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Board of Directors

MIFC Board of Directors



Greg Snyder
President
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Greg has two boys playing soccer, and he played youth, high school, college and in a men's league. He has "retired" from playing but enjoys watching and coaching. He volunteers for the Club because he feels that soccer has given him so much, including lifelong friendships, and he wants to model that for his own boys. He believes it doesn't matter what level you play as long as you have fun. 





Aaron Byers
VP of Player & Coach Development
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A lifelong player and coach, Aaron's passion is transforming how players are coached and how coaches coach. He is a diehard proponent of the Dutch/FC Barcelona player development philosophy. He attended the FCB Escola (FC Barcelona) coaches' class and was an academy coach at FC Barcelona's Clinic in Florida. He believes implementing Dutch-based player and coach models in the US will greatly enhance the skill level of aspiring youth players.






Heidi Martin
Secretary
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Heidi grew up playing soccer on the island and continued to play through high school, college, and recreational teams as an adult. She has two kids who have been involved with MIFC, and she has coached her daughter's recreational team for the past eight years. She is passionate about this sport and the opportunity it provides to develop lifelong skills and friendships.




David Bunker
Treasurer
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David grew up playing soccer in England and now has two boys who are involved with MIFC's recreational programs. He has been coaching with MIFC since moving to the island in 2015. David believes that MIFC is an important part of the community for our children and that soccer can build lifelong friendships and team skills.




Ketu Shah
VP of Competition
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Involved in soccer all his life, Ketu brings vast experience to the board. He played for four years in college, has coached young kids, middle school kids and high school boys. As a kid he once played in the old Kingdome during halftime of a Sounder's game in the 1970's! Ketu has two daughters who played Recreational and Select. He is passionate about soccer because it "is both an analytical and fluid game that allows for creativity and invention." He volunteers for the board because "it has our kids' best interests in mind and gives them the opportunity to play with their friends and community in a safe and skilled environment, teaching them how to persevere, compete and work as a team and have fun."





Shelly Johnson
VP of Select Soccer
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Shelly and her family moved to Mercer Island in 2011. Originally from the Southeast, Shelly grew up playing soccer in VA, NC and TN. She continued to play in coed and women's indoor and outdoor teams after first moving to Seattle in 1999.  Her three kids play on MIFC teams and she has coached with the program for several seasons. 





Sarah LeClercq
VP of Recreational Soccer
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Sarah is a longtime resident of Mercer Island and has four active boys who have played in every program MIFC has to offer. She grew up playing soccer in Portland, OR and has enjoyed playing both outdoor and indoor soccer as an adult. Over the years, Sarah has volunteered with MIFC in various positions, including as the coach of her oldest son's U14 Recreational soccer team. Sarah is excited to continue in her role as VP of Recreational Soccer.





Jody Kris
VP Marketing & Communications
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Jody joined MIFC as a head coach for her older daughter's GU11 recreational team in 2011 after moving to Mercer Island from the East Coast.  She coached that team for six seasons and then expanded her soccer horizons as an assistant coach for her younger daughter's GU14 Select team. Jody is grateful to the Club, fellow coaches and her players for teaching her the game and inspiring her to love it. 





Justin Bell

Juniors/Micro Development Liaison
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Justin belongs to a ‘soccer family’. A player and coach himself, he has two boys, a nephew and nieces, sister and brother-in-law who are all deeply involved with the sport. Justin moved to Mercer Island in 2014 and joined the board in 2018 with a passion to help foster and develop programs for our youngest players just learning to love and play the game.





Marc Chappell
Microsoccer 
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Marc's initial love of soccer came from growing up next door to the Arsenal stadium in the U.K. and like all Brits, grew up playing, watching and listening to the sport. Marc moved to Mercer Island in 2016 with his wife and three boys. Since then he has coached all three sons in the Micro and Recreational programs. In his position overseeing MIFC Microsoccer, Marc looks forward to introducing kids throughout the Island to the fun and sportsmanship of the game.





Scott Barbara
Past President
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Appointed Directors



Toby Suhm
Board Member At Large
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A longtime Mercer Island Resident, Toby has two daughters who played both Recreational and Select Soccer with the Club. He is involved in a myriad of Mercer Island volunteer organizations and served three terms as MIFC President. Toby has previously served as the Club's VP or Recreational Soccer and Treasurer.



Jenna Paglia
Community Outreach
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Jenna moved to Mercer Island from North Carolina with her family in 2016. Within two months of relocating, her daughter was playing for MIFC. Since then, her sons have played in the microsoccer, juniors and select programs. In her Community Relations role, Jenna is focused on further developing the soccer community on the Island. She serves as liaison between MIFC, the MIHS boys and girls soccer teams and other community organizations.








Contact

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PO Box 113 
Mercer Island, Washington 98040

Email: [email protected]

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