Will Prest (Chair), Managing Partner, 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.
Robert W. (Bob) Oberrender (Past Chair) , Advisor, Investor, Independent Board Member
A lifelong tennis enthusiast, Bob Oberrender is currently an investor and advisor to a variety of organizations. In September of 2018, he retired as the Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of UnitedHealth Group (UNH), where he had responsibility for UNH’s investment management, treasury, capital markets, real estate and risk management teams. Mr. Oberrender serves on the Board, and as Treasurer, of the USTA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the United States Tennis Association. Mr. Oberrender also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Hill School, and is an Independent director of the Board of Optum Bank, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Oberrender received his A.B. in Economics from Hamilton College and his M.B.A from the University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business.
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.
Hilary Santoni (Secretary) , Co-Founder, Minnehaha Music
Hilary Santoni is an experienced project manager, community volunteer and avid tennis player. Hilary was raised in a tennis-playing family. She played in high-school in Ohio and at the University of Toronto, where she taught at Toronto’s Inner-City tennis program. Hilary began her career in development at United Way Services in Cleveland, and then at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where she handled corporate sponsorships. After a move with her husband to Minneapolis, Hilary joined Carlson Marketing Group managing travel incentive programs from 1997 - 2003. Turning her attention to family and education, she served as a board member and co-president of the Edina Education Fund (2006-2010). Hilary continues her involvement with United Way serving on the Tocqueville Cabinet. In 2013, Hilary co-founded and currently manages Minnehaha Music, an organization whose mission is to enhance classical musical in the community. Hilary, her husband David and their three children live in Edina.
Tim Olson (Treasurer), Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, Wells Fargo Corporate Banking
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.
Nick Bollettieri, Founder, IMG 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.
Rick Evans, Attorney
Rick is an attorney who, prior to his retirement, was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Metris Companies, Inc. and Green Tree Financial Corporation. Prior to that he was 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.
During 2018, Rick served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The MSFA is the state agency that owns and operates U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Rick 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.
Roy Ginsburg, Partner, Jones Day
Bio and photo coming soon.
Sima Griffith, Managing Principal, Aethlon Capital, LLC
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.
Will Hancock, Associate Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab
Will is as an Associate Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab helping individuals plan for their financial futures. Prior to his role at Charles Schwab, Will worked as an Associate Relationship Manager at Riverbridge Partners in the Twin Cities as well as an institutional sales trader for JonesTrading out of their Los Angeles and New York City offices. Will received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, golf and staying involved in the local community.
Reverend Johnny Hunter, Executive Director, Hospitality House Youth Development
Photo and Bio coming soon.
Bruce H. Jackson, PhD, C. Charles Jackson Foundation
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.
Andrzej Malewicz, VP, R&D, Medtronic, Inc.
Photo and bio to come soon.
John Nealon, President & CEO, UroCure
Photo and Bio coming soon.
Todd H. Otis, Public Affairs Consultant
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.
Julie Peterson, Board Member
Julie Peterson is an experienced consultant, project manager and account manager, most recently working for Watson Wyatt Worldwide in the Organizational Development Practice where she also held positions in Account Management and Marketing. During her time there she additionally served as an examiner for the Minnesota Council for Quality’s Performance Excellence Assessment process and as a reviewer for the Greater Twin Cities United Way as part of the open and competitive review process team. Prior to joining Watson Wyatt, she held various non-profit positions in development and marketing including at the Center For Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange and the Minnesota Private College Council.
Julie is an active community volunteer. She has supported several local endeavors, including volunteering as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Minnesota, and as Board Members of the Minnesota Valley Humane Society and the Minnetonka Early Childhood and Family Education Advisory Board. At the Blake School, she served as chair of the Parent Association (Highcroft campus ), developer and facilitator for the Racial and Gender Identity Workshop for Parents, served on the Blake Classic Gala Committee and as an Admissions Guide, in addition to leading various other campus activities for students.
She is a graduate of Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and earned her Masters of Arts and Masters of Public Administration degrees from the University of Utah’s Middle East Center and Humphrey Institutes (Salt Lake City, UT) where she served as a Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. She enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, running, hiking, travel, reading and watching tennis from the courtside.
Doug Power, Global Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A General Mills, Inc.
Doug Power is an accomplished corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions and integration executive with deep business acumen developed through nearly 25 years of corporate development and investment banking experience. Doug is currently the Global Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A at General Mills, Inc. where he is responsible for defining the company’s enterprise strategy, executing all acquisition and divestiture transactions globally, and leading the company’s hostile defense activities.
Doug holds an MBA with Honors from The University of Chicago and a BA with Distinction from The University of Michigan. Doug also serves on the board of directors of The Rahr Malting Company and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. He lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two sons. He is an avid skier and has new found passions for tennis and sailing.
Rick Reuter, Principal, Deloitte
Rick leads Deloitte Digital's Insurance and Wealth practice. With a 20 year background in financial services and technology, Rick is passionate about innovation and helping clients solve difficult problems. He works with technology platforms and industry leading companies to design and deliver transformative programs. Rick brings industry experience across insurance and banking, with specific focus on transformation, digital business and innovation. Rick received an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and enjoys tennis, golf, music and spending time with his family.
Mya Smith-Dennis, Training and Outreach Coordinator/Tennis Service Representative, USTA Northern
He played collegiately at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., where he was a four-time All-American and was the 2012 NCAA Division III Finalist in men’s doubles. He also won the NCAA Division III Central Region Championship in singles that year. A graduate of Gustavus in 2014 with a degree in communications and a minor in management, Smith-Dennis was an assistant coach for the men’s tennis team there for one year (2014-15) and was a supervisor and instructor for GAC’s world-renowned Tennis and Life Camps during the summer months for three years. He now works at USTA Northern as a Tennis Service Representative, Training, Community Outreach, and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.
Anthony (Tony) Stingley, National Manager, Schools Tennis, United States Tennis Association
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.
Strategic Advisory Committee
Shelley Andrew, Manager, Business Systems, 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.
Neal Hagberg, Director, Tennis & Life Camps, Gustavus Adolphus College
Bio and photo coming soon.
Brownell Mack III, PsyD, LP, 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.
Eric J. (EJ) McNulty, Executive Creative Director, 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 Nelson, Board Chairwoman, Carlson Family Foundation
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 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.
Lori Van Holmes, VP, Global Talent Planning, Fortive Corporation
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.
Associate Board Members
Chris Abbott, Investor, Continental Grain
Chris co-leads Continental Grain’s venture capital investing, focused on early stage food and agriculture technology companies. Prior to joining CGC, Chris was an institutional salesperson at Piper Jaffray and led Craig-Hallum’s investment banking efforts focused on sustainability. Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota and currently lives in Excelsior, MN with his wife, Anna. He enjoys playing basketball and tennis and competing in triathlons. In addition to InnerCity Tennis, he is also a supporter of the non-profit charity: water.
Mara Adler, Designer, iSpace Environments
Mara is a Designer at iSpace Environments specializing in commercial design for workplace and hospitality clients. Previously Mara worked as a Development Manager for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in San Francisco. Mara received an undergraduate degree in Communication from Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA) and a B.F.A in Interior Architecture from Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA). She enjoys playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Tom Brunkow, Innovative Computer Software
Tom heads up the product team for Innovative Computer Software. Tom received his B.S. in both finance and accounting from Miami University (OH) and later received his master’s degree in accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. When Tom is not building software products you can either find him on the court playing tennis, enjoying the great outdoors or on the links playing golf.
Sam Colten, Reconstruction Consultant, Zimmer Biomet
Sam is a Joint Reconstruction Consultant for the orthopedics team at Zimmer Biomet. Prior to his role at Zimmer Biomet, Sam worked in Portfolio Services for Renters Warehouse. Sam received an undergraduate degree in History from Kalamazoo College, and was a member of the Men's Varsity Tennis Team. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, golf, and spending time with family.
Will Hancock, Associate Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab
Will is as an Associate Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab, helping individuals plan for their financial futures. Prior to his role at Charles Schwab, Will worked as an Associate Relationship Manager at Riverbridge Partners in the Twin Cities as well as an Institutional Sales Trader for JonesTrading out of their Los Angeles and New York City offices. Will received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Trinity College (Hartford, CT). In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, golf and staying involved in the local community.
Margo Hileman, Vice President, Multi-Channel Strategy, Evans Larson Communications
Margo is the Vice President of Multi-Channel Strategy at Evans Larson Communications. In this role, Margo works with clients on maintaining clear, consistent messaging across all communication avenues including digital, social, public relations and print. Before this role, Margo was an editor for Examiner.com while living in Denver, Colorado. She received a B.A. in English and Communications from the University of Iowa.
When not working, Margo enjoys cooking, biking, spending time with the family and traveling as often as possible. Her passion for tennis started with InnerCity Tennis as both a student and instructor in the summer program from grade school through high school. She continues to play today.
Merritt Jackley, Associate, Vermillion Capital
Merritt is an Associate at Vermillion Capital, a boutique investment bank in Minneapolis. Prior to his current role, he was an investment banker at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in New York. Merritt grew up in the Twin Cities area and received his B.A. in History at Colgate University. He is a lifelong tennis player and his other interests include paddle tennis, golf, reading, and spending time with both family and friends.
Meg Lee, Customer Success Manager, Trimble
Meg works as a Customer Success Manager for Trimble within the Transportation Mobility branch. She received her B.A. in English from Hamilton College, where she played tennis and served as team captain and a member of the Athletic Advisory Committee. Meg grew up in Eden Prairie and spent three years working in NYC after college before moving back to Minnesota. Her interests include tennis, hiking, skiing, travel and spending time with friends and family in the local area.
Doug Manthei, Pricing Analyst, US Bank
Doug Manthei is a Pricing Analyst at U.S. Bank who helps decide the interest rate strategy for the bank. Before this role, Doug worked as a consultant for Target and its vendors. He is a proud Gopher fan and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Economics. Continuing with economics, he received a Master's in Economics from Purdue. Outside of work he enjoys refereeing and playing hockey, curling league, and finding the best Juicy Lucy in the Twin Cities.
Tim Olson, Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, Wells Fargo Corporate Banking
Tim is 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.
Ryan Roddy, Digital Media Consultant, Health Partners
Ryan Roddy is a Digital Media Consultant at Health Partners, where he plays a lead role in digital media investment strategy across brand, care and insurance plan marketing. Prior to that, Ryan spent four years at Broadhead, an independent advertising agency in Minneapolis with a focus on the food and agriculture industries, working on clients like Cargill, Bridgestone and the Almond Board of California.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he earned degrees in Strategic Communications and Psychology, Ryan was born In Belfast, Northern Ireland, but immigrated to St. Paul, MN early in life. He attended St. Thomas Academy, where he played tennis from grades 7-12. In his free time today, Ryan can be found on the golf course or begging his fiancée, Lizzy, to wait a few more years before adopting a dog.
Jillian Stockmo, Director, Program Continuum & Partnerships, Teach for America - Twin Cities
Jillian serves as Director, Program Continuum and Partnerships at Teach for America - Twin Cities. In this role, she works towards developing strong teacher leaders and building partnerships to help put the region on a path towards educational equity. She leads the Program Continuum Team, which focuses on teacher leadership development, student outcomes, coaching and school partnerships.
Prior to joining the TFA regional staff, Jillian taught 1st and 2nd grade as a TFA corps member at Sojourner Truth Academy in North Minneapolis and coached women’s soccer in Minneapolis Public Schools. She received a B.A. (Cum Laude) in Religion and Anthropology from Amherst College and is currently completing an M.A. in Teaching at Hamline University. She is a South Minneapolis native and attended South High School, but currently lives and is involved the community of Northeast Minneapolis.
When she’s not working at TFA, Jillian enjoys playing tennis at ICT in its Monday Night Women’s league, as well as reading and traveling with friends and family.
Tori Sundholm, Team Communications and Operations, Teach for America
Tori works on the Teach For America – Twin Cities regional Team in Operations and Communications. She previously worked for the DC Region team in fundraising and board operations. Tori received undergraduate degrees in English literature and journalism at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). In her free time, Tori enjoys traveling with family, writing, playing tennis and yoga.
Law Thao, Marketing & Communication Manager, InnerCity Tennis
Law Thao holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media Arts Design with a focus in marketing and advertisement from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and has a background in Nonprofit Management. He inspires others to think deeply about social justice issues, specifically race, to be more culturally aware and to have pride in who they are with the creation of his photos, graphic designs, and documentary work.
Law is the Marketing & Communications Manager at InnerCity Tennis in Minneapolis, MN.
Caroline Ward, Fixed Income Investment Analyst, The Travelers Companies, Inc
Caroline is a Fixed Income Investment Analyst for Travelers, helping to manage the company’s investment portfolio. Caroline earned her B.A. in Accounting and Literature from Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA). Caroline played tennis for Edina High School and was a 2-year captain for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas, where she was an All-American and ITA National Doubles Champion. Caroline enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Kari Wenker, Digital Marketing Specialist, North Memorial Health
Kari works in digital marketing at North Memorial Health where she project manages all things digital – campaigns, social media and websites. Kari has a B.S. in Nutrition and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Kari is really into cooking, plants, reading and cycling. She plays tennis recreationally and took beginner tennis lessons this summer.
Richard L. Lindstrom, MD 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.
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.