Board of Directors

Lula Bauer, Chairwoman

Lula Bauer, Chairwoman

Growing up, Lula Bauer loved playing sports. Her father made sure she participated, and she often played with the boys because no sports for girls were offered. Lula’s passion for sports continued throughout high school, and in college, her major initially was physical education then Lula transferred to nursing. Lula earned a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from George Mason University. In 1981she served on the surgical team at George Washington University Hospital that attended to President Ronald Reagan’s wounds when he was shot. The team was featured in the movie “Saving of the President” and the book, “Rawhide Down.” Still a passionate advocate for sports, Lula has been coaching soccer for more than 25 years and was always either the only female, or one of two females, in her coaching classes. While raising three wonderful (now grown) boys, Lula’s passion for promoting and providing opportunities for female athletes continued to thrive. She has mentored many female student athletes in reaching their dream of playing soccer in college. Her proudest contribution to player development is when she helped introduce the small sided format to league play, alongside Walt Lenar and Tommy Goodman, while serving on the Washington Area Girls Soccer League Board of Directors.

Tom Gross, Secretary

Tom Gross, Secretary

Tom Gross began his involvement with youth soccer as a volunteer all-girls U8 recreational coach in 1997, and continued coaching recreational soccer until 2012 when his youngest child aged out. As a volunteer, Tom was also a recreational age group commissioner and board member with both DC Stoddert Soccer and Virginia Youth Soccer. In 2002, Tom began working professionally as the Administrator of DC Stoddert Soccer. Currently Tom is employed by D.C. Scores. Since 2016, Tom has served as secretary for the Maryland Youth Soccer Board. He has the USSF "E" and the USSF National Youth coaching licenses. Tom was also a grade 8 referee. Tom’s passion is enlightened youth athletic development. Tom lives in an empty nest with his wife Elizabeth in Washington, D.C.

Pat Lusk, Treasurer

Pat Lusk, Treasurer

Pat Lusk is most proud of his four daughters and his patient wife of 41 years for allowing him to dedicate time to our organization, WAGS. Pat has a Master’s Degree in business administration and in personnel management. Pat has been involved in soccer for more than 50 years in various roles as a player, coach and serving as a board member. In his current role, Pat helps manage the resources necessary to support activities that provide opportunities for the advancement of women and girls. Pat served 25 years in the U. S. Army, and retired in Fairfax, where he has resided for the last 19 years.

Jane Dawber, Director

Jane Dawber, Director

Jane Dawber is a soccer coach and director of coaching from England. She has been coaching soccer professionally in the USA since 2002, and focuses on skill development in the youth game. Jane holds her UEFA badges, USSF licenses, FA Youth modules and a National Youth License. She attended Holycross College in England where she received her A-Levels in physical education. Jane has a passion for empowering girls and women in soccer, and she is excited about the WAGS mission to provide players, coaches and referee’s more opportunities to learn and grow through the love of the game.

Sue Vodicka, Director

Sue Vodicka, Director

Sue has had a long time association with WAGS, having played in the inaugural tournament and league. After moving away for high school, she returned to Northern Virginia to play at George Mason University and was a member of the 1985 NCAA Championship squad. During her college off seasons she coached at local high schools (Robinson, Lake Braddock and West Springfield) and helped coach several local club teams that participated in WAGS. After starting the Centerville High School girls soccer program, she started her college coach journey as an assistant at William and Mary University. After three years under John Daly‘s tutelage, she headed west to work at Washington State University. She had a one year stint as head coach at VCU, before returning to her alma mater. While at Mason as an assistant she coached for Vienna in the WAGS league. Sue headed south to South Carolina where she was the head coach at the University of South Carolina Aiken for 11 years. Always looking for new adventures, she headed to Minnesota to coach at Shattuck St. Mary’s Soccer Centre of Excellence, where she guided the U15 girls in the inaugural DA season. She returned to the college ranks after 4 years, joining Glad Bugariu‘s staff recruiting coordinator at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Sue holds a USSF A Youth License, and was a proud member of the WAGS Women’s International Coaching Education trip to France during the 2019 FIFA WWC. Sue is the daughter of one of our WAGS founders Rael Vodicka. The WAGS annual tournament is held in honor of Rael’s memory and contributions to WAGS.

Kerry Diederich, Executive Director

Kerry Diederich, Executive Director

Kerry has been involved in local area soccer for 12 years since moving here from southern California with her husband and three children, now all teenagers. She has held roles as a parent, team manager, club representative for Herndon Youth Soccer for NCSL and WAGS, tournament staff and served as a board member of WAGS (the former league). Kerry has seen firsthand through her oldest daughter how soccer can have a positive and life changing effect on a girl; her oldest daughter will be playing college soccer starting fall of 2018. Kerry has a background in marketing and is most excited about seeing soccer used as a platform to empower women and girls to reach their full potential and impact their lives in a positive way.