Our Board of Directors
Lorne Donaldson – Executive Director of Coaching/President
Lorne Donaldson reached the pinnacle of soccer at the age of 17 when he made his first appearance with the Jamaican National team. After coming to America in 1980, he became a three time All American at Metro State College, the first soccer player inducted into the Metro College Hall of Fame, and transitioned into coaching as a player/coach for the Denver Kickers and professional team, the Colorado Foxes. After successful stints with both, including two APSL National Championships with the Colorado Foxes, Lorne began investing his time in youth soccer, specifically with Douglas County Blast, currently Real Colorado, in 1997. Under his vision and leadership, Real Colorado has grown to be regularly considered one of the top 20 clubs in the country and a pioneer in the US Soccer Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League. Off the field, Lorne was co-founder of the Black Soccer Coaches Association of America helping to bring African and Caribbean players and coaches a better understanding of the American football culture. He has been an accomplished instructor with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for over ten years and recently was inducted into the Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement in youth soccer. Lorne continues to work with Real Colorado’s Chief Operating Officer and the Board of Directors in keeping Real Colorado at the top of the youth soccer scene in the United States.
Jared Spires – Chief Operating Officer
Serving as the Chief Administrative Officer for Real Colorado, Jared Spires is a tenured national leader in youth soccer. He began coaching at the age of 19 and became the Director of the Competitive Program for then Douglas County Blast, currently Real Colorado, in the coming years. Having earned his USSF A license, the highest achievement in the US in coaching criteria, at the age of 26, he has been committed to fully investing himself into the youth sport of soccer. After a brief tenure at Vanderbilt University as the women’s assistant soccer coach, he returned to Real Colorado in 2005 to assume the role he currently holds today. As Chief Operating Officer, his duties are accountability for managing the operating budget, implementing policy, and operationally leading Real Colorado in the direction determined by himself, the Executive Director of Coaching/President, and the Board of Directors. Drawing upon his deep experience, he is immersed in the challenges a youth organization faces at the simplest and most difficult levels today and moving into tomorrow. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Colorado Youth Soccer League Operations Committee, and continues to serve on the CYS executive advisory council to the Board of Directors. With his roots beginning in coaching and now into operational control of one of the top clubs in the country, he understands the challenges faced by youth organizations at every level.
Ron vonLembke - Chairman of Board of Directors
Ron graduated Phi Beta Kappa magna cum laude from the University of Denver in 1978 with a B.A. in American history, summa cum laude from National University in 1985 with a masters degree in Human and Organizational Behavior, and Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1988. While at Harvard Law School, he served as the Senior Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1979 where, among other positions, he served as a tank platoon commander, company commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and judge advocate. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Ron served as Special Counsel to classified programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under the Honorable Dick Chaney from 1988 through 1990. In September 1990, he was selected to serve as Assistant Counsel to President George H. W. Bush, White House Counsel Office, and Special Counsel to General Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor.
Following his service at the White House, Ron served as counsel for Duncan, Ostrander & Dingess, Denver, Colorado; Ward and Smith, P.A., New Bern, North Carolina; Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the W.T. Humphrey Construction Group; senior partner for vonLembke-Faleris, P.C., and county attorney for Onslow County, North Carolina.
Ron currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Adams County Economic Development Commission. He has served as a Director for the Marine Federal Credit Union, Chairman of the United Way of Onslow County, Vice President of the Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, and the Jacksonville Military Affairs Committee. He is a former Eagle Scout and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. von Lembke joined United Water and the Bromley Companies as Chief of Staff in January 2010. He is responsible for planning, organizational, and operational matters.
Mr. von Lembke has two sons, Jason and Sean, and one daughter, Danielle who is a goalie on Real’s 01 ECNL team.
Kirk Adams – Board of Directors
Kirk has been involved with Real Colorado since 2000 and on the Board of Directors since 2011. From 1984-1997, he worked with Apple Computer, Claris Corp and Radius, Inc in Sales and Marketing positions. Since 1997, he has been in the financial services industry, beginning as an Institutional Equity Salesman for Midwest Research. In 2002, he started his own firm, Wedge Partners, and institutional equity research firm and broker where he continues as Founder, Chairman and Director of Research. Kirk has his undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia, and an MBA – General Management from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Lance J. Baller– Board of Directors
Lance began coaching at the age of 18 and has been involved with Real Colorado since 1997 as a coach and parent prior to be elected to the Real Colorado Board of Directors in 2013. Lance is the co-founder, former CEO and President of Iofina plc. Iofina is a technology leader in the production of iodine and iodine derivatives. Lance lead Iofina through a successful IPO on the AIM market of London Stock Exchange, along with three secondary offerings totalling over $55 million, all at above market pricing from institutional investors. Iofina’s IPO was awarded the “AIM: Float of the year in 2008” by Investor’s Chronicle. Under Lance’s tenure convertible debt of $20 million with a 6.5% coupon was placed for Iofina at above market pricing. Lance was able to turn Iofina from a start up in late 2005 into a profitable company with a market capitalization of around a half a billion dollars while having to create new technology and reinvent Iofina’s business plan. Lance is the former managing partner of Shortline Equity Partners, Inc., a mid-market merger and acquisitions consulting and Investment Company. Lance is also a former vice president of mergers and acquisitions, financing and corporate development at Integrated Biopharma, Inc and prior to this the vice president of the investment banking firms UBS and Morgan Stanley. Lance currently is on the board of trustees of Index Funds and also serves as the chairman of the audit committee and as the audit committee financial expert under Sarbanes-Oxley. Lance returned to Iofina in 2014 and serves as non-executive Chairman. Lance is on the Board of Global Healthcare REIT and serves as Interim CEO.
Brian Harvey - Board of Directors
Brian has been involved with Real Colorado since 2014 when his oldest daughter began in the recreational program. He now has two girls in the competitive program. His youngest daughter in the Cubbies. An athlete and coach himself, Brian truly believes sport plays an important role in personal development, both physically, mentally, and socially. Growing up on Long Island in New York, Brian enjoyed playing several sports until focusing on lacrosse in high school and college.
For the last thirteen years, Brian has been in various roles in the financial services industry. He has spent two years in institutional sell-side equity research at Wm. Smith & Co, then eight years in investment banking at Falkenberg Capital, and the past three years at 361 Capital. As an investment banker, Brian advised telecommunications executives with respect to M&A activity, asset valuations, and general industry trends. He was directly involved in or provided analytical support for transactions totaling over $3.0 billion. At 361 Capital, he is a senior equity analyst and helps manage several equity portfolios. Brian received a B.A in History/Secondary Education from Salisbury University (MD) and an M.B.A from the University of Colorado Denver. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Brian has lived in Colorado for 18 years and in Highlands Ranch for the past eight. He and his wife, Kristen, have three daughters – Tyler, Kacey, and Bailey. In addition to family and work, Brian spends his time playing ice hockey, running, skiing, and reading.
Marcus Hass - Board of Directors
Marcus began his involvement in Real Colorado in 2003 as a parent and assistant coach for his son Mason’s recreational soccer team. Marcus and his brother-in-law coached the team until U9 when Mason decided to move out of soccer and into competitive lacrosse and football. His daughter Kendall quickly picked up the soccer baton in 2007 as a Cubbie and is a player on the 03/04 National team. Marcus is a Colorado native and grew up in Smoky Hill area where he played for both Aurora and Cherry Creek soccer associations.
Marcus has been in the software industry since 1992 and is currently a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft where he has worked for the last 15 years. Marcus’ career has taken him all over the U.S. and Canada as well as Europe, working with many of the largest companies in the world. He serves on many Executive Steering committees of current and past customers, and is valued for his technology-agnostic analysis of business and technical needs. Marcus holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Management Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Marcus has been married to his wife Deanna since 1997 and has two children. Mason attends Mountain Vista High School and plays lacrosse year round. Kendall attends Summit View Elementary and plays on the 03/04 National team as well as Gold Crown Basketball and Volleyball. Outside of work, Marcus enjoys volleyball, golf, skiing and the occasional car racing day at the track.
Tarek Reslan – Board of Directors
Besides his easy-going nature, Tarek is a take charge professional accustomed to working on large, multi-million dollar implementation projects. He overcomes challenges with grace and ease while consistently completing his deliverables on time and within budget. He brings expert knowledge across the Healthcare IT market. Tarek has sharpened his skills while working with respected companies such as Amicas (Merge an IBM Company) Agfa Healthcare, and Carestream Health. His expertise in healthcare workflow, HL7 and DICOM standards, HER, and imaging information systems allow him to interact with meaningful dialogue to project stakeholders. Tarek enjoys absorbing new knowledge and applying that to real-world circumstances as a flexible Healthcare IT professional.
Tarek believes the strength in every member of the team determines the success of a project. He enjoys being a team leader, and working with team members to provide successful outcomes for clients. Tarek credits his time spent in sports through the collegiate ranks for helping shape the leader he is today.
The Reslan family (mom, dad, two daughters, & two dogs) have lived in Colorado since fall of 2011 and look forward to enjoying all that it has to offer for years to come. They have been involved with Real since the fall of 2014 and currently have one daughter on the ‘07 National team while their younger daughter is sharpening her skills on the Volleyball court and enjoys Gymnastics. Both parents strongly believe in sports for molding children and young adults to be better team players, accountable and people of integrity, and to instill confidence to compete at anything that life throws at them.
Lynda Sailor – Board of Directors
Lynda has been involved with Real Colorado since 2002 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. Lynda is a founder of Aspen Academy, a private, not-for-profit Denver independent school serving students Pre K-8 and completed two consecutive terms as Board President. Lynda now serves as President Emeritus and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Lynda was employed by the Ralston Purina Company serving in such roles as Performance Management Consultant, Region Director of Retail Operations for an 8 state region, as well as Business Development Manager and Account Executive. Lynda graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She also has her MA in Clinical Psychology. Lynda currently lives in Centennial with her fiancé Eric and their six children – Alex (19), Ryan (18 –Real DA Alum; University of Washington Soccer Team), Hunter (16), Brooks (16), Collin (16), and Camryn (13 – U14 Development Academy).
Sean Smith - Board of Director
Sean has been involved with Real Colorado since 2011, when his daughters began playing for the club at the age of 7. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.
Sean’s twin daughters, Emma and Abby currently play for the 04 ECNL and Olympico teams (respectively). His son, Jack is a goalkeeper in the Junior Academy program. Sean’s wife joins him on and off the pitch in team managing, chaperoning travel tournaments, and all other facets of being involved with the Real program.
Sean is a West Virginia native who graduated from West Virginia University in 2000. He moved to Colorado in 2006 to attend law school at Denver University.
Sean is an attorney at Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP in Highlands Ranch. He specializes in Construction, Real Estate, and General Liability litigation.
Sean also sits on the Board of Directors for the largest youth wrestling league in Colorado, spending his winters in school gymnasiums across the front range.
Sean lives in Castle Rock with his wife and three children. He can be seen on many of Saturdays at the soccer fields, either serving as a referee for soccer games throughout the area and/or watching his three children play for the club.
John Urosevich - Board of Director
John has been involved with Real Colorado since 2008 when his oldest son began playing as a Cubbie. In 2011, he began coaching and in 2015, John was elected to the Board of Directors. Growing up playing soccer, John appreciates the lessons the sport teaches both on and off the field and firmly believes in Real’s mission which includes “We are dedicated to developing character, integrity, and personal growth for the youth player”.
A native of Omaha, NE, John received his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and his MBA from Regis University in Denver. Currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) Wealth Advisors, John has built his career on aligning people, processes and systems. John has been in the financial services industry since 1996 and previously held positions at Templeton Portfolio Advisory and Janus Capital Group. He also serves on the CLA Foundation’s fundraising committee. John and his wife Rachel have three children – Jack, Tyce and Greta – who all play Real Colorado soccer. Outside of work and soccer, John enjoys running, traveling, camping and spending time in the mountains.
George Zdravecky - Board of Directors
George Zdravecky and his family moved to Colorado in July 2013. Our involvement with Real Colorado has been active support to our sons and their teams, and participation in YTS as we settled into new a new home, schools, community, clubs, and church. We were active contributors at our first Casino Real this past year. Now that we are more settled, I am prepared to offer more service to Real Colorado and its long range strategic plan.
As a Technology Executive for the Boeing Company, George’s teams are responsible for all go-to-market technology development of the Jeppesen Flight Operations Solutions P&L, serving the full spectrum of aviation and aerospace segments. The global portfolio of Flight Operations products are a major portion of the $B Boeing, Digital Aviation Business Unit.
George is married to Rebecca and they enjoy their three children Liam (14, plays for Real Colorado, Recreation), Xander (12, plays for Real Colorado, Competitive U12 Olympico), and Elizabeth (11, competitive dancer for the Colorado School of Dance). As a family, the Zdravecky’s are active in several ministries like Compassion International, The House (a safe learning and living environment for disadvantaged youth in Washington, DC), and The Life Church of Memphis Servolution. Hobbies outside of work include writing, cycling, triathlon, skiing, and water sports.
As a former sponsored amateur racer, Team Business Manager, and Team Director, George was very active in the competitive USA cycling community for over a decade developing both elite amateur and professional cyclists. Several riders from our programs won numerous State, National, and World Championships. George authored and self-published the memoirs of Reverend Eugene S. Callender in April, 2012. The book is titled ‘Nobody is a Nobody: The Story of a Harlem Ministry Hard at Work to Change America’.