NSWTA Board of directors 2020
Here is your 2020 Board of Directors. New directors voted in recently: Debbie Burgess, Chris Grant, Kim Dean, Lois Harria, Lizl Kotz, Kaysie Smashey and Karin Weiner.
Colleen Clery Ferrell
Leslie is a native Northern Californian who played junior tennis in the area, and college tennis at Cal Berkeley. She was recently inducted into Redwood High School’s Hall of Fame. She received a BA in Spanish and Anthropology at Cal and then a law degree from Golden Gate University. She practiced law in a private firm and served as a Small Claims Advisor in San Mateo County for many years. She currently serves on the board of Congregation Beth Am and the Hearst Museum of Anthropology. She volunteers to teach/mentor local Hispanic students. Leslie is married to Hy Murveit, has two adult daughters and loves playing Mother/Daughter tournaments.
Andrea grew up in San Francisco and was a nationally ranked junior player. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in history and was a member of the women’s tennis team. Andrea was the long-time tennis director at the Stanford Campus Recreation Association, an on-campus swim and tennis club for Stanford faculty and staff. She is currently the Executive Director of the USPTA Northern California Division. She serves as a USPTA Early Development Camp Lead Coach, co-chair of the USTA Northern California R-O-G-Y Committee and a member of the USTA National Junior Team Tennis Committee. She has earned the following high honors: The 2011 USPTA Northern California Pro of the Year; The 2014 USTA Northern California Junior Volunteer of the Year; The 2017 USTA NorCal Mark Manning Icon Award for work in Diversity and Inclusion; and The 2018 R.O.G. Coach of the Year.
Elizabeth discovered tennis late. Born and raised on a farm in NE Iowa, she excelled in math (both BA and Masters) and taught for many years in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Madison. She was one of the few women to work as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. Then she found tennis. She loves the game both for its competition and for its social interactions. She has served on the Board and as President of the Wisconsin Tennis Association, on the Board and Adult Competition Committee of the Midwest Section and as a member of the USTA Cup Selection Committee. Her other volunteer time is spent supporting the housing, job readiness, and racial equity work of the YWCA of Madison. She started after-school tennis programs for Madison Middle Schools and year-round tennis lessons for low-income youth in Madison. Elizabeth and her husband Chuck play husband/wife tournaments and have two sons and three grandchildren.
Debbie is a WI native who played tennis and basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She studied Finance (BBA and MBA). In 1993 she was inducted into the UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame. She has held her PTR certification for 21 years. Debbie built a career in healthcare administration, serving as Controller for DePaul Health Corp. She then coached tennis at her alma mater, where she was named WIAC Tennis Coach of the Year two times. She also instructed courses in finance at Concordia University and Carroll University. She has served on the Board as Treasurer of the WI Tennis Association. Debbie is grateful for the many friends she has met through tennis and enjoys the sport because it demands both character and competence to be successful.
Kim was born and raised in California, and now lives in Georgia. She’s been a member of the USTA for 50+ years and USPTA for 30+ years. She was introduced to tennis at an early age, which later would become a big part of her life. She played at UC San Diego and UC Davis, where she graduated with a degree in Physical Education. A job as an assistant pro at Green Valley CC in Suisun Valley, led to a head pro position at the Merced Racquet Club, where she met her future husband Bob, who was stationed at Castle Air Force Base. Moving and traveling around the world, teaching and playing tennis remained a constant, it opened doors to meet people and make new friends. She continued teaching independently and playing ALTA and USTA. Now that her 2 boys have graduated and moved out of the house she no longer participates in PTO and booster clubs. That has left more open time and playing more tennis filled that void. Friends constantly encouraged her to play tournaments which she did in 2018 and has been enjoying the competition, making new friends and rekindling old friendships.
Colleen Clery Ferrell
Colleen was born and raised in Palatine, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois from 1975-76 and then transferred to the University of Arizona in 1977-1979, playing for both schools on the tennis team. She moved to San Diego in 1980 for better tennis competition and eventually played on the Pro Tour in 1983. In 1987 Colleen graduated from San Diego State with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Recreation. Colleen is a 30-year USPTA certified teaching pro. She has been instructing at Paradise Point Resort since 1984. Colleen is currently the Director at Balboa Tennis as well, where she runs a 1300 member club and has acted as Director of the National Open Hard Court Championships for the past 13 years. Colleen is married with two children in college.
Christine (Chris) Grant
Chris played state and national Junior and Division III Tennis (Swarthmore College) in high school and college. She also played competitive squash and badminton, dabbling in platform and table tennis. She resumed competitive tennis after completing careers in business, law, and public health including stints as a New Jersey Cabinet member and Commissioner of Health and Senior Services,and held executive positions at a national philanthropy and multinational pharmaceutical companies and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Science and Technology Section. She was the 1999 recipient of the Rolex Intercollegiate Tennis Association Achievement award. Chris treasures the several “National balls “earned in senior tennis. She’s been a member of the NSWTA since the 2000’s and resides in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband. She’s committed to help maintain a welcoming, enjoyable, experience for women of all ages who have tennis rackets and will travel to play!
Lois was born and raised in a (very) small town in central Illinois--there were no tennis courts. She received a B.A. in Spanish and French from Illinois State University where she also played varsity badminton. She received an MBA in Accounting from George Washington University. She worked in the nonprofit sector for many years and retired in 2011 from her position as Director of Accounting for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. An introductory tennis course in college was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the game. She has competed in league and tournament tennis for many years and coached part time at the high school and junior college level while devoting her volunteer time to the public-school system and youth sports. She also enjoys “collecting” tennis decorative items like antique figurines, fans, and prints. She and her husband Phil have three children and two grandchildren—the real loves of her life.
Lizl played tennis for Indiana University and graduated with a major in Exercise Science and Psychology. She then received her masters in physical therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston South Carolina. She still resides in Charleston with her husband, four kids and two dogs. Lizl enjoys helping people recover from injuries, prevent injuries and improve their overall performance. One of Lizl’s newfound passions is working with school age children incorporating character development with purposeful movement. Lizl is excited to help support the NWTO in their mission to encourage meaningful competition amongst adult athletes.
Vickie doesn’t do anything in half measures. In 1968 she was ranked #3 in the US Women (#10 in 1967). She played at Forest Hills in the US Open for two years and played at Wimbledon in 1968, reaching the third round. She then left tennis to study medicine and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975. Vickie is a practicing Pediatrician, with an 18-year stint as Medical Director of the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric practice at Mass General Hospital. She started playing tennis again when her four children were getting a bit older and entered some "senior" tournaments at the urging of the NSWTA’s late legal council Margie Cooper. She served on the NSWTA Board under Cindy Babb's Presidency and is honored to be able to serve on the Board again.
Julie is a native Texan who currently lives in Austin. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she won a National Championship with the women’s tennis team and was a two-time NCAA semi-finalist individually. After college, she played on the WTA tour, competing in several Grand Slams. After two years of traveling and competing, Julie settled down in Houston where she did marketing and promotions for the Houston Rockets NBA team. When the Rice University Women’s Tennis Coach position opened up, she made the move to college coaching. She ultimately gave up college coaching to stay home with her two boys, and currently teaches private lessons and volunteers in the Austin community. Julie began competing again four years ago in the National Senior tournaments. She represented the United States on the Young Senior World Championship Team the past two years.
Kayise was born and raised in El Paso, TX where she began her tennis career. She earned the Sunturian Female Athlete of the Year of El Paso in 1998, three time Texas Class 5A State Champion (Singles 1998, Doubles 1996 & 1997), twelve time National Doubles Champion, two time National Singles Champion, three national sportsmanship awards, and was inducted into the El Paso, Texas Athletic Hall of Fame, May 2017.
Kaysie continued her education and tennis career at the University of Texas at Austin from 1998-2002, where her team never lost a conference dual match all four years. She was ranked as high as #4 in doubles in NCAA on a consistent Top 10 ranked team. Kaysie received Academic All-American status, multiple All-Big 12 Conference First Team awards, and graduated with University Honors from the McCombs School of Business. She continued playing on the professional tour after college, winning four Professional Doubles Championships, drafted and competed in World Team Tennis with the Springfield Lasers, and was ranked as high as #146 in the world.
Before coming to HRC, Kaysie was the Head Tennis Professional at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo, TX for thirteen years, USTPA certified with a Professional One Level, and can also teach/play pickleball. She has coached multiple Texas State Champions (5), three state Finalists, and several State qualifiers in various classifications. She has been selected and competed as captain on the USA Young Senior 35’s World Team since 2016, winning gold in women’s doubles at the 2018 ITF World Championships, silver medalist in singles, bronze in mixed doubles, and reached #1 ranking in the world in singles and doubles. Kaysie enjoys teaching children and adults, of all levels, the game of tennis.
Karin grew up primarily in the northeast but lived for a while in the midwest where at the age of 4 she began to play tennis. She was a nationally ranked junior player. She played for Yale University where her awards included All-Ivy and Most Valuable Player. After college, Karin went to Northwestern University School of Law where she had the opportunity to work on a death penalty appeal and assist in the representation of a number of juvenile defendants in various matters. Karin is a partner at a corporate boutique law firm in New York where she focuses her practice on not-for-profit entities, alternative finance and clean technology. Her clients include a New York entity that provides tennis and academic instruction to underserved youth, a women’s sports foundation, a program that provides soccer instruction to underserved youth, a women's rights foundation and a New York urban agriculture collective.
Alisa M. Yee
Alisa is a 5th generation Chinese American born and raised in Northern California. She received a BS in Genetics at University of California, Davis where she played Division II tennis. She then completed her graduate studies at the prestigious University of California, San Francisco as a nurse practitioner. She is the chair of the USTA Northern California medical appeals committee and also volunteers time with the San Quentin tennis program.
Anna grew up in a small town in southeastern Kentucky. Her mom started playing tennis when Anna was about 12 years old and encouraged her children to play tennis; Anna did, and has never stopped. She played at Centre College (division 3) all four years. She received a BS in Math and then went on to graduate school obtaining an MS in Statistics. After beginning her work life she began to play tennis tournaments for both the joy of competing and the fun of hanging out with other players. She soon was going to USTA national tournaments, playing them regularly since the mid-1990s. She has had the honor being on several USTA cup teams. Anna is married, lives in Indianapolis, and works for a pharmaceutical company.