Faculty / Advisors


“Rather than spouting information, genuine Tennis Teachers find a way to penetrate their students as they lead them towards experiencing the desired skills”. Don Henson

   



  









Don Henson- Founder and Director 
A full-time tennis teacher since 1966, Don is one of the original 18 USPTA Master Professionals. His long career in the tennis world has seen him as a club owner, court builder, tournament promoter, administrator, player developer, mentor, and certification tester for both the USPTA and the PTR. It was during his 35 years as an international tester for the USPTA that Don developed a passion for helping other tennis teachers become more effective on the court. In 1984, Don began what he thought would be a one-year research project entitled "How Humans Acquire Specific Skills". The "one year project" is ongoing and has involved many from movement disciplines outside of the world of tennis. During his years as a tester Don has had the opportunity to work with more than 7,000 teaching pros from around the world. The Tennis Teachers Institute is a vision Don shared with longtime friend and mentor, George Bacso, “the father of tennis teacher certification". And now, after many years of thought and consideration, that vision comes to life. Don is a member of the Head/Penn national advisory staff, and a 6 time Pro of the Year.



Simon Paek- USPTA Professional
Simon is a former US National Coach for the USTA, served on the Executive Committee of the USPTA, and is a past President of the USPTA's California Division. Named California Division Professional of the year in 2003, Simon was recently honored as a recipient of Strathmore’s Who’s Who for his accomplishments on and off the tennis court. Simon has also owned and operated Tennis Factory, a full service retail shop. Simon is a member of Team Babolat and continues to speak not only here in the US but internationally as well. 


Lille Krukrubo
A native of Cameroon, West Africa, Lil came to the US on a tennis scholarship to Marshall University where she played # 1 and won the MAC singles title four years running. A former member of both the Federation Cup and Olympic teams of Cameroon, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her 23 years in international tennis. She is a passionate and committed teacher whose enthusiasm for her role both inspires and encourages those who she has the privilege to work with.


 Sonia Anderson-Struzzo
Sonja Anderson-Struzzo is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is the Fitness Director at the Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles. She is an IDEA Elite Personal Fitness Trainer, as well as a 2011 Fellow with the Gray Institute for Functional Training. She twice participated in the PTR symposium in Hilton Head, SC and for the last 4 years has studied with Don Henson at his monthly 'towards more effective teaching' seminars. Her husband, John, is a PTR teaching professional.     



Brad Westcott- Business Advisor 
Brad brings years of experience in building businesses, to TTI. After receiving his Business degree from the University of Colorado, he began teaching tennis during graduate school where he completed his Masters in International Relations at the Claremont Graduate School. After spending two years working for the Peace Corps, and 10 years in the banking industry, he spent the past 15 years building and growing companies in both the biotech and the medical device industries. His passion for tennis has remained strong throughout the years, he is certified by the PTR, is an active tournament player, and spends hours on the court with his 11 year old son Clay - a budding tournament player.

 Stan Carter- PTR USPTA 
After years of competitive play, Stan was challenged by his oldest daughter to teach her how to play. He took this challenge seriously, and began to train with Don Henson to be a teaching pro. Stan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Division of the USPTA as the First Vice President, teaches full-time, and works regularly with Don on special projects.



 
Harvey Rubin

PR advisor and Professional Tennis Photographer - photos on TTI website are by Harvey Rubin, USPTA and PTR Pro.

Board of Advisors 
Pam Austin:     USPTA, PTR, Former WTA Tour Player  
Becky Chase:  PTR, Former Coach Yale University
Ken Dehart:     USPTA and PTR Master Professional,  
Former Executive Director PTR 
Steve Keller:   USPTA, Director of Development PTR 
R.J. Tesseir:    USPTA Master Professional, 
Former Director of Certification USPTA
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