John has spent the majority of his career empowering people to move beyond status quo, breaking barriers that hold them back, while tapping into their full potential. John demonstrates a great deal of empathy for the life that people are currently living while challenging them to reach for more. John is real, he is authentic and he is passionate. He is committed to extending compassion, encouragement, and support to all people in an inclusive and embracing fashion.
John is a father of two boys and married to his wife Cyndi. John’s 13-year-old son Braeden was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. John has experienced the full gamut of feelings, emotions, and struggles that come with life not being what he had thought it would be. John has experienced the journey of moving from despair to hope and the countless fears and anxieties that come with having a child with special needs.
“Autism being a part of our life as a family is not what I had counted on. I had the typical hopes and dreams for Braeden that most parents have for their children: good grades in school, playing sports, going on to college, securing a successful career, having his own family and then living life happily ever after. Needless to say, that is not the life that came to be. In the midst of all that has come to pass, I continue on the journey towards developing healthy expectations and an enduring love for my son and our family. Hope is within reach.”
John graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in tool design and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sociology from the University of Michigan. In addition, he has a master’s degree in faith community leadership. John is a certified social/emotional intelligence coach through the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence. He is also a public speaker, he coaches individuals and families through “Celebrate Hope.”
John Ball: 989-980-7699, firstname.lastname@example.org