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Instructor Biographies

Ian Mindell, our esteemed director of tennis, returns for 2016. Stay tuned for bios of the rest of the 2016 team!

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Name: Ian Mindell, Director of TennisName: Sasha, Head Pro
Hometown: Winnipeg, CanadaHometown: Belgrade,Serbia
What brought him to TD: “The opportunity to direct Tahoe Donner’s tennis programs.”What brought him to TD: “A chance to spend some time in the mountains and to teach the sport I love.”
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 am a tennis pro so my favorite thing to do is play tennis.”
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: “I started playing tennis at the age of 6 and started competing in junior tennis tournaments at the age of 9. Overall winner of 12 national junior tournaments, including national 16 and under doubles champion of former Yugoslavia. I ran the Intersport Public Tennis Academy in Belgrade with more than 400 kids of all ages and skill sets. One of the top players that came from the Academy was Janko Tipsarevic, formerly ranked #8 in the world. I moved to USA in March 2000 and worked as a Tennis Professional for last 15 years in the Palm Desert area.”
 David Johnson Henry Ryerson
Name: David Johnson, Instructor Name: Henry Ryerson, Tennis Coach/Instructor
Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado Hometown: Bridgewater, CT
What brought him to TD: “The opportunity to teach tennis and spend the summer away from the heat of the desert.” What brought him to TD: I was introduced to TD as the head coach of the Truckee High Girls
Tennis team. We have been lucky to be able to practice and play at this amazing facility . As a
local pro looking to help the growth of the tennis community, I am glad to be affiliated with TD.
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “There are a lot of things that I love but my favorites are fly-fishing and hiking.” Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: My favorite
things to do is spend time with my 5 year old, Lily, and my fiancé, Holly.
Background: “I started teaching tennis 18 years ago in Colorado and have since taught all over the country including southern California, Austin TX, New York, Marin and Sonoma counties. My wife and two sons are looking forward to all the wonderful things that Tahoe Donner and the surrounding areas have to offer.” Background: I played singles and doubles for WCSU. After that I taught tennis for Silver Springs
Country Club and Four Seasons Racquet Club in Connecticut. Also a PSIA level 3 ski instructor,
the mountains called me west. Here I run a summer seasonal youth tennis program through
Truckee park and Rec. dept. As well, I am currently the head coach for the Truckee High girls
tennis Team. I feel blessed to be able to ski and play tennis in this beautiful area.

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