Lance Rosenberg, General Manager
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lance's passion for hockey and live entertainment led him to his current role at the Centene Community Ice Center.
Lance started his professional career in the Philadelphia Flyers organization working as a Hockey Director and General Manager at the Flyers Skate Zone. From there Lance entered the arena and stadium management industry where he served in various roles within the NHL/NBA (Wells Fargo Center), NCAA (Temple University’s Liacouras Center), and MLB venues (Citizens Bank Park and Minute Maid Park), along with business and facility consultation for an expansion KHL hockey team (Admiral Vladivostok/Fetisov Arena). Prior to the Centene Community Ice Center, Lance served as the General Manager of Facilities at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Notable career events include USA Hockey National Championships, 2011 NCAA Wrestling National Championship, 2012 NHL Winter Classic, 2013 United States Greenbuild Conference Opening Celebration, 2017 Super Bowl, and the 2017 World Series.
Lance’s hockey journey started at a young age and carried throughout his adult years. Lance graduated from the University of Delaware where he was invited to USA Hockey's World University Games training camp. After college, Lance received minor league traning camp opportunties and later served as the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms emergency goalie, which included an invitation to the Philadelphia Phantoms training camp and signing ATO contracts with the Phantoms.
A recipient of USA Hockey’s Master Level 5 coaching certification, Lance has coached beginners to elite teams while also serving as club president, coaching coordinator, master scheduler, and holding a voluntary board positions in the Atlantic District. Additionally, he has been a registered USA Hockey referee.
Currently, Lance resides in the St. Louis area with his fiancé Jessica and their 2 huskies and shih tzu.
Brandon Schultz, AGM/Director of Hockey Operations
Brandon Schultz comes to Centene Community Ice Center from Kansas City where he was the General Manager / Hockey Director of the Centerpoint Community Ice Arena in Independence, Missouri. During his time in the Kansas City metro area, he coached every level of hockey ranging from beginner learn to play hockey programs up to Tier 2 Midget AA teams. He conducted numerous hockey camps at his prior facility and most recently acted as the Coaching Director of the Kansas City Jr Mavs Youth Hockey Organization for the past 5 seasons. He is a USA Hockey level 5 coach and has also led numerous USA Hockey coaching clinics within the central district. Most recently he attended the USA Hockey Director program in conjunction with the North America Rink Conference & Expo (NARCE) and is thrilled to now be a part of the St. Louis hockey community.
Brandon Schultz grew up playing hockey in Apple Valley, Minnesota. After high school he played ACHA Division 2 hockey at the University of Kansas, where he was captain of the club hockey team for three years. After graduating, he went on to become the KU Assistant Coach for one year before transitioning into a hockey director role at the teams practice facility. As his involvement with youth hockey continued to grow, so did his dedication to advancing the game and developing youth hockey players. His coaching philosophy puts a strong emphasis on teaching both life skills and hockey skills. Brandon feels hockey is so much more than just a game as the sport teaches individuals how to communicate, work together in a team environment, and live an active and healthy lifestyle. He brings enthusiasm and passion to the ice every day and is committed to making sure every individual is provided the opportunity to succeed.
Brandon currently resides in St. Charles with his wife Jennifer.
Justin Sollers, Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Executive Chef Justin Sollers’ passion for food was developed at a very young age as hetraveled and lived all over the World learning about cuisine. After serving in the United States Air Force, Chef Justin went on to study the culinary arts at L'Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis MO, where he masteredhis own unique cooking style and flair.
From 2009 to 2012, Chef Justin worked for establishments such as The Racquet Club Ladue, one of the finest privately-owned clubs in the heart of St. Louis, and one of St. Louis’ top ten restaurants,Scape American Bistro, an American Bistro with European style.He has cooked memorable meals for high profile guests such as Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Cat Cora, Alton Brown, Wolfgang Puck, and Tyler Florence. He has also provided culinary oversight of large events for all the major sports teams in St. Louis including the Cardinals, Rams and Blues.
In 2012 Chef Justin’s love for food took him across the ocean to Asia where he developed menus, restaurants and kitchens in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Hong Kong and Singapore. Chef Justin then brought his culinary experience to Norwegian Cruise Lines where he traveled around Hawaii as part of the Pride of America.. He then moved onto the Virgin Voyages culinary team and helped develop recipes and menus for over 15+ outlets for the ship’s 2020 sail date. He has now brought his vast experience and knowledge back to St. Louis where he originally started years ago.
Chef Justin's culinary philosophy and passion reflects the growing trend towards a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. The essence of his cuisine is working with local farmers to seek out the finest in regional and local organic produce.Chef Justin's preference is to allow the natural flavors of the food express themselves. He lets his influence from his world travel speak in the dishes he prepares.
Lynn Groharing, Director of Finance and HR
With many years of experience in the accounting and human resources world, Lynn Groharing’s resume includes previous positions with
Camping World, Louisa Food Products and Lindenwood University, to name a few.
Both a graduate and past professor of Lindenwood University, Lynn received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management in 2010 and her Masters in Business Administration in 2012.
Lynn is married with two children, two grandchildren and two fur babies. In her spare time, she loves to watch sports and travel.
Jenna Mueller, Director of Sales and Marketing
Jenna Mueller is responsible for all marketing and sales strategies for the facility. Prior to joining the facility, Jenna worked for Spectra at Chaifetz Arena as the Marketing and Group Sales Coordinator. There she quickly grew a passion for our industry in live concerts and sporting events. Throughout her time with Spectra, she was the recipient of multiple corporate awards for her work in sales and became a social media expert.
Jenna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Western Illinois University. During her time at both schools, she was a member of the Division 1 women’s basketball team.
Jenna resides in St. Louis with her dog, Brody. In her spare time, she loves going to concerts, sporting events and traveling.
Greg Milam, Director of Operations
A graduate of Lindenwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Greg Milam is the Director of Operations at the Centene Community Ice Center. He and his team are responsible for maintaining and upkeeping the 277,000 square foot, 4 Ice Rink venue,. overseeing all Ice Maintenance, Facility Maintenance, Custodial staffing and Contractors.
Prior to joining the team at the Centene Community Ice Center, Greg worked at the Family Arena for 17 years. He began his career at Family Arena in the role of an Event Manager and waas promoted to Operations Manager.. At the Family Arena, Greg coordinated several large-scale events from The President of the United States, Live HBO Boxing Events and the Anheuser-Busch Share Holders meeting.
While not at the Centene Community Ice Center, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys. He also coaches baseball and soccer.
Andrew Whatley, Ice Technician
Andrew is our Operations Manager/Head Ice Technician who oversees everything in regard to the overall high standard of ice quality and maintenance of our 4 NHL standard size rinks. He currently holds his Certified Ice Technician (CIT) designation from the U.S. Ice Rink Association Recognized by the National Hockey League (NHL), the (CIT) is the most highly regarded professional designation for ice rink operations professionals in North America.
Prior to joining us here at Centene Community Ice Center, Andrew has several years of experience. Most recently was one of the Ice Technicians at Amalie Arena (Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning) with experience working events such as; Disney on Ice, Cirque du Solei on ice, the 2017 Women’s Four Nations Cup and the 2018 NHL All Star Game. Andrew also worked at the Lightnings practice facility in Brandon, Florida.
When Andrew is not working, he usually is spending even more time around the rinks officiating hockey games, he enjoys going to Rock and Country concerts and other sporting events or just relaxing at home keeping up with tv shows and watching more hockey.
Robert Converse, Maintenance Manager
Robert is the Maintenance Manager at Centene Community Ice Center, where he oversees venue maintenance, cleanliness, and assists with ice resurfacing.
Robert has over 22 years of event venue maintenance experience, starting his career at Riverport Amphitheatre. He graduated with an Industrial Maintenance degree from Rankin Technical College and has certifications in HVAC and welding.
Robert, a native of the St. Louis area, is proud to be a part of such an exciting addition to the Metropolitan area. During his free time, he enjoys remodeling houses for others.
Michael Damos, Facility Coordinator
Born in St. Louis, Mike recently returned to the area after many years away. Growing up in Southern California, Mike developed a passion for hockey, playing at the Midget AAA and Junior B levels.
After moving to San Antonio, TX as a young adult Mike spent five years working at the Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods, which serves as the practice facility for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League
After leaving the rink management business to pursue other interests, Mike returned to St. Louis and joined the staff at the Centene Community Ice Center to pursue a career around the sport he loves.
Mike resides in St. Ann, MO with his wife and their 3 children.
Heather Schafer, Food and Beverage Manager
Heather Schafer is a food and beverage professional with over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry spanning restaurants, hotels and event and convention centers. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she had the privilege of growing up watching Wayne Gretzky play and practice.
Most recently she was the Director of Food & Beverage for the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas: home of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The American Bank Center is an arena and convention center with a 12,500 person capacity and while there she helped host acts including Elton John, Alice Cooper and the WWE.
Blake Mahon, Sous Chef
Chef Blake was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and has devleoped strong roots in Mid-Western cuisines. Chef Blake went to Beaumont High School where he started to develop his culinary skills while working at local bars and grills.
From bar and grills to private clubs, such as the Whittemore House, Chef Blake rose in the culinary ranks to become Executive Sous Chef for Sheraton Hotel in 2007. In 2009, Chef Blake transitioned to The Grand Geneva Resort in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was the understudy to the resort executive chef.
Upon his return to St. Louis, Chef Blake went on to win awards with Convention & Visitors Commission of St. Louis, Clayton Art Fair in 2011, 2012, & 2013 for best menu item. At the end of 2016 Chef Blake became the Executive Chef of the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel until he parted ways to join the Bon Appétit Management team at Washington University where he worked closely with a campus dietitian to help create a healthy but great tasting menu. In November of 2019 Chef Blake joined the Centene Community Ice Center.