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:

Mark Heiser President

Head Coach of the Pioneers 2008- 2019, Mark Heiser has also filled critical roles on the team’s Board of Directors, 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 a 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.

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Marla Collins: Vice President

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.”

George Juice Hall: General Manager

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.

Ben Campbell Board Member

Lynn Connolly Board Member

Jason Blomer Board Member

Jeffery Dubose: Player Rep-Board Member

Jacob Husnik: Player Rep-Board Member