Our Staff Our Pros Administrative Staff Christi Bio Christi TurdoChristi has been in the tennis industry for over 30 years either as a competitive professional player, tennis instructor, club owner, manager, and now entrepreneur. A graduate of The Ohio State University, where she played collegiate tennis. Powered by ConvertPlug™ | Email Beth Druffel, USPTA Bio Beth DruffelGrew 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 MangementCertifications: USPTA & PTR 10 & UnderPosition at Glenbrook Racquet Cub: Junior Development Director Powered by ConvertPlug™ | Email Gary Thomas, PTR Bio Gary Thomas, PTRI 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 2010Education: Tyler Junior College Professional Tennis Management curriculumCertifications: 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 | Email Kevin Aquino Bio Kevin AquinoPersonal: Staten Island, New YorkEducation: University of Mary Washington '12B.S. in PsychologyCertifications:PTR 10 & Under ProfessionalPTR Performance ProfessionalPosition at Glenbrook: Director of Development, Tennis Professional, Racquet Stringer | Email Van King, USPTR Bio Van KingVan King is PTR certified. He is now the director of Ten and Under Tennis at Glenbrook. He has been teaching tennis at Glenbrook for twelve years. Van focuses on making tennis fun while insuring that his students have great technique and strong fundamentals.Van coached his son, Evan, from peewee to the college level. Evan was #1 in the nation in the USTA’s Boys 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s.Evan won the Easter Bowl in the Boys 14s and 18s. He won the Illinois State High School Singles Championship and graduated from the University of Michigan as its winningest men’s player. Van has coached numerous juniors who have gone on to play Division I tennis. Evan is now playing on the ITF Pro Tennis Tour.Van has written the premier book on ten and under tennis, Pee Wee Tennis the Fun Way to Learn and Play. Van was a participant in the USTA National Tennis Coaches Symposium.Van would like to make Glenbrook’s 10 and Under Programs a great place for tennis development. | Email Chris Thomas, PTR Bio Chris ThomasBorn 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 2009Education: Eastern Illinois to earn undergrad in Recreation Administration Master’s Recreation Management Graduate assistant for both the men's and women's tennis teamsCertifications PTR 10 and Under Professional Certification PTR Performance Professional Certification PTR Masters of Performance | Email Taras Germanyuk Bio Taras GermanyukPersonal : Ranked as high as # 4 in singles as a junior in Ukraine and won many competitions in Ukraine and Europe Winner of Ukrainian National Championship (doubles) 1995, 1996Part of National Junior Ukrainian team 1994 – 1996Tennis Teaching History Coached tennis in Ukraine 1997-20022003 - 2006 Sparring partner Ukrainian junior women team for US Open and Rolan Garros2009 - 2010 assisted coaches from Northwestern University to work with the woman's team2010 Played in the Saturday Open league for NSRC Position at GRC: Tennis Professional since 2014 | Email Alan Fijalkowski Bio Alan FijalkowskiPersonal: Grew up in Warsaw, PolandPlayed tennis since the age of 5Moved to USA at the age of 17Played tournaments on national and international levelAttended IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis AcademyPlayed High School tennis for Buffalo Grove HS and made stateEducation: Played DII Tennis for Lewis UniversityPosition: Tennis Professional | Email Kim Kehl Bio Kim KehlPersonal: I started playing tennis at the age of 7, my best friend and I would play from early morning to sun-down. On the way to the courts we walked together excited about the game that lay ahead. On the return trip we found ourselves on opposite sides of the street; we took our tennis serious! An hour later we were best buddies again and returning to the courts for another epic battle. I played intramural college tennis at Colorado State University and Western Illinois.Education: Colorado State University BS Physical Education/Minor in ScienceWestern Illinois University: MS Exercise PhysiologyCertifications:MTM ProfessionalMTI ProfessionalPTR Professional Junior DevelopmentPTR Professional 11 - 17PTR Professional PerformancePTA ProfessionalPTA 10 & Under QuickStart TennisCoach Youth Tennis CertifiesCardio Tennis Licensed/TRX Cardio Tennis Licensed TrainerPTR/PTA Kidz Tennis/Little TennisPosition at Glenbrook: Tennis Profession | Email Jerry Schectman Bio Jerry SchectmanPosition at Glenbrook: Tennis Profession | Email ABOUT GRCAbout GRC Membership Our Pros Internships/Jobs Fees & Rates FAQ WHERE ARE WE?