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Board of Director Bios

Executive Board Members

President Terry Landes
Vice President Malea Melis
Treasurer Rob Formanek
Registrar Jeff Kaiser
Secretary Ami Baas
Director of Coaching Development Ed Anibal
Director of Communications Leah Kinworthy
Director of Player Development Jaimi Stelk

Board of Directors

Technical Director Developmental Age Groups Alex Mathers
Developmental Age Groups Administration Manager Bernice Beam
Competition Manager Mark Wittland
Uniform Manager Nick Hanish
Field Manager Bryce Miller
Tournament Director / Referee Coordinator Jeremiah Harder
Land Development Coordinator Charles McFarland
Dibs Coordinator Wally Wright

Terry Landes - President

 - President

Terry and his wife Sherry have been involved with the Bennington Soccer Club as soccer parents since 2016 when their sons, Corey and Zach, began playing.  While Terry’s collegiate athletic experience comes as a former college baseball player, it is his leadership experience in both academia and community organizations which benefit the BENSC.

After serving on the staff at Theta Chi International Headquarters in Indianapolis as a Leadership and Education Consultant, Terry was hired by the University of Michigan.  While on staff at the University of Michigan Terry was honored to teach Leadership Development as an adjunct instructor in the Sociology Department.  After several years at the University of Michigan, Terry moved to Macomb, Illinois where he served in leadership roles in the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce, the Development Board of the McDonough County Hospital, and the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army.

Malea Melis - Vice President

Malea Melis

I'm very thankful my husband and I were able to find Bennington Soccer Club eight years ago when we moved to this area. The combination of family, community and passion for this sport is what drew us to the Club.

My two girls love soccer just as much as I do, so I wanted to be a part of helping build what they would represent throughout the years. I played throughout high school and for a couple of years at Wayne State. Although many things have changed since I was younger, the excitement of the game and the friendships never change. 

I've been on the Board for more than two years and the growth the Club has seen is from many years of hard work the board has put in. I'm very happy to be a part of this family. 

Rob Formanek - Treasurer

Rob Formanek - Treasurer

I own a local computer store with five employees and love being a small business owner. BENSC is a growing club and with growth comes challenges of being fiscally accountable. The skills that I have gained as a small business owner have been effectively used as Club Treasurer in our efforts to help guide our Club to non profit organization and to help us plan for future growth. 

My family and I have lived in Bennington for over six years. We truly believe we live in the best community in the Omaha metro. I look forward to helping our club grow and make our community the best in Omaha. 

Jeff Kaiser - Registrar

Jeff has been actively involved with BENSC as a coach since 2011. He joined the Board of Directors in June 2013 as a Division Coordinator and Club Registrar. He received his E Coaching license in July 2013.

Jeff successfully transitioned our club's registration system to Blue Sombrero in April 2017 to align with Nebraska State Soccer's registration and technology partner. 

He is married to Lisa and their three children - Kaylee, Ava, and Austin - play for BENSC. Jeff enjoys watching our players develop, compete and have fun. 

Ami Baas - Secretary

Ami Baas - Secretary

Having grown up playing soccer my entire life, I couldn't wait for my daughter to take on the same love of the game that I have. I was looking for a club that would challenge my daughter on the field with coaching styles that would help her grow as a player as well as an individual. I was fortunate enough to find this in Bennington. We have been blessed with amazing coaches and teammates. 

I joined the board in 2014. I have learned that BENSC is more than a regular club. It's a family. I am excited about the growth our Club is seeing. I am looking forward to watching our players continue to grow as players and as individuals and to love the game of soccer!

Leah Kinworthy - Communications Director

Leah Kinworthy - Communications Director

Leah is relatively new to the world of soccer, but she has a long and diverse background in sports.  She played basketball, softball and volleyball at the varsity level in high school and she went on to play basketball in college.  

Three years ago she assisted Mark Wittland with the U12G team as a volunteer at practices and that evolved into an assistant coach position.

Leah is married to Ryan and they have two children that began playing soccer for BENSC at age 4.  Her daughter, Camryn, is on the U12G United and her son Sean is on the U9B Blue Knights team. 

Leah is a preschool teacher at Gingerbread House Preschool.

Ed Anibal - Director of Coaching Development

Ed joined BENSC as Director of Coaching Development in June 2018. He has extensive playing and coaching experience.  His father was a Colonel in the Air Force, and Ed’s soccer career began while the family was living in Germany.

Ed was a four-year varsity soccer player in Las Vegas winning three state championships as a forward.

Ed played Division I soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1985-1988. Prior to his sophomore year, he transitioned from offensive player to defense and remained the starting sweeper throughout his collegiate career.

While at UNLV he earned several awards and honors including: three NCAA tournament appearances, Big West champions 1985 and 1987 (AKA: Pacific Coast Athletic Association, PCAA), 1986, 1987, 1988 all Big-West honors for defense, 1987 All far-West honors, All American candidate, Herman trophy award nominee/finalist, and Inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame as part of the 1985 UNLV Men’s soccer team (18-2-2 overall record).

He represented UNLV and the West at the 1987 United States Olympic Sports Festival held in Raleigh-Durham North Carolina

Ed was selected to participate in the Senior Bowl and was subsequently drafted 7th overall by the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) in 1989. The only major professional soccer league at the time. (pre-MLS). 

Ed coached with Las Vegas Premier Youth soccer club and won several state championships in various age groups.

Ed is married to Lisa and has four children: Emma who participates in volleyball and track, Hayden soccer and track, Edward soccer, baseball, and football, and Graham, who will begin play in a few years.

Jaimi Stelk - Director of Player Development

Jaimi Stelk - Director of Player Development

BENSC is proud to announce Jaimi Stelk as our new Director of Player Development.

Jaimi comes to us with various soccer coaching experiences and successes. Jaimi played collegiate soccer for Concordia University Nebraska, where the team had the winningest season in school history, winning the GPAC title, and attended Nationals. During her career, Jaimi played forward as well as an attacking midfielder.

During Jaimi’s senior year, after she underwent multiple knee injuries and surgeries, she was given the opportunity to coach a group of collegiate players at Concordia, have conversations with the HC of tactical decisions, and also coach the high school program in Seward, Nebraska. After graduation, Jaimi found a teaching position in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she helped lead Treynor High School to their winningest season in school history. The following year, an in-district assistant position opened up, which led Jaimi to give yet another team a memorable year with their first trip to the state tournament in nearly 20 years. Jaimi recently accepted a teaching position in Millard Public Schools, helping her land a coaching position for Sporting Omaha FC, where she fostered the technical and tactical development of young players.

Jaimi is excited to get the ball rolling and be a part of the Bennington Soccer Club family.

Alex Mathers - Technical Director Developmental Age Groups

Alex started playing soccer at the age of 5 and has since loved the game. She played select soccer starting at the age of 8 where she traveled throughout the Midwest Region. Alex was also part of ODP and went on to play four years of college soccer at Wayne State in Wayne, Nebraska. Alex played mostly center back but was asked to play outside midfield and outside back as well. 

Alex is now entering her third year of teaching at Bennington Elementary. She currently teaches 5th grade. In addition to her Technical Diretor of Developmental Age Group duties for the Club, Alex also coaches reserve basketball, JV soccer and is an assistant coach for the varsity basketball and soccer teams. 

Alex truly believes the next best thing after playing is having the opportunity to coach. 

Bernice Beam - Developmental Age Groups Administration Manager

Bernice Beam - Developmental Age Groups Administration Manager

Bernice is a mother of three Bennington Soccer Club players and has served as Developmental Age Groups Administration Manager, formerly known as inhouse coordinator, since 2016. 

Her oldest son Jack is 14 and has been playing soccer since he was three. Bernice has been the manager of his soccer team for the past two years. Kylie, her daughter, is 11 and has been playing since she was 3. Bernice's youngest son, Camden, is just beginning his soccer career. He is four. Jack, Kylie and Camden are the reasons why Bernice proudly calls her self a soccer mom through and through.

Mark Wittland - Competition Manager

Mark comes from a soccer family and played from age 5 up until high school. He has multiple nieces and nephews that play or have played at the college level. Soccer was his number one sport growing up and has been the same with his daughters growing up.

Mark has coached soccer for almost 9 years and also coached track and cross county for a club in the Omaha area until recently. He started coaching at BENSC in 2012 and has loved every minute of it.

Mark has two daughters, Calla is 14 and has taken the path of running track and cross country, after a number of years out on the pitch. Elle is 10 and plays with the 2007 BENSC United team which Mark currently coaches.  Elle plans on playing at the high school someday.

Mark thinks we have great opportunities here in Bennington and is happy to join a board that is so invested in this club and looks forward to great things ahead.

Nick Hanish - Uniform Manager

Nick Hanish

Nick has been with the Board since 2007. Nick played soccer up through high school and in the process has always had love and passion for the sport. 

Nick has 4 children playing on BENSC teams including a daughter who plays for the High School varsity team. 

I have been able to witness amazing growth and development within the Club but also within our Bennington community and our attitude for soccer. My goal is to help foster the passion for the sport and to assist in the growth and development of the Club so our community can enjoy this beautiful game. 

Bryce Miller - Field Manager

Bryce Miller

Bryce has been a part of Bennington Soccer Club since he moved to Bennington in 2007 and a part of the Board since 2015 as field manager. Bryce has also coached for the Club for several years in the developmental age groups and also served as an assistant coach for his son's team. 

Bryce and his wife, Tiffany, enjoy watching their three kids learn, develop, and play soccer through the Bennington Soccer program. 

Bryce works for Verizon enabling new products for network and security solutions. 

Jeremiah Harder - Tournament Director / Referee Coordinator

Jeremiah Harder - Tournament Director / Referee Coordinator

Coaching License:           

USSF D License (In Progress)

USSF 9vs9 License

USSF 11vs11 License

USSF Grassroot License

USSF F License

USSF Official Grade 8 Certified

USSF Referee Assignor Certified

Experience: 12 Years

Jeremiah has been coaching soccer for over 12 years. He has coached teams from as young as U4 all the way up to U19 at various level of competition. Along with coaching he has also held various board positions for local clubs including Vice President, Treasurer, and Youth Development Director. As a Youth Development Director, he created and managed programs for player’s ages 4-10 years old and trained coaching personnel.

Before coaching Jeremiah played soccer from the age of 3 thru high school starting his playing days in Seattle Area before moving to Nebraska.

He has also been a licensed referee for over 7 years. Officiating every level of youth soccer available in the region, as well as training several youth referees.

Charles McFarland - Land Development Coordinator

Charles McFarland - Land Coordinator

Charles joined BENSC in 2018.   Charles is the father of 5 children, which he has  coached his eldest son and daughter at other clubs.

His eldest daughter has played for BENSC since the fall of 2017. 

Charles moved to Bennington in the summer of 2017.

Charles has been in the Civil Engineering Field for over 13 years.  He has experience in sports field design, as well as overall site and utility design.

Wally Wright - Dibs Coordinator

Wally Wright - Dibs Coordinator

My wife and I moved to Bennington as newlyweds over 15 years ago and we immediately fell in love with the community. Our daughter started playing for the club when she was 5 and I have been coaching in some capacity with the club the same length of time. As this position came open I decided to become more involved with BENSC and look forward to the experience.
I’ve served on a few nonprofit boards and I am excited to help in anyway that I can moving forward.