Spring 2021 Election Announced
The annual election of new SMPA Board members begins with the arrival of ballots in member email boxes on April 14, 2021. Active members have the opportunity to vote on one incumbent Director, Frank Chiappone, and three new Directors, Fran Myer (Kenmore), Jessica Prince (Mercer Island), and Sarah Web (Seattle Central District). As Covid restrictions continue to limit large gatherings, the SMPA Annual Meeting will take place online in a Zoom meeting on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7 PM PDT. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. There will be prizes given away during the Annual Meeting.
Jerry took up pickleball in the Summer of 2016 after retiring from the long-time practice of law in the Seattle area. Pickleball is his new passion.
Jerry is married to Marcia, and they have a grown married daughter, Kerry. He and Marcia play pickleball several times a week at various venues in Central and South Seattle.
He is one of the founders of the Seattle Metro Pickleball Association along with several other enthusiasts who are interested in expanding available pickleball facilities and events and introducing this fantastic game to others.
Theresa took up pickleball after a summer of being net hauler and line-painter for the pickleball courts on Orcas Island. Married to an avid pickleball player, Theresa accompanies her wife Kathy to the occasional tournament, and makes certain the paddles are packed for any and all travels.
Theresa schedules her workday around pickleball play at various Seattle community centers. As one of the SMPA founders, she believes strongly in giving back to the sport by working to increase playing opportunities throughout the Seattle metro area. Favorite outdoor venues: Green Lake and Buck Park on Orcas. Favorite indoor venue: Pickleball Station in Kent.
Frank Chiappone is a former sports anchor/reporter at KOMO-TV in Seattle where he once won an Emmy for synchronized swimming although he didn’t actually synch or swim. Now at Microsoft, he helps teachers and students do great things using technology in their classrooms.
He has a wife and three kids who encourage his pickleball obsession and will occasionally play with him. Life before pickleball is a little hazy, but he vaguely remembers enjoying sports of all kind, cooking, DIY house projects and playing the ukulele.
He plays pickleball at least five times a week wherever he can, mostly in North Seattle, but has also played in Florida, Arizona, Texas, Hawaii, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, London and Amsterdam… but not all on the same day.
Miguel de Campos
Miguel must have been a dog in one of his previous lives because when he sees a moving ball he has to go fetch it and return it to wherever it came from.
When he is not coaxing pickleballs with a paddle, you might find him kicking them with his foot or trying to trap them with his chest, both old reflexes from his soccer playing days
When no balls are around, Miguel enjoys programming computers, keeping timeforpickleball.com up to date, listening to music and visualizing achieving world peace through pickleball, a key reason he helped found the SMPA.
Miguel’s wife, who does not share his canine ancestry, prefers yoga, tai chi, and qigong to pickleball.
Sean has worked at Microsoft for the past 26 years as a Software Engineer, most recently on the Office team.
He and his wife, Erin, have been married for 20 years and have a daughter in high school, and a son in college.
After playing soccer for over 25 years, his body was aching for a new sport. Sean was introduced to Pickleball almost a year ago, and has become infatuated with playing and promoting the sport since.
Tom Grubb has been playing pickleball for over 20 years, and over the last four years has developed pickleball clinics for the beginning, advanced beginner and the advanced pickleball player. He is a certified pickleball level II instructor/coach through the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association). He is currently an ad-hoc staff member at SeaTac and Tukwila Community Centers and has taught at the Bellevue Club, Federal Way Community Center, and Bainbridge Island. He has completed over 60 highly rated clinics. He has been teaching for over 5 years.
Tom is a certified pickleball referee and working to become a referee trainer.
He enjoys teaching and playing pickleball for the love of the sport and for his ability to engage players and prospective players in a meaningful conversation about this sport.
His personal goal is to work with pickleball organizations to promote and grow pickleball in the Northwest and worldwide. Tom is a proud lifetime member of Seattle Metro Pickleball Association.
Achievements: Huntsman World games – Gold medal in men’s singles age 50-55, and silver medal in men’s doubles 50-55. 4.5 mixed doubles SeaTac (2010). Tom’s earliest medal was a gold in 2008 and he stopped playing tournaments in 2011 to dedicate his time to teaching and refereeing.
Mary Ann Benack
Mary Ann has had a distinguished 20+ year career at Microsoft during in numerous leadership positions in marketing, advertising, and customer service areas of the Company.
She has been actively involved in pickleball for several years as a regular tournament player in local, regional, national, and international tournaments. In addition, Mary Ann has organized pickleball tournaments, co-managed pickleball leagues, conducted instructional clinics, and group lessons. Mary Ann contributions to SMPA include her work on the Racial, Equity and Justice assessment tool used in evaluating potential dedicated pickleball sites. She served on the Planning Committee for our first Annual Meeting and was an integral member of the registration services team for the 2019 Seattle Metro Pickleball Classic Tournament.
For the past several years Jeff has been involved as a health coach working to improve the quality of individuals’ lives through physical exercise, and socialization techniques which increase neuroplasticity of the human brain and help it re-train neural pathways so as to better adjust to environmental and other factors.
Jeff and his wife, Cynthia, are self-described pickleball addicts who play several times a week. They have been playing for four years. Jeff has made many contributions to our sport and to SMPA. At the City’s request, Jeff has provided skills and drills instruction at South Park and Hiawatha community centers with other SMPA volunteers. Students in his class rave about his techniques.
Kiersten has worked in the travel industry for 10+ years and regularly played pickleball since she was in her early 20s. She has played on multiple continents, onboard ships, and is a frequent presence at many community centers, Shoreview Park, and Green Lake on weekends. Kiersten is excited to help grow the sport of pickleball and increase playing opportunities around the Seattle metropolitan area.
She currently lives in Edmonds and works with Rick Steves’ Europe.
Jimi is a retired teacher who left small-town eastern Washington life and moved to Seattle with her husband in 2000. They started playing pickleball to get acquainted with the community. They were quickly hooked and now play 4 to 5 times a week.
Jimi enjoys helping people make connections to other people and to our pickleball community. A founding member of the SMPA, she played a key role in the SPR Pickleball Pilot Project. Jimi left the Board in early 2018 for more time with family.
Stan is a retired Seattle small businesses owner. He moved to Seattle in 1980 from his native state of Idaho, and has been here ever since, except for one year living in New Zealand.
Stan and his wife, Linda, live in Ballard. He has two adult daughters and a step-son. Three years ago, Linda took Stan to a pickleball class and he was smitten. He is a founding member of SMPA and sits on the membership committee. Stan left the Board late in 2018 when he and wife Linda relocated to Port Townsend, where Stan is a regular on the local pickleball courts.
Drew retired in 2007 and currently lives in West Seattle.
He is one of the founders of Seattle Metro Pickleball Association and first played pickleball in the early 1980’s, took it up again 3 years ago and now plays mostly in West Seattle.
He previously worked as a CPA, Controller, CFO and a founder/co-owner of two small businesses.
Sandra currently works at Boeing but will be retiring in a few months. She has one son, Max.
Sandra has been playing pickleball (and volleyball) for 15 years, first starting as a way to spend more time with her 94-year old dad. There is some humor in hearing a 60-something woman yelling “Dad!” in a group of people over 55.
An SMPA founder and part of the membership committee, Sandra plays several times a week at 3 gyms in West Seattle.