Board of Directors announced for 2019-20 term
The USTA announced its new slate of Board of Directors, including the election of Patrick J. Galbraith as USTA Chairman of the Board and President. The new Board has been elected to a two-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2019.
The 2019-20 USTA Board of Directors includes:
Patrick J. Galbraith (pictured above) of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section has been nominated to serve as Chairman and President of the USTA Board of Directors. Galbraith has 12 years of service on the USTA Board of Directors, including one term as First Vice President, two terms as Secretary-Treasurer and three terms as an Elite Athlete Director at Large. He has served as chair of the Budget Committee and as vice chair of the Investment Committee. He also served as Treasurer of the strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as well as for the construction of the USTA National Campus in the Lake Nona neighborhood of Orlando, Fla.
A professional tennis player from 1989-2000, Galbraith is a two-time winner of the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship. He ended 1993 as part of the No. 1-ranked men’s doubles team with partner Grant Connell and won the World Doubles Championship in 1995. Galbraith, a member of the 1996 Davis Cup team, finished his career with 36 doubles titles. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is currently Senior Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Service, Inc.
Michael J. McNulty III of the USTA Southern Section has been nominated to serve as First Vice President on the USTA Board of Directors. He is serving his second consecutive two-year term; previously he served as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He has served on the Strategic and Creative Planning Committee, where he currently serves as chair. Currently, he serves as board liaison to the Adult Tennis Council. He has served on the Budget Committee, International Tennis Committee and the ITF Constitution Committee. He served two consecutive terms on the Nominating Committee and the Constitution and Rules Committee, where he served as vice chair.
McNulty has a long history of volunteerism at the section and district levels. He served as president, first vice president, vice president and member of the Board of Directors of the USTA Southern Section and as section delegate to the USTA. He served three consecutive terms as chair of the Constitution and Rules Committee, chair of the Nominating Committee and board liaison to multiple committees. He is the former tournament director of the BB&T Atlanta Open, a US Open Series tournament. He is a recipient of the USTA Southern Jacobs Bowl, the highest volunteer service award given by the section. McNulty was a long-time USTA Louisiana volunteer, where he served as president. He is a member of the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame and recipient of the President’s Award.
McNulty was a partner with the law firm of Plauche Smith & Nieset, LLC. He has recently taken Of Counsel status and is considered one of America’s top attorneys in insurance defense with specialties in construction and products liability.
Dr. Brian Hainline of the USTA Midwest Section is nominated to serve his third term on the USTA Board of Directors, his first as Vice President. Dr. Hainline previously served on the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large in 2007-08, when he was board liaison to the Community Tennis Council, and as a Director at Large in 2017-18, when he was board liaison to the Player Development Council and a member of the Budget Committee. He was a founding member of the Sport Science Committee and has been a member of the ITF Sport Science and Medicine Commission since 1993, serving as chair since 2003. He played No. 1 singles and doubles in his senior year at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa before going on to earn his M.D. at the University of Chicago. He was the Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years and of the USTA for four years. Currently, Hainline is the NCAA Senior Vice President, Sport Science Institute and Chief Medical Officer – the first person to hold this title in the NCAA. Hainline is an accomplished author, having written and edited eight books plus numerous chapters and peer-reviewed articles. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology, as well as a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine.
Laura F. Canfield of the USTA Middle States Section is nominated to serve her second consecutive two-year term on the USTA Board of Directors, her first as Vice President; previously, she served as Director at Large on the USTA Board. She is the board liaison to the Delivery System Council and vice chair of the Audit Committee. Canfield has been active in the tennis industry for more than 30 years in a wide range of areas, including serving as executive director of the USTA Middle States Section; special liaison to the USTA President; special projects coordinator for the USTA; interim executive director with the USTA Eastern, USTA Mid-Atlantic and USTA Intermountain sections; and her volunteer service includes two terms on the USTA Nominating Committee, which Canfield chaired in 2013-14, and eight years on the board of directors of USTA Middle States. She was inducted into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame in 2012.
Canfield is co-founder and current program director of the Bucks County Tennis Association, which provides affordable quality tennis programs to approximately two dozen parks and recreation agencies and schools throughout Bucks County, Pa., servicing more than 2,000 participants annually. Canfield is a past president of the Princeton Tennis Program, was a long-term board member of the Eastern Section Junior Tennis Foundation and served over six years on the Northampton Township (Pa.) Parks and Recreation Board (chair 2016-17).
Thomas S. Ho of the USTA Texas Section is nominated to serve his second consecutive two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer on the USTA Board of Directors. Ho has previously held the positions of Vice President, Director at Large and Elite Athlete Director at Large. He also serves on the Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee and the Compensation Committee. At 15, Ho was the youngest male to play in the US Open main draw, and he ultimately achieved a career-high ranking of No. 85 in singles and No. 13 in doubles. He earned a B.A. in economics in 2001 from Rice University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and served as a volunteer assistant with the tennis team. After graduation, Ho worked within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs and UBS. He is currently a partner with Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search and leadership consulting firm, where he is a member of the Global Energy and Financial Services practice. Ho is also the co-chair of Heidrick & Struggles’ Professionals of Color Employee Resource Group for the Americas region. Ho is a current member of the Texas Section Management Committee.
Jeffrey M. Baill of the USTA Northern Section is nominated to serve his second consecutive two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Baill has served in many roles as a USTA National volunteer, including one term on the Strategic and Creative Planning Committee, two terms on the Learning and Leadership Development Committee, where he led subcommittees in developing best practices for volunteers and board orientation procedures for the sections. He has served on several governance-related task forces and served a term on the USTA Nominating Committee. Baill was also chair of the President’s Committee, a member of the Delegates and vice chair of the Grievance Committee. He was the inaugural recipient of the USTA Volunteer Exceptional Service Award in 2016. In the Northern Section, Baill has served as board member, vice president, president and delegate. He also served as the first general counsel for the Northern Section. He has been an active USTA League member. Baill has a long history of involvement on not-for-profit boards. He has served as the president of three separate Boards of Directors and was the founder of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, an international trade association with more than 3,000 members. With more than 35 years of professional experience, Baill is currently an officer on the Hennepin County Bar Association and managing partner of Yost & Baill.
Violet Clark of the USTA Midwest Section is nominated to serve her first two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Clark graduated with a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. She currently is a partner at Laner Muchin, Ltd., representing management in employment law and labor relations matters before the EEOC, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, state and federal courts; wage and hour matters before the Illinois and United States Departments of Labor; affirmative action matters; as well as collective bargaining negotiations, contract drafting and interpretation, grievance handling, unfair labor practice matters and problem-solving in most, if not all, facets of the employer/employee relationship.
Clark has volunteered with USTA National on several committees, including the Collegiate Committee, Junior Competition Committee, 10 and Under Tennis Committee, Community Tennis Association Committee and Strategic and Creative Planning Committee. She served with the USTA/Midwest Section from 2007 until the present, including as section president. In addition, during that time, she served on many section committees. Since 2007, Clark has served on the Board of the USTA/Midwest Tennis and Education Foundation, including as vice president. Clark served on the Chicago District Tennis Association Board from 1997-2001 and was its first African-American president. Clark also served on the Chicago Tennis Patron’s Board, including as its president from 2002-12. She was inducted into the CDTA Hall of Fame in 2018.
Charles Gill of the USTA Florida Section is nominated to serve his first two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Gill has served as the director of tennis at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Fla., since 1995, and, in 2007, he assumed the role of director of sports. Gill previously was employed as director of tennis at Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and director of tennis at Topnotch at Stowe, in Stowe, Vt. Gill has been active in the United States Professional Tennis Association, serving on the Florida division's Board of Directors from 1995-2005 and as division president from 2002-03. From 2009-11 and 2013 to the present, he was on the USPTA National Board, where he served as president from 2015-17. During his tenure as national president, the USPTA relocated its office to Lake Nona and successfully completed the first cycle of a professional development requirement to help elevate the standards of certified tennis professionals in the U.S.
Gill is also active as a USTA volunteer, where he has served on the Board of the USTA Florida Section since 2014. While on the Florida Section board, he was a member of the tennis management project team and, with others, helped form a facility management division that assists public tennis facilities in developing tennis. He is currently on the USTA National Adult Competition Committee and previously served as a member of the USTA National 10-&-Under Committee.
Eleni Rossides of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is nominated to serve her first two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Rossides is a former professional tennis player with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where she was selected All-American; captured the No. 1 women’s ranking in the country and was the first woman to be on four straight national championship tennis teams. She earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, became a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked in marketing strategy/research at Black & Decker. She led the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) with a 50-member board and 70-member staff through a major organizational transformation and built a state-of-the-art tennis, academic and community center in a low-income neighborhood. While at WTEF, she also oversaw the management of the Citi Open, a men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament.
Rossides recently joined Marriott International as its customer experience advisor to the Americas. She was inducted into the Washington, D.C. Sports Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for her management expertise.
Brian Vahaly of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is nominated to serve as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He has previously served in two non-consecutive terms as Elite Athlete Director. Vahaly has served in many roles as a USTA national volunteer, including terms on the Investment, Budget and Audit Committee. He recently served as the Board liaison on both the Player Development and Youth Tennis Council. Vahaly played professionally for seven years and peaked at a career-best No. 64 in the world in 2003, when he reached the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and the semifinals in Memphis. He was the only male college graduate in the Top 100 rankings during that time and the only LGBTQ male athlete to come out having played on the ATP World Tour. Vahaly graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in finance and business management. He was an Academic All-American for the Virginia tennis team and a three-time All-American, from 1999-2001. In 2001, he reached the NCAA singles final and was named Virginia’s all-sports Male Athlete of the Year. As a junior player in 1997, he won the Easter Bowl and was named a member of the U.S. national team. After retiring from professional tennis, Vahaly went on to a career in private equity and venture capital, serving as the chief operating officer at McLean Capital, Venturehouse Group and NextGen Venture Partners. Vahaly is currently the chief financial officer for Solidcore.
Kurt Zumwalt of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section is nominated to serve his first two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He is Amazon.com’s treasurer, a role he has held since 2014. Zumwalt provides leadership for Amazon’s global cash and portfolio management, debt financing, foreign exchange, insurance and treasury-related technology infrastructure. He was Amazon's assistant treasurer from 2004-14. Prior to Amazon, Zumwalt was the treasurer of ProBusiness Services from 2001-03 and the treasurer of Wind River from 1997-2001. He has also held various finance roles at PACCAR, Intel and Microsoft. Zumwalt holds BAs from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and political science and an MBA from the University of Washington.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
After serving an unprecedented two consecutive terms as USTA Chairman and President, Katrina M. Adams will serve the next two years as Immediate Past President. Adams was the first African-American, first former professional tennis player and youngest person ever to serve as USTA President.
An accomplished professional player, Adams competed for 12 years on the WTA Tour, winning 20 career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events. In 2015, Adams was elected vice president of the International Tennis Federation, and in 2016, was appointed as chairman of the Fed Cup Committee. In 2018, Adams was also named chairman of the Gender Equality in Tennis Committee. She was named to Adweek magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2016 and 2017 and Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2017. Also in 2017, Adams was named to Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list. Since 2005, Adams also has served as the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, based in New York City.
During her administration, the USTA achieved a number of major milestones, including the opening of the USTA National Campus in Orlando and the completion of the strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. She also spearheaded an unprecedented outreach effort into underserved communities—with an emphasis on Hispanic communities—in an effort to share the sport of tennis with more people. A native of Chicago, Adams now lives in White Plains, N.Y.
Liezel H. Huber of the USTA Eastern Section is nominated to serve her second consecutive two-year term as an Elite Athlete on the USTA Board of Directors. She is the board liaison to the Pro Tennis Council. During her 24-year career in professional tennis, Huber was the No. 1-ranked WTA doubles player for 199 weeks and the year-end No. 1 women’s doubles player three times. She won 53 WTA doubles titles, including three WTA Finals year-end championships; seven Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (three at the US Open, two at Wimbledon and one each at the Australian Open and Roland Garros); and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (one at the US Open and one at Roland Garros). She competed for the South African Fed Cup team between 1998 and 2003 and later played for the U.S. Fed Cup team for six consecutive years after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2007. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2008 and 2012. Huber announced her retirement from professional tennis and played her last match at the 2017 US Open.
Huber served as a member of the WTA Player Council from 2006-14. She is a USPTR certified tennis professional (P rating) and is the owner of Huber Tennis Ranch in the Houston area, as well as a health and nutrition business. She was the tennis director at the Clubs of Houston Oaks prior to moving to New York, where she currently is the executive tennis director at Cary Leeds Tennis Center for the NYJTL.
Neha Uberoi of the USTA Eastern Section is nominated to serve her first two-year term as an Elite Athlete on the USTA Board of Directors. Uberoi is a former professional tennis player, social entrepreneur and mental health and wellness advocate. She entered her freshman year at Princeton University at 16 years of age, winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors before turning pro. Uberoi reached the final of the Girls' 18s Orange Bowl as a junior. As a pro, she achieved a Top-200 WTA Tour singles ranking, as well as a career-high doubles ranking of No. 107, reached two WTA doubles finals and competed in the US Open. She completed her degree in 2012 and worked as a digital marketing consultant for four years in a variety of industries, including start-ups, e-commerce, beauty, education and B2B tech services.
She is the co-founder of South Asians in Sports (sainsports.com), a network of South Asian professionals who work in the sports industry. A South Asian-American role model, she advocates for sports participation, mental health and wellness through direct practice, coaching, research, public speaking and digital media.
Sam Warburg of the USTA Northern California Section is nominated to serve his first two-year term as an Elite Athlete on the USTA Board of Directors. Warburg grew up playing tennis in the USTA Northern California section. As a junior, he won the Super Nationals 18 & Under Singles and Doubles Championships. He played tennis at Stanford University, where he was an NCAA All-American and NCAA Doubles Champion. Post-college, Warburg was a Top 130-ranked player on the ATP Tour in singles and doubles. Since his playing days, nine years ago, Warburg has transitioned to Silicon Valley, where he leads sales teams for Software as a Service (SaaS) enterprise companies. Previously at Silicon Valley Bank, Sentry and most recently Dropbox, he is now the commercial sales leader for Plaid Inc.