Wynters was the driving force behind the creation of the "Road to the TD Garden" Tour, "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" and the Hockey East Kids' Club. After nine seasons, the Skating Strides program has raised nearly $300,000 for grass roots breast cancer initiatives, while at the same time increased attendance at women's hockey games and gave the student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they study and play hockey.
A native of Quincy, MA, the former Kathy Walsh earned a B.S. degree in marketing from Providence College in 1982. She began her career while an undergraduate, as a three-year intern with the men's hockey team. Following graduation, she served the Friars in two capacities; first as Assistant Sports Information Director (primary men's hockey contact) and then as Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Marketing. While at PC, and before Hockey East had a full-time staff, Wynters worked with former PC athletic director, and then Commissioner, Lou Lamoriello on the launch of the conference in 1983, and then coordinated the first three Hockey East championship tournaments (1985-87). She also served as Tournament Director for the 1986 NCAA Men's Frozen Four at the Providence Civic Center, co-hosted by Brown and Providence College.
In 1988, Wynters left her position at PC and moved over to Hockey East on a full-time basis, where she served the conference as Assistant Commissioner during the late 80's and early 90's, before going on to work for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, spending three years as a Marketing Director, coordinating licensing and souvenir merchandising. Among her earlier accomplishments at Hockey East, Wynters worked with Joe Bertagna in coordinating the first and only "Hockeyfest" events, combining the ECAC and Hockey East championships into single weekend events from 1989-91.
Kathy and her husband Chuck (a retired on-ice official for Hockey East), reside in Waltham, MA. They are the parents of two recent college graduates: daughter Annie (23), is a high school history/special education teacher, and son C.J. (22), is a certified athletic trainer (ATC).
BRIAN SMITH - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Prior to joining the conference in July 2014, Smith spent two years with USA Hockey as the Brian Fishman Intern. Dividing his time with USA Hockey between the national office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Smith traveled extensively while assisting at numerous international tournaments with the U.S. National Teams. While with the NTDP, Smith served as the main media contact and managed both the U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams. Additionally, Smith played an integral role in the execution of the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.
Smith has also spent time working with the Boston Bruins and New England Revolution in various roles within the communications department, assisting with the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as well as major international soccer friendlies.
A former high school hockey player at Woburn Memorial High School, Smith is a 2012 graduate of Boston College where he earned four varsity letters while competing as a member of the men's track and field team within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Smith resides in Brighton, Massachusetts.
SUZANNE FRIEDMAN - GRADUATE Intern
In the spring and summer of 2015, Friedman served as the Tournament Services Assistant for the PGA TOUR's Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her main responsibilities included recruiting and leading over 550 volunteers. The previous summer, Friedman served as the USA Women's Hockey Operations Intern in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She assisted with all matters related to the Girls' Select National Player Development Camps, U18 and U22 August Festival, and U18 and U22 Series vs. Canada.
Friedman earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont where she played ACHA Women's Hockey for four years. As a senior, Friedman served as both captain and president for her team. Her duties included scheduling games and practices, referees, buses, hotels, and off ice work-outs. In addition to hockey and classes, Friedman also founded LGBTQuiet, a group for students to discuss issues of gender identity and sexuality. Friedman received the Class of 1967 Award for leadership, academic competence and character.
JUSTIN MARTINO - GRADUATE Intern
Justin is a native of Winthrop Massachusetts and prior to attending the University of Connecticut he attended Worcester Academy. While at Worcester Academy, Justin excelled in football, hockey and baseball.
Justin is hoping to attend law school in the near future and then go on to pursue a career in sports law.
History of Hockey East's Intern Program
1st season – 2006-07: Scott Donnelly (Providence); now Director of Athletic Marketing at UMass-Lowell
2nd season – 2007-08: Andrew Bartlett (Providence); now working at St. Sebastian's
3rd season – 2008-09: Elizabeth Fierman (Boston University); worked as SID at UMass-Lowell, now working at ESPN
4th season – 2009-10: Stephanie Bambury (St. Mike's grad, but worked at Vermont as a jr & sr); also did an internship with Red Sox after HE; now Interim Director of Athletic Marketing at Dartmouth
5th season – 2010-11: Greg Rosa (Boston College); now Director of Marketing for Manchester (NH) Monarchs (AHL Hockey)
6th season – 2011-12: Andrew Zagorianakos (Maine); now Asst Equipment Manager at Boston College
7th season – 2012-13: Kristen Blake (Northeastern)
8th season – 2013-14: Mike Brown (Northeastern)
9th season – 2014-15: Keagan Gallagher (Vermont) and Andrew Veneziano (Boston College)
DAVE LEZENSKI - SUPERVISOR OF OFFICIALS
Lezenski's full-time profession is Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health in Billerica Public Schools. He is actively involved with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Lezenski also works for the NCAA during the men's and women's national tournaments, working with video replay and evaluation of officials.
The former NIHOA and ECAC veteran official is a native of Lynn, Mass., and currently resides in Lowell, Mass.
TIM HOOTON - ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR OF OFFICIALS
This Melrose, MA native played for the legendary Henry Hughes and is an Executive Board member for the Eastern Massachusetts Ice Hockey Officials Association as well as the Director of Officials for the MVC/DCL Boys and Girls High School Ice Hockey Conference.
Professionally, he is a State Investigator for the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABCC).