board of directors & SUPPORT STAFF

Seattle Pride Hockey Association is a registered 501(c)(7) non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. 

The board of directors is comprised of the executive branch – consisting of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership Director, as well as a team of support staff.

The board of directors are responsible for the overall day to day operations of the organization, including government affairs, finances, taxes, logistics & operations. This team backed by an incredible group of support staff and seasonal volunteers that range in experience from events and sports management, media and production, game operations, advertising & marketing, and social media, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. These support staff & volunteers support the board of directors in a variety of projects supporting our events, programs & tournaments.

We are always seeking diverse voices. If you are interested in joining us in our mission of making hockey a more diverse and equitable sport, consider volunteering with us. You can also email our board of directors at [email protected].

board of directors

Steven thompson

president & co-treasurer, board of directors
director of Logistics & operations

Email Me: [email protected]

About Me: Steven has enjoyed hockey ever since he was a little kid. From as far back as he can remember, he would attend Seattle Thunderbirds games with his dad back in the Seattle Center/Key Arena days. Read more… 

joseph gale

vice president, board of directors
director of sales & marketing

Email Me: [email protected]

About Me: At the age of three, Joey first laced up his skates (well, his Dad did) and stepped onto the pond for the first time. Joey grew up playing league hockey in Minnesota, the self-proclaimed “state of hockey”, and played up until high school. While he still found his way to the pond, Joey didn’t jump back into organized hockey until 2015, following his graduation from Drake. After making a trek from Des Moines, IA, to Seattle with his partner, Joey began playing in the GSHL in 2018. Read more… 

steven laing

Secretary, board of directors
director of Multimedia

Email Me: [email protected]

About Me: Steven is a Seattle based content producer with a passion for the game of hockey. When he’s not on the ice, he spends his time with his family, his husky Luna, making music with his friends, and on the golf course. Read more… 

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Co-treasurer, board of directors
director of finance

Email Me: [email protected]

About Me: Coming soon…


Membership Director

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About Me: Coming soon…

Support staff


Managing Director, Game experience

Email Me: Coming soon…

About Me: Randy Coté grew up in Snohomish County surrounded by hockey. He and his siblings played in the Seattle Junior Hockey Association as kids, his dad was a volunteer coach, and they were all supported by the world’s greatest hockey mom. With the exception of a few pick-up games over the years, he picked up organized hockey again after a 20-year hiatus back in 2017. Read more… 

alexis haire

Managing Director, Communications & Website Maintenance

Email Me: [email protected]

About Me: Alexis originates from the Bay Area, California, where she learned to play hockey in college (Go Sharks!). She moved to Seattle in 2015, and quickly joined the local women’s hockey community. She served as President of the Seattle Women’s Hockey Club for 3 years, before volunteering to help with the SPHA. Read more… 

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gilbert villalpando

Managing Director, diversity & inclusion

Email Me: Coming soon…

About Me: Gilbert learned to play hockey as an adult after moving to Wisconsin for his university studies. He took a chance on a newly formed developmental hockey league called Madison Gay Hockey Association (MGHA) and enjoyed the people and learning hockey so much that he has been playing hockey ever since. Read more… 

gavin parker

managing director, tournament productions

Email Me: [email protected]

About Me: Gavin grew up in the DC area running around local hockey rinks and attending Capitals (Rock the Red!) games since he can remember. His dad played for a prep school in New England and then recreationally until they moved to the Seattle area in 2013, and it wasn’t until Gavin went to the University of Connecticut in 2017 that he found hockey again. Read more… 

Michelle Mendez

Managing Director, Graphic Design & Marketing

Email Me: Coming soon…

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