Tommy has been part of the Potomac Soccer Association (PSA) community for over seven years with both of his children playing for the club. The club’s family feel, great coaches, and the relationships his children have formed make PSA a wonderful club to be a part of.
His community involvement extends to being a board member of the Global Soccer Alliance (promotes cultural exchanges between North American and African youth soccer programs and reduce barriers to play for youth in low-income African communities) as well as co-founder and President of Cornerstone Community (provides housing and community for instability housed men with a history of chronic substance abuse).
He is the Strategic Partnerships Director at Food & Friends.
Shannon Merkle is a Senior Systems Analyst who works in the field of cancer research. She has two sons in Potomac soccer – a U18 senior and a U15 8th grader. The Merkles chose Potomac originally due to the strong reputation of the club. They stayed due to the fantastic coaches, wonderful friendships, and strong organization that Potomac has provided. Born and raised outside of DC, Shannon’s favorite professional sports teams include the Washington Football Club, Washington Nationals, and Washington Capitals. Additionally, they are often found donning the Maryland Pride colors to root for our Maryland Terrapins. When not on the soccer field (which isn’t very often), they can be found enjoying dinner out at local restaurants.
Guido has been a part of the Potomac Soccer community for many years. With three kids going through various Potomac teams, and as a manager for many of those teams, he understands the challenges of club soccer as an administrator and, most importantly, as a parent. Guido has been on the PSA board since 2015 and is committed to help the club train, develop and inspire the next generation of footballers. In addition to being an avid fan of his kids’ teams, he is an ardent AC Milan supporter and anything related to Italian soccer.
Amanda’s love of soccer began as a player for Potomac Soccer Association in the 1980’s. She played on one of the first girls travel soccer teams represented by the club. Amanda continued on to coach and train players for local area clubs. In 2015 she became a PSA parent. She brings to the board, a unique blend of experience, having lived soccer from every vantage. As a therapist, Amanda is passionate about injury prevention and it’s vital role in keeping children playing sports. Amanda is committed to continuing to grow the love of soccer in our community. She still gets excited when her kids and their teammates put on a fresh kit and slip into a new pair of cleats.