BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Colin Plank - Founder and Board President
Colin Plank is the Board President and founding member of Seattle Tennis & Education Foundation. Colin hopes that STEF can impact as many children as possible with positive mentors, useful life skills and a passion for tennis. He is also the President of Centripetal Films where he produces award-winning narrative features and documentaries including EDEN and Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey.
He graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland with a B.A. in History and was a member of the historical honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. In addition to filmmaking, Colin and his family support other local charities, including Treehouse, Childhaven and Invested.
Geoff Harrison - Board Member, Secretary
Geoff started playing tennis when he was nine years old and grew to love the sport for its competition, all-around athleticism and most importantly, the fun of it. He has played competitively throughout his life and coached at the college level.
Geoff is a strong believer in early education success being a foundational skill for fulfillment in life. He has served on the board of New Discovery School, a play-based pre-school and coaches youth soccer and baseball teams.
Professionally, Geoff is a Partner and Chief Design Officer at Blink, a UX research and design firm.
Amy Quilter - Executive Director, Board Member
After relocating with her family to Athens, GA, Amy took up tennis for the first time. In hopes of meeting a few people she started an introductory class for adults and she hasn't put her racket down since. She never imagined the rich community of players she would meet and how much joy she would find in playing! When she moved to Seattle three years later she was so smitten with the sport that she secured a spot on a team before she even landed in the city. She loves the personal challenges and goals, teamwork, and friendships that tennis has made possible.
Amy joined STEF to share her love of tennis with kids in hopes that what might start as just “something to do” will inspire friendships, fitness, teamwork, and a mindset to learn and grow on and off the court.Amy grew up in Upstate New York and attended Pharmacy school there. She and her family settled in Seattle about four years ago. She worked in retail and hospital settings as a pharmacist before deciding to be a stay at home mom 8 years ago. She loves Seattle and plans to live here with her husband and three boys for many years to come.
Roger Rogoff - Member, STEF Advisory Board
Roger's passions in life have been kids, family and tennis. He is married with two daughters, ages seven and 15. As a kid, he played junior tennis in Tucson, eventually playing in college at Emory University in Atlanta. He taught tennis to adults and children in his late teens and early 20s.
One of Roger’s greatest regrets is taking a break from tennis when he began his legal career in the early 1990s. He prosecuted child sex crimes as a King County Deputy Prosecutor, spending significant time with underserved and at-risk youth. As an Assistant United States Attorney from 2006-2013, he prosecuted federal offenses, including Sexual Exploitation of Children. He is currently a judge in King County Superior Court, Juvenile Division.
Roger is a 4.5 player who competes in USTA leagues and tournaments.
Wadiya Udell - Member, STEF Advisory Board
Wadiya is a developmental psychologist and faculty member at the University of Washington Bothell. She received an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (MA) and a PhD from Columbia University. Wadiya has worked to promote developmentally appropriate and comprehensive approaches to health promotion and risk prevention among youth.
“Community-based programs offer great opportunities to enhance the factors that promote healthy development among youth and children," she says. "STEF offers youth in underserved Seattle communities opportunities to foster their physical, educational, and socio-emotional health in a fun and engaging setting.”
Jim Vana - Member, STEF Advisory Board
Jim is a Partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, practicing in the intellectual property field. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Indiana University.
Jim has been an enthusiastic supporter of tennis for many years with a focus on what the sport can do for youth. He previously volunteered with the Washington Tennis Foundation in Washington, DC.