Amy Quilter - Executive Director
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.
Frances Klein - Manager, Operations and Development
Every summer as a child, Frances’s parents would enroll her in several weeks of tennis summer camp. Throughout her life, Frances has loved playing tennis casually with her friends as a way to stay active. Though Frances has always enjoyed playing tennis, she also engages in other sports such as soccer, hiking and triathlons. Frances loves how group sports can create such a strong sense of community and purpose, as well as fun and activity!
Since graduating from Elon University, Frances has been working in the nonprofit and education field. She spent 3 years teaching environmental education in Richmond, Virginia. After hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019 after the summer, Frances started her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington. Here, she is learning how to manage nonprofits and public policy. Frances is excited to help STEF with their amazing mission.
Kali McCollister - Manager, Tennis and Youth Development
Kali began playing tennis at the age of six when her grandparents handed her a tennis racquet and took her out to the local tennis courts near her house. After being home for just an hour, she realized she hadn’t had enough and begged them to take her back so she could play more. Kali played many different sports growing up although tennis quickly became the one she was drawn to most. She competed at a high level as a junior in the Pacific Northwest and eventually received a scholarship to play Division 1 tennis and study at Seattle University.
Kali recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology where she was awarded the highest GPA in the Psychology Department’s graduating class. While studying at SU, Kali became passionate for learning about child and adolescent development and how experiences impact positive and negative developmental outcomes. She joined the STEF team in order to blend her passion for both tennis and working with young children. Kali has many years of experience teaching tennis to a variety of ages and skill levels, although has always been drawn to working with juniors. Through her position, Kali looks to promote self-esteem, healthy behaviors, and positive experiences for the youth she works with.
In addition to her work at STEF, Kali works as a research assistant at the University of Washington’s Center for Child and Family Well-being and volunteers at Childhaven, a non-profit organization supporting young children in King County. Kali has a great passion for being outdoors and longs for the days where she can hike, fly-fish, and white-water raft with her family in the Pacific Northwest.