Our Team

Soccer F.C. currently serves 450 children at 18 local, Title 1, elementary schools.

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Katie Phillips

Executive Director

Graduating from Houghton College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Sports Ministry, Katie moved to Charlotte taking a job in a Title I Elementary School. After seeing her student's love for the game and their need for mentorship she decided to use soccer to invest deeper into low socioeconomic communities. A year later she helped found The Soccer Foundation of Charlotte with the goal of providing every child in Charlotte with accessible soccer programming and quality mentorship.

Katy Brath

Director of Programming

Katy graduated from The College of William & Mary with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Public Health in 2017, and has been living in Charlotte ever since. She comes to us from Soccer Shots where she worked her way up from a part time coach to the Coaching Coordinator, so this is a natural transition for her. She has been playing soccer her whole life and wants to help expand the community's access to something she loves so much.

Board of Directors

Jeremy Sorzano

Board Chair

​Jeremy is one of the founders of Soccer Shots Charlotte and Soccer Shots Franchising. Jeremy moved to Charlotte in 1996 to play with the Charlotte Eagles and soon after started running soccer clinics for children all over the city at childcare centers and preschools. He’s always had a passion to positively impact children and help them fall in love with the game of soccer. Soccer Shots has since grown and now is run all over the country by small business owners looking to impact children positively in the communities they live in as well. Jeremy lives in Charlotte with his wife Lisa and two children.

Carolina Aptone

Board Treasurer

Carolina Aponte is the founder of CAJA Holdings, LLC and Outsource Accounting provider in NC. She graduated from Florida's Nova Southeastern University. She is the author of 'Pave Your Own Way: Thirteen Skills To Create Your Professional Success'. Carolina is the recipient of the Latin American Businesswoman 2012 Award in Charlotte, NC, 2017 NAWBO Charlotte Rising Star Award, and 2021 NAWBO Charlotte Woman Business Owner of the Year. Also, a recipient of The Mecklenburg Times 2019 Phenoms honoree and 2020 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte region. She is also 2020-2021 Past President of NAWBO Charlotte and a recipient of the Career Mastered 2021 Leadership Award.

Nicole Spencer

Board Secretary

Nicole has over 12 years of experience as an Industrial Engineer and Supply Chain Leader for a Fortune 40 company based right here in North Carolina. Nicole is a proud alumnus of Clemson University and has earned her MBA from Kaplan University. As the wife of a soccer enthusiast and a recent transplant to the Queen City, Nicole has been able to combine her passions for community service, youth development, and her newfound love of soccer by serving a local organization dedicated to creating opportunities for underserved communities through sports and mentorship. Nicole and her family reside in the University area.

Dustin Swinehart

Dustin joined Charlotte FC as the director of community engagement after previously serving as executive director of Project 658, which advocates for refugee and low-income communities in East Charlotte. Swinehart, who grew up in Ohio, played Division I college soccer at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His professional career spanned from 1996 to 2010, which included a move to Charlotte in 1998. Dustin lives in Charlotte with his wife Betty and four children Tyler, Bryce, Dylan, and Avary.

Jaime Cardenas

Jaime is the CEO and co-Founder of AC&M Group, a cultural marketing agency based in Charlotte. He moved from Mexico to North Carolina in 1998 to work for Hanesbrands. After earning his MBA from Wake Forest University, he started the agency in 2004 at the WFU Business Incubator. Over the last 16 years, Jaime has led AC&M Group to become one of the leading Multicultural and Sports agencies in the U.S. He has developed soccer marketing strategies for multiple sponsors, including Fortune 100 companies. He has also worked with athletic brands, soccer retailers, international soccer leagues and clubs, and youth soccer organizations. Jaime lives in Huntersville, NC with his wife and four sons.

Andrew Odze

Andrew is a sought-after advisor by Boards of Directors, CEO’s and c-suite executives and engages in c-suite succession, team acceleration, and business transformation initiatives for industry-leading clients. As a senior executive for two Fortune 25 corporations
As both a clinical and organizational psychologist, he is uniquely qualified in the management consulting industry to understand and shape the behavior of individual leaders, to maximize the effectiveness of leadership teams and to guide organizations in enacting transformational change.
eXecutive leadership partners, the management consulting firm he founded, to efforts that improve the well-being of children and families. Andrew lives in Charlotte with his wife and two soccer-loving sons.

Nancy Klembus

Nancy is an experienced attorney and is currently Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Domtar Corporation, which has a strong presence in the Carolinas. Throughout her career, Nancy has been passionate about mentoring and the critical role it plays in helping individuals, regardless of their age and background, see beyond what they can currently envision for themselves. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan. Nancy lives in Charlotte with her husband Andrew.

Jamie Rodway

Following a successful career as an executive with the championship NASCAR race team Roush Fenway Racing, Jamie started a sports licensing and development company. With clients that have included the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Professional Bull Riders Association, he also was one of the key figures to bring international soccer matches to Charlotte. Jamie is married with three boys who have all participated in Charlotte's youth soccer clubs.