A veteran of Minor League Baseball entering his 19th season, Tim Restall serves as President of the Hartford Yard Goats and is the winner of the 2017 Eastern League Executive of the Year.
Restall's career in the family entertainment industry began in 1989 at Canobie Lake Amusement Park in Salem, N.H. He worked his way up from Stand Manager to Assistant General Manager over 11 summers. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. and attended New Hampshire College and UNH Manchester.
Restall started in Minor League Baseball working for the Single A West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) of the Midwest League as the Food and Beverage Manager from 2000-2003. He also oversaw the food service operation at a half-mile race track called Berlin (MI) Raceway.
Prior to joining the Yard Goats, Restall worked for the Double A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Tim was a founding member of the front office staff for the Fisher Cats during the 2004 Inaugural Season, serving as the Director of Food and Beverage at Gill Stadium.
In 2005, Restall became the General Manager for Centerplate, a position he held through the 2007 season. In 2008, Restall became the Vice President of Business Operations for the Fisher Cats. Tim was a proud member of the 2009 Fisher Cats Front Office that was awarded the prestigious 2009 Double A Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America, recognizing the club for achieving long-term success in Minor League Baseball.
In 2013, Restall relocated to New Britain Connecticut to become the General Manager of the Rock Cats and host the Eastern League All Star game that season and later begin planning of the team relocation to Hartford.
Restall serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Advisory Board for the Miracle League of Connecticut, Board of Corporators on the IQuilt Plan and Tolland Little League.
Tim and his wife Tara reside in Tolland with their three children.
Mike Abramson, General Manager
Mike has spent the last 20 years working in the field of marketing & communications, and more than 15 in baseball. As General Manager, Mike oversees all aspects of Yard Goats Baseball at Dunkin' Donuts Park.
Prior to joining the Yard Goats, Mike spent six seasons with the Pawtucket Red Sox; Triple-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Mike began his career in sales with Sports Radio WEEI; then the highest-rated sports radio station in the country.
Mike serves as Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Commission in Chester, CT. He is a proud Big Brother with Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mike lives in Chester with his wife Allison and daughters Emma, Sophia and Clara.
Josh Montinieri, Assistant General Manager, Sales
Josh started his tenure with the Yard Goats when he joined the game day staff for the 2007 & 2008 seasons. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Lasell College in December 2008, Josh joined the High Desert Mavericks in Adelanto, CA, at the time the High A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Starting as an Account Executive, he was promoted to Director of Group Sales in 2010. Following the 2010 season, Josh returned to the East Coast to join the Yard Goats full time as the Box Office Manager. After the 2017 season, he was promoted to his current role as the Assistant General Manger, Sales.
When Josh is not working he enjoys trying to play golf and rooting for Red Sox and New England Patriots. He currently resides in Southington with his wife, Stephanie, his daughters Sadie & Hailey, and dog, Tucker.
Dean Zappalorti, Assistant General Manager, Operations
As Assistant General Manager Dean is responsible for Corporate Sponsorship and Hospitality Sales, as well as overseeing the Operations Department ensuring that the Award-Winning Dunkin' Donuts Park is a safe, clean & fun environment for the best family entertainment this region has to offer.
The Avon CT native comes with extensive regional sales experience in the Sports and Entertainment field, with a heavy concentration on Hartford. That career began in 1998 with a nine-year tenure with Madison Square Garden-CT which managed both the XL Center and Rentschler Field. While there, he sold Corporate Partnerships for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League and the New England Sea Wolves of the Arena Football League, as well as Luxury Seating for ALL events.
More recently, Dean worked as Director of Sponsorship and Hospitality Sales for Mohegan Sun, focusing on the Arena and Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.
Dean is a life-long Yankees fan and subsequent NY Rangers fan after the departure of the Whalers.
Jim Bonfiglio, Controller
Tiffany Young, Executive Director, Hartford Yard Goats Foundation
Driven by a personal passion to help others and motivated to develop greatness in those with whom she works, Tiffany Young is the living embodiment of the popular quote, “For it is in giving that we receive!” Tiffany has built a career reputation as a proverbial bridge-builder, community change agent and certified life coach. She is a fast-emerging figure on the motivational speaking circuit through her works that help people turn personal pain into purpose by developing self- worth, eliminating self-doubt and taking concrete steps toward their destiny. She shares her journey to help others gracefully embrace theirs.
Tiffany Young has been the Director of Community Partnerships with the Hartford Yard Goats since its conception. In 2019 Tiffany was promoted to Executive Director of the Hartford Yard Goats Foundation, making her the first woman and person of color in a senior management role of the organization. In these roles, she has worked diligently to develop strategic community partnerships and enhance the public image of the Yard Goats organization. Her efforts to advance and sustain corporate social responsibility efforts are visible through a variety of channels.
Under Tiffany’s leadership, The Hartford Yard Goats organization was awarded the 2018 Commitment to Charity Ballpark Digest Award. Tiffany was subsequently honored with the first MiLB Presidential Citation Award for Excellence in Building Community, Diversity & Inclusion in December 2018. In April 2019 she was honored with the 100 Women of Color Award for her work in the Greater Hartford community. In October of 2019, Tiffany was featured in Forbes where she explained the importance of first validating yourself. Most recently, Tiffany received The 2020 Oprah Winfrey Award for Leadership & Exposure presented by the Scribe’s Institute for Literacy. In October she looks forward to accepting the Urban League of Greater Hartford 2021 Community Champion Award and in December, receiving the NAACP 2021 100 Most Influential Blacks in CT Award.
Tiffany has an extensive education and professional background in the Theatrical and Performing Arts world. This professional diversity adds a uniquely refreshing perspective, supplementing her business acumen and offering a creative approach to her community development, partnership strategies and life coaching.
Tiffany’s past achievements, for which she is very proud, includes creating a non-profit organization to develop and implement workshops and trainings focused on development in public speaking, character and team building competencies for people in the communities that she serves. Tiffany’s continued desire to cultivate growth in others led her to the launch of TIFFANY**YOUNG** From Pain to Purpose, LLC. A people and community driven organization that fosters growth through Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking and successfully proven Community Engagement Strategies.
Jessica Skelly, Director of Stadium Events
Alyssa Pelosi, Stadium Events Coordinator
Sponsorship & Media Relations
Steve Given, Executive Director of Business Development
The 2022 season marks Steve's thirteenth with the Hartford Yard Goats franchise and seventeenth overall in Minor League Baseball. Steve began with the Rock Cats as a Group Sales Manager before working his way up to his current role of Executive Director of Business Development with the Yard Goats. Prior to the Yard Goats Steve worked for the Connecticut Defenders, the team that would eventually become the Richmond Flying Squirrels, for the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the Group Sales Department leading the Department for the 2009 season as Director of Group Sales. Steve got his start in baseball during the 2006 and 2007 seasons working at Historic Yale Field working for the New Haven County Cutters, a member of the independent CAN-AM League at the time. Again he worked In the Group Sales Department and also assumed the role of Box Office Manager for the 2007 season.
Steve is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and proud alumni of the University of Missouri. He enjoys cheering on his Mizzou Tigers football and basketball teams, along with his hometown Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals, as well as a nice round of golf among good company. Steve lives in Southington with his wife, Alison and kids, Ryan and Avery.
Jeff Dooley, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
Jeff Dooley is the "Voice of the Yard Goats" and the lead play-by-play announcer for all games (home and road) on radio and television. He also hosts complete coverage of the 30-minute Pre-game and Post Game shows. His broadcasts can be heard on the i-Heart Media Hartford affiliate, News Radio 1410 AM (WPOP), and home games televised on Vantage SportsNet. Last season, his play-by-play work was featured in a segment on the Colorado Rockies Television Network, AT&T SportsNet in Denver. In 2015, Dooley was selected as the Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year by NSMA (National Sports Media Association). In 2014, his play-by-play highlight was featured on ESPN Sports Centers Top-10 Plays and in 2013 he was chosen to broadcast a regional telecast on Fox Sports North in Minnesota. His play-by-play highlights have aired on the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins Radio Networks and were featured nationally on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show.
The Lincoln, RI native was behind the microphone for some of the most memorable moments in franchise history, dating back to 1998. He called the first ever game in Yard Goats history in Richmond, Virginia in 2016 and the first professional game played in Hartford in 66 years on opening day, April 13, 2017. Dooley has broadcast three Eastern League Playoff Series, a major league exhibition game with the Minnesota Twins, and the only two no-hitters in franchise history. He was the television play-by-play broadcaster for the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game and called the 2003 EL All-Star game on radio. Additionally, Dooley was the master of ceremonies at the All-Star Luncheon at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol. The St. Joseph's College (ME) graduate has covered the Major League Playoffs, Major League Winter Meetings and reports from spring training each year. Dooley also hosted a weekly feature on the Twins Pre-Game Show on the Twins' 50-station radio network.
Dooley has called baseball on many of the radio outlets in the state of Connecticut including: News Radio 1410 (i-Heart Media), Newstalk 1080 WTIC (50,000 watts CBS Radio), Buckley Radio-Talk of Connecticut (WDRC, AM 1360, WMMW AM 1470, WSNG AM 610, WWCO AM 1240), WMRD AM 1150, WLIS AM 1420, WELI AM 960, WAVZ AM 1300, WPRX AM 1120, WNTY AM 990 and WMAS AM 1450 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Additionally, Dooley is the play-by-play voice of the University of Hartford Men's Basketball Team. Dooley resides in West Hartford with his wife, Marne, and their sons, Joseph and Ryan
Mike Delgado, Director of Production & Creative Services
Mike has been a member of the organization since the 2014 season when he started out as a Production Staff member for the Rock Cats, mostly operating camera during the games. As a member of the Yard Goats Production Staff in 2017 and 2018, he operated the video board as well as assisted in video and graphics creation. As Director of Production & Creative Services, Mike works to create a top-notch baseball production for both the fans in Dunkin' Donuts Park and those watching the games on MiLB.tv.
A Newington native, Mike graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2017 with a BA in Film, Television and Media Arts. While at Quinnipiac, he was Co-Executive Producer for the morning talk show on Quinnipiac's student-run television station, Q30. He was also Sound Designer for various Quinnipiac Theater for the Community productions. In his free time, Mike enjoys golfing and hiking...but mostly golfing.
Sage Vigliarolo, Box Office Manager
Lynette Perez, Marketing Manager
Isabelle Meckfessel, Promotions Manager
Steve Mekkelsen, Director of Ticket Sales
Steve is entering his eleventh season in Minor League Baseball. He was a member of the New Britain Rock Cats as a group sales manager from 2014-2015. Prior to working with the Rock Cats, he spent the summer of 2012 as an intern with the Connecticut Tigers, short season single A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Steve returned to the Tigers for the 2013 season as Events and Promotions Manager and was an essential part of the planning and execution of the 2013 New York - Penn League All Star Game. With the Yard Goats, Steve served as Ticket Sales Manager from 2017-2019. Following the 2019 season, he was promoted to his current role as Director of Ticket Sales.
He attended West Virginia University and earned his Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. While attending WVU, Steve was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he served as President.
Currently residing in Avon, Steve likes to stay active and participates in multiple WAKA sports leagues in his free time. Born and raised in Connecticut he enjoys country music, hiking in the wild, a round of golf on the links, and The Wall Street Journal. Let's Go Mountaineers!
Matt DiBona, Hospitality Manager
Matt is entering his ninth season in Minor League Baseball after spending his first two years with the New Britain Rock Cats. He joined the team as a Ticket Operations Assistant prior to the 2014 MiLB season. Matt currently works as the Hospitality Manager.
He graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2013 with a degree in Sports Management. While attending Springfield he completed an internship in the ticket office of the XL Center in Downtown Hartford, and worked closely with the CT Whale hockey team of the AHL (now Hartford Wolf Pack). Also during his time at Springfield, Matt competed for the Springfield College wrestling team and helped with the planning of events on campus.
Matt, a native of Wells, ME, cheers for all of the major Boston area sports teams and considers himself to be a bit of a trivia wiz. Until he gets the call to be on Jeopardy, Matt can be found at Dunkin' Donuts Park where he looks to make your game day experience a home run (pun totally intended)!
Shawn Perry, Senior Account Executive
Shawn is entering his sixth season as a Ticket Account Executive with the Hartford Yard Goats. He is a Connecticut native that attended primary school in East Hartford & South Windsor. After graduating from South Windsor High School, he attended Clark University where he earned a Masters Degree in Communications as well as Bachelors in Screen Studies and Psychology. During College he Studied Abroad in Scotland, Co-Managed the Campus Cable station, Interned for an AHL Hockey Team and played Division III Tennis. He has a life-long passion for Professional Sports, as well as the City of Hartford, and is honored to be a part of the Hartford Yard Goats. In his free time he enjoys running, swimming, music, movies and spending time with family & friends.
Jacob Michney, Senior Account Executive
Jacob is a native of Akron, Ohio. He studied sports management and marketing at The University of Akron and in 2017 graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management and a Minor in Consumer Marketing. In 2017, Jacob began working as a Group Sales Representative for the Pawtucket Red Sox. In 2018 he joined the Yard Goats Staff as a Ticket Sales Account Executive.
In his free time he likes being outdoors, or going to see friends. Depending on what season it is you can expect Jacob to be watching his favorite sports teams the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians.
Matt is a proud native of Naugatuck, CT. He graduated from Springfield College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Management. After interning with Long Beach State University Athletics Sales and Service Department, he joined the Yard Goats staff in December of 2021. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as going to concerts, movies, and sporting events. He roots for the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York Yankees, and New Jersey Devils
Stadium & Field Operations
Shirelle Buie, Front Office Receptionist
Andrew Girard, Director of Stadium Operations
As Director of Stadium Operations, Andrew helps to ensure that effective and efficient strategies are put in place to properly run Dunkin' Donuts Park. His duties include scheduling and managing part-time stadium operations staff, assisting in the planning and implementation of facility maintenance projects, and helping to oversee stadium security systems. Along with his work with the operations department, Andrew does not shy away from leveraging his opportunities to work within other business functions at the Yard Goats. Passionate about his work - excited to lend a hand wherever possible.
Andrew holds a MS from University of Connecticut in sport management.