Dave is a PTR professional level tennis coach and brings years of experience playing and coaching to KCTL. As a junior he held a national ranking in the UK and represented his country. After school he played full-time for one year before accepting a scholarship to play College tennis in the US. Following graduation, Dave transitioned into coaching and has since taught and ran tennis programs in the UK, Long Island and Brooklyn. Passionate about teaching and working with children, he is excited to have found KCTL and is looking forward to having a positive impact on the program.
Rob Gerstman, Program Manager
Rob grew up in the suburbs of New York where he enjoyed spending his time playing sports with friends and on competitive teams. Rob graduated from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! Thereafter, he spent 10 years working in the field of Human Resources at a non-profit agency, where he met his wife. Rob then chose to spend his time raising his son and coaching sports in the NYC public school system. Currently, he teaches tennis and table tennis at well-established middle school and high school programs. Joining the KCTL family is an exciting opportunity for Rob and he already feels very welcome. Rob looks forward to learning from everyone involved and working together to continue to grow the tennis communities we "serve."
Tyler Miller, Marketing Associate
Marc Bushelle, Staff Photographer
Marc Bushelle was born in Barbados. Being the son of a US State Department father his home quickly became different places around the world that included the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. This unique childhood has shaped his imagination, love of art and photography, and has enhanced his able to connect with a wide range of people.
Soon after college he started working as an assistant art director on many high end music videos. Working with artist like LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Big Pun and Eve to help them deliver their visual message. After working in the film industry both in production and post production, Bushelle transitioned into becoming a full time professional photographer. He has worked at many notable Portrait Studios where he has gained national recognition. He continues to operate his private studio in Brooklyn NY which allows him to explore complex ideas while shooting everything from fashion and beauty to business and portraits. His work has been exhibited in galleries and venues in Texas, Philadelphia and New York City.
Tina Adjei-Bosompem, Tompkins Site Leader
Tina was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. She graduated from SUNY Albany and SUNY Downsate is currently a research assistant and statistical consultant. She started playing tennis at six years old and continued into high school. Programs like KCTL in her neighborhood growing up fostered her love for the sport and moved her to help provide other children with the same uplifting experience. Tina believes that KCTL fosters a family atmosphere and the investment into the students go beyond the tennis court. This season, she hopes to see her returning students hone their skills and for her new students to grow a love for the sport.
Shonda Bacchus, Sumner Educational Coordinator
Shonda was born in East New York, Brooklyn. She is a recent college graduate and currently a preschool teacher in Bed-Stuy. She has faithfully played tennis for over twenty years, which is the reason she became a Site Leader with Kings County Tennis League. She believes that all children should be given the chance to learn a practical skill. In doing so, that skill will open up several doors to unlimited professional opportunities.
Efi da Silva, Lafayette Gardens Site Leader
Efi has been a part of Kings County Tennis League since 2013. She joined having no tennis experience by the encouragement of a friend. Witnessing and aiding in the emotional and skill-based growth of the kids who participated in our program led Efi to continue since then. Being part of a team with adept, energetic, and compassionate volunteers has made it all the more edifying. By day, Efi works as a graphic designer and, whenever she has time, she writes and makes films.
Kim Diehl, Sumner Site Leader
Kim is a native Floridian who moved to Brooklyn in 2015. She is a former college tennis player and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a communications strategist for a non-profit that advocates for working people called the National Employment Law Project. Kim loves tennis and is always looking for opportunities to pass along coaching and skills that were passed on to her over the many years she has spent teaching and playing on the tennis court. She believes tennis and sports are excellent vehicles for building community, self-confidence and friendships.
Ari Fulton, Lafayette Gardens Educational Coordinator
Ari Fulton is a New York based costume designer. Born and raised in Chicago, Ari came to NYC to attend graduate school at NYU. Ari is happy to be joining KCTL for the second year as Educational Coordinator for Lafayette Gardens. Though Ari is new to tennis, she enjoys helping the students with drills and keeping up player morale.
Christine Hum has worked KCTL as the Educational Coordinator at Jackie Robinson Tennis Club since its launch in 2015. Prior to that, she was a volunteer at Lafayette Gardens. She loves working with the community and mentoring children. Her mother was a Boston Public School Teacher who also enjoyed spending time outdoors and promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. Outside of KCTL, Christine is a Management Consultant.
Gary Robinson, Marcy Educational Coordinator
Gary Robinson is a native Brooklynite and has been Marcy's Educational Coordinator since 2013. Although his background is primarily in coaching youth basketball, Gary has shown the ability to develop innovative learning environments on the tennis court that challenge students to achieve their best. Prior to KCTL, Gary was a coach and mentor with Red Hook Rise Books and Basketball program.
Michael Rojas, Educational Coordinator
Michael Rojas grew up in various boroughs and currently resides in Brooklyn. He loves New York with a passion and cares deeply about the culture. Michael graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Child Psychology and Studio Art and most recently worked at companies like New York Road Runners and Shadowbox. He joined Kings County Tennis League to help make an impact in the community and on children's lives.
Vishnu Prasad, Marcy Site Leader
Vishnu is a PTR professional level tennis coach and a Filmmaker from Connecticut. Vishnu began coaching tennis during his sophomore year in high school. He played competitive tennis in high school and college and graduated with his Bachelors in Business Management. He has taught in various tennis clubs in Connecticut and Westchester county. As a self taught tennis player, Vishnu loves sharing his tennis knowledge to up and coming young tennis players and is excited to be part of the KCTL family.
Michelle Gbelama, Site Leader (Floater)
Michelle Gbelama is a tennis player from Trenton New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Drew University in Economics (2010) and a Masters in Arts and Letters (2013).
Before and during college, she worked for the National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton coaching tennis to underprivileged children aged five to 18. While in graduate school at Drew, she was a volunteer assistant coach under Jeff Brandes. After graduate school, she landed a position as program director for National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton. For the past four years, Gbelama has served on the USTA, New Jersey District Board, as Vice President of Community Development.
She recently transferred to New York and serves as a program director at the New York Junior Tennis and Learning @I.S61, a non-profit tennis organization associated with the United States Tennis Association.
Frances Ferdinand, Staff Instructor, Go Girls Go!
Frances Ferdinand has played and competed in tennis for 10+ yrs. including 4 yrs. of DI collegiate tennis at Morgan State University. She has coached, assisted, and participated in several tennis camps, clubs and schools across NYC including the historic West Side Tennis Club, NYJTL and the YMCA. Frances is the former Head Coach of the Women’s’ tennis team at Hunter College and current director of HQ Tennis, a non profit tennis program bringing high quality training to low income neighborhoods.
Brandon Otero, Staff Racquet Stringer
I began playing tennis as a student at Marcy at the age of 10 and now serve as a volunteer. I’m happy to get the opportunity to fix the object that created the sport we know as tennis as well as to start stringing with the people I love most (KCTL)! Tennis has tought me a significant amount of lessons on and off the court such as being passionate and communicative. I wish not only to expand in my new tennis stringing business, but to also learn from my customers and bring them a confidence in their game with every string of the racquet.
Alex Gauthier, BKS and Upswing Instructor
Alex grew up in France. He started playing tennis at seven years old. He played Junior tournaments in Europe and then moved to the US to attend college. Alex earned a Master in therapy and is now able to provide mental preparation and tennis coaching for players. He started his career as a tennis coach employed by Le Petit Tennis where he was able to gain experience working with younger kids. He continued his tennis career by coaching at the Boca Raton Tennis Center where he was able to coach the number one former Harvard tennis player and many different high level players. During his last job at the Gerard Loglo Academy as the Head Coach, Alex was able to work with top Juniors and players on the ATP, WTA, and ITF tour.
Adam Joyce, Pee-Wee and Upswing Coach
Like many kids at KCTL, Adam began playing tennis by smacking a ball against a wall for hours at a time. After many years being taught by people with a passion for the game, he eventually became a highly ranked junior player. But it wasn't until working with KCTL, its staff and volunteers, and the most important component - our children - that he discovered his love for tennis. Adam volunteers at Lafayette Gardens, helps coach Upswing and the after-school program, and continues to teach pee-wees at BKS in Tompkins and Sumner Houses, a program for pre-K students that KCTL has pioneered.
DeUndre Kellam, Fall After-School Instructor
DeUndre’ was first introduced to tennis through a summer program at the Boys & Girls club he attended. After the Boys & Girls club program ended, he had minimal exposure to the sport which is why he advocates for and understands the importance of making the game of tennis accessible. DeUndre’ first moved to New York after completing his master’s degree, and in his free time began playing tennis again. Prior to Kings County Tennis League, he worked as a substitute teacher and coached tennis for a summer camp and afterschool program. DeUndre’ is a coach and volunteer for the KCTL afterschool program at Marcy.
Asterlyn Pierratos is a hands-on educator currently residing in Queens. New York. Being the city that never sleeps is relatable to her on many levels as her mind never ceases to create new and extensive ideas for the world around her. Her adaptability is as strong as her flexibility; this is shown through her willingness and ability to take on any challenges thrown her way. She is currently attending GCU where she is majoring in Psychology and is hoping to make a lasting impact on children’s lives through her work and actions. She has worked as a Leadership Activity Specialist for NYJTL for 7+ years and having recently joined Kings County Tennis League, she hopes to continue to provide children with a voice of their own and empower them to become the best version of themselves on and off the court.
Lauren Reid, Site Leader - Ingersoll
Lauren grew up in Dallas, Texas playing competitive tennis since the age of six. By the age of eighteen, she had reached a ranking of Top 10 in the state and then went on to play four years of Division 1 tennis at Wofford College in South Carolina. Now living in Brooklyn with her fiancée and her Siamese cat Lottie, Lauren has had two years of experience coaching tennis at public parks across Brooklyn through the City Parks Foundation. She is incredibly excited to share her tennis knowledge as a site leader at KCTL and to help kids grow both as tennis players and as individuals.
Justin Becker, BCHS Instructor
My name is Justin Daniel Becker and I'm from Los Angeles California. I began playing tennis when I was 3 years old. Tennis has always offered me a community where I can continue to challenge myself and grow. I was a varsity athlete in high school, playing singles and doubles. On the years I was on the team we usually finished in 2nd or 3rd behind the other schools in our league. After my competitive years, I spent many summers teaching tennis on Martha's Vineyard to youth at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. Through that experience I was able to see the powerful impressions that the sport was making on the children's lives in a positive way.
After high school, I attended Sarah Lawrence College. I am a massage therapist, a private chef and have worked for many peace, environmental and social justice organizations as an activist. I am honored to be teaching tennis again and feel privileged to be able to share what I have learned with a new community.