John Wheaton, Executive Director
"I like that our work is making a significant impact in our community. On a daily basis, I see the tangible results of the work we are doing in shaping young people on and off the court."
John Wheaton joined InnerCity Tennis in 2014 as Associate Director, serving mainly as the director of facilities and tennis programming at the tennis center. In 2015, he took over as Executive Director, overseeing all business operations and programming for ICT.
John began his professional career as an Account Executive in the Tennis Division of International Management Group (IMG), where he coached and managed pro tennis players and directed professional tennis events. While at IMG, John also served as Associate Director of the world-renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he worked closely with its founder and ICT Board member, Nick Bollettieri
John formerly owned and directed the Wheaton Tennis Academy, taught as a Professor of Humanities at Crown College, and worked as an independent academic consultant. He earned a BA from the University of Minnesota, where he played on the men's varsity tennis team, and a JD from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He also serves as Director of Tennis at Wayzata Country Club. John lives in Deephaven with his wife and four children.
Ann Wordelman, Associate Director
“I am excited about the opportunity to advance ICT’s mission of developing and unleashing the potential of youth by connecting with our generous and supportive donor community. Helping underserved youth and providing financial assistance to those in need is a passion of mine, and I am looking forward to meeting both current and new donors who share our commitment to youth.”
Ann comes to ICT with a successful background in non-profit volunteer development and corporate marketing. Her passion for education has led her to volunteer leadership roles with the Yale Alumni Fund and Harvard Business School campaigns, as well as the Edina Education Fund, where she was Co-Chair of the Board. She has also served as a Board member for the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest. Professionally, Ann was employed most recently as an Associate Director in the Carlson Brand Enterprise at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where she worked on projects for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Previously, Ann held marketing roles at General Mills, Medtronic Diabetes, and 3M.
Ann received her BA from Yale University, where she served as a tutor with the Youth Together mentoring program and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She developed her love of tennis while living in Southern California as a young mother of two, and continues to enjoy playing doubles.
Laura Meyer, Business Systems Manager
"I love the environment here; it's a place people can escape from the stress of the 'real world' and just have fun playing tennis."
Laura is our data diva and behind the scenes champion. She supports our vast need for responsive and orderly data. When not working, she can be seen hitting some powerful overheads in our Women's Daytime League!
Emily Shern, Senior Design & Communications Manager
Emily came to ICT with 7 years of communications experience at the Wayzata Country Club, where she was most recently the Director of Design & Communications. She is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and holds a B.A. in Communication Design & Public Relations and a minor in Art. Emily leads design and communications across all media at ICT. She has been actively involved with sports her whole life (mostly basketball and volleyball), which gives her a first-hand appreciation for the life skills being taught and learned through ICT programming.
Andrew Siegfried, Front Desk Staff, IT Specialist
“I learned to play tennis at Reed Sweatt. In fact, my whole family has played here over the years! It’s neat to be able to now work with some of the same people who taught me how to love the game of tennis!”
Andrew learned how to play tennis through attending Saturday and after school programs at Reed Sweatt. He played high school tennis at Minneapolis Southwest all four years, 3 years on varsity and was Captain his senior year. Andrew was a Summer Tennis in the Parks Instructor for InnerCity Tennis who is currently a sophomore in college studying Computer Science.
Community Outreach Team
Dilcia Pederson Stromberg, USPTA & PTR Certified Teaching Professional, Outreach Programs Manager
"I like working for ICT and Reed Sweatt because I get to teach children a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives."
In addition to conducting youth programs each day, Dilcia coordinates scheduling with all of ICT’s Community Outreach programs, registration of our Super Saturday program and the hiring of our Summer Tennis in the Parks instructors each year.
Dilcia, a Minneapolils South High School graduate, began playing tennis in ICT’s Summer Tennis in the Parks Program in the 1990s. “Dil” is now an Elite USPTA pro (ten years plus) and regional tester for aspiring pros. In the fall of 2014, Dil coached the Washburn High School JV Girls team.
Laura Myers, Education Programs Manager, MN Teaching License: 5-12 Social Studies
“It is rewarding to work with learners of all ages on and off the court. Combining tennis and education is a great way for students to develop character and academic skills.”
Laura Myers began working at InnerCity Tennis in June 2016 and currently serves as the Education Programs Manager. Laura’s role is to design and deliver educational curricula as well as manage relationships with outreach schools/partners. She strives to create a sense of empowerment and creativeness for all students in a safe learning environment. Her tennis experience involves informal matches as a kid with her family and she is excited for the opportunity to grow her tennis skills even more at ICT. Laura graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History.
Mason Bultje, PTR Certified, Junior Development Coach
Mason Bultje grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, where he played high school tennis, reaching the quarterfinals of the Minnesota State Boys' Singles Championships his senior year. He played college tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he earned a degree in Exercise Physiology and All-Conference honors in singles and doubles his senior year. Mason has taught tennis for many years, four of them during the summer at Tennis and Life Camps in St. Peter, where he developed a passion for working with underprivileged youth and players of all abilities.
Dylan Kelly, USPTA, Junior Development Coach
"Growing up through InnerCity tennis and seeing how it serves the community and the individuals of all abilities is amazing!"
Dylan Kelly became a full time staff at InnerCity Tennis in 2015, working part time at the tennis desk and part time as a coach in the Cities Academy program. He started at ICT as a junior coach in the Summer Tennis in the Parks program in 2008 and was promoted to a coordinator position in the summer 2013. Dylan has had an extensive background in tournament play and played four years Division 3 tennis at the College of St. Scholastica. He has coached Southwest Activities Council (SWAC) Minneapolis park and recreation tennis program for seven years and two years at Benilde St. Margaret's High School as the girls JV coach. He's a USPTA certified professional and enjoys working with individuals of all abilities.
Dan Wheaton, USPTA & PTR Certified, Junior Development Coach
Dan began working at ICT in 2015 and has coached tennis at Wayzata Country Club for 7 years. At Minnetonka High School he was a 5 year letter winner and an integral part of their 2016 MN State High School Team Championship. He served as the Minnetonka Boy’s B-Team and JV coach for 2 years. He is PTR and USPTA certified. Dan's passion is to help all youth reach their potential in life and find their purpose.
Customer Experience Team
Janet Czaia, Front Desk Staff
Kristen Lexcen, Front Desk Staff
"I really enjoy the people at InnerCity Tennis. Tennis truly is a lifelong sport and it's really neat to see so many people enjoying it at all ages."
Kristen graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Physical Education, Developmentally Adapted Physical Education and Coaching. She has spent the past 6 years teaching and has had the pleasure of coaching numerous sports at the middle, high school and college level.
Danielle Macomber, Front Desk Staff
Being new to Minneapolis my goal was to get more involved in the community. ICT is an excellent non-profit organization that I am proud to be a part of.
Danielle's background is in residential design, earning a BA in commercial and residential design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Design for Danielle has always been an opportunity to express one's style through texture, pattern and color.
Growing up in Hawaii she learned to play tennis at the age of fourteen years old, her mother found a passion for the sport. It was a great time for them to bond and taught her a healthy outlook on competition. She recently got back into the sport through leagues at ICT, The pros and members are a great group of people.
Chris Parker, Front Desk Staff
Tennis is a great game that I have enjoyed playing most of my life. Working at ICT allows me to promote the sport I love, as well as connect with others in our community.
Chris learned to play tennis as an adolescent in his hometown of Louisville, KY and played all four years of high school. After playing on and off for several years, Chris now competes in a men's league at ICT, and a rec. league in Minneapolis.
Anthony Siegfried, Front Desk Staff
"I grew up playing tennis at ICT, and now its fun to be able to help others learn to love the game!"
Anthony learned how to play tennis at Reed Sweatt by participating in the Saturday and after school programs. Currently a senior at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, Anthony has played tennis on the boys team since 9th grade, and as a varsity player the last two years. He is looking forward to his senior season on the courts in the spring of 2016.
Anthony has been a Summer Tennis in the Parks Instructor for ICT and also an Instructor for the Minneapolis Park/Rec summer kids programs. He looks forward to starting college in the fall of 2016.
Program Delivery Team
Kathy Alex, PTR Certified Teaching Professional, Head Coach 12U Programs
I am so excited to be working at InnerCity Tennis. The mission to give back to the community and to give kids a chance no matter what their economic or social position, is what I’m all about!
Kathy has decades of experience coaching junior and college tennis, and enjoyed an illustrious playing career, competing for the UCLA Bruins and playing on the pro tour.
Callee Anderson, USPTA & PTR Certified Teaching Professional
"I love the family focus here! I grew up in a tennis family, so this organization has been a natural fit for me. Young children, youth, adults and seniors - we do it all here!"
Callee has coached at ICT since 2011 after working at Longview Tennis Club in Duluth and at three Park and Rec programs. She played #1 singles and served as captain for both Hibbing High School and St. Scholastica College.
Kyle Buchmeier, USPTA Certified Teaching Professional, Women's Daytime League Coordinator
“The atmosphere at InnerCity Tennis is great and the people I get to coach are a lot of fun. I enjoy working with players in such a friendly, welcoming space."
Kyle has worked at ICT since 2011. He helps coordinate ICT's Women's Daytime League and coaches many adult and junior programs. He formerly served as Head Coach at Woodbury and Winona Cotter High Schools and captained the Winona State Men’s Tennis Team for three years.
Nick Dunivant, Junior Development Coach
Nick began coaching at ICT in August of 2019. Nick lived and played tennis in Hong Kong for 11 years before moving to Minnesota at the start his freshman year in high school. He has appeared in three USTA team tennis sectional finals throughout his junior playing career. He also played 4 years of varsity tennis at Benilde-St. Margarets. Nick is currently working towards a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management. Nick looks forward to using his knowledge of the game to improve the skills of the ICT junior players, as well as share his love of tennis with them.
Spencer Jones, High Performance Coach
Spencer Jones is a member of our High Performance coaching staff. Jones brings enthusiasm, leadership and extensive experience to add to ICT’s already strong team of coaches. Jones’ professional coaching experience began at InnerCity Tennis, where he served as a tennis instructor for 5 years from 2006-2011. He served as High Performance Coordinator at Lifetime Bloomington-South for 8 years and as Head Coach of Lakeville South High School boys team for 3 years. His coaching experience also includes leading 17 USTA Junior Team Tennis teams to win their Sectional Championship titles and coaching 1 JTT team to win the 2018 18U Intermediate National Championships.
Jones’ experience also includes serving as Tournament Director of the Bill Van Lieshout Tennis Classic in Oshkosh, WI, which has raised over $100,000 for public tennis courts in Oshkosh since 2011. A top singles and doubles player for the Hamline Pipers in the 1990s, Jones will continue to serve as Hamline University’s head coach of men’s and women’s tennis.
Jones, a native of Oshkosh, Wis., played number one singles for Hamline University and captained the team for three seasons before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science in 1997. He later earned his MA and PhD in Government/Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jones has remained an active adult player, claiming multiple USTA sectional titles in 4.5 adult play, including several national championship appearances.
David Petersen, PTR Certified, Junior Development Coach
David began teaching at ICT through its Super Saturday and Summer in the Parks programs. Combining his love of teaching kids and his enthusiasm for the game, he is excited to give back to the same community where he learned to play tennis. He also played 5 years of varsity tennis for Minneapolis Washburn and coached the Minneapolis South junior varsity team from 2006-2012.
Bill Stark, USPTA Certified Teaching Professional, Adult Coordinator
"I am grateful for all that tennis has given me".
Bill is a former University of Minnesota Gopher tennis player and has taught tennis for many years. He loves to play the game and his favorite tennis experience was winning the USTA Northern Section father-son championship with his father and a generation later with his son.
Ben Wheaton, PTR Certified Teaching Professional, Performance Coach
Ben has taught at ICT since 2016, and his primary focus is working with players that compete at the high sectional and national levels. He enjoyed six years of playing varsity tennis at Minnetonka High School, including leading his team to back-to-back state titles at #1 singles in 2015 and 2016. He was also a state doubles finalist in 2017. He maintained a top 10 sectional singles ranking throughout his junior career, at times reaching #1, and he competed at the USTA National Clay Court and National Hard Court Championships several times. Ben especially enjoys working with his players to prepare for national competition.
Maksim Yorsh, USPTA Certified Teaching Professional, Performance Coach
Maksim Yorsh is a certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) coach who received his BS in Business Administration at Kennesaw State/Reinhardt University. Maks represented the university’s NCAA/NAIA teams for 4 years and received several awards, including: All-American, All-Conference, Dean’s List, President’s list, All-Academic Team, and Top Male Athlete of the Year for all athletes at the University.
Maks formerly coached for the Kemp Performance Tennis Academy in Atlanta where he participated in full-cycle development of junior players competing at the national and international levels. He also coached a highly successful 10U Red Ball program. Following his work in Georgia, Maks was recruited to develop and coach over 70 junior players as Head Tennis Pro at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station, Texas.
His 18+ years of playing and coaching will be an invaluable addition to our nationally recognized Cities Academy programs.