Women Who Ace Host
Olivia Sandusky graduated from the University of San Diego in 2017. During her four years at USD, she majored in English and played centerfield for the softball team. She earned First Team all WCC in 2017, USD Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, and was the Torero Rookie of the Year in 2014. After graduating from USD, she received an MS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. She is currently the evening anchor for NBC Palm Springs and delivers the local news weeknights to the Coachella Valley.
USTA National Managing Director of Recreational Competition
Focusing on participation and retention of junior, collegiate, and adult competition throughout the United States, Tracy has been instrumental in major initiatives such as developing the USTA Competitive Pathway, implementing the Serve Tennis digital structure, and overseeing the integration of the ITF World Tennis Number. Prior to her current position, she served in various roles such as Executive Director for USTA Tennessee, Player Development Director for USTA Florida, and National Coach for USTA Player Development.
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame ’18
Research Scientist, Cedars-Sinai
Lisa was awarded a full 4-year scholarship to the University of Illinois-Chicago to compete in tennis and basketball. Lisa played #2 singles and #1 doubles, qualifying for the AIAW state tournament all 4 years. In Basketball, Lisa was a member of the All-State team 4 times, 3rd team All-American, and made the final cut at the 1976 Olympic trials. In 1979, Lisa was drafted by the Chicago Hustle as part of the first Professional Women’s Basket all League in the US. The entire league was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018. As a science major, Lisa pursued a career as a Research Scientist, working to find a cure for
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Moderator (Keynote Panel); Director of Coach Education – Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Previously the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Yale University where she was named a two-time Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, Danielle McNamara is the new Director of Coach Education with the ITA.
Erica Perkins Jasper
Moderator (Panel #1); William B. Arce Director of Athletes, Physical Education & Recreation and George R. Roberts Fellow – Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Entering her third year as the Director of CMS Athletics, Erica previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and as a successful Head Tennis Coach at Georgia Southern University, Michigan State University, and the University of New Mexico.
Moderator (Panel #2)
Heather started her relationship with USTA 15 years ago, and through the years her roles included customer support management and product management with a special emphasis in ratings. In 2018, she began consulting with the ITF on the development of the World Tennis Number. She has extensive public speaking experience including USTA Annual Meetings, National and Section workshops, ITF Conferences, ITA and similar conferences, podcasts, and an NTRP training series.
Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Retired – University of San Diego
Having led the Toreros to 428 wins, 13 NCAA Tournaments, and a WCC Championship during her distinguished coaching career at the University of San Diego, Sherri Stephens is the inaugural recipient of the Women Who Ace Achievement Award, presented by USTA Southern California.
Head Women’s Volleyball Coach – University of San Diego
In her 24th season as the Head Volleyball Coach at the University of San Diego, Jennifer Petrie has established herself as one of the nation’s most accomplished volleyball coaches in history. She has led the Toreros to 21 of the last 23 NCAA tournaments and over 400 total wins.
Director/Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Entering her fourth year as the Director and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cal Poly-SLO, Sara MacKenzie is responsible for all aspects of Sports Performance with the 21 Mustang DI teams. She has led men’s tennis, women’s basketball, volleyball and women’s soccer to Big West Conference Championships.
Director of Education and Diversity – Professional Tennis Registry
In her role as Director of Education and Diversity at the PTR, Milena Stephens is heavily involved in developing new educational courses for PTR members as well as spearheading the PTRW program with the goal of recruiting, certifying and empowering women coaches.
Professional Tennis Registry Consultant
Having worked for national governing bodies, sporting federations and individual coaches, Linda Low built her professional career on helping people to get better as coaches and leaders–most recently with the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy High Performance Coaching program, aiming to have more female coaches at future Olympic Games.
Board of Directors Member & Professional Volleyball Player – Athletes Unlimited
Cassidy Lichtman is a professional volleyball player, Chairperson of the Volleyball Player Executive Committee at Athletes Unlimited, and a member of the Board of Directors for USA Volleyball. She founded the non-profit P/ATH, an organization that harnesses the power of professional athletes to teach the next generation skills around empathy, equity and empowerment.
Founder of the Sports Science Diversity and Inclusion Association
Lorena Martin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations at the University of Southern California. Her research is in leveraging machine learning to reduce disparities in the Hispanic/Latino population. Before returning to academia, she spent time working in the professional sports industry where she was the Director of High Performance for a Major League Baseball team and also formerly the Director of Sports Performance Analytics for the Los Angeles Lakers. Her academic training includes completing three years of postdoctoral fellowship in the field of analytics; GIS spatial analysis, biostatistics, and epidemiology from the University of California San Diego. She also was a Visiting Scientist at the prestigious Salk Institute. She earned her doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami where she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her master’s degree was attained in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
Paralympic Athlete in Wheelchair Tennis & Outrigger Canoe
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