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Meet the Staff

Tal Alter

Executive Director

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In his role, Tal Alter is responsible for building, stewarding and implementing the vision of the Youth Baseball Academy from start-up through implementation and building to scale.

Prior to joining the Academy, Alter, a District native, served for nearly five years as Director of Operations for PeacePlayers International, a nonprofit that uses basketball as a vehicle to bridge divides, change perceptions and develop leaders in areas of conflict throughout the world. He also previously worked six years with Positive Coaching Alliance, a Stanford University-based organization focused on transforming the culture of youth sports.

Alter played baseball at Haverford College and has a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studied organizational leadership and non-profit management.


DeCarlos Bennett

Special Police Officer

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DeCarlos Bennett (Officer DC) serves as a Special Police Officer at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In his role Officer Bennett patrols the campus, monitors the program and assists with the dismissal of YBA Scholars.

Officer Bennett has worked with children throughout the Washington, D.C., area using music as a source to keep kids off the streets and become a mentor to a lot of kids. He has worked with programs such as H.D. Woodson, Dunbar and Eastern High School music programs for 12 years as one of the assistants to the director of music. Ofc. Bennett has also worked with international children at the Kirov Academy Of Ballet, where he served as a front-desk administrator in D.C. for three years. He is a graduate of Howard D. Woodson High School in D.C. and attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.


Rose Broberg

Program Coordinator

Rose Broberg joined the Academy as the Program Coordinator in May 2017. In this role, Broberg manages volunteers and supports the mentors and Academy programs. Broberg graduated from George Mason University where she majored in Communications and Economics, and minored in Non-Profit Management.

Before joining the Academy, Broberg worked with Special Olympics gymnastics. She coaches soccer for the Annandale Boys and Girls Club.


DeVante Caldwell

Manager, Academics and Program Logistics

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DeVante Caldwell, a native of Washington, D.C., is the Manager of Academics and Program Logistics at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In his role, Caldwell works to ensure that partnerships with schools and other existing partners continue to remain strong and flourish. Also, he works to ensure that program logistics run smoothly.

Aside from working at the Academy, he works as a special education paraprofessional at Ballou Senior High School. Prior to joining the Academy, Caldwell served as a City Year Corps Member at Kimball Elementary, where he successfully provided more than 1,700 hours as a tutor and mentor for 26 third-grade students. He graduated from Lincoln University (Pa.) with a bachelor's degree in computer science.


Jennifer Cartland

Deputy Director of Programs

Jennifer Cartland is the Deputy Director of Programs at the Academy. Cartland is responsible for oversight of all key programming including after-school and summer academy, adult education, baseball and softball, and all community-and-youth development/enrichment activities.

Cartland is a career educator who has served students through youth-based organizations for many years. She has been a classroom teacher and principal, professional trainer, mentor of school and district leaders, as well as a recruiter and state-level administrator. Cartland has been a consistent advocate of innovation and progressive approaches to education. Most recently her work has focused on team and leadership development.

Cartland stays connected to her roots in teaching by ongoing engagement with aspiring educators. She supervises students in the school of education at George Mason University and teaches courses at several campuses in the DC metropolitan area. Jennifer earned her Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's from The George Washington University and a Bachelor's degree from The Catholic University of America.


Bryant Curry

Program Manager, Family & Community Engagement

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Bryant Curry serves as Program Manager of Family & Community Engagement for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. As program manager, Curry works to ensure a positive environment is maintained for our Scholar-Athletes during after-school and summer programming, and develops adult program opportunities for our Scholar-Athletes' families and surrounding community.

Prior to Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Curry worked at Living Classrooms Foundation as program coordinator. He oversaw the operation and development of Kingman Island Park and expanded its Kingman Island "Green Team" workforce development program.

He received a B.A. in aviation flight science from Western Michigan University with a minor in business management. During his free time Bryant enjoys flying on the weekends and teaching our future aviators at the local airport.


Andrew Ferlo

Associate, Development

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Andrew Ferlo serves as the Development Associate at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In his role, Ferlo is responsible for foundation research and proposal writing, cultivating and stewarding relationships with donors and partners, implementing fundraising strategies and campaigns, and social media strategy.

Previously, he was a professional actor, appearing on stages across the United States for six years. A D.C. native, Ferlo is a proud alumnus of Wilson High School and graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also spends his Tuesday nights as a volunteer mentor at the Nats Academy, where he works with two Scholar-Athletes on STEM and literacy.


Michael Hatcher

Security Coordinator

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Michael Hatcher serves as the Security Coordinator at the Academy. His responsibilities include managing the safety and security of the building and implementing policies set forth by Academy personnel.

Hatcher went to Sanford Brown College where he received his associate's degree in criminal justice after graduating in June 2011. He started working small security jobs in Washington, D.C., for various clubs and events until he started working as a correctional Officer in April 2011. He stayed in that position for a year and then began working for Washington Nationals Baseball Park as a special police officer. After a little over a year of working at the Washington Nationals Baseball Park, Hatcher was interviewed and offered the job for Security Coordinator at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Hatcher played high school football and recreation basketball.


Kyle Hudson

Coordinator, Operations

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Kyle Hudson serves as the Operations Coordinator at the Academy. In this role, he manages the use of all the ball fields at the Academy and assists in maintaining the entire facility.

Hudson is a 2007 graduate of Saint Anselm's High School located in Northeast D.C. While there, he played four years of varsity baseball and was a member of two conference championship teams. He went on to play four years as a walk-on at Siena College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) near Albany, New York, where his freshman and senior seasons ended in the MAAC championship game -- just missing an Division I NCAA Tournament berth both times. During his summers, he played for the Headfirst Gamers Organization throughout high school and the DC Grays in the Clark Griffith League while in college.


Zack Jamison

Manager, Curriculum and Instruction

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Zack Jamison serves as the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In this role, Jamison oversees the implementation of academic programs for all of our Scholar-Athletes, designs classroom activities geared toward social and academic development, and oversees the academy's various volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, he received his undergraduate degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in elementary/urban education, as well as his Master's degree in special education from the University of Virginia.

Before joining the academy, Jamison spent several years working as a classroom teacher in Northern Virginia and the city of Pittsburgh. He is a Google Certified Teacher and regularly delivers training and workshops on how to use technology to enhance learning for children in urban schools.


Katina Lee

Senior Director, Operations

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Katina Lee, a Washington, D.C. native, is the Senior Director of Operations at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In her role, Katina provides strategic leadership and operational oversight of the Academy's facilities and programs. Specifically, this includes overseeing maintenance and use of the Academy's buildings and grounds, managing relationships with partners, contractors and vendors, and liaising with Washington Nationals front-office departments to ensure smooth communication between the Academy and the team on key issues.

Prior to joining the Academy, Lee practiced health care law for 13 years in both the public and private sectors and has more than five years of experience coaching recreational and travel softball in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

She was an all-Ivy League third baseman at Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology. In addition, Lee received her law degree from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and her Master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University.


Marissa Lewis

Associate, Events & Marketing

Marissa Lewis joined the Nationals Academy as the Events & Marketing Associate in February 2017. Marissa is responsible for the coordination and execution of all fundraising events and the development and implementation of Academy marketing strategies and campaigns.

Marissa is a DC native and graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University with a BA in Communications. Before joining the Academy team, Marissa coordinated internal events at DC marketing agency 360 Live Media. Marissa's passion for events and marketing stemmed from internships with the marketing teams at Susan G. Komen New Orleans and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.


Preston Shytle

Senior Director, Development

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Preston Shytle joined the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy as the Senior Director of Development/Marketing in October 2015. In his role, Shytle oversees all philanthropic giving for the Academy through a wide range of initiatives and aspects of planning, implementation and execution of fundraising and marketing programs.

He spent the previous five years as Director of Development/Major Gifts at the University of Maryland where his primary roles were major gifts, premium seat sales and sport-specific funding for the football and golf teams. Prior to joining the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund, Shytle served as the General Manager at The Aspire Group where he helped build the outbound ticket sales/service department at the University of Maryland, Colorado, Buffalo and Georgia Tech. His first job in the sports industry was in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats as a group sales intern.

Shytle is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he double majored in marketing and management. An Asheville, North Carolina, area native, he currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Kristie.


Charlie Sperduto

Manager, Baseball/Softball Operations

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Charlie Sperduto has a baseball background that is professional grade. Sperduto received All-Met honors after graduating high school, an award given to the best baseball players in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He played Division I baseball and earned a B.A. in international studies from Elon University in 2011.

After hanging up his cleats, Sperduto became an assistant coach for Gonzaga College High School's baseball team and a head coach with the Bradley Baseball Academy, a D.C.-based travel baseball organization. He was one of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy's founding coaches in 2013, helping develop the program from scratch. He swiftly ascended to the lead coach position, helping write the Academy's baseball and softball curricula and manage Academy coaches.

In the fall of 2014, Sperduto became the head of our baseball and softball programs. He will finish his Master's degree in sports management from Georgetown University in May. He is also a marathoner and has dual citizenship in Italy.


Nick Z. Sussman

Director, Baseball/Softball Operations

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Nick Z. Sussman serves as the Director of Baseball/Softball Operations at the Academy. In this role, Sussman is responsible for overseeing the entirety of the baseball and softball program, including the implementation of the Summer League.

Having grown up in the Washington area, he attended the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, and graduated from Kenyon College in 2005, where he starred as an All-NCAC third baseman. He earned an MBA from Lynn University in 2011.

Professionally, Sussman has been involved in coaching baseball in some form or fashion since 2008. In addition to assisting the baseball program at St. Albans, his roles have included Program Director at DC RBI, Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Pomona College, Director of Instruction at Headfirst Baseball and, most recently, Owner and Director of Win Within Baseball. Over the years, he has run numerous clinics in a voluntary capacity and has been a frequent contributor to after-school baseball/softball sessions over the past few years.


Max Webber

Manager, Facilities

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Max Webber is the Facilities Manager at the Academy. Webber is from Northern California and received a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

He played baseball through junior college, was the captain of the University of Arizona lacrosse team, is an avid skier and has coached freestyle skiing for the Junior Olympic Team.