David AllenManaging Director
David Allen holds a Bachelors of Arts in psychology and education from Marlboro College and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Hawaii Pacific University. Over the last 20 years David has worked for several industry leaders including Outward Bound, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and The Nature Conservancy. He has also spent time as a management consultant in the startup world helping shepherd information technology companies through early stage growing pains.
David grew up playing year round recreational soccer in Portland, Oregon. Some of his fondest childhood memories involve getting hauled off to Saturday soccer games in the back of his family’s old “K-car” station wagon. Soccer offered David a place to belong and the confidence he needed to tackle all of the challenges of adolescence. David played varsity soccer through high school and received all city honors as a senior. After high school he played intercollegiate soccer at tiny Marlboro College in Southern Vermont.
A good day for David is any day spent outdoors. He has completed the Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada and summited all sixty-seven 4000 foot peaks in New England. In his spare time David volunteers as a domestic and international guide for the Appalachian Mountain Club. When not on the trail, David enjoys biking, reading, water sports and goofing off with his wife Kim and his son Owen. The Allen family currently calls beautiful Lyme, New Hampshire home.
Director of Coaching
Charles Mhlauri is Lightning Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching. He is the former head coach of the Zimbabwe National Team, participating in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations Games. He holds the most advanced coaching degree in Germany and has worked with some of the top German clubs, including Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, training both senior and junior players. In addition to his work on the national team and in youth programs, he has coached and produced some of the top players in the English Premier League, such as Benjani Mwaruwari (Manchester City), and Peter Ndlovu (Coventry F.C., Sheffield F.C., Birmingham City FC). Most recently Charles worked at camps at Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Franklin Pierce University. In 2008, Charles was named Ambassador for Grass Roots Soccer, an international non-profit organization that provides African youth with the knowledge, life skills, and support to live HIV-free through the game of soccer.
Mo holds her MBA in Leadership and BS in Sports Management from Franklin Pierce University. Mo played for Lightning before going on to play college soccer for Franklin Pierce, where she was a team captain. Mo came back to Lightning in 2014 as a volunteer assistant coach. She's served in various roles since then and now serves as the Program Director. Mo holds her USSF "E" Level Coaching License.
Soren is a long-time resident of the Upper Valley who started his soccer career at the original Lightning Soccer Camps. He played soccer at Oxbow High School in Bradford, VT and went on to play varsity soccer at High Point University in North Carolina. Soren has had a diverse range of coaching experiences. At the college level, he has served as an assistant coach for both Division III Westminster College, PA and for Springfield College, MA, and has coached at the Duke University and Dartmouth College camps. In addition, Soren has coached at the youth and high school level all throughout the Upper Valley. He holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.
Sally has worked with Lightning Soccer Club since moving to the Upper Valley in 2012. A former development officer for various Independent Schools, Sally now serves as our Club Registrar. Sally has three boys, all of whom have been or are currently playing for LSC.
Ashley Ellis comes to us from the YMCA organization. She has over 15 years of experience as an Aquatics Director and Head Swim coach as well as recent experience as an Executive Director in Charlottesville, VA. Ashley has spent her career focusing on program and club development. She is excited to share these skills with the Lightning Soccer community. Ashley holds a Bachelors of Arts in Divinity and History from Saint Leo University, as well as a Masters of Science in Recreation, Sports Management, and Tourism from the University of Illinois.
Ashley and her husband, Scott relocated to the Upper Valley this fall with their 3 younger children. They also have 3 grown children that all live in Ohio. As a family they enjoy hiking, rafting, and anything else they can do outdoors.