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HGHA Board of Directors

The Houston Girls Hockey Association (HGHA), dba HTX Storm, holds monthly board meetings on the first Friday of the month at Memorial City Ice Rink, or similar central location. 

Active members in good standing of the HTX Storm are welcome to attend board meetings. Please contact the board Secretary to confirm the meeting time and location prior to making the drive.  Occasionally, the Board meeting will be virtual.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of Directors elected by the membership, and comprises the voting members of the Board.  The Board President votes only in the event of a tie.  The Director of Hockey Programs is a voting member of the Executive Committee, but is an appointment to the Board by the other directors.  The immediate Past President participates in Executive sessions in an advisory capacity, but is an ex-officio (non-voting) member. 

Board actions require simple majority to pass.  A quorum of the Board at meetings require 75% of the Executive Committee for business to be conducted.

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

President

Amy Good

Amy Good

Vice President

Mark Frankovitch

Mark Frankovitch

Executive Secretary

Mike Zeibaq

Mike Zeibaq

Director of Hockey Programs

James Cain

James Cain

Director of Finance

Valory Zeck

Valory Zeck

Director of Membership

Kate Belmont

Kate Belmont

Director of Business Affairs

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan

Director of Administration

Rania Maalouf

Rania Maalouf

Director of Fiscal Growth

Ravi Rajagopal

Ravi Rajagopal

Past President, ex-officio

Affiliates

Affiliates are members appointed by the Board for special commissions and whose term is set by the Executive Committee.  They might not have children in the program, but become members of the organization by the appointment.  Affiliates do not have Board voting privileges, but participate in Board meetings, voice opinions on the record, and are very respected members of our hockey family. 

TC Lewis

Affiliate Board Member - TAHA Liaison

Caren Bell

Registrar

Erin Blake

Affiliate Board Member - Rink Liaison

Bobby Reynolds

Affiliate Board Member - Houston Wild Liaison

Typical Affiliates

  • Hockey Events Liaison (Open)
  • Team Managers (Open)
  • Organization Photographer (Open)

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are great places to volunteer, and members are simply appointed by the Committee Chair.  Committee Chairs are members of the Executive Committee.  There are several committees that are formed to conduct the business of the organization. 

If you see something that interests you and you want to volunteer - contact the Chair - it's as simple as that!


Programs Committee

Assists the Director of Hockey Programs with on-ice matters.  This is typically made up of selected coaches willing to assist with practice plans, selections, and other on-ice matters.

  • Lisa Flanagan
  • Emily Mooij

---  Coaches Sub-Committee ---

  • Ashley Howard
  • Cory Howard
  • Steve Brochu
  • Sarah VanOostendorp
  • Megan Schlaff
  • Erica Spaeth

Mike Zeibaq

Director of Hockey Programs


Budget Committee

Assists the Director of Finance in building the annual budget.  Typically operates in the months leading to the budget presentation to the Board for approval.  This committee also oversees an end of year audit of the organization's financial activity before presentation to the membership.

James Cain

Director of Finance


Fundraising Committee

Assists the Director of Fiscal Growth to implement fundraising activities for the organization.  Activities for the specific purpose of raising capital are planned by this committee (golf tournaments, auctions, etc.).

Committee Members:

  • Adam Bozeman
  • Steve Brochu
  • Hernando Buitrago
  • Geoff Cave
  • Minsue Chen
  • Karen Ebbinghaus
  • Cory Howard
  • Valory Zeck
  • James Pipkin
  • Eric Kimmel

Rania Maalouf

Director of Fiscal Growth


Tournaments & Events Committee

Assists the Director of Administration in filing the necessary paperwork, planning hotels, food, vendors, and other off-ice activities needed to participate in local or destination tournaments.  Team managers often participate on this committee to help communicate to team parents.  This is often considered the party planning committee.

 Committee Members:

  • Eric Kimmel
  • Meredith King
  • Jamie Ruffino
  • Joe Ruffino

Patrick Ryan

Director of Administration


Registration Committee

Assists the Director of Administration in registering players, managing jerseys, ordering materials, and other administrative functions.  This committee often assists other committees with their programs (e.g., fiscal growth, membership).  This is the "behind the scenes" committee.

If a registrar is appointed as an Affiliate, they are also a member of this committee and may act as Chair.

Patrick Ryan

Director of Administration


Membership Committee

Assists the Director of Membership to establish recruiting programs across the city to bring new girls into ice hockey.  School outreach, marketing campaigns, social media, videography, and photography skills are typically needed.  Events specific to the recruitment of new players (e.g. Try Hockey Free) are typically organized by this committee.  The membership committee is the most fun and rewarding.

Committee Members:

  • Geoff Cave

Valory Zeck

Director of Membership


Nominating Committee

This committee will recruit suitable members to run for elected Board positions.  The committee shall meet at least once per year and requires at least three Members.  The Chair of this committee will be alternate between President and Director of Finance, depending on election year.

James Cain

Director, Finance



Ad Hoc Committees

The bylaws allow for creation of ad hoc committees to address Discipline (chaired by President), Grievances (chaired by Exec. Secretary), or Liaison (chaired by Director of Administration), as required.  Those committees are typically necessary, but not fun.