USA Hockey has appointed its first diversity and inclusion director ©USA Hockey

USA Hockey has appointed its first director of diversity and inclusion as the association bids to make the sport more accessible in the country.

Stephanie Jackson from Arlington, Texas, is one of three new faces at USA Hockey, with Brandon Dennis joining as business development manager and Brian Hartman as coordinator of adult hockey.

Jackson, who worked in diversity and inclusion communications with Nike, will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programmes to increase multicultural, ethnic and inclusivity efforts.

She has 12 years of experience working in community development and has masters degrees in business administration and social work.

In his business development role Dennis, from Williamsport, Maryland, is tasked with finding new corporate partnerships and working with the sales team to generate sustainable revenue streams.

A former collegiate ice hockey player, Dennis has spent the past two years as an account manager with Staples Business Advantage, where he sold, implemented and managed more than 100 corporate accounts.

USA Hockey is aiming to improve its multicultural, ethnic and inclusivity efforts ©USAHockey
USA Hockey is aiming to improve its multicultural, ethnic and inclusivity efforts ©USAHockey

Prior to Staples, Dennis spent worked as an analytics consultant but has also served as intern with National Hockey League side Pittsburgh Penguins' youth hockey department.

Advancing the number of signature-playing events offered to adult players with USA Hockey is the main priority for Hartman.

A USA Hockey level one certified coach, Hartman, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been involved in hockey as a player and coach.

As a player he captained Colorado State University men's ice hockey team for two seasons between 2011-2013 and Palmer High School, Colorado varsity hockey team in 2008-2009.

Most recently, Hartman served as an assistant coach at under-14 level within the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association. 

He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Dickinson High School in North Dakota.