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Herb Brooks Foundation Board and Staff

A 13-member executive board oversees the Foundation. Members (in alphabetical order) include:

Ross Bernstein

President of the Board of Directors
Ross Bernstein is the best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books and has appeared on thousands of television and radio programs over his career, including CNN, CBS This Morning, Bloomberg, and ESPN, as well as on the covers of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. Among Ross' books include "America's Coach: Life Lessons & Wisdom for Gold Medal Success; A Biographical Journey of the Late Hockey Icon Herb Brooks" and "Remembering Herbie: Celebrating the Life and Times of Hockey Legend Herb Brooks." As an internationally recognized award winning business speaker, Ross uses inspirational sports stories to energize and connect his audiences, ultimately getting them to think and act more like champions.  Ross (43) and his wife Sara have one daughter and presently reside in Eagan, MN. (www.rossbernstein.com)

Jim Boo

Jim Boo played hockey for Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota. He was part of the team that won the 1976 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship.

After a pro career in which he played for the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL and the Oklahoma City Stars of the CHL, Boo retired from hockey in 1980.

Boo works in the real estate industry, leading his own company Team Boo Realty.

 

Winny Brodt Brown

Winny began her career in the Roseville Youth Hockey Association, playing boys hockey, as girls high school hockey would not be introduced in the state of Minnesota until 1995. Winny played junior varsity boys hockey her sophomore and junior year until girls high school hockey was introduced in the 1995-96 season. During her senior year, Winny lead the Roseville Raiders to an undefeated season and Minnesota’s first girls hockey state title.

As a college freshman she attended University of New Hampshire winning a National Championship and was named tournament MVP. Winny transferred to the University of Minnesota the following year after they announced their intention to start a women's varsity team. She finished her career with two national championships, leading all defenders in points (134), goals (41), and assists (93), and named WCHA defensive player (2000).  Her career with Team USA included 10 years with the U.S. National Team from 1996 until 2006.

Winny Brodt has been playing for the Minnesota Whitecaps for eight years. In 2005 she co-founded the Minnesota Jr. Whitecaps, along with Chris Peterson current girls Breck high school head coach, an off-season hockey program for elite high school hockey players in the state. Currently Winny works as a sales rep for Proguard Sports, a group fitness instructor at Lifetime Fitness, and owns Os Hockey Training, an all-female hockey training program.

Winny also has been a TV analyst for Channel 45 that broadcast the Minnesota Girls State Hockey Tournament since 2006.

Winny uses her extensive hockey knowledge, particularly the women’s game, to help the Herb Brooks Foundation enable greater numbers of young people become involved in the sport.

Dan Brooks

Dan has been a board member since the creation of the Herb Brooks Foundation in 2003. He is the son of the late Herb Brooks. Dan is involved in almost all key Foundation decisions, and plays an important role in developing community and business partnerships. 

Dan is a senior vice president of RBC Wealth Management, where has serves as a financial consultant. He also leverages his financial expertise for the Foundation, and has helped it flourish fiscally, especially over the past few years. Dan has been with Dain Rauscher since 1993. Earlier, he was a sales rep for IBM, a job he took after graduating in 1990 from the University of Denver, where he was a four-year letter winner in hockey. He graduated from St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul. 

Dan and his wife Marne reside in Minneapolis with their two daughters, Grace and Lucia.

Kelly Brooks

Kelly has been a board member since the Foundation began in 2003. She grew up in St. Paul and attended Convent of the Visitation. Like her brother, she graduated from the University of Denver (her degrees were in International Business and Spanish).  Kelly then worked on several international advertising campaigns including print, TV and radio production. She is now a full-time mother, but finds the time to apply her creativity and marketing skills to the HBF programs and other non-profits organizations. 

 Kelly and her husband Marc have three children - Olivia, Tommy and Joe. Their daughter is a tennis player and the twin boys are hockey players.

Paul Erickson

Paul served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) from 1987 until his retirement in December of 2014. Paul served as the only director of the MASC during that time, and he had the distinction of serving under five different Minnesota governors.

Paul was instrumental in the building of the National Sports Center and numerous other amateur sports facilities around the state. He was the key leader in developing the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center in 1997 – the world’s largest ice arena with eight sheets of ice under one roof. Also, under Paul’s leadership, the MASC initiated the Mighty Ducks Ice Arena grant program which helped build 62 new sheets of ice in Minnesota.

Paul has a Masters of Public Affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

A native of the East Side of St. Paul, Paul grew up a few blocks from the childhood home of Herb Brooks.

Jack Jablonski

Doug Johnson

Doug has been a Board Member since 2008. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and attended Roosevelt High School. There, he played football, hockey and baseball. Doug then attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul and was a four-year hockey letter winner. For three seasons, Doug skated in the Minnesota North Stars organization. For the past 23 years, he has been the publisher of Let's Play Hockey. Doug brings a wealth of knowledge of hockey at all levels and keen insights to how to improve the game. He also relies on his close and longtime friendship with Herb. 

Doug and his wife Linda reside in Minneapolis with their son Devon and daughter Megan.

Jon Maruk

As an athlete growing up, Jon Maruk understands the values and life lessons associated with sports, especially hockey. That is why he got involved with the Herb Brook Foundation, and he’ll continue to help grow the game of hockey by providing kids an opportunity to play.

Maruk became a Herb Brooks Foundation Board Member in April, 2011 after spearheading a $10,000 donation to the Rink Rat program on behalf of the Butzow Family Foundation.

Maruk is an Eden Prairie native who starred for Breck High School and went on to play for Notre Dame before heading to the minor leagues. Jon’s father, Dennis Maruk, played for Herb Brooks with the MinnesotaNorth Stars.

Currently, Maruk works at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. in Eden Prairie and has been coaching Wayzata Youth Hockey since 2002, bringing passion,  hands-on experience that makes the Herb Brooks Foundation a perfect fit.

Rob McClanahan

John McClellan

John McClellan took over as Executive Director in June 2011. In this role, he serves as the Foundation’s de facto chief executive officer. He oversees almost all of the Foundation’s day-to-day activities – fundraising, relationship building, public relations efforts, hockey programs, etc. – from the office at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

McClellan comes to HBF having retired from his previous positions as Superintendent of Centennial Public Schools and most recently working in the finance industry. The former teacher and principal was named Minnesota’s Superintendent of the Year in 1992. He has long been involved in hockey, having coached youngsters and college kids for many years. McClellan also spearheaded key community projects, including fundraising for Centennial’s first ice arena and heading the YMCA board for 10 years.

McClellan brings exceptional administrative skills, experience and will continue to move HBF forward in a very positive and productive manner.

Michael Reilly

Mike Reilly retired as Managing Director of UBS Securities in the spring of 2007 after 22 years in institutional fixed-income sales and management. During his career, he was responsible for a broad range of complex financial instruments. Mike began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1985, in the municipal bond sales group. Later, he moved to the taxable fixed income credit group. In 1995, UBS hired Mike to help start up a Midwest institutional office for fixed income.

During the past decade, he has been an owner of, board member of, and consultant to more than 20 companies, including TPG Sports Magazine, Midwest Microcoatings, and Wayzata Investment Partners, among others. He is also a minority owner of the Minnesota Wild and the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. He also played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and played in the minors in 1981. Mike leverages his vast business and hockey knowledge for the Foundation. He and his wife Lisa have five children and reside in Chanhassen, Minn.

Neil Sheehy

Neil Sheehy approaches player representation with the same energy and determination that had pushed him to the highest levels of professional hockey. Sheehy's storied hockey career took him from International Falls to Phillips Academy, Andover and then onto Harvard University where he played for the Crimson. A rugged defenseman, he featured prominently on the U.S. National Team (co-captain and MVP), Calgary Flames, and Washington Capitals.

When Sheehy decided to guide other players into pro hockey careers, he had gained the respect of NHL general managers and NHL hockey personnel, plus the expertise to advise players on what it takes to reach the top. Understanding the complex business situations inherent to collective bargaining and contract issues, Sheehy earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1997 and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Massachusetts.

William Weller

Bill, the father of four kids, founded and continues to own Flagship USA, Inc. -  a real estate management and investment company. Bill is the first cousin of the late Herb Brooks and one of the founding family board members. Herb Brooks was a father figure and mentor for Bill as he lost his father at age 6 to colon cancer. Growing up a single parent home few blocks from the Brooks family -  Bill’s youth was filled with lessons on baseball, golf, hockey and life from the Brooks family. Herbie provided motivation for practicing sports and working hard in school.

As an East St Paul native, Bill graduated from Johnson High School and played in three State High School tournaments – including the 1963 State Championship. He went on to play at the University of Minnesota as a freshman under coach John Mariucci and transferred to Bemidji State University and enjoyed playing on three National Championship teams under Bob Peters while completing his college education.

In the 1990’s Bill and Herbie spent many hours musing about ways to improve youth hockey. Herbie always emphasized the importance of team sports in shaping the character and values of youth players at all skill levels while being relentless in exploring ways to “give the game back to the kids”.

John McClellan

Executive Director

Phone: 763-785-5645

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