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Instructor Bios

Introducing Tahoe Donner’s 2013 season tennis squad!

Name: Ian Mindell

Director of Tennis

Name:  Malcolm Ridenour

Head Tennis Pro

Hometown:  Winnipeg, Canada Hometown:  Truckee, CA
What brought him to TD:“The opportunity to direct Tahoe Donner’s tennis programs.”What brought him to TD:“Tahoe Donner’s tennis programs.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why:“Besides playing tennis, I love the bike trails and rock climbing areas all around the Tahoe Donner area.”Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why:“I love Summer!  Long days to play tennis, mountain bike and lake activities.”
Background:“I started teaching tennis 20+ years ago in the Palm Springs area.  I have worked at La Quinta Resort since 2001 and at Tahoe Donner since 2008.  My wife and three children have called the Tahoe area our Summer home since 2005 and we always look forward to our time together at the beaches, lakes, playgrounds, trails, restaurants, shops and all of the other wonderful things that Tahoe Donner and the surrounding areas have to offer.”Background:“Born and raised in L.A. I was a ski instructor at Northstar for 15 years and was honored as Top 100 Ski Instructors in North America in 2005 by SKI Magazine.  I taught tennis at Top 25 Tennis Resort and Camps Northstar and was honored as Reno/Tahoe Regional Pro of the Year 2004.  For the last two winters I have taught at #2 Tennis Resort, La Quinta Resort and Club.  This is my third summer season as Head Pro at Tahoe Donner.”
Name:  Leif Meineke

Feature Pro

Name:  Jim Wolavka

Feature Pro

Hometown:  Walldorf Germany Hometown: Michigan City, Indiana
What Brought him to TD: “Coach Ian’s Tennis Program.” What Brought him to TD:“I came to Tahoe Donner because of Coach Ian.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why:“Besides teaching tennis, Truckee Thursdays and tennis events/mixers.” Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why:
Background: “I have been teaching tennis at the La Quinta Resort & Club since 2005.  I played college tennis at Boise State, where I met my wife Laurie.  We have one son named Dylan.  Besides loving tennis, I enjoy soccer and am a soccer fan of Bayem Munich.” Background:“I started teaching tennis 30 years ago in Michigan and Chicago.  I started teaching at La Quinta in 1998 and then at Tahoe Donner in 2010.  I played collegiate tennis at Manchester College.  One of my favorite things to do in Tahoe is have lunch at the CalNeva Hotel.  I am a big fan of old Hollywood movies.