Staff

Dan Santorum
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

dan@ptrtennis.org
As the longtime CEO, Dan has seen membership increase tremendously during his tenure, from an organization of 2,500 members in 68 countries to one with more than 16,500 members in 125 countries. Dan represents PTR at industry events and conferences, and has personally conducted more than 400 PTR workshops on six continents, in 46 countries and 225 cities. In 1999, he became the first person to conduct courses for tennis teachers in all 50 US states. 

In the early 1990s, Dan created the PTR ACE program, which continues today. The ACE Program has educated and certified thousands of multicultural tennis teachers in the USA. In 2005, he developed PTR on Campus, a successful program aimed at increasing the number of young tennis teaching professionals. More recently he played an integral part of expanding PTR’s education pathway to include five certifications and an externally accredited Master of Tennis program. 

In 2000, Dan captained the USA team to an upset victory over #1 seeded Germany in the inaugural Tony Trabert Cup held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Dan, who holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Florida, has served on and continues to serve on several USTA national, sectional and state committees. He also sits on a number of industry boards, including International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis Industry Association and the National Public Parks Tennis Association. 

Dan received the prestigious Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006. That same year, he was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2010, he received the ITF's Service to the Game Award. In 2015, Dan was inducted into the USTA Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2018, Dan was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. 
Iñaki Balzola
International Director

inaki@ptrtennis.org
Iñaki coordinates the International Department of PTR. Iñaki has traveled to more than 60 countries to teach PTR Workshops, resulting in having taught more than 250 PTR workshops. He represents the organization at many International ITF and ATP conferences and symposia. Born in Milan, Italy, Iñaki is able to converse with our members in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Iñaki is also the Coordinator of ACE, PTR's multicultural participation program, represents PTR on various USTA and ITF Committees, is on the Cardio Tennis Speaker Staff and is a USTA High Performance Coach. He is one of only two clinicians authorized to conduct international Etcheberry Strength & Conditioning Certification. Iñaki has been with PTR since 1994, and has a B.S. in International Marketing from Western Carolina University.
Helma Cap
Membership Director

helma@ptrtennis.org
A familiar face to many PTR members, Helma has been with the organization since its inception. Prior to joining the inaugural PTR staff, she worked for Dennis Van der Meer. Helma has worn many hats over the years, including, Clinician, Tester and Merchandise Director. Still responsible for merchandise, accounts receivable, and assisting with workshop coordination, as Director of Membership, her duties expanded to include membership growth and retention. Helma graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Amanda Mitchell
IT Director

amanda@ptrtennis.org
Amanda joined the PTR Staff in March 2002. As IT Director, she administers and manages all aspects of the database and website. She was instrumental in the development of PTR's new web site and the integration of the site and database.  This Slippery Rock University graduate with a B.S. in Sport Management, at one time served as the General Manager of the Newark Raptors, a member of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
Paige Payne
US Member Services

paige@ptrtennis.org
Paige Payne joined the staff at PTR in May 2012, after graduating with a degree in marketing from Ashland University, where she played on the tennis team. Paige works in US Member Services.
Dr. Anne Pankhurst
Education Consultant

Anne is the Education Consultant for PTR, responsible for designing and developing the new PTR Coach Education Pathway. She is also a consultant to several tennis academies and USA Football. Previously, Anne was Manager, Coaching Education for USTA High Performance, working with High Performance Coaches throughout the USA. Prior to the USTA position, Anne served as Coach Education Director for The Lawn Tennis Association in England. At the LTA, Anne had full responsibility for developing all Coach Education and Teacher Education courses, all Tutor Training, Coach Development and Coach Licensing. She was a member of the ITF International Coaches Commission from 1997-2005. Anne has also coached full time, and presents at numerous tennis and other sport conventions and symposia around the world. She is in the process of completing her PhD, studying how the relationships between coaches, parents and the system impact the development of young tennis players with potential.
Brian Parkkonen
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

brian@ptrtennis.org
Brian, who joined the PTR staff in May 2014, has had a series of promotions during his tenure. Prior to his new post as COO, Parkkonen served as Director of Education, where he was responsible for the direction and content of the organization’s four education pathways to certification, as well as Level 3 Specialist and Master of Tennis programs. In addition, he developed new courses and opportunities, including PTR’s Education Dashboard that provides hundreds of hours of free online video presentations, and was a key player in the evolution of the PTR Coach App. Working with Sarah Ansboury, Parkkonen was also instrumental in the organization’s new PPR pickleball certification curriculum, workshop preparation materials and clinician training. Parkkonen started at PTR as Director of Development where he oversaw the delivery of PTR education and managed scores of clinicians across the United States. Before leading the clinicians, he was one himself.

Parkkonen’s evolution in the organization began long before he joined the staff. Coincidentally, he started his career as Head Pro and Director of College Placement at the Van der Meer World Class Academy (Dennis Van der Meer founded PTR), before going on to serve as director of some of the largest public and private clubs in the country.
Julie Jilly
Vice President of Marketing and Special Events

julie@ptrtennis.org
Julie is responsible for coordinating special events, such as PTR WEEK, Spring TennisFest, Tennis Club Owners Conference and Professional Development Weekend. Julie also supervises PTR's staff and manages the many benefits available to PTR members. Julie is as a member of HEAD's Team Airflow. With a passion for wheelchair tennis and Special Olympics, Julie annually serves as Tournament Director for both the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships and the Special Olympics Tennis Championships. In 2006, PTR received a National Award for Adaptive Tennis. In 2005, Julie received the USTA Community Service Award for the Southern Section and the Special Olympics South Carolina's Super Hero Award. In 2004, she was recognized by RSI Magazine as the Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year. Julie is very active in the local community and teaches sports and fitness classes as her hobby. Julie has been with PTR since 1985, and has a B.S. in Public Relations from Florida State University.
Peggy Edwards
Director of Communications & Editor TennisPro

peggy@ptrtennis.org
Peggy's work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the USTA South Carolina Media Award and nearly two dozen APEX (Awards for Publishing Excellence) in Magazine and Journal Writing, as well as in Education and Training Writing. Prior to joining PTR in 1998, Peggy spent more than 10 years as Vice President of Marketing for Majestic Athletic, an apparel manufacturer with a focus on professional and team sports, and served as Majestic's liaison to the licensing and properties divisions of Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Hockey League. In addition to serving PTR as Editor of TennisPro Magazine, Peggy also creates advertising and promotional materials for PTR, and writes and disseminates information to the media. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Peggy went to the University of Southern California and was a mural artist in Santa Monica.
Marc Stingley
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

marc@ptrtennis.org
Prior to his move to Hilton Head Island, Stingley spent 12 years at Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, developing many of the USTA Northern’s most successful juniors, including six NCAA DI players, two DII players, five DIII players, and two All Americans. During his tenure as Director of Tennis, Fred Wells received the PTR Public Facility of the Year Award.  USTA Northern has recognized Stingley with two prestigious awards: Junior Development Coach of the Year and Junior Team Tennis Organizer of the Year. In addition, Stingley was named PTR Member of the Year for Minnesota, and his family received the USTA National Family of the Year award. Growing up in a tennis family, Stingley honed his skills on the varsity team at St. Paul Central High School. He played college tennis at Winona State University, where he won the conference doubles championship twice and was a three-time conference singles finalist. Stingley began teaching the game at 15 and by 21, was PTR certified. He is now a PTR Clinician, and was in the first class to earn PTR’s highest certification of Master of Tennis - Performance.
Caitlyn Fries
Membership Experience Coordinator

caitlyn@ptrtennis.org
Caitlyn joined PTR as the member experience coordinator. She assists PTR members both new and current, ensuring they have the best experience working with PTR. Caitlyn also manages PTR's branding. She is responsible for the consistent look and theme of all PTR graphics and messaging in order to grow the PTR marketing and social media footprint. Caitlyn graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.
Vicki Neitzel
Accountant

vicki@ptrtennis.org
A Minnesota native, Vicki graduated with a computer operations degree, and moved to Hilton Head Island in September 1989. In 1991, Vicki joined the staff at PTR as a bookkeeper, then grew in her position to handle all the accounting, payroll and finances for us.
Louie Cap
International Clinician

Louie travels the globe conducting International PTR Day events, certification workshops & PTR testing. Louie is one of only two clinicians authorized to conduct international Etcheberry Strength & Conditioning Certification. Louie has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Baylor University, is a Senior Head Professional at the Van der Meer Tennis Center, a PTR Master Professional and PTR International Tester and Clinician.