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 full-time 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.
Within the first few months of her tenure as general manager, Calmeyn helped facilitate an agreement between the Bandits and Softball Australia, which will allow for eight Australian athletes to train and compete alongside the team in Rosemont for the 2017 season.
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 Lowenthal is in his third season as a member of the Bandits organization. He currently serves as the team’s director of media relations and softball analytics.
An expected 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri, Jason intends to receive his bachelor’s degree in print & digital sports journalism with minors in business and Canadian studies and certificates in multiculturalism and honors studies. He plans to further his studies in graduate school in hopes of receiving a law or sport management degree.
Jason has held numerous positions a journalist, having most recently served as a sports reporter covering Missouri men’s and women’s basketball and baseball for the Columbia Missourian.
A former baseball player at Highland Park High School, Jason played at the varsity level as an outfielder for two seasons and helped lead 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.
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
Danielle Bass, M.D. - Team Physician
An athlete since her youth, Danielle Bass, M.D., turned her love of sports into a career as a general medicine physician with a focus on sports medicine. While completing her undergraduate degree she was a member of the University of Florida Women’s 1998 National Championship Soccer Team. She earned her medical degree from Florida State University, served as a family medicine resident at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and completed a sports medicine fellowship at O’Connor Hospital in California.
Dr. Bass is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and has presented research on lower extremity injuries in runners. She gives lectures on primary care sports injuries along with non-operative treatments for athletes.
Dr. Bass has served as team physician for the Women’s Professional Soccer League and the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team at the World’s Championship in Turkey. She is the team physician for St. Rita High School, St. Ignatius College Prep, and Chicago State and Robert Morris universities. She evaluates sports injuries and works with children and adults to help them return to their sport non-operatively.
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.
Ashley Kellenberge - Athletic Trainer
Preston Wolin, M.D. - Surgeon/Dir. of Sports Medicine
Preston Wolin, M.D., is the director and founder of the Center for Athletic Medicine, Ltd. Founded in 1991, the center provides multispecialty care to every level of athlete, from children to professionals.
Dr. Wolin has served as a team physician for DePaul University, Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer), United States Soccer National Men’s and Women’s Teams and the Windy City ThunderBolts (Frontier League in Professional Baseball). He is also the team physician for Robert Morris University, St. Rita High School, St. Ignatius College Prep and Chicago State University.
A founding member of the Illinois State High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Dr. Wolin also has been Vice President of the Conference USA Medical Committee and a consultant to the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also has a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
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!
Chrissy Semler, MA, LMHC, CC-AASP - Sport Psychology Consultant
As a sport psychotherapist and sport psychology consultant, Chrissy works with individuals on clinical and sport related issues; works with sports teams to improve overall improvement using sports psychology; and travels to provide workshops, presentations, seminars, consultation, and individual sessions to many clients throughout the United States.
Along with working as a sport psychotherapist and sport psychology consultant, Chrissy teaches psychology at Bridgewater State University for the Psychology Department and the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, & Leisure Studies. Courses taught as sole instructor: Introductory Psychology, Sport Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Physical Performance, Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology.
Chrissy is also the owner and lead pitching instructor of Diamond Fastpitch, Inc. in West Bridgewater, MA. She has been a private pitching instructor since 2001. Her passion for learning and evolving her skills as a pitching coach lead her to become a certified instructor with Tincher Pitching.
Chrissy Semler strives to intertwine her knowledge of sport psychology with the physical and mental aspects of softball. To that end, she is in the midst of obtaining her Doctoral Degree in sport and performance psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Chrissy has always had a passion for coaching and helping athletes succeed. She previously severed as a college level head coach with an overall coaching record of 123-79. She amassed an overall record of 92-64 and 40-16 in the MASCAC at her time with Bridgewater State University. In 2014, Coach Semler guided the BSU Bears to both the MASCAC, regular season and tournament titles as well as the program’s first 30-win season (32-14) in 13 years. She was named the MASCAC Coach of the Year by her peers in 2014. Bridgewater would capture the NCAA Division III Wellesley Regional championship before bowing to eventual national champion Tufts University in the Super Regional. Before coming to BSU Coach Semler was the head coach at Massasoit Community College. She took over a team with just two wins in 2011 and guided the Warriors to an 11-15 record in 2012 and a 20-10 mark in 2013. The 2013 squad captured the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XXI Tournament championship – the program’s first since 1999.
Game Day Staff
Jennie Finch - NPF Board Advisor
2010: Named to All-NPF Team as pitcher … Finished season seventh in NPF in wins (5), sixth in strikeouts (73) and fourth in ERA (2.02) … Pitched a perfect game on July 9 against Akron Racers … Struck out 73-of-243 batters faced, holding opponents to a 0.198 batting average in 12 games pitched … Ended campaign with a .290 batting average, .468 slugging percentage, 18 hits, one home run and eight RBIs…Announced retirement at the end of the season.
2009: Finished the 2009 season with a 7-2 record and two saves in 49 innings pitched…Posted a 1.76 ERA after allowing just 12 earned runs on the season…Struck out 61 hitters and walked just 23…Ended the campaign with a .212 batting average, collecting seven hits in 33 at-bats…four of seven hits went for extra bases, including three home runs.
2007: Finch was nearly perfect during the 2007 season when she went 7-2 and allowed just one earned run on the year…Tossed seven complete games and recorded 66.2 innings in the circle…Had an 11-to-1 K/BB ratio after striking out 119 hitters to just 10 walks…ERA for the season was 0.11…Was 6-for-42 at the plate for Chicago for a .143 batting average…Scored one run and drove in two.
2006: Saw limited action in 2006 due to US National team commitment…Was 1-0 on the season after allowing one earned run and four hits, while striking out eight…Had a .300 batting average for the year…had three hits in 10 at-bats.
2005: Was named Co-Pitcher of the Year after going 14-0 on the season with a 0.88 earned run average…Allowed just 12 earned runs in 95 innings of work…Struck out 114 hitters, allowed just 46 hits and 20 walks on the year…Posted a .309 batting average at the plate after going 25-for-81 on the season…Nine of 25 hits went for extra bases, including six home runs…Had 22 RBI’s.
Was a two-time recipient of the Honda Award which is given to the nation’s best collegiate softball player…She holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins with 60…Won consecutive Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Awards following the 2001 and 2002 seasons…Named a first team All-American on three separate occasions…Finished her junior season with a record of 32-0, which is an NCAA record for most wins in a season without a defeat.
- -Daughter of Doug and Bev Finch
- -Has two brothers, Shane and Landon
- -Member of the US National Softball team program
- -Married to Casey Daigle of the Houston Astros organization; have two children, Ace and Diesel
- -Personal website: www.jenniefinch.com
Doug Meffley - Public Address Announcer
Doug has served as the Chicago Bandits’ public address announcer since the franchise’s inception, returning for his seventh season as the Voice of the Bandits in 2011. Recently, Doug was selected as one of the final 25 contestants for the Chicago Cubs Public Address Announcer position, nearly losing in the finals to the winner. Meffley is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern where he currently is the associate director of athletic communications, serving as the sports information director for five sports including the Wildcats’ national powerhouse softball program (Go ’Cats!). Meffley is a native of Defiance, Ohio, and previously spent his summers backpacking through the Rockies. Extra Innings with Doug What is your favorite food? My mom’s Christmas cookies Who is your favorite team? Northwestern Wildcats! Do you have any siblings? A little brother who works at a wildlife refuge in Wyoming