We’d like to introduce you to some of the people
who make The WakWay Foundation what it is today.
Don Wakamatsu is the founder of The WakWay Foundation. With an affinity for baseball, Don is a former manager and currently a Major League coach for the Texas Rangers. Nevertheless, Don sticks to his roots and can be found returning home in the offseason to Hood River, Oregon. He is a proud fourth generation farmer, despite his family’s hardships from being placed in internment camps during World War II.
While his love for the game runs deep, Don’s true passion is in giving back to the community. In the short time since its founding, The WakWay Foundation has already given back thousands of dollars through partnerships with Big League charities and local organizations.
Michelle has spent over 20 years in sports and marketing. She has consulted 100s of non-profits on best practices, increasing both awareness and fundraising goals. She has created major brands activation bringing new industry expectations to "cause marketing."
Additionally, she has produced multiple worldwide non-profit events for foundations, athletes and celebrities. These events created millions of dollars in the media focusing on charity messaging for both the athlete, sponsor and community benefit. Her experiences on both the corporate brand side and the production side has brought talent and knowledge of successful events to the Foundation.
Chuck is founder and chairman of the Greenberg Sports Group, and owns three minor league baseball teams. Previously, he was the Managing Partner and CEO of the Texas Rangers from 2010 to 2011. Under his organizational direction, his teams have set fan attendance records and have been recognized as franchises with the most innovative teams in professional sports.
Chuck received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and earned his Juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Greenberg also sits on the Mario Lemieux Foundation whose mission is to raise funds for cancer research and patient care.
Reed, is entering his 15th season with the Texas Rangers organization. From 1997 to 2002, Reed was head athletic trainer for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He also was the assistant athletic trainer for the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1996. While at the Orioles, Reed shared “Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year” honors in 1995 with Richie Bancells. Prior to his Major League appointment in 1989, Reed spent seven seasons in the Orioles’ Minor League system. Reed is a former American League assistant athletic trainer representative on the PBATS Executive Committee. In 2003 Reed traveled to Japan to address the Japanese Professional Baseball Athletics Trainers Society (JPBATS). He also served as one of the athletic trainer’s for the 2006 Japan All-Star trip. He has been selected as American League All-Star athletic trainer for both the 2000 and 2008 teams. In December 2001, he was selected by his peers as the new president of PBATS, and was re-elected to the position in 2003 and again in 2005. He also served on the Board as Immediate Past President until 2013.
Enid is the Founder, President and CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), formerly known as the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation. Prior to leading NFESH, Borden was the President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America for over 20 years. Borden served as an Advisory Board Member of the Sesame Street Food Insecurity Advisory Committee and on the American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE) Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee (KPOC), which she chaired in 2008 and 2009. She has also been a member of the CEO Advisory Committee of ASAE, a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Board, a Member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University and the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian and consultant in overall health, wellness and sports nutrition. She has worked with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, the Texas Christian University Athletics, the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and their minor league affiliates, FC Dallas Soccer, Jim McLean Golf School and many PGA Tour players.
Amy speaks on a variety of nutrition, topics as well as an ambassador/speaker for the American Heart Association and the National Dairy Council, as well as writes for a variety of publications including The Athlete’s Parent and the Dallas Cowboys 5 Points Blue platform. She is also the co-author of “Swim, Bike, Run – Eat,” a sports nutrition book for triathletes and the nutrition contributor to retired NFL player Donald Driver’s book.
Ashley is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist who provides quality outpatient nutrition counseling in the Washington, D.C. area. Whether the goal is to lose weight, address medical complications, or heal relationships with food, she can help her patients achieve their goals. As Hippocrates said, "let food be thy medicine...", Ashley's mission is to use food to help create sustainable change and improve your quality of life.