Front Office Staff

Your Somerset Patriots Staff

Steve Kalafer

Steve is the Chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Dealership with showrooms and service centers in eight locations and 17 franchises. He serves as the Chairman of the Somerset Medical Center Foundation and as a trustee on the board of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, Somerset Medical Center, The Actors Fund of America, and the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. Steve and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Jonathan and Josh, and five grandson, Zachary, Broden, Caleb, Tristan, and Elliot.

Josh Kalafer
Vice Chairman

Josh is the Owner of Princeton Automobile Company – a private group of dealerships, which includes Princeton Audi, Princeton Volkswagen and Land Rover Princeton, all located on Route 206, North of Downtown Princeton. Josh is also the co-owner, along with his brother Jonathan, of Clinton Honda on Route 22 in Clinton, NJ, and is a Principal of The Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Dealerships in Flemington, NJ. Additionally Josh is actively involved in various family real estate investments as well as other ventures. He is on the board of various private companies and civic organizations. Josh resides in Somerset County with his wife and children.  

Jonathan Kalafer
Vice Chairman
Jonathan is an award-winning director/producer of documentaries and an innovative educator serving at Dickinson High School in Jersey City for over ten years. His teaching has been acknowledged by the George Lucas Educational Foundation and he procured a “VH1 Save the Music” grant for Jersey City Public Schools. His most recent documentary “Once in a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Story” (2012 director/producer) premiered at TriBeCa to a sold out audience and critical acclaim. It earned the “Audience Award” at Woodstock Film Fest and “Best Documentary” at the New Jersey Film Festival and selected by the US State Department and USC for their Documentary Diplomacy program American Film Showcase. Past films include “We Love You “(director/producer 2009), which premiered at the L.A. International Short Film Festival, where it won the “Best Documentary” award. It also won “Best Short Documentary” at the New Jersey Film Festival. “Diary of Immaculee” (producer 2006) made the official shortlist for an Academy Award nomination. Jonathan resides in Mendham with his wife Kori and his two sons Zachary 7 and Broden.

Patrick McVerry
President/General Manager
Patrick has been with the Somerset Patriots since 1998. He began as the Director of Marketing and was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2000. Patrick took over the position of General Manager during the 2002 season. Prior to joining the Patriots, he worked for the New Jersey Nets. Patrick was raised in Stroudsburg, PA, received his undergraduate degree at Penn State University, and earned his Masters of Education degree from East Stroudsburg University. He is responsible for the daily operation of the organization and oversees all baseball and business operations, sales, and administration. 
He and his wife Angela have been married for 17 years and reside in Branchburg, NJ with their three children, Emily, Anna and Patrick IV.

Dave Marek
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
Dave was born in Yokohama, Japan; however, grew up in Houston, TX. Upon receiving a degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M, he has worked for Fox Sports and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, before moving to New Jersey to work for the Patriots since the 2000 season. As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Dave is responsible for Advertising sales, and marketing the Patriots in the community. He has a wife named Susan and two sons named Sean and Justin. They live in Greenwich, NJ along with their three cats: Algebra, Lola and Blanket and a Pug named Pudge.

Marc Russinoff
Vice President of Public Relations
Marc is a graduate of Cook College and the School of Communication of Rutgers University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Communication. He is responsible for all communication for the Somerset Patriots, media and community relations, and the daily operation of the Press Box. Marc has been with the team since the 1999 season. He is a resident of South Bound Brook, NJ.

Bryan Iwicki
Vice President of Operations
Bryan has been with the Patriots since January of 2000. Bryan was born and raised in Flemington, NJ where he worked at Sneakers Plus for eight years during High School and College. Bryan graduated college with an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Raritan Valley Community College and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from The College of New Jersey. Bryan is responsible for ballpark operations, marketing and ticket sales. Bryan is also the Internship Coordinator for the Somerset Patriots and he also handles some of the daily HR responsibilities throughout the year. Bryan currently resides in Whitehouse with his wife Ann Marie and dog Yogi.

Matt Kopas
Vice President Of Ticketing
Matt is in charge of the Ticketing Department with the Somerset Patriots including Group, Season, and Individual Tickets. He is responsible for booking all types of group outings at TD Bank Ballpark. Matt graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2003 with a degree in Sports Management and a Minor in Marketing. He began working for the Patriots during the 2003 season. Matt began his baseball career in 2002 when he interned for the New Jersey Cardinals.

Brian Cahill
Director of Tickets
Brian graduated from Rutgers University at the end of 2008 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. Prior to joining the Somerset Patriots during the 2008 season, Brian worked for Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals and the Gazelle Group. He is in charge of the Ticket Office and oversees Season and Individual Tickets. Brian grew up in Montgomery, NJ.

Robert Crossman
Director of Merchandise
Robert graduated from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with a degree in Sports & Exercise Science in 1998. He worked with New York Life Investment Management for three years. Robert graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Masters Degree in Sport Management. He was an intern with the FOX Sports Media Relations Department in 2005. Robert currently lives in Easton, PA with wife Jenny-Lyn and their sons Drew and Kurtis. Robert's responsibilities include running the Patriots Team Store, corporate partnerships, group sales, and Season Ticket sales.

Tom McCartney
Group Sales Manager
Tom graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing in June 2011. He joined the Patriots shortly after the 2011 season as a Group Sales Manager. He is responsible for group sales, season ticket package sales, and marketing partnerships with the Patriots. Tom resides in Branchburg, N.J. and is a 2007 graduate of nearby Somerville High School.

Kevin Fleming
Corporate Sales Manager
Kevin graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2009 with a B.S. in Sport Management. He has previously worked for the New York Jets as an Inside Sales Representative where he was responsible for selling PSLs and Club Seats for the opening of MetLife Stadium. Prior to joining the Somerset Patriots in 2011, Kevin was an Account Director for Phoenicia Sport & Entertainment handling sponsorships for the IZOD IndyCar Series. As a Corporate Sales Manager, Kevin is responsible for sponsorship sales, suite sales, and season & group ticket sales. Kevin is from Washington, NJ.

Deanna Liotard
Account Executive
Deanna is a 2010 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Sports Management and Business Administration. She joined the Patriots as a Marketing / Promotions Intern in May of 2010. Since then, she has been hired as a full time employee of the Somerset Patriots in the Group Sales Department. Her primary responsibilities are handling Birthday Parties at the ballpark, mascot appearances and organizing the Kids Club. Deanna grew up in Cranford, NJ but currently resides in Gillette, NJ.

Nick Cherrillo

Nick graduated from Montclair State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Business Amdinistration with a concentration in Sports, Events, and Tourism Marketing.  He then joined the Somerset Patriots in May of 2013 as a Stadium Operations and Merchandising Intern.  Since then, he has been hired as a full time employee with the club in the Ticket Office.  His primary responsibilities include ticket operations as well as organizing the Somerset Sluggers Kids Club.  Nick is from New Vernon, NJ.   

Michele DaCosta
Executive Assistant To The GM
Michele is responsible for the organization of the office and the team at home and on the road. She coordinates the travel arrangements and establishes office policies. She has been with the team since 1998. 

Ron Schulz
Ron joined the Somerset Patriots as its Controller in December 2007. His prior experience includes many years directing financial operations for several companies and being the Controller at his previous employer. Ron received his undergraduate accounting degree from Wagner College followed by an MBA earned at Rutgers in 1983. A New Jersey native, he was raised in Belleville and now resides in Long Valley with his wife Barbara and sons, Brian and Mark.

Stephanie DePass 
Stephanie attended Rutgers University and was an accountant for Penske. She has been with the Somerset Patriots since 2000. She handles all aspects of accounts receivable in the Accounting Department. Stephanie was born and raised in New Jersey and lives in Bridgewater with her husband Paul.

Lorraine Ott
Lorraine is the first voice that people hear when they call the Somerset Patriots. Instead of referring to herself as the receptionist she prefers “first impression director”. A lifelong resident of Manville, Lorraine worked in the ticket office during the inaugural season. During her spare time Lorraine enjoys spending her time with her grandchildren Brian, Kate and Thomas Brandell of Bridgewater.

Dan Purner
Head Groundskeeper
Dan is responsible for maintaining the ballpark playing field and grounds throughout the year. He is a graduate of both the County College of Morris, where he studied Landscape Management & Design and Rutgers University, where he received a degree in Turfgrass Science.

Brett Jodie 
Brett took over as manager for the Somerset Patriots in 2013 and set a team wins record with 90 regular season victories on the way to the Freedom Division Championship. He served as Pitching Coach from 2006-2012 and Director of Player Personnel from 2007 on. He won championships in Somerset as a player in 2003 and as a coach and Director of Player Personnel in 2008 and 2009. He and his wife Stacey have two daughters and live in Lexington, South Carolina.

Jon Hunton 
Director of Player Personnel
Jon is responsible for player signings and transactions for the Somerset Patriots. In addition to his title with the front office, Jon is also a record-breaking closer for the team on the field, reaching 37 saves during the 2013 season. He also served as Assistant Director of Player Personnel that season. Jon has experience in the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's organizations, reaching as high as the Triple-A level. He is a North Plainfield native and is married to Katherine. 

Mike McDermott
General Manager of Centerplate
Mike is in charge of all concessions at the ballpark including the stands, portables, luxury suite, picnic area, and Executive Party Deck. He learned his trade working for the Akron Aeros, Wilmington Blue Rocks, and Arkansas Travelers. Mike also works at other venues throughout the country. He has been with the Somerset Patriots since the ballpark opened in 1999.

Stanley Wilkins
Assistant General Manager of Centerplate

Stanley has been with the Somerset Patriots since 2007. He began as the Catering Manager and was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2010. Prior to joining the Patriots, he worked as the Bar Operations Manager for the New Jersey Devils. Stanley received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Management at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is responsible for the daily operation of all food and beverages.

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