Our PFP Team has been chosen because we deliver the highest level of instruction with clarity, certainty and conviction. Our standards of excellence embrace the ideals of pride, passion, persistence and professionalism.  We have competed at the elite level, we believe in PFP Nation and most importantly, we make the careers and character development of our students a priority.



PFP Founder.  Rutgers University, B.S; University of Rhode Island, M.B.A.  Rutgers Captain winning Atlantic 10 All-Conference, All-Academic, All-Northeast Region Honors, A-10 Championship and NCAA Regional berth. A Topton VIP alumna, First Team All-American, and USA National Team Camp/Olympic Team Trials participant. Served as assistant coach at URI and consultant for Boston University, Bryant University and USCGA and coach for several professional and Olympic pitchers.  Founder of Sportology Science.  Director of Elaine Sortino Softball School and Champions Festival, speaker at NFCA and World Softball Coaches Conventions. Endorses Adidas, Softball Power Drive, Right View Pro, EvoShield, Jennie Finch Pitching Mat, XProTex, and RevFire.  Partner of NCSA.  Co-inventor of Ballistics Software.  Currently collaborating with MGH’s Dr. Luke Oh and Donna Moxley-Scarborough in a pitching study.

2007 Graduate of Fairfield University earning a B.S. degree.   As a pitcher at Fairfield, Roberts was named a 2007 NFCA All America Scholar Athlete.  Roberts’ hometown is Woonsocket, RI.  She is a Graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy.  

Since becoming a coach at PFP in 2007, Kate has been the lead hitting instructor for the Varsity School, Futures Program and Hitrz Club. She is a top level pitching instructor.  Kate is also the Director of Operations at Planet Fastpitch.  

Kate is one of Denise’s “Originals” being a member of the PFP family for over 20 years.

Brandice Balschmiter is a 2010 graduate of the University of Massachusetts earning a B.A. in Studio Arts. Brandice was a four-year starter for UMass from 2006-09 where she compiled a 126-33 record with a 0.99 earned run average. She ended her career with 1,218 strikeouts, which, at the time, ranked 21st in NCAA Division I history. Additionally, her 126 victories are currently ranked 10th nationally, her 137 complete games are tied for 11th and her 68 shutouts are tied for 14th. While at UMass she recorded 3 perfect games and compiled 10 no-hitters.  The native of Newark, N.Y. was named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player a record 4 years in a row, in addition to being named A-10 Pitcher of the Week a record 28 times. Brandice was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Chicago Bandits where she helped the team to the regular-season crown. She was a member of the 2009 Pan American Qualifier Gold Medal squad and an alternate for the 2010 U.S. National Team. Brandice returned to UMass in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant Coach. Prior to 2012 Brandice spent three years at Planet Fastpitch where she was an instructor.

Nikki Meuse is a 2013 graduate from Clark University in Worcester, MA where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and started in all her four years. Nikki finished her first year at Clark in 2010 with a 1.78 ERA, the second lowest ERA in the NEWMAC for that year. At the start of the 2013 season, as a senior captain she was named the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week. Nikki finished in the fifth spot on Clark’s record list for most career wins with a total of 35. She also finished fifth for most career shutouts (9) and sixth for most complete games (33). She finished fourth on Clark’s record list for most strikeouts in her career with a total of 251 strikeouts in 341 innings pitched. Nikki is a PFP Varsity School alumni and a longtime trainee of the PFP family throughout her career.

Elena Bowman comes to Planet Fastpitch as a 2016 Manhattan College Graduate where she earned a B.S. in Business Management. Elena was a 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award Nominee as well as Top 10 Finalist across Division I Softball for the Senior Class award which is an honor determined by athletic and academic achievement as well as leadership characteristics and notable impact within the community. Throughout her career at Manhattan College, Elena was also unanimously named the 2015 MAAC Player of the Year; she was a four time All-MAAC Team selection, a four time All-MAAC Academic Team selection and a 2015 Capital One First-Team Academic All-American. Elena was one of the most prolific MAAC players in history and is currently Manhattan College’s all-time homerun leader at 52 as well as the Jasper’s career leader in slugging percentage, walks and games played. She also ranks top three in program history in hits, doubles, RBI and runs scored. Elena is extremely passionate about growing the game and we are very excited to have her on our team. She will be providing instruction in catching, fielding, throwing and hitting as well as taking the lead on several organizational projects to further our mission to innovate training and revolutionize the game.

Katie Duval played softball for Providence College from 2010-2014 where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a minor in Business. She is very excited to be joining the PFP staff after graduation. She is from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and honed her skills at Planet Fastpitch growing up. Katie was assistant coach for the 14u Concord Raiders the past two years where she has learned a lot about the instructional side of the game. Her time as a coach and a college player has provided her with knowledge of infield, outfield, catching and hitting. Katie is passionate about contributing to the PFP mission of making the game better.










Kim brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to Planet Fastpitch.  She is the head coach at Johnson and Wales University.  In her 1st season she led the Wildcats to their first ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship and an appearance in an NCAA Regional where the team earned their 1st ever victory in the NCAA tournament.  In her second year she led the Wildcats to their second Conference Championship.  Prior to this she was the head coach at Drexel University and served as an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington.  Before coaching career began she played four years at University of Rhode Island and was voted Team Captain.  And just after graduation, Kim worked at PFP as an instructor.   In her career Camara has coached 6 catchers who have received 1st Team All-Conference honors, one catcher named 1st  Team All-Region and one who played for the Canadian National Team.  PFP is so fortunate to have Kim return “home”.

Olivia Gamache is a 2014 graduate of Tennessee State University where she earned a B.S. degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training. Olivia’s senior year was her most successful year during which she posted a career best 3.20 ERA while throwing over 120 innings and striking out 89 batters. Her career best in single-game strikeouts came against North Carolina A&T when she fanned nine batters. Olivia picked up the win in her final game for the Tigers, beating Belmont 5-3, giving up only one run in five innings. Her collegiate career placed her on seven Career Top 10 lists. She is also listed six times in the single season record books in five categories. In her Senior year of high school in 2010 she led her Exeter West Greenwich HS team to the State Title. During this time Olivia was named first team all-division and first team all-state. Olivia is also a  PFP Varsity School Alum. She still attends class weekly to catch for her sister, Janelle. Currently, Olivia is the Head Coach of the 12U New England Phoenix travel team as well as the Pitching Coach at Roger Williams University.


Lauren Haeger comes to Planet Fastpitch as one of the most accomplished athletes in NCAA softball. The Arizona native is alongside of Babe Ruth as the only player in NCAA Softball, NCAA Baseball and Major League Baseball history to hit 70+ homeruns and earn 70+ wins in the circle. An absolute standout for The University of Florida, Haeger led the Gators to back to back National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Her brilliant play in her senior campaign yielded her selection as the 2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, SEC Female of the Year, Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player and SEC Pitcher of the Year. Lauren’s 71 career homeruns are still standing as an SEC record. She also holds program records in RBIs, walks and intentional walks. Haeger also competed for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team in the summers of 2010 and 2011 leading Team USA to an ISF World Championship and a gold medal at the Pan American Games. The two time All-American is now excelling in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Texas Charge raking up 192 strikeouts in just two summers while compiling 47 RBI and 11 homeruns. PFP is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Lauren on board to work with our student-athletes and help transform the training experience. Lauren will be giving pitching, hitting, throwing, fielding and athletic performance instruction to fulfill her passion of giving back to the game while also training with our staff to continue to be a force in the NPF. Lauren also has her eyes set on a selection to the USA National Team to compete in the 2020 Olympics.  We look forward to this journey!


Kiki Baldassari is a 2016 graduate of Providence College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Currently she is a Graduate Assistant Manager with the Providence College Softball Team while she earns her Master’s in Counseling. At PC, Kiki was a four-year starting centerfielder/slapper for the Friars. She ended her career with the all-time career batting average of .362. She’s also 3rd for career stolen bases (52), 4th for career runs scored (108), and 4th for career hits (201). She earned College Sports Madness Rookie of the Year during her first season and was named All-Big East First team. Her time as a coach and a Division I softball player has given her the experience and knowledge about the game. She is very excited to lead the Slaprz Club and be a part of the Veteran Staff at PFP that is available for private lessons!