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Front Office

TONI CALMEYN - GENERAL MANAGER

Tony 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.

In her first season with the team, Calmeyn guided the Bandits to a 25-24 record and the No. 4 seed in the 2017 NPF Championship Series. Calmeyn, in joint coordination with the coaching staff, proceeded to trade for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NPF Draft, which was used to select Oklahoma standout left-hander Paige Lowary.

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

In addition to her added role as the general manager of the Bandits, Calmeyn has continued her duties as a financial analyst for the village.

FRANK CARGOLA - ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Frank Cargola took over as the assistant general manager for the Bandits before the start of the 2017 season.

A longtime Village of Rosemont employee, Cargola has worked in public safety for over 30 years as served as the manager of the Dome in Rosemont.

In addition to his responsibilities with the Bandits, Cargola works as the director of operations for the Ballpark, which includes the Dome and the home of the Bandits.

ALEX FLASCH - DIRECTOR OF TICKET OF SALES

Alex Flasch is in her second year as the director of ticket sales for the Chicago Bandits.

Flasch has significant experience working in the sports world and most recently served as an account executive for the WNBA's Chicago Sky.

A recent graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, Flasch received her degree in sport business management. She also competed on Maryville's softball team at the NCAA Division II level, and held a spot on the student-athlete advisory committee.

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

Flasch currently resides in Palatine.

JOURDAN SKIRHA - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Jourdan Skirha is in her second season as the director of operations and promotions for the Chicago Bandits.

Previously, Skirha interned for the Bandits, beginning with the 2014 season.

Skirha is a graduate of Drexel University, where she received a degree in sport management. She was rostered on the Dragons' softball team, competing at the NCAA Division I level, and was a captain her senior year. Skirha was a CAA commissioner academic award winner in 2016 and 2017.

Skirha was a 2017 cooperate education award winner at Drexel based off her co-op experience with the Bandits.

She graduated from Oak Forest High School in 2012 and currently resides in Rosemont.

JASON LOWENTHAL - DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS

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 resides in Highland Park.

Play-by-play voice

MIKE KNEZEVICH - BROADCASTER

Mike Knezevich is entering his 10th season with the Bandits.

Knezevich graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and furthered his academic career at the Columbia College School of Broadcasting and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

Knezevich's first broadcast job came with WLTH 1370 AM in Gary, Indiana. While at WLTH, Knezevich ran the boards Friday nights and hosted a daily, 90-minute sports talk show called "The Sports Page." In 1990, Knezevich earned a promotion to sports director at WLTH.

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

Knezevich earned induction into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame in 2012 after being previously honored by the ISSA as the 2006 "Mary Bates Indiana Sportscaster of the Year." Knezevich is also a four-time recipient of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's "Indiana Sportscaster of the Year" award, an distinction which he co-shared with Don Fischer, the radio play-by-play voice of the Indiana Hoosiers.

Knezevich currently resides in Downers Grove with his wife Barbara, son Ryan and daughter Elayna.

Extra innings with Mike:

  • Favorite professional sports team: 2005 Chicago White Sox.
  • Favorite college sports team: 1998 national champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Favorite broadcast moment: 2005 Valparaiso Vikings capturing their first state championship in northwest Indiana boys soccer history, culminating an undefeated season with an overtime win over Fort Wayne Canterbury and a shutout of East Central.
  • Favorite sports moment: "The Green Machine" defeating USC by a 49-19 final at Notre Dame Stadium on the way to the 1977 National Championship.
  • 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.

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

Softball legend and former Bandits pitcher Jennie Finch serves as the franchise's board advisor to the National Pro Fastpitch league.

An global icon for fastpitch softball, Finch retired from the game at the conclusion of the 2010 season. During her time in Chicago, the right-hander captured the NPF's Co-Pitcher of the Year award in 2005. She later pitched a pair of perfect games for the Bandits in 2009 and 2010 against the Philadelphia Force and Akron Racers, respectively.

The NPF issues the Jennie Finch Award during its league banquet at the end of each season as an honor bestowed upon a player who exhibits success both on and off the diamond.

Finch has remained a staunch supporter of growth in the game of softball and holds instructional camps throughout the year, including an event in Rosemont. For more information, please visit her official page at https://www.jenniefinch.com/.

Swiper The Bandit — Mascot

Swiper the Bandit enters his 14th season as the official mascot of the Chicago Bandits and helps ensure a unique and exciting atmosphere throughout all games at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

His responsibilities include:

  • Being as photogenic as possible with fans
  • Waving emphatically to fans around the ballpark
  • Issuing grade-A high-fives during lineup introductions
  • Helping to promote the Bandits through party and community event appearances

Extra innings with Swiper:

  • Favorite color: Blue (or orange ... he can't decide)
  • Favorite food: Unattended concession stand items
  • Favorite song: Literally anything with an epic guitar solo
  • Hobbies: Dancing, pulling pranks, hand-drumming and hanging out with AWESOME fans at the ballpark

Interns

Adrian Perez

Adrian Perez is in his second year with the Bandits organization and assists the ticket sales and marketing departments.

He is a junior at West Virginia University and aims to receive his degree in sports management.

Hannah Brummer

Hannah Brummer is in her first year as a member of the Bandits organization and is part of the team's game day staff. She helps coordinate the guest relations table on the concourse level of Parkway Bank Sports Complex.

She is currently a junior at Elmhurst College and plans to receive her degree in communications. 

Bernardo Millan

Bernardo Millan is in his first season as an intern with the Bandits and assists the promotions and game day operations departments.

He is entering his senior year at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and intends to receive his degree in sport management.

Other notable experiences include working as an assistant physical education teacher at Colegio Pachamama Quito in Ecuador, and as a social media coordinator and sportscaster for Nueva Emisora Central Quito in Ecuador.

 

Samantha Payton

Samantha Payton is in her first season as a graphic design intern for the Bandits.

She is entering her senior year at Carthage College and intends to receive her degree in graphic design and communications.

Her prior notable work experience includes a graphic design and photography internship within the communications office at Carthage.

Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd is in his first season as an intern for the Bandits and assists in the ticket sales and game day operations departments.

He is entering his senior year at Western Illinois University and intends to receive his degree in business management.

Quincy VanderMuelen

Quincy VanderMuelen is in her first season as an intern with the Bandits. She assists in the team's marketing and game day operations departments.

She is currently a senior at the University of Iowa and intends to receive her degree in marketing with a minor in sports and recreation management.

Zoe Wilkens

Zoe Wilkens is in her first season as an intern for the Bandits within the ticket sales department.

She is a freshman at Central Michigan University and plans to study sports management.

Her prior experiences include working at Edge Ice Arena as a front desk attendant and in promotions for the AWFM Renegades High School hockey team.

Becca Carney

Becca Carney is in her first year as an promotions intern for the Bandits.

She is a junior at Indiana University and intends to receive her degree in sports broadcasting.

Alex Patt

Alex Patt is in his first season as an intern with the Bandits and assists in the areas of game day operations and promotions.

He is a 2016 graduate of Concordia University Chicago.

In addition to his responsibilities at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, he works as a writer and radio contributor for FanSided.com, Blasting News, Bill Swerski Sports Talk Chicago and the Windy City Chronicle.

 

Haley O'Connell

Haley O'Connell is in her first season as an intern with the Bandits and helps out the game day operations and promotions departments.

She is a entering her junior year at the University of Iowa and plans to receive her degree in sports recreation and management.

She is a former high school softball player and camp instructor. Her other experiences include working as a sports camp counselor for the Clarendon Hills Park District and as a hostess at J. Alexander's.

Jennifer Budds

Jennifer Budds is in her first season as an intern with the Bandits and assists in the team's marketing and promotions departments.

She is a senior at Upper Iowa University and plans to receive her degree in marketing and management with an additional minor in psychology.

She has held prior work experience as a marketing intern for Upper Iowa athletic department.

Bailey Ervin

Bailey Ervin is in her first season as an intern with the Bandits.

She is currently a senior at the University of Missouri and intends to receive her degree in sport management.

Her prior experiences include working as a marketing intern and academic within Missouri's athletic department.

Angela Tzortzis

Angela Tzortzis is in her first season as an intern with the Bandits and assists game and tournament operations department.

She is a junior at the University of Illinois and plans to receive her degree in recreation, sport and tourism. She is also a member of the school's honor and advisory council.