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Senior Management

Lance Lee, President & CEO

Lance LeeFollowing nearly ten years of overseeing tennis programs at Legacy’s center in East Falls, with both on and off court responsibilities as a lead coach and program manager, Lance was named Interim President & CEO in June of 2015 and awarded the permanent position of President and CEO in October, 2015. Lance is a USTA certified High Performance Coach and certified PTR National Tester. He is a graduate of Hampton University and received his J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia. Lance grew up playing tennis at the center as an “Ashe Kid.”  He and his wife Syreeta now have the pleasure of  watching their daughter Alana and son Lance enjoying time as young and/or future “Legacy Kids.”

Kareem Bryant, Director of Neighborhood Based Programs

Kareem grew up playing tennis on the public courts throughout the city.  As a former student-athlete, he went on to play college tennis at Central Connecticut State University, a Division I school.   Kareem traveled throughout the United States playing professional tennis, then returned to Philadelphia as a professional coach at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in 2001.

Jude Henzy, Director of Education

Jude Henzy directs Legacy’s education programs, focusing on implementing the USTA’s National Junior Tennis and Learning “ACE” curriculum both at Legacy’s regional training center and in the community.  Before taking on her role as Director of Education she worked for Legacy as a coach in our community tennis programs.  Jude earned a BA and MA from the University of Connecticut, and has worked as an education director for more than 20 years.

jhenzy@legacyyte.org

Sanjin Kunovac, Director of Player Development

Sanjin has been a player and coach at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, coached by and working alongside the best coaches in the world.  Prior to being named Director or Player Development, Sanjin served as an Academy clinic coach at Legacy and an assistant coach for the Men’s Tennis Team at Temple University.

Samantha Shaw, SVP of Operations

sam-for-webSamantha “Sam” recently joined Legacy after nearly 19 years at World TeamTennis serving as SVP of Operations and Player Recruiting.  A seasoned sports professional, Sam directed day to day operations of WTT, managed their annual charity tennis event “Smash Hits” co-hosted by Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John.  She recruited all professional talent for the Pro League and provided daily management, leadership and motivation for the WTT internal staff.  A Philadelphia native, Sam attended Springside School then graduated from Lafayette College.  She has a long history of competitive tennis, playing her junior years in Middle States, training at the Arthur Ashe Center followed by four years of college tennis.  Along with her passion for tennis, she is an avid skier and loves to run.

sshaw@LegacyYTE.org

Nick Walton, Director of Tennis Administration

nick-waltonNick Walton, formerly Legacy’s Operations Manager was promoted to a newly created position, Director of Tennis Administration in the Fall of 2016. In this new role, Nick will focus his talents on the logistical needs of managing the facility, clinics and center based programs.

Email: nwalton@LegacyYTE.org

Staff Members

Janelle Carter, Development & Special Events Manager

janelle carterPrior to joining Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Janelle spent eight years working for art and historical non-for-profit organizations.  Throughout that time, her passion evolved from managing museum archives to creating institutional experiences in event planning and fundraising.  Janelle’s experience includes managing events and operations for both Franklin Square and Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. She joins the Legacy team with excitement for the opportunity to fundraise in support of youth programming.

 

JCarter@legacyYTE.org

Joshua Irving, Achievement Coach

Joshua was raised in the West Philadelphia area and grew up learning the game of tennis at the Arthur Ashe Center as a part of the Traveling Team and National Junior Tennis League.  He graduated from the William Penn Charter School in 1997 and went on to Howard University, earning a Degree in Sociology. Joshua returned to Philadelphia and dedicated himself to serving the inner city community by counseling hundreds of families and individuals as a Social Worker-Therapist. From his helping to develop one of Legacy’s first Changing the Game sites at Hunting Park, to being appointed the program’s Achievement Coach, Joshua has fused his passion for tennis and his love of working with youth, both on court and off, at Legacy.

Christopher Liverman, Assistant to the President

clivermanChristopher Liverman is a graduate of Drexel University having earned a Master’s of Science degree in Sport Management. With just over a decade working in tennis in the Philadelphia area, Christopher has found a home for his talents at Legacy.

CLiverman@LegacyYTE.org

Amit Parikh, Accounting Manager

amitAmit joined Legacy with 20 years of experience in non profit accounting. He  has a strong accounting background and extensive practical experience in financial application automated systems and accounting software. He earned both a master’s degree from Philadelphia University and one in India. Away from the office, he enjoy watching sports including tennis.

aparikh@LegacyYTE.org

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