Board of Directors & Advisors

The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation
Casey Powell

Casey Powell

Founder

Casey Powell is an entrepreneur, endorser, player, coach and lacrosse ambassador. Since graduating from Syracuse University, Powell has spent his professional career traveling the world playing, teaching and helping to spread the game of lacrosse. He has represented several notable companies such as Reebok, Easton, Warrior, Toyota, SoBe, Brine, Bud Light, DYG, Disney, Muscle Milk, Body By Jake and Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Casey hosted his own lacrosse radio show for Sirius XM and has done commentating for MSG network, ESPN and CBS Sports Network.

Casey is an accomplished lacrosse player considered to be one of the sport’s best ever. In college he was a four time All American and two-time National Player of the Year. For the past 15 seasons Powell has played professionally for many teams and is one of only 2 players ever to be named MVP in both the MLL and National Lacrosse League (NLL).

He has been selected to play on three United States Men’s National Teams and was captain of Team USA in 2006 and again in 2011. He was selected to the All Century Team, MLL All Decade Team and Upstate Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Casey is currently a partner for lacrosse education leader LB3 Lacrosse which runs camps, clinics, clubs and tournaments nationally. He is the current head of lacrosse spring training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and just launched his own apparel/clothing line. Casey is also founder of a modified version of the game called, SPEED Lacrosse™. He resides in Delray Beach, Florida, with his daughter Bella.

Heather Chase O’Neill

Heather Chase O’Neill

Executive Director | Co-Founder

Heather Chase O’Neill has served on several boards in her local community of Sarasota, Florida, and is a co-founder of the World Lacrosse Foundation. Heather joined the Riverview Rams Varsity Girls Lacrosse program in 2017.

Heather played at Division One Syracuse University and was selected as an All-American Field Hockey Team. She earned a degree in Education and soon after taught at St.Paul’s School for Boys outside Baltimore, Maryland. In addition she coached field hockey and basketball for several years before taking off and starting motherhood.

Growing up in South Jersey, Heather consumed every sport made available to her but her school did not offer lacrosse at the time. She would have loved to play. She feels fortunate that her son lives where he has the opportunity to play this amazing sport filled with history, unique culture, and great community. She is committed to helping it grow everywhere.

Heather’s mission is to spread and share the sport of lacrosse and the love of sports and camaraderie it brings.

Heather’s mission is to spread and share the sport of lacrosse.

Mike Berkman

Board Member

Mike Berkman is passionate about the positive role athletic mentoring plays in the development of the minds & spirit of young people. He has served as a lacrosse coach in Orlando, FL for 8 years & is on the staff of Team 22 in Boca Raton, FL & Dr. Phillips HS in Orlando. With 20 years experience as a leader in global organizations, Mike is known for his long-range vision & his ability to build effective teams.

Prior to launching INFOPIPE Enterprises, he worked in senior roles in business units in the Fortune 1000. Mike recently co-founded SPEED Lacrosse ™. SPEED™ is a pioneering new sport rooted in lacrosse that utilizes key attributes from basketball, hockey, & tennis. SPEED™ is designed to exponentially raise lacrosse participation by significantly reducing barriers to entry. SPEED™ increases long-term player retention at all ages & skill tiers, focuses on lacrosse’s core fundamentals & raises the bar for diverse athleticism. SPEED™ is directly in concert with the global growth values of the WLF. Mike is on the Board of Directors for the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida & the Play for Keeps Foundation. He holds a BS in Marketing from Clarkson University (NY) where he played NCAA DIII basketball & lacrosse. Mike is from Watertown, NY & resides in Windermere, FL, with his wife Kathy & 3 children.

Tony Greer

Tony Greer

Board Member

Tony Greer is a Director of Institutional Equity Sales and Trading at Canadian broker-dealer GMP Securities in New York. He writes a daily financial newsletter that goes to over one thousand market professionals. Before transitioning into the equity market Tony traded currencies and commodities at Goldman Sachs from 1994 through 2000. Tony played lacrosse at Cornell University (class of ’90) and attended Chaminade High School on Long Island. He currently lives in Atlantic Beach with his wife and three children. Tony is Vice President of the Long Beach Lacrosse Club, coaches lacrosse for the youth program, and loves creative writing, playing the guitar, surfing, drawing and photography.

Dan Cetrone

Dan Cetrone

Board Member

College – Springfield – ’96
Occupation – Coach
Kids/family – Dora, Frankie, Matthew, Nico
Born: 11/16/73

Favorite lacrosse experience – A couple of months ago I asked a group of my former players to send me a note about their favorite Greensboro College Lacrosse Memory. The info that came back is probably my best lacrosse experience. The guys wrote about their fun times, their tough times, they had funny team stories and a lot of stories about me. The best part of it was the stories about their life lessons that they learned along the way. As a coach you never know who you are influencing and when, but these stories talked about the men that they have become today because of things that they learned, struggled with and laughed about in the past.

Why you represent CPWLF? I have been asked by the Best Player in the World to be on his team. Who wouldn’t represent for this opportunity. I might not be actually on the field, but I am helping to promote this game in an amazing way. The team consists of a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds that possess a lot of different talents. I am excited that I have something to bring to the table and I hope I can do my part to be sure that our team reaches our goals.

Chris Mattes

Chris Mattes

Board Member

Chris Mattes is Co-Founder of The Faceoff Academy.

  • Volunteer Assistant at The University of Maryland
  • Faceoff Specialist for the Florida Launch
  • Member of the German National Team
  • 5 Year MLL Veteran
  • 2011 MLL Champion (Boston Cannons)
  • Rutgers University (2007-2011)
  • 2011 USILA All American
  • 2011 First Team All Big East
Chris McCartan

Chris McCartan

Board Member

Chris McCartan grew up in Buffalo, New York, and has lived in Concord since 2002. As the child of a single mother, he learned the values of hard work and responsibility from one of the most incredible women in the world.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He was also fortunate to leave SU as a National Champion, Captain, and three-year starter of the Orange lacrosse team. Chris went on to receive his law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Marcus Holman

Marcus Holman

Board Member

Born in Baltimore, MD

Attended Gilman High School

  • All American and Team ranked #1 High School in 2009

University of North Carolina

  • 3x All American
  • 2x Captain
  • ACC Player of the Year & Tewaaraton Finalist in 2013
  • 2nd All-Time in Career Points (213)

Ohio Machine

  • 13th Draft Pick in 2013 MLL Draft
  • 2014 MLL Leading Goal Scorer
  • Franchise All Time Leading Goal Scorer

2014 Team USA (Outdoor)
2015 Team USA (Indoor)

Adam Ghitelman

Adam Ghitelman

Board Member

Born in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Attended Cold Spring Harbor HS

  • 3X HS All-American
  • State Champion
  • 2X Long Island Player of the Year
  • Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Virginia

  • 2x All American
  • Team Captain
  • National Champion
  • 1st All-Time in ACC Wins
  • 2nd All-Time in Saves

Major League Lacrosse

  • Starting Goalie for the Atlanta Blaze
  • MLL All-Star
  • Captain of 2 MLL Teams (Charlotte Hounds & Atlanta Blaze)
  • Team USA Candidate
Rachel Zietz

Rachel Zietz

Student Board Member

About Rachel Zietz: Rachel Zietz was already the CEO of a successful sports training line by the time she entered her freshman year of high school in 2014. Rachel is the founded of Gladiator Lacrosse, a high-quality sports training equipment line with an affordable price point. At 16 years old, as a straight-A high school student, athlete, CEO, and dedicated family member, Rachel has maintained a profitable company without ever compromising the brand’s fundamental intent or consumer promise. Rachel was recently featured this year in Florida Governor Scott’s State of the State address, presented with the Boca Chamber’s Diamond Award which is awarded annually to the top woman business leader and also became a recipient of the Florida’s Young Entrepreneurs Award. Not only has she been recognized for her business in the lacrosse industry but her skills as an athlete as well. As a sophomore she has recently been named as an alternate member to Florida’s National Lacrosse team. Rachel has also branched out to become a speaker for organization such as US Chamber of commerce, Round Square and Cisco. She continues to receive recognition for her impressive accomplishments, her inspiring determination and her boundless entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity.

Kara Cannizzaro

Kara Cannizzaro

Board Member

About Kara Cannizzaro: Kara is currently the head lacrosse coach at Valor Christian in Denver and is a member of the Boston Storm professional team.

2013

  • Nike endorsed Athlete
  • Nominated for ESPYS: Best female collegiate athlete
  • Honda Award winner for Lacrosse
  • Athletic Student Director Scholar Athlete
  • Tewaaraton Finalist
  • First team All-American First team all-south by IWLCA
  • All-ACC tournament team
  • All-ACC team
  • ACC Offensive player of the week- 3 times
  • Patterson Medal award winner (Best Female athlete at Carolina for 2013)
  • Holds Carolina record for points in a single season: 83
  • Second in Carolina in history for single season goals: 61

2012

  • Member of the US Senior national team
  • All-ACC Team
  • All-ACC Tournament
  • ACC Offensive Player of the Week -1 time
  • Second-team All-America honors from SynapseSports.com
  • Named third-team All-America IWLCA
  • Second-team All-South by the IWLCA
  • One of 25 midseason candidates for the Tewaaraton Award

2011

  • Second-team All-South by the IWLCA

2010

  • All-ACC Academic Women’s Lacrosse Team
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll
  • Dean’s List

High School:

  • Under Armour All-American
  • First team all-American 2009
  • Honorable mention All-American 2008
  • Recorded: 323 goals, 129 assists, 376 ground balls and 212 caused turnovers
Stephen Ceperich

Stephen Ceperich

Board Member

About Stephen Ceperich:

  • Played high school lacrosse at Blue Ridge School in Virginia.
  • Played college lacrosse at Radford University in Virginia.
  • Has been coaching lacrosse for over fifteen years.
  • Founded Code Lacrosse in 2010
  • Head Coach at Deep Run High School in Richmond Va. (been there 10 years)

About Peter and Heidi Black:

Peter and Heidi Black recently relocated from Simsbury, CT to Park City, UT. Peter is now the SVP of Sales for Domo, having previously spent considerable time building world-class sales teams at companies such as Dun & Bradstreet, Acxiom, and SAP Ariba. As a player, Peter played at Ridgefield, CT high school and then Western New England University where he was a 4-time All-League selection, a 3-time team MVP, an All-New England honoree, and a member of his university’s Hall Of Fame. Peter’s post-collegiate lacrosse involvement includes 30 years playing for the CT Valley Lacrosse Club and coaching/board duties for Simsbury Youth lacrosse and the CT Rip IT Elite program. Heidi has been the rock of their family, raising three boys (Hunter, Craig, Charlie) that are playing lacrosse at the collegiate and high school level, and doing significant volunteer work for the Simsbury and Park City lacrosse programs, as well Casey Powell Lacrosse Camps over the years.

Board of Advisors

Gary Gait

Advisory Board Member

Gary Gait is universally considered to be one of the best players in the history of men’s lacrosse. A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Gait and his twin brother, Paul, began their college playing careers at Syracuse University in 1987. There, under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Head Coach Roy Simmons Jr., the duo revolutionized lacrosse, bringing a sense of style and excitement the game had never seen before. The excitement Gary and his brother brought to the field every game helped our sport take an unprecedented leap in popularity. Gait won three straight NCAA National Titles from 1988 through 1990. In 1990 Gait was selected as the NCAA Tournament MVP on what many still call “the greatest team ever assembled.” He was National Player of the Year twice and National Midfielder of the Year twice. Gary went on to play 17 years of professional lacrosse and remains the most decorated player in the sports history. In his final game as a player, Gait scored four goals in the fourth quarter to lead Team Canada to the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship. He is a member of the All Century Team, the NLL Hall of Fame, the US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and has been victorious in every possible major lacrosse championship – the NCAA, NLL, NLL, the Mann Cup, the Heritage Cup and the 2006 World Championships. Gary Gait is the current Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach for Syracuse University. He resides in Dewitt, NY, with his wife Nicole and their two kids, Taylor and Braedon.

Mark Blake

Advisory Board Member

Mark Blake is a Managing Director at the Meriwether Family Office in San Francisco. He has founded and sold several international and domestic companies in the tourism and wine industry. Mark was an owner and on the board of directors of the San Francisco Dragons of the MLL(Major League Lacrosse). Mark currently coaches youth lacrosse and is the Boys Director for the Ross Valley Grizzlies Youth Lacrosse Club in Marin County, California. Mark has a BA in Economics from Denison University and lives in Ross, California with his wife and three children.

Phil Romano

Advisory Board Member

Phil Romano is a restaurateur, author, artist and entrepreneur. Romano is one of the most successful restauranteurs in the US has ever seen having founded multiple successful culinary groups with national and international reach. Perhaps best known as founder of immensely popular Fuddruckers and Romano’s Macaroni Grill chains, Romano has also pioneered in philanthropy as the founder of Hunger Busters, a Dallas, Texas, charity that feeds the homeless as well as serving tirelessly on several boards. Phil’s current personal ties to his Medicine Game are in Dallas where he is a huge supporter of his son Sam’s passion for the game.

Darren Lowe

Advisory Board Member

Darren Lowe is Head US Institutional Sales in Fixed Income & Currencies. Lowe joined RBC Capital Markets’ Fixed Income and Currencies (FIC) in 2009 as the Head of Rates Sales. He is now responsible for US FIC distribution in the FIC group. He is on the Donation Committee as well as the Diversity Committee at RBC. Darren is also a member of Global FIC OC. Prior to joining RBC, Darren spent time at Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and Bank of America in various sales and management roles. Outside of RBC, Darren sits on the Board of Directors for Good Sheppard Services and the US Lacrosse National Team Committee. He graduated from Brown University with a BA in Political Science in 1992. Darren Lowe is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Andrew & Janet Knust

Advisory Board Members

Steve Ceperich

Advisory Board Member

Doug Fierro

Advisory Board Member

Peter & Heidi Black

Advisory Board Members

Barnaby & Dekiy Rich

Advisory Board Members

Mick & Vickie A Night

Advisory Board Members

John & Darby Annuniziata

Advisory Board Members

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