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Executive Administration

Steve Pelle

General Manager
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Steve joined the Astros organization in October of 2021. He serves as the General Manager and team leader of the Woodpeckers Organization.

Prior to joining the Astros, Steve worked for the Inland Empire 66ers for 11 seasons as the Director of Groups Sales, Director of Marketing, Director of Corporate Sales and Assistant General Manager.

Steve received his bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Peru State University.

Outside of Segra Stadium, Steve enjoys tennis, karaoke, good wine, cruising (on a boat) and hanging with his Wife Jessica and 4 dogs Rue, Radar, Inky and Dexter. A native of San Diego, CA, Steve is a huge San Diego Padres fan.

Bunker

Director, Fun

Bunker has built his nest at Segra Stadium, right in the heart of downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina & minutes away from the world’s largest military installation: Fort Bragg. His favorite hobbies are pecking trees, playing baseball, & dancing! Fun Fact: Bunker was named after a very important leader of the 82nd Airborne Division, General Matthew Bunker Ridgeway, who led the United States to victory in World War II.

Marketing & Creative

Danyel Beaver

Manager, Marketing & Communications
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Danyel joined the Astros organization in May of 2021. As the Marketing and Communications Manager, Danyel manages all social platforms for the team, the website and communications.

Prior to joining the Astros, Danyel spent two years working in the athletics department at Baylor University, first as an operations assistant and then as the Assistant Character Formation Coordinator.

Danyel received her bachelor's degrees in journalism and dance performance and choreography from East Carolina University and a master's in sports management from Baylor University.

Danyel was born and raised in Durham and in her free time, likes to teach dance, travel, and spend time with her fiancé and their two dogs Red and Harper.

Ryan LeFevre

Manager, Creative Services [email protected]

Ryan joined the Astros' organization in February of 2018. As the Manager of Creative Services, Ryan serves as the lead designer for the Woodpeckers, with a focus on design projects across the organization.

Prior to joining the Astros, Ryan was the Production Manager for the Lansing Lugnuts (Class-A Blue Jays). As the Production Manager, Ryan oversaw all production and graphic design for the team, making all the graphics and managing the production staff for each game. Before joining the Lugnuts, he was a Production Assistant for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA Toronto Blue Jays).

Ryan received his bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of New Haven. Ryan was born and raised in Connecticut.

Kristen Nett

Manager, Community & Media Relations
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Kristen joined the Woodpeckers in August 2021 as the Community and Media Relations Manager. Kristen received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (GO BIG RED!) in Child, Youth and Family Studies. She loves that she can combine her love of helping others with her love of sports!

Before joining the Woodpeckers, Kristen served as the Community Relations and Promotions Associate with the Rocky Mountain Vibes in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Community Relations and Social Media Intern with the West Virginia Power in Charleston, WV. At the University of Nebraska, she worked for Nebraska Athletic Communications for three years and spent a year as the Sports Information Director for the men’s gymnastics team.

Outside of Segra Stadium, Kristen enjoys singing, reading, playing instruments, podcasting, and traveling (she has lived in 6 states already!). A native of Stoughton, Wisconsin, Kristen is a huge cheese head and loves to cheer on the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Celtics, and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Victoria Lark

Manager, Retail
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Victoria joined the Astros organization in March of 2020. As the Manager of Retail Operations, she slings merch.

Prior to joining the Astros, Victoria worked in marketing with the Miami Marlins.

Victoria graduated from Johnson & Wales – North Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports, Entertainment, & Event Management with a specialization in sports.

Victoria was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. In her free time, she loves spending time with her dog and going on adventures. Her favorite season is the one where the NFL and NBA are on at the same time- then you can find her cheering on her Indianapolis Colts and Miami Heat.

Brian Barber

Coordinator, Ballpark Entertainment
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Brian Barber joined the Astros Organization in April of 2019. As the Coordinator of Ballpark Entertainment, Brian works with the creative team to develop entertaining content for in-game, digital and other out-bound applications. He also works interdepartmentally with other areas such as Special Events, Ticket Sales, Retail, and Community Relations. Brian originally started with the Woodpeckers as a community/in-game entertainment representative.

Prior to joining the Astros full-time, Brian was employed by his alma mater as the Social Media Coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Engagement at Fayetteville State University.

Brian received his bachelor's degree in Communications and a Minor in Psychology from Fayetteville State University in 2020. Brian is from Fayetteville, NC by way of Ellicott City, Maryland.

Andrew Chapman

Coordinator, Broadcasting & Communications
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Chapman joined the Woodpeckers prior to the 2021 season and enters his fourth years working in Minor League Baseball. Prior to moving to Fayetteville, he served as the Broadcaster and Media Coordinator of the Jackson Generals (Jackson, TN) in the Southern League. He has also spent time living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Southern California as the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant for the Biloxi Shuckers in 2019, and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League in 2018.

A Stockton, California native, Chapman graduated from Arizona State University with a journalism and mass communication degree from the Walter Cronkite School in 2017. As a Sun Devil, he called play-by-play for Arizona State baseball, softball, football, basketball and soccer on local student radio and PAC-12 Digital Networks.

Tania Aho

Coordinator, Graphics & Video Production
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Tania joined the Astros organization in February of 2022. As Graphics and Video Production Coordinator, she works with the creative team to design and develop marketing materials for the Woodpeckers, as well as capture content throughout the stadium.

Tania is a Cincinnati, Ohio native and received her BSD in Visual Communication Design with a research distinction from The Ohio State University (O-H!). Prior to joining the Astros, she worked as a designer in other fields including academics, finance and home textiles.

Outside of the stadium, Tania enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and photography and is on a quest to visit all of our National Parks.

Timmy Daughtry

Assistant, Marketing

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Timmy joined the Astro organization in 2022. As a Marketing Assistant, Timmy helps assistance the Marketing and Communications Manager in managing all the social platforms, for the team and the website.

Prior to joining the Astros, Timmy was the Social Media intern for ARRAY Publishing and Marketing, during the summer of 2021. As the Social Media intern, Timmy managed all the social media platforms for the company.

Timmy will be receiving his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Methodist University in May 2022. This Fall, Timmy plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, to obtain a master’s degree in Business Administration.

Colin Casey

Assistant, Broadcasting & Communications

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Colin joined the Woodpeckers broadcast team for the 2022 season after spending three years with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League as their play-by-play voice. He also spent a season as a media intern for the Valley Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Colin is a 2021 graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he worked for the school’s student radio station WMUA, becoming their sports director in his senior year. His biggest accomplishment was calling the UMass Minutemen hockey team’s first ever National Championship. In his free time, Colin enjoys playing video games and watching all kinds of sports, especially baseball, hockey, and golf.

Landry Young

Assistant, Community Relations

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Landrey joined the Woodpeckers in March of 2022 as the Community Relations Assistant. Without any experience in the world of sports, she is excited to learn as much as possible!

Landrey moved from Texas to Fayetteville in the summer of 2021. She graduated from Angelo State University in May 2021 with her BBA in Business Management and a minor in Mass Media. Two of her favorite university organizations were the Green Action Club and Ram Radio, on which she was a talk show host with a focus on music.

Prior to joining the Astros organization, Landrey spent a year as a barista for a couple award-winning coffee shops, in San Angelo and Fayetteville. During college, she was an intern for a Cadillac dealership where she worked with the sales team on marketing and inventory presentation quality.

Landrey is a San Antonio native. There, she met her husband and got her two dogs, Shyla and Diddle. In her free time, she enjoys good coffee, listening to music, going to concerts, reading, hiking, volunteering, and exploring North Carolina!

Sales & Ticketing

Gabriel Evans

Director, Ticket Sales & Service
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Gabriel Evans joined the Astros organization in August of 2018. As Manager of Ticket Operations of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Gabriel oversees all ticketing operations.

Prior to joining the Astros, Gabriel was employed by Campbell University in the athletic department. As the Director of Equipment, Gabriel oversaw the athletic departments equipment operation from purchasing and delivering to various sports on campus. Before becoming that Gabriel was an intern in Athletic Game Operations where he gained valuable experienced in athletics.

Gabriel received his bachelor's degree in Sports management from Catawba College and is currently pursuing his MS in Sports Administration. Gabriel was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC.

Brittany Tschida

Manager, Sponsorship Strategy & Activation
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Brittany Tschida joined the Astros organization in August of 2018. As the Manager of Sponsorship Strategy & Activation, she is responsible for the fulfillment of partnerships and providing strategic planning support for potential sponsors.

A native of Fayetteville, Brittany is no stranger to the area nor baseball. Before joining the Astros, Brittany worked with the Fayetteville SwampDogs. As Assistant General Manager, Brittany oversaw summer employment, operations, and sales. Before taking the full time position, Brittany completed multiple internships with the SwampDogs and the Chowan University Athletic Department, gaining valuable experience in the world of sports.

Brittany earned her bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Business Administration from Chowan University.

Kevin Hughes II

Account Executive, Sponsorships
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Kevin Hughes joined the Astros organization in July of 2019. As the Account Executive of Sponsorships, Kevin works with new and existing sponsors to develop individual packages that fit their needs.

Prior to the Astros, Kevin spent 3 years working for Lamar Advertising in the Asheville NC and Eastern Tennessee offices. While at Lamar, he worked closely with local small businesses and national brands to place outdoor advertising throughout the regions. He was a member of a sales team that won multiple national sales competitions.

Kevin graduated from Montreat College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in marketing. While at Montreat, he was a 4-year member of the baseball team, and a member of student government. Kevin is a below average golfer but will never give up. He also enjoys watching and attending NASCAR races. Kevin was born in Goldsboro, NC on Seymour Johnson AFB and was raised in Fairview, NC just outside of Asheville.

Jackson Bingham

Account Manager, Season Ticket Sales
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Jackson joined the Astros organization in April of 2019. As the Account Manager, Jackson plays an essential role in effectively communicating with our season ticket holders, providing exemplary customer service, improving the season ticket holder fan experience, and generating yearly ticket package renewals.

Prior to joining the Astros, Jackson worked for the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League. He started as a Marketing Intern with the Salamanders and worked to become the Promotions Director in 2018. As the Promotions Director, Jackson frequently corresponded with sponsors and led all the on-field entertainment as “Action Jackson”. Jackson originally started with the Woodpeckers as the Ballpark Entertainment Intern in 2019.

A four-year Men’s Lacrosse letterman at Methodist University, Jackson graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sport Management. Jackson is from Holly Springs, NC.

Maurice Spagatner

Account Executive, Tickets
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Maurice joined the Astros organization in 2021 marking his entry into the world of sports. As the Account Executive of Tickets, Maurice works with new and returning clients to curate ticket packages, group and hospitality events, as well as fundraisers.

Before making the leap into professional sports, Maurice spent some time working for a Brunswick County lifestyle magazine as an Account Executive. However, most of his positions have been in the service industry where he has helped to open, develop, and manage numerous bars and restaurants. Through the service industry, he was able to develop the communication skills and keen eyes for detail that is crucial to customer care and attention. With this experience Maurice approaches every client with the utmost care and consideration to guarantee that the customer enjoys their time at the park, creating memories to share for years to come.

Maurice was born in Berlin, Germany and is a British citizen. Moving to NC from Europe at a young age, he has spent most of his years growing up in the Fayetteville area. He became a dual American/British citizen at 18 making him a first-generation naturalized immigrant in his family. Maurice attended Cape Fear Community College and UNC Wilmington where he studied marketing and computer science with a focus on digital art. Go Hotspurs!

Jon Wingate

Account Executive, Tickets
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Jon joined the Astros organization in February of 2022. As an Account Executive, Jon plays a role in working with new and returning clients to curate ticket packages, group and hospitality events, as well as fundraisers.

Prior to joining the Astros, Jon worked for the York Revolution from the Independent League. He started as the home club house intern before accepting the position of visiting club house manager his first year with the team. He then accepted the position of home club house manager for the team where he got to work closely with the players and coaching staff.

Jon graduated from Methodist University to pursue his dream of working in professional baseball. He graduated with a degree in Sport Management and Accounting. Jon enjoys being out on the golf course with his friends where he often hits more trees than fair ways when teeing off. He also loves playing with his two dogs Skylar and Duke.

Operations & Events

Alpha Jones

Director, Field Operations
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Matt Chappell

Director, Operations
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Matt Chappell joined the Astros organization in May 2021. As Manager of Operations, he is responsible for general facility upkeep, game operations, janitorial and event security.

Prior to joining the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Matt worked in athletics at East Carolina University as a graduate assistant in the operations department. At ECU he worked in athletic facility maintenance and game operations for the softball, football and basketball programs.

Matt received both his bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in sports management from East Carolina University in 2018 and 2020. Matt was born and raised in Hertford, NC, enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his friends and family.

Rachel Smith

Senior Manager, Events & Guest Services
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Rachel joined the Astros organization in October 2018. As Manager of Events, Rachel will oversee all events held when baseball is not being played at the park.

Prior to joining the Woodpeckers, Rachel was employed by the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. As a Business Development Specialist and Game Presentation Coordinator, she was responsible for hosting group outings, hospitality events, and non-game day events as well as coordinating game presentation and promotions for the team.

Rachel received her bachelor's degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University where she held an internship with the Marketing Department for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Rachel was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking with her husband Hunter and their two dogs Reagan and Harrison and riding her horse Kirby.

Mike 'Magic' Montesino

Manager, Baseball Operations
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Michael "Magic" Montesino joined the Astros organization in June of 2015. As Manager of Baseball Operations for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Mike oversees all clubhouse operations and baseball operations.

Prior to joining the Astros, Magic was employed by his alma mater, Florida International University, where he worked in facility and event management. In this position Mike assisted in putting together various events. Before coming on board in this role, he was a manager for the FIU Men's basketball team. Mike also worked at the former Astros Rookie affiliate in Greeneville, Tennessee, as well as the Class A affiliate in Davenport, Iowa.

Mike received his bachelor's degree in Recreation/Sports Management from Florida International University. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

Eli Laney

Coordinator, Field Operations
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Finance

Jennifer Carpenter

Director, Finance
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Jennifer Carpenter is originally from Arlington, Texas and joined the Houston Astros organization in January 2013 as an intern for the Finance Department. She was hired full-time after three weeks and primarily worked as Accounts Receivable for the team.

Previously she has worked for the City of Arlington as a 911 Operator/Police Dispatcher, supervisor of the vault at Six Flags Over Texas and a volunteer at the White House.

Jennifer has a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Texas, Arlington and a Bachelors in Accounting Control Systems from the University of North Texas.

Lindsay Hollister

Assistant, Finance

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Lindsay joined the Astros organization in April of 2019. As the Finance Assistant, she works closely with the Finance Director in keeping the department running smoothly.

Lindsay was born and raised in Stedman, NC. While her husband served in the Army, she lived in Tennessee and California. In 2019, Lindsay began working with the Woodpeckers as a ticket taker, then as a receptionist. In June of 2021, she joined the front office in her role as the Finance Assistant.

Lindsay likes to spend her free time with her husband, family, and friends. She can be found either at the bowling center or at home with her husband and kitties reading a book or watching movies.

Professional Sports Catering

Lindsay Robb

Director of Operations
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Lindsay Robb started with Fayetteville in November 2021. She came from the Oklahoma City Dodgers, where she was the Director of F&B Operations. She joined Professional Sports Catering in 2016 as the Catering Manager for the OKC Dodgers. Prior to that, she worked for Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC as the Catering Sales Manager, where she handled weddings and one-day catering events. Lindsay is a graduate of Methodist University, with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Professional Golf Management.

Lindsay was born and raised in Connecticut. She moved to North Carolina to go to college and then spent 20 years enjoying the South. She moved to Oklahoma in 2016 and is happy to be back to North Carolina with her husband and their dog and cat. She enjoys playing golf, reading, camping and hiking.

Brett Burke

Manager, Concessions
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Brett started with Fayetteville in April 2021. He came here from the Gwinnett Stripers where he was the concessions manager briefly before Covid. Prior to that he was the Assistant GM and Director of Operations for the Burlington Royals formerly of the Appy League. Brett graduated from Syracuse University with a masters in Sport Venue and Event Management.

Brett is originally from Maine and moved to North Carolina in 2018. He loves to play golf, hike and visit other stadiums and ballparks in his free time!

Rich Gonzalez

Executive Chef

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