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Mar, 2021

Election Update - Candidate Statements

2021-2022 Elections coming up!
 

Before the start of every new soccer season, we hold elections for the HPFC Executive Board positions that have completed their two-year volunteer cycle.  For the 2021/22 season, we have 3 Executive Board positions up for election: President, VP Competition, and Treasurer.  Online ballots will be coming via email on March 25 and voting will run through April 8.   

Meet the candidates running for office: 


President: Sue Bialous

Sue Bialous

It would be an honor to reprise my role as President for another 2-year term.  I'm grateful for the opportunity, and encouraged by the enthusiasm of this leadership group for our club going forward.
 

Having been an active parent in our club for the past 6 years, with two children in the program, I am eager to continue the positive momentum and growth that the current leadership has work so carefully and diligently to create.  I have a uniquely varied background of extensive soccer experience, exceptional problem-solving skills, an easy yet effective management style, and an unwavering desire to succeed.  Most importantly, I feel strongly about protecting the child's experience in youth sports and hope to foster a positive environment for all families in HPFC.
 

My youth soccer experience is lengthy and deep. Growing up in Federal Way, I participated in youth soccer from the age of 5 with Federal Way Youth Soccer Association. Our core team evolved into a select team, and eventually, a U12 Premier Team, having won 3 State Championships, traveled to Far West Regionals in Denver, as well as tournaments in Minnesota, D.C., California, all over the Northwest, Canada, and even China. I spent 2 seasons with the F. C. Royals, while also playing 4 years of soccer at Bellarmine Preparatory in Tacoma, winning the AAA State Championship my junior year in 1987. These years also included many early coaching opportunities while holding clinics, and officiating lines for many youth games.  I elected not to pursue soccer in college, which I attribute to stress and burnout from youth soccer.  I learned early on that this is a very real risk in youth sports.
 

I went on to receive my B.S. in Civil Engineering after 4 years at California State University in Fullerton and returned to Seattle to begin my career. The next 16 years were spent working as a licensed Civil Engineer for KPFF Consulting Engineers, based in downtown Seattle. My work included civil design, structural design, project management, and much on-site construction management.  Many projects are located in the Seattle-Tacoma area and are mostly large industrial projects, such as  Sea-Tac Airport, Terminal 5, Jack Block Park, First Avenue South Bridge, and the Bainbridge Island Ferry Wingwalls.  Working with owners, contractors, and a host of other design professionals to a common end enabled me to hone my diplomatic skills in a high-stress environment.
 

Throughout this time, I was actively involved in local soccer programs, both as a coach and a player.  I was a head coach at Crossfire Premier from 1998 to 2002 for a girls U10-U14 team, under Alan Hinton and Dick McCormick. I also coached and managed my sons' U6, U7 & U8 teams at Lake City Soccer Club, Seattle Celtic FC and West Seattle Soccer Club.  At HPFC, I managed my son's U9 & U10 teams, spent 2 years as VP Comp, and the last two years as President. All the while, I continued playing co-ed and women's recreational soccer.
 

We are fortunate in our immediate area to have a wide selection of soccer clubs for our children. I am often asked by parents about the differences between various clubs - WSSC, HPFC, Pac NW, Eagleclaw, Seattle United.  In my experience, I find that each club offers a unique package, and that it is really about the fit for each child and family into a particular club. The most compelling attribute that HPFC offers is the community that comes from local committed families, talented and likable staff, and a growth mindset culture demonstrated by the Board.  This is why we chose HPFC for our family, and why I continue to invest my time into this club. 

 

VP Competition: Colleen Harker and Ryan Reilly


Colleen Harker
 

My name is Colleen Harker and I am asking for your consideration for Vice President of Competition.
 

This is my son Finn’s fourth year with HPFC and the Boys 2009 Blue team and my fourth year as team Manager. Before coming to HPFC in 2017, Finn played soccer with WSSC where I served as his team’s head coach for two years. I have additional coaching experience as a volunteer head coach for my two older kids’ teams as well. As a coach, it was always my goal to inspire a lifelong love of the game, as my own soccer experience began when I was six years old and up until three years ago, I played competitive adult soccer two-three times a week.
 

When Finn was born 12 years ago, the rapid growth of our family business coupled with the increasing demands of my job as National Sales Manager at a local marketing firm caused me to change the direction of my career. In 2009, I assumed the position of Business Manager for our small IT consulting firm. In this capacity, I perform administrative tasks for the company including delivering an exceptional customer service experience, Payroll/HR duties as well as day-to-day accounting. My position in our fast-paced, growing, small business requires teamwork, discretion, adaptability, organization, multi-tasking, being a good communicator and problem solver and being detail oriented. I believe these skills would be put to good use as Vice President of Competition.
 

Since November 2020, I have been serving as HPFC’s Team Manager Liaison. During this time, I have participated in board meetings and served as a representative for our collective group of 17 team Managers and Assistant Managers. Over the last few weeks, I was part of the team working behind the scenes to make sure managers had the information that they needed to be ready for kick off in the time of COVID19. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this hard working group.
 

My love of the game, my professional skills and my experience as team Manager and Team Manager Liaison with HPFC make me a well-qualified candidate for Vice President of Competition. I am excited for the opportunity to contribute more. 

Our family is so lucky to be a part of such a great community of soccer players and soccer fans. I want to do everything possible to ensure its success and longevity. I sincerely appreciate your consideration. 

 

Ryan Reilly  

My son, Callum, has been with HPFC for three years and presently occupies a spot on Coach Dee’s B2010 roster.  In addition to being team manager for three years I have also been a fan on the sidelines where I have enjoyed watching the boys develop and grow in confidence. 
 

I was a late bloomer with regard to soccer fandom.  I fell deeply head over heels while watching the 2008 Euros.  The beautiful game suddenly made a lot of sense.  Whether watching nonstop matches with friends, learning the intricacies of the game, or exchanging banter at the Summit Public Ale House, there was no turning back.  From there I made a decision to suffer by supporting Tottenham Hotspur and then found joy as a season ticket holder for the Sounders.
 

I live and work in White Center as a teacher-librarian at White Center Heights Elementary.  I love White Center and feel awfully lucky to live here and serve the community.  Presently I work in collaborative projects with King County Library and the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy programs, manage our school’s library collection/budget/technology, and am a proud representative to the Highline School District’s Highline Equity & Anti-Racist Team.
 

Simply put, I would love the opportunity to combine my community building skills, my love for our local area, and passion for the beautiful game together by serving as your VP of Competition for HPFC.   

 

Treasurer: Joan Krussel 


Joan Krussel
 

I have been very active in our community since 2014 – volunteering in a multitude of positions.  I was a PTSA Board Member of my son’s school for five years, where I was Co-Chair of family activities and our annual school auction.  I was in charge of the budget, planning, management and execution.  I helped to raise over $80,000 for our school, which was an all-time high.  In addition to volunteering with our local school, I have taught Sunday School at our Church since 2016, helped with local fundraisers, led our local Cub Scouts Wolf Den and managed my son’s baseball teams for a number of years.  

Along with a love for volunteering, community and athletics I also enjoy working with numbers. 

I have a 
Bachelor’s  
Degree in business, which led me into the Real Estate industry doing a multitude of projects.  I have bought, managed, renovated and sold commercial properties.  I had to do all of the books for these buildings, which included managing the bank accounts, budgets, expenses, etc.  

 

I wish I could work full-time, but my schedule no longer allows it.  This is why I love volunteering and helping our community while still using my business and interpersonal skills.  

 

Thank you for your consideration. 

 

 

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Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]

Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]
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