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Leadership Team

Tennis Alberta is pleased to roster 10 Board of Directors from across Alberta as well as 3 full-time and 3 part-time staff members (as of December 2018).

You can contact the Tennis Alberta Board directly, by emailing board@tennisalberta.com. Any communication sent to this address is directed to the Association’s Secretary for proper dissemination to the rest of the Board.

Daniel Skepple | President

Born in St. John’s, Antigua, Adolphus Daniel Skepple, Jr. grew up in Kingston, Ontario where he started playing tennis at the age of 15 on the public courts at Henderson Park in Kingston Township. Moving to Edmonton in 2000, Daniel joined the Capilano Tennis Club in 2005 becoming a member at large on the executive in 2009 and the Vice President in 2010. Daniel has been the President of the Capilano Tennis Club since 2015.

Daniel is a 1983 graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in English with a minor in Applied Music Performance (trumpet). Daniel enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a musician after graduation and was eventually posted to his home town band, the Canadian Forces Vimy Band, where he was a featured soloist and compere with the band for 8 years.

Daniel is currently the CEO of ADSjr Capital Group, Inc. an information technology consulting group in Edmonton, Alberta. Daniel is also the founder and Director of Music for Mission Hill Brass of St. Albert, Alberta, an avid golfer and a Star Trek addict!

Daniel and his wife Dorothy live the Forest Heights area of Edmonton and have 4 children and 1 grandson, with another on the way June 2017.

Sita Gourishankar | Vice President

Dr. Sita Gourishankar has served as a director (Secretary) on the Board of Tennis Alberta for the past 2 years. In addition to her role as secretary, Sita has been part of the ad hoc committee of Compensation, Performance and Governance, responsible for renewed focus on operational and process improvements, policy/ bylaws review, and human resource management. Sita has also served as part of the nominations committee of the board.

As Secretary, Sita has been primarily responsible for the management of corporate documents and records, and communications within the Board. She has made significant contributions to policy updates and revisions; administration of third party peer review of policy documents; provided direction to staff on process improvement for operational effectiveness; and provided substantial input on governance and operational strategy of the association through improved documentation and contract management.

Sita leverages her extensive personal credentials and professional experience to advancing Tennis Alberta and tennis in Alberta. She received her Bachelor in Medical Sciences and her MD degree from the University of Alberta and received a Masters degree from Harvard University. She is a transplant nephrologist and serves in high level leadership positions at the University with expertise in organizational governance, policy development, strategic partnership development, remediation, discipline and appeal processes.

Sita has volunteered for over 5 years in team management and organization of youth soccer and fund development. Both of Sita’s children participate in the training program at the Royal Glenora Club and in competitive soccer. Sita is committed to supporting the development of all aspects of the sport of tennis in Alberta.

Craig Hiddleston | VP Finance

Craig grew up in Vancouver and played competitive junior and adult tennis. He was chosen as one of the 10 best players to come out of BC in the 1980s as determined by Tennis BC, he played #1 singles and #1 doubles in NCAA Div I for the University of Texas at San Antonio, and won the Steve Stevens 50’s Canadian Nationals in singles and doubles in 2017. Craig is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently lives in Calgary.

Bernice Kitchin | Secretary

Bernice Kitchin offers proven and committed leadership to projects and has a specialization in organizational change management. Bernice currently work for Alberta Health Services as a Senior Clinical Informatics Consultant supporting IT project implementations from feasibility through to post implementation.

Bernice has been employed with AHS for 18 years and brings extensive volunteer experience with a large international organization where she is deployed to disaster sites across Canada at a management level.

Bernice prides myself on her ability to collaborate with disparate groups – both in the workplace and as a community volunteer. She brings passion and energy to her work (and tennis!) and thrives on fast paced projects.

For the past 18 months Bernice has served as the Chair of the Tennis Alberta Tournament Committee. In addition, Bernice has been a Tournament Director for Oakridge U12/U16 Champs Tournament for the past 3 years.

Alex Molotsky | Director

Alex Molotsky brings a wealth of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising. Alex grew up in Calgary playing in the Tennis Alberta junior system through the Glencoe Club. He successfully secured a scholarship to Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, competing as a member of the men’s tennis team for four years, while captaining the team for three of them.

After graduation, Alex moved back to Calgary and began working in the Athletics Department at the University of Calgary. Alex is currently the Associate Director of Development for Dinos Athletics where he oversees the philanthropic and sponsorship activities for the Department.

Jamie Ludwig | Director

Jamie Ludwig is a respected professional who own and manages a midsized industrial distribution organization with 11 locations throughout Alberta and BC. Sales and marketing are his primary focus but being a business owner, finance, strategic planning employee and supplier relations, as well as corporate policy and values are all a part of his responsibilities. Known for integrity and relationship building that leads to longstanding affiliations. Completive professional who identifies trends and opportunities in the industrial community.

Julia Ciccaglione | Director

Julia Ciccaglione is a regulatory professional with 20 years’ experience in the electricity sector and the field of environmental science. Extensive experience with regulatory and environmental filings including those to the National Energy Board, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Environment, the BC Oil & Gas Commission, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, and the Ontario Energy Board.

Julia served as Co-Chair alongside the Deputy Minister of Energy for the Electricity Working Group on Clean Energy in British Columbia. Has also served as a member of the Disclosure Committee, and the Environmental, Health and Safety Subcommittee of the Board of Directors of Veresen Inc. (a publicly traded Calgary based energy company).

Julia was a founding member of Pristine Power Inc., a publicly traded electricity infrastructure company in Calgary. Julia has a professional background in regulatory, environmental science, government relations and stakeholder consultation. Julia also possess excellent writing, organization, and communication skills.

Rajesh Verma | Director

Rejesh Verma is a transformational leader in Technology Procurement & Supply Chain Management, with more than 22 years of experience across multiple industries- Oil & Gas, High Tech, Business Consulting, Manufacturing and Distribution.

A Senior Executive with on-hands experience in leading successful Procurement Transformation programs with an ability to drive change, deliver effective solutions and create a continuous improvement culture within an organization. Rejesh is focused on creating value for Husky Energy from alignment of People, Processes and Technology.

A strategic and innovative thinker with expertise in developing collaborative and trusted partnerships, to achieve a shared vision and goals for stakeholders.

Rob James | Director

Rob has been head of the Parlee McLaws LLP Labour and Employment Group for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the practice of labour and employment law. Rob advises a wide variety of federally and provincially regulated clients on labour and employment matters including grievance arbitrations, Part III Canada Labour Code adjudications, human rights complaints and hearings, wrongful dismissal litigation, dismissal planning, collective bargaining, privacy complaint hearings, defence of occupational health and safety prosecutions, workers’ compensation issues, and the development of employment contracts and personnel policies.

Rob’s trial and appeal experience is extensive and he has appeared before every level of Court in Alberta. In addition, Rob has comprehensive knowledge of, and experience in, extra-judicial dispute resolution processes, including mediation, judicial dispute resolution, and arbitration.

A strategic and innovative thinker with expertise in developing collaborative and trusted partnerships, to achieve a shared vision and goals for stakeholders.

Rod Harvey | Director

Rod learned to play tennis at the Victoria Lawn Tennis Club and the Racquet Club of Victoria. A former board member of Tennis Alberta (2007-2011), he is currently a director of the Medicine Hat Tennis Club and teaches in the junior elite tennis program. During his time on the Tennis Alberta board, he was the community champion for the Building Tennis Communities (BTC) program in Medicine Hat.

Rod received BA and MA degrees from UBC and a PhD from the University of Alberta. A former Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and faculty member at Medicine Hat College, he is a past board member of the Medicine Hat YM-YWCA, the Medicine Hat Hostel Society and the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society.

 

Peter Ogilvie | Executive Director

(780) 415-1661×5 | Peter.Ogilvie@tennisalberta.com

Peter Ogilvie has been recognized for his unique talent for connecting sport and business to ensure that the right people come together to guarantee success and is excited to be working to help develop and promote the sport of tennis across Alberta.

As a member of the City of Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame Peter brings a strong and experienced sports management background to Tennis Alberta.

As a visionary leader Peter Ogilvie served as Executive Director of Athletics Alberta from 2005 to 2014. He was CEO of TrackTown Canada, the organizing committee that managed the Edmonton 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships which came to western North America for the first time that year. He was instrumental in organizing the first-ever amalgamated Canadian Track and Field Championships, which combines junior, senior, and para-athletes into one major event. Peter led the local organizing committee to produce the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic selection trials held in Edmonton, which was honoured as the  2016 CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award.

Nancy North | Administrative Assistant

(780) 415-1661×1 | Admin@tennisalberta.com

Nancy is Tennis Alberta’s “Office Ninja” – handling all office and administrative responsibilities. She made the switch to Tennis Alberta from an office administrator role at HB Construction Company Ltd and previously managed the Arrowhead office and dispatch activities in Edmonton.

She has been heeding the call with her exceptional customer service abilities to help support Tennis Alberta activities and build out reliable and experienced back office practices.

Nancy hangs with the staff to make sure they’ve got the p’s and q’s of projects, processes, and people sorted out. She also helps the entire team dream up cool ideas and put them into practice by arranging the right resources.

Kristina Sanjevic | Technical Manager, High Performance & Junior Player Development

(780) 415-1661 | Kristina.Sanjevic@tennisalberta.com

Kristina obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism from the University of Alberta,  where she was also a captain of the Pandas Tennis team. She led her team to two National Gold medals and was a 5 time MVP recipient. She also received the prestigious Bakewell Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year.

Earlier in her career she was a multiple provincial singles and doubles champion, she competed at the 2009 Canada Summer Games, and was a Canadian Doubles National Champion. She has also competed in several ITF’s around the world where she captured 3 ITF doubles championships.

Kristina obtained a Tennis Canada Club Pro 2 Certification and a Cardio Tennis L1 Certification. Prior to joining Tennis Alberta, Kristina worked as a tennis coach for 14 years at the Saville Community Sports Centre.

Derek van den Berg | Technical Manager,  Tournaments and Provincial Programming

(780) 415-1661×2 | Tournaments@tennisalberta.com

Derek has been involved in the tennis industry for the past twelve years as a coach, a referee and player.  He most recently worked at a Tennis Professional at the Royal Glenora Club for three years.

In the past, Derek worked as a Chair Umpire for Nationals.  He comes to us with a vast of tournament experience, having hosted over 100 tournaments in his career, including multiple Challenger Provincials.

In November 2018, Derek’s role has transitioned from the Tournaments and Competitions Coordinator to the Technical Manager of Tournaments and Provincial Programming.

Kealy Litun | Communications & Community Relations Coordinator

(780) 415-1661×6 | Kealy.Litun@tennisalberta.com

Kealy comes to Tennis Alberta with a strong communications background and extensive experience working with non-profits. She has previous experience in the arts, municipal government and post-secondary education sectors.

She is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and has successfully completed the Public Relations Knowledge (PRK) Exam as a member. As a passionate Edmontonian, she volunteers on the Executive Board of her community league.

David Rossolatos | Development Associate

(780) 415-1661×3 | David.Rossolatos@tennisalberta.com

David is an experienced community tennis leader with more than 8 years serving his tennis community in Edmonton. Recruited in 2010 as a Community Champion by Tennis Canada to be of part of the nationwide Building Tennis Communities initiative David was trained on how to lead the development and strengthening of community tennis in his neighborhood of Highlands.

David took on the role of Communications & Community Relations Coordinator for Tennis Alberta in April of 2017 and led the development of several initiatives that increased visibility of tennis events across the province, as well as rolling out initiatives that led to greater engagement in tennis across multiple communities in Alberta. He also served as Local Organizing Committee Member for the Davis Cup tie in Edmonton in September of 2017 where he led the organizing of events that promoted this major tennis event across Alberta.

Since starting his studies in medicine in September of 2018 David has transitioned into the role of Development Associate within Tennis Alberta. He now oversees brand asset development for Tennis Alberta and the further development of the Tennis Alberta LIVE initiative he started earlier in 2018. He is excited to continue applying his experience in community tennis and his zest for design and technology to support Tennis Alberta’s vision in becoming the leading provincial tennis association in the country.