Staff

Mavi Sanchez-Skakle
Mavi Sanchez-SkakleExecutive Director
Mavi was named Executive Director of New HYTEs in the fall of 2014. Under her leadership, New HYTEs has elevated the quality of its programming; broadened the organization’s footprint in the greater New Haven community through strategic partnerships; and has strengthened its ties to the USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. Since taking the reins, Mavi has expanded the flagship after-school program of New HYTEs called TEaM (Tennis, Education, and Mentoring) from serving two elementary schools in New Haven to seven. Additionally, Mavi has implemented a pioneering curriculum into the TEaM full-day summer program that includes academic enrichment, civic engagement, environmental studies, field trips and guest speakers, team & character building lessons; and health, nutrition & wellness activities. In 2016, Mavi embarked on a public schools initiative, called New HYTEs HYPED, that introduces the sport of tennis to elementary school students in New Haven during physical education classes. The program reaches nearly 300 students from predominantly Hispanic communities each year. New HYTEs recently completed the USTA Foundation’s inaugural Capacity Building Program which promotes long-term sustainability and accountability for NJTL chapters. New HYTEs was one of only thirty NJTLs selected to participate in this comprehensive three-year training and consulting program that requires rigorous annual deliverables on fundraising, budgeting, operations, and board development. Before joining the New HYTEs staff Mavi had years of experience in event management, logistics, and branding. In a joint venture with Cleveland Clinic and Inner City Tennis Clinics (ICTC), Mavi produced a successful fundraising campaign designed to give the organization greater visibility in the community. Mavi was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, moved to Pittsburgh, PA at age 14 with her family. She attended a low income high school and learned English starting in her sophomore year. After high school she attended Chatham College in Pittsburgh, at the time an all female institution. Mavi is actively engaged in the tennis community. She is currently the USTA New England Vice Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, was on the board for USTA Connecticut from 2015-17, hosted USTA NJTL Round Tables, and served as a speaker for Women in Tennis Together and other USTA function.
Rebekka Chenard
Rebekka ChenardAcademy Enrichment & Program Director
Rebekka Chenard joined New HYTEs Executive Staff September 2018 to aid in the development and delivery of TEaM’s academic curriculum. Since her start she has added several events to the JTT calendar including the Annual CT Open Family Classic Local Event, Play Days with the New Haven Lawn Club and Middlebury Racquet Club, along with hosting pilot events for the USTA including the “ITs About Time” 10 & Under Tournament and Net Generation’s Team Challenge. She has also accompanied the U16 X-TEaM and U10 Lightning Team to the Connecticut State Championships for USTA Junior Team Tennis. Rebekka graduated from The University of New England in Biddeford, ME with a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. She continued her education earning her Masters of Science degree in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She currently is the Tennis Concierge / InFLOW Pro at The New Haven Lawn Club and coaches their Strikers JTT team along with her role as New HYTEs Ambassador and JTT Coordinator. She participates in tennis herself and continues playing soccer as well. Rebekka enjoys making a difference in children’s lives, which is why she’s so excited to be a part of New HYTEs
Melisa CorretgerAdministrative Coordinator

Board of Directors

Alex Dorato, President

Cary Leeds Coach of Men’s Tennis (Retired)
Yale University

Robert Alpern

Ensign Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)
Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Kathleen Brown-Dorato

Director of Development
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Yale School of Management

Priscilla Canny

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)
Yale University

Connor Dawson

Vice-President
Growth Catalyst Partners

Jeff Dawson

Cofounder
Rhabit

Kyle Dawson

Investment Professional
Kinderhook Industries, LLC

George Howard

Human Resource Manager (Retired)
IBM

Amy Marx

New Haven Legal Assistance Association
Visiting Clinical Lecturer, Yale Law School

Anne Worcester, Secretary

President
Universal Tennis

Meghan McMahon

Former Yale Women’s Tennis Coach
Yale University

Andrew Metrick

Janet L. Yellen Professor of Finance & Management
Yale School of Management

Susan Metrick

 

Anna Mobarak

 

Douglas Rae

Richard S. Ely Professor Emeritus of Management
Yale School of Management

Christopher Shackelton

Managing Partner and Founder
Coliseum Capital Management

Jeeten Singha

Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Connecticut Orthopaedics

Heather Tookes

Professor of Finance
Yale School of Management

Jerry Weil

Head Coach/Founder
Jerry Weil Adaptive Tennis

Patricia Whitlock

President
Design Specialties, Inc

Advisory Board

Diane Brown

Branch Manager
Stetson Library

Evan Chen

Yale Medical School ’20

Pat Decker

Owner
Middlebury Racquet Club

Alex Kane

Yale University '22

Erik Patchkofsky

Athletic Director
New Haven Public Schools

 

Ashley Shackelton

Cliff Skakle

Founder inFLOW

Denise Sousa

 

Amy Wishingrad

National Promotions Manager
Head-Penn Racquet Sports

Junior Advisory Board

Cameron Saidock, Jr. Board President

University of Southern California '25

Cara Jones

Proctor Academy '22

Parker Jones

University of Vermont '24

Anna Lang

Bentley University ‘24

Madison Mandell

Brown University '22

Amy Metrick

Hopkins School '23

David Metrick

Yale University ‘24

Jonathan Schachter

Duke University '23

Johar Varma

Northeastern University '25

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