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Staff Directory

Front Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Address:
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, Calif., 95691
General Email Addresses
General inquiries:
reception@rivercats.com
Management: rcmanagement@rivercats.com

 

General Phone Numbers
Front Desk: 916.376.4700
On Deck Shop: 916.376.4796
Events & Entertainment: 916.376.4676
Concert Noise Hotline: 916.376.4623
Accessible/Disabled Tickets Hotline: 916.376.4636
Fax: 916.376.4710


Executive Management
Susan Savage: CEO, Majority Owner
Jeff Savage: General Manager
Dan Vistica: Executive VP & CFO
Chip Maxson: Senior VP, Business Operations

Executive Assistant

Corporate Partnerships
Greg Coletti: Director, Corporate Partnerships
Johnny Doskow: Radio Broadcaster
Kelly O'Brien: Coordinator, Partnership Activation
Julie Imhoff: Coordinator, Partnership Activation

Finance & Administration
Madeline Strika: Controller
Grace Bailey: Director, Human Resources
Michelle Agurto: Accounting Assistant
Leah Larot: Receptionist

Marketing & Events
Dane Lund: Manager, Entertainment and Promotions
Kelly Cassidy: Coordinator, Marketing
Mike Villarreal: Coordinator, Multimedia & Graphic Design
Ann Frazier: Graphic Designer
Brittney Broberg: Coordinator, Events & Entertainment
Rhett Holland: Mascot Coordinator
Mark Ling: Coordinator, Public Relations & Baseball Operations

Merchandise
Rose Holland: Manager, Merchandise
Erin Kilby: Assistant Manager, On Deck Shop
Brent Savage: Coordinator, Website & Research

Operations
Ryan Von Sossan: Director, Stadium Operations and Events & Entertainment
Mike Gossen: Facility Engineer
Russ Casselberry: Operations Lead
Chris Shastid: Head Groundskeeper
Marcello Clamar: Coordinator, Grounds

Ticket Sales & Services
John Krivacic: Director, Ticket Operations
Khimberly Marshall: Ticket Operations Assistant
Adam English: Director, Ticket Sales
Jordan Cannon: Manager, Inside Sales
Mychal Baker: Corporate Account Executive
Andrew Dean: Corporate Account Executive
Cooper Farrer: Corporate Account Executive
Jon O'Connor: Corporate Account Executive
John Watts: Senior Corporate Account Executive
Michelle Bello: Group Events Account Executive
Eddie Eixenberger: Group Events Account Executive
Megan Hinde: Group Events Account Executive
Alejandro Lacayo: Group Events Account Executive
Joey Van Cleave: Group Events Account Executive
Alicia Stefani: Membership Coordinator

Field Staff
Steve Scarsone: Manager
Rick Rodriguez: Pitching Coach
Greg Sparks: Hitting Coach
Brad LaRosa: Athletic Trainer
Derek Cantieni: Strength Coach

SUSAN SAVAGE
OWNER

Susan, a native of Amarillo Texas, is entering her fourth season as the sole majority owner of the Sacramento River Cats. Susan and her late husband, Art Savage, purchased the Triple-A franchise and moved the team from Vancouver to the River City in 2000. For 10 years, they co-owned the River Cats, bringing baseball back to Sacramento after a 23-year absence. Art passed away on November 21, 2009.

A graduate of UCLA, Susan is passionate about the arts and has integrated student art into the ballpark through the Pillars of Art tile program and the annual calendar featuring original art from area schools. In 2012, Susan was nominated to be minor league baseball's Female Executive of the Year, and was selected as the Sacramento Businesswoman of the Year. She has also been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the Leaders of the Year. In her free time, she sits on the boards of the UC Davis Children's Hospital Advisory Committee and the Chevo Foundation, and is a member of the NextED/Cranes CEO Champions and the Sacramento Host Breakfast Committee.

Her vision, as was Art's, is to offer the best fan experience possible and to make customer service the top priority. Susan and the River Cats family strive, on a daily basis, to make Raley Field the number one venue for entertainment in the Sacramento area.

Susan's two sons, Jeff and Brent, are both River Cats employees.

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JEFF SAVAGE
GENERAL MANAGER

Jeff Savage is the River Cats' General Manager and oversees Ticket Sales, Marketing, Events & Entertainment and various land development projects around Raley Field.

Prior to joining the River Cats, Jeff operated a sole proprietorship, consulting and advising client companies both inside and outside the professional sports world. Before venturing on his own, Jeff was a manager in the San Francisco office of Deloitte & Touche, consulting client companies in the management of their intellectual property.

Jeff received his bachelor's degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University and his masters in business administration at the University of California, Davis. He and his wife, Ulrike, and their children reside in Sacramento.

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DAN VISTICA
EXECUTIVE VP & CFO

A native of Portland, Ore., Dan is entering his 14th season with the River Cats. He is the Executive Vice President and CFO of the River Cats and Chairman of the Board of the River Cats Foundation. During his time at Raley Field, he has managed all aspects of the company's finance and administrative functions as well as certain operations of the company.

Prior to joining the River Cats, Dan worked in private industry and began his career with Deloitte. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University in Los Angeles and his master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University in Los Angeles.

He is a member of both the AICPA and the California CPA Society. He is currently a member of US Bank's Board of Directors for the Sacramento region and heads the Pacific Coast League's Finance Committee.

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CHIP MAXSON
SENIOR VP, BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Originally from the Midwest, Chip grew up cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes, Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. After playing college baseball at Olivet Nazarene University, he realized that MLB was not going to be a reality but a career in baseball certainly could be.

Chip continued his education, earning an MSE in Sports Management from Baylor University and landing internships with the Kane County Cougars and Memphis Redbirds. From Memphis, Chip joined Mandalay Baseball Properties and led the Frisco RoughRiders sales staff that was recognized by Sports Business Journal as the highest revenue-producing team in all of MiLB in 2007.

In 2008, Chip moved to Tacoma, WA, to help turn around the Tacoma Rainiers. As Vice President of Ticket Sales, Maxson oversaw the largest sales staff in the PCL and increased ticket revenue by more than 150% in his first four seasons by selling out the contract suites, premium and club areas. Chip was also instrumental in the $30M renovation of Cheney Stadium which won Ballpark Digest's 2011 Renovation of the Year award.

In 2012, Chip and his wife Allison moved to Sacramento to join the River Cats family. Allison is an elite runner, so together they enjoy doing races, working out and anything outdoors.

Phone: 916-376-4951

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Phone: 916-376-4712

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GRACE BAILEY
DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES

Grace is entering her fifth season with the River Cats as the Human Resources Manager. Grace joined the team with a tenured background in HR, Management and Customer Service; she is the ultimate Human Resource professional and is known for her warm, outgoing, and charismatic persona. Grace is passionate about staff development and providing opportunities for River Cats employees to excel.

In her off time, you can find Grace preparing and sharing delicious meals and moments with her large Italian family, as well as attending her son's sporting events.

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MICHELLE AGURTO
ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT

 

Phone: 916-376-4744

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LEAH LAROT
RECEPTIONIST

Leah is in her second season as the receptionist with the Sacramento River Cats. Born and raised in San Jose, Leah's passion to compete earned her a soccer scholarship to Sacramento State where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in Communications with a minor is Sociology. While at Sac State, Leah became the first lady Hornet to play in and win two conference championships and advance to two NCAA tournaments. She is among the top players in school history in goals and games played.

Before joining the River Cats team, Leah experienced the other side of Sac State sports, working for the Athletic Department, aiding at various sporting events including baseball, softball, football and track. She also held temporary positions working retail at Nike as well as office positions for Corporate Verizon.

Leah still enjoys playing soccer with some of her college buddies and can be found most weekends still competing for indoor and outdoor teams. Additionally, Leah is involved with community outreach programs for youth through her church, The House a Bayside Church. She still finds time to drive down to San Jose to visit family and friends, but sees herself settling in Sacramento.

Phone: 916-376-4700

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MADELINE STRIKA
CONTROLLER

Maddie is entering her seventh season with the Sacramento River Cats. She is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy. Maddie grew up in the small town of Georgetown, California, and currently resides in West Sacramento with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends and family.

Phone: 916-376-4638

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MIKE GOSSEN
FACILITY ENGINEER

Phone: 916-376-4736

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RUSS CASSELBERRY
OPERATIONS LEAD

Phone: 916-376-4644

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CHRIS SHASTID
HEAD GROUNDSKEEPER

Phone: 916-376-4854

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MARCELLO CLAMAR
COORDINATOR, GROUNDS

 

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GREG COLETTI
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP

Greg is entering his sixth season in Minor League Baseball, and third as the director of corporate partnerships for the River Cats. Prior to joining the team, Greg worked five years in San Francisco for InStadium Inc., a sports marketing firm based out of Chicago, Ill. Greg attended the University of the Pacific where he earned a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Marketing. A die-hard New York Mets fan, Greg enjoys watching sports and hanging out with friends and family on the weekends.

Phone: 916-376-4842

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JOHNNY DOSKOW
BROADCASTER, ENGLISH RADIO

In November of 2000, the Sacramento River Cats named Johnny Doskow their play-by-play announcer. Now, 13 years later, Johnny is a mainstay of the Sacramento community and his signature, "Holy Koudelka," is known throughout River Cat nation.

Johnny Doskow joined the River Cats prior to the 2001 season, where he spent three seasons as the play-by-play announcer and host of daily pregame and postgame shows for the Fresno Grizzlies. Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Doskow worked two seasons as the play-by-play broadcaster for the High Desert Mavericks of the California League and three seasons doing the play-by-play announcing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League.

Doskow has received recognition from a number of national publications, including Baseball America, who named him one of the top 10 Minor League broadcasters during the 1999 season. Locally, Doskow won the Sacramento News and Reviews "Best Soul in a Baseball Broadcaster" award in the 2004 season.

In 2012, while Ken Korach was recovering from knee-replacment surgery, Doskow called 34 Oakland A's games alongside Vince Cotroneo and Ray Fosse. 

Doskow graduated from the University of La Verne in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Johnny is a resident of Folsom, where he lives with his 8-year-old daughter, Emily.

Phone: 916-376-4740

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KELLY O'BRIEN
COORDINATOR, PARTNERSHIP ACTIVATION

Kelly is originally from Petaluma where she attended high school and played soccer, basketball, track, and cross country. She recently graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

This is Kelly's third season with the Sacramento River Cats, her first was as a member of the Cat Crew. Kelly started the 2013 season as a Sales Assistant before being promoted to Partnership Activation Coordinator. She has also worked with the Sacramento Kings as an in-game promotions intern, at CBS radio as a special events intern, for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a fundraising intern, and in the Sacramento State ticketing office. Kelly is an avid San Francisco Giants fan and is especially fond of Buster Posey.

Phone: (916) 376-4890

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JULIE IMHOFF
COORDINATOR, PARTNERSHIP ACTIVATION

Native to the Sacramento area, Julie will be starting her first season with the River Cats after spending the last seven years in the Orange County area. For the last two years, Julie worked for the Walt Disney Company where she was a Lead/Scheduler for the Characters/Imaging Department at Disney California Adventure Park. She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where she obtained her Bachelors in Graphic Design and just completed a Professional Certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley Extension Program.

Julie is an avid sports enthusiast and has been involved in sports for most of her life. She participated in basketball and softball through high school and swam competitively all the way into college, where she was named a NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2009 with APU. Some of her favorite things to do are watching movies and getting together with friends and family, including her little dog Oliver. Phone: (916) 376-4891

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ROSE HOLLAND
MERCHANDISE MANAGER

This is Rose's sixth season with the River Cats as the Merchandise Manager. She has been in the retail business for the last 30 years. Rose and her husband, Rick, owned and operated a tennis specialty store for most of those years. She is a graduate of Fresno State University and the mother of two boys, Ricky and Rhett. For seven years she coached the Rio Americano High School girls varsity tennis team -- and she still enjoys playing tennis in her free time.

Phone: 916-376-4796

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ERIN KILBY
ASSISTANT MANAGER, ON DECK SHOP

Phone:

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BRENT SAVAGE
COORDINATOR, WEBSITE & RESEARCH DESIGN

Brent is entering his 10th season in minor league baseball as a website and research coordinator with the Sacramento River Cats. Brent is a fan of all sports - Baseball (Oakland A's), Hockey (San Jose Sharks), Basketball (Sacramento Kings) and Football (San Francisco 49ers). Brent's favorite baseball memory came when Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's all-time stolen base record.

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JOHN KRIVACIC
DIRECTOR, TICKET OPERATIONS

 

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KHIMBERLY MARSHALL
TICKET OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

 

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ADAM ENGLISH
DIRECTOR, TICKET SALES

 

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JORDAN CANNON
MANAGER, INSIDE SALES

Jordan is entering his second season with the Sacramento River Cats, as the Inside Sales Manager. Jordan is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned his B.S. in Sport Management.

Jordan has most recently worked with The Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL Affiliate of The Philadelphia Flyers, as a Senior Account Executive. Prior to his time with the Phantoms, he worked with The Philadelphia Soul, an arena football team in Philadelphia, PA. During his time at the Soul he witnessed the team capture an American Conference Championship, but came up short in the Arena Bowl in New Orleans.

Born and raised on the east-coast Jordan is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball and golf with friends. With his first time living on the west-coast, Jordan is excited to continue working with the Sacramento River Cats.

Phone: 916-376-4645

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MYCHAL BAKER
CORPORATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Mychal is entering his second season with the River Cats as a member of the Corporates Sales team. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he brings a new energy to the River Cats family.

A graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in Marketing, Mychal enjoys watching movies, rooting for his favorite hometown teams, and fueling his sneaker addiction. He puts family before his own glory and looks to continue that tradition with his new River Cats family.

Phone:916-376-4824

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ANDREW DEAN
CORPORATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Hailing from Rocklin, CA, Andrews is joining us for his first season with the River Cats. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Economics, Andrew started his career in Los Angeles fundraising and managing volunteers with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life before moving back up to the Sacramento area. Andrew is a devout LA Dodger fan and spends his free time doing anything that will pose a good challenge. He is thrilled to be joining such a great organization back in his old stomping grounds.

Phone:916-376-4856

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COOPER FARRER
CORPORATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Cooper joins the River Cats for his first season this year, after spending most of the 2013 NFL season as a Seasonal Ticket Sales Associate with the Atlanta Falcons. Born and raised in San Rafael, he is a huge San Francisco 49ers, Giants, and Oregon Ducks fan. His previous work in sports includes his time as a Marketing Intern for the Seattle Mariners and 49ers. Cooper received his start in sales as a Sales Associate at Nordstrom in Women's Shoes. 

Cooper grew up playing both baseball and football and received his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Business from the University of Oregon in 2012. Go Ducks!!

Having recently moved to Sacramento, Cooper finds himself between trips back to the Bay Area and Tahoe. Cooper is really looking forward to the start of the 2014 River Cats season.

Phone: 916-376-4634

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JON O'CONNOR
CORPORATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Jon O'Connor comes to us from Seattle, Washington but has East Coast roots. He previously worked at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Washington as the director of tournament operations and sales. Jon played baseball in both high school and college. Jon's education came from the United States Sports Academy. He is a HUGE Gonzaga Bulldog and Boston Red Sox fan. In his spare time he likes to play basketball and lots of golf. Jon lives with his wife Kristina in Rancho Cordova.

Phone: 916-376-4869

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JOHN WATTS
SENIOR CORPORATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Born and raised in Los Angeles, John is entering his tenth year working in Minor League Baseball. He previously worked for the Fresno Grizzlies and the Stockton Ports in their tickets sales departments. He is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include playing basketball and softball.

Phone: 916-376-4633

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MICHELLE BELLO
GROUP EVENTS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Michelle was born and raised in Dixon, CA, where she attended Dixon High School and played softball and golf. She recently graduated from Western Carolina University in May, 2013 where she attained a B.S. in Communication with PR emphasis and minor in marketing. She immediately came back to California to work for the River Cats as a sales assistant, and was promoted to be a group sales account executive. She is now in charge of the high school baseball program. I love to play sports, ride my horse, travel and spend time with friends and family.

Phone: 916-376-4826

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EDDIE EIXENBERGER
GROUP EVENTS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Eddie is entering his first season with the River Cats. Originally from Washington State. Prior to relocating to Sacramento and joining the River Cats Family he had spent 4 years in Idaho attending Boise State University, home of the Broncos and famous "Smurf Turf". He graduated with a Double Major in Business and Human Resource Management.

His two major passions outside of baseball include Motocross and Boise State Football. Eddie loves Northern California for it's great year round weather for riding his dirt bike, and the fact that it's only a day's drive away from home and Boise.

Although in 49ers Country, Eddie is a huge enthusiast of all things Northwest, especially the Seattle Seahawks and Grunge Music. He is always looking for fellow Washingtonian's to join forces against the Bay Area Fan Base.

Eddie is extremely excited and grateful to be working in the sports industry and for this organization.

Phone: 916-376-4873

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MEGAN HINDE
GROUP EVENTS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Megan is entering her third season with the River Cats. She graduated from Sacramento State with a Recreation Administration degree and is very excited to be working with public schools in the surrounding counties.

Born in Sacramento and raised in Redding, Megan loves everything northern California has to offer. She is a San Francisco Giants fan and oddly enough a Green Bay Packers fan. In the offseason she spends her time with family and friends and actively attending country concerts.

Phone: 916-376-4621
Email: mhinde@rivercats.com

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ALEJANDRO LACAYO
GROUP EVENTS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

After completing the 2013 season as a sales assistant, Alejandro has proven himself enough to earn a full-time Groups Events, Account Executive position.

A Bay Area native, Alejandro dedicates his emotions and feelings to the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors. He also roots for the Fresno State Bulldogs, where he acquired his B.S. in Sports Marketing.

Outside the ballpark, Alejandro enjoys playing sports, catching live shows and listening to all different types of music.

Phone:916-376-4867

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JOEY VAN CLEAVE
GROUP EVENTS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Born and raised in Windsor, which is in Sonoma County, he competed in college baseball as a pitcher at Sonoma State University. His baseball team made it to the College World Series in 2011. He graduated from Sonoma State University, earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology. He is an avid Bay Area sports fan, following the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks.

Phone: 916-376-4789

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ALICIA STEFANI
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

 

Phone: 916-376-4868

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RYAN VON SOSSAN
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AND EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The 2015 season will be Ryan's ninth with the River Cats and Raley Field. He previously worked with minor league teams in Dayton, Ohio, and Lincoln, Neb.

An Ohio native, Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He enjoys spending free time with family, live music and skiing the Tahoe slopes.

Phone: 916-376-4670

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DANE LUND
MANAGER, ENTERTAINMENT AND PROMOTIONS

Dane comes to the River Cats from Tacoma, WA where he spent three seasons in game-entertainment with the Tacoma Rainiers. Dane is a Washington native and admits to being a life-long Seattle Mariners fan.

Dane received his BA in Media & Communications at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. After graduating Dane completed an internship with Media for Development International, a socially conscious film company located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

When he's not at the ballpark, Dane loves to travel. He has been to 21 countries and 49 states. Dane also enjoys Seattle sports, wakeboarding, snowboarding, cycling, and going to concerts.

Phone: 916-376-4732

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KELLY CASSIDY
COORDINATOR, MARKETING

Born and raised on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, Kelly attended Sacramento State where she received her bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration. Entering her second season with the River Cats, Kelly is a loyal Oakland A's fan.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, reading, coffee, and listening to country music.

Phone: 916-376-4762

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MIKE VILLARREAL
COORDINATOR, MULTIMEDIA & GRAPHIC DESIGN

Phone: 916-376-4990

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Ann Frazier
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Phone: 916-376-4844

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BRITTNEY BROBERG
COORDINATOR, EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Brittney was born and raised in Roseville, CA, where she grew up playing all sports. In high school, she played softball and volleyball, and went on to become a coach for Roseville Girls Softball. She attened Sac State, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and International Business. She loves the atmosphere of Raley Field and is very excited to be a part of the team.

Phone: 916-376-4724

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RHETT HOLLAND
MASCOT COORDINATOR

Rhett joined the River Cats during the 2010 season as the team's Mascot Coordinator. Rhett organizes and handles all of Dinger's outside community events, as well as Dinger's in-game entertainment at Raley Field.

Rhett graduated from Rio Americano High School in 2006. Previously, Rhett managed a local golf store, The Wide World of Golf, for four years. Rhett is an avid white water enthusiast who loves fishing, playing music and all sports!

Phone: 916-376-4754

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MARK LING
COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BASEBALL OPERATIONS

Mark attended UC Davis, and is entering his fourth season with the River Cats. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Davis, with their baby boy and enjoy the fine food at Our House restaurant in downtown Davis.

Phone: 916-376-4751
Email: mling@rivercats.com

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