Our goals will only be met because of an active volunteer force and donors. The volunteers and donors are the the ones who will drive the positive ideas. Who founded the organization and who heads it up means nothing without those who are willing to support and encourage and roll up their sleeves.
That’s who we really want to be. We don’t want to be four people with good intentions. We want to say that we are made up of countless current and former Cleveland citizens who have joined the challenge to do things that will leave a positive footprint in the community that raised us.
Brandi Ball, Founder
Brandi is a writer/producer for KOTV-Channel 6 in Tulsa and, in her time away from the station, freelances for the Cleveland American and volunteers 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. She and her siblings are all CHS graduates. Brandi’s late great-grandparents, Mason and Hazel Blackburn, moved to Cleveland in 1952 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.
Brandi’s start 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, whom 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 nifty ‘50s.
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Karen Woodrell, Board of Directors
Karen (Bell) Woodrell moved to Cleveland at the age of 13 years old and has made her home in Cleveland ever since. She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1989 and later attended Oklahoma State University.
Karen and her late husband, Dwight Woodrell, Jr., have four children — Calvin, Jessica, Wyatt and Jasper – who Karen has continued to raise in the Cleveland area. Calvin and Jessica have graduated Cleveland High school and Wyatt and Jasper will soon follow.
Soon after the death of her husband, Karen became involved in a nonprofit organization called Concerns of Police Survivors, which Karen has served on the board at a state level for the past 10 years holding positions of president and secretary.
Karen had a goal to instill a sense of compassion and volunteerism in her children by volunteering with them in various activities, including Habitat for Humanity, and spending time at the Laura Dester children’s shelter in Tulsa. She has spent time teaching Sunday school at their church Western Heights and leading a growth group in her home.
Karen is an accountant for ONEOK in Tulsa, where she has had several opportunities to volunteer with Volunteers in Energy and participate in various United Way day of caring activities.
Brian Carr, Board of Directors
Brian’s connection to the Jordan Valley goes back many years. He is the grandson of Bob Henderson, who is a retired educator in Cleveland, a former city councilman and the owner of Okie Bob’s Big Red BBQ Sauce, which is made in Cleveland and sold in stores all over the region. Brian’s aunt was also a longtime city librarian.
Brian’s knowledge of the nonprofit sector and his lengthy volunteerism resume make him a tremendous asset to the Mayberry Foundation’s board of directors.
Since October of 2010, Brian has held the position of Recruiter for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma in their Tulsa office. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to recruit volunteer mentors for at-risk youth in the Tulsa-metro area.
Brian has lived in Tulsa since May 2004. He serves as the service chair and founding member of the Tulsa Area United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice’s New Leadership Roundtable, and he has volunteered as an adviser at their Camp Anytown since 2012.
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Debbie Ball, Board of Directors
Debbie (Reed) Ball, after moving away to Illinois and then to Missouri as a child, chose to return to the Jordan Valley with her husband, Randy, to raise their three children and to be surrounded by extended family.
Moving back to Cleveland was like coming home for Debbie. She wanted to reestablish her roots in a small hometown where everybody knows everybody, people watch out for one another’s kids and each other, and business folks know and trust you.
Debbie is the granddaughter of the late Mason and Hazel Blackburn. The extended Blackburn family has lived in Cleveland for more than 60 years. The late Ted Blackburn, Debbie’s uncle, served as a longtime and well-respected Cleveland Chief of Police.
Debbie remembers sitting on her grandma’s lap as she would sew at the family’s upholstery shop on Main Street (usually after a stop at Palace Drug for penny candy). She also has fond memories of Mrs. Tyler’s first grade class, held at the old grade school on the East side of town. She lived for the day when she’d be called upon to ring the recess bell on the front steps.
Debbie has spent her adult life as a devoted wife and as a mother to Brandi, Kristen and Mikeal. She also found many ways to give back and taught her children to do the same and treat people with kindness. Debbie headed up many classroom committees, shuttled her children to and from their many activities, rarely missed a sporting event, and often was involved in raising money for organizations in which her children participated.
Some of the additional volunteer activities she has been involved with include Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon Chairwoman, an organizer for Cleveland Bobcat Cheerleading and a Bible school teacher. Off and on over 25 years, Debbie was a substitute teacher for Cleveland Public Schools and a GED Instructor. After her kids were grown, she worked for a few years as the manager of the local Movie Gallery and as a tax preparer.
She and her husband still reside in rural Cleveland, and they look forward to the time they spend with their three grandchildren on their farm.