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RAHA Board Members, Terms & Bios:

Jane Hoeffner (Badeer - 2017)

Jane and her family have been members of RAHA since 2011. For the past four years, Jane has served as the manager for her son Henry’s teams and for the past year, as the Squirt B scheduler. Last season, Jane was responsible for coordinating and curating the celebration of RAHA’s 40th anniversary, including the memorabilia display at Winter Garden and the collection of photos and stories on the Web site. She greatly valued learning about the organization's rich history with the community and with Connecticut youth hockey, and as a new board member, is enthusiastic about working to continue RAHA's tradition of excellence.

Jane is a Weston resident and a longtime dedicated volunteer with many organizations there, including the Weston Women’s League, the Weston Neighbors and Newcomers Club, and the school PTOs, for which she is currently a board member and the publicity chair. Jane is a graduate of Georgetown University and has a M.Ed. from George Washington University and an MBA from Fordham University. She also spent many years as a project manager at Morgan Stanley.

While serving on the RAHA board, Jane’s ambition is to serve in a way that helps RAHA maintain a program that is well respected for its player development and its organizational integrity. She is passionate about cultivating a solid environment for players to learn more about the sport, progress to the highest level at which they desire to play, make friends, create great memories, and have fun.

For the 2016-17 season, Jane is the manager and scheduler for PeeWee B as well as the board rep for Squirt A.

 

Eric Presbrey (Irving - 2017)

Eric and his wife Megan have lived in Ridgefield for 13 years. They currently have three children (Fred, Lulu, and George), with two in Mites and one a Squirts.

Eric started playing hockey in Massachusetts at about six years old and played travel hockey on Cape Cod, trekking all over eastern Massachusetts. He often played on two or three teams per season, even playing in Lake Placid tournaments in the early years just after the 1980 US Olympic hockey Miracle on Ice.

After youth hockey Eric played varsity hockey for the Barnstable High School Red Raiders and Deerfield Academy. He then went on to the University of New Hampshire to play both Division 1 hockey and lacrosse before ultimately opting to play just lacrosse. After graduation, Eric went on to play for the Boston Blazers in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League while settling into a long career of men’s hockey leagues.

Eric currently manages sales at Epsilon, a marketing/technology agency. He also races F2000 cars and runs a men’s early morning hockey group here at Winter Garden.

Eric's focus on the RAHA board is to work with the coaches, players, and parents to build the best coaching and on-ice product where the kids have fun and develop their skills, and to help provide a competitive program where young players can continue to reach toward their own personal potential.

For the 2016-17 season, Eric is the chair of the Hockey Operations Committee (HOC), the board rep for Bantam A1, and the “Assistant to the Assistant Coach” for the Squirt A1 team.  

 

David van Wees (2017)

David and his wife Mimi live here in Ridgefield with their four kids and crazy black labs. Mimi and David have remained active in sports after playing through college. Whether as a participant, parent, club organizer, coach, or fan, sport is an important part of life in the van Wees household. David has enjoyed playing and coaching hockey in Ridgefield for the past 10 years.

David's RAHA’s mission is to strive to find a balance between offering a quality hockey (athletic) program and building life skills. Beyond the physical benefits, David is a big believer that a child’s involvement in sports will develop critical life skills like commitment, discipline, work-reward, teamwork, friendships, and respect.  

David has been a member of the RAHA board for several years, including as president and CHC rep, and has worked hard to (1) fulfill the RAHA mission, (2) improve the overall quality of the program, (3) increase membership engagement, and (4) enhance the club’s perception and appeal.

For the 2016-17 season, David is the board rep for Squirt A1 and an assistant coach for PeeWee A1.  

 

Michael Luft (2018)

Michael and his family have been a part of RAHA since they moved to Ridgefield in 2008. His four children (three boys and a girl) have all played hockey for RAHA, with the oldest two now in high school.

Michael joined the board in the spring 2012 and is the current RAHA board president. Since 2012, his focus during has been on enhancing the skills development of the program and working together with members of the board to make the program competitive in the State while maintaining a sense of community.

For the 2016-2017 season, Michael is the board rep for PeeWee B and Mites.

 

Tom McNicholas (2018)

Tom has been involved with RAHA since 2008 and a member of the RAHA Board of Directors since 2015.  His responsibilities on the Board include the title of Secretary, practice scheduler, and Squirt B Board Representative.  Prior to the Board, Tom volunteered as Team manager for four seasons.  Tom lives in Ridgefield with his wife Veronica and four hockey players: Kate (2000, Junior on RHS Varsity Girls Team), Kevin (2002, Bantam), Owen (2005, Pee Wee), and Ryan (2007, Squirt).  Tom is the board rep for Squirt B.

 

Ken Silliman (Lehr - 2018)

Ken and his wife Megan grew up locally and have lived in Ridgefield for more than 13 years. They have four children in RAHA, ranging from Squirts to and Bantams, which makes Winter Garden Ice Arena literally their home away from home.

Having four children at different age and skill levels provides an opportunity to look at the game and player development through multiple lenses. Ken appreciates that the objective of fostering a culture of respect, fairness, transparency, and fun are a critical deliverables to each player and their families. He believes celebrating every victory, whether it is winning a state championship or a player stepping on the ice for their first Mite game, is important, as sometimes it’s the smallest of victories that teach a player to believe in themselves and reach their greatest potential.

On a professional level, Ken manages sales and trading teams in North America, Europe, and Asia, which has helped broaden his perspective and appreciation for the organizational strengths that can be achieved through a variety of different talents, backgrounds, and diverse points of view.

Ken is the board representative for the Bantam B team for the 2016-2017 season.

 

Dennis Bishop (2019)

In addition to his lifelong experience playing and coaching hockey, Dennis has RAHA in his blood as the son of one of RAHA’s founding members. Dennis had the honor of playing on the very first RAHA (formerly RYHA) Squirt A travel team during the inaugural 1975-76 RYHA season.  A native of Ridgefield, Dennis has two children: Jimmy (2006) carries on the family tradition as a member of the RAHA Squirt A1 team, and Lizzy (2009), one of the Lions’ most loyal fans and boisterous supporters!

Following his youth hockey career, Dennis attended prep school at Phillips Academy Andover where he was a member of the varsity hockey team.  Dennis also played collegiate hockey during his freshman year at Colgate University, where he was a member of the varsity hockey practice squad.

Dennis’ coaching experience includes serving as co-head coach for the 2013-14 RAHA Mite B team and assistant coach for both the 2014-15 RAHA Mite B team and 2015-16 Squirt B team.  He is currently assistant coach for the 2016-17 Squirt A1 team and is a USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach.  In addition to coaching travel hockey, Dennis has coached Little League baseball in Ridgefield since 2012 and taught Sunday School at Jesse Lee Memorial Church in Ridgefield.

Professionally, Dennis is a commercial contracts/technology lawyer and has also served as legal counsel to numerous youth activity-oriented non-profit organizations.

Dennis is a member of the RAHA Hockey Operations Committee and is the board representative for the RAHA Bantam A team. Dennis has particular interest in the use of multimedia technology as both practice and in-game teaching tools for RAHA coaches.

 

Andrew Greeley (2019)

Andrew and his family moved to Ridgefield 12 years ago. Soon after unpacking their moving boxes, they enrolled their oldest son in Ice Mice at the Winter Garden. Their son soon joined RAHA as a Mite and has played for the Lions ever since. He is now in his final year as a Bantam major.

Andrew has always been a huge hockey fan, but never had the opportunity to play youth hockey. This is perhaps why he believes what we as parents, coaches, and volunteers are doing together at RAHA is providing a gift. His goal and guiding light is to (1) protect that gift, (2) share it as broadly as possible, and (3) constantly strive to improve the experience for players and, as important, their families.

While serving on the board, Andrew's focus has been on improving the quality of our program while maintaining a positive and friendly atmosphere throughout our club. He feels it is this combination of competitiveness and culture that truly distinguishes us from other programs. Over the past eight years, Andrew has been honored to contribute to our organization as a board member, RAHA treasurer, team manager, scheduler, scorekeeper, age level director, team board representative, and parent.

Andrew feels fortunate that his family has been part of the growing RAHA family and that he has had the opportunity to contribute to the club.

For the 2016-17 season, Andrew is the treasurer, CanAm representative, and the board representative for PeeWee A1.

 

Jeff MacDonald (2019)

Jeff and his family have been actively involved in the RAHA program since they moved to Ridgefield in 2008.  Jeff's son Taylor is in his second year of Bantams and his daughter Kylie began her hockey career in the Winter Garden Hockey Learn to Skate program. Jeff has also been involved in coaching, including coaching both Taylor and Kylie and dozens of their friends at all levels of the RAHA program.

Jeff's hockey career began in the Boston area at four years of age. He played high school hockey at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts, with a post-graduate season at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. He went on to play four years of varsity hockey at Trinity College in Hartford in the competitive NESCAC league, graduating in 1992. Jeff continued to actively play in adult leagues with old college teammates and other coaches in the RAHA program.

Jeff began coaching in Avon, Connecticut, getting his son Taylor started in their Developmental/Atoms program. Jeff is a Level 3 certified coach registered with USA Hockey and has age-level clearance through Bantam U-14.  When not engaged in hockey activities, Jeff is the director of fixed income at Fiduciary Trust, where he oversees a team based in New York City and California.

Jeff has served as a member of the RAHA board of directors since 2013, overseeing scheduling and participating as a member of the Hockey Operations Committee.