Color Guard Staff Bios

Erin Leifer, Color Guard Director

Returning for her third year with Jersey Surf, Erin will be assuming a new role as Color Guard Caption Head! Erin began marching DCI with the Crossmen in 2003 before spending three years with the Phantom Regiment in 2004, 2006, and 2007. After marching, Erin discovered her love of teaching and spent the last 8 summer seasons doing just that. She taught the Colts color guard from 2008-2009 and served as the Lead Guard Instructor for Spirit of Atlanta from 2010-2013. During the winter, Erin spent 11 seasons with Black Watch Winter Guard from 2004-2014. Nine of those seasons she was a marching member, serving 2 as captain, and 2 years as a staff member. Erin currently lives with her fiancé and husky puppies in Cobb County, GA where she teaches sixth grade math and the Kell High School Marching Band and Indoor Colorguard Programs.

Matt Hurley, Color Guard Consultant

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Matt Hurley is an experienced designer and technician in the marching arts. Matt started his career in the with the Bayonne Kidets at the age of 8, before marching Bridgemen, Sunrisers, and Emerald Marquis. Matt has been working with New Jersey drum corps and winter guards for over the last decade, including serving as the designer and caption head for Jersey Surf, the Hawthorne Caballeros, the Black Watch Winter Guard, and AMP Winter Guard.

Kimmy Kinden, Color Guard Instructor

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Kimmy is excited to be back on staff for the 2016 season! Kimmy was a member of the Jersey Surf color guard for six years, three of which she served as captain. After aging out in 2013, she was excited to return in 2014 and 2015 on the instructional staff. Her other color guard experience includes 5 seasons with Field of View winter guard, including their transition from open class to world class, 5 years as a member of the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band, and 2 years as a member of The Black Watch winter guard.

Daniel Matos, Color Guard Instructor

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Daniel will be returning to color guard staff for his third full season. He comes to us originally from Long Island New York, where he fell in love with the activity during his years as a part of the Walt Whitman High School marching band and Saturday Matinee winter guard. After marching in 3 different DCA corps from 2002-2010, he has spent the past few years teaching tri-state area high school color guards including Port Chester, North Plainfield, Ramsey, and Westfield. He loves being able to share his immense passion for the activity with so many different children, and watch his students progress and grow under his direction. Daniel always says that the most rewarding part of his life is getting to watch his “kids” take the field/floor and perform their hearts out, and knowing that he got to be a part of that moment.

In the summer of 2013 he was asked to come on the road with surf for a week as a flag tech. That was one of the most amazing weeks of his life and made him fall in love with the corps and everything that they are about. Daniel is very excited to start working with the 2016 Surf color guard and hopes to continue teaching here for many years to come.

Kristy Boehmer, Color Guard Instructor

KristyKristy is very excited to rejoin the Jersey Surf family as a staff member this year. She previously marched with Jersey Surf as a member of the colorguard from 2007 – 2010. She then marched with The Cadets in 2011 and aged out with them in 2012. She was also a marching member of the Black Watch indoor colorguard for 7 years, serving as captain in 2014 and 2015. Kristy graduated from Stockton University in 2014 with a degree in psychology and has recently returned to Stockton in pursuit of her graduate degree in occupational therapy. She currently teaches the colorguard programs at Washington Township High School.  

Justin Sullivan, Color Guard Instructor

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While in Florida , Justin was the Director of the Santa Fe HS Auxiliary Programs and the Assistant Director of Color Guards at Allen D. Nease HS. Under his direction, these color guards received superior ratings and the Nease color guards earned finalist positions in all three WGI classes, A, Open, and World. In 2014, Justin moved to Austin, TX and started teaching at East View HS and Round Rock HS. In March of 2014, the East View winter guard earned the school’s first state championship from the Texas Color Guard Circuit and the Round Rock guard placed 5th at WGI World Championships Scholastic Open Finals.

Justin was a member of Northeast Independent World Guard in 2009. He has been active in the DCI community as a member of the Spirit of Atlanta colorguard in 2008 and 2009 and ended his marching career with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard in 2010. Justin was the 2010 DCI I&E Flag Champion. He was on the faculty of the World Class Finalist Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011-2013.

Laura Saad, Color Guard Instructor

Laura Saad SquareLaura is excited to return to the Jersey Surf for her second year instructing the color guard! Her marching experience includes 2 years at the Jersey Surf (2009-2010) and 4 years at the Carolina Crown (2011-2014). Laura also participated in WGI, performing with the Black Watch from 2010-2012. Her teaching experience includes 4 seasons with the AMP winter guard as well as various marching bands in the NJ/PA area. Laura graduated with a degree in psychology and currently lives in Philadelphia working as a research assistant and psychometrist at the University of Pennsylvania.