Ann Ruhrup - General Member
I am serving the second year of my term on the board. I am married to Ed Sr and we have two children Ed and Tracy. We have two grandchildren-Danielle and Derek. We have recently been blessed with a grand son-in-law, Gary and a great grand daughter, Kennedy. I am retired after 38 years with State Farm.
I was introduced to hockey with the Prairie Thunder and fell in love with the game. My son, Ed plays hockey and coaches. My grandson, Derek plays hockey.
I felt I needed to join the board last year. It seemed that winning was the number one goal causing unnecessary actions which hurt our kids and caused some to walk away from the Sharks. I am hoping to be a positive influence on the board. I want these kids to learn the game, perfect their playing skills, enjoy the game, and grow in their maturity. Hopefully, those of us on the board will be good examples to these players by giving our best, making good choices, being good role models and showing good sportsmanship. Thank you for allowing me to help.
604 Eddy Rd
Bloomington, Il 61704
Phone 309 661-6476
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Michael Lastuka has been taking this on as well however
Drew Zagaroli - Ice Commissioner
Drew is a new member on the MCYHA Board for 2017-2018, and he is also the current Ice Commissioner for the organization. Drew is looking forward to continuing to build the Sharks program for future generations. In his free time, he plays in the Pepsi Ice Center adult hockey league. He is also a fan of live music and enjoys slow pitch softball in the summers.
Sarah Peterson - Registrar
Sarah Peterson is new to the board for the 2017-18 season and serves as Registrar. Sarah is a school psychologist in Unit 5 serving NCHS and Fox Creek Elementary School. She is married to
Eric Peterson who serves as an assistant coach for the Sharks and is a professor at ISU. She is mom to Aidan and Morgan. Aidan will be a sophomore at BHS and is involved in marching band and high school soccer as well as hockey. Aidan has been on skates since the Pepsi Ice Center opened and has played travel hockey for 8 years. Morgan will be a junior at Butler University and previously kept the family busy with team gymnastics and high school tennis. Sarah is also a big dog lover and has worked with various rescues fostering and transporting dogs. The family has a basset hound and a boxer/pointer mix.
Dave Cheley - President
Dave is new to the MCYHA Board for 2017-2018 and serves as President. Dave is a Level 3 USA Hockey certified coach and has been coaching youth hockey at the Pepsi Ice Center for many years. He is from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and learned to play hockey on the Northern Ontario ponds and open air rinks up north. He’s played hockey through high-school and into men’s league programs for many years.
In addition to coaching hockey, Dave is a Boy Scout Leader and volunteers at many school functions. Dave has been a private pilot for many years and enjoys fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities.
His son Tyler (12), will be a first year Bantam for the 2017-2018 season and hopes to be a future Shark. His wife (Pam) works at State Farm and is also involved in many of the same activities as Dave.
With his experience in hockey, business and many other activities, Dave hopes to be a valuable contributor to MCYHA. He looks forward to helping build the Sharks organization in the years to come.
Erika Cheeseman - Secretary
Erika Cheeseman is new to the MCYHA board for the 2017-18 season and serves as Secretary. Last year, she was a team manager for one of the JV teams. Erika is an Elementary Program Reading Aide for the Olympia School District and the only female of an all boy family. Her husband, Scott, has been a Bloomington Fire Fighter for the past 16 years and a volunteer firefighter for Danvers for the past 18 years. Two of her sons Kyle Cheeseman and Jake Cheeseman will be playing for the Sharks this year. Kyle will be a senior at Olympia High School, earning his EMT Basic at the Bloomington Are Career Center and also works at the Pepsi Ice Center and Alexander's Steak House. Jake, new to the Sharks this year, will be a freshman at University High School, joining marching band, choir and chess. Erika's oldest son, Cody, is in the paramedics program at ICC and will move onto Fire Science after receiving his paramedics license.
Patrick Mahoney - ACE Coordinator
I'm looking forward to working with our MCYHA families and extended hockey community. I am originally from Manito, IL. I played high school hockey in Pekin, IL and went on to play amateur hockey for the Pekin Stars. In college, I played varsity hockey at Illinois State University and I was captain of the team my senior year. I have a passion and energy for the game of hockey and continue to play in various men's leagues. Over the last ten years, I have coached Mini Mite, Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam house teams. I was fortunate to be named the Emil Ludy Bloomington Youth Hockey Coach of the Year in 2008/2009. I'm also a USA Hockey Level IV CEP certified coach.
My wife's name is Suzy "Mrs. Coach" and we have three children - Kyle Spencer (18), Peyton (13) and Reese Mahoney (12). I'm very involved in supporting my family. Peyton is involved in Boy Scouts and baseball and Reese is involved in piano and sewing when they are not playing the great sport of hockey.
In our MCYHA Program, I plan to focus on:
* Player and coaching development
* Parent support and engagement
* Partnership with our board in executing our mission statement
* Developing MCYHA into an elite high school hockey program
Michael Lastuka - Director of Hockey Operations
USA Hockey – Level 3 Coach
Michael has been involved with the Pepsi Ice Center House League as a coach and player since 2013. He also brings 30 + years martial arts experience as a competitor and coach with a focus on discipline, etiquette, and respect for team, players and officials alike.
Currently, Michael is the Auto Industry Liaison at State Farm here in Bloomington, working directly with the auto manufacturers on service engineering and re-design, and has spent much of his professional life in the collision industry.
His wife, Jennifer who also works at State Farm is a junior high track and cross country coach in the area and his oldest son Alec (15), will be a freshman at Central Catholic. His younger son Ryan (11), will be a first year Pee Wee for the 2017-2018 season and hopes to be a future Shark.
The Lastukas have been a billet family to the USHL for the past 3 seasons to the Bloomington Thunder.
With his life experience in business and sports, Michael hopes to be a valuable contributor to MCYHA.
Chad Sailer - Vice President
Chad has been involved in the Bloomington Youth Hockey program as a coach for the house league since 2008. He has enjoyed his time as a volunteer for the program and has been very impressed with the skills his kids have learned because of the program and volunteers involved. His goal is to try and continue to provide hockey opportunities to kids at an affordable cost and ensure a similar program exists after Bantams. The expectations he shares with his teams include respect, working hard, and having fun. He's been responsible for developing practice plans for the house league and was voted coach of the year in 2016. Chad is hoping his oldest son will have the opportunity to play for the Sharks in 2020.