Weston FC Board of Directors

Weston FC Board of Directors

Weston FC’s Board of Directors is comprised of several elected professionals of multidisciplinary backgrounds who actively provide guidance and support to the club’s leadership and staff. The Board of Directors also formulates strategies for increased performance, collegiate and industry visibility.

The following individuals conform the 2015-2016 Weston FC Board of Directors.

Steve Ziegler

President

steve ziegler new 400 x 600Steve has been involved with youth soccer for all of his life as a player, coach, referee, and in various official positions with youth leagues. Steve was one of the original founders of Weston AYSO in 1994 and served as its Regional Commissioner for 6 years. Steve started AYSO with 100 kids and built the program into a 2,000 player program. In 1998, Steve recognized the need for a competitive soccer program in the City of Weston and founded Weston FC and served as its President for many years. In 1998, Steve came up with the concept of creating an alliance amongst all the sports organizations operating in the City of Weston and offering to the City of Weston a contractual arrangement with these organizations to operate the sports programs so the City would not have that expense. The Sports Alliance has proven to be a huge success and a model followed by other cities. Steve was also instrumental in assuring that the Weston Regional Park was built and in obtaining needed funds from the State of Florida to construct the Park. Steve was part of the design team for the Weston Regional Park which has won many awards.

Re-elected as President of Weston FC in 2011, Steve has overseen many initiatives at the Club such as the growth and success of the US Developmental Academy program, the creation of Pre-Academy teams in the Girls Program, the merger of the Competitive and Premier programs, the recruitment and hiring of some of the most talented coaches in the country, and overseeing the growth of the Weston Cup and Showcase into one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments in the United States. Under Steve’s guidance, the Club has been able to heighten its brand and increase it visibility in order to attract top sponsors which allows the Club to provide significant financial aid to those families in need.  Most recently, Steve oversaw the addition of Weston FC into the ECNL.

In addition to his administrative duties, Steve has been coaching youth soccer for 40 years. He has coached many teams to Regional and State Championships and taught many coaching courses. Steve was also the youth coach of Weston FC alumnus, Alejandro Bedoya, who is a regular fixture on the United States Men’s National Team and a starting player for FC Nantes in France in Ligue 1.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Maryland with honors with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. Steve received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Miami and is a nationally known health care attorney. Steve is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Santa Fe Healthcare and AvMed Health plans, a nonprofit health care system that owns and operates health plans, hospices, and continuing care retirement communities.

Steve is married to Cristina who also volunteers significant time for the Club. Steve and Cristina have 12 year old twins, Allie & Matthew. Matthew plays on the Weston FC 2004 Pre-Academy and Allie spends most her time dancing at Meg Segreto Dance Studios.

Ares Michaelides

VP of Premier Boys Program

ares michaelides new edit 400 x 600Ares Michaelides has been involved with the Weston soccer community since 2000 in various capacities, including coaching and serving on the board of directors. For the past six years, Ares has served as the VP of the Boys Premier Program, managing all strategic and administrative aspects for the boys side of the club. Ares holds a USSF D license and played as a collegiate All-American at Drew University in New Jersey. Today, he still plays in the Weston Adult League. Professionally, after starting his career in finance and banking in New York City, Ares has spent the last twenty years as a senior executive in the cruise industry. Ares, a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds an undergraduate degree from Drew University and two Masters degrees from the London School of Economics. Ares has three children, each of which has played with the club throughout their entire soccer careers.

Doug Weston

VP of Premier Girls Program

doug weston edit reduced 400 x 600Doug grew up in Plantation and played youth soccer for the eagles. He also played for South Plantation High School where he was a State Champion finalist in 1985 and a State Champion in 1986. Doug went to the University of Maryland for undergraduate studies and Nova Southeastern for Optometry school. He currently practices Optometry at Pearle Vision in Weston. Doug has a D license and has coached in the club for several years. He has a daughter named Danielle who plays for the club. Doug is currently the Vice President of the girls program for Weston FC.

Tony De Castro

Club Treasurer

tony de castro 576 x 925Tony is a long time Weston resident and holds an International Business Degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

An IT & Business Processes Consultant by profession, Tony has served as an executive at prominent Multinational Corporation such as Oracle, Scientech and other private consulting firms. Tony brings extensive experience to the financial management and planning of the Clubs’ operations and has been a key member of the Board of Directors for the past four years. He has assisted on the formulation of key strategies that has helped the consolidation of WFC as one of the most prestigious Youth Soccer Clubs in the nation.

Tony’s two sons, Gianfranco (16) and Stefano (12), have been active players at Weston FC for several years. When not traveling for work, He is bound to be seen taking pictures at the fields.

Steve Lewis

VP of Club Operations

steve_lewisSteve Lewis has been a member of the Weston soccer community for over thirteen years as a coach and board member for various youth sports organizations.  In his present role as V.P. of Operations for Weston FC, Steve governs the board’s relationship with the city as well as dealing with the day-to-day operation of the club.  Professionally, Steve is the Managing Director for a national procurement group based in South Florida.  Steve earned an MBA degree from Florida Atlantic University. Steve grew up in South Florida playing club soccer in Plantation.  Steve also played for his US Army Military Police team while serving in Europe and has played in several adult leagues.  Steve has earned his NSCAA Advanced National diploma (USSF “B” equivalent), NSCAA Advanced Youth National diploma and NSCAA State Goal Keeper diploma.  Steve is married and has three children.

David Sanderson

VP Tournaments & Sponsorships

dave sanderson 400 x 600David is a graduate from Union College in NY with an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston. He is a successful businessman with an international marketing acumen having worked for the likes of Reebok International.

David is the son of “Paul G. Sanderson” inducted in the USA Soccer National Hall of Fame in 2008. David played for Union College, NY for 4 years as a starter in Division 3 (Northeast ECAC Champs). He was the PR Manager Hartford Bicentennials, an NASL Team, Hartford, CT.

He was also the AYSO Director for Boys U8-U12 Division from 2007 to 2010 and has been coaching for the past four years at Weston FC, currently with the Boys U11 Blue Premier Team.

Stephen Enriquez

VP US Development Academy and NPSL

stephen enriquez 2 reducedStephen Enriquez has been with the club since 2003.  He joined the board of directors in 2004 as Treasurer.  He was part of the team that transformed the Weston Cup from a local tournament to a national event with over 600 teams. He became the Club’s President in 2007 and was instrumental in obtaining the U.S. Development Academy program for Weston FC.  Recently, he led Weston FC’s entry into the NPSL and now serves as Vice President of the U.S. Development Academy program and the NPSL program.