our team


LSC Board of Directors

Charlie Barton - Chair

Kyle Smith - Vice Chair

Mark Schiffman - Secretary

Dino Koff - Treasurer

Mo Guimond

Doug Kennedy

Our Staff


Ashley Ellis
Operations Director

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. 

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Vanessa Allen
Administrative Assistant

Vanessa is a new addition to the Lightning community. She comes to us with a background in fashion model management in New York City and hopes to use these same principles for Lightning soccer. Currently Vanessa serves as the US alumni ambassador for the Brillantmont International school in Lausanne Switzerland.

Vanessa is a busy soccer, ski, and tennis mom of 2 children. She is excited about her new Lightning opportunity.


Soren Smith
Coaching Coordinator

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.