- Dan Foster - Chief Executive Officer
- Geoff C. Hixson - Chief Operating Officer
- Christopher D. Torgusen - Senior Vice President, Legends Entertainment Group
- Mike Groll - Vice President of Operations
- Cameron Bell - Marketing Coordinator
- Erika Boughter - Program Coordinator
- Chris Burkeen - Director of IT
- Jennifer Gulino - Director of Memorabilia and Player Relations
- Matthew Jones - Business Operations Manager
- Tracey Lucero-Corsi - Chief Financial Officer
- Diego McCollum - Coaches Clinic Coordinator
- Kendall Meisner - Digital Communications Coordinator
- Landon Ocker - Director of Stadium Auction Programs
- Jordan Rodriguez - Latin American Relations Manager
- Katherine Sartain - Director of Events and Youth Programs
- Greg Thomas - Director of Memorabilia Operations
- Ryan Thomas - Manager of Player Marketing
- Kate Tyo - Vice President of Membership and Development
- Nikki Warner - Director of Communications
Chief Executive Officer
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CEO Dan Foster began his tenure at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 1986 after a successful career in banking and a previous position as the national sales director of Hawaiian Tropic. 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, including: the inception of Major League Alumni Marketing, overseeing approximately $70 million raised for charitable causes, giving back more than $3 million a year directly to former players, securing pensions for a group of former players that lacked that security, and developing the Legends for Youth clinic series. He is extremely proud of the team that has been assembled under him.
Foster is a graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he was an All-America basketball star and held the all-time leading scoring record for more than 30 years. Continuing his higher education, Foster also holds a graduate degree from School of Banking South at Louisiana State University. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Margaret, and their son, Austin.
Geoff C. Hixson
Chief Operating Officer
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Geoff Hixson has been with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1997. His duties include the coordination of the MLBPAA staff, overseeing the execution of celebrity fundraising events and 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 20 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 Dodgers) 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 degree 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.
Christopher D. Torgusen
Senior Vice President, Legends Entertainment Group
Chris Torgusen has worked for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1992. He currently serves as senior vice president of Legends Entertainment Group. 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.
Vice President of Operations
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Mike Groll has been with the MLBPAA since 2004. His responsibilities include the coordination and execution of 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 10 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.
Cameron Bell joined the MLBPAA staff in February 2019 to serve as the Marketing Coordinator for Major League Alumni Marketing. Cameron graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in sport management in the fall of 2016. Upon graduation, Bell interned with the Select Sports Group, a top-five football representation agency. After completing his tenure with Select Sports Group, he interned with the NFLPA in their Player Services department.
Bell currently resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Erika Boughter joined the MLBPAA staff in January 2019 as a program assistant. Boughter graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in English in 2017. Prior to working for the MLBPAA, Boughter served as a special events coordinator at a suicide prevention non-profit in Boston.
Boughter currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Director of IT
719-477-1870 ext. 103
Chris Burkeen joined the MLBPAA staff in January 2014 as the database manager. 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.
Director of Memorabilia and Player Relations
Jennifer Gulino rejoined the Major League Alumni Marketing Team in July 2018. Jen graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Following graduation, Jen honed her sports memorabilia talent with companies such as Steiner Sports and All American Collectibles before making her way into the MLAM family. During her time away from Major League Alumni Marketing, she sharpened her skills at SP Images LLC as a National Account Manager for Hand Signed and Game Used Memorabilia and Lead Buyer. Ultimately, she returned home to MLAM to assist her team in wholesale and retail memorabilia sales as well as handle player relations, signings and exclusive memorabilia contracts.
Jen currently resides in Mendon, Mass. with her husband and two amazing girls.
Business Operations Manager
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Matthew Jones joined the MLBPAA staff in January 2016. Jones graduated with a degree in business from California State University, Northridge. His past work experience includes accounts payable, sports retail, hospitality and education. Jones is also a high school varsity baseball coach in Colorado Springs.
Jones handles accounts payable for the MLBPAA and MLAM. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chief Financial Officer
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Tracey Lucero-Corsi joined the MLBPAA and MLAM staff in October 2014 as the controller, responsible for overseeing all accounting and human-resource functions. Lucero-Corsi has more than 15 years of controller experience, most recently serving as the chief financial officer for Biotest, LLC. Prior to working as a controller, Lucero-Corsi spent time as an auditor for KPMG and Peat Marwick directly following her graduation from Texas Christian University with a bachelor's in accounting.
Lucero-Corsi currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with her husband, Dewayne, and two children, Taylor and Jake.
Diego McCollum joined the MLBPAA staff in January 2019. He is a part of the special events team and is responsible for MLBPAA coaches clinics. McCollum graduated in 2016 from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., where he played three years of baseball and attained a bachelor's degree in psychology. After graduating, Diego interned for the American Baseball Coaches Association for a year.
McCollum currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Digital Communications Coordinator
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Kendall Meisner joined the MLBPAA staff in August 2019 as the Digital Media Assistant. Meisner graduated from Arizona State University in May 2019 with a B.A. in sports journalism. Prior to the MLBPAA, Meisner interned with the Las Vegas 51s- the New York Mets Triple-A affiliate, and spent three years with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers marketing department during spring training.
A native of Cedar City, Utah, Meisner currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Director of Stadium Auction Programs
719-477-1870 ext. 108
Landon Ocker joined the MLBPAA special events team in January 2017 following his communications and membership internship with the organization in the fall of 2016. Ocker graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in marketing. While attending Central Missouri, Ocker competed for two years on the university club baseball team.
Prior to the MLBPAA, Ocker served as a marketing intern and a seasonal ticket sales representative for the University of Missouri - Kansas City Athletic Department.
Ocker currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Latin American Relations Manager
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Jordan Rodriguez joined the MLBPAA staff in June of 2014 to serve as an international special assistant. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in marketing and communication in 2008, playing football at the Division I level while at Wyoming.
After graduating from college, Rodriguez began a graduate assistantship at Texas Tech University, before moving on to a defensive internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers and a coaching position with the United States Air Force Academy.
Rodriguez currently resides in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Director of Events and Youth Programs
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Katherine Sartain began working with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association as a communications intern in September 2015 after graduating in May 2015 from the Louisiana State University Honors College with a bachelor's of science degree in mass communication - PR concentration. While attending LSU, Katherine interned with local PR firm, Covalent Logic, as well as for Southern University's head baseball coach Roger Cador as a personal marketing and PR assistant for his personal brand.
Sartain was brought on full-time in February 2016 and is responsible for the development and coordination of MLBPAA special events and youth baseball clinics. A native of Dallas, Texas, Sartain currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Director of Memorabilia Operations
719-477-1870, ext. 117
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 completed his master's in project management from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in fall 2014 and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Manager of Player Marketing
Ryan Thomas began his tenure with Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in February 2012. He serves as manager of player marketing 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 with his wife, Samantha.
Vice President of Membership and Development
Kate Tyo joined the MLBPAA staff as the membership development coordinator in 2012. Tyo 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, Tyo worked in New Student & Family Programs at University of the Pacific overseeing new student orientation, special events and university tours.
Tyo currently resides in North Carolina.
Director of Communications
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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 position where she will be responsible for media relations, newsletter production, social-media strategy and event promotion.
Warner currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.