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Executive Administration

Michelle Skinner

General Manager
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Michelle joined the Woodpeckers as General Manager in March of 2023. In this capacity, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the club while continuing to grow the presence of the team in the greater Fayetteville community.

Michelle came to the Fayetteville after 13 seasons with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Frontier League, formerly the MiLB Short Season Affiliate of the Houston Astros. Starting in 2010 as the Administrative Assistant, Skinner held the roles of Fan Development Manager and Community Relations Manager prior to being named the Assistant General Manager in 2015. Before starting her career with the ValleyCats, she completed an internship with the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League and spent two years in Nashville, TN as the Operations Assistant for the Nashville Superspeedway.

Looking forward to being active in the Fayetteville community, Michelle was a member of the Capital Region’s Women's Business Council, President of the Troy Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, former President of the Troy Kiwanis Club, and is an avid supporter of St Jude Children's Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish. She serves on the Alumni Council of Ball State University and is a mentor for students in the Sport Administration Program.

Skinner is a two-time recipient of the New York-Penn League JoAnn Weber Female Executive/Staff Member of the Year Award (2014, 2018), was named to the Albany Business Review's 40 Under Forty list in 2019, and was a 2020 United Way Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year finalist.

A native of Twelve Mile, Indiana, Skinner received a Bachelors Degree in Sport Administration from Ball State University in 2007. She moves to downtown Fayetteville with her girlfriend Nicole and their dog Finley. They enjoy traveling, visiting new breweries, attending concerts and sporting events, and volunteering. Michelle’s personal goal is to run all six World Major Marathons as a St Jude Hero – already completing the NYC, Chicago, London, Berlin, and Boston marathons, she only has the Tokyo Marathon left to complete!


Director, Fun

Bunker has built his nest at Segra Stadium, right in the heart of downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina & minutes away from the world’s largest military installation: Fort Bragg. His favorite hobbies are pecking trees, playing baseball, & dancing! Fun Fact: Bunker was named after a very important leader of the 82nd Airborne Division, General Matthew Bunker Ridgeway, who led the United States to victory in World War II.

Marketing & Creative

Ashlei Elise

Director, Marketing

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Ashlei joined the Astros organization in July of 2022. She serves as the Marketing Director of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers; overseeing all internal and external marketing needs.

Prior to joining the Astros, Ashlei spent her career working within the Student Housing industry across the country in various on-site, regional, and head of marketing and sales roles. During her ten years of experience, she has worked in over 40 university markets across the nation.

Ashlei found her niche and love for marketing while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. GO NINERS!

As a native to Fayetteville and having recently returned to her hometown, Ashlei is excited to join the Woodpecker and Astros family. When not at the ballpark you can find her dancing to salsa or bachata music, captivated by a good book that she is reading, or planning her next international trip.

Andrew Chapman

Coordinator, Broadcasting & Communications
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Chapman joined the Woodpeckers prior to the 2021 season and enters his fourth years working in Minor League Baseball. Prior to moving to Fayetteville, he served as the Broadcaster and Media Coordinator of the Jackson Generals (Jackson, TN) in the Southern League. He has also spent time living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Southern California as the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant for the Biloxi Shuckers in 2019, and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League in 2018.

A Stockton, California native, Chapman graduated from Arizona State University with a journalism and mass communication degree from the Walter Cronkite School in 2017. As a Sun Devil, he called play-by-play for Arizona State baseball, softball, football, basketball and soccer on local student radio and PAC-12 Digital Networks.

Andrea Kruczkowski

Coordinator, Social Media
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Andie is gearing up for her second year with the Woodpeckers after joining the organization in October 2022. She serves as the Social Media Coordinator where she oversees all their social media.

Andie loves talking baseball and has been to 19/30 current MLB ballparks. Her prized possession is a selfie with Aaron Judge.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and Sports Media from the University of North Texas and is a native of Austin, Texas.

Kendall Thompson

Coordinator, Creative Services

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Kendall is in her first year with the Woodpeckers after joining the organization in May 2023. She serves as the Creative Services Coordinator where she helps to create the graphics and videos you see both online and at Segra Stadium!

She comes to the Woodpeckers from inside the Astros’ Organization, working with the High A Affiliate, the Asheville Tourists in the 2022 season and from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s York Revolution (MLB Partner League) in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Kendall is a life-long Washington DC sports fan (for better or for worse) and loves talking/yelling about baseball and hockey. She went to both the Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals Championship parades and remembers her sunburns from those events fondly.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Film and Media Studies with a Minor in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and is a native of Gordonsville, VA.

Noah Gaul

Coordinator, Creative Services

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Noah is from Wichita, Kansas, but grew up in Arkansas. He decided to return home to Kansas and attend Wichita State University, where he studied Graphic Design & Marketing. He graduated in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing.

Noah has spent time as a graphic designer and photographer with the Kansas City Sports Commission as well as running his own freelance company while attending school. While working in Kansas, Noah found his passion for working sports. Three days after graduating from WSU, he packed up and moved halfway across the country to become the Creative Service Coordinator with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

He helps to develop creative projects ranging from graphics to video & photography to enhance the Woodpeckers’ brand and community engagement.

Colin Casey

Assistant, Broadcasting & Communications

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Colin joined the Woodpeckers broadcast team in 2022 after spending three years with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League as their play-by-play voice. He also spent a season as a media intern for the Valley Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and spent the 2022 baseball offseason as a Broadcaster for Holy Cross Athletics.

Colin is a 2021 graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he worked for the school’s student radio station WMUA, becoming their sports director in his senior year. His biggest accomplishment was calling the UMass Minutemen hockey team’s first ever National Championship. In his free time, Colin enjoys playing video games and watching all kinds of sports, especially baseball, hockey, and golf.

Sales & Ticketing

Gabriel Evans

Director, Ticket Sales & Service
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Gabriel Evans joined the Astros organization in August of 2018. As Manager of Ticket Operations of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Gabriel oversees all ticketing operations.

Prior to joining the Astros, Gabriel was employed by Campbell University in the athletic department. As the Director of Equipment, Gabriel oversaw the athletic departments equipment operation from purchasing and delivering to various sports on campus. Before becoming that Gabriel was an intern in Athletic Game Operations where he gained valuable experienced in athletics.

Gabriel received his bachelor's degree in Sports management from Catawba College and his MS in Sports Administration from Liberty University. Gabriel was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC.

Brittany Tschida

Manager, Sponsorships
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Brittany Tschida joined the Astros organization in August of 2018. As the Manager of Sponsorships, she is responsible for overseeing the fulfillment of current partnerships and building relationships with new sponsors.

A native of Fayetteville, Brittany is no stranger to the area nor baseball. Before joining the Astros, Brittany worked with the Fayetteville SwampDogs. As Assistant General Manager, Brittany oversaw summer employment, concessions, and sales.

Brittany earned her bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Business Administration from Chowan University, while also play 4 years on their volleyball team, earning a Conference Championship her freshman year.

Kimberly Burr

Manager, Retail Operations
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Kimberly joined the Astros organization in May of 2021. She worked two seasons as part-time retail staff before transitioning to her full-time role as Retail Operations Manager in March of 2023. In this role, she oversees the retail department and ensures the Birds' Nest Team store runs smoothly.

Prior to joining the Astros, Kimberly worked for other retail organizations as part of the retail management team. She obtained her Associates degree from Johnston Community College, and following graduation, she entered retail gaining six years of experience in retail management.

Kimberly is a North Carolina native. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and homeschooling her son. As she is a member of the North Carolina Homeschool organization.

Jackson Bingham

Account Executive, Sponsorships
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Jackson joined the Astros organization in April of 2019. As the Account Manager, Jackson plays an essential role in effectively communicating with our season ticket holders, providing exemplary customer service, improving the season ticket holder fan experience, and generating yearly ticket package renewals.

Prior to joining the Astros, Jackson worked for the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League. He started as a Marketing Intern with the Salamanders and worked to become the Promotions Director in 2018. As the Promotions Director, Jackson frequently corresponded with sponsors and led all the on-field entertainment as “Action Jackson”. Jackson originally started with the Woodpeckers as the Ballpark Entertainment Intern in 2019.

A four-year Men’s Lacrosse letterman at Methodist University, Jackson graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sport Management. Jackson is from Holly Springs, NC.

Jon Wingate

Account Executive, Tickets
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Jon joined the Astros organization in February of 2022. As an Account Executive, Jon plays a role in working with new and returning clients to curate ticket packages, group and hospitality events, as well as fundraisers.

Prior to joining the Astros, Jon worked for the York Revolution from the Independent League. He started as the home club house intern before accepting the position of visiting club house manager his first year with the team. He then accepted the position of home club house manager for the team where he got to work closely with the players and coaching staff.

Jon graduated from Methodist University to pursue his dream of working in professional baseball. He graduated with a degree in Sport Management and Accounting. Jon enjoys being out on the golf course with his friends where he often hits more trees than fair ways when teeing off. He also loves playing with his two dogs Skylar and Duke.

Zack Williams

Account Executive, Tickets
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Zack joined the Astros organization in May of 2021 as a part-time member of our Ballpark Entertainment department and spent two seasons with us before transitioning to a full-time role in February 2023 as an Account Executive for tickets. In his Account Executive role, he works with new and returning clients to curate ticket packages, fundraisers, group and hospitality events, and wants to be able to make fans experience better every game.

Prior to joining the Astros, Zack worked for the Fayetteville Swampdogs in the Coastal Plain League as a baseball operations intern in 2019. A 4 year baseball player for Carolina University, Zack graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Criminal Justice. Zack was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC.

Kylie Elliott

Account Executive, Tickets
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Operations & Events

Alpha Jones

Director, Field Operations
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Matt Chappell

Director, Operations
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Matt Chappell joined the Astros organization in May 2021. As Director of Operations, he is responsible for general facility upkeep, game operations, janitorial and event security.

Prior to joining the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Matt worked in athletics at East Carolina University as a graduate assistant in the operations department. At ECU he worked in athletic facility maintenance and game operations for the softball, football and basketball programs.

Matt received both his bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in sports management from East Carolina University in 2018 and 2020. Matt was born and raised in Hertford, NC, enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his friends and family.

Mike 'Magic' Montesino

Manager, Baseball Operations
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Michael "Magic" Montesino joined the Astros organization in June of 2015. As Manager of Baseball Operations for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Mike oversees all clubhouse operations and baseball operations.

Prior to joining the Astros, Magic was employed by his alma mater, Florida International University, where he worked in facility and event management. In this position Mike assisted in putting together various events. Before coming on board in this role, he was a manager for the FIU Men's basketball team. Mike also worked at the former Astros Rookie affiliate in Greeneville, Tennessee, as well as the Class A affiliate in Davenport, Iowa.

Mike received his bachelor's degree in Recreation/Sports Management from Florida International University. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

Eli Laney

Coordinator, Field Operations
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Evan Springer

Manager, Stadium Operations

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Evan Springer joined the Houston Astros affiliate in April of 2023. Before joining the Woodpeckers as the Mgr. of Stadium Operations Evan was residing and working in Syracuse, NY in event operations for ASM Global. He assists in the management of facility operations, event operations and stadium maintenance.

Evan has approximately 10 years of working experience within sports and entertainment venues. He worked at ASM Global- and Live Nation-managed venues at the MVP Arena in Albany, the Oncenter and St Joseph's Health Amphitheater in Syracuse and SPAC in Saratoga. Evan assisted in all phases of operations as well as promotional initiatives at these facilities. He also performed event management processes such as event planning, organizing, executing, and evaluating. Customer service was also a duty that was carried out in his experiences in sport management.

Evan attended SUNY Cortland in upstate NY and graduated with a B.S. in Sport MGMT in 2013. He enjoys going to concerts and camping in his free time. Evan also helps his family plan and run a charitable golf tournament every August in memory of his uncle who passed from bone cancer in 1999. He is from central New York approximately 30 minutes north of Cooperstown.

James Forthofer

Clubhouse Attendant

Brian Chandler

Clubhouse Attendant


Jennifer Carpenter

Director, Finance
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Jennifer Carpenter is originally from Arlington, Texas and joined the Houston Astros organization in January 2013 as an intern for the Finance Department. She was hired full-time after three weeks and primarily worked as Accounts Receivable for the team.

Previously she has worked for the City of Arlington as a 911 Operator/Police Dispatcher, supervisor of the vault at Six Flags Over Texas and a volunteer at the White House.

Jennifer has a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Texas, Arlington and a Bachelors in Accounting Control Systems from the University of North Texas.

Lindsay Hollister

Assistant, Finance

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Lindsay joined the Astros organization in April of 2019. As the Finance Assistant, she works closely with the Finance Director in keeping the department running smoothly.

Lindsay was born and raised in Stedman, NC. While her husband served in the Army, she lived in Tennessee and California. In 2019, Lindsay began working with the Woodpeckers as a ticket taker, then as a receptionist. In June of 2021, she joined the front office in her role as the Finance Assistant.

Lindsay likes to spend her free time with her husband, family, and friends. She can be found either at the bowling center or at home with her husband and kitties reading a book or watching movies.

Professional Sports Catering

Brett Burke

Director of Operations
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Brett started with Fayetteville in April 2021. He came here from the Gwinnett Stripers where he was the concessions manager briefly before Covid. Prior to that he was the Assistant GM and Director of Operations for the Burlington Royals formerly of the Appy League. Brett graduated from Syracuse University with a masters in Sport Venue and Event Management.

Brett is originally from Maine and moved to North Carolina in 2018. He loves to play golf, hike and visit other stadiums and ballparks in his free time!

Rich Gonzalez

Executive Chef

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