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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
Board Chairman
Tustin, CA
David Irby
David Irby
CEO, Surge International
Salem, Oregon
US Soccer “A” Coaching License; M.A.T. – University of La Verne (CA)

A native of Southern California, Dave played soccer on the first team at Azusa Pacific University. At the age of twenty-three he became the Cougars Head Coach, twice being named Coach of the Year, while playing with the Athletes-in-Action soccer team. A pioneer of soccer ministry he has literally crisscrossed the global as a soccer coach, player and missionary. He was the first coach for the Sports Life Ministry team (WA) and the original full-time staff member, and founder of the Seahorse soccer team for Missionary Athletes International (CA); before going on to found Surge International (formerly Vanguard Ministries). Dave and Christian soccer team’s he has led have traveled to over thirty countries of the world, bringing hope to those they meet. He is the CEO of Surge Int’l and oversees the Global Player Initiative, which primarily sends players to live and minister in Austria; and surrounding countries.

Currently he resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife Susan and splits time between the Northwest, Southern California, where he is coaching youth soccer; and Salzburg, Austria. Dave and Susie have three grown children: Nathan (wife-Kate, and son Beckham) and son Ryan, who live in Southern California and daughter Hayley who lives in the Northwest.

Allen Lotz
Allen Lotz
Senior Vice President
Rome, Georgia
B.A. in Liberal Studies & M.S. in Christian Education

Allen represents Surge International from Atlanta, Georgia. Allen has been a career missionary in MK education in the context of cross cultural church planting. Al played soccer at Azusa Pacific University (CA) and also with one of the first soccer ministry teams before entering the world of MK education overseas. As teacher, coach and administrator in three different countries on two continents, he brings expertise in organizational leadership, multicultural settings and member care. Using soccer as a tool for outreach has been a common thread in these endeavors. More recently Al has travelled extensively as a consultant for MK education which has provided a broad range of international experience and networking that will prove beneficial to expanding the impact of Surge International.

Likius Hafeni
Likius Hafeni
NEW!
Salem, Oregon
B.Sc. in Exercise Science

Likius Hafeni grew up in Mariental, Namibia. He attended the Lutheran Church and was involved in Youth for Christ where he was taught about Christ. He accepted Jesus in 1996. God directed him towards sports ministry and opened many opportunities for me to share the gospel.

2004-2009: Worked for my church in Namibia and pioneered sports ministry in Namibia. I was the country facilitator for sports ministry in Namibia and Church Sports Coordinator for Southern Africa with the International Sports Coalition.

2009: Played for the Cascade Surge

2010-2016: Worked with Calvary Chapel Salem and did sports ministry in Salem, Oregon. Graduated with B.Sc. in Exercise Science from Corban University. Founded the Grass Roots After School program in Salem that is currently serving 10 Elementary Schools. Was the Head Reserve Team Coach at Willamette University in 2015.

2016-2018: Head Women Soccer coach of Corban University, Salem, Oregon

Doug DeVries
Doug DeVries
NEW!
Bellingham, WA
B.A. in Cross-Cultural Communications & Linguistics

Doug joins the Surge Board with over 15 years experience in business & various non-profit ministries. He has lived in both Ecuador & Bolivia as a missionary and teacher. His business life has focused on helping local businesses succeed with their IT and web presence. He is currently working to develop Solomon’s Porch – a web portal to connect people with what God is doing around the world.