Who We Are

Jerome Simon, Founder

Jerome is a life-long soccer enthusiast, who believes in sport for youth development and conceived YSF as a force for positive change in the outcomes of very deserving and underserved young people. Jerome has been an investment professional since graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990.

Kerri McClellan, Executive Director

Kerri has over a decade of community development and nonprofit experience. She is a graduate of the University of CA, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Sociology. Kerri was also a proud member of the Cal women's D1 soccer team. She has had the opportunity to blend her experience working to empower today's youth and her knowledge of student athlete development with her passion for charitable initiatives in the nonprofit sector. Her career includes serving as the Executive Director of the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation where she manages the organization's scholarship and grant programs as well as serving as the CFO of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy since 2006. Kerri has also been successful at establishing numerous community outreach programs for other nonprofits serving young athletes with an emphasis on promoting higher education, leadership skills and giving back to one's respective community. As YSF's Executive Director, Kerri is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's administration, daily operations, programming, partnerships and strategic planning to ensure its mission is fulfilled.

Beto Vega, Athletics Program Director

Alberto "Beto" Vega, grew up playing competitive club soccer in his hometown of San Diego, California. While Beto is truly passionate about soccer, he is equally committed to educational advancement in underrepresented communities, leading him to complete a Masters in Social Welfare at UCLA. Beto has extensive experience providing social services to diverse populations in places like Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and in Latin America. This background allows Beto to develop a holistic understanding of student athlete needs to offer culturally relevant support in order to help students develop skills for collegiate success.

Gloria Calderon Vega, College Program Director

As the first in her family to attend college, Gloria obtained her B.A. in Global Studies with minors in Education Studies and Latin American Studies from UCLA, magna cum laude. As an undergraduate, she became interested in educational access and equity as she grew more aware and frustrated with the educational disparities affecting underrepresented communities. She went on to pursue a M.A. from Columbia University's Teachers College, where she focused her research on educational achievement of Latino and immigrant youth. Gloria draws from her personal struggles as a low-income, first-generation Latina college graduate and her studies in the field of education to serve as a resource to youth and families on their college pathways. As the College Program Director for YSF, Gloria is responsible for managing and implementing YSF's college mentorship programming. Gloria also supports the Foundation's efforts to reach more deserving students by developing and sustaining partnerships with other non-profits, academic service providers, and club soccer teams.

Manny Arteaga, Athletic and Academic Advisor

Manny was born and raised in Escondido, CA. He played competitively in the U.S. Develop Academy and was recruited by Dartmouth College in 2012. During his college career, Manny played for the Big Green, won three Ivy League Championships, and was captain his senior year. While Manny takes pride in graduating from Dartmouth, the process of becoming a collegiate student-athlete was extremely difficult for a first generation Latino. As a result, he is extremely passionate about using the game of soccer as a vehicle for awareness in underserved communities. He is acutely aware of how transformative soccer can be, which is why he believes in YSF and the people behind the foundation.

Yedi Wong, Treasurer

Yedi serves as the YSF's treasurer and oversees the accounting, finance and tax responsibilities. In addition to supervising the annual budget and prioritizing grant making opportunities, Yedi assists the executive director with building strategic relationships and monitoring the foundation's local and regional impact. Yedi has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from California State University, Hayward and a Masters of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Leslie Donaldson

Leslie Donaldson, Secretary

Leslie serves as the assistant to both the president and the executive director of the Foundation. Leslie handles all aspects of the Foundation's operational duties including payroll and expense reports, correspondence to program participants and website/social media content. She also works to maintain the integrity of Yours in Soccer's financial and legal record keeping. Leslie graduated from the University of California, Davis majoring in Psychology and English.

Avery Schwartz, Mentor

Avery serves as a mentor to YSF scholars in the Los Angeles area. He provides advice, support, and guidance to help scholars navigate the college soccer recruiting process. He graduated from Yale University with a major in Economics.

Lourdes Navarrete, Mentor

Lourdes is a TV executive and mother of two who serves as a Yours in Soccer mentor. As a Hispanic woman and the first female in her family to attend college, Lourdes understands the challenges and importance of attaining a higher education. She graduated from Cal State East Bay with a double major in Marketing and Mass Communications with a minor in Advertising. Lourdes is inspired by the Foundation's mission to change lives by incorporating her two favorite passions: education and soccer.