Meet The Staff
Our Team of Experts
Owner & CEO | Jillian Loyden
Jillian Loyden founded The Keeper Institute in 2013, towards the end of her professional playing career. She is a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, and Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She played professionally in the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS) for the MagicJack, Chicago Red Stars and St. Louis Athletica. She also spent a season in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners where she was named Goalkeeper of the Year. In the collegiate game Jill was a standout goalkeeper and four-year starter at Division I Villanova University, where she earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Year honors three consecutive seasons as well as NSCAA First-Team All-America her senior year. In 2014 Jill retired from playing professional soccer and began her coaching career as she opened The Keeper Institute headquarters in summer of 2015. Currently Jill is the goalkeeper coach for Sky Blue FC (NWSL), and works with our youth US National Teams as a goalkeeper coach on a consistent basis. Jill resides in Southern New Jersey where The Keeper Institute is located.
CFO | Maria Dorris
Maria joined The Keeper Institute staff in fall of 2013 after graduating with a business marketing degree from Rowan University in May 2013. Before ending up at Rowan, Maria attended The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for two years. In her rookie season she started 22 games, recording 91 saves, notching 7 shutouts, and received 2 NJAC Rookie of the week honors. She led the Ospreys to an NJAC Final and their last NCAA appearance to date. Maria transferred to Rowan University in the spring of 2011 as a Business student. In the 2011 season Dorris started 4 games and recorded 15 saves. She received NJAC Defensive Player Of The Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors as she led the Profs into the 2011 NCAA tournament. During her senior season in 2012 Dorris started all 18 games, notching 74 saves for 11 shutouts and a save percentage of .881 (21st in NCAA Division III). She received NJAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice, ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice, and led the Profs to another NCAA tournament. Maria ended her career leading the New Jersey Athletic Conference in shutouts and save percentage, and was chosen to the 2012 NJAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Maria received a masters in business administration degree from Rowan University in May of 2016. At TKI's Chief Financial Officer she is responsible for scheduling, budgeting, forecasting, profit reporting, and payroll. In addition to The Keeper Institute Maria is the assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Drexel University, and the goalkeeper coach for Sky Blue FC of the NWSL.
Performance Coach I Melanie Wittenberger
Growing up in Tabernacle, Melanie went to Seneca High school where she earned All Olympic Conference, All South Jersey, and All County first team Honors on the soccer field. Melanie decided to continue her soccer career at Rowan University. She played for only a year and a half due to injury. In her rookie season she played in all 21 games, and became third on the squad in points scoring eight goals and two assists and received NJAC Rookie of the week honors. After a career ending injury, Melanie turned her sights towards her education, graduating with honors from Rowan University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Although her sports career was over, she continued to coach. Working at Seneca Youth Soccer camps as a trainer, as well as at Highland Youth Soccer academy. Pursuing an internship post graduation with Velocity Sports Performance, she acquired experience coaching athletes of all ages and skill levels individually and in group sessions to improve performance and prevent injury. Melanie was accepted to Temple University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program that will begin in June.
Technical Goalkeeper Coach | Shelby Money
Shelby Money joins the TKI staff as a technical goalkeeper coach after being a student at The Keeper Institute for over 4 years. Actually, Shelby was the first ever TKI student! A Vineland high school graduate, Shelby is now a student at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. As a member of the Rowan women's soccer team for the last two seasons, Shelby has helped the profs to two consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships (2015 & 2016). This past season she was named the 2016 NJAC Goalkeeper of the year with 12 shutouts and 15 wins.