NSWTA Board of directors
Here are your new Board of Directors for 2019:
Leslie Airola-Murveit, Andrea Barnes, Elizabeth Barnhill, Carol Clay, Colleen Clery Ferrell, Kathy Foulk, Anna Greer, Jenny Klitch, Vicky McEvoy, Abbi Neuthaler, Julie Thu, Alisa Yee, and Anna Zimmermann.
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 and has two adult daughters, 25 and 28, 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.
Carol was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She has a B.S. and Master’s degree in Education from West Chester University, PA. At West Chester she was an All American Swimmer. She taught at Lower Merion High School for 5 years, as well as at Inner City School and 5 years at Clarion University where she also coached swimming and started a Tennis Team. Her teams captured two National and five International swimming titles. In 1979 she moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Tennis is now her sport of choice and she is very grateful for all the wonderful friends she has as a result, and is very honored to have been selected to represent the USA on Cup Teams. She has been a member of the USTA National Adult Competition Committee for 16 years, as well as a member of the Florida Adult Competition Committee since the late 1990's.
Kathy Foulk was born and raised in Homosassa, FL, where she grew up fishing, hunting and eventually playing tennis. She studied Marine Oceanography in college but moved to Ocala State so she could play on the tennis team under Coach Cindy LePrevost. She became a tennis professional, receiving her Elite Pro status in 1988. She served as League Coordinator for the Florida USTA Section, later moving into positions of Board Director, Director at Large and serving the USPTA as President of her district (9). Community involvement has meant a lot to Kathy. She started a junior tennis program at her son’s elementary school and continued the program for over 15 years, giving young children without opportunity a chance to learn the sport. She also worked for years with children with disabilities, teaching them the fundamentals of the sport and how to have fun with the game. And she has spoken across the state on subjects such as Child Welfare. She was active in helping develop Seminole County’s Juvenile Justice Program with high school children volunteering as attorneys and jurors for delinquents and separating children from adult jails. She and her husband have been married for 39 years.
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.
Anna grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA and an MA in Latin American Literature and an MA in French Literature. She worked as a translator until she went to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business for an MBA. She worked in NYC as an officer for JPMorgan Chase for 23 years primarily in international mergers and acquisitions. Upon her retirement her husband taught her tennis and she is now a passionate fan and student of the sport. “The exposure to the sportsmanship, camaraderie and athleticism among women players at tournaments is inspiring. There is nothing like a match to show my weaknesses and where I need to work and I am grateful to have the opportunity to compete.
Jenny grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with her husband Brad. Jenny turned pro in high school, and obtained a world ranking of No. 50 on the women’s international tour. She then attended Ohio State University and Michigan Law School. She practiced law at an international law firm and a sports management company and most recently worked at a financial consulting company.
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.
Abbi grew up on Long Island, New York, and was trained at Port Washington Tennis Academy by Harry Hopman. She was a ranked junior, recruited by The University of Maryland and was elected captain of the team. She graduated with a degree in Communication and Marketing and began a successful, almost 40-year career as a teaching pro. She is certified USPTA P1 and remains active in the Eastern division. Abbi is involved with multiple charitable boards and chaired the PTA Legislative Committee in Chappaqua. When her youngest child entered kindergarten, Abbi began to train and compete in local 35 and over events. Two decades later, Abbi is committed to fitness and senior tournament play. She has captained Eastern intersectional teams for over 15 years and continues to mentor players of all levels. Abbi's husband of 35 years, "Paulie" travels with Abbi to tournaments and is a huge fan of our tennis world. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.
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.
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.