WFA Advisory Board
The Women’s Football Alliance is pleased to announce the members of the WFA Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of successful businesswomen who have also dedicated their time and effort to the success of women’s tackle football either as players or as owners and managers. Additionally, their experience working with the NFL and/or USA Football brings a depth of football knowledge that will help propel the growth and recognition of women’s tackle football on a national and international level.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, on August 18, 1976. She grew up in University Park, Maryland, and played college softball for the University of Maryland. As a catcher, she was part of a Terrapins team that won the ACC championship in 1997.
Hamlin graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Criminology/Criminal Justice in 1998 and joined the Prince George’s County Police Department the following year. She has been assigned to the Homicide Unit since 2009 and has now worked on over 350 homicide cases. Hamlin is currently the longest-tenured female working on the Homicide Unit.
In 2002, Allyson Hamlin joined the D.C. Divas, a women’s full-contact football team, and she quickly established herself as one of the top quarterbacks in women’s football. An eleven-time all-pro, Hamlin has compiled a 99-24 career record as a starting quarterback. She has thrown 236 touchdown passes, rushed for 26 touchdowns and amassed over 16,000 passing yards in her career. She has a career passing Touchdown/Interception ratio of 3.86. Hamlin has won three national championships as the Divas’ starting quarterback in 2006, 2015, and 2016. After quarterbacking the Divas to back-to-back National Championships, she retired from the D.C. Divas after her 14th season of play in 2016. In 2016, Hamlin was named the National Conference Player of the Year.
In February of 2017, Hamlin was selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team that won gold at the IFAF World Championship in Vancouver, Canada. Since retiring from the Divas in 2016, Hamlin transitioned to coaching and has served at the Divas’ Offensive Coordinator the last two seasons.
Hamlin has been featured in multiple media outlets throughout her career, most notably when she was featured on the front page of the Sports section of the Washington Post in August of 2015: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/this-woman-throws-touchdowns-and-catches-killers/2015/08/13/d2db2eb4-41b9-11e5-846d-02792f854297_story.html?utm_term=.7135bc559f29
Katie Sowers —
Offensive Assistant Coach San Francisco 49ers (2017-Present)
2017 OutSports Hero of the Year
Wide Receivers Coaching Intern, Atlanta Falcons (2016)
Scouting Intern, Atlanta Falcons (2016-2017)
General Manager, Kansas City Titans (2015)
Athletic Director, Kansas City MO (2015-16)
WFA American Conference Offensive MVP (2014)
USA National Football Team Member/ Game MVP (2013)
— Marirose Roach —
Scouting Intern, New York Jets Football Club
Managing Partner, Roach Leite, LLC (Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey)
Founder, FootballHers, Inc.
Player/League Advisory Committee, Legends Football League
Philadelphia Passion: Team Captain, Offensive Player of the Year 2010 and 2012, Conference Championships 2010, 2012, 2014
Player/Founder, Philadelphia Liberty Belles “Players’ Club.”
Philadelphia Liberty Belles: Team Captain, First Team All-American 2009, 2010, WFA Most Valuable Player 2010, Team MVP 2009 and Division Championships in 2009 and 2010
— Linda Bache —
Chicago Force Owner and General Manager (2005-2017)
2013 WFA Owner of the Year
2013 WFA National Champion – Chicago Force
MVP Chicago Force – 2005, 2006, 2008
Chicago Force Player (2002-2008)
Senior Account Manager, Fuel Industry – 20+ years
Real Estate Entrepreneur – 15+ years
Michigan State University (Bachelor’s), D1 Varsity Softball Scholarship Athlete, All-Big 10, All-Midwest Region
— Elizabeth Okey —
USA Football, Board of Directors – Executive Committee Member
2013 U.S. Women’s Football National Team – Gold Medalist
2013 WFA National Champion – Chicago Force
MVP Chicago Force, Offensive Line – 2014
Chicago Force Player (2009-2014)
Corporate Responsibility and Social Impact Consultant
University of Illinois at Chicago, MBA
Kalamazoo College (Bachelor’s), Varsity Volleyball Captain