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About Jax Youth Tennis

The Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association (JYTA) is a single purpose community tennis organization (CTA) working to support and maintain tennis programs and services for children in the public communities of Jacksonville.  According to the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the definition of a USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) is “any incorporated geographically defined, not-for-profit, volunteer-based tennis organization that supports or provides programs which promote and develop the growth of tennis”. The Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association will be governed by a volunteer board of directors with backgrounds, skills, and experiences to match the organization’s mission and its needs. 

President: Celia Rehm has successfully gotten other tennis initiatives of the ground in Jacksonville (USTA Jr. Team Tennis league, 1996) and the (First Coast Tennis Foundation, 1994). She is an active member of the USTA Tennis in the Parks Committee which promotes a unified effort to enhance tennis play, programs, and facilities in public parks nationwide in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association. She is also a current member of  the USTA Florida Board, serving 18 years since 1993, and serves as a member of the USTA Florida Foundation board. She has been involved at the highest ranks of the USTA (Section Delegate & member of the USTA Executive Committee, 2009-2010) and USTA Florida (President of USTA Florida). She is a graduate from the University of North Florida with a  Master or Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.

Secretary: Deb Grissett serving in the office of Secretary comes from a tennis family and grew up with a tennis court in her backyard. She and her two sisters all received tennis scholarships for college. Deb has extensive tennis playing and teaching experience and enjoys helping others improve their skills so they, too, can enjoy this lifetime sport. Deb has taught tennis lessons to players aged 5 and older, from beginners learning how to hold the racket to individuals looking to fine-tune more advanced skills. Additionally, Deb has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and applies many concepts into her coaching advice.  

Thomas Moilanen is a retired accountant and IRS Enrolled Agent who currently enjoys volunteering to assist nonprofit organizations with accounting and tax issues.  In addition to his volunteer work with this association, he also serves as treasurer for First Coast No More Homeless Pets and the Florida Jurisdiction of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.  After retirement from the US Navy (1960-1984), he enrolled in the University of North Florida MBA degree program receiving his degree in 1987 and becoming employed as an assistant director at the University of North Florida, Small Business Development Center (1986-1994). Following that, he operated his own accounting and tax business where he provided services to individuals and small businesses (1994-2011).  

Consultant: Jacksonville resident B.A. Grubbs, past president of USTA Florida (1984-85) is serving as JYTA’s consultant.  Under his term as President, Mr. Grubbs led the effort that successfully established the USTA Adult Tennis leagues in Florida and the USTA sanctioned tournaments for juniors in the Jacksonville district.




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