Read On Lead On Program

This Fall, we launched our new nationwide program to help keep girls actively connected to baseball. The Read On, Lead On Program focused on a literacy and leadership, and gave baseball players an opportunity to read about, connect with, and learn from notable figures in baseball to inspire them to become future leaders in the game.

All participants read the award-winning Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages, a story centered around a young girl in baseball fighting for equal rights on the baseball field. During the program, players had the opportunity to engage with a live Q&A with the author and connect with inspirational men and women in baseball during a one-on-one interview to learn what it takes to be a true leader in the sport.

Stay tuned for our next Read On, Lead On Program—coming Spring 2021.

Thank You to Our Mentors

We want to extend a special thanks to all of the Read On, Lead On Mentors currently working in MLB, MiLB, college baseball, and more for generously giving their time to speak one-on-one with players from the program, and giving them insight into the kind of leadership required to work in different areas in baseball.

A.J. Russell |San Diego Padres 

Strength & Conditioning Coach


Amanda Daley | Minnesota Twins 

Senior Manager, International Administration & Education


Amy Fong- Christianson | Minnesota Twins

Senior Coordinator, AP


Andrea Hayden | Minnesota Twins

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach


Astrid deGruchy | Pittsburgh Pirates

International Scouting


Bianca Smith | Carroll University

Assistant Baseball Coach/Hitting Coordinator/Assistant Athletic Director


Brad Hyde | New York Yankees

Strength & Conditioning Coach


Brandi Trevino | Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager of Stadium Operations


Brea Hinegardner | Minnesota Twins

Digital Content Manager


Carl Kochan | Los Angeles Dodgers

Latin America Strength & Conditioning Coordinator


Chanel Zapata | SABR

Community Engagement Manager


Chelzey Falzone | Minnesota Twins

Coordinator, Community Relations


Christina Whitlock | St. Louis Cardinals

Coach & Scout


Claire Duvendeck | Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager, Business Development


Don Alexander | Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitching Coordinator


Doug Jarrow | Chicago Cubs

Strength & Conditioning Coordinator


Duncan Webb | Los Angeles Dodgers

Director, Baseball Resources


Esteban Navarro Garaiz | Los Angeles Dodgers

Quantitative Analyst


Evamaria Balderas | San Diego Padres

Athletic Trainer


Hannah Karl | Minnesota Twins

Consumer Insights Analyst


Jen Wolf | Cleveland Indians

Life Skills Coordinator


Jenn Reiner-Marcello | Minnesota Twins

Reconditioning and Performance Therapist


Jon Chapper | Los Angeles Dodgers

Assistant Director, Public Relations

Jonah Rosenthal | Los Angeles Dodgers

Professional Scout


Jordan Kurtz | Los Angeles Dodgers



Julie Vavruska | Minnesota Twins

Senior Manager, Community Engagement & Events


Kate Townley | Minnesota Twins

Director, Baseball Administration


Kinza Baad | Pittsburgh Pirates

Assistant, Pro Scouting


Kristin Rortvedt | Minnesota Twins

Director, Community Relations


Linda Merlo | Minnesota Twins

Supervisor, Language and Culture


Lori Windschitl | Minnesota Twins

Director of Accounting


Lyndsey Taylor | Minnesota Twins

Senior Accountant


Mary Marandi | Minor League Baseball

Corporate Communications


Mel Yackley | Minnesota Twins

Executive Legal Assistant


Mia Salvemini | Tampa Bay Rays

Strength & Conditioning Coach


Molly Partyka | Minnesota Twins

Administrator Payroll HRIS


Rachel Haselhorst, Minnesota Twins

Graphic Designer


Rasa Troup | Minnesota Twins

Sports Dietician


Rigo Febles | New York Yankees

Player Development Strength & Conditioning Coordinator


Ryan Sienko | Los Angeles Dodgers

Catching Coordinator


Sean Dahlin | Central Washington University

Assistant Professor of Sport Management/Coaching


Shelley Andrew | Minnesota Twins

Manager, Business Systems


Stephen Yoo | Toronto Bue Jays

Pro Scout


Tim Penprase | Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy E|L1

District Manager


Tony Cappuccilli | Los Angeles Dodgers



Virginia de la Riva | Minnesota Twins

Developer, Business Systems