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Executive Board

2018 RiverFlow Board of Directors

RiverFlow Board of Directors, left to right: Abduli Sufi, Public Relations; Jim Herrmann, Vice President; Stephanie White, Secretary; Jami Dansingburg, Director of Coaching; Marwan El-Bejjani, Treasurer; Deon Rodgers, President.

President

Deon K. Rodgers

Deon Rodgers is a firm believer that we must be the change we seek in order to make the world a better place. He also believes that many people have helped pave the way for him to get to this point in his life and it is his duty to give back. Every day it becomes more clear that our children are in need of strong & devoted leadership to help guide them into adulthood. As a dedicated servant leader to the community, Deon wholeheartedly puts in the effort and continues to lead by example.

Having served as a coach for several athletic programs including, The World of Inquire Varsity Soccer Team and The Dr. Freddie Thomas High School Soccer, Softball and Basketball teams, Deon leads the RiverFlow SC with a vast array of coaching experience.

Deon is currently the Dean of Students at East High School and is also a Doctoral Candidate in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College. He also has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St. John Fisher College and a Bachelors of Arts in History & African Studies from SUNY Brockport.

Deon K. Rodgers

President

Phone: (585) 530-7327


Vice President

As a proud member of the RiverFlow Soccer Club for over 8 years, Jim Herrmann is passionate about bridging racial, religious, cultural, and socio-economic divides through the beautiful game of soccer. As Frederick Douglass wrote, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults." By using soccer as the vehicle for change, Jim will continue to dedicate himself to uplifting our community.

Jim has been coaching youth soccer for more than 15 years and was one of the founders for the Brighton Jr. Barons youth football & cheerleading club. He held numerous positions throughout his time with the Jr. Barons and served as the club President from 2010 – 2012, then as Vice President from 2013 – 2014. He also volunteered extensively at homeless shelters for youth and was a Youth Minister for two Catholic churches in Brighton. Jim’s monumental experience serving the youth will be strategic in executing the RiverFlow Soccer Club’s mission within our community.

With a long history in the graphic design field, Jim has a Bachelors of Fine Arts for Communication’s Design & a Bachelors of Fine Arts for Painting. He is currently a Graphic Artist and has been running his own design studio for more than 25 years.

Jim Herrmann

Vice President

Phone: 585-242-7871


Secretary

Originally from New York City, Stephanie moved to Rochester to accept a job directly out of college. She had no connection to anyone in Rochester and decided to start playing recreational soccer in order to meet new friends. It was through soccer that she was able to meet several members of the RiverFlow Soccer Club and became captivated by the empowering work they were doing in the community.

Through her employer, Stephanie was able to gain a lot of experience coordinating, planning and hosting several charity events and fundraisers for local non-profit organizations. She decided that she wanted to have direct involvement in her community and become a part of the RiverFlow Soccer Club. Stephanie will focus her efforts on organizing and coordinating the various elements within RiverFlow in order for it to continue growing.

Stephanie is currently a Mechanical Engineer and has a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She also has both a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an Associates of Science in Engineering Technology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Stephanie White

Secretary


Treasurer

RiverFlow Soccer provides a path for our youth to engage in a healthy activity that expands their horizons in areas of teamwork, leadership, organization and goal setting. Marwan has been a part of the organization for the past 15 years and has been able to support & witness multiple generations of soccer players succeeding in “life” through their RiverFlow experience.

Marwan has coached several teams in RiverFlow starting with U11 thru U18 boys for around 6 years. He is currently a Teacher at East High but has held positions as a Professional Cook, Restaurant Manager and Institutional Food Service Operator. Marwan’s strong business background will keep RiverFlow financially on target to help more youth within our community.

Marwan has a Bachelors of Science in Hotel and Resort Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and an Associates of Applied Science in Hotel Technology from Monroe Community College.

Marwan EL-Bejjani

Treasurer

Phone: 585-802-0463


Director of Coaching

As a global game, the sport of soccer provides a unique lens through which we explore our human experience. It is a universal language that has the power to bridge all things that can otherwise divide us. Jami was privileged enough to learn the game from some of the best coaches in this country but believes that access to quality coaching should be a right, not a privilege. Through the RiverFlow Soccer Club Jamie will focus on leveling the playing field by providing the tools for the logical progression of learner-based programs that challenges players cognitively as well as physically, technically and tactically.

Jami has had years of experience as both a soccer player and a coach. She previously played collegiate soccer at William Smith College and played in a women’s league for The Rochester Ravens. Jami has also coached for several different colleges including, Washington & Lee University, William Smith College, Indiana University - PA, Nazareth College, Syracuse University and Hartwick College.

Jami has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and attended The School for International Training, in Udaipur, India. Combined with her training and experience, Jami will enhance and change the way the RiverFlow Soccer Club coaches our teams.

Jami Dansingburg

Director of Coaching


Public Relations Coordinator

Abduli met Deon Rodgers, the founder of RiverFlow Soccer when he first moved to United States from Somalia in 1997 and spoke very little English. Mr. Rodgers would pick Abduli up at Mount Hope Avenue early in the morning in order to take him to soccer practices and games. It was during his first practice that Abduli was able to witness how well everyone was getting along regardless of there being so many youths from all different parts of the world with different religions and cultures.

Abduli recalls that Mr. Rodgers made it clear to everyone that soccer is not just a sport, but a way to get kids off the street and provide something positive for them to do. It was a way to empower youth and get them accustomed to embrace different cultures and encourage them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Education was big part of the organization and played a major role in Abduli’s life. He has a Bachelors of Science from St. John Fisher College and an Associates of Science at Monroe Community College. Abduli also participated in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 team and as an adult he coached both the first U12 RiverFlow team and U12, U14 and U17 Campbell Street Soccer.

Abduli feels that the organization has taught him so much about the importance of a united community, so he will continue leading the focus on developing the character of the members within the RiverFlow Soccer Club.

Abduli Sufi

Public Relations Coordinator


Jerome  Underwood

Jerome Underwood

Emeritus Board Member

Efrain Medina

Efrain Medina

Emeritus Board Member

Kenneth Lord

Emeritus Board Member