Staff and Volunteers


Our staff consists of two full-time employees, one part-time summer tennis professional, and over thirty volunteers that help us with tutoring and on court tennis lessons. Volunteers are comprised of former teachers, National Honor Society students, high school and college students, and local residents.

 

Lauren Dalton: Director

Lauren has been playing tennis all her life. She competed at Ridgefield High School where she was State Open Champion, played Division I tennis at James Madison University, and has been regionally and nationally ranked.
Lauren has been an integral part of DGT & EP sicne 2006 helping both on and off the court. Her responsibilities include fundraising, maintaining community relations, corresponding with donors and potential donors, grant writing, general scheduling, and mentoring the children. Lauren is also completely responsible for all the administrative, management, record keeping, and correspondence requirements of our program.

 

Lynn Radford: Director of Tutoring & Enrichment

Before joining our staff in September 2011, Lynn volunteered and donated countless hours to DGT & EP for over 5 years. She is a lifelong tennis player and a former teacher with many years of experience working with kids. Lynn coordinates volunteers, communicates with teachers and schools, organizes one on one meetings with parents, and works one on one with our kids.She utilizes our kitchen facility and offers numerous cooking lessons for our kids which works in tandem with our daily Healthy Snack Program. When the time is right, Lynn uses fruits and vegetables from our on-site garden. Lynn teaches our kids about planting, watering, composting, and harvesting foods that can be grown and consumed. Lynn and Lauren work together on educational development including report cards, goal setting, personal evaluations, and provide college and career guidance and planning when needed.

 

Jason DiStasio: Director of Tennis

Jason has been a part of DGT & EP since 2006. He is currently a Math teacher at Brookfield High School and the Director of Tennis for DGT & EP in the summer. He runs practices, fitness sessions, Boot Camp, the annual Program Tournament, and much more. Jason is the boys Varsity Tennis coach at Brookfield High School and refers many of his players to volunteer at DGT & EP. Jason has played an extremely important role in the program’s success. The kids love his energy, enthusiasm, and we have been blessed to have him!

 

Soichi Hirokawa

Soichi has volunteered countless hours on and off the court for several years.  He graduated with honors from Ridgefield high School, is an avid tennis player, and health fanatic who is currently training for a half Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii! Soichi attends Bowdoin College in Maine and has helped teach our kids on the court, created fitness plans and logs, and taken part in many DGT & EP events.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carl Bailey: President
Walter Beatty: Vice President
Michael Smith: Treasurer and Secretary
Lauren Dalton: Director
Lynn Radford: Director of Tutoring & Enrichment

Sandy Arconti Atanasoff
Kathleen Brown
Georgia Carrington
Art Goldblatt
Pam Higgins
Robert Lapple
Paul Masters
Dr. David Pazer
Cathy Perry
Liz Preville
Becky Strominger