Missouri Valley / Iowa

Get to Know USTA Iowa Executive Board

Andrea Gallagher | January 19, 2021


How well do you know the members of your USTA Iowa Executive Board? In their own words, they explain when they first started playing tennis and how long they’ve been active on the board. 


Jack Wardell



I began playing tennis when I was 13 years old. Shortly after, started participating in junior tournaments around Iowa and the midwest. I played high school tennis at Sioux City North and college tennis at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. After college I was a tennis instructor on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Orlando, Florida. I have been on the USTA Iowa board for six years. 


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Brenton Kuchera

FIrst Vice President


I have been playing tennis in the Waterloo area for 23 years, and participated in Tennis on Campus at the University of Northern Iowa. I received a scholarship as a high schooler from USTA Iowa and wanted to give back. I have volunteered on the board with Sportability of Iowa and Tennis on Campus; and now serve as a vice chair. 


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CIndy Klebe

Vice President


I’ve been a volunteer on the USTA Iowa board for 2.5 years.  I started playing tennis as an adult about 18 years ago and am a USPTA Instructor when I’m not being a Park Ranger for the US Army Corps of Engineers. 


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Jennifer Fleming Smith

Vice President


I joined the executive board in 2019 as a Vice President.  I have been playing tennis my whole life and was on the 2018 USTA Mixed 40 & Over 8.0 National Championship team.  I am starting my 21st year with World TeamTennis as their Director of Tournaments. 


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Ron Amelon



I have been an active playing member of USTA for 15 years, captaining teams for most of those years.  I joined the board in 2018 and this is my second term as Secretary. 


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Mary Greer



I have been involved in tennis since I was eight years-old and played for my high school tennis team. Then there was a hiatus of about 30 years. In 2015 I was encouraged to participate in club and USTA tennis by Kelly Drake. 


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