Your Executive

Executive Director / Commissioner

Carlos Anton
commissioner@downtownsoccertoronto.org

I joined DST 11 years ago. For me, it was an opportunity to play a sport I had never tried before and in a non threatening environment. It turned out to be a wonderful decision. The enjoyment I have experienced on the field pales in comparison to the people I have met and the relationships that I've forged while in the league.

With my experience in other sports leagues in the gay community, a few years ago I helped revamp the DST new player evaluation process with other league members Avery, Karl, and Dave. This gave me a glimpse into the amount of work and commitment that the executive puts forth every year to maintain the positive environment the league has become over the years.

I look forward to working with the executive team and league members to make the 2018 season a successful and enjoyable one. I am very excited and proud to have the opportunity to give back to a league that has given so much to me.

Director, Communications

Anthony Gitto
communications@downtownsoccertoronto.org

Anthony joined DST in 2015 after searching for an LGBTQ+ soccer league. He was instantly impressed by how the league was run, the camaraderie amongst players, and the focus on inclusion, which creates a diverse, safe space for soccer enthusiasts to play! Heading into his 5th season, Anthony is thrilled to be on the executive team and is committed to upholding the league’s excellence and reputation. As director of communications, you can expect timely and informative updates from him, and prompt replies to your email!

Mortgage banker by day, and Group Fitness Instructor by early morning and evening, Anthony enjoys interacting with people and helping them achieve their goals. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording music with his band AP3, and vacationing in Puerto Vallarta.

Director, Finance

Heather Kay
treasurer@downtownsoccertoronto.org

Director, Information Management

Chris Topolnikov
secretary@downtownsoccertoronto.org

I have been involved with DST since its founding. As someone slightly adverse to playing sports I was leery at first to play in a soccer league. Thankfully my best friend coaxed me into joining and I never looked back. It was an eye opening experience for me to join a soccer league but the experiences and friendships forged within our awesome league have flourished and grown over the years.

Our league began humbly with only 4 teams and has now grown into a thriving community and queer positive space for members of the LGBTQ2 community and their friends to come together in fellowship and teamwork to play the beautiful game. I am looking forward to our 2019 season with great anticipation and can't wait to begin another great season of soccer.

As Director of Information Management my focus will be to improve the lines of communication for the league and keep all its members informed and up to date. My goals this season will be to make sure that all season statistics and standings are accurate and updated within 24 hours of completed games. As well as making sure important information is delivered to all members in a timely manor.

I was a Retail Travel Agent for many years specializing in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand and a Disney travel expert. I also had a contract as a Cultural Representative at EPCOT's Canadian Pavilion at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Director, Events

Thom Stoneman
events@downtownsoccertoronto.org

This is Thom's 5th year in DST, and he is excited to be a part of this year's exec. Thom has been playing soccer since he was a wee lad when he would sit on the field and make dandelion wreaths instead of caring about where the ball was. Since then, Thom seems to have not progressed much at his soccer skills, but loves planning fabulous events surrounding the sport.

Thom works as a theatre educator, and is passionate about integrating social justice into everything he teaches. Thom is thankful for the amazingly supportive community DST is, and very lucky to have met the amazing people involved. Thom's interests include mockery, event planning, petting dogs, and butts.

Director, Equity / Ombudsperson

Alex Mason
ombuds@downtownsoccertoronto.org

I joined DST over 12 years ago, when the league had just 8 teams. I wanted to learn the game while immersing myself in a community that shared my values and ethics, and gave me a space to grow. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure to play with a group of outstanding individuals, sat on the first events committee, and have seen the league through many positive changes.

As the new Director Equity/Ombudsperson, I am very fortunate and elated to bring my lived experiences to this role. As a volunteer ambassador and advocate for the LGBTQII+ community, I want to apply my skills and passions to ensure that DST is the most inclusive organization possible. I firmly believe that diversity is strength, and will work to bring my knowledge to DST members, sponsors, and allies with respect to exciting and important diversity initiatives. We live in an ever-growing and changing world, and our organization needs to use diversity to make sure we reflect the community in which we live, to do our part to make our communities more inclusive.

Besides volunteering in many capacities within my community and at work, I enjoy training for the 2018 Gay Games (Track and Field), fencing, running, and knitting!

Director, League Operations

Thom Dancer
operations@downtownsoccertoronto.org

Thom has played soccer since he was a lad of 5 (you'd think he'd be better by now!).  He joined DST soon after moving to Toronto for faculty position at U of T in 2015 and just finished his second year in the league. He is very excited and proud to join the executive as the Director of Operations and brings a wide range of experience as player, executive, and captain in various leagues from around the States (Maryland, DC, Wisconsin, and Ohio). 

As a member of the executive, he hopes to mostly just keep things running smoothly, to continue to develop the "skills clinics" introduced in 2017, and to think about new ways to serve the needs of DST community.  When not reading, marking papers, or playing soccer, Thom enjoys sailing, watching (bad) movies, hanging with his cats, and mixing up a tasty cocktail.  

Director, Membership

Carl Meschino
membership@downtownsoccertoronto.org

I am very grateful for having discovered DST. I joined for the first time in May of 2018 and I don't see myself leaving any time soon! I used to play soccer when I was a kid, and I've always enjoyed the sport. Playing with DST, although I still enjoy the sport, the community is what I truly appreciate. DST is a wonderful opportunity to play soccer, meet new folks, feel comfortable expressing yourself, and of course - have fun! I am very excited to be part of the 2019 DST Executive Team and to give back to the community.

As Director of Membership, I look forward to managing our intake and ensuring that teams are balanced in numbers and skill level throughout the season. I believe I can bring innovative ideas to handling membership as I work in university admissions on a full-time basis. I look forward to exploring new ways of managing our wait list and keeping our league members happy and engaged.

When I am not prancing on the field, you can catch me playing guitar, hockey, training in trampoline, or having a drink at the bar with Thom. Cheers!