staff & board

our staff
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Godfrey Azima

Director, Education & Impact

“Your not a drop in the ocean you are the ocean in a drop” 


- Rumi

Willie Brooks

Tennis Coach

“Start each day with a grateful heart.”

Samantha Hayes

Manager, Events & Communications

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”


                                                 -Howard Thurman

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betsy mcneil

Executive Director

"We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Antonio "tc" passarelle

Tennis Coach, Stamford Lead

"Mistakes should be encouraged on court. Not only do we learn from them but they teach us to create our own way to play this amazing game."



Jonathyn Young

Tennis Coach

“Experience should be a plus as long as it doesn't become complacency. If you say, 'We're not going to change; we didn't do it that way before,' then you've become too old.


- Marv Levy

Carl Brodnax

Tennis Coach

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”


- Arthur Ashe

Ritu Duenwald

Senior Manager, Accounting & Compliance

“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.”


- Maya Angelou

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David Kimani

Senior Director of Tennis

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit”

– Ancient Greek proverb

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Senior Manager Youth Development & Programming

“I am not defined by my scars but by the incredible ability to heal.”

                                                       -Lemn Sissay 

Erickah Tertulian

Tennis Coach

“Life waits for no one." 


Board of directors

Sean Cahill, Chair
Johnathan Gibson, Vice-Chair
Anthony Pesco, Treasurer

Deborah Gordon, Secretary

Chris Caldwell

Michael Crafter

Greg McCall

Phillip Rehg

Fatou Niang

Lesley Osborn

Harlan Stone

advisory board

Roy Anderson, Chair

Arthur Goldblatt, Founder

James Biggs
Thomas Blake

Wally Cook
Jay Dulberg
Ed Fogarty
Pete Gogolak
John Hammill
Merrideth Hammill
Joseph Holmes
Alex Knopp
Bill Macey

Sharon Macey
Mark McEnroe

Catherine Osterhout
Dick Packer

Faycal Rhazali
John Schmidt
Alex Seaver
Rich Freeman

Audrey Weil

Ed Weiss

Mike Frost

Caron Palder

Mark Magnusen

Kurt Vogt