Meet The Staff

Marc Appleman
Chief Executive Officer

Marc joined SABR as the Executive Director in 2010 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2015. His arrival has sparked new growth for the organization as SABR has become a major part of the baseball community, especially since the launch of the SABR Analytics Conference in 2012. Marc's broad-based career began as a sportswriter who covered baseball for the Los Angeles Times San Diego Edition. He honed his skills in digital media and sports content development as the Senior Coordinating Editor and Director of SportsNation at ESPN New Media, the Director of Programming at AOL Sports, Managing Editor of FoxSports.com, and as a writer/editor for Sports Illustrated for Kids. He also brings a wealth of strategic and marketing skills to SABR, having worked as Chief Operating Officer for Active.com and President of Content and Programming for Nobok Sports.

 

Jeff Schatzki
Director of Operations

Jeff Schatzki joined SABR in 2012 after several years in the political field. Jeff worked for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano during her six-year tenure as Governor. His responsibilities in the Governor’s Office included working with the professional sports community. He helped facilitate the growth of the Cactus League with the additions of the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, Jeff was a liaison from the Governor’s Office to the National Football League prior to Super Bowl XLII. Jeff also practiced law as an insurance defense litigator in Washington, D.C. Jeff has a B.A. in History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Deborah Jayne
Membership and Events Director

Before joining SABR in 2011, Deborah Jayne was the Director of Membership for the Arizona Association for Economic Development and the Marketing and Events Director for Arizona Solar Power. She has 15-plus years of performance in sales and marketing, and has worked with technology-based companies. In addition to serving as a Director of Membership and an Events Director, Deb has developed and executed marketing and business plans that resulted in successful projects for major financial and commercial accounts. She volunteers in the community on a regular basis and resides on the Maricopa County Foster Care Review Board No. 3. Deb attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Although she grew up in Portland, Oregon, she credits her father for turning her into a lifelong Yankees fan.

 

 

Jacob Pomrenke
Director of Editorial Content

Jacob has been a SABR member since 1998 and is the chairman and newsletter editor for SABR's Black Sox Scandal Research Committee. He is the editor of Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, published by SABR in 2015. He moderated a panel discussion on Shoeless Joe Jackson at the 2010 SABR Convention and a panel commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eight Men Out at the 2013 SABR Convention, appeared on an MLB Network special on the Black Sox Scandal, and is a member of the Baseball Records, Deadball Era and BioProject committees. He writes regular columns on baseball history at TheNationalPastimeMuseum.com. Before he joined SABR in 2011, he spent 10 years working as a reporter, page designer, and editor at the North County Times and San Bernardino Sun newspapers in California, and The Times in Gainesville, Georgia.

 

 

Marisa Elliot
Manager of Chapter/Partner Relations

Marisa joined the SABR staff in 2016. She graduated from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business in December 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Business/Sports and Media Studies. She was the Vice-President of Partnerships for the Sports Business Association at ASU and was the Community Relations Assistant for Sun Devil Athletics. She also worked on the Super Bowl XLIX Economic Impact Study for the Arizona Host Committee. In 2015, she served as a Junior Giants Ambassador for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department league, implementing an eight-week program created by the Giants Community Fund. She has also worked for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and had an internship with the Oakland Athletics.

 

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