The table below lists the membership of the Power Play Club's Board of Directors for the 2017-18 season. Please contact the board if you are curious about attending a board meeting or would like to serve the club in this or another capacity.


Bill Johnson

Position: President
Other club responsibilities: In-game announcements, post-game receptions, Silent Auction
Joined board: 2008; Current term ends: 2019

Bio: Bill Johnson is the current president of the Power Play Club.  He has been a Gopher women's hockey season ticket holder since the program began in 1997, and is also a long time season ticket holder for Gopher men's hockey.  Bill works part time as Event Staff for Gopher athletic events, and is a U of M alumnus, earning Bachelor and Master degrees in electrical engineering. 

Dave Malerich

Position: Vice President
Other club responsibilities: Member communications, social media
Joined board: 2010; Current term ends: 2019

Bio: Dave Malerich has followed Gopher Women's Hockey since the opening game in 1997, and is a high school classmate of GWH inaugural season captain Julie (Otto) Greeley.  After playing with the U. of M. Pep Band during the team's first few seasons, he continues to attend GWH games – both at home and on the road – as a fan (and a fanatic).  Away from Ridder Arena, Dave plays percussion with the U. of M. Alumni Band and the Inver Hills Community Band, and also sings in two groups at church.

J. Michael Neal

Position: Treasurer
Joined board: 2012; Current term ends: 2018


Alexandria (Alex) Curry

Position: Secretary
Joined board: 2015; Current term ends: 2018

Bio: Alexandria (Alex) Curry has been coming to Gopher Women's Hockey games for 4 years.  She and her husband Chris were hooked from the first $1 game night they came to, and have been season ticket holders for 3 years.  Alex's 19-month old son keeps her on her toes most of the time; you will see him at games wearing Maroon and Gold overalls.  During her free time... oh heck... who is she kidding?!  She doesn't have free time; she chases a 19-month old around.

Todd Pannek

Position: Parent Representative
Joined board: 2016; Current term ends: 2018

Bio: Todd Pannek has been coming to Gopher Women's Hockey games for 6 years, but hasn’t missed a home game for the past 3 seasons.  In his free time, Todd plays hockey at least once a week and also enjoys biking and golf when the weather allows.

Dave Bakken

Position: Director at large
Other club responsibilities: Off-site club events & gatherings
Joined board: 2014; Current term ends: 2018

Bio: Dave Bakken taught mathematics for 37 years prior to his retirement and becoming an incurable addict of Gopher Women's Hockey.  When not involved with GWH, he can be found watching grandchildren play softball, baseball or basketball.  Dave enjoys wading a trout stream with fly rod in hand, or going down a winter trail on cross country skis.

Paula Biever

Position: Director at large
Joined board: 2017; Current term ends: 2019

Bio: Paula Rice Biever has been attending Gopher’s Women Hockey games and a Power Play Club member since the 2012-2013 season.  She enjoys the enthusiasm and hard work ethic that is so evident in the women’s game and the community atmosphere between fans, players and families.  Among her other interests are reading (especially science and science fiction), knitting, and volunteering as a support group facilitator for the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Mark Gibbons

Position: Director at large
Other club responsibilities: Club Room social time (pregame and intermissions)
Joined board: 2013; Current term ends: 2018

Bio: Mark Gibbons attended his first hockey game at age 3, his first MSHSL tournament at 12, first Gopher game at 16 and first Gopher Women's game in 1999.  He considers summer "the dull season" waiting for the women to take to the ice again.  Mark's prize possession is a cheap 2000 National Championship ring he uses to taunt opposing fans.

Barbara Hoese

Position: Director at large
Joined board: 2017; Current term ends: 2019

Bio: Barb Hoese has been a Gopher Women’s Hockey fan since 2013, a Power Play Club member since 2014, and joined the PPC Board this year.  A native Minnesota and long-time Gopher fan of all sports, she serves as a member of the inaugural Gopher Fan Advisory Board for Gopher Athletics.  Off-campus, Barb is an executive coach and designs leadership programs for nonprofit organizations.

Richiko Kamata

Position: Director at large
Other club responsibilities: Website maintenance
Joined board: 2017; Current term ends: 2018

Bio: Richiko Kamata and her husband Takehito watched their first Gopher Women's Hockey game when the Japan national team came to play in September 2013.  Since then, both kept coming back to watch games, becoming big fans of Gopher Women's Hockey.  Richiko and Takehito simply enjoy seeing the team and people in the arena.

Monique Lindquist

Position: Director at large
Other club responsibilities: Fundraising special projects
Joined board: 2014; Current term ends: 2019


Susan "Rennie" McPherson

Position: Director at large
Other club responsibilities: Membership
Joined board: 2015; Current term ends: 2019

Bio: Rennie McPherson has been attending Gopher Women's Hockey since 2002.  She has been a season ticket holder for 3 years and a member of the board for 3 years.  Interests outside of GWH include photography of her FAVORITE subject….GWH !!


Note: all terms are two years, but some members may serve one year if they are elected to fill vacated positions.