staff & board

our staff
Carl Brodnax

Tennis Coach

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


- Arthur Ashe

Willie Brooks

Tennis Coach

“Start each day with a grateful heart.”

Samantha Hayes

Senior 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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David Kimani

Acting Executive Director,

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

Antonio "tc" passarelle

Tennis Coach, Norwalk 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

Shawn blagmon

Manager, High School Programming

“The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship you will have will be the one you have with yourself, and if you can find someone to love the you that you love… That’s just fabulous” – Carrie B

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

Janay jordan

Coordinator, Programs & Operations

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

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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, Stamford Lead

“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

Andrea Martinez

Maarten Eenkema van Dijk

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