NCWHL Community Convos: The Art of Writing Romance

Here’s the link to the video.

NCWHL Community Convos
May 20, 2020

The Art of Writing Romance
Elise Faber on researching, writing, and promoting romance novels

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys and lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or find more information about her books at

NCWHL Community Convos: Essential Work

Here’s the link to the video.

Essential Work: Stories From Our Front Line Workers
Wednesday, April 29, 7- 8:30 pm

Find out what it’s like to work while during a global pandemic. Hear stories that span fighting infectious disease, to interacting with the public on a daily basis, to working at a correctional facility, as well as working in a city emergency response team. Members will take us through personal experiences during these unique times.

Dr. Nancy Shulman
Nancy is an Infectious Disease physician, who has been working in pharma/biotech. She maintains a small voluntary clinical practice in HIV care at San Mateo General Hospital.

Lisa Myers
Lisa is the Supervising Ranger for the Palo Alto Baylands. She has been a Ranger for 26 years and an Emergency Medical Technician for 20 years.

Jennifer Schwartz
Jennifer is a Deputy Sheriff with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently assigned to the Maguire Correctional Facility and has been in law enforcement for 24 years.

Nancy Milholland
Nancy is a GIS Application Engineer at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. She uses geospatial tools to visualize data, provide new insights, generate questions, and tell a story. She is part of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the City and County of San Francisco.

NCWHL Community Convos: Visioning Workshop with Maryann

Here are links to the video, audio, and chat.

Visioning is a powerful tool that enables us to create a tangible, visceral picture of what success looks like in the future. The practice of Visioning came into popularity as a powerful personal or business tool precisely because it enables us to transcend incremental thinking into truly innovative leaps forward. When we are able to be in the future and describe it, our energy goes up and our imagination is ignited.

We’ll cover a step-by-step process and exercise.

Please have a pen and paper or a laptop for writing exercise.

About Maryann Bell

Maryann Bell is a strategist, designer, writer who uses brand strategy, creativity and design thinking methodology to guide corporations and individuals through powerful transformations. She has developed such enduring brands as Java, Palo Alto Networks, University of Phoenix, and Citrix and positioned numerous high growth startup brands to thrive via her consulting work at Distility. She’s skated in the NCWHL for roughly ten years (taking another ten years off in the middle to have three kids).

NCWHL Community Convos: Kai and Mindfulness

Here are links to the video, audio, and chat.

Kai led the mindfulness program at Genentech for several years before creating a mindfulness program at his current company, Infineon. He’s an advisory board member for the Mindful Workplace Alliance and has done multiple silent meditation retreats of up to ten days. He’s been practicing mindfulness for over thirteen years and continues to find it incredibly helpful in his daily life.

Thank you to Kai for leading this convo with a big thanks to Maryann Bell and Ellen Haller for leading these community meetings!

COVID-19 (3/18 Update: Shelter in Place)

Updated March 18, 2020

Dear League Members,

Due to the recent “Shelter in Place” order issued by Bay Area county officials, we are suspending use of the remainder of ice slots for the Winter 2019-2020 season. For more information on the mandate, please refer to this helpful article:

Sheltering in Place: What You Need to Know

We support everyone doing their part to flatten the curve. Please stay safe and healthy. We will keep you informed of any updates as they become available.



Updated March 13, 2020


After careful consideration, we’ve decided to cancel the remainder of our winter season. We feel obligated to do our part in implementing social distancing and not placing skaters at unnecessary risk. Avoiding a crowded locker room will help us achieve this goal.

Through March 21, 2020, we will cancel remaining games, the pre-evals skill clinic (originally scheduled March 17), and the Leaguewide Scrimmage (originally scheduled March 21). We plan to push evaluation sessions back by 2 weeks. We’ll work on an updated schedule and share with you all soon.

Ice the Next 2 Weeks
As we have purchased ice through the 21st, if you are a skater registered this season, you are welcome to use in a non-official capacity as a stick and shoot or pick up scrimmage. We will not have any scorekeepers or referees at these sessions. These will be skate at your own risk events.

Ice Oasis (both San Mateo and Redwood City locations) is looking to modify their schedule for the next week or 2 to implement robust cleaning procedures every 2 hours. If our ice slots get moved, we will notify you.

Our Ask to Protect our Community
We all have a responsibility to look out for each other and to stay away from the rinks if sick or exhibiting ANY symptoms. From the WHO website: Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you are confirmed to have COVID-19 or if you’re suspected to have it, and you have recently participated in an NCWHL event, or if you are at the rink in the next couple of weeks with other league skaters, please email We recognize the sensitivity around this and will ensure your privacy. It’s important for us to notify others to limit the possible exposure to our community. Your identity will be held private as we  communicate in broad terms such as “a X division skater” or “a participant at X ice slot.” Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Next Season
Evals start next Sunday, but are postponed, as well as the start of the next season. It is our plan and hope to offer a full-length summer season as soon as that makes sense. We will update once we have more information.

General Meeting
The General Meeting (April 11) has been canceled for now. We will evaluate alternatives such as a video meeting/written update. We look forward to scheduling a face-to-face meeting and social event with everyone in the near future! As a not for profit, we have an obligation to hold an annual meeting and elections. Elections for all Board positions, which usually take place at the General Meeting may need to be held online, so look for that to come in your email.

As we continue to get more information, the League will relay updates via email, Facebook and the Weekly newsletter.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,
Whitney Kirschbrown on behalf of NCWHL Board

March 8, 2020

Dear All,

Our League will be continuing to hold games, practices, and soon, placement sessions in San Mateo and Redwood City. In response to the coronavirus/COVID19 outbreak, we recommend that we follow guidances put forth by the CDC and WHO, as well as adhere to a list of recommendations from USA Hockey, which can be found here:

Beyond not showing up to the rink when you’re sick, and practicing good hygiene such as frequent hand-washing, some ‘hockey specific’ practices that should be followed for the foreseeable future include:

  • Handshake lines after games should include fist bumps with gloves on
  • Use individual water bottles; do not share them
  • Towels should not be shared in any way

If you don’t feel comfortable participating in a game or practice, please notify your captains of your absence. Thanks for helping ensure the NCWHL community remains safe and healthy!

Best Regards,
Whitney Kirschbrown
NCWHL President