About BFEF - Board of Directors
President & Founder
José Antonio Bautista Santos is a Dominican professional baseball right fielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays. His professional career began when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 20th round of the 2000 first year player draft. In 2010, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club while leading the major leagues in home runs for the first of two consecutive seasons, and, from 2010–15, has hit more home runs than any player in the major leagues. An MLB All-Star selection six consecutive times, he has won three Silver Slugger Awards and two Hank Aaron Awards. In addition, he has received the American League Player of the Month Award five times and the Player of the Week four times. Before being traded to the Blue Jays, Bautista primarily played third base.
Although major league scouts initially noted Bautista while in junior college for his batting skills – including power hitting potential – and a strong throwing arm, his career took detours until realizing his potential in 2010. He made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2004, and, that year, became the first player ever to appear on five MLB rosters in one season. The last of those clubs were the Pirates, where he played at five different positions as a utility player until being traded to the Blue Jays in 2008. After making adjustments to his swing, Bautista broke through with ten home runs in September 2009. He has since been voted in the top ten in the AL Most Valuable Player Award four times and is a leader or among the top ten in numerous offensive single-season and career categories in Blue Jays’ franchise history.
Since 2010, Bautista has hit at least 20 home runs each year, and in four of those seasons, has hit at least 35 home runs, has both scored and driven in at least 100 runs, and has drawn at least 100 bases on balls, including twice leading the AL. In 2015, while playing in the playoffs for the first time, his bat flip in the American League Division Series caused a sensation that became a symbol of Toronto’s first playoff appearance in 22 years. In 2011, he set up a program that assists athletes from the Dominican Republic to attend universities in the United States.
Fernando has served the Bautista Family Education Fund as the Executive Director since its formation in 2012. During that time the BFEF has grown from 3 student-athletes receiving academic scholarships in 2012, to 41 student-athletes receiving help in academic year 2016/2017. The BFEF has helped an average of 29 student-athletes per academic year since its formation.
Fernando hails from the Dominican Republic, where he was born and raised. Fernando attended Chipola College for his Associate in Arts Degree, where he played varsity Baseball. Fernando transferred as a Junior to the University of Louisville, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, while also playing in the varsity Baseball team. After his collegiate baseball career was over, Fernando earned a Master’s of Science in Business Communications from Spalding University, located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Fernando lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his family. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 2006. Fernando is currently employed by Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, where he serves as Senior Diabetes Sales Specialist.
Moises Feliz hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Moises attended Chipola College in Florida, USA on a baseball scholarship, where he was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the 1999 MLB draft. Moises transferred to Cumberland University as a Junior. Moises signed as free agent to play for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club in 2002. After his professional baseball career was over, Moises returned to Cumberland University, where he earned his Undergraduate degree in General Business with minors in Management and Marketing in 2005. Moises earned his Graduate degree from Cumberland University in 2007, he earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership Science and Human Relations. Moises currently works in the financial industry for Wilson Bank & Trust as Assistant Vice President/ Branch manager in the middle Tennessee area.
James A. Dodds
James Dodds is a Vice President of TD Bank Group in Toronto, Canada with a mandate of brand enrichment, client appreciation, and business development across the bank. Additionally he has represented the Bank internationally in Asia and the Middle East as TD continues to develop its presence and brand in these markets.
Prior to joining TD Bank Group, James held senior positions in banking and politics in the United Kingdom and Canada, notably as CFO and Director of Operations for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and former Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Joe Clark.
James is an active community builder and a number of organizations rely on him for his leadership and fundraising abilities. He currently sits on the boards of the Jays Care Foundation, Right to Play, the Jose Bautista Family Education Fund, and he is the returning Chair of the 2017 Joe Carter Classic in support of The Children’s Aid Foundation. In 2012 led a team of 8 business leaders and Canadian Olympians up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in support of Right to Play.
In 2011 James was the recipient of the Children’s Aid Foundation Guardian Award and in 2012 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Since 2011, Rafael has been working with the Baseball’s Commissioner’s Office as Director of Dominican Operations when he was hired back to oversee the growth and changes in the most important market internationally. In 2005, Rafael was hired by the New York Mets as their Director of International Players Development overseeing their Minor League Academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela; coordination of the Winter Leagues; and implementation of International Education Program and special International Projects. While with the Mets, he was promoted to Director of International Operations adding the International Scouting responsibilities under his supervision and direction.
In 2000, Rafael was originally hired by the Baseball Commissioner’s office as manager of the Major League Baseball Office for Latin America. Rafael’s was required to play the delicate duel role of “rule enforcer,” and, at the same time, help Latin American baseball executives to be more effective managers without violating the rules. Prior to working at MLB and the New York Mets, Rafael worked for Scala North America, an international software company, managing the implementation of their accounting and financial software in the US and Latin America. Rafael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting University of South Alabama where he also played college baseball. He also played college baseball at Chipola Junior College from 1985 to 1987. In 1989, Rafael signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Juan Peralta earned his undergraduate degree from Troy State University in Alabama. Juan attended Troy State on a baseball scholarship. Juan has been an active member of the BFEF Board of Directors since its formation. Juan is currently the Academy Director for the Cincinnati Reds in the Dominican Republic, he has held this role since 2003. During his 13 years with the Reds organization, the Academy that he oversees has produced many top talent Major League Baseball players.