Our Team Adminstrative Tina Hoerenz Head of Finance, HR Show Bio Tina Hoerenz Originally from Berlin, Germany, Tina moved to the US at age 8. With a backyard facing the woods, she literally climbed everything: trees, boulders, rock walls, onto the roof of her house, you name it, she was on it. After finishing up her education in New York, Berlin, and Paris, she jumped into a career in public relations, marketing, information technology, and graphic design for a major not-for-profit organization in New York City. After several years of daily commutes to the noisy hustle and bustle of NYC, however, it was time for a change: Tina is now Administrative Manager for Pine Brook Fitness, home of The Rock Club, The New Rochelle Racquet Club and The Studios. Valerie Ferrara Chief Operating Officer, HR Show Bio Valerie Ferrara Val has been the Chief Operating Officer of The Clubs at Pine Brook Fitness since early 2014. She joined the team from Philadelphia, PA, where she managed a health club with over 4,000 members. When she is not overseeing construction projects or touring prospective members to the Clubs, Val enjoys daily long drives, her 2 cats, and chasing after her 2 young sons and taking in the sights of the northern Hudson Valley. She has been enjoying playing tennis at NRRC since 2015 and loves the weekly clinics and Blitz, as well as smashing volleys that the pros can’t get! She also is an Airbnb Superhost and a Notary Public—and always has her stamp on her if you need signature-related assistance! Val looks forward to meeting you on or off the courts, and if you need anything, she can be found in the middle office to the right of the Front Desk. Charlie Chait General Manager Show Bio Charlie Chait Charlie has been involved with tennis since she was around 10 years old, playing in the street in front of her house and finding any available place possible to play with her sisters. As a summer job, she helped the top Pro in Hawaii, teach all ages the love of her sport. An Apparel Designer by trade, she has worked in Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and NYC designing swimwear, children’s wear and bridal gowns. Her hiatus from tennis lasted quite a while, but her love for the sport brought her back after starting a family. Charlie soon began running Men’s and Women’s Playing Leagues at her neighborhood club. This soon turned into a full-time job. At Rye Racquet Club, she became the Office Manager for 5 years. All the while getting back her game, she managed to make it all the way to Nationals. Coming to NRRC in 2009 as Office Manager, Charlie has worked in all parts of the Club including teaching Summer Camp. All the while, spreading her passion for the sport and working on her game, in 2014 she took over as General Manager of NRRC. Maureen Neary Front Desk Supervisor Show Bio Maureen Neary Maureen was born and raised in New Rochelle and began working as a front desk employee at the New Rochelle Racquet Club in 2013, before the Studios was even a thought. She went to school at Iona College for Speech Pathology but took a break from school and continued to work at the front desk part time which later switched to full time. Maureen left the club for a short period of time, during which she began a family. She attempted to work elsewhere but something pulled her back to Pine Brook Fitness where she is now the front desk supervisor. While Maureen does not play tennis, she still loves her work family and customers at Pine Brook Fitness. When she is not at the front desk, she is taking care of her daughter, taking care of her daughter, or taking care of her daughter. Maureen loves all things food and music. The band Nirvana, and Harry Potter are also a few of her favorite things. Paul Cesario Marketing Director Show Bio Paul Cesario Paul was born and raised in NY and joined the team in 2016. He brings many years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience to the club, having previously run two businesses of his own, a professional recording studio and teaching practice. He has worked in the marketing department for NJ Transit and a variety of tech startups in NYC. He is an avid lover of all things tech, whether it is the latest gadget or new marketing software. He holds an B.A in Music from SUNY Purchase and an MBA in Marketing from CUNY Baruch. Paul is an avid lover of fitness and understands the importance a healthy and active lifestyles plays in ones overall well being. He is a lover of the outdoors, enjoys traveling, cooking, playing his guitar and drums, and investing in the stock market. One of his life long goals is to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety, ME to GA, all 2200 miles of it. When he's not at the club, you can find him exercising, reading, working on his car, teaching music lessons, and taking care of his ten year old american bombay cat, Lucy. Belissa Velasquez Social Media Director Show Bio Paul Cesario Belissa started climbing and working here at the age of 16. She holds a B.B.A in Marketing from Baruch College. She's been with The Rock club for ten years! She has held many different roles in the gym. Starting off as a belayer to facilitator to being a head JP Instructor and now she joins us every summer to lead our wonderful Rock On summer camp, teaches Climbing 101 classes all year round and is our Social Media Manager. This is her 2nd home! When she's not in the gym she loves to go outdoors, do anything fitness related, art, music and sharing climbing with her community. Helen Chun Adult Playing Leagues and Men's Program Coordinator Show Bio Helen Chun Helen is not only a long-time member, but one of the most passionate and positive tennis players at our Club. Her infectious laugh can often be heard on and off the courts at NRRC. After a 15-year break from tennis, she worked her way up from a 3.0 to now a 4.5 NTRP rated player now both playing and captaining multiple teams in the USTA adult leagues. Helen, born in Seoul, Korea, immigrated to Mamaroneck at the age of nine. A graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she worked within the financial industry, prior to her departure to raise her three children. Helen believes tennis is a truly unique sport that requires juggling many components. It's a beautiful inclusive sport that you can play coed or not, regardless of age, level and without bias. Helen brings her varied experience to help promote inclusion and has become a true ambassador of the sport. Since 2021, her love of tennis now aids the Club in coordinating and building our In-House Leagues, Men's Programs, and USTA Programs. As the sign on her door says: Stop by and say "Hi". Her wealth of local knowledge is a true asset to our ever-growing tennis community. Director Adam Homan Interim Adult Program Director, Program Coordinator Show Bio Adam Homan Adam was born and raised in the Great White North of Canada where, at the age of 7 years old, he decided to pick up a tennis racquet instead of a hockey stick and has not put it down since. After being successful on the Canadian tennis junior tour, Adam expanded his tournament play to the United States. When reaching a top 50 ranking in the 18 and under, he earned a scholarship to Ferris State University where he studied under the Tennis Management Program, knowing coaching was in his future. From there, Adam has been coaching in Michigan, Chicago, New York and Connecticut. Jean-Benoit (JB) Belin Director of Junior Development Show Bio Jean-Benoit (JB) Belin Born in France, JB was a nationally ranked French junior player. During his collegiate career, he played for New Mexico University and was the captain of the men's team, receiving doubles All-RMAC first team honors. His team reached the top 20 in the national in Division II. As a coach, JB coached Swedish junior players in Tennis Europe Tournaments in Sweden and Denmark. From 2013-17, he coached at Mount Vernon Tennis Center where he trained junior players in international tournaments such as the Orange Bowl and ITF Tournaments. In 2017, he also was the Women's Volunteer Assistant Coach at Columbia University. From 2014-2017, JB coached top ranked juniors at Zonals, 12s, and 14s Intersectionals and National team Competitions. In 2019, he completed an internship at Harvard University in strength and conditioning and also received his strength and conditioning (CSCS). Additionally, he is certified in USPTA and USTA High Performance. Master Pro Kachinga Sinkala Tennis Professional Show Bio Kachinga Sinkala Kachinga Sinkala was born and raised in Mufulira, Zambia where he started playing tennis at the age of 9. As a junior tennis player in Zambia, Kachinga competed on the National and ITF Junior Circuit and obtained a ranking as high as number one in the country. After graduating from the junior rankings, Kachinga joined the Zambia Davis Cup. He also went on to compete ITF men's satellite and ATP tournaments and consequently gained enough points to be ranked in the world. Kachinga moved to United States and was immediately awarded a tennis scholarship at Huntington University where he played #1 singles and doubles. In his first year Huntington University, Kachinga was ranked number 18 in the conference. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Kachinga has taught at many different tennis clubs and facilities. He has taught at Joel Ross tennis camp in Kent, CT for two summers. He also coached at Tennis Rhode Island for several years. Most recently, he taught at the Kela Simunyola Tennis Academy in NY where he was an instrumental part of building a top level junior program. Kachinga hold a ITF level 2 coaching certificate as well as a Olympic attendance coaching workshop certificate. Andre Sinclair Junior Tournaments Director, Director of Men's Development Show Bio Andre Sinclair Andre Sinclair has been a professional Tennis Coach since 1997. A native of Jamaica, he first fell in love with tennis when he was 16 years old and later pursued a career as a coach. Sinclair enjoys working with youth as they develop a love for and expertise at tennis. “It gives me a chance to teach them something new or even about themselves, and at the same time I learn from them,” he says,”because every child is different. I love working with kids and with the hope of them getting into college and even going professional.” He is a Role Model, Group Leader and Activity Specialist at the Co-op City Tennis Club, where he previously served as the Acting Site Director and Tennis Coach. Sinclair also serves at the coach of The Ursuline School Varsity Tennis Team, which won the NY State Public High School Athletic Association State Championship in 2013. He has won – twice – as Coach of the Year by the Westchester Journal News in 2013 and 2013. In his current role, he taught Christian Waldron, who recently won the Mayor’s Cup, and Brandon Torres, the recent winner of NYJTL’s Arthur Ashe Essay Contest and who is no ranked No.1 in the Eastern 12 and Under category. He says tennis is more that about perfecting skill on the court. “It teaches children and youth how to develop good sportsmanship skills, how to listen and follow rules, and at the same time how to be creative both on the court and in their lives,” he says. Accordingly, he regularly imparts life lessons. “Regardless of whether they want to pursue tennis or something else in life, they must remember that it’s not about practice making perfect,” he says. “It’s perfect practice makes perfect, and if they are on the tennis court, they should play but also play smart.” Michael Badu Tennis Professional Show Bio Michael Badu Michael was born and raised in Ghana West Africa and played tennis at a young age at the local tennis club in Kumasi Ashanti he was number one singles player for his high school and University Michael grew up playing soccer and later on decided to commit to tennis at the age of 12, as he was among the top five ranked Junior players in his country. He also competed in a lot of junior tournaments and was a champion in the West Africa junior championship. In 1999 Michael moved to the United States to continue his tennis career. He started playing in Boston Massachusetts and competed in New England sections the 5.5 men's tournament and in some Open tournaments. He also competed in some Futures and satellite tournaments within West Africa and United States. A career coach of 22 years, Michael began his coaching career in Easton Massachusetts. He was also a high school coach for the Sharon high school team who was three time national champions. Michael works with all skill levels and age level and his specialty is high performance tennis. One of Michael's career highlights is teaching alongside with Andy Roddick, Lindsey Davenport and Tracy Austin at the Author Ash stadium at the US Open. Michael is a USPTA certified coach ITF and cardio tennis certified coach. Senior Pro Dwayne Smtih Tennis Professional Show Bio Dwayne Smith Dwayne started playing tennis at the age of 10.His tennis journey began in the bronx where the tennis courts was just 10 minutes away from his house. Dwayne also fell in love with the sport and competed in USTA tournaments. Teaching Tennis is something Dwayne is very passionate about. His happiness comes from helping students become better tennis players. Being a coach at NRRC helps Dwayne give back to the sport that gave so much to him Dwayne also loves to cook in his spare time. When he's not teaching teaching, he's in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Ask him about his delicious chimichurri london broil. Paulo Chiapponi Tennis Professional Show Bio Paulo Chiapponi Originally from the country of Argentina, Paulo started playing tennis at age of 13 and came to the US in 2018 . By age of 14 he was playing on the National Argentinian Circuit and by age 16 he got my best junior ranking top 50 in the Argentinian national ranking. Then by age of 18 Paulo played some qualifications for professional tournaments. By age of 19 he decided to play college tennis on the US. Playing for two years at ASA college (NJCAA D1). He then transferred to St. Francis College (NCAA D1). where he played for two more years, achieving the final of the NEC conference with his team. He has been teaching for over 3 years in different club in NY area including Brooklyn, Manhattan, West Chester and Hamptons. Daniel Scopp Tennis Professional Show Bio Daniel Scopp Daniel started playing tennis at the age of 6 at New Rochelle Racquet Club. He fell in love with the sport and continued training at NRRC through high school. He competed in USTA tournaments and became the captain of his varsity tennis team during senior year. While studying for a degree in political science at Quinnipiac University, Daniel got his first experience coaching at a tennis camp in Scarsdale, NY. This is where he developed a new passion for teaching the game to others that gave him so much joy growing up. After graduating college he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in coaching and became certified by the USPTA. Since 2015 Daniel has worked for the town of Mamaroneck and Scarsdale tennis programs. He has also been the Lead Coach for TGA Premier Sports in Southern Westchester where he has run after school tennis clubs and camps. Daniel is very excited to be back as a coach in the place where he was first introduced to tennis. It’s a great opportunity for him to help make great memories for his students at NRRC the way his coaches once did for him. William Matthew Tennis Professional Show Bio William Matthews William has over 25 years of quality teaching experience on the tennis court. He has completed the course at Dennis Van Der Meer Tennis Academy and USTA’s level 1 Sport Science course. Prior to coming to the New Rochelle Racquet Club in 2000, William has worked with nationally ranked juniors in his native country of Antigua. He was also the Tennis Director of two of the local exclusive resorts on the island; William has also taught at the Bronxville Field Club for 7 years. His love of teaching the fundamentals of tennis is what he enjoys the most. Cassius Peters Tennis Professional Show Bio Cassius Peters Bio coming soon! Juan Pablo Herrera Tennis Professional Show Bio Juan Pablo Herrara Bio coming soon! Karabulie Suso Tennis Professional Show Bio Karabulie Suso Bio coming soon! Concierge Brian Estrada Front Desk Concierge Show Bio Brian Estrada Bio coming soon! Lucas Diaz Front Desk Concierge Show Bio Lucas Diaz Bio coming soon! Kayla Rossney Front Desk Concierge Show Bio Kayla Rossney Bio coming soon! 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