Board Spotlight

P.J. Lee           

Board Role/Title: Director of Marketing and Communications

What year did you join the league? 2018

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my first year on the board (and my first Fall season as a player)!

Why do you serve on the Board? In such a short amount of time, this league made an overwhelmingly significant impact on my life for the better, and my ultimate goal is to ensure that other players continue to have that same kind of positive experience on and off the field.

What’s your favorite league memory? When I got my first sack during the second week of play this past Spring, I got SO excited and celebrated on the field a little bit…and forgot to run the opposing QB’s flags back to him…and then realized I forgot my own as well. Learning experience BUT it was still an amazing feeling.

What do you do for work? I’m a Senior Account Executive in the PR division at CTP, a marketing and advertising agency located in the North End.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? Yes sir, born and raised!

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? “Do a dollop of Daisy!” because seriously, have you ever gone to Chipotle and said “hey, can I get a DOLLOP of sour cream on that burrito bowl?” No.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I’d make a great Real Housewife of Atlanta, because my library is always open for a good read and tea is always served piping hot, chile!

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I was a Hollister “model” back in the day. The glamorous life of folding graphic t-shirts and spritzing the dimly-lit store with near-toxic levels of fragrance while California-themed alternative rock blared through the speakers.

What was the last thing that made you smile? My first MacNaughty Tarzans Fall 2018 team email

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? This league can be anything you want it to be—whether you’re looking to truly challenge yourself athletically, pick up new skills, or find yourself an LGBTQ and ally family, FLAG Flag Football can be the gateway to all of that and more—just keep an open mind and trust the process!


Kyle Cyr

Board Role/Title: Director of Events

What year did you join the league? 2013

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my first year!

Why do you serve on the Board? This league has given so much to me over the years. I’ve met fantastic people. Made amazing friendships. And so many memories on and off the fields. I really wanted to give back and the board has been a great place to do that. The level of commitment everyone serving has to their roles and the amount of time put into to making everyone’s experience in this league a positive one is inspiring. It’s been a great experience so far, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in joining.

What’s your favorite league memory? My favorite league memory is probably being a participant in the Gay Bowl for the Shamrocks. Our team was strung together at the last minute, and while we didn’t win any games to move up in the tournament, all of them were very close against difficult teams that had probably spent a ton of time practicing for it. It really is a testament to the depth of talent that this league has and the ability to come together as a team and work.

What do you do for work? I’m a Global Operations Manager for Converse. I oversee Labor/Analytics Operations for North America, Europe and China.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I’m from Maine originally. I moved to Boston 8 years ago from Ohio. I wanted to be closer to home, but live in a city, and I found this opportunity with Converse that got me back here.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? That damn nationwide jingle!

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? DRAG RACE. I love throwing together “lewks”, anything that requires a wig, and the shady competition of it all. I would def not win, but I bet I could make it through a few rounds ;)

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I worked at a golf shop. Free golf equipment and golf balls were a nice perk ;) It was the most BORING job in the world during the winter time. There would be entire days where no one would come into the store. It felt like the Shining.

What was the last thing that made you smile? While typing my answers to this questionnaire I was watching the Netflix show, “Disenchantment”. There’s an episode where the witch from Hansel and Grettle is cursed with a crazy laugh. It made me smile—and laugh more than was necessary for the scene.

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? I’m a very competitive person. Board Games, Video Games, Golf, Football—I want to win. My biggest learning from being in the league for 6 years is that only ONE team is going to win it all in the end, so while being competitive is fine, it’s not likely to get you across the finish line every season. So have fun with your teammates, don’t take it too seriously, and use every weekend as an opportunity to learn and get better. Assess your wins to understand what worked well. Learn from the losses to figure out what could have been done better.


Trevor Woodworth    

Board Role/Title: Director of Play

What year did you join the league? 2010

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my first year on the board.

Why do you serve on the Board? The league has provided a lot to me over the years and has been a fundamental part of my time in Boston. I want to help to make sure it can continue to do the same for others.

What’s your favorite league memory? My first season on the Plum Dumsters. We may not have won a single game but had a great time. To this day, if there are 4 or more us out somewhere together we take a picture and post it to our album “Dumpsters are everywhere.”

What do you do for work? I work at Fenway Health as a Therapist integrated in Primary Care.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? No. I grew up in upstate New York, and then went to college in Tampa, FL before moving to Boston for graduate school.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Kars 4 Kids. Hands down.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I would LOVE to play Survivor… minus the whole lack of food, lying to everyone, backstabbing, and voting people off.  But to compete in the challenges, build a camp on beach, and develop game play strategies with complete strangers would be SO much fun!

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I was a lifeguard. It was great being outside on the lake, getting tan, having friends come visit, and it paid well. It was really boring sitting in a chair all day, and waiting around when it rained and no one was there.

What was the last thing that made you smile? Getting daily picture/video messages of my nephew as he grows up and learns how to navigate the world.

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer?  

  1. Go to Blarney after the games.
  2. Don’t hook up with someone on your team, at least not until the season is almost over.
  3. Enjoy getting to know your new teammates and make an effort to get to know others as well. They will likely be on your team in future seasons.
  4. Don’t yell at the refs. They are human. They will make bad calls. But in my 8 years of playing, I have never seen a ref change the call because a player yelled at them about it. It’s not a cute look on you…and it’s just a gay flag football game, no reason to get your panties in bunch.

Lee Townsend

Board Role/Title: Director of Rules and Referees

What year did you join the league? Fall 2016

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my first year serving on the Board of Directors.

Why do you serve on the Board? In short… I believe in the mission of this league and want to help as much as I can in the execution of that mission.

I have a passion for officiating. I first was introduced to football in the sixth grade when I was assigned to track the Miami Dolphins for a class project. My parents bought me a digest of NFL rules and statistics. This digest included illustrations of the various referee signals—I learned them all. While I never played football in High School, I continued to enjoy the sport.

Fast forward to my later life in Chicago when I had an opportunity to play flag football for the first time back in 2014. I played for a few seasons, and I really loved it! I filled a multitude of roles during my time playing in Chicago: team captain, quarterback, receiver … but the one I ended up liking most of all: referee (I finally got to actually use all those signals I had practices so many years ago!).

I am very grateful to have been asked to serve as the leader of our group of dazzling Zebras. I decided to apply to the Board because I believe I can add value to the league through developing and retaining our full-time and player referees.

What’s your favorite league memory? I was honored to be asked to work the A-division Championship game for the 2017 Gay Bowl hosted in Boston (kudos to everyone involved in setting up such an amazing venue and tournament).

I feel like I have grown a lot as an official since I first donned the stripes in 2015 for the Sin City Classic in Las Vegas. On that day, I had the privilege of working aside Lance Burage who was given the task of leaving me in “better condition than he found me.” I think he succeeded!

What do you do for work? I am a consulting actuary with Mass Mutual, working in the retirement consulting practice. My clients are mid- to large-cap organizations that sponsor a defined benefit pension plan for their employees.

We perform actuarial valuations of the pension plans to develop the accounting liabilities for corporate financial statements and the annual accounting expense. In addition we help sponsors meet their statutory and fiduciary requirements under ERISA.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? No! I was born in New Albany, Indiana (which is directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY). I lived in that area (Floyd County) until I went to college at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

After college and a short stint living in Indianapolis, I moved to Chicago. While in Chicago, I met my husband (Josh Andreasen) in 2014 and he convinced me to become a Bostonian.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Kars 4 Kids (you too, huh?)

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I discovered Big Brother several years ago and I think it is a really cool concept. If I ever had a “free” summer (not going to ever happen), I’d love to give it a shot. I think I understand the strategy of the game, which is a huge leg up on most of the houseguests. Plus I think I would have a fun time doing the competitions.

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in secondary education—so naturally, I used that degree to become a high school mathematics teacher. I taught in a rural school in central Indiana where grades K through 12 were served out of one school. I was the high school math teacher (note I said “the”—not “a”).

I learned that teaching is a very stressful and thankless gig and that kids don’t necessarily love mathematics as much as I did (go figure!).

What I loved about teaching was when you see the “light bulb” go on for someone you are teaching—it’s really rewarding.

What was the last thing that made you smile? Seeing all of the new talent come to Clinic Day for the fall season. This league continues to attract great people—and that is really awesome!

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Football is a very emotional game—players are dialed into the struggle and competition that takes place during the game. While it is OK to feel that emotion, be sure to keep good sportsmanship in mind at all times. After all, this is just a game. Ultimately we are all here to meet friends and enjoy life.


Aaron H. Blaine

Board Role/Title: Treasurer

What year did you join the league? I joined the league in spring 2015 and played on Kelly Green “Jalapeño Business” with our captain Joel Sanchez. It was a great team dynamic and you never forget your first time… We went undefeated until the final Rosie Bowl game which was equally unforgettable.

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my first year serving as an Officer on the Board. I initially started volunteering my time to the Board as a volunteer in 2016 for volunteer events, league events and special projects.

Why do you serve on the Board? I serve for a couple of reasons. First, I have had my life so enriched since joining the league that I knew I wanted to do my part to give back to the community of which I am a part. Second, I work in accounting and want to add value and my expertise to the role and to the organization. On the Board, or not, my goal is to add value however best helps our league to continue to make an important contribution to our community.

What’s your favorite league memory? I’ve had the sweet taste of a League Championship victory while playing on the fall 2015 Texas Orange team “Pumpkin Spice LatGAYS” with Kathy Sutkowski.

It was the longest day of football with I think 4 games played start to finish. No (real) food or booze all day long while going from the crowd favorite to less than liked between games was exhausting. All we wanted by the beginning of the last game was to finish playing so we could sit and drink… I smile and feel tingly when I remember that first moment when we all realized we won. The ecstatic grins, cheers, and jumping all around was electric!

What do you do for work? I work for a forensic accounting firm. It’s just like CSI: Accounting – high octane stuff…. for the accounting profession. If you want to know more, let’s chat.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I grew up in Southern California. You’ve heard of the Valley Girl and now you’ve, like, totally met a Valley Boy! My husband Alberto was accepted to a 2-year grad program here in Boston in 2011 and we made the move together.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Eh… not really. I DVR everything!

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I’d be great as the best friend on The Real Housewives. Just sitting on the side sipping my tea cashing my checks while they make fools of themselves

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I worked at an independent movie theater in the summer between high school and college. It was a gross place and I am so glad nacho cheese dip comes in little sealed containers now. I still get the chills thinking about having to clean up the nacho cheese machine at closing!

What was the last thing that made you smile? I met a ton of new people at Club Cafe at the Meet Your Team Party. Moving to a new city is never easy and then having an instant community within the league. I met someone new moving from out-of-state and seeing this person’s face when they talked to more people throughout the night—they looked like they were relieved to have found a great group of people and new friends.

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Enjoy everything this league has to offer! Take full advantage of the different events, meeting all the new people, volunteering opportunities with your team and friends in the league. Don’t be shy with feedback if you think of something that can be improved. The Board takes the time to read every survey put out to the league. Every Captain and Board member are available to talk and hear what is on your mind. Lastly, remember that this is a team effort and we all give back our time to help make this our community.


Kathy Sutkowski

Board Role/Title: Director of Captains

What year did you join the league? 2010

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my first year on the board and I was the Director of Play for the spring season.

Why do you serve on the Board? I wanted to do my part in giving back to a league that has meant so much to me over the past 8 years.

What’s your favorite league memory? Winning the Superfabulous bowl in 2015 with the Pumpkin Spice Latgays!

What do you do for work? Medical Device Sales

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I am originally from NJ, I went to school at Providence College and stayed up here ever since.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Johnsonville Brats are made in the USA—I hate that lady now!

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? The Challenge—usually Road Rules vs Real World which ran from the late 90’s-2000’s. It was all about physical and mental challenges which I love! Kind of like Survivor but you don’t have to starve.

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I was a camp counselor at the YMCA for 5 & 6-year-old boys. I loved it because we ran around all day, played sports, and swam. But, it was long hours and very hard to keep track of 30 of them, so I was exhausted all the time!

What was the last thing that made you smile? My wife, Marci

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Just be yourself and meet as many people as you can. This league is filled with so many wonderful people that you will make friends for life.


 

Jonathan Fenelon

Board Role/Title: Director of Sponsorship and Fundraising

What year did you join the league? 2007

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my second year and in the same position. Although sometimes it feels like an eternity. Just kidding. 😊

Why do you serve on the Board?  The league means so much to so many people. As the league grew and diversified, challenges presented themselves. I wanted to believe that I could make a difference and make sure that everyone had a voice at the proverbial table. I wanted to ensure that we critically thought about this community that we were trying to build. This board, more than ever, understands what that means and works tirelessly to that ideal. This, in addition to all the players, far and away make this the best league in Boston and perhaps beyond. Our relationships are so rich and meaningful as a result. No matter who you are and where you come from, football is the great equalizer and you are all welcome here.

What’s your favorite league memory? It’s hard to pin one favorite memory.  There are so many wonderful things that have happened and are just incomparable. I’ve met some of my best friends in football, conquered stretch goals with the board, my first and only season as a captain, lost my virginity….no not really. If I had to pick one? Gay Bowl in Boston.

What do you do for work? I am a project manager for a real estate investment firm. I focus on high-end residential in the Beacon Hill and Back Bay areas. Most people know me from my previous life as a chef and sommelier.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I am proud Bostonian through and through, though I did spend some time in New York and Philly.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? I can’t say that there is any ONE jingle that incessantly gets stuck in my head—I think they all do and I hate it. Maybe the JD Wentworth, 877-CASH-NOW commercial. But if you’re talking TV show theme songs, Sanford and Sons, hands down.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I thought I would kick ass on any of the Food Network shows, until I was actually ON one. It didn’t end well.   It was rigged…

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? Mickey D’s. I will leave that right there. You figure I would have won the burger challenge on the Food Network as a result. Apparently they thought I worked at Taco Bell.

What was the last thing that made you smile? Believe it or not, I am a hopeless romantic. Nothing beats the feeling you get on a first date and have that first kiss to seal a great evening. Here’s hoping there is a second….

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? At the end of the day, it’s just flag football. Sure, we have our competitive nature, but the moment you step off the field, we grab a beverage and we joke and laugh about all the things that were and could have been.  Hell, who even remembers who wins the championships the season prior? What you do remember are the friends you made and the good times you have. That is why we play flag football.


Billy Carr

Board Role/Title: Director of Volunteerism

What year did you join the league? 2011

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? 2.5 years

Why do you serve on the Board? Aside from the impact I have on the larger community as Director of Volunteerism, I really enjoy guiding the direction of the league and providing my creative input.

What’s your favorite league memory? So many to choose from maybe when Bob Kraft praised our community service at Gay Bowl. If that is taken—when I threw a student a touchdown pass at Youth Field Day.

What do you do for work? I am an architect. I work on workplace interiors primarily.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I grew up in Arlington, MA. I went to school in Brooklyn but Boston has and always will feel like home.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Kars for Kids—you’re welcome.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? Big Brother because I can get long with everyone and stay under the radar.

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? My first job was bagging groceries. I liked fitting the groceries like a Tetris game. I didn’t like selling lottery tickets

What was the last thing that made you smile? The video of the grandma reading the Hanky panky cranky stinky dinky lanky honky tonky winky wonky donkey book.

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Do something that scares you, try a new position and don’t be afraid to participate.


Kim Herrig

Board Role/Title: Director of Tournament Teams & Skill Development

What year did you join the league? 2008

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my third year and I was previously Director of Rules and Referees.

Why do you serve on the Board? Over the last ten years this league has become an incredibly important part of my life. I love the game of football, I love what this league stands for and I wanted to support and giveback to a group of people who have enriched my life so greatly. And let’s be honest, every group of gays needs at least one lesbian to keep them in line ;)

What’s your favorite league memory? Impossible to pick one but I love watching my kids at the field and the interactions they have. They are so comfortable and know they are loved. I guess my favorite memory would be listening to my daughter have a conversation with one of her friends a couple summers ago. Her friend was going to spend time at her uncle’s house and asked Sydney if she had any uncles and Sydney responded “oh, I have 300 uncles”.

What do you do for work? I am the Controller (insert power/RBF jokes here) at UP Education Network. We are a turnaround school network with schools in Boston, Springfield and Lawrence.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? Nope! I grew up in Upstate NY. The real Upstate…none of this Westchester BS. There is something about that beautiful, dysfunctional place that I just love.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? I can’t think of one right now and I don’t want to get one stuck there all day so I’m gonna have to pass on this one.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I couldn’t be in a house because I can’t drink that much and I’d stab a bitch. Not gonnna eat anything gross and certainly not gonna live on an island and only eat rice, though my RBF would help there. Probably Family Feud…basic!

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I worked at McDonald’s from 15 years old all the way through college. I hated how everything I owned smelled like french fries but that job taught me so much about responsibility, leadership and hard work. It ended up being the topic of my senior thesis on the routinization of labor and how it affects low wage workers.

What was the last thing that made you smile? Watching my son walk into school yesterday with his mini backpack on and his Moana doll in his hand. He is growing up so fast!

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Get to know as many people as you can and don’t segregate yourself to one small group. I have met some of the most fascinating and wonderful people here and they are all different and wonderful and bring something unique to this league as well as my life.


Paul Santos

Board Role/Title: Assistant Commissioner; Director of Operations

What year did you join the league? I joined the league in Spring 2012. Since I was never an athlete, I had reservations about playing. The spring season used to be weekly pick-up games and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try it out without committing myself to playing a full season. Of course, that just so happened to be the same year they changed the format of the spring season and structured it to be like the fall. My plan had been foiled. Seven years later, I’m still here and enjoying (almost) every minute of it.

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? This is my fifth year serving on the Board. I was Director of Communications & Marketing from 2014–2016 and then transitioned to Director of Operations in 2017.

Why do you serve on the Board? Before joining FLAG Flag Football, I was a painfully shy, nonathletic, mumbling introvert. Ok, perhaps I still am. However, the league welcomed, embraced, and empowered me and, from that, I’ve grown personally and professionally. I’ve become more accepting of others and of myself—a struggle that’s been hard fought. The league has given so much to me, and serving on the Board provides me with an opportunity to give back. There are so many people whose lives have been truly affected and changed by the league and it’s an honor to help carry out its mission.

What’s your favorite league memory? My all-time favorite memory is when I caught my first touchdown. It didn’t happen until my FIFTH season, so it was a big-effing-deal. It was towards the end of the 2014 spring season and we were playing on Field 1. I blocked, released, and ran to the end zone. As I turned around, I saw the ball coming my direction. My first reaction was “Oh, sh*t. It’s coming to me.” The ball looked like it was going to go way over my head, so I jumped as high as I could and reached for the clouds. There was pretty much no chance I was going to catch it, but I tried and, somehow, I did. When I landed with the ball in my hands, my whole team cheered. They were probably just as surprised as I was. I looked around at all my proud teammates and then noticed a yellow flag had been thrown near the crooked sideline. There was a penalty called against my team and the touchdown…my first touchdown… Did. Not. Count. To be honest, it didn’t matter. It was one of those moments when you truly feel what the league is all about and that is what made the moment so special.

What do you do for work? I’m a graphic designer for the planning & urban design division at an architecture firm. I also take on freelance projects as time allows.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I’m from Glastonbury, CT—a small suburb smack-dab-in-the-middle of the tiny state. Like most people, I moved to Boston for school (Boston Architecture College, MassArt, and the Art Institute) and have been here ever since.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Wayfair….and I’m not just saying that because they are one of our sponsors. They’re just what I need.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? Hmmm…Trading Spaces. I’m surprisingly pretty handy and don’t sleep much at night, so doing all that homework off-screen would be my jam. Shows that require singing, dancing, athletic ability, cooking, or starvation were ruled out immediately.

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? I started working at Filene’s as a sales person during high school. I liked that I was earning money, but disliked that I was spending it all at Filene’s.

What was the last thing that made you smile? A text message from a boy. [Admittedly, I just threw up a little too rereading that response.]

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Make sure you know which direction to run if you catch the ball.

 


Patrick Santos

Board Role/Title: Clerk, Director of Community Outreach

What year did you join the league? Spring 2010

How many years have you served on the Board? What other positions have you held (if any)? 6 years: Director of Volunteerism (2013-2015), Treasurer (2016-2017), Clerk and Director of Community Outreach (2018)

Why do you serve on the Board? It brings me great joy to serve on the board as it is an opportunity to give back to the league and players who have touched my life through the years. As we welcome new players and continue to grow, I serve in the hope others are equally moved the league and that each player benefits in some way from their personal experience and involvement.

What’s your favorite league memory? While I have many great league memories, one of my favorites would my first Meet Your Team event in 2010. I remember being nervous before arriving, but meeting a great team that day. There were veteran players and new players with various levels of football knowledge and experience. It felt like a great community and I was excited to be a part of it.

What do you do for work? I work in retail management. Within my 25 years in the industry, I have been a sales manager, corporate staffing manager, talent/human resources manager, operations manager, product/merchandising manager.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? I grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I moved to Boston in 1999 when I was promoted within my company to a corporate position with varying territories.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? Way too many commercials and jingles get stuck in my head like a record with a scratch on it…..totally dating myself. The State Farm jingle gets stuck in my head quite often.

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I would be on Wheel of Fortune as I like the puzzle aspect of the show and that part is up to chance.

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? My first job was working at Brigham’s of Boston. I absolutely loved meeting new people and the staff was very entertaining to be around. I was not a fan of hand packing pints/quarts of ice cream. Also, as I was in a Connecticut location, remembering to offer jimmies instead of shots was somewhat of a nuisance.

What was the last thing that made you smile? I have a friend from work on the Cape and we text and chat daily. Yesterday, he mentioned how he has three cats, and didn’t originally want any of them. They were all rescues from family, friends, and neighbors. I smiled because it reminded me that you don’t have to want to do something in order to make a difference.

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? The greatest advice I can offer any player is to make the most of every experience you have, whether on or off the field. I am amazed about the things I have done and the lessons I have learned over the years. Appreciate the experiences you have had, both positive and constructive. They may become part of the foundation of who you are, or may offer insight into ways to develop and grow.


Ken Westermann

Board Role/Title: Commissioner

What year did you join the league? 2007

How many years have you served on the Board? 6

What other positions have you held (if any)? Director or Rules/Ref, Play, Captains, Asst Commissioner

Why do you serve on the Board? Over the last 11 years this league has not only transformed my life but the lives of so many people within our community and the extended community, and I’m honored to be able to give back even a little to ensure that more lives are changed. Having just had our 20th Fall season opening party and hearing people laugh, seeing them smile and socialize and knowing this is a safe place to just be you is what makes it all worth it!

What’s your favorite league memory? My very first day, open play, 11 years ago. The league was a bit smaller at the time but showing up to M Street fields and meeting guys like Dave Hamilton, Marc Lewis, Matt Lucerto, Jason Muth and others and just being welcomed into this new family. A close second is seeing Robert Kraft on stage during the Gay Bowl closing party, in Boston, talking about inclusion and the impact that sports can make in our community to bring us all together.

What do you do for work? I manage a group of engineers, globally, that make your internet traffic go places.

Are you originally from Boston? If not, what brought you here? No, I’m a Midwestern boy and was living in Wisconsin before coming to Boston for…cough cough cough, the idea of love.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head incessantly? 1-877-Kars for Kids….donate your car today!!

What TV game show/reality show would you be awesome on, and why? I watched a show on a flight once called “Worst Cooks in America” and thought that I could give them a run for their money. While I’m pretty good at grilling I’m not much for making anything more than a frozen pizza and have been known to turn those into manhole covers from time to time.

What was your first job? What did you like/dislike about it? My first job was working at a gas station in the early mornings. It was right outside of Lake Forest, Illinois and many of the Chicago Bears and Bulls players lived there and would stop to get gas. Meeting guys like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Mike Ditka, Walter Payton and Matt Singletary was amazing and I even got to golf with MJ once for a charity event he had. The worst part of the job was getting up at 4:30am to go to work and then having to go to class afterwards smelling like a gas pump.

What was the last thing that made you smile? My god-daughter, with the help of my Cousin, sent me a video message thanking me for the new shoes I bought her for pre-K. The video wasn’t much but the fact that she was so excited she was screaming “thank you” while jumping up and down.

Based on your league experience, what is the strongest piece of advice you can give to a fellow FLAG Flag Footballer? Enjoy the experience, don’t worry about dropping the ball or missing a block or flag, oh and if I’m ever ref’ing your game I never miss a call…..NEVER!!