Meet the Staff
Get to know the More Than Baseball team
Jeremy Wolf, Executive Director
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.
Simon Rosenblum-Larson, President and Director of Player Personnel
Simon is a current minor league in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In joining the More Than Baseball team, he hopes to make it a little easier for players like him to chase a dream. A three-year player at Harvard University, he left school early to pursue his baseball career. More Than Baseball provides a vehicle for Simon to channel his love for the game into securing the future of the sport.
Slade Heathcott, CEO
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,
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.
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.
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.
Ryker Eley, Special Advisor
Ryker, a law student at the University of Memphis, grew up around sports and aims to change the narrative around the greediness of agents, teams, and leagues. He lives by the notion that "sports can do a whole 'lotta good for a whole 'lotta people."
Caleb Mezzy, Grit & Glue
With over 10 years of experience with marketing, branding, and professional Development, Caleb, a Professor at Neumann University, helps athletes every day find their message and capitalize on their talents off the field. Since joining More Than Baseball, Caleb has helped dozens of players work on their resumes, find quality offseason job opportunities, and build themselves up to be more than just ballplayers.
Dr. Jacob Tingle
From 2000-2009, Dr. Tingle worked in the Trinity University athletic department, with four years as an Assistant Athletic Director and five as an Associate A.D. Dr. Tingle has served as director of Experiential Learning since February 2015, where he is also co-director of of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success.
Dr. Tingle assists students to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and connect their academic inquiry with “real-world” decision making.
Dr. Dominic Morais
Dr. Morais served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach while earning a master’s degree in Sport Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Upon completing studies there, Dr. Morais moved away from coaching and towards a doctorate to study Physical Culture and Sport Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, with a research concentration on the intersection of business – specifically marketing and branding – and physical culture from a historical perspective.
Dr. Matt Bowers
Dr. Bowers graduated with a B.S. and an M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2005/2007, where he also worked with the Gators football and women's basketball programs. Foregoing a career coaching collegiate basketball, he earned his doctoral degree in Sport Management at the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to serving as a faculty member with the Sport Management program, Bowers also works extensively in the field with a range of sport organizations in both research and consulting capacities.
Dr. Nola Agha
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
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.
Dr. George Gmelch
Dr. George Gmelch is a professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his PhD at UCSB. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies culture change, migration, mobile workers, tourism, and sport cultures. Dr. Gmelch played minor league baseball with the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s
Dr. Ruben Dupertuis
Dr. Dupertuis joined the Trinity University Religion Department in 2006 as an Assistant Professor. He received a B.A in English Literature from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Claremont School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Dupertuis is currently the Co-Director of Trinity's Humanities Collective and is serving as a Humanities Division Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Dr. Adam Beissel
Dr. Beissel's research agenda advances the critical and theoretical study of sport and physical culture, with particular regard to the complex relationship between sport and the various facets (social, cultural, political, economic, and technological) of early twenty-first century life.
Through his scholarship, Dr. Beissel advances a dialectic understanding of the relationship between sport and society, resting unequivocally on the notion of popular sporting phenomena (events, institutions, bodies, identities, and experiences) as both constituted and constituting elements of the broader social formation in which they are located.
Dr. Thomas Rhoads
Dr. Rhoads, professor of economics at Towson, has made the economics of sports his business. He followed up with a study of the labor supply on the PGA TOUR that led to research on attendance and demand for minor league baseball. “Major league baseball uses the minor leagues for player development purposes, and they like the minor league team located close by. [...] However, the minor leagues want to push away because the closer they are, the more fans they lose to the big leagues.” Dr. Rhoads explores this tension in detail in his book,The Call Up to the Majors: A Proximity-Based Approach to the Economics of Minor League Baseball.
John was prepping to take on a Ph.D. in church architecture and history when he was asked to join a research team exploring ways to improve communication between families and care teams in highly volatile situations. That’s when he really fell in love with communications, analytics, and development of nonprofits. It’s also when he realized that he wanted to spend his life working with passionate people and tackling large messy problems, like protecting and enhancing minor league baseball.
Dr. Efrat Levy
Dr. Efrat Levy has been a faculty member at SUNY Empire State College for more than 25 years. She works with non-traditional college students in helping them assess their career interests, identifying life experience that can be shaped into a portfolio requesting college credit, advising about education and training opportunities, and helping students design degree programs that are meaningful to them personally and professionally. Among her scholarly research activities, Dr. Levy has presented at the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture
Jordan is energized by the connection between optimal nutrition and quality of life and aims to help others achieve their maximum potential through improving long term nutritional habits. She currently works in private practice in Santa Monica, CA. After firsthand experience counseling patients, Jordan realized the need for providing comprehensive healthcare services and sound nutrition advice to the general public. It can be difficult for the consumer to filter through nutrition information that is both credible and accurate, and as an expert in the field, Jordan is qualified to lead the discussion surrounding nutrition and wellness. Jordan looks forward to continuing to help others achieve the healthiest version of themselves and to being a dependable source and voice within the field of nutrition.
Dr. Katherine Walden
Dr. Walden works in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Grinnell College. She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies and Sport Studies at the University of Iowa, where she also earned an MA in American Studies and Sport Studies and an MA in Library and Information Science, with a Certificate in Public Digital Humanities. When not experimenting with data and technology, her research looks at issues of labor, power, and representation in U.S. sport, with a focus on globalization and cultural identity in professional baseball. Her dissertation examines how Minor League Baseball relates to and complicates MLB-dominated narratives around globalization and diversity in U.S. professional baseball labor, using data analysis, visualization, and mapping to address how MiLB labor complicates or supplements existing understandings of the relationship between U.S. professional baseball’s global reach and “national pastime” claims.
Zach Penprase, Connected Performance
My whole teaching and mindset is based on the statement "Everything you desire is within you." This is much deeper than people think and for me it just means that I have what it takes to be what I want to be, I just have to dig deep and connect with my true greatness. I work with journaling, breathing techniques, visualizations, affirmations, mind shifting, and other tools to connect with that greatness. Developing mindsets such as Faith-in-Failure, trusting our abilities, being a student of the game, paying attention to detail, and also creating and seeing your future how you want it to be created. Many people have spent thousands of dollars on physical lessons and it wasn't until they worked with me and their mental game that all it all began to 'click.'
Steve McKelvey, J.D.
Steve McKelvey is the Department Chair and Graduate Program Director of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. UMass has a distinguished track record of alumni working in baseball’s front office, including four current or past MLB General Managers. Prior to joining the UMass faculty, he spent 15 years in the sport marketing and sponsorship industry, including six years in Major League Baseball’s Commissioners Office and another eight years on the sport sponsorship agency side where he consulted numerous national brands on activation strategies. Additionally, for over 20 years he has been a partner in a baseball agency, representing over 125 professional players including 11 who have made The Show. McKelvey, who received his B.A. from Amherst College and J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law, provides a broad range of post-baseball career development advice and guidance to More Than Baseball’s clients.