I first started to learn tennis about late 1997. My first tennis coach was a young English man, Jim Roberts, who was learning how to coach with Carl Gavine, a tennis pro at the Sheraton Sand Key, Florida. I did not want to learn at the beginning, Jim told me I can meet many people through tennis so I came come and asked my girlfriend if she could loan me a raquet, she said to try if I like it. Unbeknownst to me, thats how I began my tennis career. I learned to compete in tournaments, in September 2001 I was runner up in Ladies Singles 3.5 and reached #3 in the state of Florida for a week. That was the fun height of my tournament career. Tennis has been my life for the last 19 years.
I learned to become a USTA official from 2002 to 2010, from a rover to a chair umpire. I was a tournament referee at National Girls 18th at Bardmore and as a profeesional line umpire have called many exhibition matches in the Tampa Bay area such as John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Andy Rodick, Mardy Fish, James Blake, John Isner, Jim Currier, and Anna Kournikova.
In 2004 I became a PTR certified tennis professional and began my teaching career at Fossil Park, St. Pete Tennis Center, Jim Currier's Youth Tennis Program for 10 and Under, High Land Recreation Tennis Center, and Clearwater High until 2010. During the past 10 years I have attended many tennis work shops and teaching courses from grassroots to high performance. I have attended PTR Symposium, USPTA and Tennis Teacher Conference in New York City. All of the learning experiences have got me to try to hook the children into a love of the game just like all of us tennis fanatics.
I found that if a child was given a chance to learn to play tennis just like the Williams sisters were with their parents supporting them, they all will end up where they want to go, or what they want to be: someone who is responsible and a decent citizen. That is just my theory and I have Founded Global Community Tennis Association Incorparated and have been approved by the IRS recently. What we really want to do is to raise funds to hire certified tennis coaches to provide and support tennis all year round to the underprivledged children in our communities.
"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs
"I am going to change the world through tennis, even if I have to teach one child at a time."- Julie Panton
President: Rosemary Keller
Rosemary Keller has worked in the Nursing Education field for over 25 years. She has been an active volunteer in the community and served on the board of the American Cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society providing patient education programs and coordinating patient/family support groups. She has also served as president of the Suncoast Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for 4 years, supporting various fundraising and professional development events.
In 2006 she completed a USTA Recreational Coach Tennis Workshop in St. Petersburg and participated countless volunteer events in Pinellas and Hillsbourough counties. Rosemary believes that her passion for tennis and her professional educational and leadership experience will contribute to the promotion and growth of the Global Community Tennis Association, Inc. in Florida.
First Vice President: Elaine Lanza
Elaine Lanza is a research scientist, a small business owner and an avid tennis player. Dr. Lanza holds a B.A. from Regis College and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA. She was research scientist at the United States Dept. of Agriculture and the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health for 30 years, and has published over 90 journal articles, primarily focusing on the role of diet in cancer prevention. Dr. Lanza was the President of Genomic Nanosytems and is currently a Partner at Cytonix, LLC.
Besides playing tennis, Elaine spent ten years as a Junior Tennis Parent, watching her Son competed at the local, regional and college level. She believes tennis fosters in kids a good work ethic, discipline, sportsmanship, and both physiological and psychological development and wants to help provide these many benefits of tennis to at-risk children in Pinellas County.
Second Vice President: Dunja Kisin
Treasuruer/Secretary: Sonia Goncalves
Office Manager with over 15 years of experience in Hotel Management Operations. Ability to lead and motivate employees. Familiar with all the aspects of daily operations including: Personnel, Human Resources, Contract negotiations and numerous administrative functions.
Director of Fundraising: Dewey Storms
Mr. Storms is a retired Information Services executive--serving as Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin IMS for over 20 years. Previously he worked in management and technical roles for a number of software consulting firms. He has volunteered for a number of charities, including the American Cancer Society, in fund raising roles.
Director of Junior Development: David Archer
Started tennis tourney’s at age 11. Ranked in Northern California in Jrs in 1972,
74, 76 and 78 as high as 27. Played #1 for Cal State Hayward. Team was ranked 6th in nation D-2 in 1981. Began teaching career during high school summer camps with Dad at the age of 13. Continued through 1st year of jr college teaching with Dad in college rec courses. 1986-1990 Taught for John Gardiners Tennis Ranches at: Camel Back Mountain, Carmel Valley, Sun Valley, Hinsdale Illinois, Tampa Florida(Cheval) and finally at Jackson Hole Wyoming where he became Harrison Ford’s personal Tennis coach for 6 months.
In 2010 became Tennis Pro at The World of Tennis Austin Texas Where he was a lead jr pro, lead pro for Lone Star tennis Academy and one of the top 4 pros at the Club. In 2013 David was hired as the Director of Junior Development at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater Florida. David grew the program from 8 kids to over 60 kids in 4-5 months. David Authored the book “8 weeks to tournament tennis” in 2014 and it has received National and International recognition as a forefront in the training of youth in tennis from the first touch of a racquet on up. David was certified by the PTR in 1999 and achieved a rating of P1 in his first testing. He has also been certified by the PTR for 10 and under Tennis, 11-17 Tennis, Advanced Jr. training and Adult tennis. David ran over 120 Summer Camps in the greater Chico Area from 1991-2004. David’s Passion is to see jr tennis players blossom and achieve all they desire in the sport of tennis and in life by getting them the right fundamentals from the VERY BEGINNING.
Director of Marketing: Jeanette Marcus
Jeanette Marcus, born in Havana, Cuba, graduate of MDCC and FIU in Miami, FL. Background in law enforcement, and zoning, a paralegal and USPTA tennis professional USTA youth tennis organizer teaching progressive tennis ROG and yellow ball, certified in cardio tennis, teaching mainly in East and
Central Pasco, Florida. Selling real estate and building sports facilities including tennis and off the court walking a beach or the woods with the dogs keeping busy,
My passion for Tennis is a great feeling nothing like seeing them learn, laugh and play regardless of age or level. Tennis is for life. Community tennis is the reason I am a tennis teacher.
Janet Randall: Grant writing Advisor
Janet Shellengberger: Accountant
Ryan Gordon: IT Consultant/Webmaster
Coach Robert Carlbo
Coach Scott Mitchell
Mr. Dennis Mitchell of SCORE of Pinellas
Coach Wendall Walkers
Service locations: Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League Lealman Asian Community NFC High Point NFC, Clearwater Citizens Alliance for Progress, Tarpon Springs Cops 'N Kids, Tarpon Springs
Tennis Facilities: Seminole Lake CC & Chall Tennis Academy Total Tennis Center & Guizar Tennis Academy, Clearwater Innisbrook Golf & Tennis Resort, Palm Harbor YMCA North Pinellas Ed Dorsett Park Tennis, City of Tarpon springs
Certified Tennis Professionals:
Maribel Gross Carlos Fernandez Roberto Pina Rudolph Backmann Greg Abrignan