“The World Baseball Academy is invaluable to the Fort Wayne community. The kids may enter the dugout as kids, but they leave as leaders.

“People in Fort Wayne should rally around the campaign to raise money for the WBA because the WBA is a separator, a difference maker for the young people of Fort Wayne.”

 

Eric Wedge,

MLB Manager, Seattle Mariners

 

Meet Our Leadership


Staff Members

Caleb Kimmel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
(260) 437-9349 (Mobile)
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Andy McManama, Director of Operations / Tournaments
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Austen Rigelman, Tournament Director
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Ken Jones, Senior Lead Baseball Instructor
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Linda Buskirk, Director of Development
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Tim Petersen, On Deck Instructor
(260) 385-7503
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Kristen Kimmel, Marketing Director
(260) 403-4281 (Mobile)
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Melinda Petersen, On Deck Administrative Director
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Bud Wolf, Outdoor Campus Maintenance
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Jamie Frazier, Dominican Republic Trip Coordinator
(260) 437-8521
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Contact Our Office

(260) 436-1507 (Office Phone/Fax)

World Baseball Academy
1701 Freeman Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Board of Directors

Lee DeTurk, Board President – World Partners
David Kolpien, Vice President – Raymond James & Associates
Jim Krafcheck, Treasurer – Ash Brokerage
Amos Norman, Secretary –  Renaissance Pointe YMCA of Greater FW
Craig Dyer -  Indiana Tech
Adam Henry - Beers, Mallers, Backs, & Salin Law Firm
Sarah Neace - Vincent Village
Mike Nutter - Fort Wayne TinCaps
Steve Sotir – Chihuahuas Next Baseball Academy
Rich Powers –  American Specialty
Jim Underwood – Physicians Health Plan (PHP)

 

Honorary Board Member

Kimberly Hatch – Community Leader (1966 - 2011)

 

Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Dennis Sutton – Co-Chair
Jack Weisz – Co-Chair
Eric Doden
Kathie Fleck
Adam Henry
Phil Houk
David Kolpien
Bob Podschlne
Sam Talarico        

 

International Baseball Special Advisors

Larry Bryant – Professor of Health, Georgia Southern University
Kraig Cabe – Indiana State Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Lee DeTurk – International Sports Director, World Partners
Caleb Kimmel – CEO, World Baseball Academy
Dave Mann – Executive Director, World Partners
Steve Sotir – Former Director of Player Development, International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Dr. Darin Van Tassell – Competition Director, 2008 Olympic Baseball Games

 

Baseball Instruction Special Advisors

Eric Wedge – Field Coordinator Toronto Blue Jays, Former MLB Manager

 

Financial Review Advisors

Haines, Isenbarger, & Skiba, LLC – CPA Firm
Jim Krafcheck – Ash Brokerage