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Membership Services Team Bios

Ben Cobleigh - Director, Ticket Services & Sales Development

ben.cobleigh@nationals.com

As Director, Ticket Services & Sales Development, Ben is responsible for the oversight of the service programs for all Nationals Planholders as well as the Red Carpet Rewards program and Inside Sales program. Ben joined the Nationals in November of 2014 after starting his career with the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics & Georgetown Hoyas at Monumental Sports & Entertainment in 2010. Ben grew up in Howard County, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland where he earned his degree in General Business. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife Sarah.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The entire atmosphere of Nationals Park is incredible - the sights, sounds and smells during the summer can't be beat!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Ben's Chili Bowl

Michael Ogunwumi - Manager, Rewards Programs

michael.ogunwumi@nationals.com

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Michael joined the Washington Nationals in the winter of 2007. After graduating from the University of Maryland in the spring of 2005 with a double major in English and Criminal Justice, Michael began his career in sports as a marketing intern with the Bowie Baysox, a Minor League baseball team that plays in the Double-A Eastern League. After completing his internship, Michael joined the Washington Wizards as an Inside Sales Representative. Outside of work, Michael enjoys sports, reading, writing, traveling, music and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
There is not a bad sightline in the park!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Ian Desmond
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Shortstop
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Flippin' Pizza

Maribel Castro - Manager, Membership Services

maribel.castro@nationals.com

Maribel grew up in San Diego, California and received her degree from San Diego State University. She began her career in the sports industry as an intern with the Houston Astros before returning home to work for the San Diego Padres. She joined the Season Ticket Services department in 2010 and her hobbies include watching all sports (especially baseball), music, art, exploring the DC area and traveling.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The Red Loft Bar
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Stephen Strasburg - Great presence on the mound!
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Third base - HOT SPOT!
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Carved smoked turkey sandwiches from the Capitol Carvery in the Norfolk Southern Club

Mary Kate Thayer - Account Executive, Membership Services

marykate.thayer@nationals.com

A native of Woodbridge, Virginia, and a lifelong baseball fan, Mary Kate joined the Washington Nationals in the summer of 2011 as an inside sales representative. After graduating from James Madison University in 2009, Mary Kate embarked on her sports career by working with the Hagerstown Suns. She became a member of the Season Ticket Services Department in February of 2013. Mary Kate loves the excitement that Nationals' fans have shown over the past 2 seasons and is eager to see what is in store for the 2013!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
First Row seats in the Scoreboard Pavilion!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Huge fan of Davey Johnson but if I have to go with a player, Jayson Werth!
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Pinch Runner!
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
A classic Hot Dog with all the fixings!

Kofi Acquaah - Account Executive, Membership Services

kofi.acquaah@nationals.com

A native of Easton, Massachusetts, Kofi joined the Washington Nationals in December of 2013. After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, he joined the Atlanta Braves as a Ticket Sales Trainee and most recently worked with the Boston Red Sox as a Ticket Services Associate. Kofi is an avid sports fan and is excited to be part of a franchise with so much promise.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Not a bad seat in the park!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Outfield or Second Base
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

KIARA O'BANNON - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, Membership Services

kiara.obannon@nationals.com

Kiara O'Bannon grew up in Waldorf, Maryland and is a graduate of Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Kiara began her sports career in the 2013 season with the Washington Nationals as a Ticket Specialist. Outside of enjoying the Nationals play, Kiara enjoys painting, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The Scoreboard Walk
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Ian Desmond
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Centerfield
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Hard Times Cafe

Joe Meyers - Account Executive, Membership Services

joe.meyers@nationals.com

Joe was born and raised in Rochester, MI and received his degree from Central Michigan University in sports management and marketing. He began his sports career doing internships for CMU athletic marketing and Global Spectrum. Before joining the Nationals, he was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates inside sales staff. Joe is a true Detroit sports fan (yes even the Lions) and loves staying active.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Red Loft Bar
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Shortstop or Second Base
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Hot dogs & nachos all day

SAM HILDER - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

sam.hilder@nationals.com

Sam was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and received his bachelor's degree is Sports Management from Gonzaga University. He then moved to Washington, DC to secure his master's degree in Sports Management from Georgetown University. Before being hired as Account Executive, Membership Services, Sam interned with the Georgetown University athletic department and worked as a ticket specialist with the Nationals. In his spare time he is always rooting for his Bay Area sports teams (excluding the Giants of course) and loves all outdoor activities!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Red Loft Bar
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Anthony Rendon
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
The Gluten Free Stand!

TOM KILDAHL - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, VIRTUAL TICKETING

thomas.kildahl@nationals.com

A Native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Tom joined the Nationals in 2011 as an intern in the Client Services department. Prior to joining the Nationals, Tom attended Williams College in Northwestern Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in History. Tom's interests outside of baseball include playing and watching other sports, traveling, eating, and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The Miller Light Scoreboard Walk
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
2B
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Aneka Carter - Account Executive, Premium Ticket Services

aneka.carter@nationals.com

Aneka grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from Tennessee State University. She loves sports and has worked with the Turner Network on the TV show NBA on TNT, the Washington Wizards and now the Nationals. Aneka is also a part of the DC Chapter of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals, where she serves as a Community Relations Committee Co-Chair. She is a true Washington Sports Fan...Go Caps, Mystics, Skins, Wizards and of course Go NATS!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The Red Loft Bar
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Anyone in a Nationals uniform!
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
I'd be a coach
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
The Chili Mac from Hard Times Cafe

CHARANY HYDARA - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, PREMIUM TICKET SERVICES

charany.hydara@nationals.com

Charany grew up in Mt. Vernon, New York. After attending Hampton University in Virginia, Charany joined the Nationals staff as an Inside Sales Representative in 2010. He became a member of the Premium Client Services department in November of 2011. Charany loves the direction of the team and looks forward to our future success!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Union Square
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Ian Desmond
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Shortstop
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack