USTA New Hampshire
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!
USTA New Hampshire Board
Jeffrey Siegel, President
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, mixed, over 40, and over 55) through the years, as well as competed in USTA tournaments. He’s been to Nationals once (the year it was held in Hawaii!) 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 is a member of the Board’s Nominating Committee, and Adult Leagues Committee. He chairs the Schools Committee.
Siegel is a native of NYC, but came to college in NH. He has a Master’s degree from Antioch University.
He resides in Bow, NH with his wife Susan. They have 2 adult married children and recently became grandparents.
Melissa Salmon, Vice President
A member of the USTA NH board for over 10 years, Melissa's focus is USTA leagues and general business.
Melissa organized the NH Evening Women's League in 2000 and continues as the co-coordinator today. She is an avid league player and has captained several teams over the years. She recently captained the NH "Wild Women" team sponsored by the town of Bedford. The team that moved on to NE 2013 Ladies 4.0 Sectional Champions in Connecticut and from there advanced to the USTA Nationals in Tuscon, Arizona last October.
Bruce Leibig, Secretary
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 2017 New England age division ranking of #3.
Bruce also serves on the USTA New England Board of Directors and is a member of its Strategic Planning 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.
Susan Kunkel, Treasurer
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 three years.
Sue is married to Alan Stein and has three grown children and three grandchildren, many of whom enjoy playing tennis.
Natasha Grotz, Director
Natasha is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College and is an avid tennis player who started playing as an adult. She is currently the Tennis Team Coordinator at the River Valley Club in Lebanon, NH. Through this position, she works to develop opportunities for individuals interested in competing for RVC teams and has captained and continues to captain several USTA teams. She also coordinates the Upper Valley Summer Tennis League which provides opportunities for local team competition in the Upper Valley and surrounding communities.
Adam Hirshan, Director and Immediate Past President
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 as a NH men's league coordinator and chairs the USTA New England League 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.
Juan Ortiz, Tennis Director
Juan Ortiz is a USPTA Tennis Professional with over 12 years of experience coaching juniors and adults of all levels in the United States, Asia, Europe, and South-America. Originally from Paraguay, Juan was ranked No. 1 U16 nationally and has experience competing in Junior ITF tournaments and at the collegiate NCAA Division III level. Juan completed a BA in Economics at St. John’s University in NY and a Masters in Applied Research in Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Juan firmly believes that sound technique, patience, hard work, and a positive and jovial attitude are key ingredients to success on and off the tennis court.
Sue Vitko, Director
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