Debbie Kennedy

Debbie played Division I tennis for Georgia Tech. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America, earned a teaching certificate, and received her Masters in Professional Writing. 

In 2021, Debbie was awarded the GPTA Community Outreach Award and was selected as USTA Georgia's James Kincaid Family of the Year. 

Executive Director
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Kirsten Lewis

Kirsten played Division I tennis for University of Kentucky where she graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Education and concentrated in Sports Administration. During her time as a student athlete, Kirsten received several distinguished awards, both from the NCAA and SEC. Following 

graduation she began coaching at the collegiate level and is currently the women's assistant coach at Kennesaw State University.

Director of Tennis
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AYTEF Staff

Samantha Keo

Samantha graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Pharmaceutical Science with a concentration in Forensic DNA and Serology. Samantha is currently a Supervisor for the Monoclonal Antibody Production Department and Component Prep Department at Immucor, Inc.

Director of STEM Learning Labs
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Now Hiring

Academic Coordinator

Please contact Debbie@aytef.org for more information. 

Levitating Books

Alex Begg

Tennis Professional

Alex has played tennis since childhood and competed in tennis and track throughout high school. She started volunteering as a tennis instructor two years ago and has a full time profession as a Machine Learning Engineer at IBM. Alex earned a Masters in Science in Artificial Intelligence from Heriot-Watt University, and a BS in Computer Science from Universite´ Paul Sabatier. 

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Tyler Couch

Tyler was a competitive junior tennis player and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Exercise Science. As a PTR certified pro with over 12 years of teaching experience, Tyler is now the Facilities Manager for Fair Oaks Tennis Center in Cobb County. 

Tennis Professional
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Epiphany Wells

Tennis Professional

Epiphany played professional tennis for 9 years and earned a career high 564 ranking in WTA Doubles. She has been coaching for over 7 years and holds certifications through PTR, USPTA, USTA Sports Safe Certification & Kovacs Institute for Serve Developments. Epiphany earned a Masters in Science in Management at University of Memphis.

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Academic Capacity Building Coordinator

Taylor is a graduate of Kennesaw State University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis. At KSU, Taylor also served as an Academic Advising Assistant and tutor for student-athletes. Taylor has a passion for working with youth and supporting their academic success. 

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Taylor Miller

Tennis Racket and Ball
Tennis Instructor
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Amelia Newell

Academic Enrichment
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Gabe Rubio

Academic Enrichment
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Samantha Buyckx

USTA Atlanta

AYTEF Interns