Sante Fe Tennis And Swim Club Staff

Our Clubhouse Staff is dedicated to the promotion of tennis and the satisfaction of our members. We pride ourselves in cultivating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and hope you will enjoy meeting everyone at Santa Fe Tennis & Swim Club.

David B. Garcia, General Manager

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A former Marine and Viet Nam veteran, Dr. David B. Garcia founded CEDRA Corporation in 1990 to provide GLP bioanalytical services for the federal government, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.  Dr. Garcia led CEDRA to acquire its clinical services division, CEDRA Clinical Research, LLC, in May of 2001, which offers investigational site research services for Phase I clinical trials.  Previous to working at CEDRA, Dr. Garcia was the Pharmaceutical Sciences department head at Radian Corporation, where he was responsible for the company entering into the pharmaceutical services business.  In addition, he has worked as an analytical chemist for Alcon Laboratories, taught at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, College of Pharmacy (where he earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry). Dr. Garcia is also a member of the Pharmaceutical Foundation Advisory Council. 

Dr. Garcia has received numerous awards, including being selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2006, and received the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Corporate Executive Excellence Award.  Dr. Garcia has authored three patents and many scientific articles in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry.  His passion for education has led him to establish the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, a non-profit organization that award higher education scholarships to young Central Texas Hispanics.

Bernadette Holberg

Assistant General Manager

A California native with Mexican, Indigenous, and European roots, Bernadette moved to Santa Fe in 2018 to be closer to family in Corrales, New Mexico. In the past, she has managed a garden center and served as Assistant General Manager at a popular feed store in College Station, Texas.

Currently, Bernadette is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of New Mexico via Santa Fe Community College. Her passions include cooking, gardening, fishing, and exploring the Great Outdoors.

Ralph Bolton

Director of Tennis
USPTA Elite Professional

Ralph Bolton has been certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) at the Elite level for 27 years. He has been the Head Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Coach at Santa Fe Prep School since 1992. Furthermore, Ralph is also a certified fitness trainer through the American Council of Exercise (ACE).

In addition to tennis, he has taught skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho; Stowe, Vermont; Beaver Creek, Colorado; as well as locally in Santa Fe.

Ralph is married to Breshaun-Birene Joyner, a teacher at Santa Fe Prep and a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. They have a fifteen year old son named Jonas.

 

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Monika McKennie

Bookkeeper & Administrative Support

A Native Santa Fean, Monika has over 20 years of experience in Office Management and Accounting, and previously managed one of Santa Fe’s top design firms. In 2015, she stepped away from her career for some time to home-school her children and care for her grandparents.
Playing a role in her community is important to Monika. In the past, she and her husband (pictured above) were foster parents for many years, eventually adopting a beautiful daughter. Later, she became the Foster Parent Liaison for Santa Fe County and worked as the coordinator for the “Heart Behind the Mask” project with the Adoption Exchange. Her current community roles also include Club Leader for the 4-Seasons 4-H Club in Santa Fe County.
Currently, Monika resides with her husband of 19 years, son age 10, daughter age 14, and four rescued fur babies in Durango, Colorado. As a family, they enjoy boating and camping in the Summer and hunting in the Fall. 

Jim Parker

Pro Emeritus
USPTA Master Professional

World-renowned Jim Parker brings an unparalleled experience to the Santa Fe Tennis and Swim Club Staff.

Ranked number 1 in the US in Singles and Doubles in his age group has been par for the course over the last 35 years. Most recently, Jim achieved a record-setting USTA “grand slam” in 2018, winning each of the four USTA National Tournaments in the 75+ age group. Furthermore, he represented the Unites States as Team Captain in the 2018 ITF World Cup.

As an instructor, Jim is committed to the future of high-level tennis. His unique and varied experiences allow him to pass valuable insights on mechanics, strategy, and match-play psychology on to his students.

Christine Wantuck

Pickleball Professional
USA Pickleball Association District Ambassador, Northern New Mexico

Christine began playing the addictive game of pickleball in 2012 following an injury which forced her to stop playing competitive tennis, a sport she enjoyed for many years.  She has since become an avid student of pickleball mechanics and strategy, parlaying her knowledge and skills into successful results in several local, regional, and national tournaments. Christine is passionate about teaching the sport of pickleball to new and established players of all ages and has helped many players nurture and improve their pickleball skills.

Christine has been a USAPA Pickleball Ambassador for Santa Fe for several years and recently was appointed District Ambassador for USA Pickleball for all of Northern New Mexico.  She has been a resident of Santa Fe since 1985 and possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland. She is married to Paul Wantuck, and they have two daughters.        

David Reyes

Junior Tennis Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Eddie Neese

Tennis Professional

Eddie Neese grew up playing tennis in Florida, one of the most highly competitive and tennis rich areas of the country. Competing in state and national tournaments until the age of seventeen, he achieved a top ten ranking in Florida and a top fifty national ranking before hanging up his racquets to pursue music full time.

 
Eddie returned to tennis in his twenties to compete on the USTA Pro Circuit for two years, where he was lucky enough to compete against some of the best players in the world. After moving to Santa Fe at the age of thirty, he started teaching at Shellaberger Tennis Center, where he would become the head pro, teaching private lessons as well as adult and junior clinics.
 
He now looks forward to meeting and working with players at the beautiful Santa Fe Tennis and Swim Club!

Nils Gould

Tennis Professional

The zenith of Nils Gould’s tennis career took place in 2003 when he, while coached by Ralph Bolton, conquered his tendency to emotionally break down on the court and rallied to the state finals with his doubles partner.

The rest is history, right?

No, not really.

The rest includes Nils quitting the sport upon leaving state, moving back to New Mexico, getting back into tennis, finding joy in teaching tennis and eventually finding his lifelong doubles partner (none other than his former coach, Ralph Bolton).

Since he returned to the sport, the highs of Nils’ career have not been trophies and accolades but meaningful experiences with his students and peers. Nils derives the utmost pleasure from teaching a new method and helping students implement that method over time. Nils has the benefit of being licenced as a Physical Therapist Assistant and with his experience he can address a client’s posture, kinesiology, and physical rehabilitation in an informed and safe manner. After spending some time with his fiancé travelling around the country, Nils is happy to be back in Santa Fe and very happy to be teaching at the Santa Fe Tennis and Swim Club!