Jonathan Lipsit is the Co-Founder of KTC. Jonathan has been a USPTA-certified tennis professional for over 25 years, with a specialty in and a passion for early-childhood development, curriculum writing, program design and implementation. Jonathan is an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College, in Purchase, NY, in the Movement Sciences Department, and speak internationally and nationally on early childhood motor and movement development
Prior to founding KTC, Jonathan was an original architect of the internationally successful Cardio Tennis® initiative. He has also worked as a consultant for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The United States Department of Agriculture also contracted Jonathan to help design tennis-based pilot programs to promote healthy lifestyle habits in children.
Assistant Tennis Director
Michelle Canaria-Williams, PT, DPT
Michelle majored in Kinesiology, the study of body movement, at the University of Maryland in 2008 and later earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine - San Diego by 2010. She is a pediatric physical therapist who has worked with children in an outpatient medical population, as well as within the school-based setting, which gives her a wide-range of experience with children of different ages and diagnoses. She recently moved to New York last year and is currently employed with the NYC Department of Education. Michelle comes from a tennis family and grew up playing the sport competitively, becoming ranked as a junior in the Mid-Atlantic region. With her pediatric experience, body movement understanding, and passion for tennis, she brings a unique teaching approach to Kids Tennis Co.
Anna is a dancer for from Västerås, Sweden who studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School for five years, followed by two years at the Hungarian National Ballet School in Budapest. She has also trained at the Royal Ballet School in London. Anna moved to New York after retiring from ballet to complete her education. She's currently preparing to enter a doctoral program in Pediatric Psychology but also dances at the Francesca Harper Project, The Next Stage Project, and in schools, as a teacher. In her three years experience teaching children and two years experience as a dance assistant for children with special needs, she brings a mastery of movement and education to the KTC team. Growing up, Anna was an avid tennis player and still holds the sport close to her heart. As a multi-sport athlete and patient teacher, she knows the importance of basic athletic skills and loves working with children.
Oksana Vasylyeva has a background in personal training and small group fitness and is a certified Boxing Coach. She loves encouraging the importance of movement and teaching children the skills & techniques they need to succeed - in sports and life.
Director of Operations
Emily Perry is the Director of Operations for KTC. In this capacity, she coordinates, plans, and directs the day to day operations of the company. In addition, she helps manage our website, social media accounts, and is the voice behind our weekly newsletters. She joined the KTC team in July and has enjoyed growing and learning along with our little athletes. Emily graduated from Fordham University in New York and hails from Columbia, Missouri.
Client Services Manager
Emily Minowitz is our Client Services Manager. She manages the client services experience, handling communication between parents and coaches. She's the voice behind our email account and serves as an important link between the business and the consumer. We're glad to have had Emily join the team a few months ago!
Director of Education
Dr. Rhonda Clements, Director of the Graduate Program in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Manhattanville College, is the former president of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play and the author of several books about movement, play and activities in childhood. She has also presented papers at more than 100 international, national and local conferences and served as a consultant for several groups including the Disney Channel, Crayola Crayons and the Children’s Television Workshop.
Director of Special Needs
Benna Strober, Psy.D.
Steve Kaplan is widely acknowledged as possessing an unparalleled ability to understand, analyze and teach the technical and mental aspects of tennis. Steve has guided many touring professionals at the US OPEN and WIMBELDON; he has also coached over 200 nationally ranked junior players. Steve’s background combines a rare blend of competitive and scholastic achievement. In 1979, Steve won the “Big East Conference” singles championship; in 1983, he received his Master’s degree in Physiology. Steve developed the games of both Keith Kambourian and the two-time NCAA Singles champion, Sandra Birch, from the 12′s through the pro tour. Steve’s direction ensures that players will receive the finest mechanical, strategic and mental advice.
Keith Kambourian, MS
Keith Kambourian is a voice of reason in the often-stressful world of junior tournament tennis. Keith’s philosophy is simple: “Train hard, compete hard and you will achieve.” This outlook has enabled Keith to excel as both a player and a coach. He was ranked in the top 30 nationally in the boys’ 18′s. His playing career flourished at Duke University, where he received a full scholarship and was ranked nationally among the best collegiate players. He directed the Reebok “Urban Youth Tennis Academy” at Flushing Meadow, NY, and has since coached players from beginners to international touring professionals. In 1998 he was named the ETA Long Island Region Tennis Professional of the Year. Keith has a Master’s degree in Sports Management. His level-headed approach to junior tennis ensures that players develop and maintain a positive and productive mental outlook.
Head of Research & Development
Sharon Schneider is a member of the board of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play and has written several books on childhood movement activities. She has recently served as a consultant for the Head Start Body Start Program and currently teaches at Hofstra University.