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2021 AHAI Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Candidate Bios

By AHAI, 05/25/21, 8:15AM CDT


The AHAI Board of Directors sincerely hopes that everyone is healthy and that you continue to be so as we gradually return to some sense of normalcy.

In addition to conducting hockey operations, AHAI is also a corporate entity organized in Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. One requirement of the Act, as well as AHAI’s by-laws, is that AHAI must conduct an Annual Meeting.

AHAI’s past practice was to conduct the Affiliate Leadership Conference (AALC), which was coupled with the requirements of an Annual Meeting, with various breakout sessions discussing hockey-related topics. We are sure everyone understands that the ability to conduct an Annual Meeting consistent with past practice would be difficult. Based on capacity limits of meeting space, we would have to drastically reduce attendance.

To comply with the local mandates, the NFP Act and AHAI’s by-laws, we will conduct an Annual Meeting primarily for AHAI’s members to vote to elect five board members to the AHAI Board of Directors. We will have a few guest speakers join us from the Blackhawks and USA Hockey. We will also recognize dedicated volunteers receiving an AHAI Annual Award. Therefore, on June 5, 2021 AHAI will host a Virtual Annual Meeting with its members. Details on how that will occur will be sent to every Affiliate’s leadership shortly.

The second aspect of AHAI’s prior AALC meetings consisted of the Affiliate Leadership Conference and traditionally focused on a variety of topics of interest to our members. Based on current stated rules concerning the coronavirus and to lessen the burden on our members, AHAI will separate this portion from this year’s AALC as we did last year.

AHAI will conduct the Affiliate Leadership Conference breakout sessions in the evening between 6:30pm – 10:00pm on June 22 – 24, 2021. Registration information as well as session topics, times and Zoom links will be sent out prior to the conference.

Candidates Announced for 2021 AHAI Board of Directors Election


Eight (8) candidates have submitted their nomination in accordance with the AHAI by-laws to fill the five (5) open seats to serve a three (3) year term on the AHAI Board of Directors. Please click on each individual candidate’s name to view their bio. The Board of Directors election will be held at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting on June 5, 2021.

Bob Apter

Gino Cavallini*

Jeff Cesarone

Gregg Chudacoff*

Paul Jakubowski*

Anita Lichterman*

Melissa Surrette

Keri Zschach*

*Denotes incumbent