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Front Office

TONI CALMEYN - GENERAL MANAGER

Toni Calmeyn officially took over responsibilities as general manager of the Bandits on Feb. 1, 2017, following an ownership change which saw the Village of Rosemont take over full control of the team.

Prior to joining the Bandits, Calmeyn worked as a financial analyst for the Village of Rosemont. Since 2008, she handled the village’s monthly financial reporting, annual budget, and payroll implementation and processes.

In addition to her added role as the Bandits’ general manager, Calmeyn’s duties as a financial analyst for the village will remain.

FRANK CARGOLA - ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Frank Cargola took over as the assistant general manager for the Bandits prior to the 2017 season.

A long time Village of Rosemont employee, Cargola has worked in public safety for 30 years and served as the manager of the Dome in Rosemont. He was recently named the director of operations for the Ballpark, which includes the Dome and home of the Bandits.

JASON LOWENTHAL - DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS & SOFTBALL ANALYTICS

Jason is in his fourth season as a member of the Bandits organization. He currently serves as the team's director of media & public relations.

A May 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri, Jason received his bachelor’s degree in print & digital sports journalism with minors in business and Canadian studies and certificates in multiculturalism and honors studies.

Jason has held numerous positions in journalistic capacities. Most recently, he worked as an assistant sports editor and copy editor for the Columbia Missourian newspaper. He has also held roles as a  reporter for the Missourian (covering MU men's and women's basketball and baseball), The Maneater student newspaper (covering MU football and baseball), Inside Hockey Magazine (beat writer for the Chicago Wolves), The Hockey Writers (Chicago Blackhawks contributing writer), Call to the Pen (Chicago White Sox contributing writer) and CSLinsider.com. 

A former baseball player at Highland Park High School, Jason played at the varsity level as an outfielder for two seasons and helped the Giants to the Central Suburban League North Division championship in 2014.

He currently splits his time between Highland Park, Illinois and Columbia, Missouri.

ALEX FLASCH - DIRECTOR OF TICKET OF SALES

Alex is in her first year as the director of ticket sales for the Chicago Bandits. Alex has significant experience working in the sports world and most recently served as an account executive for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.

Alex is a recent graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, where she received a degree in sport business management. She was also rostered on Maryville’s softball team, competing at the NCAA Division II level and had a spot on the student-athlete advisory committee.

While at Maryville, Alex took part in numerous volunteer groups and was a three-year member of the Great Lakes Conference All-Academic Team.

Alex’s goal is to “use my past sales, time management and customer service experience to make a positive impact on the Chicago Bandits organization.”

She currently resides in Palatine, Illinois.

JOURDAN SKIRHA - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Jourdan is in her first year as the Director of Operations & Promotions for the Chicago Bandits. Previously Jourdan interned for the Chicago Bandits starting in 2014.

Jourdan is a recent graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where she received a degree in sport management. She was also rostered on Drexel’s softball team, competing at the NCAA Division I level and was a captain her senior year. She was a CAA commissioner academic award winner in 2016 & 2017.

Jourdan was a 2017 cooperative education award winner at Drexel University based off of her co-op experience with the Chicago Bandits.

Jourdan graduated from Oak Forest High School in 2012. She currently resides in Rosemont, Illinois.

Broadcast Team

MIKE KNEZEVICH - PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER

Mike is in his ninth season with the Bandits.

Knezevich graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980. He also attended Columbia College School of Broadcasting and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. His first broadcasting job was with WLTH 1370 AM in Gary, Ind. While he was there he ran the boards on Friday nights and did a daily 90 minute sports talk show titled “The Sports Page. In 1990, he was promoted to Sports Director at WLTH.

In 1994 he landed at Regional Radio Sports Network (RRSN) where he broadcasted Northwest Indiana high school sports including football, basketball and baseball. Knezevich is now the Vice President at RRSN.

In 2012 he was inducted in to the Indiana Sportswriters & Sportscasters Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame. Knezevich was previously honored by the ISSA as the 2006 “Marv Bates Indiana Sportscaster of the Year Award.” He is also a three time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year” award.

In 2013, for the fourth time in his career he was named Indiana Sportscaster of the Year, along with Don Fischer, the radio play-by-play announcer for the University of Indiana Hoosiers. He currently resides in Downers Grove, Ill. with his wife, Barbara and son Ryan and daughter Elayna.

Extra Innings with Mike:

  • Favorite Professional Sports Team: 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox
  • Favorite College Sports Team: 1988 National Championship University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Favorite Broadcast Moment: The 2005 Valparaiso Vikings capture first boy’s state championship in NW Indiana boys’ soccer history, and culminate an undefeated season (23-0-2) with an overtime win in semifinal over Fort Wayne Canterbury, and shutout of East Central in the State Finals at Kuntz Stadium
  • Favorite Sports Moment: “The Green Machine” defeats USC at Notre Dame Stadium 49-19 on the way to the 1977 Collegiate Football National Championship my freshman year at Notre Dame
  • Favorite Sportscasters: Bob Costas, Wayne Larrivee, Tony Roberts, Ray Scott, Lloyd Pettit, Lindsey Nelson, Paul R. Condry
  • Favorite Sportswriters: Bob Verdi, Rick Riley, Bill Gleason, Jerome Holtzman
  • Favorite Food: Steak
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: St. John, USVI
  • Most Influential People in your Life: Jesus Christ, my parents and in-laws, my wife and children Twitter: @BanditsMike

Team Medical Staff

DR. FREDERICK SCHUSTER - OWNER & CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN, TOTAL ATHLETICARE

Dr. Schuster has treated patients as a Chiropractic Physician since April 1996.

He received his doctorate from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard and his Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb.

Dr. Schuster served as a paramedic fireman in the Chicago Northwest suburbs for ten years before entering Chiropractic School. He has been treating the Schaumburg area for over 15 years as owner and Chiropractic Physician of Total Athleticare. Dr. Schuster is focused on improving the health of his patients through the use of chiropractic care, injury rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling.

Dr. Schuster is a staff doctor at St. Alexius Hospital, and a member of the American Chiropractic Association and Illinois Chiropractic Society.

DR. ERIC JACKSON, DDS - TEAM DENTIST

Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI has served as the official team dentist for the Chicago Bandits since 2013! Dr. Jackson is co-owner of Oral Health Care Professionals, LLC located at 2033 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove Illinois.

As a comprehensive family dental practice, he provides general, cosmetic, and elective dentistry for both children and adults living in and around Downers Grove as well as the great Chicagoland area. Surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, guided bone regeneration, laser surgery/dentistry, Invisalign orthodontic treatment, oral sleep apnea devices, and minor periodontal surgeries are just a few of the additional procedures offered in-office which allows us to provide the most comprehensive and convenient dental care possible.

Learn more about Dr. Jackson by reading his full biography at www.ericjacksondds.com/our-doctors.html.

Interested in scheduling an appointment? Call (630) 963-6750 to schedule and experience for yourself what sets his office apart from other dental practices!

Jennie Finch - NPF Board Advisor

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