Get to know the More Than Baseball team
Co-founder and Executive Director
Slade was a first round draft pick by the New York Yankees and is using his position in the game to create a better future for minor league ballplayers everywhere. From cleaning up beaches in the Dominican Republic to building an orphange for kids in Florida, Slade uses baseball as a conduit for the good he sees in the world,
Co-founder and President
Simon is a current minor leaguer in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Through More Than Baseball, he hopes to make it a little easier for players like him to chase their dream. A three-year player at Harvard University, he left school early to pursue his career after being drafted in the 19th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Simon is passionate about securing the future of the sport by ensuring that no player gets left behind.
A graduate of Kansas University, Logan's intention and passion are to support the development of youth athletics and youth development. Through the experiences of playing, coaching, and studying youth athletics, Logan has played a pivotal role in providing a public service to players, teams, and families about the benefits what More Than Baseball provides.
Jonathan was drafted in 2015 by the Milwaukee Brewers after graduating from Oklahoma State University. His career spanned 5 seasons, and included stops in both Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Jonathan, along with MTB co-founders Jeremy Wolf and Slade Heathcott were among the first active players to go on-record about the conditions of minor league life after the passing of the Save America's Pastime Act in 2018. Post-playing career; he has worked as a financial advisor, and earned a Masters in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Missouri. Jonathan is involved with various outreach roles for MTB including player surveys and events; while also serving as the director of the Financial Guidance Program.
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
In 2016, Jeremy was a 31st round draft pick by the New York Mets out of Trinity University, a Division III school out of San Antonio, Texas. He started More Than Baseball as a response to the Save America's Pastime Act as a way to help minor leaguers receive the housing, equipment, and food they need to survive. More Than Baseball is built by players for the future of this game.
Milessa graduated with an emphasis in international relations at Stanford, received a Master's degree in international relations from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and went onto be a U.S. diplomat for the State Department until 2013. Since then, she has leveraged her experience as a diplomat to launch Athletivate, a consulting firm for athletes to help them direct their charitable and advocacy work.
Mary Ullmann Japhet
Ms. Ullman Japhet oversees a team of pros in marketing/branding/public relations, development and youth initiatives for the nonprofit organization San Antonio Sports. Every day, Ms. Ullman Japhet works to transform her community through the power of sport.
14 year Major League veteran pitcher, 2004 All-Star, native & proud Puerto Rican, and special assistant with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, Javier is dedicated to the growth of this game around the world and has been a supporter of minor leaguers through More Than Baseball since Day 1. He currently lives in Puerto Rico with his wife, daughter, and son.
Board member for the Players' Alliance , former Senior Advisor to the MLBPA, CEO & Founder of Players for the Planet, and 7-year Major League veteran, Chris Dickerson is the epitome of what baseball is all about. We're so happy to have his wisdom, drive, and character as part of the More Than Baseball family.
Sharon Block, Harvard University
For twenty years, Professor Block held key labor policy positions across the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Early in her career she worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, While serving in the Obama White House as Senior Public Engagement Advisor for Labor and Working Families, Block led the historic White House Summit on Worker Voice, which explored ways for workers to fully participate in their economic future. Currently, Professor Block is the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.
Chase was drafted in 2008 and spent 12 years in professional baseball. Since retiring, he's been telling the story of minor league baseball through his project, The Journeyman Series, and has been successful in his work as a filmmaker and creative.
Dr. Nola Agha, University of San Francisco
Dr. Agha teaches courses in research methods and strategic management at the University of San Francisco and previously taught sport finance and sport economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Agha's research interests lie at the intersection of finance, economics, and strategic management. She studies public goods and externalizations, the economic impacts of teams and stadiums, the efficiency and equity outcomes of stadium subsidies, and a variety of issues related to minor league baseball.
Dr. Chris McLeod, Texas Tech University
Dr. McLeod is an assistant professor of sport management at Texas Tech University, studying science and technology of sport markets, how they are conceived, created, and maintained, ecological economics and policy to build a steady state sport industry, non-athlete labor, atypical work, and precarity in sport events.