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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 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 $38 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 
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 110
geoff@mlbpaa.com

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 75 celebrity fundraising events and more than 175 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

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.

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 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.

Chris Burkeen

Database Manager
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 103
cburkeen@mlbpaa.com

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.

Adam Harring

Marketing Assistant
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 102
adam@mlbpaa.com

Adam Harring joined the MLBPAA staff in 2017 as a Marketing Assistant. Harring graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a bachelor's in journalism and minor in Spanish. As an undergrad, Harring completed two internships, first with Carnegie Mellon University and his second with C-SPAN. After graduating, Harring worked as an Assistant Inn Manager at the White Moose Inn. In this role he gained valuable experience working with a wide variety of people and tasks.

Harring currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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.

Matthew Jones

Finance Coordinator
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 107
matthew@mlbpaa.com

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.

Rachel Levitsky

Communications Manager
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 115
rachel@mlbpaa.com

Rachel Levitsky rejoined the office in July 2018. Levitsky graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2013 with a B.A. in both biology and international affairs. Following her undergraduate education, she spent three years in the Communications Department at the MLBPAA, before moving on to obtain her master's in sports management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2017. In her time away from the Alumni Association, Levitsky gained experience working for the UMass Athletics Marketing Department, as well as at Octagon Sports and Entertainment in experiential marketing consulting.

Levitsky's responsibilities at the MLBPAA will span public and media relations, social media and special event coordination.

Levitsky currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tracey Lucero-Corsi

Controller
MLBPAA, MLAM
719-477-1870 ext. 106
tracey@mlbpaa.com

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.

Landon Ocker

Director of Stadium Auction Programs
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 108
landon@mlbpaa.com

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 Castle Rock, Colo.

Jordan Rodriguez

Latin American Relations Manager
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 127
jordan@mlbpaa.com

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 Colorado Springs, Colo.

Katherine Sartain

Special Events Coordinator
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 132
katherine@mlbpaa.com

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.

Greg Thomas

Director of Memorabilia Operations
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 completed his master's in project management from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in fall 2014 and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ryan Thomas

Managing of Player Marketing
MLAM
727-898-8900
ryan@mlbpaa.com

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.

Alex Trihias

Communications Assistant
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 114
atrihias@mlbpaa.com

Alex Trihias joined the MLBPAA staff as a communications assistant in June 2016. Trihias graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in psychology in December 2014.

Upon graduating college, Trihias began a reporting job with a local newspaper called The Progress-Index in Petersburg, Virginia, and won a second place Virginia Press Association Award for public safety writing. After spending just under a year at the newspaper, Trihias relocated to Colorado and began working with the MLBPAA shortly after.

Trihias currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nikki Warner

Director of Communications
MLBPAA
719-477-1870 ext. 105
nikki@mlbpaa.com

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.

Callie Welch

Manager of Player Marketing
MLAM
719-475-1847
callie@mlbpaa.com

Callie Welch joined the MLBPAA in the spring of 2014 as a marketing intern. She now serves as manager of player marketing for Major League Alumni Marketing in St. Petersburg, Fla., alongside vice president Chris Torgusen and fellow marketing coordinator Ryan Thomas.

Welch graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management from the University of Tampa in the spring of 2014. As an undergrad, she was the sports management department assistant, worked with the Philadelphia Phillies throughout their Spring Training months, and spent a year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an intern and assistant in the community relations department.

Welch currently resides in Tampa, Fla.

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