Our Staff


Christi

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Beth Druffel
Grew up in Chicago suburbs, started playing tennis seriously at age 13. Played USTA tournaments locally and nationally, played #1 singles at high school all 4 years and played division 1 college tennis.

Education: University of Arkansas – BSBA Business Mangement
Certifications: USPTA & PTR 10 & Under
Position at Glenbrook Racquet Cub: Junior Development Director
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Beth Druffel, USPTA

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Beth Druffel
Grew up in Chicago suburbs, started playing tennis seriously at age 13. Played USTA tournaments locally and nationally, played #1 singles at high school all 4 years and played division 1 college tennis.

Education: University of Arkansas – BSBA Business Mangement
Certifications: USPTA & PTR 10 & Under
Position at Glenbrook Racquet Cub: Junior Development Director
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Gary Thomas, PTR


Kevin Aquino

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Gary Thomas, PTR
I grew up all over the Midwest – in Kansas, Michigan and several different suburbs of Chicago. I played a lot of different sports growing up as I still do today. I started playing tennis in middle school and played in high school at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect. After high school, I played college tennis in Tyler, Texas.

Position at GRC: Tennis Professional since 2010

Education: Tyler Junior College
  • Professional Tennis Management curriculum

Certifications:
  • Master of Tennis – Junior Development from the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR)
  • PTR 10 and Under Professional Rating certification
  • USTA and IHSA Coach Youth Tennis certification
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Van King, USPTR


Chris Thomas, PTR


Taras Germanyuk

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Chris Thomas
Born and raised in Wilmette, IL playing varsity tennis at New Trier. Earned an athletic scholarship to play Division I tennis at Eastern Illinois University. Played all 4 years and helped earn Eastern their first ever national ranking at 75 in the country. Captained the team my senior year.

Position at GRC: Director of Performance, Tennis Professional since 2009

Education: Eastern Illinois to earn undergrad in Recreation Administration
  • Master’s Recreation Management
  • Graduate assistant for both the men's and women's tennis teams

Certifications
  • PTR 10 and Under Professional Certification
  • PTR Performance Professional Certification
  • PTR Masters of Performance
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Alan Fijalkowski

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Chris Thomas
Born and raised in Wilmette, IL playing varsity tennis at New Trier. Earned an athletic scholarship to play Division I tennis at Eastern Illinois University. Played all 4 years and helped earn Eastern their first ever national ranking at 75 in the country. Captained the team my senior year.

Position at GRC: Director of Performance, Tennis Professional since 2009

Education: Eastern Illinois to earn undergrad in Recreation Administration
  • Master’s Recreation Management
  • Graduate assistant for both the men's and women's tennis teams

Certifications
  • PTR 10 and Under Professional Certification
  • PTR Performance Professional Certification
  • PTR Masters of Performance
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Kim Kehl

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Chris Thomas
Born and raised in Wilmette, IL playing varsity tennis at New Trier. Earned an athletic scholarship to play Division I tennis at Eastern Illinois University. Played all 4 years and helped earn Eastern their first ever national ranking at 75 in the country. Captained the team my senior year.

Position at GRC: Director of Performance, Tennis Professional since 2009

Education: Eastern Illinois to earn undergrad in Recreation Administration
  • Master’s Recreation Management
  • Graduate assistant for both the men's and women's tennis teams

Certifications
  • PTR 10 and Under Professional Certification
  • PTR Performance Professional Certification
  • PTR Masters of Performance
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Jerry Schectman

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Beth Druffel
Grew up in Chicago suburbs, started playing tennis seriously at age 13. Played USTA tournaments locally and nationally, played #1 singles at high school all 4 years and played division 1 college tennis.

Education: University of Arkansas – BSBA Business Mangement
Certifications: USPTA & PTR 10 & Under
Position at Glenbrook Racquet Cub: Junior Development Director
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