Meet The Board

Jud Hoff


Jud grew up in Olympia, Washington. After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and serving in the Army as an aviation officer, Stryker brought him to Kalamazoo, Michigan. He spent 26 years at Stryker, serving in a variety of leadership roles at the division and corporate level. Jud retired in 2016 and currently serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards. His passion for fitness and kids led him to become a co-owner in Next Level Performance and The Dome Sports Center. After seeing a Miracle League game, he was hooked. Jud is committed to bringing the Miracle League to life in southwest Michigan to allow this group of young athletes the opportunity to make a difference in their community. Jud, his wife, Darcy, and four children call Portage, Michigan, home.

Josh Baird

Vice President

Having grown up in southwest Michigan, Josh attended Michigan State University to pursue a career as a chemistry/math teacher and coach. After graduation, life took Josh on a different path to Stryker, where he served in various roles for over 15 years. With his passion for investing in students’ lives, his love of athletics, and his business experience, Josh leads Next Level Performance and The Dome’s business operations and works diligently to build partnerships that enable Next Level to offer athletes everything they need to succeed in the classroom, on the playing field, and in their communities. Josh resides in Vicksburg, Michigan, with his wife, Amber, and son, Jacob.

Bill Deming


A Portage, Michigan, resident since 1980, Bill retired from Parks, Recreation and Public Services in 2015 after 35 years of service to the City of Portage. Bill has a long history of involvement with various community groups by serving on various boards, and he continues to stay engaged in his profession as a consultant. He is a baseball enthusiast, having played collegiate ball and beyond, and he is now coaching his grandson’s Little League team.

Dave Olson

Board Member

Dave grew up in Vicksburg, Michigan and still lives in the area with his wife, Kim. Dave is self-employed and very involved in his grandchildren’s local sports teams. Dave has coached many baseball teams and served on the Vicksburg Little League and the First Challenger teams. After attending a Miracle Field baseball game at the Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Dave became driven to duplicate the opportunity in southwest Michigan. Dave and Kim have two sons, David and Ryan, and four grandchildren, Cameron, Ava, Landon and Havana, who are the pride of their lives.

Lisa Anspaugh

CPA, Treasurer

Lisa is a certified public accountant and has over 25 years of public accounting experience, along with three years in the banking industry as a portfolio manager and private lender. Lisa is a Mattawan High School and Western Michigan University graduate. She now lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan, with her husband, Bob. Her family also includes her daughter, Faith, and grandson, Beckham, and twin sons, Nolan and Caleb. Lisa brings a love and passion for baseball and softball by playing herself and now coaching her daughter, as well as watching her husband coach their twin sons, who now play at the collegiate level. Most recently she got to see her grandson share the love of baseball as he played his first season of T-ball. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that will bring the love of the game to a whole new group of athletes!

Josh Will

Board Member

Josh is passionate about helping others by doing everything he can to give everyone a reason to smile. It’s that passion that led Josh to the Miracle League. Josh’s cousin, Derek, who loves baseball, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at a young age, which started Josh down this path. Derek’s parents and the rest of family rallied around him to start various fundraising efforts to help fight Duchenne, and Josh would help out in any way he could. “When Derek smiles, he lights up a room, and that’s when it hits you. While this young kid has every reason to be sad and upset at the world, he shows us all that there is plenty to be grateful for.” After learning of the Miracle League and its mission, Josh knew immediately that he wanted to be involved. Josh is a cool guy (his words) and would love for you stop by and say hello when you attend a Miracle League game. Josh has worked in the financial industry for over 14 years. He and his daughter, Grace, who is also a member of the Youth Board, resides in Portage.

Wade Rutkoskie

Fund development

Wade received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. He has worked in a variety of industries in the Kalamazoo area, including construction management and medical technology and currently works at Tekna, a product development company. Wade stays active in various projects and committees, volunteering as an advisor for Junior Achievement, serving on multiple school planning committees and as the President of the Schoolcraft Athletic Boosters, and was recently voted onto the Schoolcraft Community Schools Board of Education. As a former athlete and current baseball and football coach, Wade is passionate about sports and the opportunities they provide to kids to learn about being a team player and a leader in all aspects of their lives. Wade, his wife, Cari, and son, Thomas live in Schoolcraft, Michigan, and Thomas serves on the Miracle League Youth Board.

Billy Gernon

Board Member

Billy is the head coach of the Western Michigan University Broncos baseball team. In 2016, Gernon led WMU to its first MAC Tournament Championship in school history, as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 27 years. In his last nine years at the helm of the Broncos, Gernon has led the team to the MAC tournament an unprecedented six times. Billy and his team support the community in various ways, including United Way Big Brothers Program, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Bronson Children’s Hospital, Loaves & Fishes, Toys for Tots, Tree of Life, and the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. Billy has a passion for serving others, especially young kids. He believes that players learn many valuable life lessons when they give of their personal time and realize the impact they can have on someone’s life. He looks forward to working with the Miracle League with his team and players to serve something much greater than themselves.

Cari Rutkoskie

marketing & PR

Cari has lived in Schoolcraft, Michigan, for over 20 years and is excited to see the Miracle League come to life. Cari received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan. She started her career at a law firm in Portage, Michigan, then spent over 24 years at Stryker in the areas of legal, human resources, communications and brand. Although she didn’t play sports as a kid, she loves watching her teenaged son, Thomas, play baseball, football and basketball and supporting her husband, Wade, who is a coach. Cari is the owner of Words Matter Consulting, which specializes in communications, brand messaging and employee value proposition/employment brand.

Amy DiMaggio

League Operations

Amy is from St. Joseph, Michigan, and has lived in the Kalamazoo/Portage area for over 25 years. She has degrees in Spanish, Secondary Education and School Counseling from Western Michigan University. For the past 23 years, Amy has worked in public education teaching high school Spanish and as a school counselor. She is currently the Director of Counseling at Portage Northern and is the team leader for all school counseling in Portage. Amy has been involved in baseball and softball her entire life and has coached t-ball, Little League and travel softball with her daughter, Roxy Lee. Her other daughter, Ruby Jo, is a player for the Southwest Michigan Miracle League. Ruby has cerebral palsy, a result of birth trauma, and is 100% physically impaired; however, she’s a happy young woman who loves to be around others, engage in activities and communicate with her eyes and body language. Amy lives in Portage with her wife, Kelly, her daughters, Ruby and Roxy, and her mom (Ruby’s grandma/caregiver), Marilyn. Amy feels so blessed to have an amazing village to help care for Ruby and provide the best life for her, and she is thrilled to bring the Miracle League to kids in southwest Michigan.