BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dot Sheehan is the Founder, President and CEO of Operation Hat Trick, a non profit organization that “supports the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of OHT branded merchandise, proceeds of which are donated to those organizations that support OHT’s mission”. From a simple idea, Dot has created a brand that has grown into a globally recognized multi million dollar business at retail.
Prior to Operation Hat Trick, Dot 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. She forged partnerships with corporations whose goal was to have their brand partnered with sports.
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. She 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. In 2020, Dot was announced as an International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) 2020 Hall of Fame inductee. In 2019, Dot became only the 10th recipient of the multi-decade old International Collegiate Licensing Association’s coveted ICLA Service Award. Dot lives in Hampton, NH.
Stephen Hardy, Ph.D., retired in 2014 as Professor of Kinesiology and Affiliate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowdoin College and his graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts. He worked in the sport industry over four decades, as a coach, an administrator, a board member, and an NCAA faculty athletics representative. He taught sport management and sport studies courses at University of Washington, Robert Morris University, Carnegie Mellon University, and UNH. He is a co-author of Sport Marketing (5E 2021) which has been translated into eight languages. His publications also include How Boston Played (1982, 2003), Hockey: A Global History (2018) and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic presses and newspapers. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He won college and university awards for excellence in research and teaching. He was a founder of the Charles Holt Archives of American Hockey, which are located at UNH’s Dimond Library. He and his wife Donna raised three wonderful sons: Josh, Ben, and Nate. Josh’s death (1993) and Nate’s death (2008) immersed Steve in the practical and intellectual world of grief and grief support. He has written on grief and resilience at OneSummit.org and runs support programs for spouses/partners, siblings, and parents. He is now writing a trilogy of historical novels that trace a family’s experience with corruption in sports, the wounds of war, grief, and resilience.
Ann Clasby is the President and Co-Founder of Soul Sisters for a Cause, a strategic marketing company focused to support mission-based organizations, non-profit and corporate social responsibility programs broaden their social impact. An agent, for social good.
Ann has 25+ years of sales and business development experience and led teams in fast-paced environments to increase sales and market share. She is also the former Sales Manager and Sales Leader for Quad/Graphics, where she founded two new business facilities in Minneapolis and Dallas. Years later she moved into licensing as an executive at Meesh & Mia, a start-up company for women’s licensed fashion for the NCAA and the NFL.
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 is a Managing Director and Senior Wealth Advisor for Wilmington Trust in Atlanta. He leads a team that is responsible for providing comprehensive investment management, wealth planning, private banking, fiduciary, and family office services to affluent families and single-family offices throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Chip was a Wealth Advisor for Bessemer Trust in Boston and Atlanta.
Chip earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He began his career as a pilot in the Navy where he flew SH60 SEAHAWK helicopters. Deploying with a NATO battlegroup, he flew missions from U.S. and ally ships in support of the Global War on Terror. He participated in rescue operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and was awarded an Air Medal for his actions while rescuing survivors. He went on to serve with the Marines of 2d ANGLICO, leading teams in ground combat operations in Iraq. It was in this capacity that Chip had the privilege to serve alongside Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Nate Hardy and fellow board member, Gunnery Sergeant Ryan Stevens.
Chip and his wife Kristine, live in Alpharetta, GA with their wonderful children. When not cheering on their kids in sports and other activities their family enjoys taking ski trips and going to the beach.
Andy earned a reputation for results by creating competitive advantage for his companies and clients, measurably increasing valuation along the way. He has collaborated with hundreds of founders, CEO’s, Boards and CMO’s spanning technology, B2B and consumer companies, private and public, at local, national and international levels. His experience includes corporate, non-profit, social cause, agency and higher education as well as deep entrepreneurial experience. His skillset spans marketing; branding; communications; fund raising; cause marketing; content creation; and corporate social responsibility.
Before founding Soulful Advantage and Beaupre & Co., Andy worked for The Muscular Dystrophy Association; Prime Computer (which became a Fortune 500 company) and The Strayton Corporation, America’s first tech focused PR firm. Third party recognition of Andy’s results impact includes a 2017 Engage For Good HALO award (www.engageforgood.org) for cause marketing; Silver Anvils; Super Bells; Bronze Anvils; and SABRE awards.
Andy has been a pro bono strategic communications advisor to University of New Hampshire (UNH) Presidents and a board member of the UNH Foundation. He holds board positions with Operation Hat Trick (OHT) and NH Hunger Solutions. Social cause issues he cares about include hunger; injured veterans; child and youth advocacy; higher-education; cancer; STEM; entrepreneurial support within developing nations; sustainability and the environment.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude in communications from the University of New Hampshire. An avid photographer (www.beauprephotography.com), he lives in Dover, NH.
Valerie Wilson is a Regional Sales Director for ParentSquare, a platform for Charter and K-12 public school districts that unifies communications for school administrators, support staff, coaches, teachers, parents and students. Equal access – and equity for all – are her passions.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Wilson received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hartwick College and her Master’s Degree from Cortland State University. She was a writing professor at Syracuse University for 15 years, then transitioned into writing, branding, public speaking, marketing, business development and sales for both higher education and the K-12 market. She now lives in Dublin, CA.
Val brings to OHT compassion, energy, gratitude and commitment to further empowering those who have bravely served.
Chris Nyland is the President of The Campus Agency, an award-winning, nontraditional media, and marketing agency based in Boston, MA that specializes in helping brands make strong consumer connections with the college/Gen Z demographic via influencer, digital and experiential marketing campaigns.
Prior to his time at The Campus Agency, Nyland has led branded partnership divisions at the University of Connecticut and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. He has also gained relevant marketing experience at the University of New Hampshire, University of Miami, IMG, and the World Baseball Classic/Major League Baseball.
Ryan Stevens retired in 2018 from the United States Marine Corps as a Gunnery Sergeant. He served in 2D Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) conducting ten combat deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and Fire Support Chief (FSC). Ryan is the recipient of two Purple Hearts and multiple valor awards to include the Bronze Star Medal.
He is a graduate of the American Military University, and author of “Out of the Darkness: How a Special Operations Marine Found the Light.”
Ryan and his devoted wife Stephanie own and operate Full Armor Farm in New Vineyard, Maine. They raise Scottish Highland beef cattle, maple & birch syrup, apple cider, chicken eggs. Ryan and Stephanie are blessed to be raising four beautiful children under the Lord’s guidance.