Rebecca was born and raised in the Lansing area. She grew up in a tennis family and most of her time was spent either watching her brothers play or playing competitively herself. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 and moved to St. Louis where she taught middle school special education for two years.
In 2013, she moved back to Michigan to work for Todd Martin Youth Leadership as the high school program coordinator and data consultant. After getting married in 2014, she moved to Milwaukee with her husband, Ronnie, where she completed her masters in social work at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin. Rebecca was a school social worker at a high school on the south side of Milwaukee for the 2016-2017 school year.
Rebecca and Ronnie moved back to the Lansing area in June 2017 and were excited to welcome their first baby, Elizabeth, in September.
Wayne Abbott is a 40+ year educator. After graduating from Michigan State University in elementary education, he embarked on both a professional and personal path that has led him through a variety of educational experiences. As a teacher he taught in both public and private settings working at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He worked with general education, special education and at risk students. At the same time, he earned a master's in school administration from the University of Michigan, special education certification from Eastern Michigan University and special education administrative certification from Grand Valley State University. Mid career, Wayne moved from the classroom to administration, serving as the Associate Director of a youth services agency headquartered in Ann Arbor and for the last 18 years has been the Director of Special Education for the Holt Public Schools.
Offered the opportunity to coordinate the tutoring arm of Todd Martin Youth Leadership, Wayne excitedly embraced the chance to support Lansing Area Youth, as well as to work with the Michigan State University tutor volunteers. The collaborative relationship with Lansing Parks and Recreation Department and Lansing Area Schools is clearly a strength of the tutoring program he oversees.
Cody earned his degree in Professional Tennis Management from Ferris State University, he is PTR certified in 10 & Under, 11 to 17, Junior Performance, and Adult Development. He is a full-time tennis teaching professional at the MAC.
Sheila grew up playing on public tennis courts with the help of instruction from physical education teachers and older kids in Grand Ledge. While attending MSU, she lettered 4 years in golf and her team won the Big Ten Team Championship all 4 years. During the off season Sheila played indoor tennis at the intramural building, and worked for Intramural Directors Dr. Frank Beeman and Larry Sierra. As a graduate student, she taught tennis, golf and volleyball at MSU and LCC. At this time, with the help of Sue Selke, Sheila taught and administered the City of East Lansing tennis programs. Sheila has a masters degree in exercise science and a bachelors in physical education.
Sheila went on to become a LPGA Golf Professional and own a business, the WGA Academy. Next, Macomb Community College offered her a full time professorship. Sheila enjoyed her time teaching at Macomb, but decided to take a very early retirement to spend more time with older family members and enjoy playing her favorite sports, including tennis, golf, and soccer.
Sheila is unbelievably happy and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Tennis Program Director for Todd Martin Youth Leadership, and to be working with the Executive Director, Rebecca, and the Board Members. Together, we are all looking forward to expanding the programming and keeping the quality high.
Brooke grew up in the Lansing area. She graduated from Hope College in 2010, and after working for the Michigan Legislature for a short period, she started working on her PhD from Michigan State University's College of Education in Measurement and Quantitative Methods.
As she is completing her doctorate, she is working part-time for Todd Martin Youth Leadership, performing various administrative tasks (including using her data skills!) for the other staff members. She is so thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a fantastic organization and with remarkable people, including staff, volunteers, and board members!