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Board Member Biographies


Fred Freeman - Vice President

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Personal Information:

  • Attended California State University, Long Beach
  • Earned teaching credential from UCLA
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy - Quantico, Va.
  • Southern California Native

AYSO Experience:

  • Started with AYSO in 1999
  • Section 11 Director: 2010-2014
  • Assistant Area Director for 11-E: 2005-2010
  • Regional Commissioner for Region 159: 2002-2010
  • Board Member for Region 11/E/159: 2000-2002
  • Member of the Strategic Plan & Governance Committee: 2012-2013

Honors, Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Section of the Year: 2013
  • 100 percent Regional Assessment Program (RAP) and Area Assessment Program (AAP) submissions for 2012 and 2013
  • Green Thumb Award, Section 11: 2011
  • 11/E Region of the Year: 2010
  • Area Director Training
  • Advanced Management

Commissions and/or Task Forces:

  • National Executive Director Recruitment Committee: 2013
  • NBOD Liaison, Extended Play Task Force: 2014-2015
  • NBOD Co-Liaison, Coordinated Response Task Force (CRT): 2014-2015
  • Chair, Endowment/Planned Giving Commission

Other Volunteer Work:

  • Member of the Public Safety Committee, California League of Cities
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Orange County Fire Authority
  • Vice Chair of the Orange Line Development Authority
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association
  • President and member of the Board of Directors, South East Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association
  • Board President, Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors, Beckstrand Cancer Association, Newport Beach, Calif.
 

Jeff McClure - Vice President

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Personal Information:

  • Born November 5, 1964 in Washington, D.C.
  • Raised in Long Island, N.Y.
  • Now living in Martinez, Calif., with wife, Michel Jensen-McClure (AYSO Advanced Coach), daughter Molly (18 – AYSO alum) and Calder (15 – current AYSO player).  Oldest son Ryan (20) played 15 years with AYSO and is now serving in the US Marine Corps.
  • BS, Political Science, SUNY Oneonta, 1988
  • JD, California Western School of Law, 1991

AYSO Experience:

  • Regional Commissioner for Region 281: 2004-2011
  • Vice-Chair of AYSO Legal Commission: 2007-Present
  • Chairperson of Ethics Task Force: 2007-Present
  • Chairperson of Employment Law/Benefits Task Force: 2007-Present

Honors, Accomplishments and Certifications:

  • National Coach Instructor/Evaluator - 2013
  • National Coach - 2008
  • Advanced Referee - 2009

Professional Background:

I am  a partner in the Law Firm of Davenport, Gerstner & McClure. I have practiced labor and employment law for over 22 years, counseling employers ranging in size from one employee up to several thousand employees.

 

Bob Daniel - Treasurer

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Personal Information:

  • Married to Hollie for 35 years
  • Two Children: Bonnie,30 and Andrew, 27
  • University of California, San Diego BA Economics
  • Arizona State University, MBA

AYSO Experience:

  • Years with AYSO – 21
  • Regional Staff: Team coach, Regional volunteer, referee, Age Group Manager, Division Coordinator, Assistant Regional Commissioner, Regional Commissioner
  • Area staff: Assistant Area Director, Area 12C Director
  • Section staff: Section 12 Director
  • National Board of Directors

Honors, Accomplishments and Certifications:

  • Advanced Coach
  • Referee - N2
  • Management - Advanced
  • Instruction - Management
  • Instruction - Advanced Coach
  • Instruction - Referee

Commissions and/or Task Forces:

  • National Programs Staff
  • National Referee Commission
  • National Operations Commission
  • National Nomination Commission
  • NAGM Task Force
  • NED Search Committee
  • National Treasurer
  • Human Resource Commission

Other Volunteer Work:

  • Society of Human Resource Management, New Mexico State Council, Treasurer
  • Tanoan Country Club, Board of Governors’, Member
  • Friends of the Public Library, Past President
  • Human Resource Management Association of New Mexico, Past President

Professional Experience:

I have been in finance for over 40 years, serving as a CFO of a Construction Equipment Distributor and VP of Finance of a Chamber of Commerce. In my current role, I am the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Business Consultant of a local CPA firm. In addition to overseeing the firm's accounting, marketing, and human resources, I am responsible for employee benefit sales and consulting as well as recruiting for the firm and its clients.

 

Aaron Luce - Secretary

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Personal Information:

  • Married to Aileen for 24 yrswith two daughters: Sarah (22) & Victoria (20), who I was able to coach through U19.
  • We live in Albuquerque, NM.
  • I like to travel and have helped out with youth baseball & basketball, food banks, Habitat for Humanity, and more.
  • I have a passion for working with kids and helping others. This organization has allowed me to do that.

Professional Information:

  • Actively working in Industrial / distribution sales (25) yrs.
  • Management / Supervisor (8) yrs.
  • Technical Instructor for over (25) mfgs.
  • Currently I am the Director of Sales & Operations for a German mfgcompany and am responsible for everything (sales, operations, accounting, etc…) in the Americas.

AYSO Positions:

  • Regional Commissioner – 4 yrs.
  • Current Member –National Coaching Advisory Commission
  • Member –NAGM Task Force –2 yrs.
  • RC School Instructor
  • NAGM RC Caucus Facilitator
  • U5 Master Coach
  • RCA
  • Advanced Coach Instructor
  • Management Instructor
  • Tournament Director
  • Coach –12 yrs

AYSO Certifications:

  • RC School –Advanced Management
  • National Coach –Coach Admin
  • Safety Director –Treasurer
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Regional Referee

AYSO Accomplishments:

  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year -12/C
  • Gold Region

Janet Braun - National Board Member

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Personal Information:

  • Married for 28 years; three children, Kristin (25),
    Kevin (22) and Brian (19), all AYSO alums
  • Played on first Cincinnati-area girls soccer team in
    1969 and played SAY soccer 1970-76; played on
    high school’s first girls varsity soccer team

AYSO Experience:

  • Regional Commissioner (214), South Pasadena, CA (2,100 players) 2003-05
  • Regional Board Member (214) 2000-08, positions included Assistant RC, VIP Director, Tournament Director and Secretary
  • Area Director (1C), West San Gabriel Valley (14,000 players) 2006-08
  • National Legal Commission 2008-14
  • Coach 1995-2013
  • Regional Referee
  • VIP Coach 2002-07
  • 20-year AYSO Volunteer 1995-present
  • Recipient, R214 Regional Commissioner’s Award 2006

Nonprofit Board /Leadership Experience

  • Chair, South Pasadena Public Safety Commission (2012-present)
  • President-elect, Women in South Pasadena Political Action
  • Flintridge Preparatory School, Board of Trustees (2008-14), including 3 years on the Executive Committee and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee
  • Boy Scouts of America, San Gabriel Valley Council, Board of Directors (2010-14), including 3 years as Vice President, Marketing and Executive Board member
  • Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, Board of Trustees (2009-12)
  • President, Flintridge Preparatory School Parents Association (2006-08)
  • Girl Scouts Mt. Wilson-Vista Council, Capital Campaign Cabinet (2005-07)
  • President, Crestview Preparatory School Parents Association 2003-04, and Strategic Planning Committee 2003

Professional/Work Experience:

  • Corporate lawyer for over 25 years, with broad experience including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and general business matters
  • O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Associate General Counsel, Santa Fe International Corporation, a multi-national, oil drilling services company
  • Associate General Counsel, NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-held biotechnology company
  • Co-Founder and General Counsel, Brightside Innovations, Inc., a start-up technology corporatio
  • Education: Ohio State University, J.D. 1985 and B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering 1982

 

Margie Close - National Board Member

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Personal Information:

Children
  • Dave (40), player, National Coach & Coach Instructor, referee, former National Office staff
  • Katy (37), player, AYSO Silent Auction organizer for many years
  • Steve (35), player, coach and referee, former National Office staff
  • Kevin (33) deceased, player and coach and my daily inspiration #keezitforward
  • Four step-grandchildren – two former players Region 862
  • Born July 31, 1950, in Berkeley, California
  • BA University of California, Berkeley
  • Transplant to Los Angeles in 1972  

AYSO Experience:

  • Volunteer since 1984
  • RC Region 78 Hollywood-Wilshire 1989-1994 and 1996-1999; Asst. RC 1994-1996
  • Ken Aston Camp attendee 1989
  • Referee 1989-2013, Referee Instructor since1998, Referee Instructor Evaluator since 2005
  • AYSO+ Task Force 1992-93
  • College Athlete Program Pioneer, Instructor 1998-2005
  • National Tournament Commission Member 1999-2012
  • National Office staff – 1999-2015
  • Hall of Fame staff liaison 2003-2015 – Big 3 Partner with NSCAA and NISOA 2003-2009
  • VIP Administrator 2003-2015; VIP Instructor
  • United States Adult Soccer Association AYSO Representative 2003 – 2015
  • National Management Instructor and Instructor Trainer since 2003
  • Extended Play Task Force – on team that developed the EXTRA program, 2007-2012
  • United States Soccer Federation Disability Committee Member 2007-2015

Honors, Accomplishments and Certifications:

  • AYSO President’s Award – 2011 and 2014
  • Coined “More Soccer for More Kids®” – now the AYSO Playership fundraising motto
  • Growth Award from United States Adult Soccer Association 2015
  • Developed standard of vetting Executive Member Reappointments, adopted by NBOD
  • Co-authored U-6 “Friendly Referee” White Paper, approved by NBOD
  • College Athlete Program Curriculum Developer
  • EXTRA Program Development Team
  • National Management Instructor and Trainer
  • Section One and Area 1-P Instructor
  • VIP Instructor, Author VIP Family and Buddy Manual
  • Coordinator and Oversight of VIP Program Promotional Video Production
  • Intermediate Referee, Referee Instructor, Referee Evaluator
  • U-12 Coach (original Youth Coach certification)
  • Special Olympics Southern California Volunteer
  • Special Olympics World Games 2015 – Sports Information Desk
  • Ambassador for One Legacy: LA County Tissue and Organ Procurement Organization

Commissions and Task Forces

  • AYSO+ Task Force 1991 - 1993
  • National Tournament Advisory Commission 2005 - 2012
  • Extended Play Task Force 2007 - 2013
  • Education and Programs Commission 2008 - 2010
  • Hall of Fame Commission 2008 - 2015
  • National Referee Advisory Commission 2009 - 2013
  • National Management Advisory Commission 2009-2015
  • Adult League Task Force 2008 - 2015
  • VIP Task Force 2003 - 2015
  • Strategic Plan Structure and Governance Task Force 2012 – 2013
  • Rules & Regs Task Force 2012 – 2014
  • Standard Regional Guidelines Task Force 2012 – 2014
  • USSF Task Force 2012 - 2014
  • Playtime Study Task Force 2012 – 2013
  • NAGM Task Force 2012 – 2015
  • Executive Member Expired Term Task Force 2012 - 2015

Professional Experience

  • AYSO National Office Staff – 1999 - 2015
    Director Special Programs and Member Services 2009 – 2015
    Special Programs Administrator, 2003 – 2009
    Coordinator, Meetings and Programs 1999 – 2003
  • UCLA Engineering and Science Department Placement Center Administrative Assistant 1972-1976

 

Michael Karon - National Board Member

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Personal Information:

  • Married to Carolyn for 32 years
  • Two children: Lauren (26) and Andrew (24)
  • BA, Chinese 1981 (UCLA); MBA, Finance 1986 (UCLA)

AYSO Experience:

  • AYSO player (4 years, starting in 1968)
  • AYSO volunteer (44 years, starting in 1972)
  • Regional Commissioner, Region 76 (4 years)
  • Referee Administrator, Region 76 (10 years)
  • Assistant Regional Commissioner, Region 76 (6 years)
  • Area Referee Administrator, 1P (6 years)
  • Extra Program Manager, Section 1 West (2 years)
  • Assistant Area Director, 1P (2 years)
  • Section 1 Director of Referee Assessment (4 years)
  • Co-Director, Ken Aston Cup (5 years)
  • Instructor, Ken Aston Camp (7 years)
  • Expo/Section Meeting Presenter (15 years)

Honors, Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Platinum Region
  • National Referee
  • National Referee Instructor
  • National Referee Assessor
  • Developed Referee Instructor curriculum (Ken Aston Camp)
  • Developed and delivered Regional Commissioner Continuing Education workshops (Expo)
  • Developed regional player programs (Monday night open practice, Flex play, Kick It in the Spring, Pre-Season Boot Camp) to drive family engagement and increased participation. Grew Regional enrollment from less than 1500 to over 2000 players.
  • Identified specific growth opportunities for AYSO Regions on a National basis
  • Trained over 5000 new referees
  • Assisted in the start up and funding of the Watts, LA Central, Los Feliz and South LA Regions
  • Developed new field space for more players to play

Commissions and/or Task Forces:

  • National Development Commission
  • U4 Task Force

Other Volunteer Work:

  • UCLA Alumni Mentor

 

Professional Experience:

  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Started multiple companies
  • More than 30 years Executive Level experience at both large and small technology and financial service companies
  • Experienced at achieving successful results through sound business strategy development and execution
 

Donna Nelson - National Board Member

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Personal Information:

  • May 11, 1954
  • Married to Dan Nelson – September 2, 1972
  • Three children – Dan, Charlotte and Joseph – and six grandchildren
  • University of LaVerne, LaVerne, Calif. – Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

AYSO Experience:

  • AYSO volunteer for 30 years
  • Assistant Regional Commissioner: four years
  • Regional Commissioner: six years
  • Assistant Area Director: four years
  • Area director: five years
  • Assistant Section Director: four years
  • Section Director: four years

Honors, Accomplishments and Certifications:

  • Platinum Area and Region
  • Area Volunteer of the Year
  • Section Volunteer of the Year
  • Mike Fults Warrior Award

Commissions and/or Task Forces:

  • National Management Advisory Commission: two years
  • Hall of Fame Commission: two years
  • NAGM Structure Task Force: one year
  • Coordinated Responses Task Force
  • Contributed to the Strategic Plan for Volunteer Development
  • NAGM Caucus Facilitator: two years

Other Volunteer Work:

  • Counselor for Women’s Non-Profit
  • Board Member for the Kern County Soccer Foundation
  • Logistical planner for Relay for Life
  • In God We Trust America

Professional Experience:

  • Life Insurance License
  • Tax Preparation (CTEC)
  • Self Employed  - Notary Public/Loan Signing Agent (NNA)
  • AT&T, 32 Years, Retired

Eileen Tabert - National Board Member

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Personal Information:

  • Married to Herb for 38 yrs. 
  • Mom of 3 children, Chip, Erich and Natasha who played in AYSO.
  • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science degree: Child Development and Family Relations.
  • Co-owner with my husband of our travel agency “Travels by Herb”

AYSO Experience:

Regional Staff

  • Regional Commissioner – 3 yrs.
  • Regional Tournament Director – 3 yrs.
  • Regional Tournament Sponsor coordinator – 3 yrs.
  • U 16 Coach - 1 yr.
  • Regional Treasurer - 4 yrs.
  • Select team Manager – 1 yr.

Area Staff

  • Area Director – 6 yrs.
  • Assistant Area Director – 1 yr.
  • Area Management Admin. – 3 yrs.
  • Section Staff

    • Section Director - current SD (6yrs to May 2016)
    • CVPA
    • Section Advanced Management Instructor
    • National Tournament Advisory Commission member  – 1 yr.

    National Programs Staff

    • RC Training Instructor – instructor since Class 1 to present
    • Chair, Section Meeting Task Force – 1 yr.
    • Strategic Plan: Volunteer Development – 2 yrs.
    • EM Expired Term Task Force – 2 yrs.
    • RAP/AAP Assessment Task Force – 4 yrs.
    • Programs and Education Commission – 2 yrs.
    • Extended Play Task Force – 2 yrs.
    • NBOD Nominating Commission – 5 yrs.
    • Chair, National Management Advisory Commission – 1 yr. 4 months
    • Volunteer at Lancaster National Games, Hawaii National Games, Anaheim National Games - 2014
    • National Management Advisory Commission – 4 yrs.
    • AD Training Instructor – 5 yrs

    Other:

    • USSF Appeals Committee member – 2 yrs.
    • Assistant Secretary to the National Board of Directors – 1 yr.

    Other Accomplishments and Awards:

    • As chair of NMAC I worked with Rosanne MacPhail to get approval from the NBOD to create RC Training. Helped develop the current RC Training format and curriculum
    • Worked with a fellow AD caucus facilitator in May 2004 to change the AD caucus format to its current format, making it a positive, productive discussion of issues facing EM and making change recommendations to the NBOD & NO to eliminate/alleviate issues.
    • AD/RC Caucuses Project Manager - late 2004 - 2008.  Applied new AD caucus format to RC caucuses in 2005. Managed the selection of AD & RC facilitators and topics. Created the facilitator training.  Also managed the follow-up with NBOD & NO for recommendations coming out of  AD/RC caucuses.
    • President’s citation of Excellence - May 2006.
    • National Management Spirit Award - 2008.
    • Section of the Year – 2010, 2011, 2016
    • Chair, National Management Advisory Commission (NMAC) 2008-2009
    • Member, National Tournament Commission
    • Member, National Management Commission
    • Wrote and revised curriculum for Management workshops as a member of NMAC
    • Green Thumb Award in 2010, 2011
    • Section 9 Spirit Award - 2012

    Professional Experience:

    • Director of 2 Pre-schools operating all day to day operations and Curriculum Development.
    • Co-Owner of a Travel Agency where I responsible for customer service,
      maintaining & updating the customer database, travel planning, communications, and the agency finances

    MATT WINEGAR

    Matt Tabert Photo

    AYSO Experience:

    • REGION 304:  Regional Commissioner (2006-2009), ARC, CVPA, Safety Director, RDRI (current position), Management Administrator (current position)
    • AREA 10W: Management Administrator, 2010-present
    • NATIONAL:  Development Commission, 2011-15; Chair, 2012-15; Nominating Commission, 2015; Chair, National U-4 Task Force (present), “AYSO Field Guy”
    • CERTIFICATIONS:
        • Advance Referee
        • Advanced Management Instructor

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

    • President and Principal of Sitespacific, Inc., a land use planning and management services firm based in ventura, ca. (www.sitespacificplanning.com )
    • Almost 40 years of municipal planning and development services experience
    • Certified management trainer
    • Member, american institute of certified planners
    • B.A., public administration, csu chico

    NON-PROFIT EXPERIENCE:

    • Gull wings childrens museum (oxnard ca), member, board of directors, 1994-99; vice president, 1996; president, 1997-99
    • Oxnard downtown management district, member, board of directors, 2008-2013
    • American planning association, central coast section, member, board of directors, 1980-85

    Professional Experience:

    • Ayso platinum region every year during my tenure as regional commissioner (first time, and continuing to present)
    • Reinstituted annual region fund-raising tournament,  and continue to serve on the tournament committee
    • Instituted the ayso labs, presidents circle, and other programs as chair of the national development commission
    • Helped launch the ayso u-4 “playground” program as chair of the u-4 task force
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