Phil Clark (Founder and Past President of
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
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
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
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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 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
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
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
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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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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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
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,
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