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New Hampshire

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USTA New Hampshire

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USTA New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development and enjoyment of tennis throughout the state of New Hampshire. USTA NH is run by a volunteer board directors and each one is passionate about the game of tennis. The organization's mission is to promote tennis, and award grants to help NH organizations and schools initiate and grow tennis programs. By developing instructional programs and league play for people of all ages, people in New Hampshire can enjoy a lifetime of tennis. Take a look around our new site and join in the fun, the lifetime game of tennis!

 

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USTA New Hampshire Board

 

Jeffrey Siegel, President  

 

jcgull@gmail.com

 

Jeffrey Siegel is a retired school administrator. He worked for the Concord, NH school district  for over 30 years and prior to that the UNH Extension Service. ADVERTISEMENT He has been on the USTA NH  Board since 2014. 

 

He was not a serious tennis player until after his children began playing. Jeff has been fortunate to play on a variety of teams (men’s over 18, mixed, over 40, men's over 55 and over 65) through  the years. He has competed in USTA and other tournaments. He’s been to Nationals three times  (the year it was held in Hawaii, at the USTA campus in Orlando, and Surprise, AZ.) He was half  of the #1, 4.0 doubles team in New England many years ago (thanks Dave Page!) He currently  plays out of Algonquin Tennis Center in Hooksett, and the Bow Brook Club in Concord.  

 

Jeff is involved in USTA New England. He currently serves on the New England Board, is chair  of the President's Committee and the Board Liaison for the Tennis in the Parks Committee He  has chaired the Section's Nominating and School Committees in the past. 

 

Siegel is a native of NYC, and attended college in NH. He has a Master’s degree from Antioch  University.  

 

He resides in Bow with his wife Susan. They have 2 adult married children and regularly get to  spend time with their grandchildren. He is introducing them to the great game of tennis.  

 

Melissa Salmon, Vice President  

 

vicepresident@ustanh.com

 

Melissa Salmon has been working in R&D for her entire professional life. Following an 11 year  career as an Engineer at Cabletron Systems, she transitioned into Program Management and  most recently moved into the medical device industry. She completed her undergraduate degree  in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from UNH’s  Whittemore School of Business & Economics.  

 

Melissa has lived in NH her whole life and currently resides in Bedford, NH. She started  playing tennis after college and once she found the USTA, started playing tournaments and  leagues. She captained many teams (women & mixed) and joined the USTA NH Board in 1997. 

 

In 2000, at the request of USTA New England for a NH working women’s tennis league, Melissa  co-founded the USTA NH Women’s Evening League and ran the league for 19 years. Melissa  also volunteered as the District’s Tournament Director in NH in 2002 and 2014. Along the way,  Melissa was recognized for her volunteering efforts receiving NH Volunteer of the Year award  in 2001 and 2014 and the USTA NE Special Recognition award in 2002.

 

Melissa represented NH on the USTA New England Board from 2017 to 2020. While on the NE  Board she served as the Administrative Council Chair who oversaw the Officials, Hall of Fame  and Awards Committees.  

 

Melissa is currently the NH League Committee Chair, part of the New England League  Committee and always looking to get someone back to playing tennis again.  

 

Adam Hirshan, Director and Immediate Past President  

 

adam@hirshan.com

 

Adam Hirshan is publisher of The Laconia Daily Sun, in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, and  co-owner of the Daily Sun Newspapers, with publications in Laconia, Conway and Berlin, NH,  and Portland, Maine.  

 

After receiving a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Tufts University in 1979,  Hirshan began a career in journalism as a cub reporter in northern New Hampshire that took  him to Washington, DC, to work for Voice of America as a broadcaster, writer, producer and  editor. He moved back to New Hampshire in 1989 to launch The Conway Daily Sun newspaper,  and served as editor for 10 years.  

 

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Hirshan's love of tennis began as a youngster on the shores of Lake  Champlain where he summered with his family. He played for his high school team, but didn't  return to competitive tennis until 1995 when he began playing USTA Tournaments and  organized teams for USTA Leagues. Since then he has captained numerous teams and now  serves on the USTA New England Board of Directors and the USTA National NJTL Committee.  

 

Hirshan lives in Gilford, NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee, with his wife Elaine, who is also active in  USTA League tennis. They have four grown daughters, who all enjoy recreational tennis and  bring their rackets to family reunions.  

 

Susan Kunkel, Treasurer

 

treasurer@ustanh.com

 

Sue Kunkel has been working in the medical field for the past 30 years, currently serving as  Practice Administrator for Ear, Nose, & Throat Physicians & Surgeons in Manchester and  Nashua, N.H. following a 10 year career in engineering working for DuPont in New Jersey,  Delaware and New York. She completed an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering  from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo.  

 

Sue played a variety of sports in her teen years including basketball, volleyball, and track and  began playing tennis 20 years ago. She has volunteered as a captain, player representative, and  has been on the USTA NH Board for five years.  

 

Sue is married to Alan Stein and has three grown children and four grandchildren, many of  whom enjoy playing tennis. 

 

Natasha Grotz, Secretary

 

secretary@ustanh.com

 

Natasha is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College and is an avid tennis  player who started playing as an adult. Natasha coordinated the Upper Valley Summer Tennis  League which provides opportunities for local team competition in the Upper Valley and  surrounding communities. She was also the Tennis Team Coordinator at the River Valley Club  in Lebanon, NH, where she helped develop opportunities for individuals interested in  competing for RVC teams. Natasha has captained and continues to captain several USTA  teams. 

 

Bruce Leibig, Chair, Budget and Finance Committee

 

finance@ustanh.com

 

Bruce was introduced to tennis at an early age and has been playing non-stop since high school.  He began playing USTA League Tennis in 2001, and was a team captain five years. In 2012 he  returned to USTA singles play, achieving a 2019 New England age division ranking of #3. 

 

In addition to Budget and Finance, Bruce is a member of the Communications and Community  Tennis Committees. He previously served two terms on USTA New England’s Board of  Directors and is currently a member of the section’s Adult Competition Committee. 

 

Earlier in California, Bruce officiated professional, collegiate, and local tennis, rising to USTA  Chair Umpire. For three seasons he worked with World Team Tennis as linesperson and umpire. 

 

Bruce grew up in central Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of  North Texas and an M.A. from the University of California, San Diego. In California he founded  several software and computer system businesses. Bruce moved to New Hampshire in 1991. He  retired from Hewlett Packard in 2012. He lives with his wife Linda, also a tennis player. They  have three grown children.  

 

Suzanne Vitko, Director  

 

s.vitko@comcast.net

 

Dover, NH native, Suzanne Vitko spent more than 20 years as a Dover School District educator.  She started her career as a teacher working in both elementary and middle school roles.  Suzanne coached several teams including basketball and tennis at the middle and high school  level and most recently went to the 2021 Division 1 State Tennis Championship with her Dover  High School girls varsity team. 

 

An avid tennis player and fan of the game, she has recently been named director of Advantage  Kids Seacoast, a Community Tennis Association that provides affordable tennis programs to  kids of all ages. A graduate of Keene State College, Suzanne and her husband live in Dover with  their three children.  

 

Carla Breton, Chair, Communications Committee  

 

carlabreton@myfairpoint.net

 

Carla Breton is the newest member of the USTANH board. She began playing tennis at age 7 at  a time when wooden racquets and white tennis balls were the norm. She played recreationally  through college. After a 28 year hiatus, Carla bought a new racquet in 2013 and joined her first  

 

USTA team at Wentworth By the Sea Country Club in Rye, NH. Since then, she has Captained  several teams, served as Site Director for Regional Championships in NH & MA, and competed  across the country and internationally, including Bermuda Breeze, Category II and NTRP  Singles 50+ Nationals. She is a member of the NWTO (National Women’s Tennis Organization).  

 

A native of Los Altos, CA, Carla earned her BA in Communications from Pepperdine University.  Her professional career spans Retail Management and Recruiting in CA, Software Development  in UT and Office Management for an Auctioneer in NH. Now semi-retired, Carla coaches the  Newburyport, MA High School Girls JV tennis teams and Net Generation Tennis in the Park in  Exeter, NH. She also works as a Florist for F as in Flowers, where she gets to enjoy watching  beautiful weddings come together.  

 

Carla lives in Stratham, NH with her husband, Luke, who is now also an avid tennis player.  They have 2 grown children, living in Colorado and New Hampshire.

 

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