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RAHA Board Members, Terms & Bios:

Eric Presbrey (2021) - President & WebMaster

Eric and his wife Megan have lived in Ridgefield for 16 years. They currently have three children (Fred, Lulu, and George...a Bantam, PW and Squirt.)

Eric started playing hockey in Massachusetts at about six years old and played travel hockey on Cape Cod, trekking all over eastern New England. 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 is the Chief Revenue Officer at Centrical, a software company based in Tel-Aviv. 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 has been to work with the coaches, players, and parents to build the best RAHA program possible where the kids have fun and develop their skills. His goal has been to build a competitive program where young players at all age and skill levels can continue to reach their own personal potential. Eric has been an assistant coach for various RAHA teams, is a level 3 USA Hockey certified coach and has served as President, Hockey Operations Director, Webmaster and other leadership roles for RAHA.

Eric is the Board representative for the Mites & Midget teams.

 

Patrick Walsh (2023) - Vice President, Treasurer & Winter Garden Relations

Patrick is a lifelong Ridgefield resident.  His son, Clayton, is a second-year Squirt player.  Patrick has been actively involved in Connecticut youth hockey for more than 20 years as a hockey referee and is currently the SafeSport Director for RAHA. 

Patrick loves the game of hockey and understands the importance youth sports provide our children.  Hockey commands sacrifice and instills dedication, camaraderie, and pride.  RAHA serves a community of individuals with common goals – fun, competitive hockey, and a program that will foster our children’s success, not only on the ice but wherever their aspirations lead them in the future.

He has volunteered his time and served the town of Ridgefield for fifteen years, three on the Zoning Board of Appeals and twelve years as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner.  Patrick is a partner with the Ridgefield law firm Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP.

Patrick is the Board representative for Mites and Midget teams.

 

Kim Hulber (2021) - Ice Planning & Scheduling

Kim and her family have lived in Ridgefield for eight years. She spends her days building strategies to make business processes more effective and efficient and at night you may run into her (not literally, I hope) chauffeuring her son and daughter between hockey, skating, soccer, swimming and dance.

Kim dabbled in hockey in her youth but really started playing as an adult. She spent many hours playing at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan between the hours of 10:00 PM. and 2:00 AM. and is now thrilled to watch her son play the sport that she enjoys so much, during daylight hours.

Kim is a Ridgefield Parks & Recreation commissioner, was a RAHA team manger this past year, spent several years on the Board of an adult not-for-profit hockey organization in NYC and has coached youth soccer. She has a wealth of experience in communications, program management, problem solving and getting things done. She would love the opportunity to bring her recreation, community and corporate experience to the Board to evolve the RAHA program.

Kim is the Board representative for the Bantam and Peewee teams.

 

Danielle Scesa (2022) - RAHA Secretary, Registrar & Fundraising

Danielle and her husband James have lived in Ridgefield for 14 years. They have two children, Cameron a first year Squirt 9 years of age and Gianna, 4-year-old who is up on hockey skates prepping for RAHA.

The hockey bug hit about 5 years ago when Cameron quickly gained comfort on skates and even more so once the stick found his hands when launched into House Program.  Cameron met several new hockey buddies while starting to learn and progressing skill in the game.   After hockey quickly became his sport of preference the decision was easy to elevate him to the Mite RAHA travel hockey program.  Danielle finds herself falling in similar line with Cameron’s newly found hockey obsession and jumped right in volunteering to be the team manager for the Mite C team and then a co-manager for the Mite A team last season.

Danielle’s passion for organized sports goes back to her childhood where she was a competitive Gymnast for over 10 years then transitioning to springboard diving after devastating knee injuries and multiple medical opinions. Danielle moved on to become a Division 1 Diver for the University of South Carolina and later The University of California at Berkeley where she graduated.   The passion for sports did not end when her career did as she went on to coach a High School Diving team in California and a Division 1 Diving team for Georgia Southern University.  Of more recent, Danielle was also one of the assistant track and field coaches for Saint Mary’s School in Ridgefield.

Professionally, Danielle is encroaching on 15 years within Talent Acquisition Management for Boehringer Ingelheim, a large pharmaceutical company where she remains in constant hunt for the top niche industry talent within the medical and sales & marketing departments of North America.

Danielle is confident in her ability to apply her passion for organized sports and the skills she’s acquired in her professional career in an effort to support and grow the mission of the RAHA organization and its impact on all players and families who aid in its success. 

Danielle is the Board representative for the Squirt teams

 

Devon Myers (2021) - Hockey Operations/Goalies, Covid  & CanAm Coordinator

Devon and her husband Adam have lived in Ridgefield for 9 years with their three children (Maclaine, Bowie, and Aksel). Currently all three children are in the RAHA program playing for Squirts and Mites. 

Devon grew up in nearby New Canaan, CT and grew up in a hockey family. She started skating when she first could walk and played hockey at the New Canaan Winter Club prior to playing for Deerfield Academy during her high school years. During the summer months, Devon participated in Hockey Night in Boston and was a highly recruited player. Devon then went on to play for Trinity College and was the captain and leading scorer for the team. Not only did Devon play hockey throughout her college career but she also played lacrosse and enjoyed here athletic experiences very much. 

Devon is a devoted mother who has been involved not only in coaching and volunteering with her children’s sports but also education. She serves on the board of the PTA for the girls’ school and is the chair of junior tennis at Silver Spring Country Club. Prior to having children Devon worked for UBS and Janus Capital running sponsorships and events across all platforms. She then went on to work for the Aspen Art Museum where she was responsible for executing their annual fundraisers. 

Devon is thrilled to be part of the RAHA board to help to continue to grow the program, enhance skills, create a strong community, and have fun.

Devon is the Board representative for the Peewee teams.

 

Vera Hertwig (2022) – Uniforms & RAHA Gear

Vera and her family made the move to Ridgefield this past August. She and her husband Craig have a daughter (Claudia) and two sons (Craig and Luke) who immediately became involved in Ridgefield Youth Sports. Their athletic activities include soccer, field hockey, baseball, and of course, hockey. In fact, the boys were rostered for RAHA even before she and her family found their new home here in Ridgefield!  Craig is a second year Squirt, Luke is a second year Mite, and Claudia is their biggest fan!

Vera has always been involved in athletics. Growing up she excelled at field hockey and lacrosse before going on to captain her college lacrosse team. After graduation, Vera began coaching varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Pelham High School where she coached for 15 years. Vera also volunteered as a travel soccer coach as well as team manager for her children’s various teams.  As soon as she moved to town and met her new hockey “family,” Vera knew she wanted to continue her commitment to youth sports here in Ridgefield.

Vera jumped right in and began volunteering her time to Ridgefield Field Hockey as a referee which led to her becoming a member of the parent board and a new coach for the 8th Grade team in the upcoming Summer clinics and Fall season. She is also currently serving as a member of the RAHA Fundraising Committee and has volunteered as a team manager for the Squirt AA team.

Vera is currently a 5th grade teacher in Pelham, NY where she has dedicated her heart and soul to children for the past 18 years. As an educator and coach, she understands that when we develop programs, activities, and instruction for children and young adults, whether it be in school or sports, we have to make sure we are taking into consideration all parties involved, and that the outcomes are in the best interest of the organization and its members as a whole. Vera is confident in her expertise to foster relationships and will work to connect RAHA to its families. She believes that only when both parties work together can the program truly grow and benefit all involved.

Vera is the Board Representative for the Squirt & Bantam teams.