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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Ingrid Harrison

Director of Finance


M. Sievert

Maria Sievert

Director of Development & Marketing

Maria has been in non-profit development for nearly a decade. Her passion is bringing HOTC volunteers, donors and community members together to make positive changes in the lives of our players. Maria graduated from Augustana College with degrees in Business Management & Marketing and English Literature.


Dean Smith

Director of Operations

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.

Program Team

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Va Shon Watkins

Academy Supervisor
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Andreina Banales

Education Coordinator
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Rachel Estes

Program Administrator

Mayrani Rios

Program Administrator

Administrative Team


Letisia Gutierrez

Office Manager
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Leah Perri

Development Associate
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Eric Kraskian

Finance Assistant

Board of Directors

Lori Kleiman


Jessica Sarowitz

Vice President

Elyse Litwack

Treasurer & Secretary

Guy Hincker

Development Committee Chairperson

Janice Zagorniak

Program Committee Chairperson

Roberto Bottger

Board Member

Victor Gonzalez

Board Member

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 our Executive Director at scott@heartofthecitysports.org.