Santa Fe Tennis & 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
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 awards higher education scholarships to young Central Texas Hispanics.
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.
Chef Leonard Trejo is a native of Santa Fe with over 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He began his distinguished career as a dishwasher, steadily working his way to the top while learning the tricks of the trade, largely by observing chefs in the various kitchens he worked in.
After honing his craft at several local fine dining establishments including the Hilton, Vanessie, and Red Sage, Chef Leonard carried his considerable skills to the Santa Fe Tennis and Swim Club
where he brings our menu to life and is constantly coming up with new dishes for our members to enjoy.
“Being a Chef brings me joy everyday”
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.
Junior Tennis Instructor
David Reyes moved to Santa Fe in 2012 to accept a Physical Education teaching position at Santa Fe Public Schools. Raised in Beaumont TX, he has a B.S. in Physical Education from Stephen F. Austin University in TX. In addition to teaching elementary P.E. since 2008, David’s previous tennis experience includes the Ian Griffin Tennis Academy in Beaumont, TX, the City of Tulsa, OK. Park’s Department tennis program, teaching junior and adult private lessons, coaching for First Serve New Mexico, and 2016-2017 Assistant Coach of the Santa Fe High School boy’s State team. He is PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) Nationally certified.
David is married to Jennifer Reyes, also a teacher in the SFPS. Together, they have three sons and a granddaughter. When possible, they enjoy travel and hiking.
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!
Joe Dorn grew up in Washington D.C, playing tennis at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, MD. He credits his parents for exposing him to tennis at an early age.
“I began playing tennis due to my parent’s interest in the sport and then became hooked after watching Agassi at the US Open,” Joe admits. “I made good friends at the tennis center and never wanted to leave the courts.”
Throughout his youth, Joe was consistently ranked #1 in D.C. and top 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Thanks in part to his stellar play, Joe earned a tennis scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he excelled in both singles and doubles. After a year at Vanderbilt, Joe transferred to Claremont McKenna College.
While at Claremont, Joe won a NCAA Team National Championship and Individual Doubles Championship.
Following his time at Claremont, Joe became the assistant coach for the Claremont Men’s team, where he was mentored by Head Coach Paul Settles. Subsequently, he soaked up plenty of knowledge and eventually started developing his own teaching style and techniques.
Joe has worked with youth in the classroom, in wilderness settings, and of course, on the tennis court. He is excited to be in Santa Fe, exploring the outdoors and working at the Santa Fe Tennis and Swim Club.
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.