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Cliff McElroy: Owner

Cliff McElroy is a co-owner of the Seattle Sounders Women as well as the Sounders FC U-23. He is also the President and co-owner of Datec Inc., a well-regarded and locally-owned enterprise infrastructure provider, systems integrator, and IT professional services company.  He’s known as a mentor and cultivator of talent in the Seattle IT world.

Cliff is active in the PNW community and a proud resident of the Columbia City neighborhood. Originally from Kentucky, he’s a classically avid basketball fan for his alma mater, University of Kentucky. When he and his wife aren’t attending their daughter’s soccer games, he can be found playing a pick-up basketball game, or in the Datec Inc. suite for the Seattle Sounders of MLS hosting his customers and friends.

Lane Smith: Owner & CEO

As a Tacoma native, Lane is a leader in his community. CEO and Co-Owner of the Sounders Women and Sounders FC U-23. Lane is also the Chief Financial Officer and Co-owner of Datec Inc., a well-regarded and locally owned enterprise infrastructure provider, systems integrator, and IT professional services company. Leveraging his industry tenure as a sales executive for Hewlett Packard, he formed a partnership with Cliff McElroy to create a Value Added Reseller that is focused on trusted expertise, close partnerships, and efficiencies.

As the lease holder of the Tacoma Soccer Center, he oversaw its recent transition of the soccer operations into a non-profit entity. Lane sees a great opportunity for the collaboration between the youth and adult players at the Tacoma Soccer Center, the Sounders Women, and Sounders U-23. He is a life-long recreational soccer player and on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Lane can often be found with his family and friends somewhere near a soccer field or in the Datec Inc.’s suite at a Seattle Sounders of MLS match.

 

Mike Jennings: Owner

Founded Tacoma Tide of USL/PDL -  2006
Acquired Seattle Sounders Women of USL / W League -  2009
Founder / Principle MVP Physical Therapy - Physical Therapist - Manages the Starfire Clinic
Earned USSF ’A’ License 1990
NAIA National Coach of the Year 1985 (University of Puget Sound)
Lives in Tacoma, WA
Married to Nancy, Children Trevor, Jordan and Chelsea

 

Jon Billings: Executive Director

Jon is a graduate of Gonzaga University. While at GU, he played soccer and basketball. Following school and a short stint in professional basketball in Europe, Billings began a career in sports broadcast and administration.  

Jon is responsible for financial and business operations, sales and marketing, sponsorship, and administration of the Seattle Sounders Women and Sounders FC U-23. In 2013 Jon was named the USL W-League Executive of the Year.

He serves as a Sounders Women and U-23 representative on all USL matters and USL Annual General Meetings in Tampa, Florida. He will also continue as the club’s Director of Communications and Play by Play Broadcaster for radio and video.

Billings has managed various roles for the Seattle Sounders Women & Sounders U-23 (Tacoma Tide), including Director of Communications, since 2006. In addition to team roles, Jon free-lance broadcasts for TV and Radio. He announces on Fox Soccer Channel as well as locally on various networks. Jon also calls various matches for the Sounders FC on SoundersFC.com.

For sponsor, partnership, communications, or Media requests, please email JonB@SoundersWomen.com

Teddy Mitalas: Director of Community Relations

Teddy is a staple of the Puget Sound soccer community. Including a professional playing career in Greece and the United States, Teddy has been around the game for as long as he can remember. He now coaches the game on the high school and premier club level while also directing soccer operations at Starfire Sports.

Teddy has received many accolades over the years including being inducted into the WSSA Hall of Fame in 2008, WSYSA President’s Award in 2009, and in 2010 was awarded the Golden Scarf Award by the Sounders FC organization.

Teddy brings years of experience as GM and Head Coach of the Sounders Women back to the club in his new role as Director of Community Relations. He will over-see the club’s involvement in the community with various non-profits, clubs, schools, and more.
 

Katie Pendleton: Community Events Coordinator

Katie is a Bozeman, MT native who settled in Seattle in 2001.  She grew up playing both club and high school soccer in Montana.  She has also volunteered her time as both a youth soccer coach and referee.

Katie's passion stems from the non-profit world coordinating events and fundraisers for organizations such as Bellevue Arts Museum, Gorilla Football Collective, and the James Riley 7-A-Side Youth Soccer Tournament.  She has sat on the board for America SCORES Seattle as well as serving on the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council.  Katie currently works for Dick's Brewing Company in Centralia, WA handling sales and marketing in the Seattle area and is the Events Director for Steve Zakuani's Kingdom Hope.

Katie will work with the Sounders Women on community outreach events.  You can contact Katie at KatieP@SoundersWomen.com

Kendyl Pele: Communications Assistant

Kendyl is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she received a B.A. in Political Science, and played for the women’s soccer team. A four year started and three year captain, Kendyl helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2011. After graduating early to play professionally overseas, she returned to the Seattle area where she continues to stay involved in the soccer community. 

Kendyl joins the Sounders Women as a Communication Assistant- aiding in game day operations, managing social media and preparing press releases.

 

Lance Larson: Director of Security

Lance Larson is a Federal Way native who has over 26 years of combined experience in Law Enforcement, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Response and Safety & Security Management.

Lance manages all Safety and Security details for the Sounders FC U23 and the Sounders Women; providing safety and security for the staff, participants, officials and spectators.

Among his previous positions within soccer industry Lance served as a Vice President of Competition, Board member, Coach and Consultant.

 

 

Jane Gershovich: Photographer

Jane is a northwest native from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 (Yea Bham!) and has focused on her photography since. She is a professional sports photographer who primarily shoots the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks. She also specializes in travel, weddings, sports, portraits and event photography.

Jane began getting serious about photography her senior year of high school, realizing her passion for the arts could translate into her photography. Since then she has committed herself to expanding her photography knowledge and has fallen in love with the process of capturing life’s inspirations.

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