Robert W. (Bob) Oberrender (Chair), Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, UnitedHealth Group
A lifelong tennis enthusiast, Bob Oberrender is the Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of UnitedHealth Group (UNH). He is responsible for UNH’s investment management, treasury, capital markets, enterprise risk management and insurance. Mr. Oberrender is also a member of the Board of Directors of Optum Bank and H&W Indemnity LTD. Mr. Oberrender also serves as co-chair of the Middlebury College Parents Fund. Mr. Oberrender received his A.B. in Economics from Hamilton College and graduated from the University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business’ Executive MBA Program.
Edwin C. (Skip) Gage (Chair Emeritus), Chairman & CEO, Gage Group
A leading figure in the marketing industry, Skip started his career at Carlson Companies, ultimately becoming CEO. He left in 1991 to form his own marketing firm. He now leads Minneapolis-based Gage Marketing Group, which provides integrated marketing communications, promotion and direct marketing services to a number of Fortune 500 firms. In 1998, Gage Marketing Group sold its rapidly growing marketing fulfillment business in order to increase its capital base for its agency businesses. In 2008, he helped start Magnet 360. Aside from his ICT involvement, Skip is a civic leader in the Twin Cities, serving actively with numerous other nonprofit organizations as well as on public company boards.
Avery Ticer, J.D. (Treasurer), Director, Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq
Avery graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2006 with a degree in political science. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota. Avery was the first three-time captain of the men’s tennis team at the University of Minnesota. He is currently a director in the capital markets group and a level II candidate for the CFA designation.
Shelley Andrew (Secretary), Technology Manager, Minnesota Twins
Shelley is a life-long tennis player. Growing up, she played on high school teams in India and New Zealand.
Shelley studied computer science at the University of North Dakota before beginning her technology career at Microsoft. She is currently employed by the Minnesota Twins as a Technology Manager.
She is still an avid player, participating in 2 leagues and regular drilling at InnerCity Tennis each week. Shelley resides in Saint Paul with her husband Vijay.
Nick Bollettieri, Bollettieri Tennis Academy
In 1978 Nick Bollettieri, one of the most celebrated names in the history of coaching, founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, now a part of the prestigious IMG Academies. He has coached eight #1 players and has worked with players such as Agassi, Becker, Courier, Haas, Hingis, Kournikova, Malisse, Philippoussis, Sampras, Seles, and the Williams sisters. Nick regularly delivers motivational speeches and has published a number of books, videos, and audio CDs. His insight into the game of tennis is sought after by news organizations around the world, and Nick is a regular contributor to magazines and internet sites worldwide.
Jack Dickmann, Manager, UnitedHealth Group
Jack works as a Manager at UnitedHealth Group within the Capital Markets and Balance Sheet Management group. Jack grew up in St. Paul and received his B.S.B. in Finance and M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and staying active with friends and family.
Rick Evans, Board Member
Rick is an attorney who, prior to retirement, was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Metris Companies, Inc. and, prior to that, Green Tree Financial Corporation. Earlier in his career Rick served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. Rick has served as legal advisor to, and director of, numerous public companies, financial institutions, foundations and charitable organizations.
He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and his law degree from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA). Rick is a lifelong tennis player. He and his wife, Karen, live in Medina, MN.
Sima Griffith, Founder and Managing Principal, Aethlon Capital
Sima Griffith is founder and Managing Principal of Aethlon Capital. During her 25 year career, she has successfully structured and completed mergers, acquisitions and capital raises for entrepreneurs, private and public companies and family businesses.
Sima was the recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owners (Minnesota chapter) “Luminary Award” and the Women on Boards “Non-Profit Director of the Year.” She received the National Association of Women Business Owners Vision award and Finance and Commerce named Sima a “Top Women in Finance.” The Minneapolis, St. Paul Business Journal selected her as one of the Twin Cities “Women to Watch.”
She is a frequent speaker on issues and trends in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital. Sima serves as a judge for the Minnesota Cup, a statewide contest for Minnesota’s newest and most innovative business idea and as a judge for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Sima Griffith has been featured in the Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and the Minneapolis, St. Paul Business Journal.
She is a graduate of Amherst College and has served as Vice President of the Amherst Alumni Association of Minnesota. Sima is a registered Principal with FINRA and holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Bruce H. Jackson, PhD, Principal Consultant, Korn/Ferry International
Dedicated to optimal personal, team, and organizational performance, Mr. Jackson has a broad and systemic understanding of the key human factors that drive high performance at all levels of the organization—where leadership and human capacity building translates into bottom-line results and engaged cultures.
Mr. Jackson has worked across the Fortune 500, educational, and non-profit sectors to provide custom client solutions. His work includes consulting, training, speaking, high adventure leadership facilitation, assessment, coaching, research and writing.
Mr. Jackson’s previous roles include Sr. Consultant with InsideOut Development, Director and architect of the nationally acclaimed Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University. He continues as Principal of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence.
Mr. Jackson continues his affiliations with numerous leadership and human performance associations, including (in days long past…) the United States Professional Tennis Association and Professional Ski Instructors of America.
Mr. Jackson holds four master’s degrees: counseling psychology (Boston University, School of Education); business administration (University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management); organization behavior (Fielding Graduate University); and public administration (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government), and a doctor of philosophy in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University.
In addition to his role as Principal Consultant Mr. Jackson supports leadership development projects within universities, schools, and non-profit organizations throughout the world.
Brownell Mack III, Psy.D., L.P., Director of Clinical Operations, Associated Clinic of Psychology
Brownell Mack is a life-long resident of Minneapolis. He is a psychologist by profession and currently practices independently at the Associated Clinic of Psychology in Minneapolis. He also serves as the Associated Clinic of Psychology's Director of Clinical Operations. Brownell has previously held leadership positions in the human services field, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Direct Care and Treatment Administration. In 2011, Brownell was inducted into Minneapolis South High School's Wall of Honor, recognizing his academic and athletic achievements as a student and his post-graduation career. Brownell remains active in tennis, participating in local tournaments and leagues. He credits involvement in tennis as a factor that contributed greatly to his educational and vocational development and is committed to helping children experience the many benefits offered by the sport.
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Tim Olson, Vice President, Wells Fargo
Tim is currently a Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Financial Institutions Group, a division of Corporate Banking. In his role, Tim is focused on building relationships with a portfolio of customers in the insurance, asset management, broker-dealer, and exchange industries. As a primary contact for several of Wells Fargo’s largest and most complex relationships with non-depository financial institutions, Tim is responsible for partnering across business lines to deliver relevant products and services to meet client needs. Prior to his current role, Tim participated in Wells Fargo’s Credit Management Training Program, which is a five month advanced credit training program in San Francisco designed to enhance credit underwriting and business development skills.
Tim received his undergraduate degree in both Accounting and Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He has been a lifelong tennis player and also enjoys golf, reading, and traveling.
Todd H. Otis, Senior VP External Relations, Think Small
Todd graduated from Harvard College in 1967, then joined the Peace Corps and served in Senegal, and received a Masters in Journalism in 1970. He worked in corporate community relations and later served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1979 to 1990. He served as DFL Party Chair from 1990 to 1993 and then did public affairs consulting focusing on early childhood and environmental issues. Todd served as President for Ready 4 K until its merger with Think Small in 2011. Todd has written A Review of Nuclear Energy in the United States and several articles on renewable energy. He has served on numerous boards including the Children's Theater, Clean Water Action Coalition, League of Conservation Voters, Heartland Democracy and the Andersen Family Foundation.
Deniz A. Perese, M.D., President/CEO, Associated Anesthesiologists, P.A.
Dr. Perese has served as President and CEO of Associated Anesthesiologists and Associated Health Services since 2004. Deniz has been a practicing anesthesiologist for over 20 years. Fellowship trained in pediatric anesthesia at the Children's Hospital in Boston, MA, he has been in private practice with Associated Anesthesiologists, PA of St. Paul since 1993. . His professional interests revolve around the delivery of high quality, cost-efficient medical care. As Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Perese co-authored one of the most widely used international handbooks on the administration of anesthesia. Over the years, he has acted as a consultant on surgical, operating room, and anesthesia operations. Fluent in Spanish and French, Perese is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Harvard College. His interests include tennis, golf, reading, and gardening. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children.
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William C. (Will) Prest, KWP Consulting
Currently, Will Prest is a Managing Partner of KWP Consulting, where he helps regulated companies launch new initiatives, develop new channel distribution, design integrated marketing and sales strategies, or develop and launch new product. He specializes in applying strategic planning to help businesses grow.
In 2005, Will co-founded Transamerica Retirement Management (TRM), a new business unit of Aegon/Transamerica, focused on delivering health, wealth, and income solutions to millions of retiring participants. From 2005 to January of 2012, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Business Development for TRM.
From 1990 to 2005, he has served in a variety of branding, marketing and sales management roles for MetLife Financial Services, H&R Block, American Express and IDS Financial Services.
Will holds an M.B.A. from Boston University, and a B.A. in psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Outside of the industry, Will served as an executive board member of The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport RI from 2008-2014. Will, his wife Karen, and their two boys are very active athletes and enjoy playing tennis.
Hilary Santoni, Minnehaha Music
Anthony (Tony) Stingley, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, USTA Northern
Tony Stingley is the Director of Training and Outreach for USTA Northern. Responsibilities include diversity and inclusion, schools tennis, wheelchair tennis, adaptive tennis, scholarships, Tennis Service Representative for Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin and a national faculty for USTA on-court workshops. Tony is a 1975 graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, IA earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He is a PTR Professional and Tester, USPTA Developmental Coach, USTA and ATA member, St. Paul Urban Tennis Board member, Martin Luther King Tennis Buffs Secretary, USTA and ITA Official and Certified Referee and former US Open Line Umpire.
Lori Van Holmes, Senior Director, Talent Development, UnitedHealth Group
Amy Ware, Owner, GardenWare
Amy is an active tennis player, community volunteer and business owner of GardenWare, specializing in floral design. She graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Economics, where she also played tennis. Since their move to the Twin Cities in 2003, she has been actively involved in the Edina Public Schools. She was a board member to the Edina Education Fund from 2004-06 and served as Co-Chair of the board from 2006-08. The Edina Education Fund is a non-profit organization that secures private, supplemental funding to support educational experiences and innovative projects for Edina Public Schools. She also served as a school liaison to the Parent Communication Network (PCN). In 2008, she joined the Edina Athletic Booster Board, where she was Co-Chair of the advertising and marketing committee. Amy continues to play competitive tennis and she and her husband are busy raising three daughters who also love tennis!
Andrew D. (Andy) Weigman, Senior Operations Analyst, Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.
Andy is a 2006 graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret's High School and a 2010 graduate of Saint Mary's University in Winona. He was a three year varsity tennis letter winner at Benilde-St. Margaret's and a four year letter winner at Saint Mary's University, serving as captain on both teams. Andy also was part of the initial development of the Courage Kenny Adapted Snowboard program and is still involved to date. In his professional career, Andy has gained valuable experience in both the sales and operational sides of the business world. He is currently employed as an operations analyst at a local company.
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Laurie Erlandson, Treasurer and Chair, Audit and Finance Committee, International Tennis Hall of Fame
Laurie Erlandson is a former CPA with Arthur Andersen and the Churchill Companies both located in Minneapolis, MN. For the past 25 years she has taken an active role in her local community. Laurie has been involved with a variety of organizations serving on the Boards of the Shoreview Planning Commission, Shoreview Parks Commission, Historical Foundation, Mounds View 621 Foundation, Minnehaha Academy Environmental Committee and Area Youth Athletic Associations. She was an active volunteer at her children’s schools as well as Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.
Laurie is currently the Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. She is a life long tennis fan and is passionate about providing opportunities for all to enjoy this wonderful sport. She plays tennis and has participated in various leagues.
Laurie and her husband Pat have their home in Wayzata, MN but currently reside in Rio de Janiero, Brazil for a business assignment. They have two children.
Eric J. (EJ) McNulty, Wunderman
Eric is founder and president of Industrio Marketing, a Minneapolis-based marketing and design firm that provides marketing strategy and creative development services to a variety of clients in the industrial, medical, recreational sports, and professional services industries. Prior to founding Industrio Marketing in 1998, Eric was instrumental in building a North and South American sales and distribution network for British-based Andrews Sykes, a manufacturer of large industrial pumping equipment. Eric lives in Chanhassen with his wife and sons.
Wendy’s accomplished athletic record includes competing as a scholarship athlete for the Division 1 Women’s Tennis team and obtaining world ranking on the WTA Tour. At Northwestern University, Wendy was Academic All Big Ten and ranked in the Top 20 nationally. She also served as assistant tennis coach for both University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University. She entered the business side of sports when her former coach Nick Bollettieri recruited her to join his Sports Academy in a leadership role as well as to lead the efforts to bring his dream of a restaurant bearing the Bollettieri name to life. Today she serves as a member of the national advisory board for Positive Coaching Alliance.
In addition to her leadership roles in sports, Wendy has also pursued a professional business career. She has held several executive positions in marketing and development for the global travel and hospitality company Carlson. Wendy sits on the boards of both Carlson and The CarlsonRezidor Hotel Group. Prior to her affiliation with Carlson, she worked in finance and capital management for a private equity firm in Chicago.
Wendy currently serves as vice chair of the Bush Foundation, vice president of the Carlson Family Foundation, trustee at Northwestern University, overseer at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and is the past board chair of the Guthrie Theater.
Wendy holds a B.A. in philosophy from Northwestern University and a MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. She lives in Minneapolis with her two children.
Linda J. Stratton, UnitedHealth Group
Linda Stratton has a love for tennis and kids. She has volunteered at InnerCity Tennis registration and on court nearly every Saturday for the last four years working with Level 1 players. By volunteering at least 30 hours a year, she has earned a $200 annual donation from her employer, UnitedHealth Care, and has recruited volunteers through the United Volunteers program. About 15 years ago, she started playing tennis at Reed Sweatt Tennis Center. She takes weekly lessons with Roger Boyer, plays singles, women’s and mixed doubles with friends, and competes on internal and USTA leagues. She has been employed by UnitedHealth Group for nearly 20 years in a variety of positions, most recently specializing in health care compliance with federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. In addition, she has been the Associate Director of a non profit organization and the Director of a community education center, and has been employed by the state in a public policy position. Linda has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Community Education from the University of St. Thomas, and a Masters Certification in Project Management from George Washington University.
David L. (Dave) Weigman, Messerli & Kramer, P.A.
David L. Weigman is an attorney at Messerli & Kramer in Minneapolis specializing in commercial real estate transactions. David is the former Vice President - Legal for Carlson Real Estate Company and Tonkawa, Inc. (the Carlson family office). While employed at Carlson, David was responsible for all legal activity of its real estate investments. David is a 1983 graduate of St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1993 from Western New England College, School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts and is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Minnesota. David is a member of the Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar Associations. Prior to joining Carlson in 1996, he was an attorney in the legal department of Famous Footwear, a Division of Brown Group, Inc., based in Madison, Wisconsin. David is an Assistant Professor in the adjunct program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, has been a guest lecturer at Hamline University, School of Law and the University of St. Thomas Center for Real Estate Education. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International, a land economics society, and is also active in the community having served on local government committees, charitable boards, and volunteering as a youth athletic coach.
Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D. is a recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive and laser surgery. After serving as Professor of Ophthalmology and holding the Harold G. Scheie Research Chair at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Lindstrom entered private practice in 1990. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants and an attending surgeon at the Phillips Eye Institute and Minnesota Eye Center for Teaching & Research, a state of the art ophthalmic research and surgical skills educations facility.
Following a highly successful career in the investment banking industry, Wheelock turned his attention to public service, particularly in the areas of chemical dependency and health promotion. Co-founder with his late wife, Irene, of the Johnson Institute, a nationally acclaimed pioneer in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction, he also served as founder and president of the Minnesota Council on Health. In recent years, Wheelock has served as a board member of the Minnesota AIDS Project, in addition to his service on the boards of several other prominent local nonprofits. A leader on the local major league sports scene, he has had ownership interests in the Minnesota Vikings and the former Minnesota North Stars.
Our primary founder and Chairman, Lachlan Maclachlan of Strathlachlan from Loch Fyne, Scotland, or Lach Reed to most, was a fascinating and complex individual, having grown up in Turkey in a family of educators who went on to found colleges (including Reed College) all over the world.
Lach's college sweetheart, Martha Sweatt, became his wife and partner, working with him to develop InnerCity Tennis. Martha’s father, Harold Sweatt, co-founder of Honeywell, was instrumental in developing the early nonprofit, with a very close historical relationship to the company. Martha and Lach married on September 3, 1942 and went on to spend a full life together raising six children.
In 1952, Lachlan Reed, Harold Sweatt, Martha Sweatt Reed, Wheelock Whitney, Sewell Andrews, George Crosby, Robert DeHaven, Jack Dow, John Harrison, George Hoke, Goodrich Lowry, George Mairs, Joe Masek, Donald McNeely, George Pillsbury, George Weed, Donald Paul, Dr. Jack Pfister, William Rentschler, Justin Smith, Lucian Strong and G. Cullen Thomas founded Northwest Tennis Patrons, with a goal of empowering inner city youth with the many opportunities afforded them through the lifelong sport of tennis.
Before his death in 2007, Lach cited his co-founding of InnerCity Tennis (originally Northwest Tennis Patrons) as one of his most satisfying accomplishments.