2017: Superhero Academy

 

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Stan Law
Stan LawPresident/CEO of YMCA of Greater Birmingham
Stan prides himself for being a servant leader for the YMCA since 1990. He is the President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. Previously Stan served as Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Executive Vice President for Organizational Advancement for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. Prior to serving in these association roles, Stan served the YMCA of Greater Charlotte for 18 years through roles from Program Director to Y Community Vice President.

In addition to serving the Y in four different regions of the country, he has extensive experience in urban, suburban, and downtown operations. He has served on over 20 different Boards and community organizations and has been recognized by Y-USA, Universities and local organizations for his commitment to Diversity and improving communities. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a degree in Sociology. Stan’s wife Anita is a Public Health Nurse. He is a former tennis player, marathoner and triathlete and currently enjoys long distance cycling and golf.

Connecticut Camp Guys
Connecticut Camp Guys
The Connecticut Camp Guys is a professional consulting group that focuses on camp consulting, camp trainings, professional workshops, teambuilding sessions, leadership workshops, and inspiring keynote addresses. Their mission is to provide innovative and entertaining learning experiences which promote energy, passion and fun.

Mark Pooler is the Director Of Operations at the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs. He served as the Outdoor Center Director and Camp Director of YMCA Camp Sloper for 20 years.Mark started his YMCA work as a Counselor-In-Training and has worked within the YMCA movement and field of camping for over 25 years. Mark earned his bachelors degree in Community Recreation from Southern Connecticut State University and became a Professional YMCA Director in 1996.

Patrick Connelly is the Senior Program Director at the Valley Shore YMCA where he oversees, youth, camp, aquatics and other YMCA programs. He was previously the Camp Manager for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. He also served as the Senior Director at the Northern Middlesex YMCA in Middletown, Connecticut and was the Outdoor Center Director of YMCA Camp Ingersoll for 9 years prior to joining the Girl Scouts. Since 1990 he has been in the YMCA movement at the Greater Hartford YMCA and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs before joining the Northern Middlesex YMCA.


Forrest Perry
Forrest Perry
With over 22 years of experience with the YMCA, Forrest Perry is a dynamic speaker and facilitator who brings a deep understanding of the impact that camp has on our campers and staff. Forrest’s camp career recently came full circle in 2009 when he had the opportunity to accept the Executive Director role at YMCA Camp Kanata, where he spent most of his formative years as a young boy and budding camp enthusiast. While he now serves as the Executive Director for the Durham YMCAs, Forrest has spent a significant portion of his career working directly in the camp setting.
Alvin Irby
Alvin Irby
Alvin Irby is Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. Irby is a passionate educator committed to innovative curriculum, child-centered education, and transformative teaching and leadership. As a national speaker and award-winning entrepreneur, Irby has inspired a national movement to put children’s books in barbershops across America.

He holds a Sociology degree from Grinnell College, a Masters in General Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. Irby has taught kindergarten and first grade in New York City public schools and served as Education Director at the Boys’ Club of New York. Irby has also received accolades as a stand-up comedian. In 2015, he was one of nine StandUp NBC national finalists selected to perform at the legendary Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA. His debut children’s book, Gross Greg, combines his passion for early literacy and comedy. Gross Greg is a laugh out loud story about a boy who loves eating his boogers.


 

 

 

2016: Carry the Torch

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Marc Mero, Champion of Choices
Marc Mero, Champion of Choices

www.thinkpoz.org

As a former WWE Wrestling Champion, author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” and the founder of the nonprofit organization Champion of Choices, Marc Mero’s enthusiasm is contagious as he empowers people of all ages to make positive choices that lead to a more fulfilled life. In a high-energy presentation, Marc conveys his message with passion, humor, and sentiment as he reaches listeners at a “heart level.” Marc’s compelling personal story of tragedy and triumph offers a powerful message of HOPE. Having delivered more than 1000 presentations worldwide, the comment echoed by audiences is: “Thank you, Marc – you changed my life!”

Camping Coast to Coast
Camping Coast to Coast

www.campingcoasttocoast.org

Former YMCA camp directors Jack Schott and Laura Kriegel are the founders of Camping Coast to Coast, an organization committed to finding great teachings and serving kids through camp. Camping Coast to Coast began as a two year research project traveling the country visiting over 100 camps. They have presented at camps and conferences across the US and Canada on the power of camp, the impact of play, the value of creativity, and more. Their newest project, Go Camp Pro, is an attempt to most effectively create a community dedicated to sharing the best teachings, so that more kids can come to better camps.

Jorge Perez, YMCA of the USA
Jorge Perez, YMCA of the USA

www.ymca.net

Jorge Perez is the VP of Youth Development, Family Enrichment and Social Responsibility for YMCA of the USA. His experience includes 21 years at YMCAs in Dallas, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and as CEO of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois. He has served in multiple national/state-wide roles including: YUSA Board member, Emerging Leaders Leadership Network (Executive Champion), Multicultural Leadership Development Institute (coach/speaker), and the Illinois State Alliance.

Jorge (a native Texan) and his wife Amy have two daughters: Olivia and Isabel. Jorge holds 2 Masters Degrees in Christian Education (Dallas Theological Seminary) and Business Administration (University of Dallas).

Joanna Warren Smith, Camp Consulting Services
Joanna Warren Smith, Camp Consulting Services

www.camp-consulting.com

Joanna is the President of Camp Consulting Services. She has visited hundreds of camps and has acquired a unique industry perspective of best business practices. Through individualized strategies, she has enabled new camps to develop, assisted troubled businesses in their efforts to survive and has been instrumental in the continuing success of established operations. 

Ongoing focus groups with children, teens and parents have enabled Joanna to understand their expectations of camp, what motivates families to inquire, purchase and return.

 

 

2015: Into the Wild!

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Dr. Chris Thurber
Dr. Chris Thurber
Dr. Christopher Thurber is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned his BA from Harvard University in 1991 and a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1997. A dedicated teacher from a young age, Chris has more than 30 years of experience working with camps and independent schools.
He has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on leadership, homesickness and youth development. An award-winning contributor to Camping Magazine, Camp Business, and Boarding School, Chris has also shared his opinions and expertise on national and international radio, print media, podcasts, webinars, and television, including NPR, CNN, and the Today Show. He is a frequent keynoter and featured speaker at educational and youth development conferences worldwide.

In 2007, Chris co-founded ExpertOnlineTraining.com, which quickly became the Internet’s most popular and respected educational resource for youth development professionals. Chris also co-authored the critically acclaimed Summer Camp Handbook with Dr. Jon Malinowski and he designed the ACA’s homesickness prevention program, a DVD/CD set for new camper families entitled The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success

Jim Everett
Jim Everett
Jim has worked for the YMCA since 1974 in Ohio, Michigan and Idaho. During that time, he has been a swim coach, health and fitness director, aquatics director, preschool coordinator, and camp director.

Graduating Cum Laude from Albion College in Michigan, Jim is a member of the Albion College Hall of Fame. His other interests cover a wide range – from coaching and officiating youth sports to horseback riding, swimming, hiking, cross country skiing, water polo and cycling.

As CEO of the $20 million Treasure Valley Family YMCA, Jim works with over 6,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff, and over 50,000 members, The Treasure Valley Y facilities and programs attract more than 3 million visits a year. The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is in 90 different locations, operates four membership facilities, 21 childcare centers, and is the largest nonprofit provider of childcare and youth services in the State of Idaho, serving over 37,000 youth annually. Each summer, more than a thousand youth attend the 400+ acre YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir near Cascade, Idaho. Under Jim’s leadership, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA has raised more the $45 million in the past 15 years to expand services in our growing communities. 
Gigi Woodruff
Gigi Woodruff

Gigi Woodruff currently serves as the Leadership Development Manager for the Training and Leadership Development Department at the YMCA of the USA focusing her attention on Executive and Volunteer Development initiatives. For the past eight years she served as a Leadership Development Consultant for the Executive and Volunteer Leadership Department for YMCA University where she worked with Ys in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Gigi worked for the YMCA of Greater Houston as Vice President for Program Development and Training for 8 years prior to joining YUSA.

Gigi began her work with the YMCA as a volunteer aerobic and swim instructor in Dallas in 1984. Over the past 25 years she has also held positions as an Executive Director in both Dallas and Conroe, Texas.

When not at the YMCA, Gigi volunteers in her hometown to make it a better place for youth. She leads a mentoring program for at risk youth and teen parents at the local high school coordinating over 50 volunteers who serve as mentors. An honors graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Gigi enjoys art, entertaining, spending time with her family, volunteering and exercising. She is happily married to Richard, has one terrific daughter, Corinne, a recent graduate of Abilene Christian University and lives in Conroe, Texas. 

Bruce Ham
Bruce Ham

Bruce began his career at the YMCA in Raleigh, NC, as a college student at NC State University. He has worked with the Y for more than 25 years.

Bruce began working full time with youth programs and moved up through the ranks. His career has included positions as Associate Branch Executive, Branch Exec, and Sr. Vice President of Operations. Currently Bruce works as the Chief Development Officer which includes leading the YMCA of the Triangle’s financial development, board development, marketing and planning functions.

The YMCA of the Triangle has seen huge expansion in their annual campaign including 30% growth over the past two years. 

Outside of the Y, Bruce enjoys running and spending time with his three daughters as well as consulting with other not for profit organizations on philanthropy and leadership development. 

 

2014: Ready, Set, Go!

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Bob Ditter
Bob Ditter
 Bob Ditter is a well regarded child, adolescent and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant and works with organizations that work with young people. His clients have included Sea World, the Disney Channel, the Salvation Army, Girls Scouts of America, YMCA, American Camp Association, Jewish Community Centers, Camp Fire USA, Children’s Oncology Camps of America, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, private and public schools and others.

He has appeared on the “ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings,” “Good Morning America” and twice on NBC’s “The Today Show.” He has been quoted in The New York Times, Parent Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Money Magazine and USA Today. Sports Illustrated called him “…camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982. He has visited over 600 summer camps in the United States and has authored four books for camp professionals and 14 brand new training DVDs. He is best known in camp circles as the author of the popular column, “In the Trenches,” which has appeared regularly in Camping Magazine since 1987.

Kathy Kuras
Kathy Kuras

Kathy Kuras is the Senior Director of Organizational Change Management for YMCA of the USA. She provides organizational wide leadership to the engagement strategy aimed at fostering a national Movement of people, starting with staff and volunteers, who live our cause every day by intentionally thinking, acting and communicating in ways that strengthen community.

In her previous position at Y-USA, Director of Career Development, Kathy led the team that designed the Leadership Competency Model and accompanying resources, the Leadership Certification and redesigned Principles and Practices. Prior to joining Y-USA, Kathy served the Charlotte Y for 4 years as Vice President of Member Experience providing leadership to membership, program innovation, quality and measurement, Activate America and strategic alignment. Kathy began her career with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas where she served for 13 years.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Masters in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in MA.

In addition to her Y work, she served for 6 years in the Marine Corps and continues to be involved in a variety of music projects.

Sara Ryan
Sara Ryan

Sara brings over a decade of YMCA experience to her role as Senior Manager, Staff & Volunteer Engagement for YMCA of the USA (Y-USA).  As a Y professional she has served the Movement in three associations, Chicago, Houston and Schaumburg, in positions ranging from membership and marketing director, to job employment specialist, to innovation and strategic planning specialist, and associate executive director. She has managed branch operations, coached staff and volunteers and implemented processes and strategies that have made an impact in a variety of areas.

In recent years, Sara has served the movement at Y-USA through the development and execution of the Y’s brand revitalization, building and implementing processes for Y-USA and local Y compliance with national brand standards and providing consultation to local Y associations on positioning and promoting Y programs, partnership and memberships as proof points for the Y’s cause of strengthening community.

Sara has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and is in the process of completing her certificate in Non-Profit Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

2013: Gold Rush

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Michael Brandwein
Michael Brandwein

Michael Brandwein (michaelbrandwein.com) is an internationally recognized expert in camps, education, and recreation. Michael has made presentations in all fifty U.S. states and on six of the seven continents. Michael is the number one national best-selling author in the camp field, with five consecutive bestsellers on training and leading staff who work with young people, including his latest, Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do & Say, and the YMCA-published Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Programs at Camp. He wrote and presented three Emmy award-winning television programs on communicating with children. A former YMCA camp administrator, he has served on the national board of directors of the American Camp Association and has received two national honors from ACA for his training of directors and staff throughout the world. His Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Chicago. Michael lives in the Chicago area with his wife Donna and their two sons.

Bring It Strong
Bring It Strong

Chris  and Ricky met 10 years ago at the YMCA Christian Values  Conference (CVC) and found a common interest to make lots and lots of  joyful  noise  from sun up to sun down.  What they lack in pitch and harmony, they make  up with crazy enthusiasm and crazy excitement.  Ricky provides the loud clapping  and Chris provides the guitar talent (he can break strings like no one in the business).  Over the years Chris and Ricky have lead songs and all group games at  the YMCA Christian Values Conference for over 500 people;  have been flown out  to Washington D.C. by the Siemens Corp. for their Siemens Science Day;  and have  conducted trainings in Houston,  South  Carolina , Maryland, and  Alabama.

They  are both blessed with wives who have an amazing capacity to put up with their shenanigans and boundless energy, and their kids still think they are pretty cool.

Together they form BRING IT STRONG, have them out one time, and you will see how Strong they bring it.

Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan
Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan

Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan’s latest co-authored novel, The Fat Boy Chronicles, was released in 2010. The book won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award, and Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence and is used by schools around the nation in their anti-bullying and childhood obesity efforts.

The writing team also wrote the screenplay for the recently-released feature film adapted from the book.  During its festival tour, the movie won multiple awards for its impacting, yet hopeful depiction of an obese and bullied 9th grader’s world. Both the book and movie are supported by the GA State Superintendent of Schools, Children’s Healthcare of ATL as well as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the International Bullying Prevention Association and The Southern Poverty Law Center.

Both authors are nationally-recognized retired teachers. The sequel to The Fat Boy Chronicles is underway while their next book, Treasure of the Four Lions, is with their publisher. Their screenplays Bait and Tackle and Treasure of the Four Lions are in development.

2012: Work Hard. Play Harder.

2012 Theme: Work Hard. Play Harder.

 

Jason Kotecki
Jason Kotecki

Jason Kotecki, known as “The Champion of Childhood,” is an engaging speaker, entertaining author, and creator of the internationally known comic strip, Kim & Jason. He is an expert at helping individuals and organizations “Escape Adulthood,” becoming more productive by turning stress into laughter and having more fun every day.

His book Escape Adulthood: 8 Secrets From Childhood for the Stressed-Out Grown-Up, outlines simple ways for adults of all ages to reconnect with the qualities that come naturally to children in order to reduce stress and live more fun and fulfilling lives. Jason is passionate about sharing his message that there is more to life than the hectic busyness, cynical melancholy and overwhelming stress that is typical of most modern lives.

Before it was an idea, Kim & Jason started out as a simple love story. Jason first drew his lovable characters for his girlfriend Kim sometime before the turn of the century. The couple shared a kindred childlike spirit, and Jason used the drawings, which represented the couple as children, on many homemade (aka cheap) gifts designed to win her heart. Luckily for him, this downright sappy ploy helped him to not only win her heart, but also her hand in marriage. The characters took on lives of their own and in 2000, the real Kim and Jason decided to build a company to share the comic strip and its inspiring message.

Get a sneak peak by visiting his website: www.KimandJason.com

Faith Evans
Faith Evans

Faith Evans, M.Ed.in Gifted Education, is owner of PlayFully, Inc, and a sought after national staff trainer, group facilitator and community builder, author, and speaker. She is highly acclaimed for her informative and interactive conference presentations…and for making action-learning FUN and applicable!

Faith specializes in experiential learning with small and large groups in the areas of relationship building, creativity, problem solving, leadership, communication, and play for a purpose . . .and for no purpose! Faith’s professional history in the world of camping and experiential education spans 45 years.

Faith has written five books, including the award winning “The More The Merrier – Games for Large Groups.” In 2010, she co-authored the ground breaking book “Play It, Measure It – Designs to Elicit Specific Youth Outcomes,” partnering her original play experiences with three specific youth outcomes researched and developed by ACA. Hundreds of camp staff have “played their way” to learning about leadership, communication and fun during Faith’s innovative staff training event called “CampJam.”

The American Camp Association nationally recognized Faith with the Hedley S. Dimock Award for outstanding staff training, and the Golden Quill Award for excellence in writing through numerous articles published in ACA’s “Camping Magazine”. She was also honored with the Kurt Hahn Recognition from the Association for Experiential Education. Faith is a co-founder of Play for Peace, a global organization who, since 1997, has used play to promote positive, life-long relationships among people whose communities suffer from a history of cross-cultural tensions.

She lives and plays happily beside a stream in Estes Park, Colorado; and is thrilled to witness the motto, “What goes around, comes around” – now, her grandchildren love going to camp as much as she did!

 

2011: Mission Possible

 

Connecticut Camp Guys
Connecticut Camp Guys

Mark Pooler is the Outdoor Center Director at YMCA Camp Sloper, a Program Center of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs, and has the Camp Director for the past 15 summers. Mark started his YMCA work as a Counselor-In-Training and has worked within the YMCA movement for over 20 years.

Patrick Connelly is the Senior Director at the Northern Middlesex YMCA in Middletown, Connecticut and served as the Outdoor Center Director of YMCA Camp Ingersoll for 9 years. Since 1990 he has been in the YMCA movement at the Greater Hartford YMCA and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs before joining the Northern Middlesex YMCA in 2000.

Susan Coker
Susan Coker

Currently VP of Marketing for the YMCA of Boulder Valley in Boulder, CO, Susan has guided the marketing efforts of multiple YMCA associations in her career. These include Director of Marketing positions for the YMCA of Greater Houston, the YMCA of the Ozarks, Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood (Missouri) and YMCA Camp Hi-Rock (Massachusetts).  Previous to that experience, she was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Butternut Basin Ski Area in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. With a spouse that also has a career in the YMCA, and 3 children, the YMCA is a second home to the Coker family.  Susan is also a freelance Marketing Consultant for YUSA and is leading the national camp task force on how the new brand will play a role in YMCA resident camping.

 

2010: Your Adventure Starts Here

 

 

Joel Haber, PhD
Joel Haber, PhD

Joel Haber, PhD, “The Bullycoach” is a Clinical Psychologist who is internationally known for his work on bullying in schools, camps, sports, home and the workplace. His training programs are highly interactive, lively, engaging and incorporate research data from real life.

Founder of the Respect U program, Dr. Haber has held positions at major medical schools and University settings. He has authored numerous articles and led conference sessions on topics including bullying, building resilience in children, positive parenting, character education and “the new rude” in our society. He is a member of the LG Text Education Council which provides information to parents and kids to promote the positive use of mobile phones.

He has been featured in a front-page article on bullying in the New York Times, on CBS National News, NPR and ESPN radio. He has contributed several years of research study to the understanding of bullying behavior at summer camps, and his book, “Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good” has achieved international recognition.

B. Joe Lillie
B. Joe Lillie

Joe has been working for the YMCA for 12 years in a variety of departments.  After spending 7 years at YMCA’s in Michigan, he moved to San Diego and worked for the Rancho Family YMCA.  After spending 3 years at the Rancho Family YMCA as a Department Head, he moved to the Ecke Family YMCA as the Senior Camp Director.  He oversees day camps and caravans at this YMCA, managing a budget of over 2.4 million dollars and 1100 participants per week.  As part of the YMCA of San Diego County, he’s chaired the Camp Cluster for two years, and participated in special Day Camp Task Force.

Forrest Perry
Forrest Perry

Presenters often try to heed the advice of “leave ’em laughing”, but Forrest Perry is just as inclined to leave his audience motivated, inspired, and full of excitement!  Hailing from Chapel Hill, NC, Forrest is a dynamic and gifted speaker whose presentations combine real world experience with a keen insight to provide enthusiastic presentations that are sure to make the message stick.  In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Camp Kanata, a YMCA resident camp located in Wake Forest, NC, Forrest travels the country as a keynote speaker and trainer, bringing his enthusiasm and energy with him wherever he goes.  Forrest earned his degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has spent the past 16 years working in the fields of camping and youth development.

 

2009: Game On

 

 

Dr. Jim Cain
Dr. Jim Cain

Dr. Jim Cain is the author of five adventure-based teambuilding texts, including the award-winning book Teamwork & Teamplay, which received the Karl Rohnke Creativity Award presented by the Association for Experiential Education, The Book on Raccoon Circles, A Teachable Moment, Teambuilding Puzzles, and The Value of Connection – In the Workplace. He is a Senior Consultant to the Cornell University Corporate Teambuilding Program, a former Executive Director for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the creative force behind his training company, Teamwork & Teamplay. He holds four college degrees including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Dr. Cain frequently serves as a visiting professor on subjects ranging from teambuilding and experiential education using adventure-based activities to corporate culture and leadership. He is the innovator of more than three dozen teambuilding activities and props, and has presented more than 500 programs in 44 states and 12 countries in the past decade.

In addition to his adventure-based activities, Jim is also an accomplished square dance caller, guitarist, boomerang maker, engineer, researcher, author and generally has more books in his library than many developing nations.

Dr Jim Cain’s Website – http://www.teamworkandteamplay.com/

Fred Y. Hoshiyama
Fred Y. Hoshiyama

Started YMCA career in 1941, at the segregated Japanese YMCA, San Francisco. CA,. and retired in 1980, with the YMCA of USA.  Had 39 years of exciting, fun and fulfilling-satisfying ministry of people developing relationships, except for a short hiatus of incarceration in two WWII USA’s concentration camps, Tanforan and Topaz.     Started YMCA program there.  Could not call it a YMCA.

Learned and experienced all phases of YMCA work in eight different states, (including Honolulu, HI, 945-47,  because after 12 interviews, 1944-45, mainland YMCA felt unwilling to offer YMCA program job, though  janitorial jobs were plentiful.

Y-NYPUM (National Youth Program Using Minibikes). Kept  450,000 youth out of US Juvenile Justice System and out of youth gangs;  NASY – National Association of Student YMCAs;  Thanks to the late Peter Bower,  who originated and did basic preparatory work in Japan, I was able to do the first Sister City “Home to Home” Youth Exchange Program with Japan in 1960, and many YMCAs immediately followed;  the CA. High Sch. Christian Leadership Camp, Jones Gulch,  started in SF, 1965,  spread and still going strong.

1st recipient of the AYP’s (Association of YMCA Professionals) highest and most prestigious  Hall-Kuenzli Award; The Japanese Government award, the Fifth Order of the Sacred Treasury with gold and silver rays, known as the Emperor’s Kunsho;  14th inductee into the YMCA Hall of Fame; the Fred Hoshiyama Asian Leadership Network Scholarship Fund; AYP’s Chapter 81’s  Fred Y. Hoshiyama Leadership Award.

Leonard Wheeler
Leonard Wheeler

Leonard T. Wheeler was born in Toccoa, GA. He played football for two years at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. He would go on to be drafted in the 3rd round from Troy State University in 1992 to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he completed 5 years; free agency landed him with the Minnesota Vikings for 1 year in. Leonard would complete his journey with the Carolina Panthers in 2001.

His focus is now on his company Wheeler Enterprises Inc, which helps to create opportunities for individuals and companies to truly become the change they want to see through applied Axiology.  Wheeler Enterprises is a company that focuses on helping identify, maximize strengths, and create leadership qualities within our thinking through workshops and teleconferences on how to produce infinite possibilities with clarity within companies and individuals.

He resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Chandra and 11 year old daughter Lindsay.