Volunteers in Action
Tom Mellinger and Jessica Hilts are the Club's Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer respectively, handling all of our financial and accounting duties. They attend all Board meetings and also volunteer in other ways including supporting our annual Portage Soccer Classic Tournament. Jessica is also a team manager for her daughter's U12 team.
Tom Mellinger joined the PSC Board as a Parent Rep in 2006. After just a few months, he volunteered to take on the soon-to-be vacated Treasurer role. With the exception of a year's sabbatical due to a work assignment in Philadelphia, he has been the club Treasurer ever since.
Tom has two daughters who have both played many years of soccer with PSC. His oldest daughter Stephanie started at U12 with the '94 Girls in 2005 and played with the same team through her senior year of high school, with most of those years being coached by David Rice. His youngest daughter Julia started at Academy and then U9 with the former '01 Green Girls (now '00 Green Girls). By a stroke of good fortune, she too has played most of her years under David Rice.
Along with his Treasurer duties, Tom has also spent a number of years coaching with the club. He assisted Coach Rice for a couple of years with the '94 Girls, and then also assisted Coach Rice and Coach Keith Kroll for several years with the '01 Girls. In addition, Tom trained goalkeepers of all ages within the club for a few years. Tom holds a USSF E coaching license as well as NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 and 2 certificates.
Tom lists among his soccer highlights watching Stephanie's team win their division championship on a last second goal in their final game ever with PSC, watching Julia score a game-winning goal on Father's Day in the Portage Soccer Classic a few years ago, and touring Camp Nou (the home stadium of FC Barcelona) last summer. Aside from his love of soccer, Tom enjoys golfing, SCUBA diving, and downhill skiing.
Jessica Hilts graduated from Portage Northern. She played AYSO when she was younger, but never pursued soccer any further than that. She is currently an Archives Associate at MPI Research - in a nut shell, she's a regulated librarian for a research company, in charge of a lot of confidential data.
Besides working at MPI and voluntering for PSC, Jessica is also going to college. She is currently nine classes away from an associates degree in Accounting, which led her to talk to Tom about volunteering for the Asst. Treasurer position. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 season she became the Asst. Treasurer, working with Tom to learn the ropes of all of the things he does to keep PSC accounting and financials on track.
Jessica started her volunteer work at PSC as a team manager for her oldest daughter when she was in U9 (currently U12). Her youngest daughter is seven and will be trying out for a Lightning team this coming year.
Jessica's husband Brandon is a coach for PSC, assisting the U13 team that their oldest plays on and he is the head coach for the U12 girls white team. Brandon played soccer all the way up to high school and he is the reason they got involved with the PSC. We're grateful for that and all of the effort Jessica's puts into our club to make it a success!