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, Taylor Heltne who will be replacing Kelley Okerman as the Manager of Twin Cities Area Adult Play, and Daniel Borgertpoepping as Communications Coordinator .
Chandler, Sadighi and Borgertpoepping 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 Borgertpoepping and our Member Engagement Coordinator, Sandy Smith.
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, he 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. He is a Louisiana State University graduate.
Sadighi’s background is public health. Her contributions stretch from the Twin Cities to Virginia and Kenya. She has worked on immigration and refugee programs with Children’s Dental Services, Refugee Support Center Africa, and Tahirih Justice Center. At Pillsbury United Communities, she led outreach efforts to benefit underprivileged communities. Sadighi is also an adjunct professor for a Health Policy course at St. Catherine University and is a Loyola University (Chicago) graduate with a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
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 skill, and leadership ability will be utilized to enhance the entire USTA community.
Borgertpoepping adds to our Power 5 Conference tally with his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. He has a political background serving on Minnesota’s Capitol Hill establishing and executing communication strategies. In this new role, Borgertpoepping will develop social media strategy, refine marketing efforts, and assist section’s efforts to develop a culture of philanthropy more aligned with the communities we serve.
“We are thrilled to welcome John, Naomi, Taylor, and Daniel 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."