Paradise Little League Board Members
Volunteers, Motivators, Educators, Mentors
Liz Brewster grew up playing Bobby Sox, Little League, High School, and travel ball in Paradise from the time she was five years old. She is now rebuilding as a mom of one (you’ve probably seen her 3 year-old son Desmond high jacking the lawnmower or crashing a baseball game) is resolved to be the change she wants to see in our community.
Liz is dedicated to the long-term growth of Paradise Little League, both in terms of participation, and in the caliber of facilities, coaching, and equipment. She believes that for our community to reach its full potential, it must make Ridge youth a priority. Liz isn’t afraid to dream big and is committed to working with other community organizations to create the spaces to play our young athletes deserve.
Nicole Alarcon has lived in Paradise for 31 of her 37 years of life. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to hold multiple roles with Paradise Little League including Coach, Assistant Coach, and Team Mom. After the 2018 Camp Fire, she and her family knew they wanted to rebuild, not only their house but, their community as well. She is so grateful to be at a place in her rebuild where she can once again volunteer for Paradise Little League this time as the Secretary Board Member. She hopes with her expertise and the other volunteers on the board they can make this year and all the future years the best yet for PLL.
Holly grew up in Paradise and is now raising her family here. With two children registered in the PLL program, she is eager to see the program grow and succeed. Holly is an RN and has experience working with nonprofits, she hopes these skills will contribute to her second year on the PLL Board
Chris Battaglia grew up in a small mountain town called Felton, just inland of Santa Cruz CA. Where he was very involved with Little League baseball. He moved and bought his house in Magalia Ca in 2008 . Paradise reminded him so much of where he grew up, a small, close knit mountain town above the suburbs. He started coaching baseball in 2013 and naturally fell in love with the small town feeling and big heart mentality of PLL. He joined the board in 2021 and that same year had the privilege of coaching and winning TOC’s for Paradise AAA minors baseball! He has been committed to the PLL board for 2 years and looks forward to helping our small town and community of Paradise grow.
Shawn Anderson has lived in Paradise since he was 2 months old. He grew up playing baseball for Paradise Little league from T-ball all the way up to senior league. Paradise Little League has been a big part of his life and he has fond memories of his time playing on the field, being coached by his dad (who was also the league president for many years), and getting the opportunity to volunteer in his teens as a umpire and with the construction of Horne Field. He has continued on to coach his childrens teams for the last 15 years as well as serve as a PLL board member for many years. Shawn is proud to be part of the growth of Paradise Little League. He believes that youth sports need to be a priority as it builds character, teaches kids to work together and be respectful to one another but most importantly allows the kids to have fun, make friends & lifelong memories! He is very excited & honored to be part of the big dream goals along side the other amazing PLL volunteers
Brianna Mirabal has lived in Paradise her whole life. She started her little league career on the Comets at the age of 6. She continued to play softball through high school. In 2004 she met the love of her life Erik Mirabal. They played many years of softball together and when their children were old enough, her and her husband started coaching them. Paradise has always been her home and she wants the youths in this community to have even more opportunities than she ever had. So through Paradise Little League she hopes to accomplish this.
Erika was born & raised in Alaska. Moved to Paradise in 1999. She is now married & happy to be raising her family here. Her twin boys are 8 years old & started with Paradise little League as T-Ballers. Erika is proud to be on the board and enjoys being a part of a team doing so many positive things for the kids of our community.
Joey LeBlanc is 31 years old with 2 boys(Weston & Wyatt) that play baseball for Paradise Little League. Weston is 10 years old & Wyatt is 5. His wife Samantha & him have been coaching both of their kids since their first years in sports. He played baseball from T-ball to Minors in the Santa Cruz Mountains before moving to Paradise and playing Juniors/Seniors. He chose to join the PLL Board because he wanted to be a part of rebuilding our little league and to help grow it beyond what it was before the Camp Fire. He also wants to help give the children in our community a fun, safe & competitive experience while learning the fundamentals of baseball.
Player Agent, Facilities Manager
Josh has been a resident of the Paradise Ridge community for over 40 years. In his youth, he played baseball with Paradise Little League, Paradise High School and American Legion. He now has two children playing with PLL, a son enrolled for baseball and a daughter in softball. As a huge supporter of Little League and the Paradise Ridge community, Josh is honored to be a PLL Board Member during this time of growth.
Katie grew up in the Paradise/Magalia area, from Kindergarten to graduating from Paradise High, Butte College, and Chico State. She is a mother of 4, 3 boys and 1 girl. Katie enjoys sports, hiking and just being outside in this beautiful area. Katie loves being a coach, t-ball is her favorite! She joined the Paradise Little League board in 2020 because she wanted to be a part of rebuilding the little league program.
Erik Mirabal lived his childhood in Santa Clarita where he developed his passion for athletics. He played many years of little league as a young child and in high school joined the track and field team where he went to CIF finals for the polevault. In the summer of 2004 he moved to the town of Paradise where he met his wife Brianna Mirabal. He rediscovered his love of baseball through the Paradise Park and Rec softball league. There he became a member of the Ridge Softball Club and has helped numerous people through their fundraising tournaments. As his family grew he has coached both soccer and baseball for his children, as well as many other youths in the community. He hopes that by working with Paradise Little League he can help inspire more coaches and children to help them reach their full potential.
Sheila Craft was born and raised in Paradise where she graduated from PHS just as her parents did. She played many sports in high school but got a scholarship in basketball and went to Europe to play and then came back to Paradise to coach at many levels and is now the Varsity Girls Basketball coach at PHS. Sheila wants to seed into young peoples lives by teaching them leadership, character, sportsmanship, patience, motivation, drive and grit to help them become the best self they can be. She might be a basketball coach but she wants to see all youth sports succeed.
Sheila has been married to Jeremy Craft for 21 years and they have 4 kids Jaylah, Gideon, Aleecya and Malachi who have been a part of Paradise Little League for the past 9 years and many more years to come.
Trevor Sherman has lived in Paradise off and on since 1987. He has had the pleasure of playing baseball for multiple teams in Paradise Little League. This is his second year as a parent being involved with Paradise Little League and he looks forward to continuing to assist the ridge community in rebuilding its youth and family sports program.
Matt grew up in Paradise Ca. He played for PLL from seven years old to 12 years old. Matt then played for the Paradise Nuggets then Paradise Storm. Matt played baseball for Paradise High Bobcats taking second in the section finals. Matt then played baseball at Sacramento City College then transferring to Chico State Wildcats. Matt is married to Gwen Bitker. Matt has two beautiful kids: Jaxon Bitker, Charlie Bitker. Matt joined PLL to hopefully give back to the community that gave him opportunities to become a better baseball player and human being.