Welcome to the NSWTA website. Even though we emphasize women on this site
and being 900+ members strong, we want to encourage our gentlemen friends and
non-members to enjoy our site and count on us to continue to support competitive play
amongst the senior men and women all around the globe.
The NSWTA is a not-for-profit organization. Our membership includes women and men from all parts of the world. We have an elite group of honorary members, lifetime members and many of our members serve on committees for the ITF and USTA.
Our purpose is to raise the standards of senior tennis among women through increased interest and awareness of the sport. The USTA and ITF tournament opportunities provide travel adventures, new and renewed friendships for life and competitive play for singles, doubles and mixed doubles at many events. If we strive for better communication across the tennis community and we reach far and wide to the players themselves we will continue to reinforce our mission and purpose.
To promote our mission to enhance and promote competitive tennis among age-level women, we encourage any tennis player or tennis advocate to join us. With more members and interested players using our site we can strive for equal opportunities for all competitive players, whether they are men or women. Join and support us today and help continue this mission.
Our Mission Statement
To enhance and promote competitive tennis among age-level women players.
The National Senior Women's Tennis Association is a non-profit organization of tennis advocates who strive to raise the standards of age-level match play, fitness and sportsmanship in both individual and team competition. We are a growing network of more than 900+ competitive women members who actively interact with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), sponsor national tennis tournaments, and provide local support to tennis communities in the United States.
Our lives revolve around the sport of tennis as active players, coaches, USTA officials, sponsors, volunteers and mentors while traveling and forming valuable relationships in the process. Additionally, we serve on USTA and international ITF committees to improve the value of competitive tennis, nationally and around the world.
The geneology of the NSWTA began in 1977 with three forward looking women Nancy Reed, Betty Pratt and Charlene Grafton. Betty, in a recent conversation, said that she had thought for a long while that "senior" women competitive players should be supported by their own organization - an advocate group for what was then a growing constituency of women over 35 interested in playing National Championships. She said she thought that "This was a way to get women out of the kitchen." Nancy led the charge and the Senior Womens Tennis Association was born. Nancy became the first President, serving two terms. Click here for more
Board of Directors: Carol Clay, Carol Gay, Jenny Klitch, Margaret Lumia, Leslie Murveit, Abbi Neuthaler, Toni Novack, Pam Percy, Carol Wood See Biographies
Secretary: Ann Greer
Treasurer: Yodie Therrien
Membership: Julie Gillaspie
Parliamentarian: Margaret Anderson
Past President: Kathy Langer
Legal Council: Margaret Cooper
Magazine: Pam Ellis Simons
Website Coordinator: Kim Mark
NSWTA Ambassadors: Cindy Babb, Brenda Carter
NSWTF Director: Donna Fales
Leslie is a native Northern Californian who played junior tennis, and college tennis at Cal Berkeley. She was recently inducted into Redwood High School’s Hall of Fame. She received a BA in Spanish and Anthropology at Cal and then a law degree from Golden Gate University. She practiced law in a private firm and served as a Small Claims Advisor in San Mateo County for many years. She currently serves on two non-profit boards, at Congregation Beth Am and at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology. She volunteers to teach/mentor local Hispanic students. Leslie is married to Hy Murveit and has two adult daughters, 25 and 28 and loves playing Mother/Daughter tournaments with Shelley.
Carol was born in Pennsylvania, went to high school & college there. She currently resides in Ft Lauderdale, FL since 1979. She has a B.S. and Master’s degree in Education from West Chester University, PA. At West Chester she was an All American Swimmer. She taught at Lower Merion High School for 5 years, an Inner City School 1 year and 5 years at Clarion University where she also coached swimming and started a Tennis Team. Her teams captured 2 National and 5 International swimming titles. After college she found the game of tennis and got addicted. It is now her sport of choice and is very grateful for all the wonderful friends she has as a result, and is very honored to have been selected to represent the USA on Cup Teams. She is a member of the USTA National Adult Competition Committee for 16 years, a member of the Florida Adult Competition Committee since the late 90's.
Carol currently resides in San Diego and has played junior tennis in Southern and Northern Cal before heading out to Arizona to play for ASU. She has a Master Degree in Exercise Science and Counseling. After raising a son and two tennis playing daughters, she started a program at ASU "Wings of Gold" supporting women's athletics. As a development officer, she raised money for the ASU Athletic Department for 10 years. She moved to San Diego in 2005 as a new hire for development for the SDSU Athletic department. Retired again after three years she began playing in National Senior tennis competitions.
Jenny grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with her husband, Brad. Jenny turned pro in high school, and obtained a world ranking of No. 50 on the women’s international tour. She then attended the Ohio State University and Michigan Law School. She practiced law at an international law firm and a sports management company, and most recently worked at a financial consulting company.
Margaret is a 3rd generation Californian currently residing in Florida. She is married to Dave and they have two adult sons. In 1988, she graduated from USC with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After years of experience working for Children's Hospital LA, Margaret recognized the need for a specific medical device. In 1990, she and Dave started Excelsior Medical Corporation where they designed and manufactured devices geared for the hospital pharmacy market. Close to retirement, Margaret started to play tennis after leaving the sport for 23 years. In 2009, she found National tournaments and the NSWTA. After playing two years of Category 1 Nationals, Margaret played pro at the futures level. This made her the oldest ranked player in the world at the time and "the oldest rookie in the history of the sport". Currently, Margaret is enjoying her artistic side developing a line of tennis jewelry and art glass.
Abbi, a lifetime NSWTA member, graduated from The University of Maryland with a degree in Communications and Marketing. She grew up on Long Island, New York, and was trained at Port Washington Tennis Academy by Harry Hopman. She was a ranked junior, recruited by The University of Maryland and was elected captain of the team. Upon graduation, Abbi began a successful, almost 40-year career as a teaching pro and eventually head pro. She is certified USPTA P1 and remains active in the Eastern division. Abbi has been involved with multiple charitable boards and chaired the PTA Legislative Committee in Chappaqua. When her youngest child entered kindergarten, and the family moved to Westchester County, Abbi renewed her tennis passion and began to train and compete in local 35 and over events and an occasional intersectional event or two. Upon turning 40, she began a more committed schedule which always included Addie Cup and National Grass courts. Two decades later, and after dozens and dozens of events and doubles partners, Abbi is committed to fitness and senior tournament play. She has captained Eastern intersectional teams for over 15 years, writes for our magazine and continues to invite and mentor players of all levels for our events. Abbi's husband "Paulie" is a retired publisher, who went back to school at age 50, becoming a practicing psychotherapist. However, he travels with Abbi to tournaments and is a huge fan of our tennis world. They are married 35 years and have four grown children, and six grandchildren.
Toni is a Florida native who currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has had the fortunate experience to have lived in 11 countries while being married and raising two daughters. Her tennis has taken her from the Junior Circuit to ITF events worldwide. Her passion for the game goes beyond the court as she has been involved in creating and hosting special events, procuring sponsors and media coverage for major men’s and women’s tennis tournaments as well as pro-celebrity events and golf. Her hope as a newly appointed Board Member is to create more exposure for our organization through increasing competitive play with more endorsements and creative marketing campaigns that benefit you!
Pam is a native Floridian, born in Tampa, Florida and has resided in Panama City for most of her life. She graduated from Florida State University with a Business Degree. Her first real job after college was running a family business for five years before it sold. She was then hired on a part-time basis by Schering Plough Sales, Inc., a national company with divisions all over the world. After two months she had increased their sales by 86% and quickly became a full time employee. During the 15 years that she worked with them, through creative marketing, she was able to build the company's #1 and #2 selling accounts and was promoted into management. She enjoyed working with Schering Plough and was treated royally, but the weekly business travel took too much time away from her family, friends and church. She has a real estate license and decided to work in her brother's company. After outselling his next top two agents by 2 to 1, she got my Broker's License and went out on her own. She also owns an RV and Boat Storage facility which has been a fun venture. Now that she has been able to slow down and enjoy life, she has her license with an independent non-profit real estate company where 10% of commissions go back into programs like the local food bank for the needy and the Wounded Warrior program. As the past Treasurer of my church, she currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees. “And if you are wondering or if you have seen me play, you know that I did not play junior tennis. “Fortunately, Betty Wachob, started teaching her tennis as an adult and now she is able to enjoy more time to work on her game. Even though “ I am not a top player, or even close, I have enjoyed the friends I've made through the NSWTA and the fun of just being able to play in the tournaments against players from all over the country.”
Carol played junior tennis in the Boston area many decades ago. She graduated from Boston University Sargent College with a BS in Physical Therapy. She joined the US Air Force and was assigned to a base in Maryland and has been in that area since. She transferred from the Air Force to the US Public Health Service and was assigned to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Md where she spent 21 years. She was lucky enough to meet a guy named Lou and they were married for 43 years before he passed away in 2012. Carol has 3 children and 4 grandchildren (none of whom are tennis players). Tennis came back into Carol's life after moving to Maryland and it has never left. She was an active committee volunteer at the National level (30 years) and at the sectional level for at least that long, serving on her sectional board and during her last term, as Mid-Atlantic Delegate to the USTA. She has also been tournament director for Sectional and Cat 2 Championships and ran and organized the early National Intersectionals and Pauline Betz Addie Cup. Carol has been a member of several USTA Cup teams.