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Bruce Ferguson with Catherine and Shakti the dog

Bruce Ferguson ~ President
Bruce is a corporate businessman for information technology services firm Thoughtworks (www.thoughtworks.com). He is also an Ohio high school football fanatic! He is aware of and follows all varsity high school football teams through the ten week regular season and playoffs. He has personally visited, often with family members, and photographed, over 725 of Ohio's High Schools and their respective football fields! "I encourage all students to submit essays so that in reading them I have an excuse to spend even more time on Ohio High School Football.  I find Fields of Learning rewarding because it is the one thing that our entire family works at together. If we can make a difference for students by sharing the abundance we have been graced with, then Fields of Learning will have achieved its goals."

Bruce and Lacey Ferguson at Elyria High in 2011

webassets/Kids_trip_lacey.jpg Lacey Ferguson ~ Vice-President
Lacey teaches English at Elyria High School where there is never a dull moment!  Even though
she has not traditionally been a football enthusiast, Fields of Learning has certainly gotten her 
involved in the realm of high school football, as well as given her a new appreciation for what 
her students and family like about the sport.  "I love the idea that by participating in Fields 
of Learning, students will apply the literacy skills they have been accumulating over the years 
to express something that is meaningful to them."


Merritt F. Waters ~ Treasurer
A resident of Avon Lake, Merritt is the principal of Horace Mann Elementary School
in Lakewood.  Recently, she earned a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership from Kent State
University.  When asked about Fields of Learning, she said,  "I have enjoyed the game of football
with my Dad all my life, and I feel honored to be part of this scholarship effort."  In addition
to the fun she has joining in the activities loved by those closest to her, Merritt is exploring the
depth of her being through the steady practice of meditation and yoga.


  Catherine Ferguson ~ Director of Awards

Catherine’s attraction to high school football is for the most part through her husband Bruce.  She takes special care in designing our award plaques for our winners. “I enjoy being a part of Fields of Learning because it gives the young people a good opportunity to appreciate life and express themselves in a thoughtful way.  My favorite thing is reading the essays with Bruce and the discovering the glimpses they provide into the inner worlds of these young people as they experience the fullness of life."


Phil Waters ~ Consultant
Phil is an avid motorcycle and Vespa enthusiast, and is the proud owner of Cleveland Moto locations in Cleveland and Mentor.  He is an Avon Lake resident and former member of the Wickliffe Blue Devil Marching Band. He served our country in the Army and he loves tinkering with all things mechanical.