Board of Directors

Samir Romero

Founder & President

While Samir Romero was born and raised in Colombia, which is where he played soccer for Deportivo Cali, he is a dedicated and loyal member of the Rockford community. Since arriving in the U.S. at 21-years-old, Samir climbed the coaching ranks through the Rockford Raptors organization as well as the high school ranks. As an assistant at Rockford Christian, Samir helped the Royal Lions win back-to-back regional and sectional titles. When he is not overseeing Rockford FC, Samir acts as the head coach for the Rockford Lutheran boys varsity squad.

Brendan Noble

Vice President

 Brendan Noble is new to Rockford, but when his wife, Andrea, brought him  here in February of 2019, he quickly fell in love with the city. As an avid Eintracht Frankfurt and Detroit City FC fan, it became a dream for him to help establish a soccer (Fußball) club in his new city, and he is extremely excited to be involved with Rockford FC. In the  soccer world beyond Rockford FC, Brendan is a referee and has probably heard you yell at him for giving a card to your child. He is also a data enrichment specialist at ABC Supply Co. Inc. in Beloit and a published author.

Mike Buda

Director of Communications

Since 2013, Mike Buda has been serving the Rockford area as a news reporter and Sports Director at WIFR-TV.  While Mike is not originally from the stateline, he now lives in Rochelle with his wife, Chynna, and two rescue pups. Mike grew up in Elmwood Park and Palatine and graduated from Northern Illinois University. He comes to Rockford FC with a never-ending passion for soccer as a lifelong Italy, Juventus and Chicago Fire supporter. This is also not his first rodeo with a soccer club. Mike served as the play-by-play guy for Aurora Borealis SC, NIU, Loyola, NAIA & NPSL matches.

Joel Freudenberg

Board Member

Joel Freudenberg is a Rockford native who lives here with his wife and dogs. He works in downtown Rockford and is dedicated to the growth of the city. He started following soccer at age 14, being drawn to its unique combination of skill and strategy. However, he fell in love with the sport because of the connection it brought him with a greater community. Joel hopes that Rockford FC can be a movement that rallies the city and builds a strong and supportive community.

Jeremy M. Horn

Board Member

Jeremy has been living in the Rockford area for over 25 years. Married to Becky with two kids, Melanie and Landon - student-athletes at Rockford Lutheran Schools, the family first found their full enjoyment of the  game together back in 2013 when Jeremy was called on to coach his daughter's RYSL team and later to Rockford Lutheran Academy's 3rd-5th  grade Soccer program. Jeremy also currently serves as the Director of  Academy Soccer for Rockford Lutheran Academy, bringing together private  schools from around the area for their own fall soccer league. His professional soccer fandom resides with Liverpool in the EPL and Borussia-Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Jeremy hopes that soccer can have a higher level center to grow as commonplace for players, fans, and the Rockford and the surrounding communities.

Jaci Martinez

Board Member

Born and raised in Rockford, Jaci Martinez is a local graphic designer that has been in the industry for over 20 years. She currently has a position as Art Director at Cain & Co. Jaci has four amazing children, who have all played soccer for the Rockford  Raptors, for which she is very involved in currently and has done work with for the past 10 years.

Vlada Jevremovic

Board Member

Vlada “Vee” Jevremovic has an extensive background in soccer as a player and a coach. With over 30 years of coaching and playing experience, Vee is a vital addition to the RFC Board of Directors. Vee holds a USSF National B level license with coaching experience for Rockford United SC and Rockford Raptors FC, where he is currently a team coach. Vee is married to Angela and has two boys, Cooper and Caleb. Cooper is currently playing at Loras College.

Victor Rodriguez

Board Member

Victor Rodriguez has lived in Rockford with his wife and children for the last 16 years and has witnessed many positive changes in this city. My daughter attends Barbour Two-Way Language Immersion and my two sons attend Auburn High School’s Renaissance Program. I have a passion for giving back to my community and for futbol and have been blessed with the opportunity to coach both of my boys at Auburn for the past 3 years. In addition, I am about to begin my third year as coach for Auburn’s Girls soccer. Being the head coach for both the boys and girls soccer programs at Auburn High School, has enabled me to create new networking relationships with other high school coaches in the area as well as others in the Chicago area. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as a Board Member and help bring a soccer semi-pro team to Rockford.

Dee Wendt

Director of Apparel

Dee is a Rockford native who lives here with her husband Matthew and their two boys. She works for a local screen printing company in Rockford and has been with them for last eight years. She helped her husband with his soccer league, Rockford Premier League, for five years. Once her boys got old enough to start getting into sports, she started watching them grow with their passion and skill levels of their sports. Her oldest plays with the Rockford Hockey Club and he also plays soccer for Harlem High School. Her youngest plays for Rockford Raptors FC. She's looking forward to being a part of the Rockford FC semi-pro soccer team and watching not only our soccer community come together, but also the Rockford area and surrounding area’s come out and enjoy a great sport being played.

Matthew Wendt

Board Member

Matthew was born and raised in the Rockford area. He started playing soccer at the age of eight and has not stopped for the last three decades. He has coached at in the Raptors youth program and served as Harlem High School's junior varsity coach. He previously managed the Rockford Premier League for five years, and ran his own team for six years. Once his two boys got old enough for sports, he stepped back to spend time helping them develop their love and skills for soccer and hockey. The youngest plays for the Rockford Raptors and the oldest plays for the Rockford Hockey Club. He has worked at Hennig Inc. for 8 years. He looks forward to bringing higher competition soccer to the Rockford area and passing down the excitement and love of the game to the younger generation.

 

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