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Baseball Victoria Board of Directors

Andy Rose

President

Andy is honoured to take on the role of Baseball Victoria President to help lead his beloved sport to a bright future across Victoria. Over the last 25 years, Andy has run a successful photographic and digital company, with a strong focus on strategic direction and team management for advertising campaigns on both local and national levels. Over the past decade, Andy has been heavily involved in Victorian baseball, coaching teams, managing committees, and facilitating programs from community t-ball up to high performance.

He has also served as President of North Balwyn Baseball Club since 2010, where he focused on growing junior participation and offering more opportunities to participate in baseball. Andy is excited to direct his enthusiasm and creative thinking to further the strategic plan of growing grassroots baseball and fostering the next generations of talent in Victoria.

Grant Weir

Vice President, Game Development and High Performance, Finance and Nominations Committee

Grant's experience is vast, both within the sport of baseball and externally. Playing baseball for most of his life, he's been a part of teams in the Under 19's USA Tours, the Australian Baseball League and the 1988 Olympics.

As a coach, Grant has worked with the Australian Under 17's and Claxton Shield teams as a pitching coach as well as heading the Victorian and Australian Women's programs in their early years.

Grant currently lectures at Victoria University. He has worked previously for the Victorian Baseball Association and held multiple positions in the sports industry sector for other State and National organisations.

Anna Ronald

Finance Director

Anna Ronald is a CPA Public Practitioner with over 20 years of accounting experience within the sporting and not-for-profit sectors in both Australia and the UK. This includes financial accounting roles with Cricket Australia, the ICC Cricket World Cup, and Cricket Scotland. Anna currently manages her own accounting practice, helping clients grow their business and achieve their goals. Anna is excited to bring her extensive industry experience and qualifications to baseball in Victoria to ensure a strong financial future for the sport.

Joanna O'Connor

Marketing, Nominations Committee

Joanna O'Connor has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing specialising in retail, media and entertainment markets.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Auckland and post graduate in Commercial Law.

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Jennifer Pitson

Director

Jennifer joins Baseball Victoria with almost 25 years of sport sector experience holding strategic, commercial, participation, marketing and event roles. Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurial Management) and is currently a HDR PhD candidate with RMIT; researching the role sport has in contributing to successful ageing. Jennifer is currently the General Manager of AFL Masters Vic Metro Football League, having previously served as General Manager - Commercial & Development at Motorsport Australia and Sponsorship Manager at Bowls Australia. At both organisations, she was responsible for developing and implementing relevant strategic plans to achieve set commercial and participation outcomes.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked for the Australian Football League, Melbourne Racing Club, and City of Melbourne managing strategic partnerships with Cricket Australia, Australian Rugby Union, and Melbourne Vixens to name a few. She’s passionate about strengthening commercial and participation strategies to benefit sporting organisation members and keeping people active. She’s looking forward to influencing the future of Baseball Victoria and ensuring grassroots baseball continues grow, providing a safe and inclusive sport for all ages.

Brett Mitsch

Director

Brett is an experienced senior banking executive and current managing Director of Steam Plains Capitol. Brett holds a Master of Business Administration and has extensive experience in global executive leadership, NFP governance, and management. His previous roles as an advisor, portfolio manager, and board member allowed him to develop and execute a range of growth strategies, and he has also represented at numerous investor conferences and industry presentations. As a player who has returned to the sport after 30 years, Brett is passionate about baseball and driving increased participation at the grassroots level. 

Kathy Tessier

Director

Kathy Tessier is a passionate consultant with over 25 years of experience in the sports industry specialising in inclusive training and strategic planning. Currently a Professional Learning Coordinator with Active Schools at ACHPER Vic, Kathryn has been a director of Active Approach since 1996, working with a number of sports organisations from the local to international level. She has extensive team leadership, conflict management, and public speaking skills, having previously served as the Executive Manager for the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association. Kathy is excited to bring her unique experience as a sports industry consultant, practicing PE teacher, and university lecturer to Baseball Victoria.

Anna Blackett

Director

Anna is the founder and managing director of Level Up Collective, a collective of specialist consultants and collaboration partners, passionate about working with organisations to help build internal capability, and providing solutions across capability, culture, change and customer. Anna brings 15+ years of professional experience in consulting, recruitment, and talent management to the Baseball Victoria Board. Her previous work includes senior roles with Jetstar Airways, Carlton & United Breweries, Cricket World Cup 2015, and Newcrest Mining. She has also served as a board member for So Brave, a breast cancer charity for young women, and Viva Royal Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.

Jessica Toop

Director

Jessica is the founder and managing principal of Toop Workplace Law, which she started in 2018 after many years as an employee solicitor in private practice and corporate roles. Her boutique legal practice provides employment law advice and support to organisations ranging from small to medium businesses to large corporates, multinationals, and not-for-profits. The University of Melbourne alum previously served as a volunteer solicitor for the Mental Health Legal Clinic and the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre and was recently selected to participate in The Observership Program with the Rebecca Jane Foundation.

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