little League program, including three years as an Assistant District Administrator, three years as a League President, and one year as a team manager. Mr. Liesegang will be replacing Tony Richardson as the Field Director for the East Region.
Roy Romaya (Indonesia District 1) – Asia-Pacific Region Field Director
“It means a lot to me and my region to be named to the Little League International Board of Directors. I’m hoping that my time on the Board helps me be a better leader for my region and allows them to continue to grow and develop throughout my term.”
Currently serving as the District Administrator for Indonesia District 1, Mr. Romaya has been a Little League volunteer for 13 years, including three years as an Assistant District Administrator, three years as a League Official, and one year as a Team Manager. In addition to his work with Little League, Mr. Romaya works as the Head of Youth and Development Programs for the Indonesia Baseball and Softball Federation, has served as a manager for the Indonesia Baseball Team, and has attended the Baseball Seminar for Technical Commission (Hong Kong, 2016) and the BFA B-Class Coach Clinic (Nanjing, China, 2016). Mr. Romaya will be replacing Jolly Gomez as the Field Director for the Asia-Pacific Region.