“SALT seeks to develop caring and considerate young people and leaders.”

Bernie Stein, SALT Trainer


Trainer, Nicole Sieben, helps Student Leaders at a Leadership Conference

Leslie Allen: An honors graduate from the University of Southern California, Leslie is a former NCAA and WTA champion. In 1981, Ms. Allen became the first African American woman to win a major professional tournament since Althea Gibson’s 1957 US Open victory. She is the founder of the Leslie Allen Foundation.

Tim Bassett: A graduate of the University of Georgia, Tim was drafted in 1973 into the American Basketball Association. He played with the New York Nets alongside teammate “Dr. J” Julius Erving, where the two contributed to two World Championships. He also played professionally in Italy for nine years.

Dan Bedard: A graduate of Plattsburgh (NY) State College and Ohio University, Dan played professionally as a hockey goaltender for teams in France and Sweden, coached the Peewee Islanders for 13 years and was formally the Director of Amateur Hockey Development for the Islanders. Dan is the Director of Sports Management at Adelphi University.

Jay Bryant: Jay received degrees from Long Island University and Adelphi University. As a collegiate basketball player he earned academic honors before joining the Harlem Magicmasters and Harlem Rockets education and entertainment teams. Currently, he is vice president of the Magicmasters and Rockets.

Ed Card: Ed was a power lifter and a member of the 1980 and 1984 United States Bobsled Teams. Ed is AHA’s resident expert on performance-enhancement substances.

Kyle Copeland-Muse: A graduate of and All-American tennis player at Pepperdine University, Kyle is now a teaching tennis professional. Professionally, she competed in singles and doubles at all four Grand Slam tournaments, reached world doubles ranking of 38. Today, Kyle remains connected with tennis through the US Open, the Arthur Asch Endowment for the Defeat of Aids and Win4Life.

Lorraine Gagliano:  Lorraine, a retired professional educator, holds a master’s degree in special education and counseling.  Throughout her esteemed career, she worked with children ages 5 – 12 in both general education and special ed. populations.  Lorraine served on a number of her school district’s committees created to develop character education programs, and she became actively involved with AHA after witnessing the Student Athlete Leadership Team’s impact on her fifth-grade students.

Paul Grafer: Most recently, Paul served as an assistant coach with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer and the USA National Under 17 Soccer Team. A graduate from the College of William and Mary, he was the school’s Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. A goalie, Paul formerly played with the Long Island Rough Riders, Colorado Rapids and New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

Larry Hardesty: A graduate of the School of Business at City College of New York where be played basketball, Larry was recently named to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. Currently, he can be heard regularly on ESPN Radio and is the sideline radio reporter for New York Jets games.

Jim Johnson: Jim was a former executive with the New York Islanders before becoming the Director of Pat LaFontaine’s “Companions in Courage Foundation.”

Nancy Kaplan: Currently an Associate Provost at St. John’s University, Nancy was All New York City basketball and softball who received a Division I basketball scholarship to St. John’s.

Pat LaFontaine: Pat is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who played with the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. He founded the highly successful Companions in Courage Foundation, a charitable organization that builds interactive playrooms for children in hospitals throughout North America.

Nicole Sieben: Nicole, who was a recipient of the program in 5th grade and participated in the Student Athlete Leadership Program in high school, went on to become a lacrosse player at Loyola College in Maryland. She has been a lacrosse coach and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education and General Studies at Adelphi University. Nicole is an award-winning published writer, a national presenter, and an educational researcher; she received her doctorate in 2013 from Hofstra University.

Bernie Stein: Bernie spent 32 years teaching in secondary schools and more than 20 years as a practicing psychotherapist. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a B.A, received an M.S. in counseling at C.W. Post, and an M.S.W in social work from SUNY Stony Brook.

Billy Taylor: A former New York Giant who graduated from Texas Tech University where he set the record for most touchdowns in a game (5). In his four years with the Giants, Billy was the team’s leading rusher for two years and touchdown leader one year (11).

Notable Past Trainers

Joe Allen, former SALT member

Tara Allen, former SALT member

Mary Pat Beirne, St. John’s University Student-Athlete Development

Monge Codio, former player with the United States Basketball League, France and Mexico

Ricky Davis, NY Cosmos

Phil Esposito, Hockey Hall of Fame

Walt Frazier, NY Knicks

Bruce Harper, NY Jets

Bud Harrelson, NY Mets

Nancy Hogshead, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer

Dave Jennings, NY Giants

Brian Kelly, NY/NJ Metrostars

Pat Lafontaine, NY Rangers and Islanders

Nancy Lieberman, Professional Basketball Hall of Fame

Jimmy Maurer, former professional soccer player

Donald McPherson, Syracuse University All-American and Philadelphia Eagles

Dennis O’Sullivan, NY Jets

Jen O’Sullivan, NY Power

Susan Porro, actor (The Sopranos and Law & Order: Criminal Intent; among other TV & film credits)

Tim Regan, NY Red Bulls

Robin Roberts, Collegiate Basketball Player and Host of Good Morning America

Mark Semioli, NY/NJ Metrostars

Tauna Vandeweghe, Olympic swimmer

Steve Webb, former NHL player with the New York Islanders

Kristy Whelchel, NY Power

Mookie Wilson, NY Mets