United States

Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez

Founder
  • Born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Currently works at ESPN as a soccer analyst and sideline reporter.
  • Gonzo Soccer was named after Monica who was nicknamed “Gonzo” by her former teammates in college.
  • Graduated with a B.A. from Notre Dame in 2001, where she received the rare, dual honor of being named an All-American and Academic All-American.
  • Drafted 11th by the Boston Breakers in 2002 and went on to be a WUSA All-Star.
  • Joined the Mexican National Team in 1999, played in the 1999 Women´s World Cup, captained the team to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and retired in 2011 with 89 caps and 11 goals.
  • In 2007 was named a FIFA World All-Star.
Alyse LaHue

Alyse LaHue

Founder
  • Born in Clinton, Iowa
  • General Manager of the Chicago Red Stars, women’s professional soccer team
  • Was captain of the women’s soccer team & assistant coach at St. Ambrose University where she obtained a B.A in Intl Business and MBA
  • Studied in Ireland and Ecuador during college
  • Always dreamed of advancing the opportunities of women through sport
  • Task Force Member of the Women’s Advocacy Group of NSCAA
  • Started Gonzo Soccer with Monica in Chicago after giving clinics to Latina girls and helping them have access to a better education and playing soccer
Cody Roberts

Cody Roberts

Houston Program Director
  • Born in Houston, TX.
  • English teacher and coach of girls´ soccer and cross country at Milby H.S. in Houston ISD.
  • Cody is a seasoned educator who has taught in locales ranging from rural and urban settings, the Internet and in both Spain and Chile.
  • Robertacho as the girls call him, is also a journalist– he covered two Houston Dynamo MLS Cups for 90 Minutes soccer magazine
  • Super Power: A former student of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Mutants, powers include Infinite Cosmic Patience, Telepathy & Super Hearing (limited to the classroom setting).
Chelsy Larson

Chelsy Larson

Del Rio Program Director
  • Born in Del Rio, Texas
  • Was personally trained by Monica Gonzalez (her first cousin) since she could begin to walk
  • Currently a physical education instructor at Southwest Texas Junior College in Del Rio, Texas
  • Played soccer 18 years including 4 years on Del Rio Varsity H.S. Team
  • She played intramural and coed at San Angelo State where she Majored in physical education
  • Obtained Bachelors in Kinesiology from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2008
  • Obtained Masters in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University-San Antonio, San Antonio Texas in 2010
  • Currently studying another Masters in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Mexico

Regina Vivanco

Regina Vivanco

Satelite Program Director
  • Born in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Psychologist and director of preschool at Xipal.
  • Played soccer at Universidad Iberoamericana where she graduated with a degree in psychology.
  • Regina´s family runs a soccer school called FutSat which is affiliated with Necaxa youth academy and is our current partner in Mexico City.
  • She is also a founder of Vive Sano A.C, a non-profit that provides the opportunity for troubled youth to participate in sport.

Colombia

Ricardo Rozo

Ricardo Rozo

Bogota Program Director
  • Born in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Runs his own women´s soccer club Gol Star, which currently has four locations with over 200 girls and is our partner in Bogota.
  • Ricardo coached the full Colombian Women’s National team in the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  • He he played for Millonarios FC in Colombia’s first division.
Kelis Peduzine

Kelis Peduzine

Barranquilla Program Director
  • Born in Barranquilla, Colombia.
  • Kelis has played center back for the full Colombian women’s national team since 2009 and has 23 caps and 2 goals.
  • She was a starter in the 2011 World Cup and 2012 London Olympic Games and most recently represented Colombia as part of its futsal team that won the 2013 World Championship.
Alison Buitrago

Alison Buitrago

Medellin Program Director
  • Born in Medellin, Colombia.
  • Currently she works with COSDECOL (our partner in Medellin) a non-profit that utilizes sports as an agent to empower youth.
  • Through the Christian church, she was able to take a mission trip to Australia and ended up staying longer to get a coaching license in soccer.

“It is important for our country to have a healthy way of coping with all the violence and inequity here. Having the chance to play soccer helps girls stay out of trouble. Being part of Gonzo has given me the opportunitiy to show Colombian girls they have a chance to experience new opportunities and they can be of value in this world.”

Ethel Bent

San Andres Coordinator
  • Born in San Andres, Colombia.