Vinessa is joining the Mad Ants for the 10th Anniversary during the 2016-2017 season. Originally from Crown Point, as a region native she is no stranger to the hysteria of what basketball means to the state of Indiana. Vinessa attended Ball State University earning a degree with a double major in Telecommunications and Journalism in the news track, while also obtaining a minor in sports studies. At Ball State, she worked for Athletic Media Relations all four years, shooting and editing video for highlights, recap reels, and features. An avid baseball fan with homage to the Cubs and the Red Sox. Last summer, Vinessa had the opportunity to intern for the Lowell Spinners, the short season single A team of the Red Sox in Lowell, Massachusetts. With the Spinners Vinessa assisted the public relations and video departments, where she wrote the script and was the host of the Pregame Show, assisted with player and mascot appearances, wrote for the program, created theme nights and in-game activities and also was responsible for the statistics of each game.