Staff

Dan Foster — Chief Executive Officer
Geoff C. Hixson — Chief Operating Officer
Mike Groll — Vice President of Operations
Mary Russell Baucom — Administration Director
Nikki Warner — Director of Communications
Elaine Riebow — Director of Development
Kate Hutchinson — Director of Membership
Greg Thomas — Director of Memorabilia
Rene Vizcarra — Special Events Coordinator
Eric Kronebusch — Special Events Coordinator
Justin Sutton — Special Events Coordinator
Rachel Levitsky — Public Relations Assistant
Chris Burkeen — Database Administrator
Christopher D. Torgusen — Vice President, Legends Entertainment Group
Ryan Thomas — Marketing Coordinator
Pete Kelly — Director of New Business Development
Matt Tissi — Director of Auction Programs
Jennifer Gulino — Signings and Purchasing Coordinator
Chris Spomer — Sales and Inventory Manager
Brett Strawhun — Stadium Auction Manager
Kyle Matthews — Sales Manager
Amy Wagner — Sales Manager

Dan Foster

Dan Foster
Chief Executive Officer
MLBPAA, MLAM
719-477-1870 ext. 112
dan@mlbpaa.com

CEO Dan Foster began his tenure at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 1986. He has been a part of the leadership team from the incipient stages. Foster has witnessed the incredible growth from every aspect of the organization and is extremely proud of the team that has been assembled under him.

Foster is a graduate of Ohio Northern University. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Margaret, and their son, Austin.

Geoff C. Hixson

Geoff C. Hixson
Chief Operating Officer
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 110
geoff@mlbpaa.com
Follow Geoff on Twitter: @Hixson10

Geoff Hixson has been with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1997. His duties include the coordination of the MLBPAA staff, overseeing and execution of more than 70 celebrity fundraising events and more than 75 free youth clinics for kids nationwide. In addition, he is responsible for the expansion and continued growth of the organization by helping to diversify existing programs and the creation of new programs to involve the former and current Major League player in the charity-based mission of the MLBPAA.

Hixson has more than 15 years of sport and special event background. He spent three years in Minor League Baseball with the Texas Rangers Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers (now Redhawks) and two years at Oklahoma Events, a marketing and special events company, where he assisted in the coordination of many events, including the Vince Gill Celebrity Golf Classic.

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Hixson received a bachelor's in communications from Southern Illinois University in 1993 and a master's degree in sport management from the University of Oklahoma in 1996. He resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Nancy, and two daughters, Avery and Bryce.

Mike Groll

Mike Groll
Vice President of Operations
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 104
mikeg@mlbpaa.com

Mike Groll has been with the MLBPAA since 2004. His responsibilities include the coordination and execution of more than 70 celebrity fundraising events for various charities nationwide. In addition, he works with the entire MLBPAA staff to assist the overall growth and expansion of the association.

Groll has more than seven years of sports background, including two years in the athletic department's marketing and development office at the United States Air Force Academy.

Born and raised in Defiance, Ohio, Groll received a bachelor's in sports and business management from Defiance College. While at Defiance, Groll was a four-letter winner and was third-team All-American in football. After graduation, Groll went on to serve as a graduate assistant football coach at Defiance for three years, receiving his master's in education.

Groll currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mary Russell Baucom

Mary Russell Baucom
Administration Director
MLBPAA, MLAM
719-477-1870, ext. 106
maryrussell@mlbpaa.com

Mary Russell Baucom joined the staff in 2008. Originally from Mobile, Ala., Baucom graduated from Spring Hill College (Ala.) in 1991. Prior to her work at the MLBPAA, she worked for the Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., as well as the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in Falls Church, Va. She came to work for the MLBPAA after six years of staying home and raising her two sons.

Baucom currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with her husband, Rick, and sons, Jacob and Jamie.

Nikki Warner

Nikki Warner
Director of Communications
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 105
nikki@mlbpaa.com
Follow Nikki on Twitter: @NikkiWarner_

Nikki Warner joined the MLBPAA staff in 2010 to serve as the public relations coordinator. Warner graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor's in communication studies and a minor in business management in 2009. While at Whitworth University, she was the business editor and staff writer for the yearly publication, Natsihi.

After graduating from college, Warner completed a one-year fellowship at her alma mater, The Colorado Springs School, where she served as an admission associate and the interim director of communications. She has served on The Colorado Springs School Board of Trustees Alumni Committee since 2010. Her experience as an intern for MLBPAA in 2008 instilled a passion for the organization -- one she hopes to communicate in her new position where she will be responsible for media relations, newsletter production and event promotion.

Warner currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Elaine Riebow

Elaine Riebow
Director of Development
MLBPAA
719-477-1870, ext. 107
elaine@mlbpaa.com

Elaine Riebow joined the MLBPAA staff in March 2011 as the development assistant. She now serves as development coordinator.

Riebow moved to Colorado in 2010 from Wilmington, Del. Prior to coming to the MLBPAA, she was a paralegal in the corporate office of a national home builder and a gift-planning administrator at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Riebow currently resides in Philadelphia, Penn.

Kate Hutchinson

Kate Hutchinson
Director of Membership
MLBPAA
kate@mlbpaa.com

Kate Hutchinson joined the MLBPAA staff as the membership development coordinator in 2012. Hutchinson graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and master's in educational administration and leadership from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. As an undergrad, she worked for the Oakland Athletics in Ticket Services, served as a university events intern at Pacific and completed an internship at MLBPAA in 2008. Prior to working for MLBPAA, Hutchinson worked in New Student & Family Programs at University of the Pacific overseeing new student orientation, special events and university tours.

Hutchinson currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas
Director of Memorabilia
MLBPAA
719-477-1870, ext. 117
greg@mlbpaa.com

Greg Thomas joined the MLBPAA staff in October 2011 after graduating from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor's in business administration and a concentration in marketing. Thomas is excited to broaden the non-profit memorabilia efforts of the MLBPAA.

While at Colorado, he interned with the MLBPAA in 2008 and the CU Athletic Department in 2010, where he coordinated and assisted with numerous CU sports promotional activities. Thomas' background with competitive baseball has taught him a true appreciation for the game.

Thomas is currently working toward his Master's degree in project management and resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rene Vizcarra

Rene Vizcarra
Special Events Coordinator
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 121
rene@mlbpaa.com

Rene Vizcarra joined MLBPAA's special events team in May 2012. Vizcarra graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's in economics and a minor in business administration in 2012. While at Colorado State University, Vizcarra worked at Colorado State University's Alumni Association to help raise funds for the university.

An intern with the MLBPAA in 2010 and 2011, he looks forward to applying the knowledge and experience that he gained toward his new position with the organization today.

Vizcarra is currently working toward his master's degree in sports administration and resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eric Kronebusch

Eric Kronebusch
Special Events Coordinator
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 102
eric@mlbpaa.com

Eric Kronebusch began working with Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in January 2012 after graduating from Colorado State University. While at Colorado State University, he interned with the MLBPAA in 2009 and 2010, where he coordinated and assisted with numerous MLAM development processes. He served as the sales and memorabilia coordinator for Major League Alumni Marketing in 2012. In October 2012, he joined the MLBPAA offices as a special events coordinator.

Kronebusch currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Justin Sutton

Justin Sutton
Special Events Coordinator
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 108
justin@mlbpaa.com

Justin Sutton began his tenure with Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in January 2014. As special events coordinator, his responsibilities include planning youth baseball clinics and special events. Sutton graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor's degree in business and an emphasis on business management.

In 2012 and 2013, Sutton interned as a stadium auction associate for Major League Alumni Marketing, where he managed memorabilia and player signings.

Sutton currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky
Public Relations Assistant
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 114
rachel@mlbpaa.com

Rachel Levitsky joined the MLBPAA office in June 2013. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in both biology and international affairs. While at Lewis & Clark, Levitsky was a member of the varsity women's swim team and was involved in the athletic department as an intern in sports information and athletic administration.

Levitsky is responsible for all media requests, so please direct inquiries to her.

Levitsky currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Chris Burkeen

Chris Burkeen
Database Administrator
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 103
cburkeen@mlbpaa.com

Chris Burkeen joined the MLBPAA staff in January 2014 as the database administrator. He graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in August 2011 with a bachelor's in exercise science. His past experience includes work at Poudre Valley Health Systems, the YMCA and as a middle school teacher's aide.

Burkeen currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christopher D. Torgusen

Christopher D. Torgusen
Vice President — Legends Entertainment Group
MLAM
727-898-8900
Chris@mlbpaa.com

Chris Torgusen has worked for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1992. He currently serves as vice president of Legends Entertainment Group for Major League Alumni Marketing, Inc. (MLAM), at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. His responsibilities include directing appearances and licensing programs for members of the Alumni Association. He began his career with the MLBPAA, managing events for the Swing With the Legends Charity Golf Series, Legends for Youth Clinic Series and Baseball for Kids Weekend.

Torgusen graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's in business administration. He currently resides in Tampa, Fla., with wife, Christine, and two sons, Tighe and Colin.

Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas
Marketing Coordinator
MLAM
727-898-8900
rthomas@mlbpaa.com

Ryan Thomas began his tenure with Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in February 2012. He serves as marketing coordinator for Major League Alumni Marketing at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., with MLAM Vice President Chris Torgusen, where the two develop appearances and licensing programs for members of the Alumni.

Prior, the native New Englander attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where he graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's in English and worked as sports editor of the University's newspaper The Mass Media for two years.

In spring 2010, Thomas moved to Florida and worked in the Tampa Bay Rays Communications Department for the duration of the 2010 season and the second half of the 2011 season. In 2011, he was a part of the Rays' amazing September run to the American League Wild Card.

Thomas currently resides in central Florida.

Pete Kelly
Director of New Business Development
MLAM
914-218-3966
pete@mlbpaa.com

Pete Kelly began working with Major League Alumni Marketing in May 2012. Kelly graduated from Iona College with a bachelor's in Journalism.

Prior to joining MLAM, Kelly was the vice president of sales at Steiner Sports, a division of Omnicom, which specializes in athlete appearances and production of authentic memorabilia for corporations, retailers and collectors. Pete also spearheaded the collegiate partnership divisions and took part in cultivating the professional-team partnership deals.

Kelly currently resides in Bedford, N.Y., with his wife and two children.

Matt Tissi

Matt Tissi
Director of Auction Programs
MLAM
719-475-1847
mtissi@mlbpaa.com

Matt Tissi, a St. Louis native, joined the Major League Alumni Marketing staff in November 2010. He assists MLAM's memorabilia sales and expansion efforts. A graduate from Missouri State University, Tissi received his degree in entertainment management with emphasis in the sports industry. His experience with the MSU athletic department helped bring him to the MLBPAA as an intern in the summer 2009. His familiarity with the MLBPAA certainly makes Tissi an asset within the organization.

Tissi currently resides in St. Louis, Mo.

Jennifer Gulino

Jennifer Gulino
Signings and Purchasing Coordinator
MLAM
201-206-9457
jennifer@mlbpaa.com

Jennifer joined the Major League Alumni Marketing team in October 2012 as an account executive for Legends Memorabilia Collection's B2B Division and Legends Entertainment Group. Most recently, Jennifer has transitioned into the role of signings coordinator, handling athlete procurement, contract negotiations, purchasing and signings logistics for MLAM.

Prior to coming on board, Jennifer earned her bachelor's in Business Administration/Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston. She continued on to be a B2B/team partnership account executive at Steiner Sports, where she worked alongside Pete Kelly. After Steiner, Jennifer moved on to be the marketing coordinator at an Ameriprise Financial franchise in White Plains, N.Y., before finally settling into her home at MLAM.

Jennifer currently resides in New Jersey where she plans to be an integral part of MLAM's continuous growth.

Chris Spomer

Chris Spomer
Sales and Inventory Manager
MLAM
719-475-1847 ext. 206
cspomer@mlbpaa.com

Chris Spomer began working with the MLBPAA in May 2012 after completing an internship with the memorabilia division. Following the internship, Chris was a stadium auction associate. He now manages memorabilia online accounts, including the MVP Club.

Prior to his tenure with the MLBPAA, Spomer worked in the sports information department of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He graduated in 2012 from UCCS with a bachelor's in business with an emphasis in sports management.

Spomer currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Brett Strawhun

Brett Strawhun
Stadium Auction Manager
MLAM
719-475-1847 ext. 116
brett@mlbpaa.com

Brett Strawhun joined the Major League Alumni Marketing staff in February 2014 as a stadium auction manager, after graduating from Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration management and a minor in marketing.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Strawhun manages auctions at Busch Stadium. While at Missouri State, he had strong involvement with campus activities while being a practice player for the women's volleyball team and also a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

His experience, competitive nature and hardworking attitude make him a wonderful addition to the MLAM staff.

Kyle Matthews

Kyle Matthews
Sales Manager
MLAM
719-475-1847 ext. 200
kyle@mlbpaa.com

Kyle Matthews joined the Major League Alumni Marketing staff in May 2013 after graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in marketing. While at UCCS, he volunteered for multiple nonprofit organizations and interned with the UCCS athletic department and Major League Alumni Marketing as a stadium auction associate.

Matthews now manages online memorabilia sales across multiple websites and assists with other client accounts.

Matthews currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Jessica.

Amy Wagner

Amy Wagner
Sales Manager
MLAM
719-475-1847 ext. 122
amy@mlbpaa.com

Amy Wagner joined the Major League Alumni Marketing staff in August 2013 after interning with Major League Alumni Marketing in the summer of 2013. Amy manages online accounts, stadium auctions and exclusive player signings.

Wagner attended Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD) where she earned a bachelor's degree in human performance and sport with concentrations in sports industry operations and marketing. While at MSUD, Wagner volunteered for the 2012 Women's Final Four, worked guest services for the Denver Broncos, and worked for Kroenke Sports Enterprises.

Wagner currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

MLBPAA Events
Aug. 2, 2014: Nashville Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 4, 2014: Chicago Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 4, 2014: Williamsport Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit Little League Baseball.
Aug. 9, 2014: Worcester Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 9, 2014: New Britain Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 10-11, 2014: Milwaukee Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit Trayton Fields and Brewers Community Foundation.
Aug. 10-11, 2014: Cromwell Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit KinderVision.
Aug. 15-17, 2014: Vintage World Series
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Vintage 9 Foundation.
Aug. 16, 2014: Detroit Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 23, 2014: Kokomo Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Aug. 23-25, 2014: Kokomo Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit KinderVision.
Sept. 6, 2014: Hutto Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit CTX Ability Sports.
Sept. 6, 2014: Evansville Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Sept. 19, 2014: Havre de Grace Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Sept. 27, 2014: Palm Coast Clinic
Legends for Youth Clinics allow the nation's youth to learn from baseball's all-time greats.
Oct. 15, 2014: Fort Worth Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit MLBPAA Charities.
Nov. 12, 2014: Baton Rouge Fundraiser
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the Bringing Back Baseball Initiative and Southern University Baseball.
Nov. 18, 2014: Legends for Youth Dinner
This MLBPAA fundraising event will benefit the MLBPAA Legends for Youth Clinic Series.
Complete Event Schedule