Our Team

As you look at the pictures below, I know what you are thinking: "How can a bunch of eight, nine, and ten-year-old kids run sports camps?" Yeah, we get that a lot.

This is our crew, our team—the glue that holds it all together. We come from all over the country and many different backgrounds. Before landing at Skyhawks we held a variety of interesting jobs as HR professionals and rental car agents, consultants and lawyers. Some were coaches and some worked in Parks & Recreation. Point is, we all have one thing on common: we are passionate about youth and sports. The average tenure of our team is nine years. That says it all. Every person on our team works all year long to ensure that your child has a safe and positive camp experience, regardless of his or her athletic abilities.

Our company mission statement reads, "We teach life skills through sports."  In addition to sports skills, we want to make sure your child walks away with an understanding of teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, and leadership—all critical life lessons that strengthen children both on and off the court. Every day at every camp, our team is committed to making sure your child walks away from a Skyhawks program with new skills, new friends, and a lifelong love for a healthy, active lifestyle. From our family to yours, welcome to Skyhawks.

Jason Frazier

President/Chief Operating Officer

Jason grew up in Cincinnati, OH where he learned the true meaning of patience and blind loyalty by being a Reds and a Bengals fan. He graduated from Ohio State University (he's one of the few people who doesn’t use "the") - with degrees in Management Information Systems and Economics. – GO BUCKEYES! After graduating, Jason began working for Ernst and Young and moved to California with his wife, Nikki. It was there that he realized it's not fun sitting in a cubicle all day long. In a life-altering move, he began with Skyhawks in 2002, realizing a dream to combine his two biggest passions – athletics and working with kids. After surviving stints in San Francisco and Seattle, Jason moved back to Ohio, where he became the Director of the Skyhawks Franchise company. In 2017 Jason moved to Spokane to assume his new role as president and COO of Skyhawks. His biggest passion is spending time with his kids, Aaron and Zoe, who always keep life in perspective. Besides acting like a big toy for his children, Jason enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, playing soccer, and sleeping (when his kids allow it).

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Jeff Heimbigner

Founder and Owner

Jeff founded Skyhawks in 1979 in Spokane, WA when he was asked to coach a local club soccer team. His passion for soccer and coaching quickly expanded into running soccer camps with his friends and teammates. Jeff was a pioneer in the sports camp industry, and like a true pioneer travelling throughout Idaho and Montana to run weeklong soccer camps, he often slept in tents at the local campgrounds. Over time his business grew from its humble beginnings into a nationwide provider of camps and programs offering a wide variety of different sports. Thirty years later Jeff remains actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Skyhawks. Jeff is a graduate of Gonzaga University – GO BULLDOGS! He is married to Trish and has two boys, Jacob and Jeremy.

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Dave Berto

Co-Founder and Owner

Dave was the wind behind Skyhawks' growth and going National back in 1986. His roots are and have always been in soccer. He played at PLU and UW, and helped introduce Gonzaga University into the WCC from 1990-95—"Go Bulldogs!" Dave too cut his teeth traveling across the Pacific Northwest in the "Green Machine" with Heimbigner and Stiles' older brother Eric while introducing the concept of private and public entities working together to bring soccer and sports to kids across America. Dave married Sherry and together they have been blessed with four children: Ashley, Bodrey, Cobey and Destrey, all of whom share his passion for sports and fun! Today, Dave spends most of his time planning for next year and pioneering new business ventures for the company.

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Chris Stiles

General Counsel

Chris first worked for Skyhawks in 1985 as a junior coach. For the next nine summers, Chris traveled throughout the Northwest with other Skyhawks coaches running soccer camps. Many of Skyhawks' current risk management policies were created in response to the traveling adventures of Chris and his fellow coaches. Chris graduated in 1992 from Santa Clara University, where he was a member of the 1989 National Championship soccer team and a member of the 1991 team that played in the National Championship game—GO BRONCOS! College brought Chris an education, a national championship, and his wife. Chris and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of three girls. Chris graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1996—GO BULLDOGS!—but hasn’t worn a suit since he left the practice of law to join Skyhawks on a full-time basis in the spring of 1997. When he is not overseeing Skyhawks, Chris can be found coaching his girls’ soccer teams, painting toenails, or cleaning up after his chocolate lab.

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Josh Kaiel

Director of Franchise Sales and Operations

Josh grew up in Portland, OR, where he quickly picked up the love for soccer while watching the Portland Timbers of the old NASL days. Although he grew up playing all sports, soccer was his passion. Josh went on to play at Gonzaga University during its early WCC years under the coaching staff of none other than Jeff Heimbigner, Dave Berto, and Chris Stiles. Josh first began working for Skyhawks starting in the summer of 1993 where he traveled all through the northwest directing and coaching 300 kid camps during his college years. This is where he discovered a love for coaching and teaching. After graduating from Gonzaga, Josh went to South Korea to teach English returned and pursued his Master’s in Teaching at Concordia University in Portland. Josh then taught elementary education for 14 years, where he worked extensively perfecting his craft in teaching and curriculum development. Around teaching full time, Josh trained soccer teams and coaches in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho while running his own camps and academies. Josh is married to Stashia and they are proud parents to two girls, Olivia and Laila. When Josh is not working, he can usually be found coaching his daughter's soccer teams, working on projects at his house, or spending time with his family and friends.

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Maxwell Andrews

Area Manager

Chicago, IL

Max has always had an interest for an active lifestyle. He developed a passion for coaching using his brother Cooper and friends as test subjects. Max has enjoyed the thrill of coaching, whether it was teaching fancy clutch work on a dirt-bike, rappelling down a cliff, or kicking a soccer ball with the instep. He is a graduate of Aurora University. Before Max took over as the Chicago Area Manager for the Skyhawks, he worked in the private and park district sectors managing youth sports camps, leagues, and programs. He has temporarily hung up his cleats coaching college and travel soccer to spend more time with his wife Marie and daughter Kimberly. After hours, Max can be found grilling something savory or participating in some form of recreation.

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Jason Brown

Area Manager

NE and NW Puget Sound

Jason grew up in Spokane Valley with two sisters. The only way to get away from them was to go outside and play his favorite sports: baseball or basketball. Jason started playing Little League by age 10 and by middle school was actively participating in football, basketball, and baseball, which he played all the way through his high school career. Baseball being his favorite sport, in his senior year he decided to dedicate all of his efforts to the one sport and was selected to the 2nd team all frontier league. While still attending West Valley High School, Jason started his working career at Roller Valley Skate Center, where he mastered disco skating and realized his passion for working with kids. Jason moved to the Seattle area in the late 90's to try something new and ultimately gravitated toward the fitness industry. After ten plus years of sales and management in the fitness industry Jason has taken over as the Area Manager of the NE and NW Puget Areas with Skyhawks. During his free time, Jason enjoys rooting for his local sports teams, except for the departed Sonics. He also enjoys spending time in the kitchen learning to be a better cook and is an avid karaoke artist.

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Alan Chamberlain

Area Manager

Ohio and Indiana

Alan grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he stayed active playing pretty much any sport, and spending summers playing baseball throughout Ohio on travel teams. Those great memories and friendships he made inspired him to spend over 10 successful years on player development on and off the field, and as a Head Coach at all levels including high school varsity. These days, his coaching duties these days are in the local recreation league for his daughters teams, and of course Skyhawks Camps! Alan and his wife Heather are kept on the move by their 3 daughters, Madison, Lillie and Kaylie.

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Andrew Chapman

Director of e-Commerce and Fulfillment

EWA Area Manager

Andrew Chapman (Chappie) was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington. He grew up in a running family giving him the natural endurance to play soccer. His love of soccer began at the age of 5 and has yet to stop. Andrew is a graduate from Eastern Washington University with a Masters in Science in Physical Education. Directly out of his master’s program, Andrew was hired on as the Coach and PE coordinator for Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA leading the soccer team to six divisional titles and three college championships. He also has been the GM and head coach of the PRO team, The Kitsap Pumas, taking them to the 2014 PDL Championships. Andrew is returning to Skyhawks after having previously worked for Skyhawks as a coach and director between 1997 and 2003. Andrew is married to Heather who he met in a speech class at Eastern, and they have two boys named Kadyn and Skyler.

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Jacob Heimbigner

Area Manager

Massachusetts

Jacob is a native Spokanite with a lifetime's worth of history with Skyhawks. Growing up as the Founder's son, Jacob has a unique insight into all aspects of sports management and an intimate knowledge of the Skyhawks culture and business. Over the past 20 plus years, Jacob has attended Skyhawks camps, worked in the corporate office, and coached and directed camps throughout eastern Washington. While he is new to the Massachusetts area, he is not new to the East Coast. Jacob attended Washington College just outside of Washington D.C. where he graduated with his Bachelor's in Economics.

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Matt Junior

Area Manager

Southern California

Matt spent his childhood in a small rural town in Northwest New Jersey. As the seasons changed, so did the sport he played. Most of his time was spent on soccer, wrestling, and baseball. He was active in all three sports through high school, and continued to play soccer and wrestle at the collegiate level while pursuing a BS in Health & Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey. Over the years, he developed a passion for coaching and sports performance training, which led him to move cross-country and complete a MS in Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. He has been working in the youth sports and recreation field in Orange County since 2009. These days, Matt can be seen hanging out on the beach, playing co-ed softball, and rooting for his beloved Yankees and Giants.

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Sarah Kelley-Reid

Area Manager

CT

Sarah grew up in Omaha, Nebraska with her father coaching any sport she wanted to play. He helped her develop a love for all sports with his kind, team oriented and fun loving attitude. Sarah and her family moved to Atlanta where they lived for 5 years before ultimately moving to Connecticut in 1996. She developed a deep love for volleyball in high school and went on to play in college while earning her BS in Recreation Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College – GO SPARTANS! Sarah joined the Skyhawks team in 2007 after going back to school to get her Physical Education degree. Sarah has been married to Mike, a former football/basketball player, since 2012 and is a proud mommy to their son, Jordan. She also is a head volleyball coach at a local High School during the fall and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and anything active or outdoors.

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Debbie Liberg

Regional Account Manager

CT, IL, IN, KY, MA, NJ, NY, OH

Debbie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She spent her summers camping & fishing at the local lakes with family in Oregon & Washington. Debbie was her high school Drill Team Captain in Spokane for two years winning several drill team competitions. Debbie graduated from Washington State University—GO COUGARS! Debbie and her husband Brian are the proud parents of three children who keep them busy with activities ranging from soccer, football and basketball to wrestling and track ... name a sport, one of her kids is playing it.

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Michael Machorro

Area Manager

Oregon

Michael was raised in the heart of Ellensburg, Washington. His love for sports was fostered at age 5 with an introduction to soccer and later became a active in both basketball and football through Middle and High School. Michael stayed in Ellensburg for several years where he obtained his B.A. in Psychology at Central Washington University. With a newfound passion for the study of behavior and the mind, he set his sights towards Spokane, WA and School Counseling. Spokane is where Michael began his coaching career and excelled in working with children of all ages. After years of experience, Michael has found that his love for child development and sports made him an excellent fit for promoting youth sports. In his free time, Michael enjoys being active with his future wife and their animal-filled family. Shared pastimes include hiking, snowboarding, and cheering on the Spokane Chiefs hockey team.

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Matt Perham

Area Manager

South Bay, San Jose

Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Matt has always been involved with sports and recreational activities within the community. Growing up, his favorite sports were basketball, football and golf. To this day, he has a passion for sports and maintaining an active lifestyle. When he is not working or spending time with his wife and two young sons, Matt enjoys playing a round of golf, getting a good workout or cheering on his 49ers, Giants and Sharks. Matt holds a degree in Business Management from Menlo College and his career is highlighted by roles in sales and customer service leadership. He has a passion for training and developing the skills of individuals. In joining Skyhawks, he saw the opportunity to grow a business that teaches children valuable life skills through sports and the importance of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

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Justin Richards

Senior Area Manager

Western WA, OR

A graduate of the University of Washington—GO HUSKIES! Justin has been with Skyhawks since 2005. JR is the father of three of his own campers and is married to an elementary school teacher. Needless to say, there’s rarely a time when he's not dealing with kids in some form or another! Justin serves as Area Manager for Skyhawks, covering Oregon and Southwestern Washington. In his spare time, Justin enjoys traveling with family, coaching his kids' various sports teams, and trying to beat his 9-year-old daughter's mile time.

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Brett Rountree

Regional Account Manager

CA

Born and raised in Spokane, WA, some of Brett’s earliest memories involve spending the summer at various Skyhawks camps. Growing up in a soccer family, Brett was an avid left midfield for a large majority of her life. She has also tried her hand at track, volleyball, basketball, dance, cheerleading and even spent a year as the 2013 Spokane Lilac Queen, but she always comes back to soccer. Brett has been known as Skyhawks “Coach B” since 2014 and has coached everything from golf to basketball to Mini-Hawk multi sport camps. A recent graduate of WSU, Brett now spends her time watching Cougar football games and cheering on her little brothers as they take on high school sports.

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Erika Skar

Franchise Account Manager

A Washington State native, Erika graduated from Gonzaga University—GO ZAGS!—with a degree in French, completely preparing her for a career with a sports camp company.  Alors bientôt nous allons commencer à offrir des programmes de camp de sport au Québec, non?  Since joining the Skyhawks organization in 1994, Erika has held a variety of roles, including a brief stint as the Indianapolis Area Manager, team mascot, water girl and most recently as the Franchise Account Manager. In her spare time she can be found hiking the trails of Rattlesnake Ledge with her husband, two boys and the family dog, snapping scenery shots or in the kitchen cooking up some sort of culinary delight bien sûr!

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Pam Trull

Regional Account Manager

EWA, ID, MT

Pam grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, and ice skating. She later developed a love for dance and performing and went on to become a "Ponderette." Although the next obvious step from Ponderette is Rockette, Pam elected to forgo this opportunity to pursue marriage and family. Pam and her husband Jim have spent the past 24 years raising their two children and have enjoyed cheering them on in their various activities. In her free time Pam enjoys hiking, biking and cheering on the Seahawks.

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Tracy Umbrell

Finance and Accounting

Tracy was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. As is typical in the Midwest, she participated in all the school athletics available: softball, basketball, track, and swimming. Her early accounting training came from counting eggs—thousands and thousands of them on the family chicken farm. Graduation from the University of Iowa—GO HAWKEYES!—with a degree in accounting led her to Colorado, practicing as a CPA for 13 years both in the Rocky Mountains and later in the Pacific Northwest. As a result of an ultimatum from her husband in which he stated that he was not going to do another tax season with another baby, Tracy finished her Master’s in Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University—GO COUGARS!—and worked in the health field for several years before joining Skyhawks in 2007. Tracy and Jim are the parents of three boys who keep them busy with activities ranging from soccer and basketball to being roadies for a garage band practicing out of their house.

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Ryan Weaver

Marketing Coordinator

Ryan was born and raised in Hawaii, the youngest of three kids. Ryan developed a love of soccer at an early age, starting at age 5 and continuing on through high school. Ryan is a graduate of Gonzaga University---GO ZAGS!---and has held down a wide variety of positions in marketing & public relations, including returning to high school as an assistant soccer coach for a time. Ryan met his wife Brittany after moving to the Puget Sound area post-Gonzaga and returned to Spokane with three girls - Saige, Cassidy, and Indiana - in tow to join the Skyhawks team in 2016. Ryan enjoys spending time being woefully outnumbered at home 4-1 and waking up too early on the weekends to catch his beloved West Ham United in the English Premier League, as well as rooting on the Zags, Green Bay Packers, and Mariners.

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Ryan Vermillion

Area Manager

Sacramento & North Bay

Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Ryan started playing sports at age 2. He continues playing sports all growing up, particularly baseball, basketball, soccer and football. Today, Ryan remains actively involved in sports throughout the Sacramento community in a variety of ways. When he is not working or spending time with his family and his dogs, he enjoys officiating basketball and soccer on the weekends, playing golf, or cheering on the Giants, Sharks, and Kings. Ryan joined the Skyhawks team in 2013 as a coach and climbed the ladder to become an Area Manager. He has a passion for sharing his love of sports to his staff and his community, and has a strong desire teach children in Sacrament and the North Bay to grow to love the sport they play and watch, much like he did.

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