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:

  • Jack VandeNorth, President
  • Jon Farnsworth, Vice President
  • Sandy Martin, Treasurer
  • Greg Wong, Secretary
  • Emily Blodgett
  • Ann Cullen-Miller
  • Julian Dehn
  • Lisa Erickson
  • Tom Fridinger
  • Megan Gaard
  • Noah Lipshultz
  • Mark Nolan
  • Katie Resch
  • Tony Stingly
  • City of St. Paul Liaison - Jessica Williams


Becky Cantellano, Executive Director

Becky comes to SPUT after nearly ten years working for USTA Northern, most recently as Director of Tennis Programs & Services, where she managed a team of five direct reports and several key 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 degree in Secondary Education and Spanish, is a member of the USTA's Adjunct Faculty, and is a certified PTR Professional. Her favorite tennis player is Rafael Nadal and a few of her favorite books are The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Laura Fedock, Associate Director of Programming and Events

Fuyei Xaykaothao, Associate Director of Marketing and Partnerships

Fuyei Xaykaothao, tennis fanatic, tennis aficionado, tennis enthusiast!  When not involved in tennis, Fuyei is also a movie lover, zombie nerd, business owner, husband, dad, HERO!  He is a proud 1st generation Hmong American and was fortunate enough to play tennis at Grand Prairie High School in Dallas, TX and at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR where he also received a degree in Business Marketing and Administration.  He comes to SPUT from the corporate sector where he held positions in recruiting, marketing, and business development.  When not playing tennis or volunteering with local youth, Fuyei enjoys the simplicities of life with his 2 year old daughter Kennedy and loving wife Shary.  

Seasonal (Part-Time) Staff

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:     

Tony Gatti, Junior Team Tennis Program Coordinator 

Tony has worked part-time for SPUT since 1996 as an instructor and coordinator.  He is a special education teacher in West St. Paul, the girls tennis coach for Henry Sibley and a member of the USPTA.  He loves SPUT and all the great things that the program does for the kids of St. Paul.  His favorite tennis player growing up was Andre Agassi, and he liked the book Open because it gave an inside look at the life of a pro tennis player.

Koua Yang, Summer Program Coordinator

Emily Walz, Summer Program Coordinator

Ayoub Nigatu, Summer Program Coordinator

Tom Boulay, Leadership Program Coordinator

Dipu Rahman, Adult World Team Tennis Coordinator