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Herb Brooks Foundation Board and Staff

The Board of Directors 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. (

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.


Henry Boucha

Henry Boucha has been labeled as the most electrifying player in Minnesota hockey history.  Also skilled in football and baseball, Boucha starred for five years at both defense and center for the Warroad High School hockey team.  A tall, powerfully-built Ojibwa Indian, Boucha led Warroad to the 1969 state tournament, where he was injured in an emotion-charged 5-4 overtime final loss to Edina -- one of the all-time classic games in Minnesota State High School Championship history.

"He was the most colorful hockey player ever to come out of Northern Minnesota," said Warroad coaching legend and fellow Hall of Fame enshrinee Cal Marvin.  "When he played, it was so special that he brought people out of the old folks home to come and watch him play.  He did it all.  He was one of a kind."

Boucha went on to play for the 1972 silver medal winning U.S. Olympic team, and at just 19, he signed with the Detroit Red Wings.  After two years in the Motor City, Boucha came home when the Minnesota North Stars acquired him.  But his career was tragically curtailed in his third NHL season when he suffered an eye injury on January 4, 1975 against Boston.

He would come back to play for the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1976, and then again in 1977 with the Scouts and Rockies of the NHL, but couldn't overcome his eye injury.  He retired after that at just the age of 24.

Boucha would go on to play for his hometown Warroad Lakers, and then give back by donating much of his time to helping advance various Native American causes.

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 the Managing Director 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 RBC 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. From 1986 to 2016, he was 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

Rob McClanahan played for Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota, 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ Olympic team and New York Rangers.  After almost five seasons in the NHL, McClanahan retired from hockey and entered the financial industry with Morgan Stanley. Rob is currently working for Craig Hallum Capital in Minneapolis. He resides in Wayzata with his wife Kristin and daughter Sara.

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.

Ken Pauly

A Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knight assistant hockey coach for three years, Ken Pauly took over the reins of the Red Knights in 1990 and began building one of the elite programs in the state, leading the team to Class A state titles in 1999 and 2001. Pauly was the Red Knights' head coach for 14 years before taking over at Minnetonka in 2004. During his three-year stint at Minnetonka, the Skippers won the 2006 Classic Lake Conference title and advanced to Class AA state tournament, claiming the consolation title.

Pauly returned to BSM for the 2007-2008 season when he took the team to its first Class AA state tournament, claiming third-place honors and later winning the school’s first AA title in 2012. In his 26 years as a head coach, Pauly has put together a 453-210-29 record. He ranks 16th in career victories among Minnesota coaches and seventh among active coaches.

An award-winning teacher, Pauly teaches full time in BSM’s social studies department and earned the school’s Faculty of the Year Award in 2012. A member of the school's hall of honor, he served as BSM's commencement speaker in 1997.

Pauly has also worked with USA hockey's development program, where he served on the Regional 16- and 17-year-old staffs at the Olympic Training Centers in Marquette, Mich., St. Cloud, Minn., and Lake Placid, N.Y.

Pauly earned a bachelor of art's degree in history from the University of Minnesota in 1989. He and his wife, Anne Marie Dominguez, an English teacher at BSM, reside in Plymouth with their children, Caroline and A.J.

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.

Tom Sagissor

Following a career in professional hockey, Tom joined Dain Bosworth (a predecessor company of RBC Wealth Management-U.S.) as a financial advisor in March 1994. Tom quickly moved up the ranks to become a leader in the organization, first as an assistant branch director in Minneapolis, then as complex director in Milwaukee and then as a divisional director. He was named president of RBC Wealth Management-U.S. in early 2016.

As president of RBC Wealth Management-U.S., Tom Sagissor plays a critical role in preserving the firm’s strong culture and accelerating its growth as a leading provider of banking and wealth management services to entrepreneurs, professionals and families throughout the United States. He leads the day-to-day operations of the firm’s private client group, which is comprised of nearly 1,900 advisors in 41 states across the U.S.

He serves on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Twin Cities, The Herb Brooks Foundation and the Bob Suter Memorial Fund "It's All About the Kids.”

Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison and is very active with the UW Badger Athletic foundation and alumni group. He was a member of the 1990 national championship UW badger hockey team.

He lives in Stillwater, Minn. with his wife and four children and is an active member of the Stillwater community and a strong supporter of the city’s high school sports programs.

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”.

Jon Cherney

Executive Director

Phone: 763-785-5645

Kalli Funk

Rink Rats Program Director

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