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New board members add diversity of experience, background to Washington Youth Soccer board

Washington Youth Soccer is excited to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors and announce the re-election of Jan Phillips for another term! The five members were each elected to the state's Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting in May.

New members elected include Charles T. Porter, Mark T. Schuur, Sylvia Young and Exequiel Soltero. Current member Jan Phillips was re-elected to another term.

"Each of the new members elected to our board this year, along with returning member Jan Phillips, add tremendous diversity of education and experience to our state's leadership," said Washington Youth Soccer President Doug Andreassen. "I couldn't be more pleased with the selections made by our members and am excited to hear the ideas and input that our new board members will bring to Washington Youth Soccer."

Charles T. Porter (, who works by day as a financial executive, is the general manager of the boys' and girls' soccer programs at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle and serves in various high-level administrative roles with the Seattle Youth Soccer Association, Lake City Soccer Club, and Seattle United.

Mark T. Schuur ( works in an executive role with numerous large Northwest businesses, including Omni Properties (as CFO), Caffe D'arte (CFO and part-owner) and Pizza Blends, Inc. (acting CFO, treasurer and director). A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain of the soccer team at the University of Washington, he helped start the Crossfire Foundation and has coached recreational and select soccer at Newport Soccer Club for the past decade.

Sylvia Young ( has worked for nearly a quarter-century in investment management and business development, working with an asset management firm that manages over $500 billion in the United States and abroad. Along with her corporate work, Young also boasts vast experience working with non-profit organizations, and was part of a firm honored by Seattle Magazine twice the last few years with the Five Star Wealth Management Award.

Exequiel Soltero ( founded the Mayas restaurants in Seattle and Kent, and is a member of One League Everyone, an organization that works with schools in the Lake Washington School District to help low-income families have access to youth soccer. In addition, he is also the founder of La Liga Hispana, the largest Hispanic adult soccer league in the state of Washington now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Jan Phillips ( was re-elected to the board after completing a successful term. A teacher by trade, Phillips served on the parks and planning board for the City of Edmonds for five years, and has worked as a coach and administrator for the South Snohomish County Youth Soccer Association and Northwest Nationals for over 25 years. Phillips also has experience at the District level, having served on the District 1 board and been District 1 Commissioner for six years.

Please join us in welcoming each of these members to our board this year! For more information, including e-mail and other contact information, or to stay up-to-date on topics of discussion and decisions made by the Board, visit

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