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Staff
Scott Tharp – President

Jim Britt – Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Jan Koziara – Director, Hockey Operations

Maria Leonetti - Director, Finance

Chris Newton – Manager, Hockey Operations

Dan Rudd - Manager, Hockey Operations

Gil Schaffer - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Caitlin Slattery - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Zack Damico - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Dennis Cunard - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Gregg Caldaro - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Rich Ferro - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Kathy Hanrahan - Officer, Development

Laura Carson - Coordinator, Development

 


Scott Tharp – President

 

Scott Tharp was named President of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in May, 2007. He formerly served as the Executive Director of Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and EducationÔ (AAYTE), which for many years has been a national model for youth enrichment services. With a mission that is parallel to Snider Hockey, this organization is known for providing quality tennis and educational programming to more than 11,000 children, many coming from underserved at-risk inner-city communities. During his tenure at AAYTE, the organization experienced unprecedented growth culminating in the construction of its new $12.5 million state-of-the-art facility, housing indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as classrooms, a computer laboratory and reading library. A similar project is a Level 1 priority in the new Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation “Plan for Growth.” 

 

Scott is devoted to public service. He is the President of the PTR Foundation, which is the charitable giving arm of the Professional Tennis Registry, has served on the Advisory Board for the Professional Tennis Business Management programs at Queens University and Methodist University, and currently is member of the United States Tennis Association’s Advocacy Task Force. Scott can be reached at stharp@esyhf.org 


Jim Britt – Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

 

Jim Britt is the Vice President and Chief Operating Office of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, starting with the Foundation as its first employee in May 2005. Prior to his present position, Jim managed hockey and facility operations as the Hockey Director and General Manager of the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia. He is a retired U.S. Postal Inspector, serving over 25 years throughout the United States in a variety of high profile criminal investigative, security and internal audit assignments.

A Philadelphia native, Jim competed in several youth, scholastic and collegiate sports, and in 1971 was honored as a Scholar-Athlete by the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. Jim has coached baseball, crew and ice hockey in Massachusetts and in the Philadelphia area, working with youth clubs and high schools.  He was part of the hockey staff at Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem, PA for 9 years, including the 2003 AA Flyers Cup Champions. Jim is dedicated to mentoring and “growing the game”, and is very active with USA Hockey on the local, district and national level. He has been a member of the Atlantic District Coaching Education staff for 18 years and is currently the Atlantic District’s  Associate Coach in Chief for Development.  Jim served as the Assistant Festival Director of the National Select 14 Camp in Rochester for 5 years. In 1997, Jim attained the Level 4-Advanced Level Coaching certificate from USA Hockey.

In 2004, Jim was honored by the City of Philadelphia with the Brighter Futures Award. In recognition of his service to USA Hockey and the Atlantic District, he was honored as the 2007 Coach of the Year. In June 2008, Jim was honored with the Layman Award from the Philadelphia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In October, 2010, Jim was honored with the John Neumann Award from the Alumni Association of Neumann University.

Jim serves on the Advisory Council for Neumann's Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, on Neumann University's Business Advisory Council, and is an active participant in Neumann's Mentorship program. Jim is a member of the Board of Governors of the West Catholic High School Alumni Association, and is the leader of their Alumni Scholarship committee. Jim has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities and sport management conferences, including Neumann, Temple, St. Joseph's, Villanova, Penn and Drexel. Jim holds a baccalaureate degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from La Salle University and a Masters of Science degree in Sport Management from Neumann University. Jim can be reached at jbritt@esyhf.org.


Jan Koziara – Director, Hockey Operations

Jan joined the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation as Manager, Hockey Operations in January of 2007 to oversee the Foundation's on and off-ice programming and assist in the development of strategies to expand the reach of the Foundation. He was named Director, Hockey Operations in 2008. Prior to joining Snider Hockey, Jan worked as a management consultant for six years in New York City and Boston.

 

Jan learned to play hockey in Philadelphia at Rizzo Rink and went on to play and coach Division III College Ice Hockey at Tufts University while earning a B.A and M.A. in Economics. While living in New York, he coached both girls and boys ranging in age from 3 to 63 while an instructor and coach with Central Park Ice Hockey. In 2010, Jan was certified as a USA Hockey Master Coach (Level 5) after writing a thesis that investigated ways Snider Hockey could implement USA Hockey’s Athletic Development Model. Jan is also a graduate of the United Way’s Emerging Leaders Program. He can be reached at jkoziara@esyhf.org.


Maria Leonetti - Director, Finance

 

Maria joined the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in September 2007 to coordinate the Foundation’s financial management and development. She collects and manages donations, maintains the donor database, and oversees the Foundation’s financial controls. Prior to her present position, Maria taught SAT prep with Revolution Prep and worked as a Promotions Representative for Select Promotions, Mad Events, and Coors Brewing Company. She competed in Division I Rowing as a coxswain at the University of Pennsylvania for four years , and she was recently inducted into the Penn Women’s Rowing Hall of Fame. She holds a B.A. from Penn with a double major in Communication and Music (History/Theory) as well as a Certificate in Business from the Wharton School. Maria can be reached at mleonetti@esyhf.org.


Chris Newton – Manager, Hockey Operations

Chris Newton is a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada and first came to the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in June, 2007 as an intern. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisville with a M.S. in Sport Administration in August, 2007, Newton became the first Coordinator of Hockey Operations for Snider Hockey. He was promoted to Manager of Hockey Operations in July, 2012 and is now responsible for overseeing all tasks related to communications and administration. Chris also oversees Snider Hockey programming at Rizzo Rink in South Philadelphia.

 

Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS where he graduated in May, 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance. In 2010, Chris attained the Level 4-Advanced Level Coaching certificate from USA Hockey. He currently makes his home in Mount Royal, NJ with his wife, Danielle, and son, Jack. Chris can be reached at cnewton@esyhf.org


Dan Rudd - Manager, Hockey Operations

Dan first joined the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation as an intern in the spring and summer of 2007. Since his time as an intern, Dan has worked with Snider Hockey as a part time coach, specifically gearing his efforts towards growing the program in New Jersey. He attended DeSales University where he majored in Sport Management and played four years on the school's club ice hockey team. Dan also worked with the Flyers Skate Zone during this time, assisting with the “Learn to Skate” and “Learn to Play Hockey” programs.

 

Dan has also been involved closely with youth hockey in the southern New Jersey area. He has coached both high-school and youth hockey. In addition to coaching at Snider Hockey, he has worked with players of all ages and has a diverse coaching background. Dan can be reached at drudd@esyhf.org.


Gil Schaffer - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Gil Schaffer joined Snider Hockey in January 2011 as an intern. Following his graduation from Rutgers University in May 2011 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Sports Management Option, he was hired as a Snider Hockey coach. Raised in Hamilton, New Jersey, Gil takes great pride in growing the game in the Garden State. He has led floor hockey programming in Camden schools and supervises After-School programming at the Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken. In January 2012, Gil became a Coordinator of Hockey Operations for Snider Hockey. Additionally, Gil coaches the Snider Hockey Bantam A travel team, works on Snider Hockey's Quality Control team, and handles all Snider Hockey transportation needs.

 

Gil has over 20 years of hockey experience both playing and coaching, and has been a natural leader on and off of the ice. Gil finished his high school career as Steinert High School’s All-Time Leading Goal Scorer and Captain, and went on to Rutgers University where he was named Captain following his sophomore season. He captained the team to its first two ACHA - Division 1 National Championships appearances in consecutive seasons. Gil has attained a USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Certificate. Gil can be reached at gschaffer@esyhf.org.


Caitlin Slattery - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Caitlin grew up playing ice hockey in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and first joined the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in 2008 as a part time coach. In her four seasons as a coach, Caitlin focused her efforts on growing and supporting the academic and Life Skills programming of the Foundation, and expanding the Girls-Only team at Laura Sims Skate House.

 

Caitlin graduated Cum Laude from Wesleyan University in 2006 with a B.A. in Science and Society Program and Women’s Studies. Before joining Snider Hockey full time, Caitlin worked as an academic counselor for University of Pennsylvania’s Upward Bound program, providing academic support and guidance to West Philadelphia high school students. Caitlin has worked in education in underserved communities for the last 7 years. Caitlin can be reached at cslattery@esyhf.org.


Zack Damico - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Zack Damico joined the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation as an intern during the summer of 2010. He was hired as a coach in the fall of 2010. He took a leading role at Simons Recreation Center and was an assistant coach of Snider Hockey’s inaugural Bantam B U14 DVHL team. Zack was promoted to Coordinator of Hockey Operations in April of 2012. Zack is currently the Site Coordinator at Simons Recreation Center as well as part of the Snider Hockey Programming team. He is also the current Head Coach for one Snider Hockey's Midget Minor U16 DVHL teams.

 

Zack has over 20 years of experience playing and coaching ice hockey. He played travel and high school hockey growing up in Western Pennsylvania and he went on to play club ice hockey for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a B.S. in Sports Management. Zack also has coached at all levels from Learn to Play Mite programs to collegiate women’s hockey teams. He earned a Level 4-Advanced Level Coaching certificate from USA Hockey in 2011. Zack can be reached at zdamico@esyhf.org.


Dennis Cunard - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

 

Dennis Cunard joined the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation as a Hockey Operations intern during the summer of 2011.  After graduating from Rutgers University in December 2011 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Sport Management Option, Dennis was hired as a coach with Snider Hockey. While attending Rutgers University Dennis played for the Rutgers ACHA Division 2 team and was named Captain for his senior season. Dennis has played and coached hockey for over 19 years.

 

In high school Dennis was named captain his senior year, and after graduating he began coaching his high school’s Junior Varsity and Varsity ice hockey teams. Dennis was hired in November 2012 as Coordinator of Hockey Operations and is currently Site Coordinator of the Tarken Ice Rink. Dennis can be reached at dcunard@esyhf.org.


Gregg Caldaro - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Gregg joined Snider Hockey in 2008 as a part-time coach, establishing After School program at Simons and Scanlon Rec Centers. Gregg was selected to be the coach of the Snider Hockey Peewee B team that played in the Delaware Valley Hockey League in our inaugural season. Currently he coaches the Snider Hockey 14U team and "Learn to Play" program across the city. Gregg holds a level four USA hockey advanced certification.

Gregg Caldaro has over 20 years of experience playing and coaching ice hockey. Gregg grew up playing minor hockey in Washington DC Metro area before going on to play junior level hockey in Montana and college hockey at Towson University. He has also been involved closely with various youth hockey programs in Baltimore and Northern Virginia.

Gregg was promoted to Coordinator of Hockey Operation in August 2012 to assist the foundation with ice rink related operations and maintenance projects. He has over ten years’ experience managing ice rink facilities and is industry certified in ice maintenance and equipment operations. Gregg currently resides in Yardley Pa, with his wife Jeanine and daughter Clare. He can be reached at gcaldaro@esyhf.org.


Rich Ferro - Coordinator, Hockey Operations

Rich joined Snider Hockey in August, 2009 as a Hockey Operations Intern. After completing his internship, Rich was brought on as a Part Time Coach working out of Flyers Skate Zone (Pennsauken) and Rizzo Rink. In 2010 he was named as the head coach of the first ever Snider Hockey Squirt DVHL team. In 2013 Rich was promoted to Coordinator, Hockey Operations and is currently the Site Coordinator at Scanlon Ice Rink. Rich has a Level 4 – Advanced USA Hockey Coaching Certification.

 

Rich is a graduate of Pope Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, NJ and LaSalle University where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Rich played and coached hockey at both the club and varsity level at Pope Paul VI and various travel programs across New Jersey. He currently coaches the Snider Hockey Midget 16A team. Rich can be reached at rferro@esyhf.org.


Kathy Hanrahan - Officer, Development

Kathy Hanrahan joined Snider Hockey as a Hockey Operations intern during the spring of 2010. She was hired as a coach in the fall of 2010. She is one of the head coaches of the Snider Hockey Girls Select/Travel team. She was promoted to Development Officer in July, 2013.

A native of West Chester, PA, Kathy graduated from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She taught preschool for a year at Wilmington Friends before returning to graduate school. She completed her Masters of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management in May 2011 from Villanova University. She has interned with the William Penn Foundation and sits on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Stoneleigh Foundation and the Neumann University Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Advisory Council. Kathy can be reached at khanrahan@esyhf.org.


Laura Carson - Coordinator, Development

Laura Carson joined Snider Hockey as a Development intern in April 2013. She was hired as a Development Coordinator in January 2014. Laura grew up in Kingston, PA and graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a B.A. in English. She worked for the University of Pittsburgh Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh before she decided to pursue a career in Development. She completed her M.S. in Communication at Drexel University in 2013 where she focused on working for nonprofits. Laura can be reached at lcarson@esyhf.org.

 
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