Bios of 2019 Interns and Directors

Director of Baseball Operations Interns

Chris Fitzgerald

Chris Fitzgerald is the General Manger of the Falmouth Commodores as well as the Director of Interns who work in Baseball Operations. Prior to the Commodores, Chris was involved with a number of local baseball organizations. Most recently he was the General Manager of American Legion Post 188 Baseball, as well as the head coach for the Sandwich High School JV baseball team. He spent a number of years as a coach and board member with Falmouth Youth Baseball. In the winter, Chris helps organize and run the Steve Cishek Wiffle Ball Classic, which raises money for local youth baseball organizations. Outside of the Commodores, Chris is a local real estate agent with offices both in Boston and Cape Cod. He currently resides in Cotuit.

Baseball Operations Interns

General Manager Interns

David Brake

David is a junior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Sport and Entertainment Management, and is also part of the South Carolina Honors College. Throughout David’s time in school, he has taken advantage of his university’s and his major’s corporate and faculty connections to pursue internships and other work experiences. In the summer of 2017, David completed his first internship with the Gateway Grizzlies baseball team working in stadium operations. The following summer, David interned with the Pawtucket Red Sox in community relations. He has also had the opportunity to work the 2018 Masters Tournament and the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. As a GM intern with the Falmouth Commodores, David is excited to learn more about the day-​to-​day operations of a collegiate league baseball team, while also expanding his skills and knowledge in baseball operations, scouting, and statistics.

Rebekah Lajoie

Rebekah is a sophomore at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Economics and double minoring in Business Administration and Latin. She is also an infielder for the Wheaton softball team. She volunteers as a hitting coach for a local club softball team and helps to run softball clinics around her community. Rebekah is a graduate of Taunton High School and grew up spending her summers in Falmouth, where her father grew up and her grandmother currently resides. She aspires to work in baseball operations for a MLB team.

MLB Liaison

Ben Gavoni

Ben is a rising senior Management & Leadership major in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He works with the BC baseball team as a student manager doing scouting and video work. He is also a member of the BC Sports Business Society. Last summer, he interned with the Bourne Braves as their public address announcer/​scoreboard operator. Ben is a native Cape Codder and local Sandwich High School graduate.

Scouting Intern

William Hawks

Will is currently a senior at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He is majoring in Sport Management. He is also a pitcher for the Cumberland baseball team. Will has volunteered his time with local athletes in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro and has grown up seeing players such as David Price and Mookie Betts compete against the high school he grew up around. Will is excited to be apart of the Cape Cod Baseball League as well as expanding his baseball knowledge with the Commodores coaching staff. Will aspires to work in Player Development for an MLB Team.

Clubhouse/​ Grounds Intern

Mike Murray

Mike is returning for his seventh year with the Commodores. He was a  batboy for four years before taking on the role of Clubhouse Intern two years ago. He and his family enjoy hosting players. Mike is currently a junior at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts,  where he manages the varsity baseball team. He plays baseball, hockey, and golf,  and works as a hockey referee. This year Mike is expanding his role and taking on more field duties.

Director of Clinic and Corporate Events Interns

Linda Peters

Linda Peters is the Vice President of the Falmouth Commodores in addition to supervising the Clinic and Corporate Event Interns. Her work with the Commodores began 3 years ago as a member of the Board of Trustees and has since headed up several committees and handled many duties for the team, including the website and CRM system. Beyond her responsibilities with the Commodores, Linda teaches full-​time in the Online MBA Program for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also an active volunteer for many other organizations, including serving on the Board of Advisors for the Entrepreneurship Initiatives; acting as a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for the State of Massachusetts; is an Administrative Official for USA Swimming, and is the Vice Chair of the Parent Council at Lasell University.

Clinic and Corporate Events Interns

Lauren Hansen

Lauren grew up locally in Marstons Mills, and is a rising junior at Ithaca College. She is studying Business Administration with concentrations in Sport Management and Sport Marketing. As a member of the Ithaca College gymnastics team, she is a dedicated athlete, student, and sports fan. Lauren is a life long Cape League and Boston Red Sox fan, and hopes to one day work in marketing for a Major League Baseball team.

Emily Rogers

Emily is a Bethesda, Maryland, native who just completed her junior year of high school at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. She spends her summers in Falmouth and is a life-​long Commodores fan. In addition to being an avid baseball fan, Emily is also a competitive synchronized ice skater. Emily volunteered with the Commodores during the 2018 season and is looking forward to an amazing summer in her new role!

Director of Broadcast/​Media Interns

Rob Kauffman

Rob has been vacationing with his family on Cape Cod for more than 20 years, eventually purchasing a home in Falmouth in 2013. After spending countless hours at Commodores games, Rob began volunteering and soon moved into the Director of Broadcasting & Media position after the 2017 season. When not volunteering for the Commodores, Rob works in a global commercial capabilities role for the British drug maker AstraZeneca, that has him frequently traveling.  Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Rob spent eight years in talk radio as a producer and on-​air host, broadcasting throughout central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland for Clear Channel Radio. Rob holds a B.A. in Management of Information Systems from Eastern University.  He resides in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area with his wife Karen and their two sons, Aaron and Justin.

Media Interns

Photography Intern

Meghan Murphy

Meghan grew up in New Hampshire and is fortunate enough to call Cape Cod her second home. With family and friends living by the ocean, and her love for the Cape, becoming part of the Commodores family felt like the right opportunity to pursue her passion for photography. Meghan is a rising senior at the University of New Hampshire, pursuing a B.A. in English/​Journalism with a concentration in Kinesiology. As a third-​year athlete on the UNH Rowing Team, Meghan has not only become a stronger rower and teammate, but she has found a passion for sports photography and web development. She is an athletics photographer for UNH and the point-​person for developing and managing the UNH Rowing Team’s website. Meghan has published articles for The New Hampshire and the international rowing magazine Row360, based out of the United Kingdom. Meghan is proud to have found things she is passionate about and more importantly, as a photographer, she is extremely honored to be able to capture both intense and exciting moments in her life and of others; like the moments of the 2019 Commodores.

Videographer

Sevrin Lavenstein

Sevrin is a sophomore sport media major at Ithaca College who is originally from Cranston, Rhode Island. He is involved with several student media outlets on campus, including ICTV and the campus radio stations 92 WICB and VIC. He has completed internships at WPIE ESPN Ithaca and in the NYCBL as a team broadcaster for the Syracuse Salt Cats. He has also worked for Colgate University as a team broadcaster for soccer and lacrosse. When he is not working, Sevrin enjoys watching movies and cheering on his favorite New England sports teams.

Broadcast Interns

Danny LaRose

Danny is a rising senior at the University of Miami, studying electronic media and American studies. The Garden City, New York, native works as a sportscaster of Hurricanes football, basketball, and baseball for Miami’s campus radio station, WVUM, and is returning for his second season with the Commodores. Danny has served as a reporter for “NewsBreak” and “SportsDesk” on UMTV, Miami’s campus television station, and just completed a year-​long stint as the host of the sketch comedy show “Off the Wire.” Danny hopes to become the voice of a professional sports team.

David Korzeniowski

David returns to Falmouth for his second season as a play-​by-​play broadcaster for the Commodores. He is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame, where he is majoring in Film, Television, and Theatre, and minoring in Journalism and History. Originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, David has been vacationing on Cape Cod ever since he was a kid. At Notre Dame, he works as a student broadcaster for Fighting Irish Media and has called games for the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, hockey, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, baseball and softball teams. He is also the managing editor of Scholastic, Notre Dame’s student-​run magazine. David has also worked for NBC Sports, assisting with production for Notre Dame home football games.

Producer

Toni Bianco

Toni is a rising junior at Syracuse University, studying broadcast and digital journalism with a sport management minor. Originally from Long Island, she developed a love for sports competing as an athlete herself growing up. Toni is the Programming Director at CitrusTV, Syracuse’s student run television studio, where she works as a producer for the SportsCenter style show “On the Bench.” She is also a reporter and weather anchor for “CitrusTV News Live at 6!”. Toni hopes to work as either a sideline reporter or a sports anchor.

Web Reporter

Maxwell Trink

Maxwell is a rising junior at the University of Miami, studying broadcast Journalism and Sports Administration. He was born and raised on Long Island in Seaford, New York. Maxwell is a senior sports writer for Miami’s campus newspaper, The Miami Hurricane. He also is a reporter for the University of Miami’s sports television show, “SportsDesk,” as well as a sportscaster for the campus radio station, WVUM. Maxwell is very excited to start up his first year with the Commodores.

Sideline Reporter

Katie Florio

Originally from Pennsylvania, Katie now lives in South Carolina and attends Clemson University where she studies Sports Communication with aspirations to become a sports reporter/​broadcaster. At Clemson, Katie is an ESPNU Campus Connection correspondent where she shoots and produces her own human interest stories on Clemson athletes. She is also a sports reporter and writer for The Clemson Insider, a website that covers all Clemson sports. Along with ESPNU and TCI, Katie interns with WSPA-​TV, upstate South Carolina’s local CBS affiliate, which has allowed her to gain valuable on air experience. Katie is extremely passionate about baseball and aspires to work in Major League Baseball as a field reporter one day. She is very excited to experience Cape Cod for the first time this summer as well as join a great staff with the Commodores!

Social Media & Graphics

Haylee Blitch

Haylee Blitch is a native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and is a rising senior at Florida State University. She is majoring in Media and Communication Studies and Sports Management. After a great first summer, she returns to Falmouth for her second season, this time as the Social Media and Graphic Designer. At FSU, she writes for the baseball, football, and soccer teams and also works with the FSU Sports Marketing team. Haylee is thrilled to be back on the Cape and with the Commodores for another exciting summer!

Director of Game Day Operations

Deb Brocklebank

Deb enters her fifth year as the Director of Game Day Operations. She has been a part of the Falmouth Commodores organization since 2004. She first started with the club as a host family, housing 22 players and interns including major leaguers Jacoby Ellsbury, Kyle Gibson, and Joe Paterson. She has participated in several committees with the team including: Housing, Game Day Operations, Fan Relations, Hot Stove, Master Schedule, Kids Club, Golf Tournament, Press Box Renovation, Fundraising, and helped develop the contact and outreach database. She works as a Project Manager in the Gaming and Hospitality industry for Infor Global Solutions. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – School of Business and attend the University of Hawaii as an exchange student. She resides in Falmouth with her husband Steve.

Game Day Operations Interns

 Lead Interns

Emily Zeytoonjian

Emily is a rising senior at Furman University, with a double major in Politics and International Affairs and Communications. This is Emily’s second summer with the Commodores. Her family spends the summer vacationing on the Cape, and has always enjoyed watching summer league baseball. She is very excited to continue her journey with the Commodore’s organization and is looking forward to this summer selling 5050 raffle tickets and organizing kids club events.

Mark Soma

Mark is a rising senior at Miami University (OH) where he is majoring in Economics. Mark is from Natick, Massachusetts, and graduated from Natick High School in 2016 where he played baseball, hockey, golf, and lacrosse. He is currently a pitcher for the Miami University club baseball team and also enjoys playing basketball and golf. Because of his passion for sports, Mark is hoping to pursue a career in baseball or basketball. He is excited to return for a second summer with the Commodores, a team he grew up cheering for during his family’s frequent trips to Falmouth over many summers.

Public Address Announcer

Taylor Viles

Taylor is from Harrisville, New Hampshire. He has summered on the Cape in Bourne for his entire life has been attending Cape Cod Baseball League games since he can remember. He is a freshman at Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts studying Sports Communication. This is Taylor’s first season working for the Commodores. He is a die hard fan of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Bruins, Patriots, and Celtics.  Taylor’s other interests include music, playing hockey, and spending time with friends and family.

Homer/​Game Day Operations Intern

Anderson Uhl

Anderson is a rising sophomore at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. This is his second summer as an intern, having previously been involved with the Commodores both as a batboy and as a host brother (family) since 2013. Anderson comes from a Coast Guard family and has moved around a lot in his life, but considers Falmouth his hometown. He enjoys reading, writing, fencing, archery, and curling.

Game Day Operation Interns

Justin Fernandes

Justin is a rising senior at Roger Williams University where he studies Business Management as well as Psychology. He grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, and played basketball and baseball through high school. Justin is a 2016 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2018 Justin began a basketball training program and worked with several Division I players across the country. He hopes to continue to gain experience in sports operations and pursue a career in baseball or basketball.

Alex Dukhon

Alex is from Brookline, Massachusetts, but lives on the cape in nearby Centerville during the summer. He attends UMass-​Amherst and majors in Sport Management in the Isenberg School of Management. This is Alex’s first season as an intern with the Commodores. His interests include watching and playing baseball, basketball, and football, as well as listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Spencer Pouliot

Spencer is from Medway, Massachusetts, and is a sophomore studying sports industry at Ohio State University. Spencer currently lives in Falmouth and attended multiple Cape Cod baseball league games growing up. Spencer is a huge sports fan and enjoys playing football and ultimate frisbee in his free time. There is nothing Spencer loves to do more than enjoy quality time on Falmouth’s Old Silver beach. This is Spencer’s first year as an intern for the Commodores.

Daniel Ahern

Dan is a rising junior at Fordham University, and he is enrolled in the Gabelli School of Business majoring in marketing. This is his first summer as an intern for the Commodores. Originally from Hingham, Massachusetts, Dan often visits his cousins at their house in Falmouth and has greatly enjoyed watching the Commodores play over the years. Since March 2018, Dan has worked as a Marketing and Ticketing Intern for the Fordham Athletics Department, focusing on game day operations for the men’s basketball team. Dan is a creative and communicative person who aspires to work in sports marketing and advertising in the future. He is very excited to be a part of the Falmouth Commodores family.

Dillon Preston

Dillon is rising senior at Ithaca College where he is studying Business Administration with concentrations in Sport Management and Marketing. At Ithaca, Dillon is a part of Ithaca College football team and works on the game day event staff for Ithaca athletics. He is very excited to join the Commodores this summer and bring his past experiences to the position. Dillon hopes one day to work for a professional sports team marketing for them or as operations manager.

Anthony Rorres

Anthony is from Oak Park, Illinois, and is currently a rising senior studying advertising at the University of Alabama. A former Division I ACHA hockey player, Anthony is a huge sports fan. He has come to Falmouth for the summers his entire life and attended Commodores youth clinics as a kid. This is Anthony’s second summer as a field intern for the Commodores.

Zach Crowe

Zach is joining the Commodores for his first summer and is excited to get hands-​on work with the team. He’s currently a freshman in the Sports Analytics program at Syracuse University. Originally from Attleboro, Massachusetts, Zach’s grown up playing and umpiring baseball, so will be no stranger to the diamond. Off the field, Zach enjoys playing and watching any other sports, and hanging out with friends.

2018 Interns

Andrew Corwin Nikolas Lizdenis Mike Murray
Karli Matthias Haylee Blitch Bobby Kraus
Danny LaRose David Korzeniowski Eliza Laycock
Greg Levinsky Nick Perito Conner Peters
Reed Simpson Haley Reierson Niall Curley
Anderson Uhl Annie Clouden Anthony Rorres
Emily Zeytoonjian James Fitzpatrick Mark Soma
Graydon Bower Matt Burke Liesel Ferguson
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2017 Interns
Brandon Ball Blake Benard Ryan Bowman
Allen Carmody Cooper D’Ambrosio Destini Dulin
Josh Eastern Liesel Ferguson Keith Gearin
Isabelle Hanewich Mariah Janos Alexa Johnson
Anna Losordo Mike Murray Nick Perito
Conner Peters Sydney Peters Justin Powell
Aaron Rappaport Scott Russell Harrison Savage
Bobby Smieszny AJ Spirito Jack Travers
2016 Interns
Brandon Ball Chloe LeBoeuf Harrison Savage
Blake Benard Diehl Longstaff Alexandra Schley
Brian Borders Conner Peters Reed Siimpson
Erin Cronin Cara Peterson Annie Sloop
Liesel Ferguson Lauren Phillips Robert Smieszny
Alexander Fern Chris Picher Cameron Sugrue
Joshua Hess Kyle Zweng
2015 Interns
Molly Ahern Jason DiNicola Elizabeth Pentikis
Brandon Ball Brynn Foley Conner Peters
Brian Borders Brittany Gray Cara Peterson
Erin Cronin Kenna Melkonian Aron Salzberg
Ryan Delaney Zane Moses Michael Tricarico
Anthony Deleo Joey O’Connor Joe Weil
2014 Interns
Molly Ahern Maranda Fernald Jordan Mendelsohn
Ove Asendorf Alexa Galloway Jessica Mulvey
Abigail Coughlin Hunter Julius Conner Peters
Arianna DeJulio David Lauterbach Varun Raghupathi
Jason DiNicola Colleen Loftus Richard Sherman
2013 Interns
Liz Baker Clare Kavanagh Annie Papadellis
Brenna Callahan David Lauterbach Meredith Perri
Nate Foy Gabrielle Lucivero Sean Powers
Stephen Gage Jordan Mendelsohn Stacey Raap
Andrew (AJ) Grosenbaugh Sarah Moore Emily White
Kendall Higgins Katie White