Our Staff

Katrina Adams
The Executive Director since October 2005. She is a USPTA & PTR certified teaching professional. She played at Northwestern University where she was a Rookie All-American and captured the 1987 NCAA Doubles Championship. Adams was elected into the Midwest USTA Hall of Fame in 1989. She has served on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Board of Directors since 2003 and was elected Vice President in 2011. She was a USTA National Coach from 1999 to 2002 for the USA Tennis High Performance Program where she help develop some of the Nation's top players. She is currently an Analyst for the Tennis Channel.

Quacey Balleste, Grassroots Coach.
A former Alumni of HJTEP; She works well with intermediate players.

Dante Brown
The Program Director since 1993, is a USPTA certified teaching professional. Dante is a graduate of HJTEP. As a result of his HJTEP training, Dante received a scholarship to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he played varsity tennis. He then played on the professional tour for a number of years. Dante is an excellent coach with players on all levels. He teaches beginners, intermediate, and tournament players.

Daniel Davis
A USPTR certified teaching professional and a graduate of HJTEP, recently graduated from Temple University, where he attended on a full four year scholarship, played #2 Singles and majored in Advertising and Marketing.

Sam Fumi, TDS and TAS Coach;
A certified USPTA instructor with an eye for greatness

Ben Johnson
A PTR certified instructor, Ben played four years at Farleigh Dickinson University.

Esu Maat
A USPTA and USTA High Performance certified teaching professional is a graduate from the HJTEP. Esu received a scholarship to Farleigh Dickinson University. He played #2 singles for four years and was an All-American his last two years. Esu is an excellent coach with our intermediate and tournament level players.

Mikella Matthias
A professional dancer by trade. She has 5+ years of working with youth in non-profits including: The Police Athletic League (P.A.L), Harlem Children's Zone and UNICEF. She handles the day to day operations.

Simone Spigner
A USPTR certified teaching professional has over 10 years experience as a coach and is a graduate of HJTEP. Simone attended South Carolina State University on a 4 year tennis scholarship. She has great respect working with our beginner and intermediate players.

Ken Guild

 

Executive Director
Katrina Adams

Director of Tennis and Programming
Dante Brown

Operations Manager
Mikella Matthias

Teaching Professionals
Quacey Balleste
Daniel Davis
Sam Fumi
Esu Ma'at
Ben Johnson
Simone Spigner
Ken Guild

National Spokesmen
James Blake
Thomas Blake

Founders
Bill Brown
Claude Cargill

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