St. Paul Urban Tennis Executive Director Search

SPUT is taking applications for candidates interested in leading our well-known youth development organization into the next decade of teaching tennis, leadership and life skills to St. Paul kids. Click here for the job posting. Applications will be taken until Sunday, February 25 at 



Board of Directors 

The success of any non-profit organization is largely due to the strength and ongoing support of it's leadership.  SPUT is no exception to this rule.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated volunteer board that invests time, talent and resources to making SPUT successful. Members include:

  • Emily Blodgett, President
  • Noah Lipschultz, Vice President
  • Jack Van de North, Vice President
  • Julian Dehn, Treasurer
  • Megan Gaard, Secretary
  • Janie Cameron
  • Anne Cullen Miller
  • Jon Farnsworth
  • Collyn Iblings
  • Sandy Martin
  • Katie Resch
  • Tony Stingley
  • Bo Vue
  • Gregg Wong
  • City of St. Paul Liaison - Jessica Williams


Becky Cantellano, Executive Director

Becky came to SPUT in January of 2012 after nearly ten years working for USTA Northern, most recently as Director of Tennis Programs & Services, where she managed a team of USTA Program Directors and community tennis initiatives. Prior to that, she taught tennis in both a public park and country club setting while playing tennis for the Mounds View Mustangs and UW-LaCrosse Eagles. She has a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Spanish, a mini MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas, and is a certified PTR Teaching Professional. She currently resides in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul with her husband, Aldo, and kids Ela and Javier.  

Laura Fedock, Associate Director 

Laura joined the SPUT team in December of 2015 after managing student services, programs, events and marketing communications as a Student Affairs Dean at the diverse Minneapolis Community and Technical College.  A Des Moines, Iowa native, she played tennis for Hoover High School and attended the University of Iowa—a proud Hawkeye. She spent her early summers teaching tennis to youth and adults and managing a city park site for the Des Moines Tennis Association. She also taught youth tennis for the University of Iowa’s Upward Bound Program and played on a USTA Women’s Team Tennis team for several years in Waterloo, Iowa. Before moving to Minnesota, Laura promoted the achievements of K-12 students at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland as Director of Public Affairs. Laura lives with her husband, Bill, and teenage son, Andrew, in Burnsville.

Brandon Kuether, Program Manager of Player and Coach Development

Brandon Kuether is a Program Manager at Saint Paul Urban Tennis, where he focuses on Player and Coach Development. He is graduating in 2018 from Hamline University with a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education. His tennis journey began when he fell in love with the sport in middle school and continued to progress as he achieved the title of captain of his high school team at Columbia Heights High School as well as his collegiate team at Hamline University. Brandon first joined the SPUT team back in the summer of 2014 when he received the Rookie Coach of the Year award and has since had his role in the organization increase as a Programming Intern, Youth Competition Coordinator, and now Program Manager. Brandon lists his ultimate goal as giving back to the sport and community that have given him absolute joy.

Josh Connell, Program Manager of Education and Outreach

Josh comes into St. Paul Urban Tennis from a background in teaching, having taught in St. Paul for 3 years and studied Social Studies Education at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  Since discovering tennis at age 13, Josh has been enamored with the sport.  Having attended Tennis and Life Camps in high school, he learned the strong connection tennis has with important life skills.  He would go on to state in doubles, become president of the club tennis team at Gustavus, and a tennis instructor at Tennis and Life Camps. Josh joined SPUT as a head coach in 2015 and fell in love with the values of SPUT SPIRIT as well as using tennis as a venue to positively impact people’s lives.  Since then has continued to grow his role in the organization as operations coordinator and now program manager of outreach and education.  Josh is excited to bring together his experience in education, love of tennis, and commitment to the St. Paul community. 


Program Coordinators

SPUT programs are lead by a mix of teachers, certified tennis teaching professionals, and high school/college students (age 16-25).  We intentionally recruit, train and support over 70 student workers to coach with us in the summer months.  Our team of trainers and program coordinators that supervise youth workers and manage programs include:  

Sarah Yang, Eastview Community Programs Coordinator (Public Ally Position) 

Koua Yang, Summer Program Coordinator

Ayoub Nigatu, Summer Program Coordinator

Tom Boulay, Leadership Program Manager


Youth Council

Saint Paul Urban Tennis is excited to announce the creation of the 2017-2018 Youth Council! The council is made up of one representative from each Saint Paul Public School, and two representatives from Non-Saint Paul Public Schools. The purpose of this group is to directly engage the youth of our community in the process of planning in order to have our program better serve the kids. Program Manager Brandon Kuether describes the first meeting as "a truly amazing experience. There is nothing more incredible than seeing passionate young minds at work. It brings me a lot of joy seeing the commitment to community that this young group shares."


We are still looking for a representative from Humboldt High School. Please email if you are interested!


Below is the list of representatives

Highland Park Senior High School: Maixee Lee

Central Senior High School: Simon Grow-Hanson

Como Park Senior High School: Gabe Reynolds

Johnson Senior High School: Allan Her

Harding High Senior School: Amanye Reynolds

Washington Technology Magnet School: Dyhana Larson


Non-SPPS Representatives:

Tsering Nima (Columbia Heights Senior High School)

Surena Vu (Roseville High School)

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