Corporate Account ManagerHometown: Wautoma, WI
Alma Mater: UW La Crosse
If you ask Ashlea about her favorite moment with the Mallards she would begin to tell a story about when a little boy dropped his ice cream. You’d probably question why her favorite moment would involve such a catastrophic event, but Ashlea saw the mishap as a perfect opportunity to turn one small fan into a customer for life. After replacing the cone and seeing the smile on the boy’s face, it reaffirmed the importance of the fan experience as more than just the events happening on the baseball field. Ashlea translates her passion for a positive fan experience into her everyday role with the Mallards. Klootwyk, in her sixth season with the Mallards, is a Corporate Account Representative. Her goal is to help local companies plan their outings to the ballpark and make them as enjoyable and seamless as possible. With a background in sales and customer service she enjoys working in an environment where she has the freedom to be creative and directly make a positive impact on customers.Klootwyk completed her bachelors of science degree in Business Management in the spring of 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She lives in Madison with her husband Rob and her two children. In her free time, Ashlea loves spending time with her family and experiencing all that the Madison Area has to offer.
Senior Corporate Account Manager
Hometown: Middleton, WI
Alma Mater: Denison University
Skyler rejoins the Mallards staff as a Senior Corporate Account Manager. Rusch was with the Mallards from 2012-14, and he is excited to be back after splitting the last 4 years between pharmaceutical and software sales.
Rusch graduated from Denison University in 2012 with a degree in Spanish and Communications. In addition to creating lifelong relationships, his biggest takeaway from college was discovering his passion for foreign language and travelling; he studied abroad in Alicante, Spain for four months in 2010 and spent the 2011 and 2012 summers interning in Barcelona, Spain.
Although he considers himself a Brewers fan, Rusch spends most of his time supporting the Green Bay Packers and Liverpool Football Club. During fall and spring weekends, you’re most likely to find Skyler on the couch at 8am watching soccer. Whether it’s the Merseyside Derby or a clash between mid-table clubs in the Turkish Süper Lig, Rusch watches with equal enthusiasm.
5-Game Pack Extraordinaire
Hometown: Two Rivers, WI
Alma Mater: UW Green Bay
Michael Richmond enters his fourth season with the Mallards and first as a 5-Game Pack Extraordinaire. In this role, Richmond makes sure every one of his ticket package holders enjoys the game and has a great experience. In the off-season, he also assists with many various tasks including staffing and working events. You can even see him at Breese Stevens Field working special events or Forward Madison FC games. In his free time, he enjoys being outside disc golfing, watching baseball, and exploring Madison, but he is also a passionate movie collector owning around 200 films. He brings that same passion to the Mallards as he is always looking for ways to improve himself and the team. He holds a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and is an avid Packer, Brewers and Bucks fan. FUN FACTS: Michael is a huge E-Sports fan and loves to cheer on his favorite team TSM.
He loves to play boards games with his favorite game being Pandemic.
He also owns cat named Stormfly.
Group Accounts Manager
Hometown: Greendale, WI
Alma Mater: UW Whitewater
Eric joined the Madison Mallards in 2016, and is in his second season in the front office. After interning and working in a seasonal role in the Food and Beverage department, he moved to inside sales in 2018. Eric has had a passion for sports his whole life, growing up playing soccer, baseball, and football, and working in fitness and athletics throughout college. Eric graduated from the prestigious UW-Whitewater in 2017 with his Masters in Athletics Administration. When he’s not brightening the days of Mallards fans, you can find Eric on the golf course, playing with his roommates lovely dog Koda, and supporting The NL Central Champion Milwaukee Brewers, and future NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Hometown: Burlington, WI
Matt Phelps joined the Madison Mallards in April of 2017 as Sous Chef. He is responsible for the food production in the Great Dane Duck Blind, Tricor/West Bend Club, game-day suite food and daily specials through out the ballpark.
Matt hails from Burlington, WI, where he got his start at an early age washing dishes at family restaurants. Through the years he has continued developing his culinary skills while traveling the world; living and working in Los Angeles and eventually landing back in Wisconsin. During his time in Madison he has focused on his culinary career and furthered his knowledge of hospitality by working as the Executive Sous Chef of Graze.
In his free time he enjoys drinking cocktails and cinema classics such as Caddy Shack and Major League. As an avid Brewers and Packer fan, he can be spotted grilling brats at either tailgate party.
Creative Services Manager
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Alma Mater: UW Eau Claire
Cassidy Sepnieski begins her rookie season with the Mallards in the brand new Creative Services Specialist position. Equipped with a marketing and graphic design degree from UW-Eau Claire, she’s ready to handle any curveball thrown her way (puns always intended and encouraged).
Growing up in Green Bay, WI sparked Cassidy’s passion for sports which she pursued throughout high school and college. Her experience with her university’s athletics and recreation departments and a local music festival opened her eyes to the world of fast paced live entertainment, which she thrives in. Cassidy lives for the smiles on fans faces after a successful event, and is excited to be a part of such a great, tight-knit community.
In her off time she loves to read, watch HBO Original Shows, and exploring Madison.
Sponsorship Activation and Community Relations Coordinator
Hometown: Waterford, WI
Alma Mater: UW La Crosse
Delaney begins her second season with the Mallards as the Sponsorship Activation and Community Relations Coordinator. While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and business management from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Delaney quickly realized that working in sports felt like home. She spent three years working in various roles within the UW-La Crosse Athletics department and spent summers interning with both the Lakeshore Chinooks and the Milwaukee Brewers. Delaney never gets tired of the energy fans bring to the Duck Pond and looks forward to taking on another season with the Mallards.
In her spare time, you can find her taking semi-spontaneous road trips, binge watching Netflix, taking in a sporting event, or smothering her three dogs with too much love and affection.
Corporate Tickets and Events Manager
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Alma Mater: Madison College
Erik Jaeckel enters his sixth season with the Madison Mallards, his second season as a full time staff member. He is responsible for supporting the Mallards outside ticket sales team in the execution of successful corporate outings/events.
Erik comes from Milwaukee, WI, where he learned to love baseball watching the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. Over the years he has gained valuable knowledge about hospitality working in restaurants and hotels. Most recently, he arranged bookings for a musical entertainment company. He is looking forward to using his skills and knowledge to facilitate new off-season corporate events and weddings.
Now living in Waunakee, he spends his free time working with a local high school, running sound for the marching band and theater events. Even though he loves baseball, his favorite sport is Hockey – Go Preds!
Creative Services Specialist
Hometown: Janesville, WI
Alma Mater: Madison Media Institute
This is her first season with the Madison Mallards. After graduating she started as a graphic designer at the Kalahari, mainly focusing on web and email design. She is looking forward to expanding her design arsenal here with the Mallards. Growing up in Janesville, WI she spent most of her time making crafts and playing outside. As she got older her love for art and design only grew, prompting her to find a career that wouldn’t feel like work.
She grew up in a very sporty family. Both her parents played softball and volleyball her whole childhood. As she grew older she got the itch to play instead of just spectating. At age 7 she started playing softball, bowling at 7, volleyball at 9, and skiing at 10.
She still enjoys playing sports in her free time, but her favorite thing is hanging out with her husband and making fun of her cats. She is looking forward to her first season with the Madison Mallards.
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Group Accounts Manager
Hometown: Denver, IA
Alma Mater: University of Dubuque
This is his first season as a full-time employee on the inside sales team. He joined the Mallards as a marketing and promotions intern last summer. He is now the group accounts manager for nonprofit communities, retirement homes, dance/martial arts/fitness groups, and libraries. He graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelors degree in Sport Marketing and Management and a minor in health and wellness, where he was a 4-year student athlete as a member of the Spartans football team. As a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, he is interested in anything sports related. He grew up in a small town in northeast Iowa called Denver also referred to as the “mile wide city.”
His passion for sports started at a very young age mainly due to his grandfathers interest in football. From then on he was a 5-sport athlete in high school and continued that passion through playing football in college.
In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his dog, as well as venturing new places in the Madison area, and arguing with local Wisconsin fans about how much better the Vikings are than the Packers (he’s wrong). He is looking forward to a great season with the Mallards to develop new skills for his journey to a successful sports career! Go Lards
Group Accounts Manager
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Alma Mater: Quincy University
Eric will be entering his first season as a Group Accounts Manager with the Madison Mallards in 2019. In his role, he serves daycares, churches, military groups, birthday parties and is the lead contact for the Mallards annual kids’ day. Prior to joining the Mallards, Eric interned for the Chicago Bandits professional fastpitch softball team and the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League. He also worked in the athletic departments at the College of DuPage and Quincy University.
Originally from Naperville, IL, Eric graduated from College of DuPage with an Associate Arts degree in 2016. He then transferred to Quincy University where he attained a BS in Sport Management. Eric credits his sport management professor, Elysia Mahoney for her help in developing him professionally.
In his free time, Eric likes to watch sports and movies, try different restaurants, exercise, travel, volunteer in the community, hike, camp and play fantasy football. He also avidly roots for the Bears, Yankees and Blackhawks. Although not a huge follower of the NBA; his favorite basketball players include Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, the Greek freak, D-Wade, Russell Westbrook and Shaq.
Eric currently resides in Madison.
Hometown: Oconomowoc, WI
Boyer has been Head of Concessions for the Madison Mallards since 2004. Boyer, who has over 40 years of experience in the food service industry is also the General Manager of Rookies Food & Spirits in Mazomanie, WI. Boyer is an integral part of the day to day food and beverage operations at the “Duck Pond.” Boyer hails from Oconomowoc, WI.