Board of Directors
Boy With a Ball’s Board Chair since 2012, Mark has a passion for mentoring and networking young people to support them in fulfilling their destiny. After his education as a family physician at Harvard, Tufts and Duke Universities, Mark and his family moved to Omaha in 1989. Mark currently works as a physician at Whole Person Healthcare. He and Caren have raised Heather, Ben and Josh, while mentoring many other young people into the fullness of life in Christian community.
Caren is passionate about helping young people find their way in this challenging culture. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, she worked for several years as a consultant with Arthur D. Little. After coming home to raise her 3 children: Heather, Ben and Josh, Caren reentered the workforce, first teaching computer science at University of Nebraska, Omaha. Caren is currently a senior project manager with Cisco Systems.
Roger Hyatt is retired after a fifty year career in building and leading communications companies in the oil field country of west Texas including serving as President of CapRock Communications until 2011. Roger and his wife, Darlene have two sons: Chris and Chad.
Gordon T. Green, CRP is Chief Strategy Officer for Rideau Recognition Solutions, a Canada-based company that helps corporations support the growth of their employees as individuals and helps them reach their full potential. Gord Green joined Rideau in 1990 as a Sales Executive and later as Executive Vice President, Recognition & Rewards Strategy. Gord and his wife, Selena, live in Hamilton, Ontario where they raise their three sons, Alex, Zack and Harrison.
Dr. Ed Liebenthal
A native of Chicago, Dr. Ed Liebenthal and his wife, Sue (see below), have owned and operated a dental practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan for over thirty years while also developing and launching short-term dental clinics in at-risk neighborhoods with extreme economic disadvantage. The Liebenthals have three grown children: Corlynne, Julie and Mark. They have dedicated their lives to impacting poverty through providing medical services as a bridge toward building developmental relationships.
Dr. Sue Liebenthal
Also from Chicago, Dr. Sue Liebenthal and her husband, Ed (see above), have owned and operated a dental practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan for over thirty years while also developing and launching short-term dental clinics in at-risk neighborhoods with extreme economic disadvantage. The Liebenthals have three grown children: Corlynne, Julie and Mark. They have dedicated their lives to impacting poverty through providing medical services as a bridge toward building developmental relationships.
Phillip Rincon is the Resource Developer of the Resettlement Program at Church World Service (CWS), Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program in Miami, Florida. Phil, as he’s known locally in Miami, holds a Master of Arts degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Barry University. Phillip and his wife, Laura, live in Jupiter Florida.
Scientific Advisory Board
University of Texas – San Antonio
Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University (1997) and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (1999). He conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring as well as on adolescent connectedness and pair counseling. He authored the Cross-age Mentoring Program (CAMP) program and materials. He is on the editorial board for five national journals and the research and advisory boards of BBBSA, MENTOR, and Mentors, Inc. He lives in his hometown of San Antonio.
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Nakkula is the Practice Professor and Chair of Applied Psychology – Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Nakkula’s teaching and research focus on the development of resilience and the promotion of possibility development among low-income children and youth. He is particularly interested in the integration of counseling, mentoring and educational processes in urban schools to create contexts that allow students to thrive in school and during their transition to higher education and career opportunities. scholar.gse.upenn.edu
University of Massachusetts
Dr. Jean Rhodes, Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, is one of the world’s leading authorities on mentoring. She is Chair of the Research and Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership. She sits on the Board of Directors of the National Mentoring Partnership and on the Advisory Boards of many mentoring and policy organizations, and she serves on the editorial boards of several journals in community and adolescent psychology. Dr. Rhodes serves as chair of MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council. www.rhodeslab.org
Dr. Caterina Gouvis-Roman joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Fall 2008 after two decades with The Urban Institute, a leading non-partisan think tank in Washington, DC. Dr. Roman’s research interests include prisoner reentry; gang violence; the role of community organizations and institutions and other aspects of social capital in crime prevention and neighborhood well being; and the spatial and temporal relationship between neighborhood characteristics and violence. She holds a Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Society from American University. cla.temple.edu/