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Executive Committee

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Ernie James
President

Ernie James, of Florence, has previously served USTA South Carolina as a Executive Vice President, Vice President, as well as a member of various committees on the state and section level. Ernie is also active on the local level, previously serving as the President of Florence Tennis Association, as well as being a certified USTA Official and active League player. Professionally, Ernie has been a human resources professional for over 30 years.

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James McKissick
Executive Vice President

James McKissick of Greenville was elected treasurer at the annual meeting in December 2011. McKissick also serves as chairman of the budget and audit committee and serves on the investment committee. He is a graduate of the university of South Carolina and holds a MBA with a concentration in finance. He is currently an adjunct professor for the masters in real estate program at Clemson University and a real estate broker specializing in investment sales. McKissick also has served on numerous volunteer boards in the Greenville area, including the Project Host Soup Kitchen and the Christ Episcopal Church, where he remains active, McKissick is a lifelong tennis player who is happily married to Elizabeth. They have three wonderful children.

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Jonathan Barth
Vice President

Jonathan is currently on several committees for USTA South Carolina. He is the tournament director for multiple tournaments throughout the year and also a certified referee as well as a PTR-certified tennis instructor. Jonathan’s family was USTA Southern Family of the Year Year in 2006 and USTA National Family of the Year in 2006. Full...

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Nan Smith
Vice President

Nan has helped grow tennis in the Midlands for more than 25 years. She's currently a 4.0 player and captains and plays on many teams in the Columbia Tennis League and Lexington Area Tennis Association. Nan also has helped run the Columbia Tennis League's combo doubles league and has served CTL in myriad other ways. She now looks forward to making an impact across the state.

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Dr. Carol Alan
Secretary

Dr. Alan began playing USTA league tennis in 2008 after her family relocated to Sumter. Since then, her love and appreciation for the sport has grown tremendously. She has played in every USTA league offered in the state, and she has captained numerous teams. Dr. Alan has a special interest in fitness and injury prevention for tennis aficionados. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, she is an alumna of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and OB/GYN residency at Duke University.

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Terry Ferrell
Treasurer

Terry Ferrell has been involved with South Carolina tennis for years, serving on and heading multiple committees and previously serving on the board as Treasurer. She has been a member of the USTA SC Tournament Sanction & Schedule subcommittee, player selection for Junior Cup Player Selection Subcommittee, and is an Endorser for Southern Closed. She is also very involved with our Junior State Qualifier. Terry began to enjoy tennis while watching both of her daughters compete in high school and in junior competition.  She was involved in Junior Team Tennis for many years as a parent and a volunteer on Southern’s Junior Competition Committee.

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Bob Peiffer
Immediate Past President

Bob Peiffer of Charleston was elected president in 2015 after serving as an Executive Vice President for two years. Peiffer had previously served as secretary of the board for four years. Prior to that, serving as the president and local league coordinator of the Lowcountry Tennis Association, LCTA, for 16 years. During his tenure, the LCTA received a variety of awards. Peiffer is a retired Navy captain, having served first in submarines and then as a member of the Navy Supply Corps, the logistics and financial management arm of the Navy. For nearly 20 years, he has served as the administrative manager for the Charleston Alcohol Research Center and the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina — two research organizations dedicated to advancing knowledge through research of the most effective ways to treat individuals afflicted with addiction of alcohol or other drugs of abuse.

Area Directors

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Jackie Reynecke
South Area Director

Jackie Reynecke spends nearly all of her time with tennis. As tournament director at Palmetto Dunes, Reynecke organizes tournaments for players of all ages throughout the year. She also serves as the local league coordinator for the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island. Reynecke also makes time to play our sport as well.

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Mary Margaret Hyatt
East Area Director

When not practicing law, Mary Margaret enjoys spending time with her husband, Doug, and two sons, Manning & Hughes. Mary Margaret enjoys playing tennis and is an avid beachgoer and college football fan.

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Taylor Wingate
North Area Director

I have an Associates degree in business administration from York Technological College. I was in car accident in 2005 that left me incompletely paralyzed which means I do have some sensation and movement from my waist down. I do graphic design work with screen printing and embroidery at family owned company in Charlotte, NC. I work part time at the Rock Hill Tennis Center. I started playing tennis around 5 years ago, May of 2014 at the RHTC and have been competing in USTA wheelchair tennis tournaments all over the country ever since! I have a three Gold Balls and two Silver Balls which I received at the Wheelchair US Open Championships. I have been playing ITF Open tournaments lately as well and would love to be on the Paralympic USA team one day. I received my PTR Adult Development Certification a couple of years ago and have been the main instructor for ASAP tennis on Tuesday’s  in Charlotte for the past year and a half. I serve as Chairman on the SC USTA wheelchair committee. I’m on the Southern USTA wheelchair committee as well. I really wish I found tennis a lot sooner but I'm so happy to have it in my life now. 

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Roy Lindburg
West Area Director

Roy Lindburg of Aiken, originally from Illinois, began playing tennis in 1999.  he has captained numerous teams, coached a high school team, organized a high school tennis tournament for serveral years, served on the tennis committee at Odell Weeks, and is a current board member of the Aiken Area Community Tennis Association.  His wife Debbie is an active league player, their son Alex played junior, high school, and college tennis and their daughter Kaitlin played league tennis as well.  Roy is a career banker and is currently the CFO of Security Federal Bank.

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Northwest Area Director
 
Craig Wells of Six Mile is the Northwest Area Director serving Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, Laurens, Abbeville, and Greenwood counties.  He also serves as the chairman of the grievance committee, and a member of the officials, personnel, and strategic planning and evaluation committees.  Craig is certified as a PTR and USPTA teaching professional and is an accredited professional coach.  He retired from active duty after 25 years in the Army Corps of Engineers. 
 
 
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Jack Barker
Southeast Area Director

Jack Barker, of Daniel Island, originally from Pittsburgh, has been playing tennis for 37 years.  He has been active in Special Olympics for over 20 years and is on the board of South Carolina Special Olympics. He also sits on the boards of the PTR foundation and The Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association. Jack is also PTR certified. He and his wife, Diane, travel with special athletes as their coach with the organization, Athlete Without Limits.  Jack is now retired after 32 years with Wabtec.  

Presidential Appointee

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Bob Masella
Legal Counsel 

Columbia attorney Robert M.P. Masella was appointed as legal counsel for USTA SC upon Cam Littlejohn’s assent to the position of Executive Vice President for the District of South Carolina. Masella graduated from Winthrop College in 1985. While attending Winthrop he was honored as a member of the 1982 All-American soccer team and was an inductee to the 2015 Winthrop Athletic Hall of Fame. After his graduation from Winthrop Masella became one of the top producers nationwide for a Fortune 100 Company. In 1992 he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated in 1995. He served as the Honorable Kaye G. Hearn’s law clerk prior to joining the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s office. In 1998 he founded the Masella Law Firm, P.A. which is a state wide practice focusing on family law, personal injury, workers' compensation and criminal law. Masella also served as a Judge for the City of Columbia Municipal Court between 2000 and 2004. Masella is also an avid USTA Local League 3.0 player. Among other accolades he was U.S. Open Doubles Champion 1989, 1999 and 2001; named USTA National Captain of the Month, and named the 2010 USTA Southern Section Wheelchair Player of the Year.

 

 
 
 
 
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