The RailRiders are partnering with local community members to serve as National Championship Game Community Ambassadors. The ambassadors hail from communities across Northeast Pennsylvania and are responsible for spreading awareness about the meaning behind this game and helping to inspire others who have been affected by cancer.

 

ANDY ASHBY

Former baseball player, RailRiders minority owner
The Kansas City, Missouri native was a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues for 14 seasons (98-110, 4.12 ERA) with the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. He played for the SWB Red Barons in 1991, pitching in 26 games. He is married to NEPA native Tracy Tigue and they reside in the Greater Pittston area. They have four daughters, Eastin, Madison, Taryn and Ashton.

 

RUSS CANZLER


Former baseball player, SWB RailRiders business development executive
Hazleton Area graduate was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of 2004 amateur baseball draft; played professionally for 12 seasons, hitting 134 home runs in the minor leagues and was named the 2011 International League MVP; played 29 games in the majors with Tampa Bay (2011) and Cleveland (2012); resides in Hazleton with his wife, Kimberly, and their four children.

 

BILL DESROSIERS


Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., External affairs
Raised in Highland Falls, New York, Bill learned about responsible resource development firsthand as a part of his family’s mining business; received his B.S. in management, B.A. in history and MBA from Misericordia University.

 

JOE DONAHUE


Misericordia University, corporate relations coordinator for Insalaco Center for Career Development
Provides internship guidance, career counseling, job search services and outreach programs to students; coordinates employer and corporate relations services for ICCD with a specific emphasis on business, government, and related academic programs; university liaison for the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce Expo; advisor for Class of 2019; graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2016.

 

SOPHIA FIVES


Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, cancer survivor
Just over a year ago, Sophia was diagnosed with Stage 0 DCIS, a form of breast cancer. As the first person in her family to receive a cancer diagnosis, she feared the unknown. After two surgeries and 20 radiation treatments, she is cancer free. “I witnessed the devastation that people suffer in the hands of cancer during my treatment. I was extremely saddened by the little children that were being treated with radiation. Cancer does not discriminate. The fear is the same no matter the diagnosis. No one should be denied treatment ever. That’s why I’m here to raise awareness and rally my community to open their hearts.”

 

NICOLE HAPSHE


Candy’s Place: A Cancer Wellness Center, director
Nicole moved from Long Island, New York to Northeast Pennsylvania in January. She has a master’s degree in social work. “I am happy to be a part of this upcoming game and can’t wait to see the park filled with all of the supporters.”

 

RUSSELL KEELER


American Cancer Society Relay for Life volunteer
“I believe in making awareness of cancer, and all these groups fighting together for people not fighting alone to know there’s help… We’re all here to help each other, all organizations working together to help people that need it.”

 

ANDREW KETTEL


Coaches vs. Cancer NEPA, chairman
Scranton Prep’s boys basketball coach and sales professional for Toyota of Scranton; served as the chairman of Coaches vs. Cancer of NEPA since 2007 and helped to raise more than $1.2 million in the fight against cancer.

 

AARON KREITZER


Student, cancer patient
Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in March, he is receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; recent graduate of Nanticoke Area High School, where he was a baseball letter winner and a four-year member of the soccer team, serving as captain his senior season; three-year member of the National Honor Society; future plans include attending Temple University, majoring in engineering.

 

AMANDA MARCHEGIANI


Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, community relations coordinator
She received her master’s degree in communication arts from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Science in communications: public relations from Southeast Missouri State University; national officer for Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority and is a 2017-18 Leadership Lackawanna Core Class participant; she’s been fundraising for a variety of local and national organizations for more than a decade; she loves helping others and supporting the local community.

 

LAURA MARION


Allied Services Hospice, director
Board member of Foundation for Cancer Care; board member Telespond Senior Services; mother of four, Meghan, Clair, Michael and Will, husband Michael; graduate of University of Scranton; nurse since 1992; former basketball coach/All-American player for University of Scranton; member of university’s Wall of Fame.

 

LUKE MODROVSKY


Wilkes University junior, cancer survivor
Sports management and communication studies major; won his battle with retinoblastoma as a baby; works as a PIAA official in baseball, basketball, football, softball and volleyball; serves his community by partnering with various organizations, such as the American Cancer Society.

 

PAT REVELLO


Revello’s Pizza, owner
Varsity softball coach for Old Forge High School; decided to become involved as an ambassador because his nephew Aaron Kreitzer, also a game ambassador, is battling leukemia. “I’m here to support our family’s hero, Aaron Kreitzer. He’s doing very good and things are looking up for him.”

 

RYAN SCHOFIELD


American Cancer Society, community development manager
Among events led are 20 Relays for Life, which have raised close to
$1 million; founded Relay for Life of Lackawanna County, which takes place at PNC Field and has raised more than $200,000; founded the Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer Classic Golf Tournament held annually at Glen Oak Country Club; member of St. Patrick Parade Association of Lackawanna County, where he serves as assistant IT director and announcer.

 

STEVE SOMERS


Vigon International, Inc., owner, president
Vigon International is an East Stroudsburg-based flavor, fragrance and cosmetics company; worked in the flavor and fragrance industry since 1982; obtained his Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from St. John’s University.

 

DOLLY WOODY

Susan G. Komen NEPA, executive director
Woody, according to her Linkedin page, has been with the Komen Foundation since March 1999; before working there, she was a laboratory technician at Moses Taylor Hospital.