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."
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, Eductional 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.