Carol J. Welder
Carol J. Welder began serving a two-year term as Vice President on the USTA Board in January 2011. Previously, she served a two-year term as a Director at Large, 2009-10. Welder is the Chair of the Audit Committee and is serving a second term as a member of the Budget Committee. She also is on the Compensation Committee, serves as a Board Liaison to the sections and to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and is a member of the ITF’s Constitutional Committee.
In her role as a Director at Large, Welder was the Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Council – Green Group. Previously, she served as Chair of the USTA Membership Services Committee, 2005-08, and as a USTA section representative for the Community Player Division.
In addition to her current roles, Welder serves on the Executive and Management committees for the USTA Texas Section and is on the board of the Austin Sports Commission. Previously, she was the President, 2003-04, and Delegate, 2005-06, for USTA Texas. She has also served on the Texas Section Foundation board and on the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and is a former volunteer NJTL instructor.
A longtime devotee to the sport, Welder spent nine years as Executive Director of the Capital Area Tennis Association (CATA) in Austin and has been an integral part of the growth of tennis in Texas as an instructor, leader and child advocate. She began her career in tennis by volunteering with the Austin Women’s Tennis Association, and in 1986 she took a part-time position with the Texas Tennis Association. Welder remains on the CATA Board and serves as Chair of the CATA Leagues Committee.
Welder spearheaded several new programs during her nine-year tenure as the Executive Director of CATA, including the CATA Junior Tour, a series of local tournaments and the annual CATA Junior Banquet. She also established the Good Sports Foundation, a program about character and courage, as well as the corresponding six-week curriculum that has been used as the educational component of the NJTL in Austin. In December 2008, CATA named its Contribution to Tennis Award after Welder and made her the first recipient.
Welder attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and is a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of J.F. Welder Heirs Management Company LLC, a Texas family ranching enterprise founded in 1878.
A former ranked player at the state level, Welder remains an active player in USTA League, serving as captain for a women’s adult and senior team. In 1995, she went to the national championships with her 5.0 squad.
Welder lives in Austin, Texas, and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a member of the USTA Texas Section.