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Confirmed 2017-2018 Nominees

03/15/2017, 3:45pm EDT
By LHSHL

Information on all confirmed nominees

UPDATED 3/18/17 AT 12:45PM

As the nomination process progresses, information regarding each of the confirmed nominees will be listed in the space below in alphabetical order by last name.


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BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES

NOMINEES CURRENTLY LISTED: 13

ROB ALLAER

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation 

  • Why Rob would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I would like to help grow the game of hockey in the Tampa Bay Area and I believe my experience in the sport will help bring a fresh approach to how the sport is run at the high school level.

  • Rob's professional background: 20 years working in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning - in charge of television broadcasts for both teams on Fox Sports. Also 25 plus years working with Fox Sports handling NFL, MLB as well as college and high school broadcasts.

  • Rob's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Started playing hockey as a small child in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Played hockey as a youth through high school as well as at the collegiate club level at the University of Michigan. Coached 13-15 year old baseball in Michigan for 10 years and won multiple state championships.

  • One item Rob would like to focus on if selected: Making sure high school hockey is a positive experience for everyone. It should be a fun, rewarding and beneficial time for the kids involved. The coaches should teach and guide the players and be a positive role model.

DAN BUBLEY

  • Team affiliated with: Steinbrenner

  • Why Dan would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have been involved in youth hockey in the greater Tampa Bay area since 1995 and would like to continue to be a part of the growth of High School Hockey in the Tampa Bay area and to ensure that our high school league is fundamentally strong and on a continuous path for success for many years to come. It is my desire that our league becomes a model for all other high school leagues across the country.

  • Dan's professional background: I am attorney licensed to practice law both in the States of Florida and Illinois. I am an active board of director of the Police Athletic League (PAL) and a founding member of the Carrollwood Bar Association.

  • Dan's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I formally was a board of director of the Tampa Bay Stars youth hockey association. I have coached high school hockey in Tampa bay for the last 15 years. I along with others created, formed & initiated two (2) high school teams, demonstrating my desire to grow high school hockey, both Gaither/Sickles Hockey and Steinbrenner High Hockey. I was elected the first president of the Florida High School Hockey Association (FHSHA). I am very proud to be a current board of director of the Lightning High School Hockey League.

  • One item Dan would like to focus on if selected: To ensure the growth of High School Hockey in the greater Tampa Bay area, while building the character of our student athletes so that each athlete may acquire the necessary skill set to become strong, successful, mature and productive adults.

PAT CLARKE

  • Team affiliated with: Freedom

  • Why Pat would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I am a current member of the advisory committee a feel like we have made a difference in the direction of the league. I would like to be a part the leagues future growth

  • Pat's professional background: I have been a co/owner of ESI Audio for 28 years. We specialize in doing sound and lights for large concert productions.

  • Pat's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have been the team manager for the Freedom HS Hockey for almost 3 years. I have been involved with travel hockey with my son for many years also.

  • One item Pat would like to focus on if selected: I would like to focus on the team bylaws. I think we need more consistency through out the league.

LAURA DAVIS

  • Team affiliated with: Plant

  • Why Laura would like to be involved with the LHSHL: As the parent of a freshman hockey player, we have been very impressed with the opportunity that LHSHL has offered these high schoolers-an opportunity that would most likely be very hard to come by without LHSL's help. I have watched my son's hockey acumen grow leaps and bounds while involved in high school hockey and want to see him continue to grow as an athlete with the support of LHSHL. I would like to bring a "Mom" point of view to LHSHL as hockey really is a family sport -- our athletes need not only the support of their team, coaches and trainers, but their families as well.

  • Laura's professional background: I obtained my BA in Advertising from USF and worked at several top local ad agencies for many years. More recently, I have been a stay at home Mom which allowed me to serve for many years on Mabry Elementary's PTA board where I served as VP of Fundraising, Auction Chair (Donations), Spirit Store Supervisor and I was nominated as Hillsb. County PTA person of the year in 2014. I am currently slated to be Plant HS's 2017/18 PTSA Corresponding Secretary and I am a licensed Real Estate Agent.

  • Laura's hockey and hockey volunteering background: My experience with hockey has come as an uber fan :) I support my son at every game in the stands and we never miss a Lightning game on TV

  • One item Laura would like to focus on if selected: Player Safety. One game I watched my son get checked from behind and go down head first in to the boards. While he ended up being OK, those 10-15 seconds that he lie on the ice were terrifying to watch.

DON GOLDEN

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Don would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have been watching high school hockey at the ISF ever since my son started playing hockey back in 2008 and I really like the direction the Lightning are going in an effort to improve high school hockey. My son is currently a freshman at Newsome and played on the Newsome varsity team this last year. However, is transferring to Gilmour Academy in Cleveland Ohio in the fall. I would love to stay involved as a volunteer in local hockey and I believe that volunteering with the LHSHL would be a great way for me to do that.

  • Don's professional background: I am an attorney in Brandon and have practiced here since 1998. I am the owner of the Golden Law Group. I founded the firm in 2002. We currently have 10 employees and, in addition to practicing law, I manage the firm.

  • Don's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Although I have loved the sport my whole life, I did not start playing hockey until I was 37 years old. I played in the beginner league in Brandon for several years until I just got too busy traveling with my son for his hockey. My son started playing travel hockey in 2009 and I have been an active volunteer ever since. In the early days I simply volunteered to help run the Flames Labor Day tournament. A year or so later I became a team manager and also served as an assistant coach. I was also elected to serve as President of MYTH which is the non-profit that runs the Gulf Coast Flames travel program. I served as President of MYTH for 2 years. I have also been a team manager for 3 years. This last season I was the vice-chair of the Newsome Hockey booster association.

  • One item Don would like to focus on if selected: I would like to help provide high school hockey players in the Tampa Bay area with the best experience possible. Although this is a club sport, I would like to work on making this as much like a varsity sport as possible so that the kids can get that experience of playing for their school.

STEVE GRIECO

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Steve would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have a strong desire to contribute to the positive growth and development of Tampa as a community and regional amateur hockey in particular. Hockey has been a passion of mine all my life and the growth of the sport and the youth hockey community in the Tampa Bay region over the past several years has been inspiring. My youngest son is graduating HS this year so my involvement as a hockey parent is now coming to an end. However, I would like to continue to contribute my energies to support the ongoing regional development of the sport going forward.

  • Steve's professional background: I am a transactional attorney and partner at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick in Tampa. Before coming to Tampa in 2008, I practiced for 4 years in NYC and 7 years in London. Prior to law school, I worked in the financial sector for 8 years.

  • Steve's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I played youth hockey, HS hockey and low level junior hockey in Buffalo and New England as a kid. I have also played senior league hockey throughout adulthood (with the exception of my time in London). I obtained USA Hockey certification as a coach and official. I served on the Board of the FHSHA for the 3 seasons immediately preceeding the establishment of the LHSHL, serving as VP-Boundary and EVP. I have gotten to know many of the families, coaches and officials in the hockey community regionally during my 2 sons' 7 combined years in HS hockey and several years in travel hockey programs with my younger son.

  • One item Steve would like to focus on if selected: Working with the high schools in the counties served by the LHSHL to achieve club recognition for all teams and to work with all teams to facilitate and encourage leadership succession planning to ensure continuity from season to season as volunteers leave through attrition. Both of these things, I believe, would bolster the foundation of each team and, by extension, the league as a whole.

STACEY KIMMEL

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Stacey would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I am inspired by the goal of Mr. Feaster and Mr. Garavaglia to continue to improve the quality of the coaching in the league and the experience each player receives. I would provide a unique perspective to the board as both a leader within a local community agency and the parent of a female player. I am motivated to help build on the efforts of the board to date, and to assure that every player is afforded the same opportunity to develop his/her game and character by learning both technical hockey skills and life skills such as accountability. I welcome the honor to be a part of a solid leadership organization to meet the mission and strategic initiatives of the LHSHL and to continue to develop and grow a productive and exceptional high school hockey program.

  • Stacey's professional background: I am a manager within the BayCare Health System and am dually licensed as a nurse (RN) and LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). My background in case management both within hospice and hospital settings afforded me opportunities to provide compassionate, quality care to patients and families in our community, I have experience collaborating across disciplines/departments for change management, process improvement, and ensuring best practice amongst agencies and teams while remaining fiscally responsible.

  • Stacey's hockey and hockey volunteering background: While I have never played nor coached hockey, I have played high school soccer and volunteered as a youth soccer coach and referee. My hockey experience is as a parent of an aspiring hockey player. While the two sports differ, I believe that providing a quality program to a youth organization is congruent amongst all youth/high school sports.

  • One item Stacey would like to focus on if selected: One item I propose to focus on is to review the goals for coaching leadership within the LHSHL to ensure they are congruent with the mission and goals of the league. One approach is to evaluate the continuity amongst the teams within the LHSHL surrounding the accountability for managers/coaches in knowledge and practice of skills development, positive constructive feedback on practice and game performance, and education of the players on how to assess their play and decisions both on and off the ice. The skills and motivation our players receive from our leaders and coaches are an important springboard for career development for our athletes.

JOE NIEMAS

  • Team affiliated with: Jenkins

  • Why Joe would like to be involved with the LHSHL: Volunteered as chairman of the advisory committee last season

  • Joe's professional background: 20+ years of Accounting and Financial Analytical experience. Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Finance.

  • Joe's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Managed Jenkins High School for the past 4 years. Took over the team exclusively after the team folded two seasons ago. Have grown the program from 11 players to 20+ players in two seasons.

  • One item Joe would like to focus on if selected: Competitive Balance and Player recruitment.

MARK ROSENGARD

  • Team affiliated with: Newsome

  • Why Mark would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I bring organizational experience and proven ability to accomplish tasks, coupled with long time commitment to youth hockey in the area. I want to help the LHSHL continue to grow and gain efficiencies.

  • Mark's professional background: Retired Army Colonel and 32 year Special Forces veteran, led units in combat, commanded regimental-sized organizations of over 1000 troops... since retirement from the Army, 6 years program management experience in defense contracting, now a corporate Vice President for CACI, Inc. Responsible for 200+ employees and 50 million dollars of annual revenue.

  • Mark's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Over 50 years of total hockey experience as player and coach. Played youth hockey through college hockey in Massachusetts. Subsequently played adult recreational hockey since then. Coached 4 years in Colorado Springs youth hockey, 1995-1996 and 1999-2000. Coached youth hockey in Tampa since 2008 (Bulls, Tampa Elite, Gulf Coast Flames). Instructor with Good as Gould Goalie School since 2009. Assistant Coach and Manager, Newsome High School Hockey, since 2012. Head Coach Tampa Bay Lightning "Guide the Thunder" program since 2016.

  • One item Mark would like to focus on if selected: Tiered league structure and developmental program to improve competitiveness at multiple levels

RALPH SOWDER

  • Team affiliated with: Mitchell

  • Why Ralph would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I enjoy working with the other coaches, board members and volunteers in the LHSHL. I am very interested in growing hockey in the Tampa area and High School Hockey provides that opportunity.

  • Ralph's professional background: Eleven years at the Federal Dept of Justice
    Twenty one years in the Financial Industry.

  • Ralph's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Eighteen years youth hockey Head Coach
    Eleven years serving as Youth Hockey Director
    Three years High School Head Coach
    SAHOF Board Member serving on several committees
    Director - LHSHL Board of Directors 2016-17

  • One item Ralph would like to focus on if selected: To provide Tampa area players a quality hockey option in the LHSHL

LUIS VARGAS

  • Team affiliated with: Newsome

  • Why Luis would like to be involved with the LHSHL: Founder, Team Coach, Showcase and Development Camp Coach, Parent, Official/Referee (scrimmages only), Fan, and USA Hockey CEP Representative
    While intertwined, each provide a unique perspective about challenges of access, affordability, program content, participation, communication, competition, and entertainment. I believe these will help me to view ideas and make decisions in the best interest of all stakeholders.

  • Luis' professional background: I am an electrical and power systems engineer. In my career, I've served multiple roles including leadership of large organizations, P&L responsibility, benchmarking, and corporate level strategic initiatives. I've served on large not-for-profit Boards like United Way of Tampa Bay. I also did extensive work in youth development throughout the Tampa Bay Community. My technical background helps me to be a quick problem solver while also aiding in my understanding of the technical aspects of the sport. My professional background provides a mentorship approach and also helped with the strategic aspects of organizational management while helping me with the tactical aspects of the sport.

  • Luis' hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have coached for approximately 20 years and have been a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program for over 14 of those years. I've had the privilege of coaching both male and female athletes. I've also coached every level from mini-mite through junior hockey and have engaged in specialized coaching like running goalie camps. Besides coaching every level, I've been involved with the high school league for about 14 years in some capacity. I am the founder of the Newsome Ice Wolves team and have first hand knowledge of much history within our league. In addition, I coached for the High School Development Camp for two years, was the head coach of the Florida Chicago Showcase Team and supported additional showcase training over the years. I started playing hockey at an older age which gave me unique perspective of the struggles faced by our young athletes as they learn the sport and still play the game today. Finally, I am a level 5 certified coach and believe strongly in maximizing the resources we have (like ice time) to improve accessibility to the sport and development of our athletes.

  • One item Luis would like to focus on if selected: Access and Growth - Help the organization look at creative ways to increase development opportunities for our youth, reduce cost, and grow the league within Tampa Bay and hopefully extend that to other nearby markets.

BOBBY VARNA

  • Team affiliated with: Manatee Admirals

  • Why Bobby would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I would like to see the future of high school explode, and would like to know I did everything I could to ensure this happens.

  • Bobby's professional background: I served in the United States Navy as a helicopter mechanic and I am a Gulf War veteran. After my years in the Navy I became a certified aircraft mechanic. I worked on reciprocating engines for 5 years then was employed by Sarasota Airways as lead mechanic. Was given the opportunity to work for GTE in 1999 and have went up through the ranks from basic telephone installation tech to my current position as Central Office Maintenance Tech. I work on all of the high band width equipment that links all communications from customers to the cloud. I have been a employee of GTE/Verizon and now Frontier communications for 17 years..

  • Bobby's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have played since I was 4 years old. I am originally from Detroit were I played on numerous travel teams and house teams. I have coached hockey, travel baseball/softball as well as flag football. While growing up in Michigan I have made it to every level of championship games. I helped start the grass roots hockey program in Ellenton with Freddie Eaton before they had the current ADM model in place. I have been coaching hockey since 2008. I helped coach the Lecavalier JV hockey high school team this year.

  • One item Bobby would like to focus on if selected: I would try to focus on accountability whether it be from the players, parents or coaches to ensure a great experience for all involved.

BARRY WILSON

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Barry would like to be involved with the LHSHL: Because I grew up playing ice hockey in Florida and know the importance of continuing the growth and sustainment of this great sport in a non traditional hockey market/state..

  • Barry's professional background: I'm currently, and have been employed, as a professional firefighter-paramedic in the Tampa Bay area for twelve years.

  • Barry's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I've been playing hockey for the last 24 years. I played in the original high school hockey league for Jesuit, Tampa Bay Tech and Springstead at the Ice Sports Forum when high school hockey first began in the Tampa Bay area in 1999 (Sickles High School didn't have a team). I also played travel hockey for the Tampa Bay Stars and the Jr. Lightning. After high school, I continued to play hockey as a member of the University of South Florida Ice Bulls for two seasons. Today, I continue playing in tournaments with the Tampa Bay Firefighters hockey club. I was an assistant coach for Berkeley High School for four seasons and served as a head coach in the LHSHL JV league during the 2015-16 season.

  • One item Barry would like to focus on if selected: Ensuring player safety and continuing the growth of high school hockey in Florida.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOMINEES

NOMINEES CURRENTLY LISTED: 20

CRAIG BEHRENFELD

  • Team affiliated with: Plant

  • Why Craig would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I would like to see the sport of hockey continue to grow in the Tampa Bay Area.

  • Craig's professional background: I am a corporate attorney and have served as a board member and/or board advisor to several non-profit entities..

  • Craig's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have been involved with my son's travel teams for the past 10 years, and have been assistant team manager (and now treasurer) for Plant's team..

  • One item Craig would like to focus on if selected: Improve communications and coordination between teams and the league.

JAMES BLASZCZYK

  • Team affiliated with: River Ridge

  • Why James would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have served on the Coaches Education and Evaluation Committee. I was a founding member of the Homewood-Flossmoor Hockey Parents Organization. I was a former Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

  • James' professional background: I have taught Math and Science for the past 25 years.

  • James' hockey and hockey volunteering background: HF Hockey Board. 6 years Hockey Official. 15 years Hockey Coach

  • One item James would like to focus on if selected: I currently coach one of the Developmental Teams. I would like to see a more unified cohesion between the Developmental teams and the Varsity teams.

DAN BUBLEY

  • Team affiliated with: Steinbrenner

  • Why Dan would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have been involved in youth hockey in the greater Tampa Bay area since 1995 and would like to continue to be a part of the growth of High School Hockey in the Tampa Bay area and to ensure that our high school league is fundamentally strong and on a continuous path for success for many years to come. It is my desire that our league becomes a model for all other high school leagues across the country.

  • Dan's professional background: I am attorney licensed to practice law both in the States of Florida and Illinois. I am an active board of director of the Police Athletic League (PAL) and a founding member of the Carrollwood Bar Association.

  • Dan's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I formally was a board of director of the Tampa Bay Stars youth hockey association. I have coached high school hockey in Tampa bay for the last 15 years. I along with others created, formed & initiated two (2) high school teams, demonstrating my desire to grow high school hockey, both Gaither/Sickles Hockey and Steinbrenner High Hockey. I was elected the first president of the Florida High School Hockey Association (FHSHA). I am very proud to be a current board of director of the Lightning High School Hockey League.

  • One item Dan would like to focus on if selected: To ensure the growth of High School Hockey in the greater Tampa Bay area, while building the character of our student athletes so that each athlete may acquire the necessary skill set to become strong, successful, mature and productive adults.

MIKE CELONA

  • Team affiliated with: Palm Harbor

  • Why Mike would like to be involved with the LHSHL: My desire to be involved with the LHSHL is to help the continued growth of high school hockey in the Tampa Bay Area. I have been involved with high school hockey in Tampa Bay for the past 10 years as an assistant coach, head coach and past Advisory Committee member with the LHSHL. I am very dedicated to high school hockey and will work hard to grow our league.

  • Mike's professional background: Retired police detective of 30 years with the St. Petersburg Police Dept. Currently work as an Intelligence Analyst for the St. Petersburg Police Dept.

  • Mike's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Played youth and high school hockey in Providence, Rhode Island. Began assisting with Learn to Play and Hockey 101 programs at the Clearwater Ice Arena in 1997. Director and head coach with the Police Athletic Leage hockey program for the past 11 years. I have coached travel hockey with the Police Athletic League, Tampa Bay Titans and Tampa Bay Jr Lightning hockey clubs. I was the head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey program for disabled athletes for 6 years. I have been an assistant coach and current head coach with the Palm Harbor High School Hockey program for 10 years and served as a member of the 2016-17 LHSHL Advisory Committee.

  • One item Mike would like to focus on if selected: Team and player eligibility for participation in the LHSHL playoffs.

PAT CLARKE

  • Team affiliated with: Freedom

  • Why Pat would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I am an existing member of the advisory committee. I want to stay involved because I would like to be a part of moving the league in the right direction.

  • Pat's professional background: I have been a co/owner of ESI Audio for 28 years. We provide sound and lights for concerts in the Central Florida area.

  • Pat's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have been a volunteer manager for Freedom HS Hockey for almost 3 years.

  • One item Pat would like to focus on if selected: I would like to focus on the team bylaws.

LAURA DAVIS

  • Team affiliated with: Plant

  • Why Laura would like to be involved with the LHSHL: As the parent of a freshman hockey player, we have been very impressed with the opportunity that LHSHL has offered these high schoolers-an opportunity that would most likely be very hard to come by without LHSL's help. I have watched my son's hockey acumen grow leaps and bounds while involved in high school hockey and want to see him continue to grow as an athlete with the support of LHSHL. I would like to bring a "Mom" point of view to LHSHL as hockey really is a family sport -- our athletes need not only the support of their team, coaches and trainers, but their families as well.

  • Laura's professional background: I obtained my BA in Advertising from USF and worked at several top local ad agencies for many years. More recently, I have been a stay at home Mom which allowed me to serve for many years on Mabry Elementary's PTA board where I served as VP of Fundraising, Auction Chair (Donations), Spirit Store Supervisor and I was nominated as Hillsb. County PTA person of the year in 2014. I am currently slated to be Plant HS's 2017/18 PTSA Corresponding Secretary and I am a licensed Real Estate Agent.

  • Laura's hockey and hockey volunteering background: My experience with hockey has come as an uber fan :) I support my son at every game in the stands and we never miss a Lightning game on TV

  • One item Laura would like to focus on if selected: Player Safety. One game I watched my son get checked from behind and go down head first in to the boards. While he ended up being OK, those 10-15 seconds that he lie on the ice were terrifying to watch.

DEREK EWING

  • Team affiliated with: Newsome

  • Why Derek would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have been involved with this league as both a player and a coach. Being a product of Florida High School Hockey, the success of the LHSHL is something very near and dear to my heart. I think I should be elected because I don't have a child that participates in the league, so I am here strictly to serve, and help continue the growth of hockey in the Tampa Bay Area.

  • Derek's professional background: I graduated from the University of Tampa in December 2016 with a degree in Finance. i have held various positions within the sports industry since I started as a batboy for the Detroit Tigers ( Spring Training, and Single A) when I was 16. Currently I work as a private Hockey Skills Coach, and as a Foundation coordinator for The Ted Williams Foundation, both while completing my internship with the Lightning in Hockey Analytics/Operations.

  • Derek's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I played for Newsome High School, upon graduating in 2012, I played 2 seasons for the University of Tampa Spartans. I then shifted to coaching and creating a career in Hockey Operations. As I said I am currently finishing my internship with the Lightning in hockey analytics/operations. I have coached various camps and clinics, as well as private lessons out of ISF. I serve as a head coach for the ISF Rec League, as an assistant coach for Newsome high School, the LHSHL developmental program, and for the 2017 LHSHL showcase team.

  • One item Derek would like to focus on if selected: If elected, I would like to focus on creating or increasing programs that prepare student athletes for life after high school hockey. For example: Scholarship programs, volunteer programs, establishing a relationship between acha d3 college hockey programs and prospective players from the LHSHL, jobs in hockey shadowing program

CARL FRASSE

  • Team affiliated with: Steinbrenner

  • Why Carl would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I am committed to the success of the LHSHL and want to be apart of continuing its growth. I have been a board member of the HS league for the last 10+ years and think my experience is an asset to a diverse board. I feel that a combination of experienced members along with new ones forms the perfect balance of new ideas, innovation, and practical objective decisions.

  • Carl's professional background: I am in my 20th year of commercial equipment financing. I support manufacturers of construction equipment with retail finance programs.

  • Carl's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have 13 years as an assistant coach in the HS League. First with Gaither/Sickles, and currently with Steinbrenner. I have been a volunteer board member for 10+ years and have not had a child play in the league for 10 years.

  • One item Carl would like to focus on if selected: My focus would be on making sure that we have as many kids playing in our league as possible. I would also like to help use the resources we have to add a charity component to the league in some way. Getting the kids giving back a little would be good for our league and for them.

DON GOLDEN

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Don would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have been watching high school hockey at the ISF ever since my son started playing hockey back in 2008 and I really like the direction the Lightning are going in an effort to improve high school hockey. My son is currently a freshman at Newsome and played on the Newsome varsity team this last year. However, is transferring to Gilmour Academy in Cleveland Ohio in the fall. I would love to stay involved as a volunteer in local hockey and I believe that volunteering with the LHSHL would be a great way for me to do that.

  • Don's professional background: I am an attorney in Brandon and have practiced here since 1998. I am the owner of the Golden Law Group. I founded the firm in 2002. We currently have 10 employees and, in addition to practicing law, I manage the firm.

  • Don's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Although I have loved the sport my whole life, I did not start playing hockey until I was 37 years old. I played in the beginner league in Brandon for several years until I just got too busy traveling with my son for his hockey. My son started playing travel hockey in 2009 and I have been an active volunteer ever since. In the early days I simply volunteered to help run the Flames Labor Day tournament. A year or so later I became a team manager and also served as an assistant coach. I was also elected to serve as President of MYTH which is the non-profit that runs the Gulf Coast Flames travel program. I served as President of MYTH for 2 years. I have also been a team manager for 3 years. This last season I was the vice-chair of the Newsome Hockey booster association.

  • One item Don would like to focus on if selected: I would like to help provide high school hockey players in the Tampa Bay area with the best experience possible. Although this is a club sport, I would like to work on making this as much like a varsity sport as possible so that the kids can get that experience of playing for their school.

STEVE GRIECO

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Steve would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have a strong desire to contribute to the positive growth and development of Tampa as a community and regional amateur hockey in particular. Hockey has been a passion of mine all my life and the growth of the sport and the youth hockey community in the Tampa Bay region over the past several years has been inspiring. My youngest son is graduating HS this year so my involvement as a hockey parent is now coming to an end. However, I would like to continue to contribute my energies to support the ongoing regional development of the sport going forward.

  • Steve's professional background: I am a transactional attorney and partner at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick in Tampa. Before coming to Tampa in 2008, I practiced for 4 years in NYC and 7 years in London. Prior to law school, I worked in the financial sector for 8 years.

  • Steve's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I played youth hockey, HS hockey and low level junior hockey in Buffalo and New England as a kid. I have also played senior league hockey throughout adulthood (with the exception of my time in London). I obtained USA Hockey certification as a coach and official. I served on the Board of the FHSHA for the 3 seasons immediately preceeding the establishment of the LHSHL, serving as VP-Boundary and EVP. I have gotten to know many of the families, coaches and officials in the hockey community regionally during my 2 sons' 7 combined years in HS hockey and several years in travel hockey programs with my younger son.

  • One item Steve would like to focus on if selected: Working with the high schools in the counties served by the LHSHL to achieve club recognition for all teams and to work with all teams to facilitate and encourage leadership succession planning to ensure continuity from season to season as volunteers leave through attrition. Both of these things, I believe, would bolster the foundation of each team and, by extension, the league as a whole.

ADRIANNE JOHNSON

  • Team affiliated with: Steinbrenner

  • Why Adrianne would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I would like to volunteer with this group because I believe in the direction the league is going. I will have a junior playing next season and I have one coming up in a couple years, so this is important to me to see this program succeed for the players. They deserve to have a well run league that puts the focus on them to enjoy this great sport during their high school years. I feel that I can bring a different perspective to this advisory board being a parent and not a coach. I feel that players and parents will speak up freely to a board that is made up of members who do not control their ice time. Having just finished my first year on the board with travel, I have found that many parents will reach out to someone they are comfortable with and know that they will get an answer. I believe in honesty and fairness to all and doing what is right.

  • Adrainne's professional background: I am currently an event planner and a full time mother of three. My professional experience prior to having children was a corporate travel consultant in Stamford Connecticut working on site for a Management Consulting firm. As a full time parent raising my children I became very involved with the PTA and sat on the PTA board as membership chairperson, Also chaired the Fathers's group at school with Earnest Graham former Buccaneer football player. I also ran two auctions that raised $40,000.00 to help purchase a covered PE Court at McKitrick Elementary School. Currently, my volunteer work is with the organization my kids play for and to help out with anything Steinbrenner hockey team needs.

  • Adrianne's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have been involved with hockey for 9 years as my oldest is becoming a u18 next fall. I also have a 12 year old moving up to Bantam who started as a squirt. I have been a team manager before for multiple teams and currently I am on the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning Board as the organizations registrar.

  • One item Adrainne would like to focus on if selected: If elected, I would like to focus on rules and making sure every team is following them. Rules are in place for a reason and if all teams do not follow them then we have issues. I would like to see all teams have the same opportunity by abiding by the rules set in place.

MICHAEL MOSCHELLA

  • Team affiliated with: Manatee Admirals

  • Why Michael would like to be involved with the LHSHL: There is a tremendous opportunity to increase the numbers of student athletes competing in the sport of hockey in our market. I believe the LHSHL has the potential to elevate the status of the sport and create a great experience for players, coaches, and their families.

  • Michael's professional background: Currently I serve as the Market President for Hancock Bank in the Manatee/Sarasota County Markets. In this role I oversee all bank operations in the area as well as having responsibility for the business, commercial, and middle market banking teams in the market.

  • Michael's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Hockey has been a sport that I have always held in high regard. As a child I skated and played pond hockey and from this developed into a lifelong fan of the sport and the athletes that play it. As a division 1 track and field athlete at the University of Iowa I have an appreciation for the dedication of all those involved in the administration of youth sports. I have served for the past several years on the MYTH (Gulf Coast Flames) advisory board and hold a USA Hockey level one coaching certification.

  • One item Michael would like to focus on if selected: One aspect of the high school hockey experience that I would focus on is player development. Creating an experience that allows hockey players to experience the same sense of team and community their football and baseball counterparts experience. This will not only enhance existing players experience but attract many new athletes to the sport.

JOE NIEMAS

  • Team affiliated with: Jenkins

  • Why Joe would like to be involved with the LHSHL: Volunteered as chairman of the advisory committee last season

  • Joe's professional background: 20+ years of Accounting and Financial Analytical experience. Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Finance.

  • Joe's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Managed Jenkins High School for the past 4 years. Took over the team exclusively after the team folded two seasons ago. Have grown the program from 11 players to 20+ players in two seasons.

  • One item Joe would like to focus on if selected: Competitive Balance and Player recruitment.

MARK ROSENGARD

  • Team affiliated with: Newsome

  • Why Mark would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I bring organizational experience and proven ability to accomplish tasks, coupled with long time commitment to youth hockey in the area. I want to help the LHSHL continue to grow and gain efficiencies.

  • Mark's professional background: Retired Army Colonel and 32 year Special Forces veteran, led units in combat, commanded regimental-sized organizations of over 1000 troops... since retirement from the Army, 6 years program management experience in defense contracting, now a corporate Vice President for CACI, Inc. Responsible for 200+ employees and 50 million dollars of annual revenue.

  • Mark's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Over 50 years of total hockey experience as player and coach. Played youth hockey through college hockey in Massachusetts. Subsequently played adult recreational hockey since then. Coached 4 years in Colorado Springs youth hockey, 1995-1996 and 1999-2000. Coached youth hockey in Tampa since 2008 (Bulls, Tampa Elite, Gulf Coast Flames). Instructor with Good as Gould Goalie School since 2009. Assistant Coach and Manager, Newsome High School Hockey, since 2012. Head Coach Tampa Bay Lightning "Guide the Thunder" program since 2016.

  • One item Mark would like to focus on if selected: Tiered league structure and developmental program to improve competitiveness at multiple levels

RALPH SOWDER

  • Team affiliated with: Mitchell

  • Why Ralph would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I enjoy working with the other coaches, board members and volunteers in the LHSHL. I am very interested in growing hockey in the Tampa area and High School Hockey provides that opportunity.

  • Ralph's professional background: Eleven years at the Federal Dept of Justice
    Twenty one years in the Financial Industry.

  • Ralph's hockey and hockey volunteering background: Eighteen years youth hockey Head Coach
    Eleven years serving as Youth Hockey Director
    Three years High School Head Coach
    SAHOF Board Member serving on several committees
    Director - LHSHL Board of Directors 2016-17

  • One item Ralph would like to focus on if selected: To provide Tampa area players a quality hockey option in the LHSHL

JASON THURBER

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Jason would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I currently have two children that play travel hockey and will be in the system for the next 4 to 7 years, including High School. I played hockey my entire life in New England and have not only seen, but experienced the importance of a strong, well supported, well promoted High School Hockey Program. I'm passionate about the sport, not just playing it and coaching it, but more so, promoting the growth of the sport.

  • Jason's professional background: Since I was 25, I've spent the last 22 years as a Self Employed Licensed Mortgage Broker in Residential Lending and 15 years as a Consultant Specializing in Contract Negotiation, Budgeting and Spending.

  • Jason's hockey and hockey volunteering background: As a Player: New England Youth Travel Hockey Nationals, High School Hockey National Champions, Division 3 Roger Williams College. As a Coach/Volunteer: Rec Hockey Coach, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam. Father of 2nd year U12 and 1st Year U16 Travel Players. Team and Parent Travel Hockey representative.

  • One item Jason would like to focus on if selected: The overall growth, development, and accessibility of the High School Hockey Program both locally and statewide. Promoting the High School Hockey Program to all potential players and their parents at the High Schools and Rinks, not only to players of age, but also, and in some ways more importantly the "want to be players" coming up through the Youth System. We need to be promoting High School Hockey locally to bring young players and their parents into the sport that may be interested in playing but lack the knowledge to make an educated decision on whether to start playing, or continue playing.

LUIS VARGAS

  • Team affiliated with: Newsome

  • Why Luis would like to be involved with the LHSHL: Founder, Team Coach, Showcase and Development Camp Coach, Parent, Official/Referee (scrimmages only), Fan, and USA Hockey CEP Representative
    While intertwined, each provide a unique perspective about challenges of access, affordability, program content, participation, communication, competition, and entertainment. I believe these will help me to view ideas and make decisions in the best interest of all stakeholders.

  • Luis' professional background: I am an electrical and power systems engineer. In my career, I've served multiple roles including leadership of large organizations, P&L responsibility, benchmarking, and corporate level strategic initiatives. I've served on large not-for-profit Boards like United Way of Tampa Bay. I also did extensive work in youth development throughout the Tampa Bay Community. My technical background helps me to be a quick problem solver while also aiding in my understanding of the technical aspects of the sport. My professional background provides a mentorship approach and also helped with the strategic aspects of organizational management while helping me with the tactical aspects of the sport.

  • Luis' hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have coached for approximately 20 years and have been a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program for over 14 of those years. I've had the privilege of coaching both male and female athletes. I've also coached every level from mini-mite through junior hockey and have engaged in specialized coaching like running goalie camps. Besides coaching every level, I've been involved with the high school league for about 14 years in some capacity. I am the founder of the Newsome Ice Wolves team and have first hand knowledge of much history within our league. In addition, I coached for the High School Development Camp for two years, was the head coach of the Florida Chicago Showcase Team and supported additional showcase training over the years. I started playing hockey at an older age which gave me unique perspective of the struggles faced by our young athletes as they learn the sport and still play the game today. Finally, I am a level 5 certified coach and believe strongly in maximizing the resources we have (like ice time) to improve accessibility to the sport and development of our athletes.

  • One item Luis would like to focus on if selected: Access and Growth - Help the organization look at creative ways to increase development opportunities for our youth, reduce cost, and grow the league within Tampa Bay and hopefully extend that to other nearby markets.

BOBBY VARNA

  • Team affiliated with: Manatee Admirals

  • Why Bobby would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I would like to see the future of high school explode, and would like to know I did everything I could to ensure this happens.

  • Bobby's professional background: I served in the United States Navy as a helicopter mechanic and I am a Gulf War veteran. After my years in the Navy I became a certified aircraft mechanic. I worked on reciprocating engines for 5 years then was employed by Sarasota Airways as lead mechanic. Was given the opportunity to work for GTE in 1999 and have went up through the ranks from basic telephone installation tech to my current position as Central Office Maintenance Tech. I work on all of the high band width equipment that links all communications from customers to the cloud. I have been a employee of GTE/Verizon and now Frontier communications for 17 years.

  • Bobby's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have played since I was 4 years old. I am originally from Detroit were I played on numerous travel teams and house teams. I have coached hockey, travel baseball/softball as well as flag football. While growing up in Michigan I have made it to every level of championship games. I helped start the grass roots hockey program in Ellenton with Freddie Eaton before they had the current ADM model in place. I have been coaching hockey since 2008. I helped coach the Lecavalier JV hockey high school team this year.

  • One item Bobby would like to focus on if selected: I would try to focus on accountability whether it be from the players, parents or coaches to ensure a great experience for all involved.

ERIC WESSEL

  • Team affiliated with: Manatee Admirals

  • Why Eric would like to be involved with the LHSHL: I have been involved is High School Hockey in the Tampa area for 4 seasons. I like the direction the Lightning have taken the league and would like to stay involved to continue to make HS Hockey in our area a great place for kids to play. I would like to serve again on the Advisory Board to continue to build the foundation that the Lightning have started.

  • Eric's professional background: I am a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida. I have 7 employees and we work all through Florida and into Georgia.

  • Eric's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I have been a coach in the Gulf Coast Flames Organization for 5 years. And have served as Vice President of the Flames for 3.

  • One item Eric would like to focus on if selected: I would like to see the league go back to a 18 or 20 game schedule. I think we should "own" Friday nights again. Fridays have been special nights for HS players, as their parents, grandparents, and most importantly, their school friends all like coming to the rink to watch games. I felt that we watered down the schedule and had to many weeknight games.

BARRY WILSON

  • Team affiliated with: No Team Affiliation

  • Why Barry would like to be involved with the LHSHL: Because I grew up playing ice hockey in Florida and know the importance of continuing the growth and sustainment of this great sport in a non traditional hockey market/state..

  • Barry's professional background: I'm currently, and have been employed, as a professional firefighter-paramedic in the Tampa Bay area for twelve years.

  • Barry's hockey and hockey volunteering background: I've been playing hockey for the last 24 years. I played in the original high school hockey league for Jesuit, Tampa Bay Tech and Springstead at the Ice Sports Forum when high school hockey first began in the Tampa Bay area in 1999 (Sickles High School didn't have a team). I also played travel hockey for the Tampa Bay Stars and the Jr. Lightning. After high school, I continued to play hockey as a member of the University of South Florida Ice Bulls for two seasons. Today, I continue playing in tournaments with the Tampa Bay Firefighters hockey club. I was an assistant coach for Berkeley High School for four seasons and served as a head coach in the LHSHL JV league during the 2015-16 season.

  • One item Barry would like to focus on if selected: Ensuring player safety and continuing the growth of high school hockey in Florida.

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