Members and supporters groups in the Nordecke are represented each year by the Board of Directors. The Board is elected annually from the prior year’s membership to work with the Nordecke’s committees, and teams of volunteers, in order to ensure that the organization runs smoothly and continues to grow in support of the Crew and soccer throughout Central Ohio.
Board Positions Are:
MERCHANDISE DIRECTOR: Rob Gardner
Coordinates the development, maintains inventory, and ships merchandise from the Nordecke storefront online and in-person to generate funds to help Nordecke carry out its stated purpose. Overseeing these processes and fulfillment via the Nordecke digital storefront. This includes but is not limited to coordination of design, production, and shipment of membership packages, merchandise, working with organized supporter groups (“SGs”) on their merchandising sales/options, and creating contacts within and outside the Columbus business community as vendors for merchandise.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Jeffrey Barger
Responsible for the strategic marketing, internal messaging, and external communications of Nordecke. This includes coordinating external communication efforts with SGs and independent supporters, managing Nordecke’s website and social media accounts, and coordinating with the Front Office and other partners. Additionally, they should oversee communications and marketing for all special projects, including merchandise sales and partner events. They are charged with the development and implementation of an annual plan to effectively market to existing and new supporters both inside and outside Columbus. Such plan and associated elements shall include, but not be limited to, digital media, traditional media, PR, broadcast media, social media, and all effective methods.
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Andrew Hubbard & John Lavelle
Responsible for match-day operations both in and out of the stadium. These duties may include but are not limited to ticket sales and distribution, planning of tailgate and/or supporter bars events, and collaborating with various groups to ensure a positive matchday environment such as — SGs, Capos, song sheets, drummers, marches, banner set up crew, ect…. Aside from game-day duties, the Director of Operations is also obligated to meet with the Crew front office in concert with SG leadership regularly to review any issues or complaints related to match-day operations.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Sage Scharre
Maintains supporter registration and email database; Works in concert with Director of Merchandise on membership packages; Coordinates/oversees all external activities including but not limited to, sponsorships and social activities for members; works with Columbus business community to enact membership benefits, establish business partnerships, and to generate funds to help the Nordecke carry out its stated purpose; recruits and maintains a list of volunteers for Nordecke; holds regular meetings with SGs prior to Board meetings, coordinating with SGs to ensure their voice is heard on the Board.
COMMUNITY DIRECTOR: Jo Rodgers
Oversees the planning and implementation of outreach strategies related to Nordecke’s community outreach initiatives; responsible for connecting people in the broader community to Nordecke by cultivating relationships with businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations; develops a comprehensive annual plan to increase inclusivity within Nordecke and to increase awareness of the team with, including but not limited to, immigrant and minority communities; runs charitable giving and disaster relief programs. Additionally, is charged with overseeing community assistance programs, volunteer outreach, and charitable giving.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brian Klein
Responsible for the coordination of design, planning, and execution of visual displays in the stadium for Nordecke, including but not limited to, rail banners, two sticks, tifo; finding a suitable location to trace and paint; maintains an inventory of fabric, paint, painting supplies, and other items needed for visual displays; creates set up team to hang banners, set out flags, ready tifo or any other tasks needed on game day; documents all projects.
TRAVEL DIRECTOR: Jon Crye
Coordinates/oversees all activities related to travel and ticketing for away games; required to communicate with opposition teams’ Front Office representatives, opposition supporters’ group’s representatives, league officials, as well as local law enforcement as deemed necessary on a game by game basis; works with Columbus business community/government to provide alternative means of transportation to home and away games. When applicable will plan away travel events and activities for supporters to participate in and construct travel guides for travel participants.
Note: Directors do not receive compensation for their services on the Board. Furthermore, Directors, or any business/interest owned or managed by Directors, cannot directly or indirectly profit from any activity of the Nordecke while serving as an active Director.