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Board of Directors

FTA Board members are community volunteers who donate their time and talents.

President - Jean Brown

Dr. Jean Brown is a life-long tennis enthusiast and supporter, participting in USTA leagues, tournaments, group clinics, and other tennis venues throughout most of her life.  She enjoys every aspect of the game but is particularly inspired by the way tennis brings people together to enjoy each other and stay healthy.

Director - Marnie Babbitt

A life-long tennis enthusiast, Marney founded the Tennis on Campus team at Trinity University in 2006. Through her involvement in the Texas Section, she became obsessed with growing TOC and served 3 terms on the national TOC committee. Marney is excited to be involved in tennis at the grass-roots level an looks forward to playing league tennis.

Secretary - Kaitlyn Verfuerth

A multi-talented athlete, Kaithlyn has represented the United States at two Paralympic Games (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) and has been a member of both the U.S. Tennis Team and U.S. Basketball Team in those games. In the Para-Pan Am Games (Rio 2007), she one two gold medals in singles and doubles divisions. Kaitlyn is sharing her experience and enthusiam in the local community, serving as the Flagstaff High School Girls Tennis Team coach, and through the USTA in the Southwest Section, NAZ District, and FTA. Kaitlyn has a passion for growing wheelchair tennis and has her sites on global competition at the same time.

Treasurer - Joanne Parkes

Joanne loves playing tennis, both for fun and being a team member in a local tennis league. She also enjoys spending time volunteering in the Flagstaff community, gardening, reading, walking the dog, hiking, doing genealogy research, and exploring the US with her husband in their small RV.

Director - Jenny Garcia

Jenny has played tennis most of her adult life and is a frequent USTA League player. She is community-minded, serving as the Coconino High School Girls Tennis Team coach since 2012. Jenny has inspired her entire family to take up tennis as a source of healthy exercise and family fun.

Director/IT Support – Cindy Weick

Cindy moved to Flagstaff last year from Wilmington, DE, where she was an active participant and captain for USTA and WTT teams. Most memorable experiences in 12 years of recreational tennis include trips to USTA Nationals at the 3.0 and 3.5 levels, and 3.0 WTT Nationals. Cindy is enjoying making new tennis friends in Arizona, and hopes to help grow league participation.

Director - Steve Riggs

A relative newcomer to organized tennis, Steve has enjoyed playing tennis recreationally over the last few years. He loves watching and supporting his children play tennis and appreciates both the physical and emotional growth tennis has offered them as well as those individuals and coaches who have helped bring them this growth. Steve is excited about what tennis has to offer to our entire community.

Director – Allison Bates Caputo

New to the board, Allison began her tennis odyssey at a young age. She got away from the game at the end of high school, but played on and off (more off) during college through her 'middle ages' in Flagstaff. Brought back to the game through a friend, it was working with Nicole Chambers that helped Allison discovered her love of the game again. A recreational and USTA player, Allison recognizes the potential in the Flagstaff tennis community and is excited about the opportunities the FTA has to enhance tennis in Flagstaff.

Director – Mike Miller

Mike has been a Flagstaff tennis enthusiast since he and Sandy moved here almost eighteen years ago. Since then he has participated in several USTA tournaments and plays with several groups in town. Additionally, he has been a docent at the Museum of Northern Arizona and a member of his local HOA board for several years. He and Sandy have traveled to several grand slam tournaments and the Roy Emerson Tennis Camp in Switzerland. As a result of playing organized and drop-in tennis in Flagstaff for nearly twenty years, he has breadth of knowledge of the needs of the tennis community. These include working with FTA to help bring the entire Flagstaff tennis community together to be an active voice within the City.

Advisor-Tennis Professional  - Nicole Williams-Chambers

Nicole has been a long-time FTA supporter, helping shape its foundational documents and serving in a variety of advisory capacities over the past several years.  She is a USPTA P-1 tennis professional and is the Director of Tennis at Forest Highlands, where programming runs from April 1st until October 31 and offers Adult and Junior tennis clinics and private lessons.  From November 1st until March 31, she teaches tennis in the greater Flagstaff Community and often partners with other teaching pros. She also does tennis racquet repairs and stringing.

Advisor-Tennis Professional  - Rick Goldwasser

 

Special Positions

 
FTA volunteers fill special positions to provide valuable services to our organization and community.
  • Grant Reviewer: Marnie Babbitt
  • Historian: Jeanne Blazquez (tennisjb23@aol.com)
  • Junior Tennis Advisor: Nicole Williams-Chambers
  • Legal Advisor: TBD
  • Technology Adviso and Webmasterr: Cindy Weick (info@flagstafftennis.com)
  • United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Advisor: Nicole Williams-Chambers 

Standing Committees

FTA has standing to help with major, recurring events and activities.  If you would like to contribute your talents to one of these committes, contact us at info@flagstafftennis.com.  Here are the standing committees:
  • Awards Committee:  Oversees and assists in processes and procedures to recognize Flagstaff area players and enthusiasts who have made significant contributions to tennis as players, coaches, organizers, volunteers, etc.  This includes USTA award packages submitted to the USTA NAZ District, USTA Southwest Section, and USTA National levels.
  • Budget Committee:  Works with the FTA Treasurer to develop an annual budget that reflects fiscal lessons learned as well as FTA goals and objectives over the short and long terms.
  • Fundraising Committee:  Pursues opportunities to generate funds needed to support FTA programs, activities, and events.  This includes seeking and recognizing sponsors.
  • Nomination Committee:  Identifies candidates for FTA office and ensures proper procedures are followed to nominate and elect such candidates.
  • Social Committee:  Organizes and conducts FTA social events, such as dinners, parties, and trips.  These events provide members with opportunities to grow new fiendships and strengthen existing friendships, on and off the court.  This committee also organizes the annual banquet, at which time elections are conducted and awards are presented, among other evening events.
  • Tournament Committee:  Organizes and conducts USTA sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments hosted by FTA, as per requirements specified in the RUles of Tennis ("Friend at Court").  Volunterism extends beyond committee members, as several people are needed to run tournaments, particularly if there are multiple court sites.  This committee also keeps apprised of other tournament and competition opportunities outside FTA.

Community Reps

FTA strives to unite the Flagstaff area to promote and develop the growth of tennis. Accordingly, FTA works closely with representatives from community organizations, businesses, government agencies, etc.
  • Continental Country Club: Greg Kleiner
  • Flagstaff Ranch: TBD
  • Northern Arizona University: TBD
  • Flagstaff Recreation Center: TBD
  • Flagstaff Unified School District: TBD
  • Pine Canyon: TBD
  • Forest Highlands: Jean Brown
  • Flagstaff Tennis Program: Rick Goldwasser
  • YMCA: TBD
 

 
 
 
 
 
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