Founder, President and CEO
Dot Sheehan is the Founder, President and CEO of Operation Hat Trick. Prior to Operation Hat Trick, Sheehan was the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at the University of New Hampshire for almost 20 years. She oversaw all areas that affected the external public at this Division I, 20-sport University.
Prior to her time in the Athletic Department, Dot was president of Sheehan Sports Marketing, a consulting firm that represented professional athletes on the marketing side of their lives.
Dot was one of the first female “agents” in sports and has continued to work with women whose goal is to make sports their career. In 2012, she was awarded the UNH Alumni Association Profile of Service Award for contributions made to the university. Sheehan also received the 2013 Innovators’ Award for her vision and work with Operation Hat Trick. She is the first female and the first UNH staff member to receive the award.
Stephen Hardy is the father of Nate Hardy, to whom OHT is dedicated. Stephen retired in 2014 as professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, where he won awards for excellence in research and teaching.
Before UNH, Stephen taught sport management and sport studies at the University of Washington, Robert Morris College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Massachusetts. His publications include How Boston Played (1982, 2003), Sport Marketing (1993, 2000, 2007), and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic presses. He is working with Andrew Holman on a history of ice hockey, tentatively titled Coolest Game: A History of Hockey.
Stephen and his wife Donna (pictured with Stephen, above) live in Durham, N.H., where they raised three wonderful sons: Josh, Ben, and Nate. Josh died of brain cancer in 1993 at age 18. Ben is married and lives happily in Vermont.
Andy co-founded Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, a national communications firm that grew to a top-10 ranking among U.S. independent technology agencies. More than 30 Beaupre clients were memorably and authentically branded, increasing valuations and triggering acquisitions collectively valued at more than $20 billion. Beaupre & Co. was acquired by Brodeur Partners and Omnicom (NYSE: OMC).
He currently heads up the social responsibility practice, working with non-profit, consumer, business-to-business and technology clients. He also provides strategic positioning, differentiation and messaging counsel.
Andy has been a pro bono strategic communications advisor to all University of New Hampshire (UNH) Presidents since 2000 as well as a board member of the UNH Foundation. He also holds board positions with Operation Hat Trick, NH Kids Count and NH Hunger Solutions in affiliation with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in communications from UNH and is a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Accredited Public Relations Counselor (APR). He is an avid runner and photographer (www.beauprephotography.com) and lives in Dover, NH.
Ann Clasby is the President and Founder of Soul Sisters for a Cause, which partners with corporate citizenship programs to inspire purchases with a purpose. She is also the former Sales Manager and Sales Leader for Quad/Graphics, where she founded two new business facilities in Minneapolis and Dallas.
Ann has 23 years of sales and business development experience. She lead teams in fast-paced environments where she has helped increase sales and market share by over 100% while developing new markets. She moved into licensing as an executive at Meesh & Mia, a start-up company for women’s licensed fashion for the NCAA and NFL. Ann brings innovation, creative thought, energy and passion to help support Operation Hat Trick’s mission.
Ann earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Coppell, Texas with her husband Michael and their two amazing children.
Chip Kelleher works in wealth management at Bessemer Trust, a privately held, multifamily office. He is also a Regional Director for the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, RI.
Chip is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Upon graduation from Annapolis, Chip was commissioned as an officer in the Navy and earned his designation as a Naval Aviator flying SH60 SEAHAWK helicopters. He went on to serve with the Marines of 2d ANGLICO as a Joint Tactical Air Controller leading teams in combat operations in Iraq. It was in this capacity that Chip served alongside CPO Nate Hardy in Anbar Province.
Chip left the service in 2008. He lives in Wenham, MA with his wife Kristine and their incredible kids. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth lacrosse, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Brian White is a Vice President and 20-year veteran with The Collegiate Licensing Company (a WME company) responsible for overseeing CLC’s management, protection, and marketing of the nation’s leading collegiate brands.
Brian has been involved with Operation Hat Trick (OHT) since its transition from a local charitable concept into an international philanthropic co-brand, working closely with Dot Sheehan to provide the strategic brand guidance for the program.
Brian, who has also owned and operated collegiate retail stores, graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University. He has served as president of the board of the Lumberjack Athletic Association, responsible for raising money for NAU Athletics, on the board of NAU’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and the board of Flagstaff’s Master Chorale. Brian and his wife Alison have four sons and live in Sedona, Ariz.
Advisor to the Board
Marc Sedam is Managing Director of UNH Innovation and Associate Vice Provost of Innovation and new ventures at the University of New Hampshire. He has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation.
In addition to his position with UNH, Marc is the Founding Director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational research funding program. He teaches start-up formation at the Paul College of Business and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Marc has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from The University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a focus on entrepreneurship and new ventures.