Bill Terlecky - General Manager
Hired at the 1978 Winter Baseball Meetings Job Seekers Seminar by the Rochester Red Wings ... Was appointed Co-General Manager in his third season ... Hired by Northeast PA Baseball in 1985 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) to head new stadium drive ... Ran clubs in Waterbury, CT, Williamsport, PA and Old Orchard Beach, ME in the run up to baseball's return to NEPA ... In 1987, re-opened the Williamsport market to pro baseball after a 10-year absence ... Oversaw the opening of Lackawanna County Stadium (Phillies Triple-A) in 1989 ... Named International League Executive of the Year in 1991 ... Co-ordinated the 1995 Triple-A All-Star Game ... Jumped to the upstart Independent Northern League in 1997 with the Madison Black Wolf ... Returned to affiliated baseball in 2001 as the General Manager of the Binghamton Mets (the New York Mets' Double-A club) ... Named Frank Cashen Award winner by the Mets in 2002 ... Featured in the book Getting in the Game in 2003 ... Re-joined the Independent ranks in 2007 as the General Manager of the Gary South Shore RailCats ... Named the Minor League GM of the Year by the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club in 2007 ... Was hired as the GM of the Oakland County Cruisers start-up (Frontier League) in 2009 ... Project stalled due to lack of financing brought on by the recession ... Entered the Collegiate Summer Baseball scene as GM of the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2010 ... Hired by Pat Salvi to operate the North Shore Navigators (Futures Collegiate Baseball League) in 2012 ... Named the Futures League Executive of the Year after 2012 season ... One of a handful of baseball club operators to work in affiliated, independent and collegiate summer leagues.
Ashley Laramie - Assistant General Manager
Ashley is currently a graduate student at Northeastern University where she is studying Sports Leadership. While getting her Master’s degree, Ashley is a substitute teacher in the Lynn school system and she just recently stopped babysitting for a family in Newton where she previously went to school. She received her undergraduate degree from Lasell College in Newton, MA in Sports Management. While at Lasell, she played four years of varsity softball where she was a first baseman and eventually became a catcher as well. In those four years, Ashley was named to the academic all-conference team, first-team all-conference, and second-team all-conference. Off the field, Ashley was the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and received a bowl award for “Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life at Lasell College.”
Ashley has a passion for sports and wouldn’t trade any summer for a summer with the Navs. She has been part of the Navs since the 2010 season and she says it has become a part of her. “Working with everyone for what could be 12 hours a day for 3 or 4 months really makes you feel they are family members because you barely see yours, but I love it!” said Ashley on returning to the Navs.
Being born and raised in Lynn, Ashley knows the ropes of Frasier Field and cannot wait until the start of the season! Let’s go Navs!!!!
Jon Cahill - Manager
Jon Cahill is the Navigators' manager, previously serving as the team's Director of Baseball Operations. He is a graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (1996) and the Bridgton (ME) Academy in 1997. For his accomplishments at Peabody, Jon was voted the Greater Boston League Player of the Year.
He matriculated to UMASS Lowell where he made First Team All-American in 2001, as well as being named the school’s co-male athlete of the year (along with current NHL defenseman Ron Hainsey). He was also named the NE-10 Conference MVP as he led the Riverhawks to their first ever College World Series appearance.
He played professionally for 5 seasons -- 3 with the Anaheim Angels organization and 2 with the Washington Wild Things of the Independent Frontier League.
The middle infielder had the distinction of playing all 9 positions in the same game while a member of the Cedar Rapid Kernals in 2002. In 2004, he was a Frontier League All-Star and was named to the Wild Things All-Decade Team in 2012. In addition to his duties of recruiting and coaching for the Navigators, he also serves as the assistant baseball coach at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.
To reach Jon, email him at email@example.com.
Joe Gill - Director of Public Relations
Gill is entering his fourth season with the North Shore Navigators, with this being his first season as the Director of Public Relations. Gill has previously served as a game-day intern, official scorer, and Director of Media Relations. His responsibilities will include being the primary contact for all community relations. Gill will also work closely with the Directors of Media Relations in an attempt to better the Navigators’ presence in all media outlets.
A native of Lynn, Gill earned his Bachelor’s Degree in politics from Saint Anselm College. He is currently scheduled to graduate with a Master’s Degree in communications with a concentration in public relations from Southern New Hampshire University in November. Gill also works full time at Lynn Housing Authority as a caseworker for homeless veterans.
When Gill is not at the ballpark he enjoys politics on a both state and local level. To contact Joe you can email him at NSNavigatorsMedia@gmail.com.
Chris Podymaitis - Co-Director of Media Relations
Chris Podymaitis, a 2010 graduate of Somerville High School, is currently a senior sports management major and psychology minor at UMass Amerst.
Chris was a utility man for the Navs media relations team during the 2013 season as he gained experience in many different areas within the press box.
Kevin Maggiore - Co-Director of Media Relations
Kevin Maggiore, a 2012 graduate of Saugus High School, is currently a sophomore communications major at Endicott College. Maggiore can be heard as the host of the Shankhour and Maggiore show on CLNS radio.
A self-proclaimed “die-hard” Boston sports fan, Maggiore spent most of his time broadcasting games live for the Navigators during the 2013 season.
Harry Demakes - Director of Business and Community Relations
Harry Demakes grew up in Salem, Massachusetts where his first love in life was the Boston Red Sox and baseball. Ever since then, Harry has wanted the opportunity to join a baseball team and grow in the sport that he loves. Harry finished his Master’s degree in Sports Management last August and after a brief stint in the home health care business, decided it was time to follow his dream. Harry thought why not give the Navigators a shot?
The Navigators play on the same field that Harry Agganis once played on. Harry Agganis is a cousin of Harry’s and a hero to Greeks around the world for his incredible athletic achievements as well as his generosity.
Additionally, Harry’s family runs Old Neighborhood Food, which has been providing Lynn and the North Shore with the best meat around since 1914, when Harry’s grandfather started the company. With all the history of the Demakes family in Lynn, Harry couldn’t think of a better place to start his career and is excited to have the opportunity to work with people who have such a wealth of knowledge to learn from.
Pete Laven - President, Salvi Sports
Pete is entering his first season as President of Salvi Sports Enterprises, overseeing Pat and Lindy Salvi owned franchises made up of the Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League), Gary Southshore RailCats (American Association), North Shore Navigators (Futures Collegiate Baseball League) and the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (FCBL). 2013 will be Pete’s 22nd season working in professional baseball, having spent the past 13 seasons with the Arkansas Travelers, the Double AA Texas League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. In 2006, Pete was named Texas League Executive of the Year and was promoted to General Manager in 2007, the position he held through the 2012 season.
Pete’s previous stops include the Kane County Cougars (1994), Albany Polecats (1995) and Piedmont (NC) Boll Weevils (1996-99).
A native of LaGrange, Illinois, Pete graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1991. He and his wife, Holly, and daughter, Kellan, will reside in Schaumburg.
Beth Heffernan - General Counsel & Vice President
Beth A. Heffernan joined Salvi Sports Enterprises, LLC in February 2012 and serves as Vice President and General Counsel of the Navigators, Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League) and Gary SouthShore Railcats (American Association). As a sports law specialist, she is responsible for overseeing all of the legal affairs and business development activities of each franchise, as well as Salvi Sports. In this role, Heffernan also uses her expertise in business consulting, accounting and corporate taxation to provide counsel and strategic advice relating to potential acquisitions, including contract review, due diligence evaluations and financial analysis. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Homefield Advantage Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to advance social and educational opportunities for the youth of Gary, Indiana.
Heffernan received her Bachelor's degree in Communications, cum laude, from Arizona State University and earned her Juris Doctor along with a Masters of Law in Taxation from The John Marshall Law School. While in law school, she interned at the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service and studied Comparative Constitutional Law and International Trade Law at the University of Nairobi, College of Law, in Kenya.
Prior to joining Salvi Sports, Heffernan was Tax Manager at Deloitte Tax LLP and Associate at KPMG LLP. During her tenure with KPMG, she worked abroad in the firm's Sao Paulo, Brazil office, advising multi-national clients on inbound and outbound tax planning strategies.Heffernan currently resides on the north side of Chicago, IL.
Melissa Abraham - Senior Graphic Designer
Meli joined the Navigators as the Senior Graphic Designer in February 2012, having spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Bill and the Amsterdam Mohawks.
She attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in film and video (with a major in computer animation).
A general sports nut at heart, Meli is a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks fan. She celebrates the holiday that is Opening Day at Wrigley Field every season.
Meli currently resides in the northwest suburbs just outside of Chicago.