jon sebastiani: managing partner
Jon Sebastiani is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and holds a dual MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Columbia University. His expertise in establishing and growing successful food brands has been cultivated through years of managing operations in previous positions, as managing partner of Wines.com, President of the premier California winery destination Viansa Winery, and most recently leading the jerky renaissance as Founder of KRAVE Jerky. In 2016, following the acquisition of KRAVE Jerky by The Hershey Company, Sebastiani launched Sonoma Brands. Sonoma Brands is a one-of-a-kind consumer products incubator and venture fund, set to revitalize stagnant industry categories with innovation. Sonoma Brands has since invested in Dang Foods and has launched two brands under its incubator umbrella; ZÜPA NOMA and SmashMallow. For more information on Jon and Sonoma Brands, please visit www.sonomabrands.com.
Brett Creamer: GENERAL MANAGER
Creamer joined the Stompers during the 2014 season as the Director of Game Day Operations and Community Affairs before working three seasons for the Golden State Warriors in event and arena operations. He also gained Major League Baseball experience in the ticketing department for the Oakland Athletics before returning to the Stompers as Assistant General Manager in 2017. The former Bowling Green State University Sport Management Graduate currently resides in his hometown of Petaluma.
KElsey minigan: Special assistant to the Managing Partner
As Consumer Relations Manager and Sonoma native, Kelsey truly defines and represents the Sonoma Stompers and Sonoma Brands as a community pillar. Excited to firmly establish her hometown as a hub of entrepreneurship, Kelsey manages every interaction as the first point of contact and plays a supporting, cross-functional role in the efforts of the Sonoma Brands team, and is the point person on all Stompers-related Managing Partner Jon Sebastiani.
Kelsey completed her BA in Environmental Studies at UCSB before heading back to the Bay to work for the San Francisco Giants in Luxury Sales & Client Relations. After the incredible 2014 season came to a close, Kelsey took a position with Yelp as an Account Executive in Sales. During her time there, she focused on helping over 3,000 small to medium sized businesses utilize Yelp as a tool to support growth – and will likewise support the Sonoma Brands portfolio.
EDDIE MORA-LOERA: Assistant general manager
Eddie enters his first season in the Front Office with the Sonoma Stompers, and his fifth with the organization. A Bay Area native, Mora-Loera grew up in Oakland and graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School where he was named first team All-HAAL in 2009-10 and third team All-Bay Area as a second baseman. He then attended Sierra College before transferring to Jacksonville State University in Alabama. In 2014, Mora-Loera held a .317 average with three home runs and 17 doubles to help the Gamecocks capture the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. The reliable infielder has tallied 158 games for the Stompers, which is fifth all-time.
Mora-Loera will assist the team in sales, business development, baseball operations, retail, and all other day-to-day tasks. Mora-Loera previously worked for the City of Oakland where he coordinated youth sport programs. The current Sonoma resident helped grow revenue for the City and coordinated season schedules for over 90 Bay Area teams. In 2017, he worked the Northern California region for the local community business Smashmallow. His main goals were to grow brand awareness and recognition as a sales rep.
NIck BADDERS: BROADCASTING & media relations director
Nick is in his first season as the play-by-play voice of the Sonoma Stompers. He is a rising junior at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he seeking his bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. At ASU, he he broadcasts baseball, softball and hockey for ASU's student radio station and lends his voice to the Pac-12 Networks digital streams of ASU soccer, baseball and softball. When he’s not broadcasting, chances are he is still watching baseball, whether it be at the Major League level, Minor League ball, Spring Training or even the Arizona Fall League.
For media inquiries, email Nick firstname.lastname@example.org
lizette dalquie: host family coordinator
Lizette Dalquie is entering her third official year with the Sonoma Stompers. She handles the Stompers' host family program, which provides housing for most of the team's players for the duration of the summer. When she's not catching Stompers games or riding her bike around town, you can find her quilting, dancing or enjoying time spent with family.
Trey dunia: public addresss announcer
Trey Dunia is entering his fourth season as PA Announcer for the Sonoma Stompers. Dunia is a member of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers and is very well known in the Sonoma County sports scene. In addition to calling games for our beloved Stompers, he is also the voice of the SRJC Bear Cubs, The North Bay Rattlers, Analy High School's Flying Tigers and the Redwood Pal Golden Bears. When he's not announcing you can find him at the gym, training for the CrossFit Open.
dr. augusto reyonoso: athletic trainer
Dr. Augusto Reynoso graduated with his bachelor's degree in Biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and went on to receive his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2016 from Dominican College of Blauvelt. Through his experience in a clinical setting in variety of orthopedic sports, Dr. Reynoso has had the opportunity to work with athletes of all ages and conditions. Dr. Reynoso has worked with a Collegiate Division III Men Baseball team as an athletic trainer assistant and is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has pursued continuing education courses in Emergency Medical Response, exercise prescription, advanced manual techniques for sports-related injuries, and myofascial release/massage techniques. He is also fluent in Spanish and loves Dominican Food.
larry adams: team chiropractor
Adams has been the Stompers' team chiropractor since 2015, giving treatment to players both at the field and at his office in downtown Sonoma. Born and raised in Sonoma, Adams got his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic West in 1996, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He did his graduate work at Brigham Young University, earning a degree in Health Sciences. His son, Dax, is regularly a bat boy with the Stompers.
cicely walden: marketing intern
Cicely Walden is a Sonoma County native, raised in Rohnert Park. In her final semester at Sonoma State University, Walden is pursuing a business marketing degree and has been a member of the Seawolves volleyball team. Her lifelong involvement in sports has informed her passion for the industry and its fast-paced, unconventional nature. When she's not assisting in the Stompers' marketing department, Walden is usually either at the gym or eating at In-N-Out.
BEN Lindberg: Special Assistant to the General Manager
Ben Lindbergh is a Special Assistant to the General Manager and a baseball writer at Ben Simmon’s The Ringer. In the past, he has been a contributor at Bloomberg Sports, Grantland, and MLB.com, in addition to serving as Editor-In-Chief at Baseball Prospectus, and was a staff writer with Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. He co-authored "Extra Innings: More Baseball Between The Numbers," won the SABR Greg Spira Award for his research on pitch framing, and wrote "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work" with Sam Miller about the 2015 Sonoma Stompers season. You can purchase the book here.
SAM MILLER: Special Assistant to the General Manager
Sam Miller is a Special Assistant to the General Manager and staff writer for ESPN. Formerly the Editor-n-Chief of Baseball Prospectus, Miller has also written for ESPN The Magazine and the Orange County Register. He's the former co-host of the “Effectively Wild” daily baseball podcast with Ben Lindbergh, who is also his co-author for “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work,” which is about Sam and Ben’s 2015 boots-on-the-ground experience in the Sonoma Stompers front office. It can be purchased here.