Senior Management


Scott McLellan

Executive Director

Scott has a life-long devotion to helping put young people on the path to great futures. He is excited to lead Heart of the City's staff and use his strengths to improve its focus on affordable soccer opportunities. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a BSW in 1996. 

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Matt Alghini 

Director of Finance

Matt brings to HOTC decades of experience in private, nonprofit, and public sectors to HOTC. He is excited to use his broad fiscal management and resource stewardship to help make soccer and beyond accessible. He has a Bachelor's in Economics from Barat College. 


Elena Lara

Director of Recreation Operations

Elena has been with Heart of the City since its founding in 2014. With an Associate's degree in Business Administration and Management, she is now putting her strong professional skills and love of soccer to work engaging children and establishing new program opportunities for HOTC. 


Dean Smith

Director of Soccer Development

Dean has been involved in soccer all of his life. The natural progression after his professional playing days in England was coaching. Dean started out his coaching career with Derby County F.C. Academy and has since worked as a College Coach, Director of Coaching, and staff member of Illinois Youth Soccer Association.


Julio Serrano

Director of Coaching


Julio Serrano has a strong background in coaching with more than 20 years of experience, he has worked with children ranging from 5 years old through college aged soccer players.  He has coached at Cañada college, Georgetown and University of Pikeville (both schools in the NAIA). Serrano holds several USSF National Licenses and NSCAA certificates. Additionally, Julio worked as a soccer coaching education instructor.

Administrative Team

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Letisia Gutierrez

Executive Assistant



Mayrani Rios

Program Administrator
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Andreina Banales

Development Associate

Program Team


Omar Mendez

Games Day Supervisor
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Viviana Rios

Games Day Admin

Adrian Alvarez

Game Day Assistant

Irvin Ortiz

Game Day Assistant

Board of Directors

Lori Kleiman


Ethan Farris

Committee Chair

Jessica Sarowitz

Vice President

Victor Gonzalez

Committee Chair

Elyse Litwack


Lorena Hernandez

Committee Chair

Get Involved!

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without a strong board of directors and committee members supporting our efforts, we could not keep building stronger players, families, and communities in Lake County.

Interested in becoming a committee or board member? Email us at info@heartofthecitysports.org for information regarding upcoming board and committee vacancies.