Women In Tennis Forum
Our first ever virtual Women in Tennis Forum is part of the USTA New England Pro Power Series. This event, taking place on March 8 (International Women's Day) at 12 noon, will feature a prominent panel of female tennis leaders in New England.
The panel discussion will be moderated by former NCAA DI tennis player and current USTA New England Tennis Service Representative for Eastern Massachusetts, Kristen Liteplo. Kristen will ask our panelists to expand on their current roles in tennis, advice they've given to other women in the industry and more. Plus, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share your stories in the breakout rooms.
This event is proudly sponsored by Ame & Lulu.
Women in Tennis Forum Presenters
Kristen Liteplo - Moderator
Kristen Liteplo has been USTA New Engand's Eastern Massachusetts Tennis Service Representative since 2000. Her responsibilities include promoting the growth and development of tennis in many different settings, such as tennis clubs, schools and recreation departments.
Kristen’s coaching experience includes positions as Head Coach for the Wakefield High School Girls' Tennis Team, Head Coach for the Melrose High School Girls Tennis Team, and Assistant Coach at Wellesley College.
Kristen gratuated from Seton Hall University where she was a member of the Women's Tennis Team. She holds the school record for all-time individual wins for both men and women.
Danielle McNamara - Panelist
Danielle McNamara is the Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women's Tennis at Yale University. She has led her teams to four Ivy League Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances including in 2011, when she was named Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year (her first of two).
Danielle played her college tennis at the University of Michigan. In 1998, she was named to the All-Big Ten team, and in 1998, she was named Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year. She was the first player in Michigan history to participate in all three college national championships (All-American, National Indoors and the NCAA Championships).
Following graduation, Danielle competed on the WTA tour, where she played from 2002-05.
Marguerite Marano - Panelist
Marguerite Marano is the Vice President of Advancement and Director of TeamFAME for the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF). Marguerite has been committed to the advancement of the ITHF for over 15 years. With many proven successes, she has led fundraising efforts to support the ITHF’s mission and its commitment to build community through tennis.
As Director of TeamFAME from inception, she managed renovation of Canfield House (an 1865 building on our campus), turning it into the headquarters for youth development programs. Marguerite developed and launched the Newport Chapter of NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning), leading the implementation and execution of a variety of community outreach initiatives, program operations and event management.
Miyako Kinoshita - Panelist
Miyako Kinoshita, MS. ED, has worked with children with disabilities for over 23 years. She taught horseback riding to people with various disabilities as a certified therapeutic riding instructor, a teacher, and for the last 12 years as a school administrator. Having the first hand experiences of teaching people with special needs the equestrian skills as sport as well as therapeutic intervention, MIyako always has believed that people with special needs can enjoy sports and activities safely with some adaptive equipment and differentiated instructions.
After serving on the National Board on Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Miyako decided to volunteer for USTA with the hope that tennis will be more accessible to people with disabilities. A competitive USTA tennis player herself, her dream is for tennis to become a sport of choice for people with various needs.
Kristen Gerety - Breakout Room Leader
Kristen Gerety is the Head Coach of Lesley University’s Women’s Tennis Team. She led the Lynx to the finals of the North Atlantic Conference Championships in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Previously, Gerety served as the assistant coach of Men’s and Women’s teams at Bentley University in Waltham as. She is a member of the USPTA and is a certified USTA roving umpire. Additionally, she is certified by the National Federation of State High School Association in Partnership with the USTA.
Gerety is also the head coach of the Saugus High Girls' Team and was voted Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2019.
Coach Gerety holds a Master of Arts Degree in Business Communications and Public Relations from Emerson College as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Merrimack College.
Laura Joslin-King - Breakout Room Leader
Tennis has been an integral part of Laura's personal and professional life since she was 14 when started working the desk and stringing racquets at her family-owned Turnpike Racquet Club in Plainville, MA. She played her college tennis at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Post graduation, she "fell" into managing Granite State Tennis Club (currently YMCA Allard Center) in Goffstown, NH for 3 years, moved onto tennis programming for Executive Health and Fitness for about two years followed by managing Cranmore Sports Center in North Conway, NH for 8 years.
In 1997 Laura and her father purchased Mountainside Racquet and Fitness Center in New London, NH. She and her husband still own and operate the club today. Throughout the years, Laura has stayed active in USTA League play at the 4.5 level as well as participating in the National Father/Daughter Circuit. She currently serves as USTA New England's New Hampshire Local League Coordinator.
Lisa Wilcott - Breakout Room Leader
Lisa has been the Tennis Director at York Golf and Tennis Club in York, ME since 1992. Four years ago, the club dedicated the tennis courts in her name. She is a Vice President on the USPTA New England Board, Chair of the New England D&I Committee and a Vice President on the Board of Directors of Tennis Without Borders. Last season, she was selected to be on the USPTA COVID-19 Task force, USTA Diversity & Inclusion Dive Cohort, and is a USPTA, PTR & IPTPA Certified Professional.
Prior to relocating to Maine, Lisa worked in tennis clubs in Connecticut's Fairfield County and in New York. In addition to playing and competing in tennis throughout her life, Lisa played D1 basketball at Indiana University & the University of Florida.