Our Board

 

Meet The Board of Directors for Miracle League North Bay

Our Board

The Miracle League North Bay started with a group of impassioned parents, athletes, business leaders and sports fans. Here is a bit about some of our board members.

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

President

Jen works as an independent strategic consultant, where she advises senior level executives in the creation and implementation of strategic plans. Bottom line – a problem solver for big challenges, whether that’s communication strategies, restructuring the corporate organization, defining product segments or the creation of a succession plan. Her extensive experience in audit, finance, marketing and business development from global giants such as Hewlett-Packard and Carlson Companies to the start-up industry with WebMD has created the strong foundation for strategic consulting. Jen has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from USC and a Master’s Degree in Business from UCLA.
She is passionate about special needs and is actively involved in the non-profit arena. Jen is one of the founders and is on the board of the Down Syndrome Association North Bay, which fosters support and services for individuals with special needs.
Jen’s son Liam, a 12 year old with Down Syndrome who wants to play baseball like other 12 year olds, motivates her to bring a Miracle League to the bay area. Her business and philanthropic experience are the fundamentals needed to make it happen and to continue the Miracle League success.

Phoebe Ellis

Phoebe Ellis

Secretary

Phoebe is an owner in her family business, Lace House Linen, which has been operating in Petaluma for over 100 years.  She is an attorney; managing human resources, employee relations and compliance issues in the business.  She spent nearly ten years working for the City and County of San Francisco in the City Attorney’s Office working in code enforcement and then representing the Department of Human Services in family law cases.  She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her combined JD/MSW degrees from Loyola University of Chicago.
Phoebe lives in Petaluma with her husband, Geoff, and three children.  She serves as a School Board Trustee for the Petaluma City Schools and likes to volunteer with other local, youth oriented organizations.  She enjoys watching her own children play sports and understands the value of being on a team and participating in an organized sport.  She first saw a Miracle League field in Wisconsin several years ago and has never looked back.  She is excited to be a member of The Miracle League North Bay Team!

Alicia Hansel

Alicia Hansel

Vice President

Alicia is a partner in Kibby Road LLC, a real estate investment and property management firm, where she oversees construction and development for the firm through California, the Pacific Northwest, Nevada and Texas. Well versed in managing relations with local municipalities and overseeing construction crews, she is an expert in project management and strategic development. Alicia has a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.
An All American water polo player and Team Captain of the California Golden Bears, Alicia is passionate about athletics and creating opportunities for America’s youth to participate. Recognizing the influence athletics played in defining her character, Alicia has spent the last twenty years giving back to the institution of sport that has given so much to her. Her contributions range from coaching at the high school, junior college and university levels to volunteering behind the scenes.

Sarah Chirco

Sarah Chirco

Treasurer

Financial Controller at FP Builders, Sarah is a graduate of Sonoma State University and resides in Petaluma, CA with her family.  Sarah has an extensive background in accounting across multiple industries including nonprofits.  Sarah was drawn to serve the Miracle League through her niece, Alexa Villarreal.  Alexa plays baseball at the Miracle League of Wilmington in North Carolina with the D-Backs.  Her abilities have improved significantly and she is truly reaching beyond limits with this opportunity to play safely at Miracle League.  You will find Sarah on the Miracle field Saturdays volunteering.

Meghan Swift

Meghan Swift

Board Member

Meg is the COO and Executive Producer of MAP Digital, Inc, ac company that provides Software and Hardware solutions for Corporate Events. Her passion for live events came at early age with a calling for Theater Production and Management.  Her early career as an Equity Stage Manager allowed her to hone her organizational and leadership skills as well as learn the nuances of producing a show. She is an avid baseball fan and is thrilled that the opening of this league has afforded her son, Owen, who has down syndrome, the ability to play ball! She is very excited to be joining the board and to utilize her skills to assist in league management and the continuation of this amazing organization.

Shari Ranney

Shari Ranney

Program Manager

After successful careers as a Nurse Practitioner and then a Financial Planner, Shari has turned her attention to the non-profit world. Various leadership, project management, event planning and technology skills she acquired along her life journey are put to good use in the role of Program Manager.

Shari was inspired and introduced to the Miracle League concept by her cousin’s son, Michael Crofton, who enjoyed playing baseball at one of the early Miracle League Fields in Peach Tree City, Georgia. She is thrilled to be a team member on the Miracle League North Bay.

Shari is also a member of the Petaluma Rotary Club, which has been a valuable partner in this Miracle League Project since day one. That all started when Jen Richardson dog-sat for Shari’s dog, Hank “the Tank”, a 100 lb bundle of white lab love. One thing lead to another and soon Shari’s husband, Chris (then President of Petaluma Rotary) forged a wonderful partnership with Jen and the Miracle League Board Members to help turn the Miracle League playground and baseball field dream into a reality. Shari’s unique position will allow her to act as liaison between Miracle League North Bay and Petaluma Rotary.

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