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MITCH HENKIN, President of TenniStar Sports

Mitch has been a tennis teaching professional in the Washington area for over 40 years.  He directs the tennis programs at the Bethesda Sport & Health Club and the Promenade Tennis Club, in Bethesda, MD.  In addition, he runs summer junior tennis and sports camps at Sport & Health, St. Andrew's School in Potomac, MD, Georgetown Visitation, and at the Audrey Moore, South Run, and Spring Hill RECenters for the Fairfax County Park Authority. 
 
 
He has been certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) since 1972.  Mitch graduated from Northwestern University and received a Master's Degree in science journalism from Boston University. He was a part-time sports writer for The Washington Post for five years and published books on ice hockey and racquetball. Mitch initiated or developed summer sports camp programs at Stone Ridge and Landon Schools in Bethesda, at the Connelly and Norwood  Schools in Potomac, at the Catholic University of America, at Episcopal High School, and at the Madeira School in Virginia, as well as many other facilities.
 
 
Mitch developed the TenniStar app for the iPhone, which can be downloaded from the Apple store.

BROOKE ADAMS, Vice President of Operations

Brooke oversees marketing and advertising, finance, and human resources. She has an extensive background in corporate communications, administration, and management for such organizations as The NASDAQ Stock Market, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Aspen Publishers. Her first foray into the camp field was as a Cued Speech interpreter for a young camper. Brooke is a graduate of Wellesley College.

 

 

 

MARILEE STAFFORD, TenniStar Director at Bethesda Sport&Health

Marilee was the #1 ranked women's tennis player in Maryland in 1996.  She also competed nationally and graduated with a B.S. in physical education from ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She organizes all the tennis programs at Bethesda Sport & Health and works with adults and juniors at every level.  Marilee offers a tremendous personality on the court, creating a learning experience that is positive and fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEVE PARKER, TenniStar Lead Instructor
Steve teaches at the Bethesda Sport and Health Club and was a high performance head coach and an area training and zonal coach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He was an instructor at the Bullis Tennis Center for seven years, running its junior elite program. He worked with several nationally ranked juniors and has a Pro 1 certification from the USPTR. Steve runs practices for adult teams, working on technique, strategy, and fitness.

 

 

 

RENA SHI, TenniStar Instructor

Rena played #1 singles at River Hill High School in Howard County, where she captained the team her senior year. Her sophomore and junior year, Rena won countys and regionals in singles, and she was a state finalist her senior year in doubles. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she played on the club tennis team. In 2013, the team went to nationals and this year they won sectionals. She graduated from Maryland with a degree in Kinesiology. Rena taught at the College Park Tennis Center, working with younger kids and beginner adults. Rena has also played violin for 14 years and has taught younger students for the past four years. She received the Maryland Distinguished Scholars award for musical performance. Rena will be a lead instructor at the Visitation TenniStar Camp and also teaches privately and with Mitch at the Promenade in Bethesda. She is especially good with our youngest players, but she works with all levels of adults and juniors.

 

 

 

NADER MEHRAN, TenniStar Camp Director at Bethesda Sport&Health

Nader returns as camp director and teaches at the club year-round. He attended Walt Whitman High School, where he was a member of the varsity cross country, track and field, and wrestling teams. Nader earned his bachelor's degree in history at Franklin & Marshall College in 2007, where he was a member of the Division III men's varsity tennis team, playing a mix of singles and doubles, and where he was also a member of the men's rugby team. He taught juniors at Kenwood Country Club and the Landon School. 
ISAAK ANDERSON, TenniStar Instructor
 
Isaak originally hails Haddonfield, NJ, just outside Philadelphia, and played four years of varsity tennis on a high school team that was ranked 2nd in the state his senior year. He won the state doubles championship with his partner his senior year, and was awarded first team all-conference, all-south Jersey, and all-state honors. He is now a senior at Georgetown University, where he studies math and Chinese and captains the club tennis team.
JACOB ABRAMS, TenniStar Camp Director at Visitation

Jacob, TenniStar director at Georgetown Visitation, is the girls tennis coach at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD. He played four years of lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan, where he majored in Recreation (2006).  He received a Master in Arts in teaching from Wesley College in Delaware, where he was a grad assistant lacrosse coach during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Jacob has worked as a YMCA Sports Coordinator, and he implemented the first YMCA youth lacrosse program for ages 7-12. He presently teaches science at Springbrook and is entering his ninth year coaching lacrosse at the high school level.  

 

 

 

ROBIN WHIPPLE, TenniStar Director at Audrey Moore and South Run
Robin, long-time director of the TenniStar camps at the Audrey Moore RECenter in Annandale and at the South Run RECenter in Springfield, was a high level junior and college player competing in national events such as Junior Davis Cup and Zonals. He trained with Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer. Robin has been coaching since he was 14. He is a certified tennis pro and was a contributing writer for Tennis Life Magazine.

 

 

 

 

BOB FINNEY, TenniStar Instructor

Bob Finney, tennis instructor at Bethesda Sport & Health, has taught tennis for over 30 years and has been a member of the USPTA for most of that time. He was twice named USPTA coach of the year.  He is the men’s and women’s coach at Montgomery College and the varsity tennis coach at Stone Ridge School in Bethesda. Previously, he was tennis director at the YMCA in Bethesda. Bob was ranked number one in Maryland in the men’s 40s tennis division.
OLGA GAISTRUK, TenniStar Intern
Olga played four years of singles and doubles tennis for the University of Maryland. Before UMD, she was an two-time ITF Grade 5 doubles finalist and placed third in mixed doubles at the Ukrainian Adult National Championship. She graduated in December 2016 with a degree in kinesiology. Olga will be Mitch Henkin's primary tennis assistant, focusing on working with advanced juniors, enhancing fitness programs, and assisting in all phases of business operations. 

 


DAVID LEVINE, TenniStar Instructor

David was a four-year varsity player and captain of the BCC tennis team. He graduated from Haverford College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. David has been teaching tennis for years, and he specializes in coaching children and young adults. His consistent game is great for those interested in hitting lessons or looking to improve footwork and conditioning on the court. David works at both Bethesda Sport & Health and at the Promenade.

 

CONNOR LISCO, TenniStar Instructor

Connor is a former captain of Loyola University NCAA Division I tennis team, where he played as high as 1st doubles and 3rd singles. He reached the finals of the George Mason Invitational tournament and led the team in wins that year. As a junior, Connor played on two zonal teams and was a former top 20 player in the Middle States region. Connor is a PTR-certified tennis coach with seven years of formal teaching expeience with all age and skill levels.

 

 

 

 

 

PAUL NEAL, Stringing

Paul has been stringing racquets for over 30 years. In 1987, he worked for Champion Stringing in Rockville, servicing the Holabird account. Champion later became Grand Slam Tennis. He continued stringing for the Sports Authority, East Coast Golf & Tennis, and for Worldgate Sport & Health. He is one of the most experienced stringers in the area and for six years he has been a certified racquet technician for the United States Stringing Association.

 

DANIELLE MALAGARI, SoccerStar Director at Visitation

Danielle began working at National Cathedral School (NCS) in 2012 as the head coach of the varsity soccer program and lower school physical education teacher. Under her direction, the team has won three DCSAA state championships, three ISL tournament championships, and two regular-season ISL titles. Before NCS, Danielle was a four-year student-athlete at the University of Maryland, where she received a B.S. in kinesiology. Upon graduating, Danielle traveled overseas to play professionally in Denmark. In the summer of 2012, she finished her second season as captain of the DC United Women's team. Danielle has coached for various youth clubs and camps in the DMV. 

McNEVIN MORRIS, VisiStar Director at Visitation
McNevin Morris, currently teaches Health and Physical Education to 9th and 10th graders at Georgetown Visitation, and she has worked in the admissions office since 2006. She was the head lacrosse coach for the nationally ranked Visitation lacrosse team. She was also the assistant field hockey coach at Visitation. She is a graduate of Georgetown Visitation where she was a three-sport athlete: field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She earned All-Met honors in both basketball and lacrosse. She was three-year starter on James Madison University’s nationally ranked lacrosse team. Her team went to the Final Four in 2000 and she was the captain of the team senior year. 

 

JANE DEGRENIER, Star Field Hockey Director at Visitation
Jane has over 20 years of coaching experience, from working with a Division I National Championship Team, Maryland, to coaching a pool-winning U19 team at Festival, the largest USA youth hockey tournament in the country.  She is a physical education teacher and coach at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. During her run as head coach of varsity field hockey, her team has never had a losing season. She has coached numerous Division I, II and III players as well as most recently working with an All-American selection from her 2012 squad.

 

BRITTANY MITCH, HoopStar Director at Visitation

Brittany was the head varsity basketball coach at the National Cathedral School. She grew up in northern Virginia and attended St Johns College HS in Washington, DC, where she was an All-Met and All-American basketball point guard (averaging a triple double in points, assists and steals) while also playing four years of varsity soccer. Brittany went on to play at Duke University, whose team was ranked in the top eight in the country and competed in a national championship in 2006. After college, Brittany received her MBA and coached at a Division II school in North Carolina.

 

 

 
CLARA SCHNEIDER, LaxStar Director at Visitation and Spring Hill
Clara attended Towson University where she played club lacrosse. She currently coaches the women's club lacrosse team, which has made it to the National tournament for the past 2 years in a row. Clara will direct the LaxStar camp at the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, VA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KELSEY DUNN, LaxStar and HoopStar Instructor
Kelsey is a Yale lacrosse commit who will graduate from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in spring 2017. Her team won the ISL championship in 2015 and 2016, and she was selected as an Under Armour All-American in 2016. In addition, she is captain of the varsity basketball team and played five years of AAU basketball.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GRACE BRIGHTBILL, Star Field Hockey Instructor
Grace will graduate from Georgetown Visitation in the spring of 2017. She has a wide range of experience in many sports, but especially field hockey, where she plays as a goalkeeper. She was on the U-17 Junior National Team in 2016, played in the 2015 Junior Olympics, and started on varsity all four years at Visi, captaining her senior year. She currently plays for the Washington Wolves club team, referees, and is committed to play at Princeton next year. 
 
 
 

 

 

CAY MILLER, Star Field Hockey Co-Director at St. Andrew's

Cay has been the varsity field hockey coach at Churchill High School in Potomac, MD, since 2010. In 2016, she led her regional-champion team to the Maryland state field hockey finals. As a player, she earned All-County, All-State, and All-Met honors. She continued her field hockey career at Haverford College in Haverford, PA, (including a semester abroad in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia), twice earning MVP and All-Conference honors. She graduated with a B.A. in linguistics in 2003 and received a master's in education from GW in 2009. In 2005, Cay became the first field hockey player to be inducted into the Churchill Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

AMY MORSE, Star Field Hockey Co-Director at St. Andrew's

Amy has been coaching varsity field hockey at Sherwood High School in Olney, MD since 2005, and she was also the assistant softball coach for several years. She has organized the  All-County Field Hockey Game for four years. Amy has sent several players to play at the collegiate level (at York, Frostburg, and MIT). Amy is currently a Physical Education teacher at Olney Elementary School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006 and her graduate degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the University of California, PA in 2010. Amy graduated from Sherwood High School and earned MVP honors for both field hockey and softball in her junior and senior year.
 
 

 

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