19 September 2016

Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center Announces New Executive Director

Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center (the Fort) is pleased to welcome Esther Tsai as its new full-time Interim Executive Director. Esther brings extensive executive and philanthropic experience to the Fort as well as a passion for the organization and its mission through years of affiliation.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Esther Tsai as the new Interim Executive Director,” said Board President Larry Voelkers. Her wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership will help the Fort move forward in its mission to “To engage our tennis community to inspire youth to thrive on the court, in the classroom and in the community”.

As Interim Executive Director Esther will oversee an organization dedicated to making tennis more accessible to everyone in its community, particularly youth from under-resourced communities.

A familiar face at the Fort through her service as a board member and advisor, her children’s and her own participation in our women’s tennis programs, Esther will combine her relationships with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry including service as Corporate Vice President of a leading international hotel company overseeing the Asia Pacific region. Her responsibilities included marketing and business plan development, strategic business alliances, brand management, public relations and communications and yield management. She earned a degree in Economics and Management at the London School of Economics.

Esther’s philanthropic involvement includes current service as the Secretary of the Visitation School Board of Trustees, Chair of the Inclusiveness Committee, member of the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and Academic and Students Affairs and Financial Aid Task Force. She has also served on the board of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in numerous leadership roles including Co-chair of Women of Habitat - Hearth and Hope, Co-chair of the Annual Gala, and member of the Strategic Planning and Development committees. She has also served on the Dodge Nature Center Board and as member of the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.

A proud parent, Esther says that both of her daughters grew up at the Fort. “The girls called the Fort their other home, spending seven days a week from taking group lessons, junior team tennis, private lessons and summer camps”. Both the girls also volunteer at Fort events.

As the full time Interim Executive Director, I am committed to uphold the vision of our Founder, Mr. Fred Wells and move the mission forward together with the members of our Fort team. My leadership will be guided with empathy, inclusiveness, respect and accountability. I am looking forward to working with a dedicated, passionate and capable team that is committed to sharing the mission with the tennis community.”

Reid Olsen, the Fort’s Director of Operations commented, "Esther and her family have been a part of the Fort family for many years and some of our biggest supporters.  I really look forward to working with Esther in her capacity as interim Executive Director." 

Our Mission: We bring people together of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to embrace the lifelong game of tennis while serving under-resourced youth with the support of the Community.

Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center
Kaitlin King, kaitlin@fwtec.org