Programs

Our Team

Nikki Cioffi, Chief Operating Officer                                 

Dr. Jody Googins, Education Team

Emmy Kaiser, Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis Director

Dr. Vanessa Rigaud, Education Team

Matt Dektas,  Executive Director

Dr. Vanessa Rigaud, Education Team

Devon Ross, Community Tennis Director                          

Brian Schubert, Director of Tennis

MATT DEKTAS,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


As the Executive Director, Matt has led the growth and evolution from the original FAST Tennis League in 2015 to the multi-dimensional service organization that we are today. Helping to lead a vision to impact the city of Cincinnati more through tennis, Matt is excited to use the second half of his 25 year tennis career to do more for the city.

NIKKI CIOFFI,
COO


After joining CTF in 2019, Nikki has worked hard to develop, organize, and execute our next phase of growth. She brings 10 years of corporate experience and another 6 years developing individuals as an Adjunct Instructor at a local college. She is passionate about sharing her professional experience to impact Cincinnati communities.

DR. JODY GOOGINS,
EDUCATION TEAM 

Jody Googins is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education in the School of Education at Xavier University. Dr. Googins received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, with a focus in Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum, at Miami University, in Oxford, OH. She has a B.S. in political science from Xavier University, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Miami University, and an M.Ed. in Athletic Administration from Xavier University. Her research interests include teacher and curriculum stories, equity, and culturally responsive teaching. 

EMMY KAISER,
WHEELCHAIR AND ADAPTIVE TENNIS DIRECTOR

Emmy is a top ITF Wheelchair Tennis Player and Instructor. She has been
ranked as high as #27 in the world and has been influential in growing our
Cincinnati Wheelchair Tennis Open into a Midwest Signature Event.

DR. VANESSA RIGAUD,
EDUCATION TEAM 

Vanessa M. Rigaud is an Assistant Professor and Montessori Elementary Program Coordinator of the Montessori Institute in the School of Education at Xavier University. Dr. Rigaud received her Ed.D in Executive Leadership at St John Fisher College, in Rochester, NY. She has an MS in Elementary Education from Hofstra University and a BA in International Relations & Political Science from the Long Island University/C.W. Post. Her research engages with curriculum development and cultural responsive teaching as well as the intersections between Montessori based research and teacher education. 

DEVON ROSS,
COMMUNITY TENNIS DIRECTOR

Coach Devon grew up in the Inner City Tennis Project, a leading Cincinnati
Program for underserved communities. He loves tennis and his passion
shows when he is mentoring young players in the community.

BRIAN SCHUBERT,
DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

Coach Brian has been voted the USPTA Midwest Coach of the Year several
times. He has coached over 200 NCAA athletes and helped to develop
numerous National Champions and Professionals.

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