Roy Smalley, III, President
Baseball is in Roy’s blood. An All-American at USC, he followed that up with 13 Major League seasons including 9 with the Minnesota Twins and 2+ with the New York Yankees. Career highlights include the Twins 1987 World Championship and starting at shortstop in the 1979 All-Star game. Following retirement from the game, Roy served as the Executive Director of the 1991 International Special Olympics, is a baseball analyst on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”. Roy was also inducted into the USC Hall of Fame and the college baseball Hall of Fame. Currently, Roy is an analyst for Twins broadcasts on Fox Sports North. He and his wife, Christine, have three grown children and has four grandchildren.
Dave is a founding partner of Davis, Bucco & Ardizzi a construction law firm in Conshohocken PA. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Pathway School, Vice President of the Montgomery Association of Retarded Citizens Foundation and is currently an Advisory Board Member of the Montgomery County (PA) National Alliance of Mental Illness. In addition to a lifelong love of the game and desire to serve underprivileged youth, Dave brings his experience in non-profit organizational development to PIFB.
Eric Davis is the Chief Strategic Officer, D & J Entertainment Holdings LLC. Prior to forming DJE, Eric Davis was Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for VOAIL. Eric Davis is committed to sports and the impact sports have on inner city kids. Prior to becoming the Vice President and COO, Mr. Davis was a Chicago Police Officer with over 25 years of service in the Gang crimes and Public housing units. Eric created the Slick Boys Youth Foundation to work with at risk youth in the City of Chicago and across the Country. While assigned to the Cabrini Green Housing Development, he along with the Slick Boys and in partnership with Al Carter and Patricia Hill created the largest inner city little league baseball program in the nation. The league became the inspiration for the movie “ Hard Ball- A Season in the Projects” which starred Keanu Reeves.
Richard J. Gelles
Richard J. Gelles holds The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Co-Faculty Director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research. Gelles received his A.B. degree from Bates College (1968), an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Rochester (1971), and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire (1973). He has authored, co-authored, and edited 26 books. His latest book is The Third Lie: Why Government Programs Do Not Work—And a Blue Print for Change (Left Coast Press). Although a devoted and passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox, he has been won over by the Philadelphia Phillies and now has season tickets to the Phillies.
Michael is the Director of Marketing at ESPN, whose love of baseball runs deep. He is a graduate of Boston College. Michael is excited to be a part of PIFB, because it reminds him that so much good can come from baseball – easy to forget when you’re a Mets Fan.
As Global Commercial Director for Wilson Sporting Goods in baseball marketing, Michael “Marko” Markovich, brings tremendous insight, connections and energy to our organization. A self-proclaimed “zero tool prospect”, Marko’s professional success in the baseball industry has more than made up for his inability to hit the breaking ball. Marko’s service on the Pitch In For Baseball board stems from his belief that every child deserves the opportunity to fall in love with baseball and that the good deed of just one person can launch that lifelong love of the game. Marko also hopes that through PIFB we can possibly start the career of a future Major Leaguer who might give the Cubs the help needed to win a World Series before Marko dies.
Jeffrey S. Michael, Treasurer
Jeff is a partner in Bluestein, Michael & Company PC, a CPA firm in Jenkintown PA specializing in the construction industry. He has served in various officer positions for the non-profit service organization Harleysville Jaycees; board member of the Harleysville non-profit youth basketball organization SHYBA; and current treasurer for the golf league in which he plays. Jeff brings over 25 years’ experience as a CPA and a lifetime passion for sports – especially baseball – to the Pitch In For Baseball team.
Based in New York City, Mr. Pincus serves as a consultant on editorial matters, public relations, and the internet. With experience as Assistant Commissioner, Communications, for NYC’s Department of Parks and Recreation, a senior editor and reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, as a senior executive for the National Hockey League, and the author of several books, Mr. Pincus brings a wide array of expertise and talent to Pitch In For Baseball.
A diehard Phillies’ fan, philanthropist, father, and long-time supporter of Little League Baseball International, Bill is the inspiration behind Pitch In For Baseball. Bill wanted to share his passion for baseball with needy kids in Poland, where equipment is not easily accessible. PIFB continues to support youth baseball and softball organizations in Poland. Bill is also the Vice President of the Copernicus Society of America, a Philadelphia area private foundation.
Paul Seiler assumed the duties of Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball full-time in January of 2000. In 2000, Paul worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Player’s Association and the USOC in administering USA Baseball to their first-ever Olympic Gold Medal at the Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Paul currently holds an at-large position on the Executive Committee of the World Baseball Softball Confederation. He also served as one of two Technical Delegates for baseball in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Paul and his wife Wendi, have a son Braden, and a daughter Abigail. They live in Cary, North Carolina.
Shannon Sullaway Smith
Shannon is Manager, Administrative Services at Southwestern Energy Company in Houston, Texas. Shannon’s love of all things baseball started when her now 23 year old son, Mark, picked up the baseball with his left hand when he was just about a year old. Her involvement with PIFB began many years ago after her son completed an equipment drive. Shannon is excited to be joining the group and bringing her passion and commitment for Pitch In For Baseball to the South…the home of her beloved Houston Astros.
John is a founding board member for PIFB. He is the Chief Marketing Officer for Old Nassau Imports, an early stage spirits company focused on helping cocktail connoisseurs discover Double Cross vodka. He previously was Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the Cincinnati and Chicago office of Saatchi & Saatchi X. Prior to this role in the global Publicis network, John was a Partner at Barefoot Proximity within the Omnicom network. John started his career at Procter & Gamble and rose through the ranks in Finance and Marketing, eventually running the entire North American Fabric Care marketing efforts. John has also held the position of Vice-President of Marketing for IBM. He received his B.A and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester and also is a board member for the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. John’s second job is coaching the basketball, baseball, and soccer teams for his sons.