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

Statistician

 

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

Coach

 

Virginia de la Riva | Minnesota Twins

Developer, Business Systems