President, Ryan Fleming

Before college, Ryan had only seen one game of field hockey, so what made him join? Simple. One of his friends informed him that Emma Watson was on the co-ed club team and he was sold. Even though she didn't show up to that first practice, he did and he was in love. By his senior year he was captain of the team.

 

After graduation, he continued to be involved in the sport, both coaching and playing. He joined WFHA in 2015 and has been fully committed ever since. You can reach him at info@dcfieldhockey.org

Vice-President, Julie Kenneally

Julie Kenneally switched from soccer to field hockey in eighth grade and hasn't looked back. She played throughout high school at Marshfield High School in Massachusetts and then played on the club team at Elon University. She attended grad school at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland where she walked on to the school's team. She has coached a few youth teams in the northern Virginia area but is currently taking a break from coaching. She prefers playing forward, because you definitely shouldn't trust her in defense.

Treasurer, Carlos Guadia

Carlos has recently joined the WFHA for a new source of physical activity and to try a great sport as an adult. While he never played field hockey, he's a big fan of the Argentinean teams, "Los Leones" and "Las Leonas". Carlos is a cell biologist working at the NIH, so he's good with numbers and formulas - his role as Association Treasurer is a great fit. He joined the board in 2018 and looks forward to growing in the sport, on and off the field.

Secretary, Niels Ruigrok

Niels started playing field hockey at age 7 for hockey club Laren in The Netherlands. During his time in The Netherlands he was the captain of his high school team for two years, played in the first regional division ("eerste klasse"), reffed for five years, and gave training for three years. Niels joined WFHA in September 2018 when he moved to D.C. to study at Georgetown University where he also plays for their club team. Before becoming Secretary in November 2019, Niels served as Spring Chair.

Winter Chair, Bill Levey

Bill started playing field hockey in 2003 when he joined WFHA and has been playing with various groups in the DC area ever since. 

 

Besides his current position, Bill has served as Treasurer, VP, and President. 

 

Bill coached field hockey for six years (2007-2012) at several Fairfax County schools at Freshman, JV, and Varsity levels.  He currently umpires Virginia High School League games along with indoor and outdoor USA Field Hockey games.  Bill holds a USA Field Hockey Level 1 Umpire rating.

Social Chair, Becca Hertz

Becca Hertz started playing field hockey in eighth grade and has not stopped since. She played on the varsity team in high school for two years and continued to play through college on a NCAA division III team at Clark University as a starting defense player for four straight years.

 

Defense has always been her strength and she continues to play that position to this day. Becca has played with Washington Field Hockey Association for 2 years, participating in spring, fall, and winter seasons. Now Becca is on the Board as the Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 Chair.

Fall Chair, Rachel Barrack

Not much is know about Rachel, but her last name is pronounce like a military barrack, not like the former president's first name. She's believed to be part Cuban, and is rumored to have a son. 

She used to be known as Rachel Mesa, and there was a Rachel Mesa that played at UMD in early 2000's, so maybe that's her. 

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