RYHA Board of Directors Nominees - January 2017
The following members have been nominated for the two open Board of Directors at Large positions that will be elected January 2nd - 9th. Included are brief bios provided by the nominees.
Dan Hollis - Incumbent and current President of RYHA
I have been an avid hockey player, coach, parent and fan of the game for over 40 years and I am interested in continuing my contributions on the RYHA Board of Directors with the focus on the growth and success of this organization and youth hockey in the Raleigh area. My wife and I have two sons that play hockey, one at the Junior Hurricanes U9AA level and one at the U13 AA level. In addition to helping develop players on the ice, I want to be sure that there is a solid environment and strong programs for our athletes to learn more about the sport, progress to the highest level they desire to play and most importantly, have an opportunity to make friends, create great memories and have fun!
My time volunteering for hockey outside of the Board this season has been as an assistant coach on the Junior Hurricanes U9 AA team and as also as an assistant coach on the U13 AA team. Prior to having children I was involved in youth hockey as a coach from the mite level through high school, so the passion for youth hockey was there long before I had two of my own playing the game. I have been involved as a volunteer coach with RYHA for the past nine years. In addition to devoting time and effort coaching, I feel that my professional background provides a lot of value to the RYHA as well. I have extensive marketing, communications, sales and process improvement experience and I am excited to continue to use these skills to help with the continuous improvement of the RYHA program.
As a BOD Member and President of the Association, I have worked hard to make sure our program stays in sound financial condition for years to come. I negotiated and secured long term, favorable ice contracts that have flexibility in them to ensure we are not pressured to field too many teams. I also worked to secure a long term partnership and contracts with both Bauer and Five Hole Sports to partner with local businesses and a solid uniform and apparel provider, and both partners are giving back to the association. I am currently working with USA Hockey on ways to progress our program to the USA Hockey Model Program, only 20 associations hold this level nationwide. During my time on the Board I have also strengthened our relationship with the Carolina Hurricanes in numerous ways and strive to bring more recognition to our area with Tier I and Tier II hockey including the current work on bringing the NHL Youth Cup to Raleigh.
Thank you for your consideration in re-electing me to the RYHA Board of Directors.
Jesse Boulerice – Incumbent
Jesse Boulerice is a former Professional ice hockey player born in Plattsburgh, NY who had a thirteen year career playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and a handful of minor league teams. Prior to his professional career he spent three seasons playing semi-professional junior hockey in Plymouth, Michigan. While playing there he graduated from Cabrini High School as a member of the National Honor Society for mathematics and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn to study business, finance, and psychology. During the 97 and 98 seasons he represented the USA Hockey World Junior Championship team in Switzerland and Finland where he earned the Assistant Captain letter and won a silver medal. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 5th round, 133rd overall in 1996.
Jesse played in just under 200 NHL games with the majority of them for the Carolina Hurricanes. He retired in 2011 and is now a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. He has made Cary, NC his home and resides there with his wife Jacqueline, daughter Layla, and sons Kane and Shea. He has always enjoyed giving back to the community. He has been a level III certified coach since 2011 and is currently in his 3rd year as a Head Coach for RYHA. This year he is coaching the U15 AAA Jr. Hurricanes. He has served on the boards of The John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham and the Advancing the Heart Organization. He has been volunteering his time, talent, and resources to The Kids N Community Foundation, and the Jimmy V Foundation since moving to Raleigh in 2002.
During the 04-05 lockout season, Jesse attended all NHLPA meetings in efforts to help negotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NHL. He has a strong relationship with the NHL Players Association, NHL Alumni Association, as well as the PHPA which represents the minor league teams and is where he was enrolled in a career enhancement program. Since retiring from professional hockey, Jesse has formed a team of experienced advisors at Merrill Lynch who oversee the financial affairs for businesses and families. He has continued his development by attaining the Merrill Lynch CSNA designation (Certified Special Needs Advisor) and the CRPC designation (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor).
Jesse has been on the Board for RYHA for the last two years. He would love to continue to serve the community and development of hockey in the Triangle with an opportunity of another two year term. Jesse has utilized his relationships with USA Hockey and the NHL to bring attention to the Junior Hurricanes program development. This has resulted in invitations to USA Hockey development weekends as well as USA Hockey staff making a personalized trip to meet with the RYHA board to discuss specific program practices. He is helping the organization work towards becoming an accredited USA Hockey program. He is passionate about strategically impacting the development of youth hockey in the Raleigh area.
Yes, I am a hockey mom. I grew up watching the sport of hockey, went to a university with a nationally recognized hockey team, and enjoy watching the Carolina Hurricanes. But most importantly, I watch my sons play hockey at least five times a week. My older son has played with RYHA for the past five years, three of which have been on Squirt travel teams. My younger son is currently in the PHHL U8 Advanced division. My husband and I are like most of you, we are constantly shuttling our kids to practices, eating on the road, washing gear, having skates sharpened, and relying on the village that is our Hockey Family.
When not wearing my Junior Hurricanes/PHHL hat, I’m a practicing attorney with a local, multinational pharmaceutical company. I have been an attorney for nearly 20 years, and have focused my practice on Branding, Intellectual Property, and U.S. Regulatory Law. I have extensive experience working with Marketing and Communications teams to increase visibility of programs and outreach efforts. For the past two years, I have been actively involved with project teams that focus on the enhanced use of Social Media in advertising and communication.
It has been one of my greatest pleasures to watch the kids in our community grow into amazing men and women, on and off the ice. The sport of hockey teaches our kids responsibility, humility, leadership, respect, and community. I want to continue to support those values by serving on the RYHA Board of Directors and contribute to the growth of youth hockey in the area, as well as for our membership. For the past two years, I have been a member of the RYHA Parent Committee. I have a strong interest in continuing, and improving, the legacy that RYHA has built in the community. My goal is to maintain a nationally respected organization, and use my experience with marketing and communication to increase our visibility on a national level, while ensuring that the kids continue to enjoy hockey. While my personal and professional experiences will not enable me to assist from the bench, I believe that I can put my experience, passion for the sport and time to good use representing our membership on the Board of Directors. With my goals of increased emphasis on communication to the Members, focus on whole athlete development, community involvement, and growing the sport of youth hockey for everyone. I hope you will consider supporting me for the RYHA Board of Directors.
I have had a passion for hockey ever since I was 5 years old growing up in Pittsburgh, PA. I was raised by a single mom with four other brothers and sisters so playing a pricey sport like ice hockey was not an option for me. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Economics and Statistics, I moved to DC to work for the Treasury Department as an Economist.
For the past 16 years I have been employed at SAS Institute as a Software Tester. Each and every day I am tasked with trying to identify problems and to work and accommodate diverse groups of people to find solutions in a timely manner. My work at SAS has also allowed me to meet and gather feedback from our customers and put into action ways of acting on the feedback to make our products better.
Since my son Cole starting playing with RYHA seven years ago, I have always been inquisitive about how youth hockey organizations work, why certain decision are made, and who is responsible for each decision. I am always looking for new and innovative ways to make the experience for the players and families in our organization better. For example, I currently volunteer for my son’s Pee Wee AAA minor team as music coordinator to enhance the in game experience for home games as well as performing broadcasting duties over the internet for parents that cannot travel to some of our away games.
I am running for the board because I feel I can contribute so much more. I have the time and the desire to make things better for each of the four distinct groups (AAA, AA, A and our Girls program). I want RYHA to continue to strive to be a nationally respected program. If selected to the board I will make scheduling a priority for all our teams in the organization. I enjoy researching other youth hockey organizations to better understand scheduling, pricing, and missions to see how they contrast or compare to RYHA. I will reach out to representatives from similar organizations as ours (whether they be non-traditional hockey markets, geographically challenged organizations, or other NHL related organizations) to share ideas and possible solutions to improve all aspects of our organization.
Thank you for your consideration in electing me to the RYHA Board of Directors.