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The Seattle Tennis Alliance board is made up of elected club members who volunteer their time to guide the club and support the many year round events enjoyed by the club.  Below is a brief bio for each.

President: Gary Renville

Gary joined the STA after moving to Seattle from Atlanta in 2016. He served as the Secretary of the STA until being elected President in the fall of 2017.  Though he didn't start playing tennis until his mid-thirties, he has been making up for lost time ever since. His passion for the game has not only shown on the court, but also in his activities off the court.  Gary founded and for three years directed the GLTA Rocky Mountain Open in Denver and served for two years as director of the Atlanta GLTA tournament 'The Peach'. Gary also served a two-year term on the national USTA committee for inclusion and diversity. 

Gary joined the board to help raise the visibility of STA, in hopes of recruiting more active members dedicated to tennis play and friendly competition that is inclusive and supportive of all. 

Vice President: Ian Guenther

Ian Guenther, a recent transplant to the Seattle area from Philadelphia, PA is eager to get back into competitive play tennis and begin to establish a core group of friends while adjusting to life in a new city.  After a 9 year hiatus, Ian has decided to pick up a racket again and begin to work on his game and improve his skill level in an easy going and accepting environment set forth by STA.

Ian came across STA while searching for local tennis organizations and immediately was drawn to it's perfect mix of both social and competitive play all while embracing and promoting LGBTQ inclusiveness! 

Having a desire to become more active within the gay community and wanting to bring about awareness of unity in our diversity, Ian believes volunteering with STA will not only allow him to succeed with this goal but also involve others in the process as well.

Treasurer: Ryan Davis

Ryan joined the STA in 2009 after moving to Seattle. He started playing tennis in his 30s, and has been involved in STA as a USTA team captain and occasional social doubles coordinator. 

Living on the northside of Seattle, Ryan most commonly plays at Greenlake, UW, Walllingford playfield, and the Tennis Center at Sandpoint. As Ryan has said before, “More than just a social club, STA provides a way for the LGTQBIA+ community to be active and visible in Seattle while providing a safe and inclusive space for all.”

Korland Simmons
Secretary: Korland Simmons

Korland has just recently joined the STA after moving to Seattle from Jersey City, NJ this past summer. Originally from Little Rock, AR, Korland only began playing tennis in his mid-to- late twenties but has been in love with the game ever since.

One of his other passions is music and you can find him, most Sundays, in the choir at St. James Cathedral. He hopes to begin singing regularly with the local opera companies in the PNW.

Korland joined the board as a way to learn more about STA and its membership. He hopes to use his NYC tennis league experiences as a springboard to help the STA grow and continue to be a welcoming organization.

Tournament Director: Open

Check back soon for and update!

Membership Director: Jason Herrera

Jason moved to Seattle from Petersburg, Alaska in 1999.  He began playing tennis shortly after that and loves the game because it is both an individual and team sport.  He also likes the endurance required to chase balls around the court!  Jason joined the STA board to ensure the club would always be around for people and thought it was his turn to step up and help.  The STA is important to Jason because it helped him through a very difficult time in his life.  When not chasing balls, Jason enjoys reading, writing and video games.

Webmaster: Kelly Bryant

Kelly moved to Washington State from Indiana at the age of 4, and grew up in the Seattle suburb of White Center (aka Rat City). His love for the game of tennis began on July 5th, 1980, at the age of 10, while watching the greatest tennis match and rivalry of the 20th Century, the 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final: Bjorn Borg vs John McEnroe. 

Kelly played varsity tennis for 3 1/2 years in high school until a motorcycle accident ended his senior season. Immediately after graduation, he left for a life at sea in the U.S. Navy to follow in his dad’s footsteps, and was chosen to play for the Navy’s “Mobile Magazine” soccer team. 

Kelly recently joined back up with the STA, after almost 10 years absence, playing with the men’s Summer Social Doubles group as a way of reconnecting with my LGBTQ Community and those with the similar love of tennis.

Director at Large 1: Christine Neilson

Christine is from London, England moving to Los Angeles in 1991 then relocating to Seattle in 2012, so she and her wife Barbara could be closer to their grandchildren in Vancouver, WA.

She first picked up a tennis racket in her mid-twenties and became hooked but did not play regularly until joining LATA in Los Angeles. Christine finds tennis to be a great way to get exercise and loves the challenge of improving her game. One of her goals is to incorporate the travelling she and her wife do with playing in GLTA tournaments and attending WTA & ATP tournaments around the world.

As  a member of the STA board Christine hopes to help STA in its growth, particularly in encouraging more women to join and participate.

Director at Large 2: Ken Kramer

Ken started playing tennis in high school and also played in college and was also a private coach for a couple of years. 

In addition to tennis, Ken has also enjoyed playing both softball and volleyball. Now, after not playing tennis for 25 years, he joined the STA about three months ago. Since then he has played in the Seattle Classic and the West Coast Cup in San Francisco. 

In his professional life, Ken is a social worker for a low-income senior housing agency and owns a small business with his husband. He has volunteered on many boards and committees and has coached tee ball, softball, volleyball and tennis and has taught swimming for ages 4-84.