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Overview

The SWHC Board guides the association to abide by SWHC, PNAHA, and USA Hockey policies.  The Board is voted in by its members and runs the non-profit organization with long term financial and hockey goals in mind.

The Board is comprised of the executive branch – President, Vice President, Treasurer, Infrastructure, Logistics, and Communications – and other committee members.

The Board meets monthly all year, and additionally as needed, and each member contributes 15 to 20 hours of work per week. Board member terms are two years. Members are welcome to attend board meetings, please contact the board to confirm the meeting time and location.

Please contact us with any questions or let us know if we can help you in any way at: info@swhc.org


Meet the Board Members

Meet our new board members for the 2021-2022 season!

 

Lauren Jordan

Lauren Jordan

President

Jenna Volcko May

Jenna Volcko May

Vice President

Nicole Alipio

Nicole Alipio

Infrastructure Manager

Phantasia  Mayner

Phantasia Mayner

Internal Communications

Kim Merrikin

Kim Merrikin

External Communications

Melissa Erkle

Melissa Erkle

Logistics Manager

Leah  Rankin

Leah Rankin

Treasurer

Aimee Cammilleri

Aimee Cammilleri

Webmaster

Meet Your Club President, Lauren!

Lauren Jordan

What is your favorite part about being a SWHC member? 

"Feeling like I'm part of a big family. It doesn't matter how many years you've played hockey or if you're new and are just now learning - we all love hockey and want more people to love hockey and that's what makes us bond."

Why is it important for you to volunteer as a SWHC board member?

"This club is important to me and to a lot of people and I want to be part of improving it for current and future members. We're growing so much and it's amazing to have a board full of people with amazing ideas and watching those ideas come to life."

What do you foresee for our club in the future?

"I would love to see it grow and possibly include a division for youth."

Meet Your Club Vice President, Jenna!


Jenna Volcko

What are some fun facts we should know about you?

"a - I’m originally from Upstate NY, but have been in Seattle for 13 years.
b - I’m a dog-mom to a wonderful golden retriever named Rua.
c - I’m an aunt to two adorable toddlers. One lives in Oregon and the other in Norway."

Why did you decide to volunteer for the SWHC board?

"I’m excited about the growth of Women’s Hockey in Seattle and wanted to do my part in helping out!"

How long have you been playing hockey for?

"I played 2 years of girls hockey, then one year of peewee with the boys. Took an 18 year hiatus and knocked the rust off my blades 3 years ago with Seattle Women’s Hockey Club."

 

Meet Your Club External Communications Director, Kim!

What are some fun facts we should know about you? 

" 1. I have designed seven different bendable action figure toys (and their packaging)!

2. In my free time, if I'm not playing hockey, you can probably find me playing outside (kayaking, camping, lowkey storm chasing) or running live audio/sound.

3. I'm on the autism spectrum. #TeamNeurodiversity"
 

Why did you decide to volunteer for the SWHC board?

"I was super nervous to start playing a new sport in my 30s (let alone one that involved ice skating)—but went to an SWHC Try Hockey Free event and had a great time—so I joined the club! Once I started playing with SWHC, I found an incredibly supportive and encouraging community, and I want to help foster and grow that community—and basically just want to convince everyone that they should try hockey now. (Even the people who swear they could never skate."

How long have you been playing hockey for?

"I am SUPER new to hockey—I have played about 7/10ths of a season—then the pandemic struck. (CURSES.) I like playing the wings best!"

Meet Your Club Internal Communicator, Phantasia!

Phantasia Mayner

What is your favorite part about being a SWHC member? 

"The club members, absolutely! I had always wanted to play hockey and when I finally decided to do it, I was welcomed by the club members quickly and they have been a constant positive in my life since my first season on the ice. Whether it's during a tournament weekend or even off-season, I find myself spending time or talking with these ladies almost everyday. "

Why is it important for you to volunteer as a SWHC board member?

"I want to give back to a club that loves and cares for its members as well as the sport of hockey. We all want everyone here to feel comfortable, confident in their abilities, and have a great time playing hockey."

What do you foresee for our club in the future?

"Growth, both with players and in the hockey community. I would love to see SWHC become more well known throughout the Seattle area. It will allow for more women who have been interested in playing hockey to join us on the ice. What's great is that we have been consistently seeing this year after year!"

Meet Your Logistics Manager, Melissa!

Melissa Erkle

What is your favorite part about being a SWHC member? 

"It feels great to be an active part in making the club function and get the opportunity to work with and know the other amazing board members!"

Why is it important for you to volunteer as a SWHC board member?

"It's important to me to be a SWHC member so I can actively be a part of helping promote women's sports and give women a space to come together to play hockey. I didn't have a lot of opportunities to play hockey with or against other female players growing up and I see how it's a struggle even for girls now in Seattle to find other girls' teams to play against.  I want to make sure I'm doing my part to not only keep women's hockey available but to help it grow."

What do you foresee for our club in the future?

"I foresee the club growing and being an active part of supporting younger girls' hockey.  I think there's always room to grow and continue to be open to letting new club members join and old club members come back.  I also think it would be great to have the club and members actively support the girls' hockey programs in Seattle to build a bigger better community surrounding female hockey."

Meet Your Club Treasurer, Leah!

Leah Rankin

What is your favorite part about being a SWHC member? 

"The community! I always wanted to play hockey, but my main motivation for joining when I did was to make friends and I feel like I've made a ton here. Everyone is super affirming and wants to see others grow and develop and have fun. This club has done so much for my confidence and skills and it's just been an amazing experience all around!"

Why is it important for you to volunteer as a SWHC board member?

"I'm really invested in the sustainability of this club. This is a space that means a lot to me, and I want to see it continue to be around for decades to come. Especially as we're in a period where the game is growing so rapidly, I want everyone to feel like they have an entry point and an appropriate challenge. But growth takes a lot of planning and purpose to be successful, and I want to see us rise to the challenge."

What do you foresee for our club in the future?

"Sustainable growth, player development, and a ton of fun!"

Meet Your Club Webmaster, Aimée!

Aimee Cammilleri

What are some fun facts we should know about you? 

" 1. I own 3 cats, a bearded dragon, and tropical fish tank aka "the zoo".

   2. My favorite activities outside of ice hockey involve speed and wheels: motorcycling, inline skating, and longboarding.

3. I've played almost every sport there is and ice hockey is by far my favorite."

Why did you decide to volunteer for the SWHC board?

"I care a lot about our hockey club and it's future. I want to help make our club the best it can be while also expanding our reach to both new members and other teams. I hope to bring new ideas to the table and into the new year."

How long have you been playing hockey for?

"I have been playing ice hockey since I was 16 years old. There was a 6 year hiatus when I didn't play any ice hockey at all due to the lack of leagues or high cost. Center and defense are my preferred positions."