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Board of Directors

Marceil Whitney, TOPs Founder & USPTA/PTR Professional
As the Founder of TOPs, Marceil was instrumental in establishing community programs that implemented TOPs’ mission—Empowering youth for lifetime success through tennis, education, fitness and character development, regardless of economic circumstance.

Marceil is a USPTA certified professional, a coach and instructor in the Pacific Northwest for over 40 years including coaching at Redmond High School and Central Park Tennis Club. She has provided tennis programs and services to Redmond Parks, Kirkland Parks, and King County Parks through her Tennie Tennis Business.

Marceil has also served as a USPTA Pacific Northwest Division officer.

Travis Roach, Eastside Tennis Center, Executive Director
Bringing “Tennis to Everyone,” a focus of Eastside Tennis Center, is also a theme that has played throughout Travis’s extensive tennis career in our community. Prior to Eastside Tennis Center, Travis was the General Manager at Mercer Island Beach Club, manager of the UW Nordstrom Tennis Center, and head coach at Ballard High School, his alma mater. He has also served as the USTA Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for the greater Seattle area for the last 3+ years.

When not working, Travis enjoys playing tennis, other sports and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Rich Furman, President
Bio coming soon.,

Charles "Chick" Hodge, Vice President
Chick Hodge grew up playing tennis in the Philadelphia with an early tennis career as a highly-ranked junior and high-school player and continued at Lehigh University, where he played on three Middle Atlantic championship teams, as the #1 singles and doubles player. In his senior year, Chick served as captain and the following year, his fifth year in engineering school, he served as Acting Head Coach.

Following graduate school at Stanford, Chick moved to Seattle for a 35-year Boeing career in aircraft engineering, culminating in directorship of new technology development for subsonic commercial airplanes.

During this time, he built a neighborhood tennis court, played sanctioned tournament tennis, and was quite involved in youth tennis, serving on the Washington Youth Tennis Foundation, as Tennis Chairman at the Mercer Island Country Club during a major facility expansion, and informally coach and practiced with a number of highly-ranked junior players.  Chick later served on the board of the Atlantic Street Center, a non-profit that serves low-income kids and families in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, where he co-founded and taught tennis for eleven years at a week long Tennis Camp at Rainier Playfield.

Mike Walter
Mike Walter has had a lifelong passion for tennis. He was a top junior and earned a scholarship to Washington State University and continues to play competitively.

For 10 years, Mike was the General Manager & Publisher of the Kirkland Reporter newspaper before changing careers and becoming a USPTA certified tennis professional when Eastside Tennis Center opened in Feb 2012. He also owns and runs the Fit2Hit Pro Shop at ETC.

Lori Dickerson
Bio coming soon.

Rob Blasko
Bio coming soon.

Mike Bomgardner
Bio coming soon.

 

Advisory Board

 

Stacey Romberg
Stacey Romberg has practiced law for over 25 years, focusing her practice on business law, estate planning and probate (https://staceyromberg.com) . She earned her B.A. in 1985 from Idaho State University, graduating with High Honors; a J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1987, graduating cum laude; and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991, graduating with distinction. Prior to opening her own law firm in 1999, Stacey drafted legislation for the U.S. Senate’s Office of Legislative Counsel and worked in private practice both in Washington, D.C. and Seattle.

Stacey enjoys writing, and has published many articles in a variety of publications including GPSolo eReport (a publication of the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division), the Puget Sound Business Journal, the King County Bar Bulletin and DeNovo. She frequently speaks at a variety of venues including radio programs, continuing legal education courses, business organizations, and programs sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Stacey is a former sectionally ranked and college tennis player.

David Han
David Han is currently Sr. Manager of Business Intelligence at Concur Technologies, now part of SAP. His background includes 12 years of experience in Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics. He has consulted at several local companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and the Gates Foundation. 

David was born and raised in Seattle and has played tennis through the USTA from juniors to adult programs. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration, with focuses in Finance and Information Systems.  .

Chris Langdon
Chris Langdon is the Owner and Director of Arizona Golf and Tennis Academy (AGTA). He is certified by the USPTA as a P-1 Tennis Professional and is also a member of the USTA and USRSA. Currently, Chris spent six summers as Director of Tennis in beautiful Belgrade, Maine at the Maine Golf and Tennis Academy as well as a summer at Camp Wekeela in Hartford, Maine. Chris got to work with world class pros such as tennis legend Tony Palafox (who was John McEnroe's coach).

Chris's playing career started in Idaho as he won three State High School Singles Championships. He then played for Boise State University and won three Division 1 NCAA Big Sky Championships. Chris played professionally for a couple of years before being hired by Boise State, where he was Head Tennis Coach for both the men's and women's teams from 1986-1989.

Lori Thomason
Lori brings a passion for the game of tennis and her desire to positively impact other's lives. Lori has served previously on the TOPs Board of Directors, including as Vice President.

Lori served as the Tennis Director at the Mercerwood Shore Club and the Junior Tennis Director at the Mercer Island Country Club. She has helped countless adult and junior tennis players develop as a teaching professional at the Bellevue Club and Nordstrom Tennis Center, and has been a columnist for the regional publication, Tennis Times. She played collegiately at Trinity University.

Casie Baddeley
Bio coming soon

Steve Hopps
Bio coming soon

Valarie Kaye
Bio coming soon

Marlene Winter
Bio coming soon