In 2016, the Friends of Bitsy Grant Board welcomes two talented newcomers:
Chris Bussert is an attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he has practiced for more than 30 years. He is a life-long player, a member of his college team at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and a main stay on the AA-1 Super Senior championship team at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. His is also active on the board of USTA Georgia where he has served on the investment, finance, and adult competition committees. He is currently an area representative for USTA Georgia, responsible for interfacing with a number of the Atlanta metropolitan area community tennis associations including Friends of Bitsy Grant. He is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in the USTA Men’s 60s Singles and Doubles divisions and he and his son Shaun are ranked in the top 10 nationally in the USTA Senior Father/Son division.
Suzi Modisett: “40 years ago my husband, Tom, and I bought a house on Norfleet Rd, right across from Bitsy Grant where we raised our two boys, Corey and Johnathan. It took 10 years for me to wander over to Bitsy to see if there was a team I could join. That 1986 team won the division and I was given a bag tag that I later realized would be such a desired noise maker hanging from my tennis bag. I have been on a team ever since: player, captain, scorekeeper and most recently, Holiday Party food organizer under Sonny’s leadership with teammate, Barbara Kidd. I even learned my slice serve from Peter Howell at Bitsy.
Educationally, I enjoyed 4 years of Purdue football during our Bob Griese days and graduated with a BS in Food Science and Technology in 1969. However, I spent the next 32 years as a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines, having been based in ORD, MSY, DFW and ATL. Upon retiring in 2002, I became an active board member with our Delta Clipped Wings organization as VP of Membership, managing the Access database. As of August 2016, I became an official webmaster and DCW launched our new webpage, taking membership management to new heights. Hobbies have included snow skiing, traveling and gardening here in ATL and on our Indiana farm. But most recently I simply enjoy being a playmate to our 3 granddaughters while I can still get up off the floor.”
A Special “Thank You” to Greg Mauldin!
Greg Mauldin served as president of the Board of the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis from 2011-14. Before joining the board, he recruited and introduced the USTA’s Quick Start after school tennis program for children 10 and under. While serving as President, the Friends opened the renovated Bitsy Grant Tennis Clubhouse (2011), hosted the American Tennis Association (ATA) Nationals (2011) and the first GA State Adult/Sr Open Championships which Bitsy continues to host. He helped the Friends adopt a strategic plan, rewrite the by-laws, and initiate improved governance. He currently represents the Friends on the board of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, where he serves as Treasurer and makes sure the tennis interests are heard and included on the master plan.
As he rolls off the board after 2 three-year terms, his voice will be deeply missed.