Jim Hardy, Chairman
Jim Hardy is a teacher at Kensington High School and a proud Kensington resident. He devotes his time and energy to working with others to strengthen the school and community and improve current conditions and future opportunities for all Kensington residents. His specific neighborhood activities include:
Jim has been playing soccer recreationally for most of his life, is an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Union and Independence, and is a charter member of the Sons of Ben supporters club. He's enthusiastic about providing opportunities for youth and adults to enjoy soccer and its many benefits.
Alejandro Barreto: Committee Chair of Teams/Players
Jakeema Burton: Committee Co-Chair of Youth Leadership
Jonah Anderson: Committee Co-Chair of Youth Leadership
Dan Hardy: Treasurer, Committee Chair of Finance
Jim Hardy: Executive Board Chair
Pat Hardy: Executive Committee Secretary
Christopher Munden: Committee Chair of Promotion
Jackie Mitchell: Committee Chair of Parent Involvement
Jerry Savage: Committee Chair of Coaching
Anthony Washington: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department Liaison (non-voting)
Ivenitza "Ivy" Ortiz
Alicia Gonzalez Wiese
As Committee Chair of Coaching, Jerry works to develop new coaches and enhance the skills of established coaches. He enjoys teaching the game to those who have been playing for a long time, those who have never kicked a ball, and everyone in between. His two main goals as a coach are to teach kids that soccer is more than just a game, but a foundation for a good life, and to respect the game, others, and, above all, oneself.
Jerry works as an audio-visual coordinator for Advanced AV where he has been for the last two years. Prior to that, he worked for six years in sports as a television presenter, play-by-play announcer, director of public relations, and a general manager of a minor league ice hockey team. Jerry loves the game of soccer, and can be found watching any game that's available on his computer. He is an avid supporter of his beloved Philadelphia Union, and of Italian club Juventus FC. Originally from Port Richmond, Jerry now resides in Bensalem, PA, with his wife, Nicole, and their cat, Boosh.
Youth Leadership Co-Chair
Jonah is a 16 year old soccer player, coach, and enthusiast. His entire soccer experience started about a year ago but through constant practice and exposure he has thrived as a player and a person. Most, if not all, of his current skills have been honed through KSC. Jonah first decided to get involved with the Soccer Club as a intern but fell in love with the program after a week. He strongly suggests all to get involved with the sport, the program, and the culture.
Parent Involvement Chair
Jackie is a Kensington resident and the proud parent of Dominique who won MVP and Spirit of KSC awards in the KSC Fall 2011 after school program. Along with working, raising her children, and babysitting her grandchildren, Jackie is an enthusiastic soccer mom and finds time to cheer on Dominique and contribute wherever needed to KSC.
Pat has been an elementary school teacher in Haverford Township School District for twenty-four years. She teaches fourth grade at Chatham Park School and is experienced in working with children in academic areas and sports. Pat has an MEd from Widener University. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has lived with her family in Kensington, Hunting Park, and Chester, and resides in Wallingford, Delaware County.
Pat has been a soccer mom for many years She is the mother of Kensington Soccer Club Chairman Jim Hardy and wife of Dan Hardy; they have another son, Brian. She has been involved with KSC since it started, first as an indoor program during winter months, and then as the summer program. She has worked on registering players, ironing player names and numbers onto T-shirts, helping with the snacks at soccer sessions during the summer, and more. She is also an avid fan of MLS Soccer.
Alejandro and his family are Kensington residents who have been involved with Kensington Soccer Club since summer 2011. He has been a fan of soccer since an early age and is a supporter of the English team West Ham United and the Colombian team Millonarios, from Bogota.
Dan has been a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-four years. He writes about education in Pennsylvania and in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, and covers issues that relate to the Philadelphia School District. Dan grew up in Rochester, NY. Married to Pat and father of Jim Hardy, Dan has also lived in Kensington, Hunting Park, and Chester, where he worked at Sun Shipyard. He currently lives in Wallingford, Delaware County.
Dan has also been involved with KSC since its beginning and has volunteered for many tasks in support of the program. He is a Philadelphia Union season-ticket holder, Philadelphia Independence supporter, and a member of the Sons of Ben.
Promotions Chair, Web Content Manager
Chris is a freelance copywriter and editor, a Philadelphia theater writer, and publisher of the Philly Fiction book series. He has been a certified ski instructor and lifeguard and a special olympics volunteer. He was a high school soccer player and is now a Kensington Soccer Club coach and a supporter of Newcastle United Football Club, Philadelphia Union, and Philadelphia Independence.
Youth Leadership Co-Chair
Jakeema Burton, a senior at Stephen A Douglas High School, has been volunteering with the Kensington Soccer Club since spring 2012. Jakeema enjoys working with KSC because it helps children get involved with the community and helps to keep them out of trouble. What she enjoys most about our programs is seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces while learning new skills and getting better at soccer. She tries to play soccer any time she can.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department Liaison (non-voting)
Anthony Washington is the director of the Nelson Playground and Waterloo Recreation Centers and has been organizing programs for neighborhood youth since 1992. After earning his bachelor's degree in engineering he returned to the neighborhood to reopen the abandoned Nelson Playground as a force for peace, education, youth sports, and community unity. In addition to his responsibilities as a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department employee, Anthony frequently volunteers for other community efforts and is active in the Union Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.
Aaron Kreider is an activist web developer who works on Mapping Power Plants.