• Brandi Ball, Founding President

    10806299_10153474428376102_7346736435235592053_nThe Mayberry Foundation is a dream-brought-to-life. Cleveland native Brandi Ball founded the organization in 2013 after a few years of wondering and wishing and planning.

    Brandi is a writer/producer for KOTV-Channel 6 in Tulsa and, in her time away from the station, freelances for the Cleveland American. She is a member of Preservation Oklahoma, which is dedicated to promoting historic preservation statewide, and she has volunteered with the Cleveland Little League Basketball Association as a girls’ youth coach.

    Brandi is the daughter of Randy and Debbie Ball, and along with her siblings Kristen and Mikeal, was raised in rural Cleveland. Her late great-grandparents, Mason and Hazel Blackburn, moved to Cleveland in 1949 and started their upholstery shop, which was a staple in the business community for many decades. The extended Blackburn family currently is raising its fifth generation in the Jordan Valley.

    A CHS graduate, Brandi was a three-sport athlete and student council member. Her interest in volunteerism began at a young age, and her parents instilled within her the importance of helping others. Brandi also credits her Grandma Peggy (Blackburn) Moreino, who she aided in Meals on Wheels delivery during the summers, with planting the volunteerism seed. Brandi is forever grateful to her great-aunt Billie Blackburn for providing her an intense appreciation for her hometown through lifelong stories of Cleveland’s magical nifty ‘50s.

    At Oklahoma State University, Brandi was the Sports Editor of the Daily O’Collegian and studied journalism. She was also an active member of the Church of Christ University Center where she participated in two benevolent missions to Mexico, as well as aiding with the local food bank, nursing home outreach and support of the local domestic violence shelter. Aside from church projects, Brandi volunteered at the homeless shelter in Stillwater on occasion.

    Upon leaving Stillwater, Brandi moved to Chicago, where she worked in public relations and editing for three years before a brief stop in North Carolina to work as a sportswriter for the Asheville Citizen-Times. When she returned to her beloved home state, Brandi was a sports copy editor and features writer for the Tulsa World for five years before joining KOTV.

    Brandi currently lives in Cleveland to be near her family and close to a way of life that is precious to her. In her spare time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, doting on her niece and nephews, daydreaming about writing the next great American novel and working tirelessly to make the efforts of The Mayberry Foundation realized.

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