2019-20 Board Elections are completed. Results can be viewed at in the attached document.
I would like to thank previous board members for their work and dedication to the organization and welcome our newest board members.
Thank you to all members who took the time to participate in the election.
Officers will be appointed at the May 22nd meeting and will be updated shortly.
Please note committee members are subject to substitution.
The following individual have been elected to return to the board or join the board as a new member for the 2019-20 Season:
I grew up in Brunswick, visiting Frear Park frequently as a child. I was first exposed to hockey watching my husband play in high school at the Knickerbacker Ice Rink in Troy. Our family has been part of TAHA since our oldest child joined the learn to skate program. Since the beginning, my husband and I have volunteered our time in the form of assisting coaching, team management, team scheduling, fund raising, Rink Rat tournament help and as a member of the TAHA board of directors. While all 3 of our children have been involved in TAHA we currently have two sons playing at the pee wee and midget levels.
I was educated in Troy at Russel Sage College where I obtain my bachelor’s in science in nursing and worked as a critical care nurse both in the ICU and Recovery Room. After obtaining my MBA from Union College I transitioned my career to healthcare administration and am currently the Chief Operating Officer for a local medical group.
I am currently the President of TAHA and look forward to serving on the board for another three years to help aid in the enormous and critical tasks associated with revitalizing Frear Park.
Eileen M. Culliton
Eileen grew up in Troy and attended CCHS. A Manhattan graduate who currently teaches English with the Lansingburgh Central School District. Eileen is also an instructor at HVCC in the English and Foreign Languages. Eileen has been active with TAHA since both of her children began playing ice hockey. Eileen has also served on the Rink Rat committee for the past 4 seasons and has also served as Team Manager, tasked with fundraising, organizing team games and volunteers, and researching and securing lodging for tournaments. Eileen is committed to providing a place for children of all ages to enjoy ice hockey at TAHA. She currently has two children playing in the TAHA organization.
Sarah Hansen Bio
I am a “Hockey Mom” of two TAHA players. My family and I have a strong devotion to hockey. Like you we spend most of our time shuttling our kids to practices/games, eating on the road, washing gear, having skates sharpened, and relying on the village that is our Hockey Family.
I love watching my sons play, my oldest son is currently a second year Pee Wee and my youngest a second year squirt.
For the past four years, I have been a member of the Rink Rat Tournament Committee and currently serve as a board member. I have helped organize fundraisers for teams, and have spent many hours keeping the score sheets and working the clock.
The sport of hockey teaches our kids responsibility, leadership, respect, and community. I want to continue to support these values by serving on the TAHA Board of Directors and contribute to the growth of our youth hockey program.
Scott Basiuk Bio
Scott has recently finished his first full season as a coach in the TAHA, coaching the Advanced Cross-Ice Mites with John Sassatelli. Prior to this season, Scott has been on the ice for the past 2 seasons for Learn to Play and one season before that in Learn to Skate. Scott intends to coach again this upcoming season and the one after in the ACIM/8U division. Scott is applying for a board position because of his love for hockey and the want to give back to a sport that gave/gives him so much. Scott played minor hockey in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada and junior hockey all over the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta as an 18 and 19-year-old. At 20, he came to Troy to attend RPI as a student-athlete on a scholarship and still has many contacts at the institute. After 4 years, Scott graduated with a business management degree and continued his hockey career in the ECHL and AHL, going to camp with the LA Kings in the summer and fall of 2004. After 2 years toiling in the minors, he traveled to England where he played in Manchester for 2 seasons, captaining both years and assistant coaching in the second. In 2008, he left for Sheffield and played 2 seasons there while earning his MBA at the University of Sheffield’s Business School.
Scott was married in 2009 to his wife Melissa and finished his hockey career in 2010. They had their first son, Grant, in 2012 and he was skating as soon as he could on the ice at RPI. His daughter Brynn was born in 2014 and she is slowly taking to the ice, even though she states that “the ice is a little too icy for her.” Their final child, a boy, Max, is 2 and wants to skate immediately though Scott is unsure of how much he will play as the penalty box seems a more likely place for him. Scott’s goals for his kids in athletics is to have them learn how to work hard, be dedicated, set goals, and learn how to function highly in a team environment.
Scott works in Rotterdam for Renewal by Andersen/Gutter Helmet of Eastern NY as the Branch Sales Manager. He has been there since 2011 and can take care of all your window and door needs as well as any gutter issues you might have! Even with his busy schedule he is looking forward to contributing to the organization and help any way he can.
Tyler Van Epps Bio
Tyler Van Epps was born and raised in the Albany NY area. He is a graduate of Colonie Central High School then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College. Upon graduation from Ithaca College Tyler enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably for 4 years. Tyler currently lives in Niskayuna with his wife Teri and daughter Camryn and son Logan. Camryn finished her first year of hockey cross rostering as both a Jr Engineers Squirt and the 12U Ice Cats. Logan finished his second year of hockey playing on the Jr Engineers Squirt B/C team. Tyler had the honor of being the Assistant Coach for their team. Tyler is the Vice President of Motor Fuel Operations for Sandri Energy out of Greenfield, MA. Tyler also serves on the Vermont Petroleum Association’s steering committee which monitors and lobby’s for/against VT legislation that affects the petroleum industry. Tyler looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the board for Troy Albany Hockey Association and bring his experience to help maintain and grow this great program.
Vice President, Fundraising