Board Spotlight

Tony Ardolino

What is your Board Role/Title? Commissioner

How long have you served on the Board? This is my 3rd year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  I have played in the League for 8 years.

What prompted you to join the Board? Serving as a captain, I enjoyed having the opportunity to enhance my teams’ experience with the league and create a fun environment. After 5 years as a captain, I wanted to extend that experience to not just the team I captained, but to the whole league!

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? The many travel teams I have played with. Traveling to a city with your teammates and getting to compete at a high level is such a unique and rewarding experience. The bonding and closeness with the team afterwards is something nobody can ever take away from you.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Don’t be shy or intimidated! Bring your authentic self when you show up. This league has brought me so many memories and close friendships I wouldn’t trade for the world.


Michael Stefanilo, Jr.

What is your Board Role/Title? Assistant Commissioner & Clerk

How long have you served on the Board? This is my 5th year on the Board. I served from 2015-2017 and then returned in 2020.

How many years in the League?  I have played in the League for 9 years.

What prompted you to join the Board? My first few seasons in the league came at an extremely difficult time in my life and being part of a community helped me navigate that period; thus, I wanted to give back by building on the positive and lasting impact the league had on me and that it has on so many others.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? Meeting my husband; specifically, knocking him over during a playoff game in which I was ultimately victorious.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Keep an open mind and give everyone a chance when you meet them; you never know the bonds you might form. I continue to meet new friends every year, some who have been in the league for a while and others who are new.


Trevor Nardini

 

What is your Board Role/Title? Treasurer/Director of Operations

How long have you served on the Board? 2nd year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  2021 will be my 4th year in the league.

What prompted you to join the Board? I have absolutely fallen in love with the League and wanted to contribute in a bigger way.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? During the 2019 Seasons I had the privilege of captaining 2 teams. It was an amazing experience working with and getting to know my Co-Captains (Steven and Chris) who I now consider to be great friends. But mostly playing a role in bringing a group of 14 different people together and watching them grow into a group of friends was an amazing feeling.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? If you’ve never done this before it can seem intimidating and overwhelming. But most people who play in the league are just there to have fun and meet new people. It takes all types and all ability levels. If I can do it, so can you. There is a home in the League for EVERYONE!


Mike Beamer           

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of Marketing & Communications

How long have you served on the Board? ’21 is my 2nd year serving on the Board.

How many years in the League? I have played in the League since 2008 but missed a Spring or Fall Season or 2 during that time.

What prompted you to join the Board? A desire to give back. The League has been an important part of how I have become much more comfortable with my sexuality and being a part of it has helped with my confidence. If being a part of the Leadership Team to keep the League available to others can even help just one more person in some way similar, I want to make sure that is possible for others.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? Winning the Fall Championship in 2018 w/ Coral Pleasure — it was a special experience with an incredible group of teammates.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? People get a lot more out of this League than just what is experienced once the ball is snapped… take from it what you need and give back to help others when you can. You never know how important the little things that you do or say could mean to someone.


Ricky Conte

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of Design & Branding

How long have you served on the Board? This is my first year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  I have played in the League for 2 years.

What prompted you to join the Board? I wanted to have a greater impact on our FLAG Flag football community.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? Meeting hundreds of people who are so amazing and making so many new friends.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Take a chance. You never know what might happen and could be great!


Henry Dalencour

What is your Board Role/Title? Co-Director of Events, Director of Captains

How long have you served on the Board? 3rd year serving on the Board.

How many years in the League?  Feels like since the Jurassic Age, but since 2013.

What prompted you to join the Board? Muddy, handsome men meeting for drinks at Fritz post games & meeting new people.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? Too many to choose from, but the Dudes N Drag show is always a top.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Be yourself. Be open to the experience. Don’t wear cropped jerseys on the turf.


Dave Green

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of Rules and Referees

How long have you served on the Board? This is my first year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  I joined in Fall of 2014 and haven’t missed a Season since.

What prompted you to join the Board? I’ve gotten a lot out of the league over the years & want to ensure that others benefit from the same positive experience that I’ve enjoyed. The officials are the third team on the field in every game & we strive to keep the games fun and fair.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? Too many to count and/or remember, both from on & off the field. Here’s one: A captain (who shall remain nameless) repeatedly tried to convince me in one game that the ball should be placed at the 33-yard line. One problem? Midfield in our league is the 30-yard line. No matter how I explained that there was no such thing as the 33-yard line, it didn’t get through. For awhile. But finally it clicked & now we can laugh about it.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Embrace the opportunity — and embrace the fun. Whatever reason you have for being in the league, enjoy the experience. Meet people. Learn the game. Then learn the game better. Nobody wins every game, but take positives from every game or every day. We all want to be part of this community for a reason, so don’t lose sight of the fact that we’re all in this together, no matter what team you’re on.


Alex Hyman

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of Volunteerism

How long have you served on the Board? This is my first year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  I started in the Spring of 2018.

What prompted you to join the Board? I love this league, what it stands for, and the community it has built. I joined the board to get involved and contribute to all the great things this league has to offer.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? My very first season and first team with the league I met so many welcoming people and made a ton of new friends. I had just moved to Boston and I had never played flag football before. Everyone went out of their way to teach me how to play, they made me feel included and they made my experience special and fun. I couldn’t have been happier with the community I found through the league.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Make the most of your time in the league! Attend the socials with the league and your team and don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. Everyone is supportive and you can make friendships and relationships that last a lifetime.


Jamie Morley

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of Play, Co-Director of Events

How long have you served on the Board? 2nd year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  This upcoming year will be my 12th year in the league.

What prompted you to join the Board? FFF has been a big part of my life here in Boston and I was excited for another opportunity to give back.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? My first Gaybowl in DC, despite all the rain and losing, it was a blast.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things, whether it be a position on the field or a role in the league.

 


Wayne Pearson

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

How long have you served on the Board? 2021 is my first year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  I have played in the League since Spring of 2016.

What prompted you to join the Board? What prompted me to join the board was the response to BLM movement and wanting to ensure the message moving is one of support. In addition, I wanted to see a league that showcased more of the diversity that Boston offers.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? My favorite memory would be running across the field in my socks because I was late and overslept.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Just be yourself.


 

Brian Teague           

What is your Board Role/Title? Director of External Affairs and Community Outreach

How long have you served on the Board? First year on the Board.

How many years in the League?  I have played in the League for 3 years.

What prompted you to join the Board? I’ve held seats on several Boards and committees for different organizations across Greater Boston. After having some time freed up in my schedule, I decided to apply to the Board so I could help shoulder the responsibilities of making our league the best it can be. I’m hopeful my background in fundraising can be employed to help us elevate the MEL Scholarship and our general fundraising efforts.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in the League? My favorite memories and favorite thing about being in the League is meeting new people and fostering new friendships.

What is the best advice you can give a fellow or prospective League member? Commit to throwing yourself all in. Abandoning hesitancy to engage in league activities, including games, volunteering, and social events will lead to enjoyable times and lasting memories.