Grande Sports World is the site of eight professional grade soccer/football fields, a 59,000 square foot training center, and home to the Grande Sports Soccer Academy. The training facility includes a weight-training exercise area, therapy centers, classrooms, locker rooms, meeting rooms, and laundry facilities that can accommodate up to four full-sized professional teams.
An Arizona native who has called Casa Grande home his entire life, Matt Herman was appointed to fill a vacated seat on the City Council in 2008. He is a third generation business owner in Casa Grande and cannot think of a better place to live. He was elected to serve his first full term through 2013 and served as Mayor Pro Tempore from June 2011 – June 2012.
Matt graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in 1994 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in small business management in 1998. While at ASU he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He is a graduate of Project CENTRL Class XVI and the Casa Grande Leadership Academy. Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley and is past president. He is a member of the Casa Grande Rotary Club and is the Rotary Foundation Chair.
Herman is employed in the family business and owns half of another small business in Casa Grande. He is married to Erica who is also a Casa Grande Native and a teacher at Villago and Cactus Middle Schools. They have two daughters, Alexis and Jordan. Both Matt and Erica love raising their family in the city they grew up in and are excited about its future.
Almost a native of Casa Grande, Mary Kortsen is serving her second term on the City Council. She served as Mayor Pro Tempore from June 2009 to June 2015. Born in Nebraska, Kortsen was raised in Casa Grande and has lived in the City for more than 50 years. She attended Central Arizona College and the University of Arizona.Kortsen was practically born and raised in public service. Her father, Dr. William Ford, served on the City Council from March 1965 to April 1969 and her father-in-law, James Kortsen Jr., served 12 years as a Pinal County Supervisor. One of Mary’s first jobs was working for the City as a lifeguard and concession stand attendant during her teenage years. Kortsen served on the Stanfield Elementary School Board from 1978 -1986, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center Board of Directors from 1984 -1997, and as Chairman of the Desert Valley Care Center from 1993 to 1997.
Today, Kortsen is self-employed as an independent paralegal and certified legal document preparer. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Amy, a son, Jimmy, and seven grandchildren.