Skip Hartman, General Manager
Skip Hartman has operated and managed indoor and outdoor tennis clubs in New York City since 1970. He was the first public parks tennis bubble concessionaire and pioneered that concept with the City of New York. He currently operates the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, New York Tennis Club Indoors, and Advantage Quickstart Tennis Programs and Camps. He is also a partner in EAMCO, an air-structure repair and maintenance company whose 50 clients include Columbia Univ., Harvard and Boston College. Since December 2016 he has been retained by NYJTL to manage The Cary Leeds Center. He grew up in NYC playing in the parks, played varsity tennis at Princeton, and taught tennis for 5 years, paying for his graduate education at Yale Law School. He was an early advocate of group tennis instruction and is a founder of NYJTL with Arthur Ashe.
Rick Ferman, Executive Director of Tennis
A veteran tennis teacher, Rick has many years of experience in creating successful tennis programs for all ages and skill levels. As the Managing Partner of Court One Athletic Clubs in Lansing, Michigan, his success in tennis programming and club management garnered two USTA Section Club of the Year Awards and recognition as the 1991 USTA National Organization of the Year. His forte is supporting the development of competitive junior players with over 150 former students competing at the collegiate level including four All-Americans and several Academic All-Americans. Rick’s development philosophy “Value the outcome, focus on the process,” reflects his concern for each athlete’s long term game and character development. He played collegiate tennis at Michigan State University receiving the MSU Varsity Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Rick is an inductee in the USTA Midwest Tennis Hall of Fame and the Midwest Professional Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1994 he Co-founded the Todd Martin Development Fund with the goal of providing tennis and leadership education to under-served youth in the Lansing area.
Katerina Sevcikova, Associate Director, Junior Development
Katerina, an accomplished player and coach has been working in the tennis industry since 2005 and is equally comfortable working with high performance juniors and 10 & under youth players. Katerina creates an inspirational training culture that allows her students to flourish and progress towards reaching their tennis goals… Additionally, Katerina has earned her M.A. in Sports Business Management, and is certified as USPTA Elite Professional, USTA High Performance Coach and ITPA Fitness Specialist.
Elena Bantovska, Associate Director, Junior Competition
Elena, a 14 year veteran coach and administrator with NYJTL, currently runs the Tournament Teams, overseeing player identification, selection and tennis development. Elena was ranked among the top juniors in her native Bulgaria, played varsity tennis at St. Johns University, graduating with a Degree in Computer Science. A superb coach, with a major concentration on advanced players, she is PTR certified and was selected as a USTA High Performance Coach. She is fluent in English and Bulgarian.
Chris Dong, Associate Director, Adult Programs
A former top 10 player in USTA New England and NYU Varsity team member, Chris trained at the Nick Bollettieri T.A. and Billy Stearns. He is a PTR certified professional. He was Tennis Director of a I0 court facility at one of the largest YMCA’s in the country, coaching numerous juniors and adults including two # I players in the USTA New England section. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious AYP Triangle Award for his excellence in leadership, programming and community outreach by the Association of YMCA Professionals. Previously in medical school, he has returned to his passion of helping others through tennis.
Bill Wiese, Assistant General Manager
Bill Wiese has done it all: an enthusiastic tennis player and finisher in 51 marathons, the father of 3 ranked junior players and grandfather of 9 including at least two future champions, recipient of USTA Eastern’s Tennis Family of the Year, a retired high ranking Police Chief, and Deputy and Executive Director of NYJTL from 1995 to 2007. A resident of Queens, he marks his third career helping make the Cary Leeds Center a fabulous place. His direct responsibilities include oversight of the facilities and their security, as well as being referee for over 35 USTA sanctioned tournaments happening each year at the Center.
Ingrid Ramirez, Front Desk Manager
A lifelong fan of the game and tennis mom. Ingrid was first introduced to NYJTL as a parent volunteer in 2002. She became a staff member in 2007 as Co-Site Director for the Community Tennis Program later moving on to Administrative Assistant to the Sr. Director of Operations, followed by Tennis Program Coordinator. She has studied Liberal Arts at CUNY Hunter College and earned a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Queensborough in April 2013.
Camelia (Oana “Wana”) Ciorleanu, Business Manager
A graduate of Queens College with a Degree in Accounting, Oana is in charge of the business records at Leeds. She works closely with Ingrid on the Front of the House. An avid skier,mother of 2 aspiring young athletes, she is fluent in English and Romanian.
Allison Sands, Outreach Manager
Allison has been an avid tennis player most of her life, captaining her high school team, playing competitively in college and captaining both U.S.T.A. adult and junior teams. She graduated from Emory University with an Economics degree and holds an MBA degree from New York University. Prior to NYJTL, Allison worked in the toy industry, developing and buying educational products for well known retailers and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The community outreach role focuses on partnering with local schools and other neighborhood and Bronx organizations to enable the Leeds Center to provide tennis and educational services in the community surrounding Crotona Park.