Chandler, Sadighi, Heltne
New hires at USTA Northern
August 6, 2018
USTA Northern Executive Director Becky Cantellano is pleased to announce the hiring of John Chandler as Director of Advancement, Naomi Sadighi as Director of Community Impact, and Taylor Heltne who will be replacing Kelley Okerman as the Manager of Twin Cities Area Adult Play. Chandler and Sadighi are in newly created positions in the development and marketing department of USTA Northern.
In his role, Chandler will focus on infrastructure development to better engage our members in the mission and recognize contributions to our cause. He will also oversee our Member Engagement Coordinator, Sandy Smith and Communications Coordinator (TBA).
Sadighi will lead our Tennis Service Representative team of Carolyn Kramer servicing North and South Dakota and Mya Smith-Dennis servicing MN and western WI in the support of community and school-based tennis programs and organizations through grant funding, training, and technical assistance.ADVERTISEMENT
Heltne will resume Okerman’s work on Twin Cities Adult USTA leagues and work closely with other Adult Competition staff, especially Nancy Lundberg, Director of Adult Play.
Chandler’s experiences include non-profits with education and environmental education emphasis, along with currently serving on a local school board after retiring honorably from the Army National Guard after 20 years. With the Boy Scouts of America Chandler handled fundraising, volunteer management and programming. At Dunwoody College of Technology and Dodge Nature Center he primarily focused on fundraising and marketing. Chandler has extensive experience in budget management, strategic planning, leadership development, and implementing fundraising programs.
Heltne has immense experience in tennis as she is a USPTR Certified Professional, has directed tournaments, and was a head tennis instructor, event coordinator, and tournament director for Saint Paul Urban Tennis. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in coaching from Michigan State University, Heltne’s experience, organization and interpersonal skills, and leadership ability will be utilized to enhance the entire USTA community.
“We are thrilled to welcome John, Naomi, and Taylor to the USTA Northern team,” Cantellano said. “They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our efforts and will be assets to our organization as we work to increase community impact and build capacity for growth.”