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2022 Keynote Presenter

Jordan Marie Daniel

Professional Runner, Founder and Executive Director, Rising Hearts

Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel – Kul Wičasa Lakota, a citizen of Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) as well as a passionate and devoted advocate for Indian Country and all people. Nationally known for her advocacy and grassroots organization for anti-pipelines/climate justice efforts, change the name/not your mascot, the epidemic and crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), and native youth initiatives. Her experience in grants and project management, policy, blogging, and organizing has been leveraged by both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to quality healthcare, MMIR, the Violence Against Women Act, and a variety of other worthy causes.

2022 Speakers

Peter Casey

Director of Athletics, UMass Lowell

Peter Casey was named Director of Athletics by Chancellor Jacquie Moloney on July 16, 2018, and officially took over the reins of the UMass Lowell Athletics Department on September 18, 2018, following the retirement of longtime athletic director Dana Skinner. Casey took on the role of Director of Athletics as the River Hawks became a full-fledged Division I member of the America East Conference eligible for postseason play in 2017-18.

Ruairi O'Mahony

Ruairi O'Mahony

Moderator / Director of Sustainability, UMass Lowell

Ruairi O’Mahony is the executive director of the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy at UMass Lowell. A native of Cork City, Ireland, Ruairi has been working in the planning and sustainability field for more than 10 years. With particular expertise in urban sustainability issues, Ruairi leads a talented team of professional and student employees working to advance sustainability at the university and in the wider community.

Ken Ralph

Director of Athletics, University of Maine

Ken Ralph serves as the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine. Before joining the UMaine community on Sept. 1, 2018, Ralph was the Director of Athletics at Colorado College. Ralph, a native of Salem, New Hampshire, spent 11 years as the Director of Athletics at Colorado College. At CC, he oversaw a department of 51 professionals and a $10 million budget.

Colleen McKenna

Associate AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sports, Rec + Wellness Practice, Principal, Cannon Design

Colleen brings an in-depth knowledge of the critical functional and planning requirements in designing sports facilities. Her background as a former swimmer and coach helps her to meet the various needs of participants ranging from top notch athletes to the everyday fitness enthusiast. Colleen‘s diverse portfolio includes collegiate sports and recreation facilities across the USA. In 2020 she was named a Power Player by Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

Brad Walker

Commissioner, America East Conference

Brad Walker joined the America East Conference in September 2021. Walker, just the fifth commissioner in America East’s 42-year history, brings over 15 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level as a senior-level administrator in multiple conference offices as well as five years of professional experience in the NBA, excelling in every role he has held. His depth of experience and proven track record as a communicator, consensus builder and visionary in both collegiate and professional sports will greatly benefit our member institutions, fostering a community in which our athletics programs can continue to thrive both athletically and academically. Walker has served as the NBA G League’s Head of Basketball Operations for the past five years overseeing the league’s day-to-day operations. During Walker’s tenure, the G League underwent aggressive expansion, adding 11 new franchises during that time. He also oversaw the development of the G League Youth Professional Pathway, Team Ignite, the first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Walker built a solid reputation as a senior level athletics administrator in the college ranks, spending a decade and a half as an associate commissioner at both the Ohio Valley and West Coast Conferences. At both stops, he made positive impacts that resulted in both leagues advancing forward in ways they had not previously. In addition to previously served roles, Walker was formerly a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and the Division I Championships/Sports Management Committee. In 2004, he was a member of the 22-person class at the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males. A 1996 graduate of Bentley University with a degree in marketing, Walker was a four-year contributor on the men’s basketball team. He captained the team his senior season, during which he earned All-Conference honors.