Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Staniar

Scott Staniar brings a wide range of business, urban youth development and tennis leadership experience to New HYTEs, along with ties to the New Haven area. Scott graduated from Yale in 1985, where he captained the Yale Men’s tennis team and earned All-Ivy honors in singles & doubles. After 15 years of corporate leadership with Pepsi, Cadbury Schweppes and American Express, Scott led a USTA national multi-cultural advertising campaign and regional launch entitled Tennis Welcome Centers; designed to increase inner city tennis participation rates. One of those pilots included East Shore Park in New Haven, which has served thousands of students since its inception. More recently, Scott served for 6 years as the Vice President of Tennis, Fitness and Summer Programs for Tenacity Inc. in Boston; where he led a summer program serving over 5,000 Boston and Worcester students with tennis and academic mentorship, along with a middle school program serving over 500 elementary, middle, and high school students.


Board of Directors

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

In 2019, Alex Dorato retired from coaching tennis at Yale after a 34-year career including 27 years as the Head Coach of Men’s Tennis.  Alex was only the 5th head men’s coach in the program’s history since 1913 and is the program’s winning coach. In the fall of 2008, he co-founded a New Haven inner-city youth program providing academic tutoring and tennis instruction which in 2012 became the nonprofit New HYTEs.

Yale Medical School Dean (retired),
Ensign Professor of Medicine (Nephrology),
Yale University

In June 2004, Dr. Alpern was named the Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and the Ensign Professor of Medicine. He served as the Dean for three five-year terms and continues to serve on the faculty.  In 2000 he was elected President of the American Society of Nephrology. He was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine and has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1976 and received residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

Director of Development; Major Gifts (retired),
Yale School of Management

Kathleen Brown-Dorato worked for over three decades at the Yale School of Management (SOM) primarily as a fundraiser. Formerly the Director of Development, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, she was a member of the SOM team that raised $250 million for the Management Tomorrow Campaign, much of which was directed to support SOM’s new campus, Evans Hall. Kathleen graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Art History and Religion.

Vice President,
Growth Catalyst Partners
Yale Class of ‘13

Connor Dawson is a Managing Director at Growth Catalyst Partners, a private equity firm investing in information, marketing, and tech-enabled services businesses. Connor previously worked at Wind Point Partners and began his career in the investment banking division of UBS. Additionally, Connor, along with his brothers Jeff and Kyle, co-founded Rhabit, an online sports coaching and media platform featuring over 75 of the most successful tour players and coaches in tennis. Connor graduated from Yale University with a BA in Economics and captained the Yale Men’s Tennis team.

Vice President Brokerage & Development,
LPI, Memphis
Yale Class of ‘10

Jeff Dawson is an executive with CWS Ingredients at a firm specializing in ingredient sourcing to food manufacturers along with commercial development projects in the real estate space. Additionally, Jeff, along with his brothers Connor and Kyle, co-founded Rhabit, an online sports coaching and media platform featuring over 75 of the most successful tour players and coaches in tennis. Jeff graduated from Yale University with a BA in Political Science where he was captain of the Yale Men’s Tennis team.

Investment Professional,
Kinderhook Industries, LLC
Yale Class of ‘14

Kyle Dawson is a Vice President at Kinderhook Industries, a private equity firm investing in the healthcare services, environmental / business services, and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. Kyle previously worked at Wind Point Partners and began his career in the investment banking division of UBS covering Technology, Media and Telecommunications. Kyle graduated from Yale University with a BA in History where he was captain of the Yale Men’s Tennis team.

Human Resource Manager,
IBM (Retired)

George Howard is retired from IBM Corporation. During his 28-year career he held various leadership positions within human resources including employee relations, employment staffing, compensation, diversity & equity, management and employee training, administrative services, and strategic planning. George has other business experience including ownership of a clothing manufacturing business, telecommunications network marketing, and facility management.  George is passionate about mentoring young people and using the sport of tennis as a vehicle to enrich their lives. He has three sons who are professional tennis instructors.

Executive Director,
Leon Lowenstein Foundation
Yale Class of ‘81

Stewart Hudson is currently Executive Director of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, a family foundation with grant-making programs supporting mobile health delivery, education, and solutions to the climate crisis. Previously in his career he was a Vice President of the National Audubon Society; Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute; President of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; and a Vice President of the National Wildlife Federation.  After graduating from Yale in 1981 he worked as a Senior Legislative Aide for CT Senator Lowell Weicker.  While a student at Yale, Stewart was a member of the varsity tennis team.

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

Amy Marx is a Staff Attorney at New Haven’s Legal Assistance Association, Inc (LAA) which she joined in 2002.  Additionally, she is also a national leader in assisting tenants living in foreclosed properties. Before she came to LAA, Amy was a staff attorney with Connecticut Legal Services in the benefits unit. Amy received her J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the ROOF Project, a collaborative project of city leaders dealing with the regional foreclosure crisis. She is a board member of New HYTEs and the Calvin Hill Daycare Center.

Former Women’s Tennis Coach,
Yale University

Meghan is a Yale graduate where she majored in English. She played #1 on the varsity tennis team earning a national singles ranking of #23 and was a First Team All-Ivy selection. Meghan received her master’s in social work in 1992 from the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she coached the Division I UIC Women’s Tennis Team. She was named Head Coach of the Columbia-Barnard Women’s Tennis Team in 1992 and returned to Yale as Head Women’s Tennis Coach from 1994-2001. After retiring from Yale, Meghan founded PlayIvy Consulting, a college counseling service for junior tennis players. She is a former president of New Haven Youth Tennis and Education, a Board Member of The Mory’s Association, and a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale. Above all, Meghan has been privileged to serve as family caregiver for her beloved husband and parents, and for her two children.

Janet L. Yellen Professor of Finance and Management,
Yale School of Management

Andrew Metrick is the Janet L. Yellen Professor of Finance and Management at the Yale School of Management (SOM) and the Director of the Yale Program on Financial Stability. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1994, and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Yale in 1989.  Prior to joining the Yale faculty in 2008, he held positions in the finance department at Wharton and the economics department at Harvard. In the 2009-10 academic year he was on leave at the Council of Economic Advisers in Washington. Upon returning to Yale, he served as the Deputy Dean of SOM from 2010 to 2016. Professor Metrick’s current research and teaching is focused on financial stability, including the regulation of systemic risk, the activities of complex financial institutions.

Susie Metrick has served in many roles at New HYTEs, including tutoring in our after school program, volunteering in our Summer Academy, and coaching our Junior Team Tennis matches. Susie also volunteers in local New Haven politics, currently serving as Democratic Ward Co-Chair for Ward 19, and as Treasurer for Mayor Elicker’s 2023 reelection campaign. Prior to raising her children, Susie worked on K-12 professional development projects at Education Development Center in Newton, MA. She holds her BA and Master of Education degrees from Harvard University.

North Haven Health & Racquet

A native of the Cayman Islands, Anna studied at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales before earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College in Minnesota, and a Master of Science in physical therapy from Marymount University in Virginia. She worked as a physical therapist for several years in hospital acute-care settings and geriatric rehabilitation facilities in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Colorado. Anna is co-owner of Tennis Central Club in Woodbridge, CT and Imars Fitness LLC, which manages North Haven Health & Racquet club (NHHR). She is a co-founder of TASSK (Tennis and Sport Services for the Kommunity) a non-profit with the mission to create healthier, inclusive communities through sport and physical fitness. She has partnered with other local non-profits with similar goals, including New HYTEs and the Boys and Girls Club, to provide healthy and safe after-school programs at the athletic facilities she manages.

Professor Emeritus,
Yale School of Management

Doug is the Richard S. Ely Professor Emeritus of Organization and Management. He has served on the Yale faculty since 1967, chairing the political science department during the 1980s. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a fellow of Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and has received numerous honors and prizes for his research. He has consulted widely and variously to the parliaments of Spain, Italy, & the Netherlands Antilles, select corporate leaders, to numerous American cities and universities, and to the BBC.

Foot & Ankle Surgeon,
Duly Health & Care

Dr. Singha is a Foot & Ankle Surgeon at Duly Health & Care in the greater Chicago area. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine. Before joining Duly Health & Care Dr. Singha was an Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Podiatric Surgery-Attending Surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine. As an undergraduate, Dr. Singha played varsity tennis and was a 4-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-American. In addition to serving on the board of New HYTEs, he is active with the Special Olympics and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Design Specialties, Inc

Patricia Whitlock (Pattie) is the president and owner of Design Specialties, Inc, a woman owned small business located in Connecticut. Design Specialties, Inc provides institutional reusable plastic tableware products. Pattie has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Pattie played USTA competitive tennis, both women’s and mixed, for many years. She continues to enjoy social tennis.

Leadership Advisory Team

Henry Muggia

Yale School of Management Board Fellow

Erik Patchkofsky

Athletic Director, New Haven Public Schools

Chris Shackelton

Managing Partner & Founder, Coliseum Capital Management

Chris Walters

Yale School of Management Board Fellow

Jay Winik

American Historian and Best-Selling Author

Staff & Volunteers

New HYTEs Staff & Volunteers


Yale Undergraduate Volunteers