|FAIRFAX, Va. (February 20, 2020) – BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) today announced that Lisa Ciniello of Bonita Springs, Fla., and David Kellerman of Georgetown, Texas, will join the BVL Board of Directors effective immediately.|
BVL is a national nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charity that funds recreation therapy programs to address the emotional and physical needs of veterans and active-duty military, including sports, music, crafts, technology, and adaptive equipment for rehabilitation activities.
“We are pleased to add two incredible business leaders such as Lisa and David, who have used their voice to champion veterans and active-duty military,” said BVL Board Chair John LaSpina. “Their dedication to BVL has been unwavering, and they both bring a dynamic perspective to help us position BVL for exciting growth.”
Longtime Board member Walter Hall of Pasadena, Md., will transition to Director Emeritus. “I can never say enough about Wally’s tremendous contribution to BVL and the bowling industry, and we are fortunate we will still have access to his insight and passion,” LaSpina added.
| Ciniello is the Vice-President of Bowling Management Associates, the Bonita Springs, Fla.-based bowling entertainment company. Ciniello oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including human resources, payroll administration, league banking, food & beverage, training, and marketing for the 5-center chain. The BMA centers are traditionally in the Top 3 of fundraisers for the BVL, highlighting the long history of commitment to BVL from Lisa and her husband Patrick.|
“It truly is an honor and a privilege to join the BVL Board of Directors,” said Ciniello. “I’m so appreciative of our military men and women who have served or are in service to our nation and feel this is one way I can give back.”
Ciniello, a life-long bowler, was previously in the banking industry for many years. She joined her husband in the bowling business in 1994. She also serves on the BPAA Food Committee and has been involved with MUBIG (Multi-Unit Bowling Information Group) and the FEC20 Group.
| Kellerman is the co-owner of Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Texas. Over the past year, he has made headlines with his Kilroy’s Appalachian Trail Hike for Veterans. The nearly six-month, 2,192-mile hike through the 14 states that encompass the Appalachian Trail has raised more than $100,000 for BVL as the largest individual fundraiser in the charity’s history.|
“BVL is such an enduring charity which helps brighten the lives of veterans and active-duty military who protect our freedoms every day,” said Kellerman. “I’m honored to serve on the BVL Board.”
Kellerman is a graduate of the University of North Texas (BBA ’85) and the University of St. Edwards (MBA ’90). He currently serves on the executive board of the Texas Bowling Centers Association and is a board member of the Greater Austin USBC Association. In 2019, he was named as the first recipient of BVL’s Helen Duval Award which recognizes individuals who provide outstanding and dedicated service to BVL. Kellerman has received several other accolades including BPAA Texas Bowling Proprietor of the Year, Texas USBC Proprietor of the Year, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year, and Sertoma Club of Georgetown Service to Mankind recipient. Kellerman and his wife Melanie reside in Georgetown and have three grown children.
The current BVL Board of Directors includes Chair John LaSpina of Long Beach, N.Y.; Lisa Ciniello of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Karen Jost of Turnwater, Wash.; Dennis Hacker of Perryville, Mo.; Keith Hamilton of Park Ridge, Ill.; David Kellerman of Georgetown, Texas; and Tim Minard of Dacula, Ga. Emeritus Members are Elaine Hagin of Castor Valley, Calif., and Walter Hall of Pasadena, Md.
Since 1942, BVL has provided more than $52 million in grants to VA hospitals and clinics to fund recreation therapy and programs for America’s veterans and active-duty service members. BVL is bowling’s oldest and own charity and is consistently acknowledged for efficient and effective programming delivered with extremely low overhead. BVL has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Charities” by Independent Charities of America, earned a “Top-Rated” Nonprofit distinction from GreatNonprofits, and is also a member of the Combined Federal Campaign (#93325).
For more information on BVL, visit www.BVL.org.
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BVL Adds Lisa Ciniello and David Kellerman to Board of Directors
Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.
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