SOCCER @ 7000ft



Staff (from left to right):  Elva Gurule (Administrative Director and Registrar), Rob Rittmeyer (Director of Soccer), Marco Ortiz (Executive Director) and  (Dianna Fernandez (Administrative Assistant)

Rio Rapids Northern - Staff

The Rio Rapids Northern's Staff is here to provide all our players, members, and coaches with the best possible service and to run the day-to-day administration of the club efficiently. 


Dianna Fernandez is our Administrative Assistant. Born in Mexico she is a graduate of Santa Fe High and Santa Fe Community College graduating as a dental assistant. She is currently studying music at the Community College - and plays the violin for Mariachi Buenaventura - an all-female mariachi group.    

Our Registrar is Elva Gurule. Elva is the proud business owner of Dulce Vita Skincare in Santa Fe, NM. She possesses a deep passion for providing motivational, healthy and positive activities for our youth in Santa Fe.  Elva oversees all the program registrations and scholarship approval as well as general inquiries. Elva is bi-lingual!

Rob Rittmeyer is our Technical Director. As a longtime coach in the club, he has coached at the Development, Academy and Select level and understands all the challenges the coaches face. Rob's role is to focus on player and coach development. He will bring the 'outside-in' - organizing coaching programs and other soccer-related initiatives. He will also be the communication channel between the club, the coaches, and the parents - to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our young players as they develop their soccer skills. Rob is currently working towards his D coaching license. Rob is currently on leave with the club for the next year.  Rob is currently on sabbatical and using the time to spend time with his family after a long uninterrupted period of service with the club.


Wyeth Carpenter is our Technical Assistant. Wyeth grew up in Santa Fe, NM and attended Santa Fe Preparatory School for high school. Wyeth also played club soccer for Northern Soccer Club. He played in both state finals in both club and high school soccer, winning the high school state championship as a senior. After High School, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio where Wyeth played soccer for 3 years. Oberlin College competed with top 25 teams in the nation and at times were in the top 25.

Our Executive Director is Marco Ortiz. Marco grew up playing with Northern Soccer Club and he continues to participate with the club as an adult.  After playing collegiate club soccer and adult club soccer, Marco returned to Santa Fe and Northern Soccer.   Marco manages the Development Program and coaches Select teams with Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club.  Marco is what community soccer is all about.  We are proud to have a former player return to the club as an adult, join the mission and bring his family into the club. Grassroots at its finest.  Marco is a certified referee and certified referee assignor.

To contact any of our staff:


Board of Directors

David Sidebottom 

Vice President
Sloan Swanson


Justin Najaka


At Large
Madeline Feijoo
Matthew Moran
Scott Hussion
Harvey Monroe
Jennifer Padgett

Charise Gonzalez

Adaline Smith

Honorary Board Member
Brian Brigham

Northern Soccer is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization