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Board Candidates 2014


I have two children who have played over 25 seasons of soccer (combined) on NASA teams.  I see NASA as a tremendous asset to the Austin community and I value its culture as a volunteer organization.  My goal is to build on NASA's 30+ year history and help ensure it will provide opportunities for the next generation of Austin kids to grow as soccer players.

Like most of our coaches, I had never played in a soccer game before I got the call letting me know that my son's team needed a coach. Thanks to that call, I have been coaching with NASA for over 12 years, and have been active on the board for most of the last 8 years. I am committed to NASA's mission of providing soccer opportunities to the widest possible range of youth players, in order to lay the groundwork for a lifelong participation in the sport. I view recreational soccer as the critical strategy to achieve those goals. My goal as President in the coming year would be to broaden participation in club activities and to continue to expand the resources available to our coaches and players.

I have been involved with soccer and serving the soccer community since my son started playing in 2006. I served as a coach and a board member for Cheltenham Sports in Pennsylvania from 2006 until my relocation to Texas in 2011. I joined NASA as a coach in 2012 and become a board member in 2013. A couple of my NASA initiatives in 2013 were the rebranding of the organization and the clubs’ new uniforms and spirit wear. I enjoy NASA because it is a true recreational youth soccer program. I am looking forward to continue supporting NASA with my energy and enthusiasm to better serve our community.

Alison has served one complete term on the NASA board. She has two boys who enjoy soccer and her family has been a part of the NASA community for 8 years.  Alison has a passion for community service and currently is the volunteer gifted and talent program teacher at Highland Park Elementary. She received her degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development with a minor in Special Education.  Before becoming a mom, Alison worked both in the private and public sector.  Alison's goals for the upcoming term include increased volunteer participation, field improvement, and expansion of the u11 and above teams.

The thing I love most about NASA is that it is inclusive. NASA is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all children in our community to enjoy learning and playing the game of soccer. Regardless of whether your family is wealthy or poor, whether your child is a novice player or experienced, whether your child is obviously talented or has talents that have yet to emerge, your child is enthusiastically welcome at NASA.

At least one of my four children has been playing soccer for NASA since 1994.  Shortly after that, I volunteered to do field work and in 1999, joined the Board of Directors.  Since then, I've served for two years as President, two years as VP, and six years as Treasurer.  If you'll have me, I'll continue to work to make NASA the prime provider of fun, affordable, high-quality soccer for children in Austin. Thank you!

Six years ago, the first of my three kids started playing soccer under the auspices of NASA. Over these years, I have been involved as a "soccer dad," a team manager, an assistant coach, a coach, and, most recently, as a NASA board member, and I have loved every minute of it! I appreciate NASA's commitment to youth soccer and its sincere desire to provide a safe environment where kids of all ages and levels can enjoy the beautiful sport of soccer. As an elected board member, I will work to reach even more kids in our community and to increase the community's engagement with this terrific volunteer organization.

I have served on the NASA board for several years, coached my youngest son’s team, and was manager for my older two sons’ team when they still played.  I enjoy volunteering for youth athletics and helping kids have fun playing soccer.