The mission of the Miracle League of Plymouth is to enrich our community by providing education and social development through high quality recreation programs including baseball for individuals with special needs and their families. As well to foster peer relationships through players and “buddy” interactions so that barriers to friendship are removed.
GAME DAY ANNOUNCERS
Steve Anderson - City of Plymouth Recreation
Ted Barker - Construction Mgr
Alpha Graphics Baseball Cards
Nicki Janik - Spirit Wear
Bob & Lynne Hendzell
Kelly Hermann - Executive Director
Kelly is a mother to a daughter with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and has been involved with the Miracle League of Plymouth (MLP) since inception as a team mom, parent and a board member. Kelly is also the co-founder of Kelly's Kidz Foundation, which has been a supporter of the MLP.
Kelly's favorite part about game day is seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids as they do something that would not be possible without the Bilkie Family Field. As well she shares that being the parent of a disabled child that you rarely get breaks when they are with you. The buddy system at the MLP provides parents that opportunity, to be able to sit back and watch.
Kelly lives in Canton with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes to read, cook and play golf.
Sam Plymale - Game Day Manager and Board Liaison
Sam Plymale first got involved with the Miracle League of Plymouth back in 2012 while completing his undergrad program at Eastern Michigan University. While interacting with Deb Madonna and observing the game day experience back in 2012, Sam was astonished at the impact the organization had on not only everyone involved, but anyone who came to volunteer or watch. Today Sam serves as the Game Day Operations Manager and Board Liaison, his favorite part of MLP is seeing the smiles of our kids while playing a game he loves.
Sam work’s for the City of Plymouth as a Downtown Manager and Communications Specialist. In other words, he takes care of Downtown Plymouth by helping with events, infrastructure, marketing and much more. Sam lives in Livonia with his wife Chelsea and daughter Annabelle. He loves to golf and loves following all his Detroit sports teams!
Shari Bilkie - Secretary
Shari is a member of the Board of Directors of the Miracle League of Plymouth and serves as the league’s secretary. Her love for children and passion for sports is the driving force behind her involvement with the league. Her favorite part of the game day experience is at the beginning of every game when each players’ name is announced. The smiles that spread across their faces as they are brought out onto the field to the cheers of their adoring fans is priceless.
Shari is currently employed at Sigma Investment Counselors and serves as the firm’s President and Chief Compliance Officer. In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding, hiking, paddle boarding and rock climbing among other outdoor activities.
Deb Madonna - President and Commissioner
13 years ago Deb had been working with the Plymouth-Canton School District on a special needs playground project. That’s when she discovered the Miracle League. Deb has worked on Music in the Park for many years and knew that Plymouth was the perfect spot for a Miracle League. The playground project transformed into Miracle League of Plymouth. Deb knew that the City of Plymouth, residents and businesses would support and welcome MLP’s players, families and volunteers.
Deb’s favorite part of the Miracle League is all the people that she has met and the fun that is had. Her hobbies include reading, writing, biking, swimming, walking, weaving, hanging out with her grandson and dreaming. Deb is an Occupational Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Health Educator who uses her imagination. Deb adds, "I love MLP and all the folks. It makes me happy.”
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Bob Bilkie - Treasurer
Bob become involved with the Miracle League of Plymouth to serve the community, in activity that is near to his heart, and for children who otherwise, could not play baseball. His favorite part of game day is watching the flag blow at the beginning of the game as the National Anthem plays on the loudspeaker and the kids and families stand at (largely) rapt attention. Bob enjoys biking, hiking and music in his spare time. He is currently employed as a Wealth Manager.
Amanda Lehnert - Director
Amanda became involved with Miracle League through her parents’ (Bob and Shari Bilkie’s) involvement. After she attended games with them as a fan and acting as a buddy. Amanda was asked if she wanted to join the board, she shares that she was excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great organization.
Amanda lives in Northville with her husband and two daughters (who you might see at the field with her or her parents) When she is not at Miracle League or working, Amanda enjoy’s traveling, reading, running and watching U of M football.
Kevin Finnerty - Director
Kevin has been on the Miracle League of Plymouth (MLP) Board for 9 years. He became involved as he has taught kids with disabilities after his retirement from Ford and missed working with these individuals. Kevin also has a Grandson that plays for the MLP. His favorite part about MLP is watching the players having a blast while on the field while watching their families smile, laugh and cheer them on.
Kevin is currently employed by Angela Hospice in their Human Resources department as a medical staff recruiter. Previously Kevin taught at Northwood University for 25 years and spent 15 years at Ford Motor Company in their Human Resources Department.
Kevin shares that his hobby is his family, spending time with his four grandchildren and his wife of 47 years.
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Mark Madonna - Vice-President
Mark became involved with Miracle League because his mom (Deb Madonna) asked him if he wanted to help, he stays involved because game days are so much fun. Mark shares that his favorite thing thing about Miracle League is seeing the progress that kids make throughout the seasons and watching them become a better hitters than he is.
Mark is a big movie buff and a semi-retired trivia champ. He also loves watching the Tigers and playing kickball in the summer. Mark is in sales operations for Cisco.