Our Staff & Board

Meet Our Team

Staff

Malik Garvin, Program Director
mgarvin@icehockeyinharlem.org

Malik Garvin is an Ice Hockey In Harlem alumnus. He began skating with Ice Hockey In Harlem in 1996 at the age of four. Malik is a graduate of Western New England University with a BS in Accounting & Finance. While at Western New England University Malik was a member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey team. Malik spent several years working in finance as a Financial Representative for Strategies For Wealth and a Client Service Coordinator for Altium Wealth Management. Malik also worked at Bronx Lacrosse. As their first Program Director, he implemented a year-round Lacrosse program with academic standards at a public school. Malik’s older brother Roger is also an alumnus of the program.

Jake Geller, Business Development Director/ NYU Stern Undergraduate
jakegeller@icehockeyinharlem.org

Jake is a current undergraduate student at New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Class of 2022, studying Finance and Sustainable Business. Jake is also a forward on the NYU Ice Hockey Team (ACHA DI). Jake started out with Ice Hockey In Harlem as an outside consultant in the NYU Stern COVID-19 Response Fellowship Program. Jake currently interns at BNY Mellon in the Depositary Receipts unit. Jake’s work with Ice Hockey in Harlem focuses on corporate sponsorships, fundraisers, marketing, public relations, and production of Get Off The Bench.

Brianna Younes, Program Coordinator
briannayounes@icehockeyinharlem.org

Brianna Younes has been involved in the sport of skating for over 23 years. Brianna grew up competitively figure skating throughout Arizona, while running track and cheerleading at highly competitive levels. After some time away from the ice, she decided to return in the coaching capacity to help pass along her passion and love for the sport. Brianna’s main focus has always been strong foundational development with an emphasis on increasing/optimizing power and edge control. She recently turned her motto into a concept, running edge and power skating clinics for hockey players through her company ABC Skating Academy, while also working with athletes in a one-on-one setting.

Brianna holds a Masters Degree in Sports Management from Columbia University. She’s previously run programming for organizations such as Bryant Park, Stamford Twin Rinks, and City Ice Pavilion. Brianna also coaches at Wollman Rink in Central Park and has worked for the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers organizations.

Board of Directors

Todd Levy, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors / Altium Wealth
ihih@icehockeyinharlem.org

Todd Levy is the co-founder and chairman of the board of Ice Hockey in Harlem. In 1987, he joined Dave Wilk, who had the idea to bring ice hockey to the Harlem community. Todd became a coach and a mentor and was also the first Executive Director of the program in 1993. Over the past 33 years, Todd has witnessed the impact that IHIH and mentoring has on the lives of its participants. Today, seeing past participants come back to assist the program as adults has been some of his proudest moments.

Todd Levy, is a Managing Director at Altium Wealth Management. He brings over 20 years of planning experience to high net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses. Todd grew up in New York City, graduated from New York University and now lives in Westchester with his wife and two children and you can find him in his free time either on the tennis court or at the hockey rink.

Nick Boulukos/ BMO Capital Markets

Mr. Nick Boulukos served as the Managing Director of BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Bank of Montreal since February 2011. Mr. Boulukos focuses on hedge funds and real money accounts for Debt Products. He has 26 years of banking experience. He was at BNP Paribas Securities in New York, where he managed Short Term Interest Rate Sales. Prior to BNP, he held various management positions at Morgan Stanley and Barclays.

Ken Ottenbreit/ Stikeman Elliott

Mr. Ottenbreit is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former member, Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests Committee) and former member of the Board of Directors of the American Foreign Law Association. He has lectured, spoken and written extensively on Canadian corporate and securities laws, particularly on cross-border (Canada-U.S.) matters and co-chaired a Toronto Conference on "Canada's Role in the International Securities Marketplace." He is the former Co-Chair of the International Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures Committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association. Mr. Ottenbreit is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Ottenbreit graduated from the University of Toronto (LL.B. 1983), University of Regina (Bachelor of Business Administration with Great Distinction 1980). Mr. Ottenbreit is a former President and Board member of the Canadian Association of New York. He is the Founder and Chairman of the annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research (New York City).
Craig Stanton/ Stanton Worldwide

Since 1990, Craig K. Stanton has served as an Ice Hockey in Harlem (IHIH) volunteer, mentor, class-room teacher, and on-ice coach. In 2002 Craig added Member of the Board of Directors to his distinguished IHIH history. Mr. Stanton, a native New Yorker and Syracuse University graduate, heads Stanton Worldwide, LLC, specializing in strategic communications planning and execution. Prior to that he served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Global Communications for the Bader Media Group - planning and supervising PR/communication campaigns for landmark global product launches, initiatives and media campaigns. Mr. Stanton has worked closely with several Fortune 500 companies, major sports and entertainment personalities and corporate executives. In addition to his official IHIH activities, Craig has garnered television and print coverage for many IHIH events which have augmented the visibility of the organization over the years.

Andrew Sexton/ Raven Public Relations

For over 15 years, Andrew has been at the core of several strategic and creative communications campaigns. Those efforts have yielded awards and cultivated a solid global reputation with colleagues and peers. Andrew’s public relations career began at Young & Rubicam sister company Cohn & Wolfe in 1997. While at Cohn & Wolfe, Andrew had the unique opportunity to work with such clients as Cushman & Wakefield, Deloitte & Touche and the United States Army Recruiting Command. In 2000, he developed the public aspects of the Army’s 225th birthday celebration. The program, “Birth of an Army, Birth of Freedom,” earned a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America. Andrew also conducted media relations on behalf of US Army athletes competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Andrew recently started a position as an EVP & Managing Director at Raven. Outside of the office, Andrew is a member of The Burns Society of the City of New York, 4A’s Agency Communications Committee, St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York.

Suzanne Sherman - / National Hockey League
Tara Gardner, President of the Board of Directors / Day Care Council of New York
ihih@icehockeyinharlem.org

Tara is an executive leader with hands-on expertise in all facets of nonprofit management, operations, programming, and fundraising. Since her very first summer job teaching children to read, Tara’s work has consistently focused on leveling the playing field for children and families living in under-resourced communities. She has impacted the lives of thousands of NYC children and families through her previous work at the New York City Mission Society and the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and in her current role as Director of Community Outreach, Partnerships & Support Services at The Fresh Air Fund. Tara recently started a new position as the Executive Director of Day Care council of New York. Her dedication extends beyond the workplace. In addition to serving as the current Board President of Ice Hockey In Harlem, she serves as a Board member of Friends of St. Charles Borromeo School.

Tara is a Harlem resident and an ice hockey parent. Her son, Travis Bobb, began his ice hockey career with Ice Hockey In Harlem in 2005 and played at the prep school, junior, and collegiate levels.

JJ Velez/ ROCKET COMMUNITY FUND

Jason “JJ” Vélez joined the Rocket Community Fund (formerly Quicken Loans Community Fund) as Director of Public Space, after running the Parks & Recreation Department at the City of Detroit, where he was appointed by Mayor Duggan. Just prior to joining the City of Detroit, Vélez served as the Assistant Director of Special and Summer Programs at Cranbrook Educational Community. Before moving to Detroit, Vélez ran what is widely considered the premiere after school program in “the DMV” as Director of After School & Auxiliary Programs at The Maret School for nearly ten years in Washington, D.C.

Vélez comes to his work with unbridled enthusiasm and positive energy, knowing full-well the critical importance of robust community engagement and responsible partnerships to drive inclusive and equitable access to public spaces. As head of the Public Space team, he will focus on increasing the economic and social resiliency of Detroit by providing universal access to safe and inclusive public spaces.

Kristin Blundo Douglass - Board Treasurer / Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC

Kristin Blundo Douglass began volunteering with Ice Hockey in Harlem in 2009, serving as a coach for the Mites for several years, and more recently, as a coach for Lady Harlem, the organization’s first all-female team. Kristin serves as a member of both the Executive Board and the Young Professionals Board for Ice Hockey in Harlem. Professionally, Kristin is Vice President of Investor Relations and Marketing at Indus Capital Partners, LLC, an international investment firm focused on Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets equity investments. Before joining Indus Capital in 2012, Kristin was an Investment Consultant at UBS Global Asset Management in New York for four years. Prior to that, she was with UBS Wealth Management in Wellesley, Massachusetts, from 2006 to 2008. Kristin is a CAIA charterholder and a member of 100 Women in Finance. Kristin is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a BS in Finance and Marketing. While at Boston College, Kristin was a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey team and was recognized as a Boston College Scholar-Athlete.

Gary Jacobs/ F&F Supply
Tatiana Donaldson/ University of St. Andrews MSc Candidate

Tatiana currently attends University of St. Andrews in Scotland, in pursuit of a Masters of Science in International Development. Tatiana formerly served as an Associate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a nonprofit consulting firm, where she supported a full range of client work but had a particular focus on Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Board Development, Leadership and Professional Development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to joining CRE, Tatiana served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year at a middle school in East Harlem teaching sixth grade Language Arts. Tatiana has gone on to sit on the City Year Alumni Board as the co-chair of the Corps Support Committee. Additionally, Tatiana was a Political Affairs Intern on the Hillary for America Campaign in 2016, where she assisted the National Political Director in connecting local grassroots political organizations with local representatives, and with the campaign. Tatiana has also held internships with Credit Suisse, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and with Teach for America. Tatiana grew up in Nassau, Bahamas, and has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Sociology and International Relations from Barnard College of Columbia University. She speaks fluent French, holds a USA Hockey Level 3 Coaching Certification, loves running marathons, and spending time with friends and family. In addition to sitting on the City Year and Ice Hockey in Harlem Boards, Tatiana also sits on the Associate Board of the Urban Resource Institute.

Patrick Rideout - Board Secretary/ Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP