David Rhode, Executive Director
Before David founded Pitch in For Baseball, he ran his own business for 12 years. He also has Marketing Management experience with Procter & Gamble and H.J. Heinz. David is a graduate of Georgetown University and an avid youth sports coach for his two sons.
Roy Smalley, III, President
Baseball is in Roy's blood. An All-American at USC, he followed that up with 13 Major League seasons including 9 with the Minnesota Twins and 2+ with the New York Yankees. Career highlights include the Twins 1987 World Championship and starting at shortstop in the 1979 All-Star game. Following retirement from the game, Roy served as the Executive Director of the 1991 International Special Olympics and a baseball analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight." Currently, Roy is a Sr. VP/Weath Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Minneapolis, and an analyst for Twins broadcasts on Fox Sports North. He and his wife, Christine, have three grown children.
Tom encouraged his son, Justin, to do a baseball equipment service project for Pitch In For Baseball and that one time collection effort turned into an on-going year-round project for not only his son, but also himself. As an attorney based in Minneapolis who specializes in representing non-profit trade associations, Tom brings to Pitch In For Baseball his experience in working with non-profit organizations as well as a commitment to help kids play America's pastime who might otherwise not have the equipment to do so.
Dave is a founding partner of Davis, Bucco & Ardizzi a construction law firm in Conshohocken PA. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Pathway School, Vice President of the Montgomery Association of Retarded Citizens Foundation and is currently an Advisory Board Member of the Montgomery County (PA) National Alliance of Mental Illness. In addition to a lifelong love of the game and desire to serve underprivileged youth, Dave brings his experience in non-profit organizational development to PIFB.
Richard J. Gelles
Richard J. Gelles serves as the Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and holds The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Co-Faculty Director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research. Gelles received his A.B. degree from Bates College (1968), an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Rochester (1971), and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire (1973). He has authored, co-authored, and edited 26 books. His latest book is The Third Lie: Why Government Programs Do Not Work—And a Blue Print for Change (Left Coast Press). Although a devoted and passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox, he has been won over by the Philadelphia Phillies and now has season tickets to the Phillies.
Michael is Director, Marketing at ESPN, whose love of baseball runs deep. He is a graduate of Boston College. Michael is excited to be a part of PIFB, because it reminds him that so much good can come from baseball - easy to forget when you're a Mets Fan.
As Global Business Director for Wilson Sporting Goods in baseball marketing, Michael "Marko" Markovich, brings tremendous insight, connections and energy to our organization. A self-proclaimed "zero tool prospect", Marko's professional success in the baseball industry has more than made up for his inability to hit the breaking ball. Marko's service on the Pitch In For Baseball board stems from his belief that every child deserves the opportunity to fall in love with baseball and that the good deed of just one person can launch that lifelong love of the game. Marko also hopes that through PIFB we can possibly start the career of a future Major Leaguer who might give the Cubs the help needed to win a World Series before Marko dies.
Based in New York City, Mr. Pincus serves as a consultant on editorial matters, public relations, and the internet. With experience as a senior editor and reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and as a senior executive for the National Hockey League, Mr. Pincus brings a wide array of expertise and talent to Pitch In For Baseball.
Bill is Vice President of the Copernicus Society of America, a private foundation. He's also a long-time supporter of promoting Little League Baseball internationally.
Tim is a corporate account executive at Eli Lilly and Company. He has a Master of Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations from North Dakota State University. He's a father and coach to two little leaguers.
Paul Seiler assumed the duties of Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball full-time in January of 2000. In 2000, Paul worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Player’s Association and the USOC in administering USA Baseball to their first-ever Olympic Gold Medal at the Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Paul currently holds an at-large position on the Executive Committee of the International Baseball Federation, and is also the Secretary General of COPABE – the Pan American Baseball Federation. He also served as one of two Technical Delegates for baseball in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Paul and his wife Wendi, have a son Braden, and a daughter Abigail. They live in Cary, North Carolina.
Shannon Sullaway Smith
Shannon is Manager, Administrative Services at Southwestern Energy Company in Houston, Texas. Shannon’s love of all things baseball started when her now 23 year old son, Mark, picked up the baseball with his left hand when he was just about a year old. Her involvement with PIFB began many years ago after her son completed an equipment drive. Shannon is excited to be joining the group and bringing her passion and commitment for Pitch In For Baseball to the South…the home of her beloved Houston Astros.
John is the Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the Cincinnati office of the global agency, Saatchi & Saatchi X. Prior to opening the Cincinnati office of this global agency network, John was a Partner at Barefoot Proximinity within the Omnicom agency network. Prior to joining Barefoot, John was Vice-President of Marketing for IBM and was Marketing Director for Procter & Gamble's Laundry and Fabric Care Division. He holds a B.A and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester. John's second job is coaching the basketball, baseball, and soccer teams for his three sons.
Rick Perko, Advisory Board
Rick is the president and CEO of Immersion Media, a sports-industry pioneer and leader in the multi-media instructional and fan-engagement space. Overall, Rick has spent 20 years in the sports industry, the first ten of which were at the NCAA. He has been active on the community sports scene for a number of years, coaching youth sports and helping to manage the local Dixie Youth Baseball program in Fayetteville, NC.
Bradley J. Korman, Advisory Board
Brad is the President of Korman Communities, a company specializing in multi-family properties. He earned his B.A. from Duke University, and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert L. Santangelo, Advisory Board
Robert is President of Santangelo Real Estate, a second-generation suburban Philadelphia real estate firm. An avid sports fan, he holds a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University.
Anthony G. Cinelli, Advisory Board
Tony is a Certified Public Accountant and shareholder at Fegley and Associates. He's also a member of the Rotary Club of Norristown and on the Board of Directors of the Pathway School, which serves children with learning disabilities. Tony is also a Little League baseball coach and father of two baseball fan sons
Patrick Wilson, Advisory Board
Patrick Wilson has held the title of Vice President of Operations for Little League Baseball and Softball since 2005. Pat's duties include overseeing and coordinating the operations of Little League International's five regional centers in the United States and four abroad. As part of these responsibilities, he assists with coordinating the annual World Series tournaments in eight divisions of baseball and softball. A native of Williamsport, Pa. where he played Little League, Pat still resides with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Ella.
Meredith Kim, Director of Development
For questions around fundraising, contact Meredith at [email protected] or (267)263-4069