Board of Directors

Since the 2010 season, the non-profit St. Paul Pioneers have been run by a volunteer Board of Directors, who selflessly give their time to ensure our players, fans, families and friends have a great amateur football experience.

Here are the members of the Board:

Peter Globa, President

Pete coached youth football, in St Paul, for five seasons with current Pioneers assistant head coach Jim Walsh; coaching OL, WR, DB’s and special teams. In 2009, he joined the Pioneers as an assistant coach and in 2010 was asked to join the team’s newly formed Board of Directors, where he was elected Vice-President. In 2015, he was elected as the organization’s second President.

Pete's background with St. Paul Parks & Recreation and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation as a Youth Football Grant Coordinator has been crucial to the Pioneers becoming an active organization in St. Paul youth sports. Pete has helped coordinate youth camps and coaching clinics, working closely with city staff. As a former global sales manager for Eclipse Transportation, Pete also arranged motorcoach travel for the team.

He now manages all of the office operations for two members of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

“I have the best volunteer job in the NEFL and that is due to the team’s fantastic board members who, through their efforts, make us the highly successful organization that we are”

Pete Globa can be reached at peter@pioneersfootball.org


Dan “Doc” Piper, Vice President
Dr. Dan Piper, known by all simply as Doc is starting his 13th season with the Pioneers. Doc Started as Team Physician in the 2005 season and has expanded his role each year since. He also works with the offense during practice, is Team Strength and Conditioning Coach, and joined the Board at its inception in 2010 and serves as Director of Safety and Risk Management.

Outside of the Pioneers, Doc is married with one son. He is currently semi-retired from the practice of Chiropractic, but remains active in Healthcare as a Health Coach, Rehab Specialist and consults with Doctors and their patients on ways to continue to improve their health, fitness and wellness. He is a big baseball (MN Twins) and hockey (MN Wild) fan and is an avid gun and shooting enthusiast.


George “Juice” Hall, Board Secretary
Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Juice has held many roles with the Pioneers. He has faithfully served as Player, Equipment and Sideline Manager, all the way up to Owner. He was the last sole Team Owner before the organization became a Board, on which Mr. Hall has always served.

In 2013, Juice was inducted into the American Football Association Hall of Fame in the executive category. He has also served as league Vice President of the Northern Elite Football League. Although he's always been a member of the Pioneers family, teams across the state, region and nation show him great respect. Juice truly is an ambassador for semi-pro football, and he has thousands of friends among players present and past. In addition to his board duties, Juice is now the team’s General Manager.

Often called Heart and Soul of the Pioneers, Juice shrugs it off and keeps his focus on helping the team continue its tradition of excellence. Outside of Football, Juice works as a Medical Software Analyst and has a small Freelance Media Business. Juice has a daughter and resides in Woodbury, MN.


Jim Walsh, Board Treasurer
Jim Walsh has been involved with Minnesota semi-pro football since 1998, when he played defensive line for the Minneapolis Lumberjacks. In 2002, he joined his brother-in-law Adam Gold in forming the St. Paul Pioneers. He has been a coach for multiple league champions and several national champions.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and, in 2017, assumed the role of treasurer.

Jim lives in St. Paul with his wife, Heidi. They have two adult children. In his spare time, he is a writer for the Star Tribune. He can be reached jim@pioneersfootball.org.


Marla Collins, Board Member

Marla has been a part of the Pioneers family since 2008, when her son, Jacob Husnik (you might know him as “Hussy”), came home and said he was going to play semi pro football with this amazing team, The St Paul Pioneers. It did not take long for the Pioneers to become a key activity in all their lives.

Marla’s husband, Mark, and Marla started attending every game. Marla, an avid photographer, started taking photos for the team and her involvement grew from there. She has been a member of the board for five years, as well as serving as team photographer, concession stand volunteer, part-time volunteer coordinator and doing nearly anything the team needs done.

She has two grown children; Chelsea 32, and Jacob, 28, as well as being a proud Nana to amazing grandchildren. Her husband, Mark, is also involved with game day duties.

“My joy in life is family. Employed as a school bus driver for our local school district, I am so privileged to be surrounded daily by children who keep me young at heart and spirit.

I am so thankful for the opportunities that the St. Paul Pioneers have given me to be a part of this incredible organization, both as a Board Member, Photographer and “Mom” to the team.”


Mark Heiser, Board Member

Head Coach of the Pioneers since 2008, Mark Heiser has also filled critical roles on the team’s Board of Directors, most recently serving as treasurer and team General Manager.
With a nod to spending more time with his wife, Cori, and their family, Mark has scaled back his non-game day responsibilities just a bit.
He has been involved with the Pioneers since 2006, when he was defensive coordinator to his brother, Nate. As head coach, Mark has won numerous league championships and several national championships, the only Minnesota semi-pro football coach who can make that claim.
Mark has been involved in Semi-Pro football since 2000, when he began playing nine man football for the Richfield Champps of the Southern Plains Football League. A former four year starter and team captain at Concordia University in St. Paul, Mark played four years of Semi-Pro football.

Mark, the head football coach at Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School, holds a Master’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in criminal justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and just completed another Master’s degree, in Athletic and Activities Administration through the University of St. Thomas. Mark and his wife Corissa currently live in Woodbury.

You can reach Mark at mark@pioneersfootball.org


Michael J Krebsbach, CPA, MBA, Board Member

Mike Krebsbach has over 40 years of accounting experience. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Accounting from Regis University in 1992 and his MBA from Chapman University in 1994. After retiring from the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant, he and his family returned to Minnesota.

Since his return, he has worked as a Payroll Manager for Northwest Airlines, Vice President of Global Accounting Operations for Personnel Decisions International, and Chief Financial Officer for Advantage Travel Management. Additionally, he has assisted a variety of organizations through his consulting business with that accounting and finance issues they face. Currently Mike is the CFO and COO for AccessAbiltiy – a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities, recently arrived immigrants, ex-offenders, and homeless persons.

Mike has serviced on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations. He served for 12 years on the board of the local chapter of the Global Business Travel Association. His positions included President, Treasurer, Chairmen, and President Elect. In 2010, he started the Krebsbach Charitable Foundation to help youth in the community. He still serves as both Chairmen and Treasurer. In 2014, Mike joined the St Paul Pioneers Board. Mike has been married to Penny for 38 years; they have four children.


Rick Barrett, Board Member
A former Wake Forest long-snapper, Pioneers linebackers coach and current world-traveler, Rick has agreed to stay involved with the Board of Directors even though he now lives and works in Washington State.

Rick has been instrumental in helping the Pioneers forge apparel relationships overseas and continues to lend technical and football expertise whenever needed.