Valley Youth Hockey is a Tier II association based at Onondaga Nation Arena and Meachem Rink in Syracuse, NY.

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Name
Mona Smart

Position
President

ValleyParent
Teddy--2007
Layla--2010
Genevieve--2010


Background
I have served as vice president for the last 3 seasons. I know the amount of work it takes to gives players a fun and safe learning environment. I have also served as a team manager for a number of seasons.

Goals
I would like to be a part of Valley's growth. Our Travel, House and Girls programs have become very competitive. Putting the right people in the right role is important and we need to continue to improve on that. 

Additional
I am aware that a role on the board can be a full time job at times and I am fully committed to fill the role of president.

Name
Joe Rescigno

Position
President

ValleyParent
2 Boys 2008 & 2012

Background
It's all about the kids. Development and fun should be the focus. 

Goals
I plan to keep Valley a strong organization committed to growth and stability for the region. A place where ALL kids can play hockey.

Additional
I understand the dedication to travel teams; However I would bring a renewed focus to House programs, where the majority of our players exist.

Name
Richard F Westcott

Position
President

ValleyParent
I have 1 daughter Vivien who plays on our 14u girls team.

Background
I have been apart of the valley family for the last 6 yrs and have enjoyed every minute of my time with y'all.

I have been coaching for the last 5 yrs starting with our wonderful IP program and up to the 14u girls program.

We have many great families and some amazing coaches and players here which have not only kept us here but have helped continue to grow our program.


Goals
I would like to take the step to further the grow our program and to work hand in hand with our awesome families, board & coaches to continue our excellence in the youth hockey world.

I am to focus on every age level and every team we have or will have to better assure we are giving our players the best opportunities we have available for them.


Additional
Let's go Valley Eagles
Name
Jill McBride

Position
Secretary

ValleyParent
1 - Bantam - Entering his 6th year at Valley

Background
Our family has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this organization for the better part of 5 years. In addition, I have been an At-Large Board Member for the past 2 years. Valley has given so much to my family so giving back by becoming a Board Member is something I firmly believe in. As Valley's Secretary, I will be highly organized as well as diligent about attending every Board Meeting.  

Goals
As Secretary, I plan to record all Board Meeting minutes and distribute them in a timely fashion following each monthly Board Meeting. In addition, I plan to help our organization continue to grow into a positive, skill based program that will be to the benefit of every child.  

Additional
Valley has not only had a positive influence on our sons life but ours as well. We look forward to many more years of Hockey for our son. I am proud to be of any assistance I can to maintain the positive, skill based atmosphere that we have been experiencing thus far.
Name
Travis Hayden

Position
Director of Referees

ValleyParent
Girl - 2011 Birth Year
Son - 2007 Birth year


Background
I have been a physician assistant (PA) for over 20 years, with 4 years active duty with the US Navy, and with 16 years of involvement in medical education, which has me currently working as a Professor of Practice at the Le Moyne College Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Outside of my clinical and medical education work, I have had the pleasure of coaching youth hockey for the Syracuse Valley Youth Hockey Association (VYHA) for the past five years. In 2015 I helped to create and establish the VYHA First Goals program, a program that was aimed at affording an opportunity to the community youth to learn, play, and enjoy the great sport of hockey.

Goals
Aside from working with the coaches and the board on the assignment of referees, I am passionate about what VYHA and our First Goals program can do for the youth of our community and am energized and motivated to drive it forward even further. 
Name
Tony Polhamus 

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
2, 2009 Goalie Moose, 2010 Isaiah

Background
I have been a part of the Valley family for the last 7 years. I have servved a co-director of the Turkey tournament with my wife Katie and have served as the Registrar for the last 3 years. This would be my second term as an at-large board member.

Goals
My goal is to continue to keep Valley as a place where all kids can have a place to learn to love and play the sport of hockey.
Name
Jillian Scheer

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
I have 2 children at Valley; My youngest son Jonathan is on the 12u Snowbelt white team team and my oldest son Michael was in the 16u Split season team and the 18u snowbelt team this year. I also have an 18 year old daughter who is very involved in performing arts

Background
I have been with the Valley family for 9 years, and my family and I have loved every minute of it. During the 9 years i have been a team manager, an assistant coach, the kitchen coordinaor and the VYHA Secretary for the last 4 years. I would like to continue to be involved with the board as an at large board member 

Goals
I would to see this organization grow and I truly envision that Valley Hockey being known as the best organization in the CNY area. With the right people representing the face of the organization as well as representing the parents and children who come to Valley hoping for that great experience, I know that that culture is achievable and I look to continue to build on the already strong foundation as I've seen when I first came to Valley. It has continued to grow during my time here as well. I've met some great people who are committed to Valley and your children's happiness and success. I want to make sure that the focus of the organization is in striving to make sure the kids have fun, first and foremost, and are excited every time they put on the Valley colors. Focusing on fun, while developing their individual abilities, and focusing on teamwork and team-building which I feel will help them both on and off the ice in their lives' in the future as well. I feel these are the best ways to keep kids and the wonderful families coming back every year. I want there to be 100% transparency between the board, coaches, and parents so that what is going on within the organization, as a whole, is communicated effectively so everyone is aware of what?s, where?s, how?s, and whys in the organization.

Additional
As most everyone who has met me at the rink, or even away from it knows I absolutely love Valley and I am positive that I will continue to be with Valley for many years to come. I am committed to making Valley the best organization it can be, not only for me and my children, but for yours' as well!!
Name
Garth Werner

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
1 - Ryan 2010 Squirt Snowbelt Player

Background
I have been coaching one of IP, Mites & Squirt Snowbelt for the each of the past 6 years, and I've served as the Director of Referees for the past 4 years, as well as serving as an at-large member for one year prior to that.

I have been refereeing youth hockey since 1981 (with one 2 year break in early 90's), and have been playing hockey every year since since 1970 (except for my "PeeWee" years)

I have been managing the Valley Sock Warehouse for the past year, and have been managing the available jerseys numbers since Valley transitioned from the old Bruins-styled V-jersey to our current Valley Eagles Jerseys.


Goals
Continue to manage the Jersey Number/Sock Ordering processes for the organization, and ensure that the interests of all families are considered by the VYHA Board.
Name
Marissa Maines

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
Yes I have 5 who play for valley
2004 center
2006 goalie 
2010 wing
Mite 
IP


Background
I have been with the valley Family for 9 years. I have players in just about every age group 16u , first year bantam, first year squirt, a mite and an IP some snowbelt , some travel as well as being a team manager myself . So I have lots of different insight and perspective on how things work.  

Goals
As a mom of so many and many different age groups I hope to be able to offer insight and represent all the different groups that fall under the valley roof as others may not see or have lost track of now that their child is in a different place within valley. I have both travel and house players so can fairly represent both groups. I just want to offer help in anyway I can for the great sport of hockey that my kids so love . 
Name
Ryan Smart

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
Yes -3. Teddy 07, Genevieve and Layla 09.

Background
I?ve coached at Valley for 10 years. Starting in learn to skate then IP and then progressed from mites all the way to bantams. I have learned a ton about coaching youth hockey along the way. I?ve taken great pride in educating myself each season to continue to get better.

I have played a lot of hockey in my life. I started as a youth house player and then progressed to a high school hockey player and then to a D1 hockey player at Cornell University. I feel my personal experiences really give me great perspective on what it takes to have fun and what is needed to become the best player one can become.


Goals
I would like to see the organization to continue to grow and become better. I hope to continue to work on coaching education and providing coaches the best resources to get the most out of their players utilizing the ice and resources available.
Name
John Marraffa

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
Yes 
Nico 2012
JJ 2014


Background
I am a father of 2 boys who love playing hockey. I have excellent leadership skills and am motivated to make a difference.

Goals
I would work with the board to serve the best interests of the association. I have the skill and experience to be able to create and implement new projects that will benefit the players and their families.

I would like to create a fund that teams can put left over fundraising money in. The fund would be utilized for families that may no longer be able to afford the full expense post-COVID.
Name
Frank Blanchard

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
I have two boys at Valley - 2011 and 2015.

Background
I've been consistently involved in hockey since I was pre-schooler, playing competitively from Mites through Juniors in Quebec, I also started refereeing at 14 years old and continued for almost 20 years, up until I had children of my own. I just finished up 2 great years as the mite program coordinator, and am going into my 4th year of coaching here at Valley. 

Goals
I've seen lots of positive things happening at Valley since we joined the organization 4 years ago, and want to do whatever I can to help keep that momentum going. Player development and having fun should always be top priority.

Name
Jana Schalk

Position
At Large Board Member (2 yr term)

ValleyParent
Yes! I have 3 sons that play for Valley. My oldest two boys started in IP and my youngest is going for his PhD in mites. Our kids have played both house and travel. 

Background
Our family has been involved in Valley Hockey for six years. I have enjoyed watching our kids play hockey and find a love for the sport, surrounded by good families and nice coaches. 

Goals
I want to keep youth sports fun for the kids and I feel strongly that maintaining a positive environment for the children is important. 

Additional
I have experience in youth sports being the the President of FM Pop Warner Football. In years past, our family has been involved in volunteering for the mite Valley Turkey Tourney. I?ve served as a team manager and I was the tournament director for the Snowbelt Jam hosted at the Nation Rink in 2019.