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Board Members



Phil Clark (Founder and Past President of the Foundation)

Phil Clark first visited Teen Ranch in 1973. He was a guest instructor at the Ranch before his career moved him to the West Coast. In the early 90s he was looking for a riding school for his two daughters and, remembering the great time he had at the camp, he got back in touch.His daughters both enjoyed riding school at Teen Ranch so much that they kept returning, year after year, and eventually became staff members. Phil then started taking his son to the hockey camp and initiated the idea of a father & son hockey camp which has now become one of the most popular weeks of the year. Phil comments, “the camp's a great bonding experience and a way to enhance Christian values in my family”.

Phil is Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Client Relations at US-based Epoch Investment Partners. He was a 17 year veteran of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., now part of Alliance Capital, where his responsibilities included being National Managing Director of Bernstein's private client business, frequently speaking at the firm's Client and Professional Conferences. Previously, he was Managing Director of Bernstein's Institutional Asset Management business, overseeing the firm's $50 billion clientele, the largest amount of value assets in the pension business. He initiated and managed Bernstein's successful sub-advisory business and was responsible for many of the marketing innovations in practice at the firm today. He was instrumental in the success of the Los Angeles office, the first of now many regional offices. Prior to Bernstein, Phil was President of InveQuest Securities, a family-owned investment firm dealing with wealthy individuals for 5 years and had a 7 year marketing career at IBM, including Marketing Manager of the Ft. Worth, TX new business office. Phil holds a B.S. in Administrative Sciences from Yale University.

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Paul M. Bagnoli

Paul and his family have been good friends of Teen Ranch for many years. They have enjoyed hockey camp and horse back riding as well as a deep fellowship with Mel and Betty.
Paul has been married to Lauren for 27 years and they have two children in college.

Paul spent his working career with Sanford C. Bernstein, Inc. as a senior partner and senior portfolio manager for the privately held investment management company. He retired in June of 2004 after 20 years with Bernstein, and has pursued a second career in service to our Lord. He and Lauren now volunteer full time in a variety of ministry activities locally and internationally. Their primary commitments are to New York City Relief, a ministry that provides mobile services to the homeless and addicted poor in New York, City and New Jersey; they are Crown Financial Ministry representatives at their church and are spending an increasing amount of time on the development of care facilities for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

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Bruce Bowser (President of the Foundation Board)

Bruce Bowser has been a friend of Teen Ranch for many years and has been on the board for several years. As a keen hockey player, Bruce goes on the ice twice a week at the Teen Ranch facility.

Bruce is President and CEO of AMJ Campbell Van Lines, Canada’s largest moving company with 48 locations from coast to coast.  Prior to joining AMJ in 1992, Bruce held various management positions with the Bank of Nova Scotia from 1985 through 1992. Bruce received his education at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

Bruce has been a past director of the Ontario Trucking Association, past President of the Halifax/Dartmouth YMYWCA, past President of the Founder’s Club of Toronto, and is currently a director of Atlas Canada, The National Club of Toronto, Tyndale College and University Foundation, and Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.

In his business life, Bruce takes great pride in helping people move their possessions, families and homes across Canada and removing the stress, as much as possible. He applies the same care and diligence in all areas of his life and is honoured to a part of the team building the long-term future of Teen Ranch, a place he loves.

Bruce is married to Julia with two daughters and lives in Glen Williams, Ontario. Both his daughters have camped for many years at Teen Ranch and one is now a part-time member of staff there.  As well as being a keen hockey player, Bruce is a licensed pilot and avid golfer.


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Mike Gartner

Mike Gartner has been involved with Teen Ranch for nearly 25 years. He started going as a young player in the early 80’s and fell in love with Teen Ranch and what it represents. Since his first visits he has held numerous camps and his own children have camped there often. He still attends a couple of times every summer and uses it to re-affirm his Christian faith.

Mike played 20 years of professional hockey (19 in the NHL and 1 in the WHA). Mike began his career with the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association at age 18. The following year the Washington Capitals drafted him in the first round (fourth overall) where he played for 10 years. Gartner was then traded to the Minnesota North Stars where he played for one season before playing 5 years for the New York Rangers, 2 years for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the final 2 years of his career with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Among his many career highlights he is ranked 3rd on the NHL all-time goal scoring among right wingers with 708 goals (behind Gordie Howe, Brett Hull). He is ranked 6th on the NHL all-time goal scoring list with 708 goals (behind Gretzky, Howe, Dionne, Hull and Esposito) and he is the only player in NHL history to record his 500th goal, 500th assist, 1000th point and play in his 1000th game all in the same season (1991-92). In all, Mike appeared in 7 NHL All-Star games and was a member of Team Canada that won the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups. He scored 40 or more goals nine times in his professional career.

Off the ice, Mike attended the University of Maryland while playing for the Washington Capitals. He is a former President of the NHL Players Association (1993-1998) and is on the Board of Trustees of the NHL Pension Board. He is currently Director of Business Relations, NHLPA and the Chairman of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund.

Mike and his wife Colleen have two sons, Joshua and Dylan, and a daughter Natalie. They reside in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

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Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson has been actively involved with Teen Ranch for almost thirty years. He has coached there; he has been a regular motivational speaker and presenter; his children have participated in the camps; and Paul has been a strong supporter and builder of the centre. “I first met Mel Stevens, the founder, back in the early 70’s”, remembers Paul. “My deep faith is a direct result of encouragement from Mel and we have become great friends and believers in Teen Ranch.”

Paul was born on a sleigh in the middle of a snowstorm near Kincardine, Ontario. History will remember Paul for the first Canada-Russia Hockey series in 1972, when Paul scored the winning goal in each of the last 3 games. The goal in the last game was declared the greatest sports moment in the last century and Team Canada ‘72 was voted the Team of the Century. Paul began his hockey career in Lucknow, Ontario progressing to Junior “A” with the Hamilton Red Wings. After winning the Memorial Cup in 1962 he moved to the NHL. Paul played 18 years of professional hockey with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Atlanta Flames including 5 years in the World Hockey Association, scoring 376 goals and 384 assists.

Paul is a member of several Sports Halls of Fame including Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and has co-authored two books, “The Fans Go Wild” and “Shooting for Glory”.

Paul is active in the community and is involved with other organizations such as Muskoka Woods Sports, and supports many charities.

In 1998, Paul received the Ontario Special Achievement Award for his contribution to minor hockey and in 2002 was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Award for distinguished community service.

Paul is the Founder and President of The Leadership Group where he has been developing men for leadership since 1984.  He holds two Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees.

He is married to Eleanor, his high school sweetheart, and they have three married daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Terry Kell (Vice President of the Foundation Board)

Terry Kell was first introduced to Teen Ranch back in the late 90’s when he was considering developing a private hockey arena. He had heard about the success of Teen Ranch and was keen to understand it and meet the founder, Mel Stevens. Since then, Terry has become enamoured with the camp and is a regular participant in the summer hockey camps with his children. Over time, he began to see how he could make a significant contribution to the future of the camp and took on a role with the foundation.

Terry is president of Kanatek Technologies, where he has worked since 1985 and has built the company into a respected Enterprise Storage Solutions company. His primary focus has been on the sales and marketing of Kanatek that has led to the company doing business in 15 different countries worldwide.

Having run the same company for 20 years, he knows all about adapting as the environment changes, managing through tight times and staying agile.

One of Terry’s strengths is his creative approach to business whether it’s generating new business opportunities, sponsoring an expedition to Mount Everest or organising hockey events for Kanatek clients.

Terry is the proud father of 4 children aged 8 through 15 and he enjoys participating in their numerous interests.

When not spending time with his family and his business he focuses his attention on raising money for charity. Terry also sits on the board of directors for the Ad Astra Memorial Fund.

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John Savage

John Savage is executive director and founding partner of the Cypher Systems Group of companies which employs about 225 people. The group includes Compu-Quote an organization working in software development and service, along with SmarCoverage - a joint venture brokerage with GM, CanAm insurance - a Travel and Life product insurance provider, Dieppe Insurance Brokers a local retail arm, and Canadian Insurance Alliance - a National Insurance call centre operation. The business is involved in the support of a number of cultural venues including the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

John worked briefly with the Frank Cown Company and then with the Guarantee Company of North America for several years as a surety bond underwriter before going back to graduate school, completing his MBA in 1986 from the Odette School of Business in LaSalle Ontario.

John has been involved with Teen Ranch for over a decade, and has been attending the father and son hockey camps. John is involved with the Foundation because he feels that the camp has a tremendous amount to offer young people in a Christian based environment. “It is a camp,” he comments, “which can encourage Christian commitment and leadership skills as well provide some very enjoyable experiences while developing long term friendships”.

John lives in La Salle with his wife, Margaret and their three sons, Benjamin, Jonathan, and Nathan.

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Darryl Sittler

Darryl Sittler has been visiting Teen Ranch since the mid 70’s. His children regularly attended camp when Darryl was playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Darryl was born in 1950 in Kitchener, Ontario, one of eight children in the Sittler family. His hockey career started with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey Association, before the Leafs drafted him in 1970. In 1972-73, he began to establish himself as an offensive star, finishing with 77 points - a total he would better in all but three of his subsequent 12 seasons in the NHL. He became the second-youngest captain in Leafs’ history.

Darryl had an incredible year in 1975-76. On February 7, 1976, he produced the greatest offensive game in the history of the National Hockey League with two assists in the first period, three goals and two assists in the second and another hat trick in the third. The total of six goals and four assists set a league record for points in one game.

During the playoffs in April against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sittler scored five goals in one game, tying the playoff record. In September, during the Canada Cup, Sittler scored the overtime winner against Czechoslovakia. The goal secured the championship and made Sittler an overnight hero in Canada.

Darryl later played for both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings. In a fifteen year NHL career, he played in 1096 games and scored 484 goals and got 637 assists for a total of 1121 points.

Darryl was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

Darryl has always believed in the Ranch. “It’s a great place for youth and adults to get together and share their athletic experiences and religious beliefs. It is not only a beautiful place; it also has had a strong positive influence on the lives of so many people.”

Darryl lives in Toronto with his wife, Luba, and her 12 year old daughter Falon. Darryl has three other children from his previous marriage to Wendy (who was also a true friend and supporter of Teen Ranch) – Ryan, Meaghan and Ashley, as well as a grandson, Luke.


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