Leadership Bios

Cliff McCrath, Co-Founder and President

Cliff McCrath is one of the most recognized coaches in US soccer history. His greatest fame came as coach of Seattle Pacific University where he led the team to five NCAA Division II championships. He was the 1978 NSCAA Coach of the Year and retired ranked second on the all time collegiate coaching wins list with 597 wins.

McCrath grew up in Michigan as an avid hockey fan. He had originally intended to attend Michigan State to play hockey, but attendance at a revival changed his mind and he entered Wheaton College in 1954. That year, he saw soccer played for the first time. Intrigued, he tried out for the team his sophomore year. Despite his late introduction to the game, he quickly rose to the top of the collegiate ranks when he was named an Honorable Mention (third team) All American in 1957. He graduated in the spring of 1958 and remained at Wheaton that fall to coach the team. McCrath was inducted into the Wheaton College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 1960, Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts hired McCrath. Over seven seasons, he took the NAIA Fighting Scots to a 52-26-2 record, four post season tournaments and the 1966 NAIA semifinals. That year, he graduated with an MDiv from the Gordon Divinity School. In 1967, he moved to Spring Arbor College where he inherited a mediocre team. In his first season, he went 4-4-0, but quickly improved as the Cougars went to the NAIA post season in 1968 and 1969. In 1969 he again took his team to the semifinals.

McCrath’s success at Spring Arbor brought him to the attention of David McKenna, president of Seattle Pacific University, a sister school to Spring Arbor. McKenna was looking to upgrade the SPU soccer program and consequently hired McCrath. McCrath’s team again had a poor first season, going 0-7-3. However, the next year, he took the Falcons to a 7-3-4 record and the regional post-season tournament. He improved in 1972 as the Falcons made it into the NCAA post-season tournament.

At the time, an investment group began laying the foundation for the establishment of a North American Soccer League franchise in Seattle, eventually to be known as the Seattle Sounders. They approached McCrath about coaching the team, but he declined. Instead, he worked with the team ownership to hire John Best as the team’s first coach. McCrath then did much of the early work scouting players and assembling a roster. Once the team began playing in 1974, he worked as a color commentator for local broadcasts of Sounders’ games. 

He did not slight his collegiate coaching duties and took Seattle Pacific to the NCAA Division II championship game in 1974, 1975 and 1977. Each time, the team finished as runner-up. In 1978, the Falcons finally took the title and McCrath was named the National Coach of the Year. The Falcons won the championship again in 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1993 and finished as runner-up in 1984 and 1990.

In 2007, McCrath left his coaching post at Seattle Pacific University and set out to fulfill his long time passion for providing life skill experience using soccer as a platform for teaching. 

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Denise Foreman, Executive Director

Denise, a former USA track and field team member, and collegiate all American, has, for the past three decades, travelled extensively throughout the world, including multiple trips to Africa—as purser for what is now the world’s largest airline.

She has served Northwest Soccer Camps for over 15 years; the last four of which have been as Executive Director. During her tenure, specific initiatives include:  restructuring office management team and relocation services; budget and scholarship allocations; camp administration and instituting a legacy camper program honoring NSC’s 38 year history.

She has seen firsthand how sport has positively impacted the lives of youth in her native Northwest. She now is excited about the prospects of consolidating these efforts with Soccer Saves and Save the Children programs worldwide.

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Stefanie Parmenter, Director of Events

Stefanie was born and raised in Seattle and worked at Microsoft before relocating to Italy for nine years where she volunteered as an Events Coordinator and Fundraiser for numerous charities supporting disadvantaged youth. She returned to Seattle ten years ago and continued to volunteer for children’s charities until joining the staff at Northwest Soccer Camp in 2006.

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Vicki Schott, Student Volunteer Program Coordinator

Vicki has three children all of whom have been active in soccer at some point in their lives. As an avid runner, she coached youth track for two years and participates in many road races herself—most recently having completed the 2008 Boston Marathon.

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Deb Cosby, Director of Administrative Services

Having raised seven children and provided foster care for several others, Debbie understands the importance of providing safe and positive life experiences for every child.

Debbie enjoys gourmet cooking and entertaining in her home. She currently is home schooling three of her children and when asked what she loves most, Debbie’s response is immediate: “I love taking care of people and giving them what they need to be better than they ever thought they could be.”

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Frank Schott, Soccer Saves Co-Founder and Advisory Board Chair

Frank Schott, a former Microsoft executive, consults full time with NetHope, an interagency collaboration of 25 of the world’s largest international NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Save the Children is the founding member of NetHope and STC’s Chief Information Officer, Ed Granger-Happ, is NetHope’s Chairman. Schott is Chapter Advisor for NetHope’s member representatives in East Africa and West Africa and is a frequent visitor to field programs in the region.

Schott is a long time soccer volunteer having earned the Washington State Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year District 2 honors in 2002. Mr. Schott and his three teenage children partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to bring soccer equipment and a community center to Kenya's Dadaab Camp in 2006.

In 2008, Mr. Schott advised a group of high school students in their support of Room to Read─ a non-profit organization that works in local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, constructing schools and providing education to girls. The students raised over $700,000 in one evening for the organization which was Room to Read's largest single fund raising event in its history.

Schott and Cliff McCrath have collaborated closely over the years to make soccer available to disadvantaged youth. With McCrath’s resignation from full-time coaching ,it became possible for the McCrath/Schott partnership to extend outside the United States for the first time in the Save the Children/Soccer 2010 project.

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Charlotte Guyman, Advisory Board Member

Charlotte Guyman is currently a Director for Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, Vice Chair of the University of Washington Medical School and Medical Centers Board, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Save the Children, USA.

From 1987 until 1999, she worked at Microsoft Corporation where she held several marketing and general management positions. Her experience includes the development of learning software for adults and children and the pioneering Internet application, Expedia. She has been General Manager of Kids and Games software for Microsoft, MSN Sales & Sales Marketing, as well as Director of International Marketing and Director of Consumer Division Marketing.

Ms. Guyman began her career in the early 1980s in computer sales and then in systems engineering management at the Hewlett Packard Company. She earned a B.S. in Zoology and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.

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Michelle Akers, Advisory Board Member

Michelle Akers is one of the most recognized players in US soccer history leading the US National team to the 1999 Women’s World Cup championship over China in the final game. She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Akers was a three-time All-American from Shorecrest High School in Seattle. Akers then attended the University of Central Florida where she was a four-time All-American, the all-time leading scorer in UCF history, won the Hermann Trophy in 1988, and had her #10 jersey retired by the school.

She played for the first-ever U.S. Women's National team in August of 1985 and scored the first goal in the history of the program in a 2-2 tie against Denmark. Akers scored 15 goals in 24 games for the U.S. from 1985 to 1990 before scoring a team record 39 goals in 26 games in the 1991 season alone. Akers was also the lead scorer in the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 in China, scoring ten goals, including five in one game. This led the U.S. Women's Team to the first world championship by defeating Norway 2-1. Akers scored both goals.

She was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia where the team won gold. She was also a member of the gold-medal-winning, 1998 Goodwill Games team. In June of 1998, she was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, their highest honor, for her contributions to the game of soccer. Akers again was part of the 1999 Women's World Cup team, leading to a second World Cup championship.

Akers retired from the game in 2000 as the U.S. National Team's second all-time leading scorer (behind Mia Hamm) with 105 goals, 37 assists and 247 points. Since her retirement, she has continued to promote the game of soccer and has written several books.

In 2002, she was voted FIFA's Woman Player of the Century, an award she shared with China's Sun Wen. In 2004, she and Hamm were the only two women named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for that organization's 100th anniversary. Also in 2004, Akers was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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