2010 Community MVP Bios

 
 

 Name: Carlos Jaramillo
Club: Chicago Fire
Hometown: Frankfort, IL

Carlos Jaramillo has used his passion for soccer to elicit change in the community. In association with UNO charter schools, Jaramillo launched a soccer academy with an academic foundation for the youth of Chicago. He created school colors for each UNO campus, recruited coaches, scheduled weekly practices, and established a high standard for activities both on and off the field. In an effort to raise funds for the UNO after-school program, Jaramillo founded the Carrera de los Muertos. In just three years, the festive 5K run has become one of the most popular races in Chicago with over 3,000 participants.

 

 Name: Gilbert Gonzales
Club: Chivas USA
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

As Los Angeles Works' Director of Programs, Gilbert Gonzales continues to develop core programming for the non-profit volunteer action center, in addition to establishing a strong network of community partners, project leaders, and volunteers and helps coordinate spontaneous volunteers in case of an emergency. Each month, Gonzales oversees more than 90 volunteer opportunities and trains project leaders who organize over 1,000 events each year. The experience he's gained through the Peace Corps in Jordan, NY Cares, and Rock Corps has enabled him to truly understand the value of teamwork and emphasize volunteerism and community collaborations in the Los Angeles area.

 

 Name: Dan Ruybal
Club: Colorado Rapids
Hometown: Brighton, CO

Dan Ruybal has worked for the Boys and Girls Club as a Branch Director for over 32 years. Recently leaving one location after 20 years of service, Ruybal is now the director of the Robert M. Shopneck Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. As a mentor, coach and friend, Ruybal encourages the kids in his program to be positive and responsible. Leading by example, he hopes young people will be inspired to reach their full potential. It's Ruybal's passion and dedication that has earned him the respect of his kids, co-workers and community and is what has made the programs he runs so successful.

 

 Name: Reverend Merv Brereton
Club: Columbus Crew
Hometown: Columbus, OH

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Reverend Merv Brereton has dedicated most of his life to the Columbus community as Pastor for Powell Bible Church and as an ambassador for youth soccer. He started an inner city program in 1994 called “Kicks for Kids,” whose mission is to unite people through soccer. This worldwide united soccer mentoring program educates young people on health, wellness, and social and spiritual interaction. Reverend Brereton serves as the community liaison for The Crew, encouraging the community to bond through their love of soccer. He also serves as a member of the OSU Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board and as President of the Columbus Inner City Lions Club, facilitating healthy and dynamic lifestyles and instilling solid values.

 

 Name: Debbie Corbett
Club: D.C. United
Hometown: Ashburn, VA

As a volunteer for the USO of Metropolitan Washington, Debbie Corbett donates her time, energy, heart and soul for traveling military personnel at Dulles International Airport. As a volunteer at the assistance lounge, Corbett maintains a friendly and proactive demeanor, utilizes her strong problem solving skills to accommodate travelers, and provides a level of service above the call of duty. In addition, she raises funds for the USO, prepares packages for troops deploying overseas and has assisted World War II veterans during their honors flights.

 

 Name: Matt Moran Jr.
Club: FC Dallas
Hometown: Dallas, TX

In an effort to memorialize the late FC Dallas reserve player Federico Garcia, Matt Moran Jr. established the “Freddy Fund.” Determined to provide the neighborhood where Garcia grew up with a soccer field, Moran received land from the Dallas Independent School District and a Planning Grant from United States Soccer Foundation. Moran moved forward with the design, set up meetings with city officials, organized events, applied for grants and raised funds while inspiring the community to support his efforts and take part in the project.

 

 Name: Susan Leining
Club: Houston Dynamo
Hometown: Santa Fe, TX

Teaching for over 30 years, Susan Leining uses her everyday interactions to emphasize that an education can also be found outside the classroom and encourages her students and players at Santa Fe High School to give back and participate in community outreach. Leining organized "Chelsea's Walk" in honor of a student who lost her battle with cancer. Funds raised from the walk were donated to Snowdrop, a foundation that provides scholarships to cancer survivors and funds for research at Texas Children's Hospital. Always giving of herself, Leining participates in charity runs, coordinate hospital visits, organizes food and clothing drives and oversees the 4000+ community service hours of her Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) students.

 

 Name: Krista Quinn
Club: Kansas City Wizards
Hometown: Excelsior Springs, MO

Krista Quinn's daughter, Kori, was diagnosed with Stage IV Ewing's Sarcoma in 2009. After spending every three weeks in the hospital for nine months, Quinn realized that some of the other children who were doing through treatment did not have a similar support system as her daughter and vowed to help make a difference. Krista and Kori created the I-ROK foundation (Imagine Getting Rid of Cancer & Kori's named backwards), to raise money for the Cancer Centers Child Life department at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO., and raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. Quinn organized various fundraisers the first year raising $35,000 and created memorable experiences for the kids in the cancer center around the holidays. Quinn has continued to help raise funds for the I-ROK foundation and has engaged Kori's soccer teammates, friends and community members to support her efforts and join the fight against pediatric cancer.

 

 Name: Kenny Green
Club: LA Galaxy
Hometown: San Pedro, CA

Kenny Green works in various roles within his community helping to make a difference as a gang-intervention officer. In this role, Green works with youth across all ages by providing extracurricular activities, mentorship, hob search and aides in additional programs in an effort to raise the quality of life for youth in the Wilmington area. As a gang-intervention worker he mentors current and former gang members who are looking to reintegrate themselves into the community in a positive role. Green also serves as an advocate for the Youth Promise Act, a bill currently in the U.S. Congress that brings much needed funding to programs that work in decreasing youth violence, reducing gangs in high crime-ridden communities and targeting the problem of gang affiliations at an early age. Green serves as a role model and is committed to making a difference through effective community based gang prevention.

 

 Name: Rebecca Kantar
Club: New England Revolution
Hometown: Newton, MA

Rebecca Kantar and her friends learned that over two million youth are sold in the global child sex trade each year. They decided to take action and have raised more than $75,000 to fund rehabilitative and preventative services for youth. Kantar now leads Minga, the teen-run 501(c)3 they founded in 2007. Minga's first goal was to build a rehabilitation center in the Philippines and it is still operating today. This past year, Kantar is directing Minga's PSA Campaign, hoping to inspire two million youth to take action in their communities in order to prevent teens from becoming future victims or abusers. Kantar is also an acclaimed public speaker, and recently presented at Harvard University, Cornell Medical School, The Clinton Global Initiative Conference, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Kantar also coaches youth soccer and teaches disabled youth to swim. Kantar was named one of Bentley University's and TIME Magazine's Tomorrow25, the Seven Days Across America “Most Encouraging Teenager,” and a Cornell University Junior Book Award winner.

 

 Name: Dan McGuire
Club: New York Red Bulls
Hometown: Stirling, NJ

Dan McGuire is an advocate for environmental and sustainable development. Through his involvement in numerous projects to build and manage rental housing for the homeless, low income, elderly and disabled residents, he created the non-profit Homeless Solutions, Inc. (HSI) in Morristown, which will construct ten apartments as the first LEED Platinum rated affordable housing project. McGuire serves as the Co-Chair of Housing Alliances of Morris County, which aims to increase reasonable housing opportunities. As President of the Board at Loundsberry Meadow, which oversees a 51-unit apartment complex, he supervised the finance and installation of an 82KW solar panel, cutting the energy bill in half. Also a family man and soccer enthusiast, McGuire coaches and manages his daughters' teams.

 

 Name: Patricia Trippley Demiranda
Club: Philadelphia Union
Hometown: Chester, PA

Pat Trippley Demiranda launched the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation to create a legacy in honor of her son Will, a local soccer star, who was killed in an act of gang violence. The Foundation's mission is to provide Chester's youth with an enriching and non-violent environment. Demiranda also works closely with the Chambers Foundation improve quality of life by encouraging positive activity and a valued education. She has established a full-scholarship soccer camp at Weidner College and organized a tournament at Swarthmore College to give local athletes the opportunity to travel outside their neighborhood and experience life on a college campus. Demiranda was also instrumental in the creation of Chester City United, Chester's first ever youth soccer league, bringing together four different youth organizations to form the one league and increase the accessibility of soccer in Chester. Most recently Demiranda was named an honorary captain by the Philadelphia Union and the City of Chester at PPL Park for her continued efforts to bring the sport of soccer to Chester and improve the lives of the children around her.

 

 Name: Samuel Bentley
Club: Real Salt Lake
Hometown: Kearns, UT

Samuel Bentley started giving back to his community at a very young age and now, as an adult, has held leadership positions with numerous community organizations. Bentley began coaching through the Utah Youth Soccer Association 17 years ago, and his passion for soccer has become evident – all five of his children have been playing since they could walk. Bentley made sure that his own kids and the others on his teams were always having fun and respected the game, and themselves. Considered a pillar in his community, Bentley continually offers assistance and guidance to all of those in need. He serves as a devoted father, fan, coach and friend and is one who can always be counted on.

 

 Name: Don Gagliardi
Club: San Jose Earthquakes
Hometown: San Jose, CA

Founder and president of Soccer Silicon Valley (SSV), Don Gagliardi expanded his realm of influence outside of the U.S. – helping build soccer facilities in Africa, sending soccer balls to children in the Middle East, and sending care packages to Earthquakes fans who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. His hometown influence spreads from the San Jose Earthquakes pre-season fan events, establishment of SSV Kidzone and collaborates with the ‘Quakes, fans and non-profit groups. He encourages soccer fans to volunteer for charitable causes, oversees an anti-gang prevention program, and helped organize Earthquakes GK Joe Cannon's fundraiser for a San Jose Autism Center, which raised $10,000. In addition, he worked with the 1906 Ultras to provide at-risk teens with tickets and recruited volunteers for the Soccer Legacy Project with History San Jose.

 

 Name: Katie Pendleton
Club: Seattle Sounders FC
Hometown: Seattle, WA

The self-proclaimed biggest Sounders FC fan, Katie Pendleton cultivates a passion for soccer and makes a difference in disadvantaged communities. Serving as the Development Director for Gorilla FC, she recruited and managed volunteers, secured donations and organized fundraisers to benefit disaster victims of Black October in Bolivia and the earthquake in Haiti. Pendleton set a target goal was to raise $2,500 at one of these events, but Gorilla FC ended up raising over $20,000, which was donated to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. She also teamed up with the Sounders to coordinate the James Riley 7-A-Side youth soccer tournament and raised over $5,000 for the Renton/Skyway Boys and Girls Club.

 

 Name: David Lin
Club: Toronto FC
Hometown: Toronto, ON

With more than 20 years of experience with over 75 diverse organizations, David Lin has dedicated countless hours of volunteer work to community service, youth programming, environmental sustainability, health, wellness, education and civic service. A role model in his community, Lin demonstrates a passion for helping others and for advocating change. His involvement includes Habitat for Humanity builds, Salvation Army gift distributions, Junior Achievement program education and World Wildfire Fund initiatives. He continues his service with event registration, auction planning, summer camp coordination, numerous disease awareness walks and hosting fundraisers. His various outreach projects exhibits the emphasis he places on community service and improved quality of life for all.