Town Hall


SFMA’s Town Hall meetings bring members of the industry together to learn about how sports field managers are setting their fields up for success during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The session features a panel of sports field professionals discussing the strategies they have been using to keep their fields healthy during a time of labor and budget shortages. The goal is to share information and learn in real-time how everyone is adapting to this changing environment.


Parks and Recreation and K-12 – Panelists: Abby McNeal, CSFM, Jody Gill, CSFM, Jimmy Simpson, CSFM; Moderator: Ryan DeMay

Baseball/Professional – Panelists: Matt Parrott, Charlotte Knights (NC), Steve Lord, CSFM, Cincinnati Reds (OH), Andy Ommen, McLean County PONY Baseball (IL); Moderator: Keith Winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps (IN)

Agronomics – Panelists: Dr. Grady Miller (North Carolina State University), Pam Sherratt (The Ohio State University), Dr. John Sorochan (University of Tennessee – Knoxville), Dr. Chase Straw (Texas A&M University); Moderator: Ryan DeMay (Columbus Recreation and Parks Dept., OH)

College and University – Panelists: Jason Smith (University of Florida), Chris May (Georgia Tech), Thomas Goyne (Penn State University), Chris Webb, CSFM (Christopher Newport University); Moderator: Zachary Willard (Auburn University)

Professional/Rectangle Sports – Panelists: Dan Shemesh (New York Red Bulls), Nick Fedewa (Jacksonville Jaguars), Sun Roesslein, CSFM (North Area Athletic Complex); Moderator: Jeff Salmond, CSFM (United Turf and Track)

Parks and Recreation – Panelists: Trevor Odders, CSFM, City of Las Vegas – Parks (NV), Travis Sales, City of Rockwall (TX) and John Wagnon, CSFM, City of Franklin, TN Parks (TN); Moderated by Ryan DeMay, Columbus Recreation and Parks Dept. (OH)

Wellness Strategies for Sports Field Managers During the Pandemic – Panelists: Lisa Goatley, MS, LPC, The Cascade Group, Tammy Jackson, M.S., M. Div., Licensed Psychologist, Healing Grace Counseling Center, Josh McPherson, CSFM, Mizzou Athletics; Moderated by David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, Lexington DPW

End of Summer Field Management Practices – Panelists: Josh Koss, CSFM, San Diego State University, Bryan Hopkins, Ph.D., Brigham Young University, Glenl Wear, Jr., CSFM, Brigham Young University; Moderated by Nick McKenna, CSFM, Texas A&M Athletic Department

Winter and Spring Field Prep – Panelists: Noel Harryman, CSFM – Jeffco Public Schools, CJ Lauer – Bryn Mawr School, Robbie Miller – Providence Day School, and Marc Moran, CSFM – Atlee High School; Moderated by: Jeremy Driscoll – St. Mark’s High School

Managing Your Career and Finances – Panelists: Erin Wolfram – Career Services Professional for Career Advantage, Harrison Hill – Financial Advisor and Vice President with Morgan Stanley; Moderated by David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, Lexington DPW