Mike Kelly (exp 2025) – President
Mike and his wife Jen grew up in Westchester County NY and moved their family to Ridgefield in 2020. They have four kids together - Connor & Sophie (aged 12) and Charlotte & John (aged 11). Connor is a rising Bantam and John is a rising PeeWee for the 23-24 season. The Kelly girls are very active in soccer, tennis, and basketball as well. Professionally, Mike is a partner at Smith Brothers Insurance headquartered in Glastonbury, CT where he leads the Private Client Practice.
Mike played his youth hockey in Westchester County NY and after his playing career was complete he became a USA Hockey Official in 2000. He officiated hockey through the 2016 season at various levels including several NY state tournaments, EHL (juniors), ACHA (college), The Federal League (pro) and others throughout the U.S. The Kelly family relocated 4 times from 2015 - 2020 and their family lived in Denver, Scottsdale, then San Diego before moving back to the east coast. In each town they have lived Mike has volunteered and coached all of his kids throughout their youth sports journeys. Mike is honored to have been voted as RAHA's President and looks forward to continuously advancing the club for the next generation.
Michael Zarro (exp 2025) - Vice President, Treasurer
Growing up in Putnam County NY Mike Zarro played his youth hockey in the area. Since graduating college, he has coached hockey for multiple programs at all levels from Learn to Play through High School Varsity. Beginning in 2000, Mike coached the John Jay East Fishkill JV team to 7 Championship appearances in 8 years, bringing home the title 5 times. In 2010, Mike was part of the varsity coaching staff that led the program to a NYS Championship in 2010. As his children began taking interest in hockey Mike transitioned from coaching the high school level and started coaching Learn to Play, 8U, 10U and 12U hockey.
Keith Lawrence (exp 2023)
Keith and his wife Rikki grew up in Ridgefield and both graduated from RHS. In 2018, they returned to Ridgefield with their two boys (Connor & Tyler) who have been a part of the RAHA program for the past four seasons. Keith is currently employed at Johnson & Johnson working in Sales Management. Keith played youth hockey within RAHA and also played for the RHS Tigers. Since his children have been old enough to play hockey he has been actively involved in coaching, including within Darien, Norwalk and RAHA (for the past four seasons). Keith is excited to be back in Ridgefield again and give back to the RAHA program that had such a positive impact on his childhood.
Matt Gershner (exp 2023)
Matt is a 2021 transplant to Ridgefield after living in Westchester, where he grew up, for the past 11 years. His son Nathan is on the Peewee B team for the fall season, which Matt scheduled for and assistant coached for the 21-22 season. A USA Hockey level 3 coach, hockey is a great passion for Matt and working with the kids on the ice is incredibly rewarding. Matt played hockey in high school, was a referee in college and even was an intern for the NHL in 1994. Professionally, Matt works for a technology startup in the marketing research industry, an industry he has worked in for almost 20 years, mostly scaling startups to viability and beyond. Matt and his wife Deb have been married for 14 years and have two boys, Nathan and Jacob.
Melissa Miller (exp 2024)
Melissa started her skating career as a competitive figure skater in singles and synchronized skating. After spending so much time on the ice, she decided to trade in her figure skates for hockey skates. She played with the Quarry Cats Women’s Team in Montclair, NJ and other teams around the area. She has coached skaters of all ages in house league, learn to skate, and learn to play. Previously she has worked with the NY Rangers as a member of the On Ice Blue Crew and Junior Rangers Learn to Play and youth hockey camp instructor. For Melissa, the best part of being on the ice is watching children learn and develop their skills while building sportsmanship, making new friends, and having fun!
Melissa has a masters degree in childhood education from Fordham University and has been an elementary school teacher for the past 18 years. She now teaches elementary school in Ridgefield. Melissa and her husband Rob are excited to be a part of the RAHA community as they share their love for skating and hockey with their two children, Carson (9) and Sloane (5).
Cindy Pohlmann (exp 2024)
Cindy and her husband, Chris, both grew up in Westchester County, NY and hopped over the border to CT back in 2005. After 12 years in Fairfield, they have since settled into Weston with their three busy kids, one of whom is a Pee Wee in the RAHA program.
By day, Cindy works for a global human capital consulting firm leading technology product development, commercialization and client success for a portfolio of proprietary software solutions. By night, she and her husband can usually be found managing one of their children’s sports teams or shuttling kids around between activities. Cindy is thrilled to be part of the RAHA board in order to contribute to the growth of such an amazing community program.
Tiffany Lenz (exp 2025)
Tiffany and her husband Jon have lived in Ridgefield 23 years. They currently have 3 children (AJ, Abby and Aidan… a Midget, a dancer and a Squirt). The family’s hockey journey began in Brewster where AJ played house and then travel for the Brewster Bulldogs. We joined RAHA when AJ was a second year Pee-Wee and have been Lions ever since.
Tiffany spends most of her time volunteering in the activities that her kids are passionate about: former PTA President at Farmingville Elementary School, director of FES school play, current PTA board member at East Ridge Middle School, former manager of RAHA Bantam AA and Midget 16U, backstage coordinator for Enchanted Garden dance studio, former Girl Scout troop leader, member of National Charity League and director of Vacation Bible School at Jesse Lee.