Gregg was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he has developed a passion for hockey as a former player, coach, and now, currently as a program administrator. He has an earned Bachelor's Degree of Science in Elementary Education from Geneva College, a Master of Science Degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from California University of Pennsylvania, and most recently earned a second Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Management from Carlow University.
Gregg has spent over 15 years as a coach at the high school, collegiate club, and amateur levels. He is a level 4 certified USA Hockey coach. Some of his most notable coaching memories include a division championship with Robert Morris University in 2007 as Head Coach of Men's Hockey-ACHA Division III. And on the women's side, 2 league championships, 3 national playoff appearances, and 3-time National Coach of the Year Finalist honors as Head Coach of Women's Hockey, ACHA Division II at California University of Pennsylvania from 2010-2014. He currently serves as the Head Coach of North Allegheny High School's 2nd Junior Varsity team.
After completing his MBA and a league internship with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, Gregg served as Associate Commissioner of PIHL and later named Director of Hockey Operations for the league.
Gregg believes that no child or young adult should be left out of enjoying the great game of hockey and is a proponent of inclusion and diversity in the sport. He has been a dedicated advocate in his community for youth programs. Gregg’s wife, Brooke, is also passionate about empowering youth. Professionally, she helps individuals become more self-aware of their own skills, abilities, and deficiencies and through one-on-one counseling, she helps develop coping skills and self-esteem to help them be more adequately prepared with life skills. Together, they both truly believe in high quality inclusive programming for all children and enjoy proudly giving back to the community.
Marilyn "Mally" Nehnevajsa is ecstatic to be taking on the role of Manager of Operations for Hockey Sticks Together. She joins the program with over 10 years of retail experience, with an emphasis in product merchandising and merchandise flow.
Mally was raised in Allison Park and graduated from Hampton High School. After graduating high school she decided fashion and merchandising was something she was passionate about and jumped into a job working for Lacoste, where she excelled in sales and learned the ins and outs of retail. Her next step took her South Carolina to pursue a career with Victoria Secret as a product merchandise manager. Mally and her than boyfriend, now husband, Toby packed up and moved to South Carolina.
While in South Carolina Mally and Toby got engaged. They couldn't imagine raising a family anywhere but Pittsburgh; the move back home was inevitable! Toby played hockey all his life and after a hiatus while in South Carolina he was quick to look for a position as a hockey coach as soon as he got back to Pittsburgh to get on the ice again. Being involved in sports all her life it didn't take long for Mally to share in Toby's passion for this quick and entertaining sport and couldn't wait to be involved herself.
In 2015 Mally and Toby welcomed their first child Carl Jiri "CJ". Naturally they can't wait to get CJ involved in the world of hockey!
Gina is from Verona, PA, just a few minutes east of downtown Pittsburgh! She graduated from Riverview Jr./Sr. high school in 2015 and moved onto Robert Morris University later that fall! She graduated from RMU in May of 2019 with her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Sport Management. She is currently studying online with Arizona State University for her Masters in Legal Studies.
Gina was introduced to HST during her senior year at RMU, where she worked on an advocacy project for Pittsburgh ICE. When she was done with the project, she decided that she loved HST and what we are all about and she wanted to stay on board with us!
Gina also works very closely with the hockey community in Pittsburgh, because she is the Guest Services Assistant at the RMU Island Sports Center. She is very passionate about creating equal opportunities for everyone, at any capacity and has found a nice fit with us here at HST.
For Michele Humphreys, her husband John and their 4 boys, hockey is a way of life. When their older son was 21 months old, Michele and her husband were blessed with the arrival of triplet boys! Having 4 boys under the age of 2, the Humphreys Family faced many challenges. However, one of the triplets, James, was born with spina bifida and would face far greater challenges in life than his brothers.
Michele’s dedication and focus became volunteering for organizations that improve and enrich the lives of disabled individuals. In partnership with MLB player Sean Casey and his wife Mandi, she volunteered her time to help fund and build the Miracle League of the South Hills adaptive baseball field in Upper Saint Clair, PA which was completed in 2011.
Her children’s passion for hockey led to a 2-year commitment to serve as the ADM Director of the Pittsburgh Predators hockey organization. In that role, she focused on growing the program and implementing USA Hockey initiatives for youth hockey players. Growing up in the rink, James fell in love with the sport of hockey while watching his brothers play and he hit the ice on a sled with the Mighty Penguins in 2011. Sled hockey has given James so many amazing opportunities that his family never dreamed were possible! In 2013, Michele enthusiastically assumed the role of Executive Director of the Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey program.
With the success of restructuring the Mighty Penguins organization to provide opportunities for physically disabled athletes, Michele worked in partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Board Chair, Fran Muracca, to found the Hockey Sticks Together Foundation in 2016, serving as the Executive Director through August, 2019.
Michele graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University. Her education includes a major in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Information Technology Services. Upon graduation, she worked as a Logistics Systems Analyst for TRW out of Reston, Viriginia. Michele later worked as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for Johnson and Johnson in Pittsburgh before leaving the work force to focus on raising her family.
Check out James Humphreys' story here.