BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse is proud to announce the hiring of nine new staff members: Michael Cochran, Paige Crawford, Deborah Anekstein Franklin, Modyssey Gray, April Logan, Corey McLaughlin, Shannon Minter, Meghan Mulford and Beth Porreca.
Michael Cochran was hired as the new membership direct marketing specialist. Cochran’s responsibilities include the overall creation, implementation and execution of US Lacrosse’s membership retention program. He also supplies membership with in-depth reports and analysis on all marketing and renewal initiatives. Prior to working at US Lacrosse, Cochran worked as a marketing associate in interactive communication for SunGard Higher Education from 2008 to 2010. He graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in sports marketing and management and minored in business and marketing.
Paige Crawford comes on board at US Lacrosse as the senior membership services representative. Crawford is responsible for providing informational services to our valued members through email and phone services. In addition, she assists customers by answering questions, solving problems and provides advice or assistance utilizing the goods or services of the organization. From 2008 to 2009, Crawford worked for Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Las Vegas, Nev. and Washington, D.C. as a customer service representative trainer. Crawford is a 2010 graduate of Trinity University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in human relations.
Deborah Anekstein Franklin is the donor relations manager in the financial development department of the US Lacrosse Foundation. As donor relations manager, Franklin oversees the First Sport Society program and other donor-related communications and activities, such as solicitations, acknowledgements, print and electronic communications and special events. Most recently, Franklin worked for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as the assistant director of athletics for development from 1999 to 2003. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in public relations and later from Temple University with a Master of Education in sports administration.
Modyssey Gray joins US Lacrosse as the group processing associate. Gray’s responsibilities include preparing and handling the data entry of group membership. She also has the opportunity to work closely with the membership department on group communication. Most recently, Gray worked with CareersUSA in Baltimore, Md. from 2009 to 2010 taking on various temping assignments for companies and businesses including: the Baltimore Convention Center, NCO Group, Inc., Hampton Plaza Apartments, Visit Baltimore and US Lacrosse. Gray went to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2004 to study vocal performance and Spanish and then transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese.
April Logan was brought on as the new assistant to the COO. Logan’s responsibilities include initiating or managing projects, handling the COO’s email and telephone correspondence, gathering and researching information for the COO and managing the COO’s calendar. From December 2009 to January 2010, she was hired as a special events intern to help execute the 2010 US Lacrosse National Convention. Logan graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in marketing management. She was a Dean’s List honoree all four years and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society from 2009 to 2010. Logan also played on the Virginia Tech women’s club lacrosse team from 2006 to 2008.
Corey McLaughlin is the newest addition to the Lacrosse Magazine staff, as a full-time staff writer. McLaughlin has been a contributing writer for Lacrosse Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine Online and Inside Lacrosse since 2007. He also helps edit and plans features for Lacrosse Magazine and Lacrosse Magazine Online. Concurrently, he worked for Newsday from 2008 to 2010 as a sports reporter and covered a multitude of sports. At Penn State, McLaughlin was a staff writer and editor for The Daily Collegian from 2004 to 2008 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and anthropology.
Shannon Minter joins US Lacrosse as the special events associate. Minter worked part time for US Lacrosse from 2008 to 2010 as the special events associate and helped execute all of the 2009 and 2010 events. She is able to work every aspect of event planning including on-site set up and break down and all participant registration for USL national events, coordinators vendor registration for the National Convention and provides support to event managers and director. Minter graduated from Marist College in New York in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in sports communication and a minor in Spanish. She also played on the Marist women’s basketball team for four years and reached NCAA’s Division I "Sweet 16"in 2007. Minter is currently working towards her Master of Professional Writing at Towson University.
Meghan Mulford came to US Lacrosse in June of 2009 as the senior membership services representative. Mulford was later hired by the sport development department for the newly created sport development associate position. Mulford provides assistance and management of current and future US Lacrosse grassroots sport development programs and initiatives. This allows her to work closely with members, volunteers and program participants. She graduated from University Maryland, College Park in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies. Mulford also participated on the University of Maryland women’s lacrosse team in 2005.
Beth Porreca started as director of special events at US Lacrosse in May. She manages the special events department and oversees the planning of current and future US Lacrosse branded events. Porreca served as the events and logistics manager for the United States Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colo. from 2007-2010. Prior to that, she was a sales manager for Disney Sports Attractions at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Porreca earned a Bachelor of Science in sport management at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire and received her Master of Education in sport and recreation administration at Temple University in 2004.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game.