SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR
Layla Freckmann joined the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in October 2019.
Prior to joining the NBRPA, she was the Membership and Events Manager for the Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin (CARW). In addition, she worked three MLB seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers as a Guest Relations representative. Freckmann received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
SR. DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL IMPACT & EVENTS
Bridget Gannon joined the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in 2018. Prior to joining the NBRPA, she oversaw the Nationals Dream Foundation - the charitable arm of the Washington Nationals baseball team - and was MLB's 2018 All-Star Legacy Projects Coordinator.
In addition to 10-plus years with the Washington Nationals, Gannon also had stints with the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and Legg Mason Tennis Classic (now Citi Open).
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Gannon received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a certificate from Yale University.
SR. DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS/COUNSEL
Cameron Ballard joined the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) full-time in August 2017, after previously serving with the organization as a legal intern.
Prior to beginning his professional career at the NBRPA, Ballard was admitted to the Illinois State Bar after attended the John Marshall Law School (Chicago), where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2016. Ballard received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University.
The Houston, TX native began his career in sports interning with player-representation agencies All Pro Sports & Entertainment and BDA Sports Management.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP & PLAYER PROGRAMMING
Kenny Gattison joined the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in 2016 following an extensive NBA career as a coach and player.
A 13-year veteran of the NBA coaching ranks, Gattison most recently served as an assistant coach with
the Phoenix Suns (2013-15), which followed stints with the Atlanta Hawks (2010-12), New Orleans Hornets (2003-09), and New
Jersey Nets (1996-99), as well as at his alma mater, Old Dominion University (2001-03). He was also selected as an assistant coach during the 2009 USA Basketball Summer Camp workouts in Las Vegas.
Gattison was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 55th overall selection in the 1986 NBA Draft. Gattison's nine-year NBA playing career with the Phoenix Suns (1986-89), Charlotte Hornets (1989-95), and Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96) saw him average 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 494 contests (130 starts).
The Wilmington, N.C. native was inducted into the Old Dominion Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 after a standout career in which he was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a senior and finished as the conference’s all-time leading rebounder.
Gattison and his wife, Harriet, have four children: Natasha, Kyle, Bryce and Grant.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & PLAYER RELATIONS
Michelle Fikany joined the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in January of 2019. Prior to joining the NBRPA, Fikany served as public relations manager for the Detroit Pistons.
During her 12-years with the Pistons, Fikany held various roles in public and media relations, player services, and alumni relations.
A Detroit-area native, Fikany earned her bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Rochester College.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS & EVENTS
Erin Miller is in her fourth year as SVP of Operations & Events after serving the previous four years as VP of Operations & Events with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA). In her role as SVP, Miller manages day-to-day operations, partner relations and activations, player licensing and special events for the NBRPA.
Prior to joining the NBRPA in 2012, Miller spent four years as a legal assistant/paralegal for Codilis and Associates.
A Chicago, IL native, Miller earned her bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Political Science from the University of Illinois. Miller also holds a master's degree in Political Studies with a specialty in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Scott Rochelle was named President and CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association in March 2018, after serving one year as an Interim. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President of Partnership Development / General Counsel, and Vice President of Membership, Programming and Chapter Development.
In his role as President and CEO, Rochelle oversees the Retired Players Association’s day-to-day operations, including securing new cutting-edge partnerships for former players to thrive and prosper. In addition, he continues to strengthen and foster the association’s local chapters which has expanded to 12 cities during his tenure as President and CEO.
At 38, Rochelle, is a rising star in the basketball world, working closely with the NBA executive team to guide revenue-generating and philanthropic programs that involve the greatest names in the NBA. He is re-writing the business strategy of the Retired Players Association and has the support of the NBA and NBPA.
Rochelle has also been instrumental in the development of new content platforms aimed at targeting younger, newly retired players. These initiatives include the creation of a monthly podcast, an aggressive social media strategy and the creation of a new publication titled, Legends Magazine, the official publication of former NBA and WNBA players.
Prior to joining the Retired Players Association in 2013 as Vice President of Membership, Player & Chapter Development, Rochelle served as an attorney for six-years with Querrey & Harrow, leading the Sports and Entertainment practice group with a focus on professional athlete business advisement, contract and endorsement representation.
Rochelle is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and received his Master’s in Education and a law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.