Board & Staff
President - Andy McNerney
Vice President, Hockey Operations - Brent Kozel
Vice President, Off-Ice Operations - Steve George
Secretary - Joanne Wallace
Treasurer - Jason Schroeder
Non-Exec Board Members
Travel Director - Steve Moltz
House League Director - Rob Levoy
Uniforms - Ali Linehan
NSIA - Sean Lutz
Managers/Volunteers - Betsy Harootyan
Junior Warriors - Michael Gingue
Strategy & Operations - Jed Richard
Board Liaisons & Staff
Director of Development - Charlie Widmar
Registrar - Kathy Estabrooke
Webmaster - Mark Loewenstein
President: Andy McNerney
Andy grew up in Winnetka and played youth hockey for the Warriors before his family moved to Edina, Minnesota. A successful high school hockey career started with an appearance in the famed Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament and finished at The Taft School in Connecticut. Andy played 4 years of varsity hockey at Bowdoin College, which included a national tournament appearance his senior year. He has coached 3 out of his 4 kids (house and travel) at Winnetka over the past 6 years.
Vice President, Hockey Operations: Brent Kozel
Brent began playing hockey for the Barrington Wings before moving to the Chicago Young Americans and then Team Illinois. Brent finished his high school career at The Taft School and then played collegiately at Williams College. Brent lives in Winnetka with his wife, Courtney, and their three young children. He has enjoyed coaching his daughters and their friends at the Minor MIte level for the past three seasons and served as the club's Travel Director this past season.
Vice President, Off-Ice Operations: Steve George
Steve never graduated from pond hockey in his native Massachusetts but made up for it by introducing his three kids to figure skating and hockey at a young age. After attending Northwestern University, he left the North Shore to embark on a corporate marketing career, learning skills along the way that have proven useful in helping to run a youth hockey club.
After 16 years on the East Coast, Steve moved back to the Chicago area in 2016 and settled in Winnetka with his wife Lisa and the rest of the family, proving that many things in life are cyclical.
Treasurer: Jason Schroeder
Jason grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin where he was a goalie on the varsity hockey team (made the state tournament his senior year). He was a Wisconsin Mr. Hockey finalist, conference player of the year and played U16 and U18 Team Wisconsin AAA. Jason graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison and currently lives in Winnetka with his wife and four children, the oldest of whom is a mite in the Winnetka Hockey program.
Secretary: Joanne Wallace
Joanne grew up in Winnetka and attended New Trier High School where she played basketball and softball. Her first introduction to the hockey world came in college, when she met her husband Ben, a former Cornell hockey player. All three of Joanne’s children now play hockey, with two of them still in the Warriors program. Joanne recently retired from the practice of law to focus full-time on shuttling her kids to and from hockey, basketball, soccer, football, baseball and softball practices and games. Joanne lives in Winnetka with her husband and three kids.
Travel Director: Steve Moltz
Steve grew up in Glenview and Wilmette and played youth hockey for Wilmette. He attended New Trier High School where he played hockey for three years. He continues to have lifelong friendships with his New Trier hockey teammates and is a strong believer in community-based hockey. Steve lives in Glencoe with his wife and two kids who are both in the Winnetka Warriors program and has coached both kids in the minor mite level the past three seasons.
House League Director: Rob Levoy
Rob grew up in Orland Park and can skate and stop. That's about it for hockey chops. However, that doesn't tell the whole story. Living on the North Shore, you're going to become familiar with hockey and he was no exception. The Blackhawks craze attracted his oldest son to the game and he's been at the rink ever since. Watching kids gain confidence, teamwork, pride, discipline, friendship and ability through sport drives Rob every day. In the House League, he gets to experience this growth with kids of all ages and skill levels and that makes the otherwise dreary days of winter quite a bit brighter. Rob has a wife and two boys that have both played Winnetka House League.
Uniform Coordinator: Ali Linehan
Ali grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where she played tennis and lacrosse and enjoyed attending Columbus Chill hockey games. After attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Ali moved to Chicago, met her husband, Todd, also a Miami grad, and worked in advertising sales for nearly twenty years. It was only a matter of time before she dedicated her life to hockey after having three boys in each of the years that the Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup! Ali currently resides - and plays a lot of shinny - in Winnetka with Todd and their three boys, all of whom are proud members of the Warrior family.
Junior Warriors: Mike Gingue
Mike grew up in the Chicagoland area playing his youth hockey for the Barrington Wings and Chicago Young Americans before moving onto high school hockey and club hockey during his college years. Mike has had two sons in the Warriors program and enjoyed coaching them both during their Minor Mite house careers. The Gingue’s have lived in Glencoe for the past 12 years.
Strategy & Operations: Jed Richard
Jed Richard grew up in Connecticut playing AAA hockey mites through midgets, and then for The Taft School. He briefly went on to play hockey and baseball for Army at West Point before serving until the rank of Captain. Jed has been an assistant coach at the mite and squirt levels for WHC where each of his three boys have played. Jed and his wife Meredith are proud annual sponsors of the WHC house league.
Team Manager/Volunteer Coordinator: Betsy Harootyan
Betsy grew up in Winnetka and is the only member of her immediate family to not play hockey, thus she took on the role as the Team Manager Coordinator. She has a son playing for the North Shore Hockey Club, another son playing hockey for New Trier, and her husband, Todd, who coached for many years at the house level, plays as a goalie for/against many other Warrior dads. Betsy and her family live in Northfield, and she is a 4th generation member of the family-owned (and WHC team sponsor) Bratschi Plumbing, located in Winnetka.
North Shore Ice Arena Liaison: Sean Lutz
Sean grew up in Northbrook where he played youth and high school hockey for the Northbrook Bluehawks Hockey Club. As a freshman and sophomore, they appeared in the high school state championship as a JV and played at the Chicago Stadium. He currently lives in Winnetka with his wife Stephanie and two boys Graham and Hunter. Both of his sons play for the Winnetka Hockey club. Sean has coached both of his sons while at the Winnetka Hockey Club.
Registrar: Kathy Estabrooke
As a 48 year resident of Northfield my family and I have been involved with the Winnetka Hockey Club on and off for 35 years. Our son, Clay, started in the House League program at six in 1988 and skated in the program through his Squirt years. He played AAA with CYA and Team Illinois where my husband and I managed the teams at PeeWee, Bantam and Midget levels. We came back to the program when Clay became the assistant coach for the Bantam AA and A teams on alternate seasons for 13 years. To get our hockey fix, Jeff and I could be seen in the stands cheering on the team at most games. Clay and his family now live in Charleston, SC. Our daughter Bailey and her family live in Mundelein. Once I retired from Packaging Corporation of America after 49 years, managing and developing learning programs, I decided it was time to give back to the program that gave so much to my family over the years, so here I am!!