Staff

Pickleball For All Staff and Volunteers

 

JimJim Ludwig
Executive Director/Founder
Pickleball For All

Jim Ludwig is engaged in pickleball locally and nationally and has been playing pickleball for about five years. When I retired I played a lot of pickleball and I still enjoy it, but I soon realized that I needed a new mission in life.   I decided to use my love of pickleball to help children and adults.   Learn More – Click Here!
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Carol CaeferCarol Caefer
Assistant Director/Co-Founder
Pickleball For All

Carol Caefer sees pickleball as an opportunity for all individuals: people with physical limitations, young, and old. “I think it’s a great sport for everybody to get involved in to lead a healthy lifestyle. I watched the passion that Jim had playing the game and thought to myself, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.’ I don’t play as frequently as Jim, but I, too, love the sport.”   Learn More – Click Here!

Nance Buonopane
Sponsorship Coordinator
Pickleball For All

Pickleball For All and its Co-Founders, Jim and Carol, truly epitomize what I think the “real story” behind the game of pickleball is. It’s more than just a game, it’s a game that brings out the best in people. It promotes grace, kindness, hospitality, benevolence, and a “pay it forward” mentality.    Learn More, Click Here!

Chris Uzzi Chris Uzzi
 Veterans Activity Program Director
 Pickleball For All

Having a 30-year tennis background and by playing in senior tennis tournaments made the game of pickleball come naturally for me. Since I’d worked with veterans for years a light bulb went off in my head. This very in depth yet easy to learn sport would be beneficial in helping veterans of all ages.   Learn More Click Here!

Kristine Perez
Support Services Manager

Pickleball For All

A few years ago I was out to dinner with my husband celebrating our anniversary. I over-heard the group at table next to us talking and I recognized the strong New England accent. I curiously struck up a conversation with this fun group and to my great surprise I discover that one of the people at the table is my long lost cousin, Jim Ludwig! I had no idea … Learn More Click Here!

 

 

Board Members

defronzo_richardRichard DeFronzo, JD, CPA

Audit, Tax & Advisory

As a published author, non-practicing attorney, teacher, and featured speaker with more than 40 years of experience, Richard DeFronzo possesses immense knowledge of the U.S. tax code. Richard serves clients from a range of industries including entertainment, real estate, manufacturing, professional service firms and retail.

Industries
Entertainment
Manufacturing and Distribution
Professional Services Firms
Real Estate
Retail

Services
Estate, Gift and Trusts
Federal, Multi-State and International Tax Compliance
Tax Planning

Education
Boston College – B.S., Accounting
Washington and Lee University School of Law- J.D.

Associations and Activities
United States Tax Court
Golden Gate University School of Law, Teacher
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
Century City Chamber of Commerce, Former President

 

IMG_2989Kyle Yates, Professional Pickleball Player

Kyle is a pickleball professional that has dedicated himself full-time to the growth of the sport. He has won multiple national pickleball titles and is ranked among the top players in the world.

Kyle works for Paddletek, one of the top pickleball paddle manufacturers, as their Eastern U.S. representative.  Also, as a University of Florida and Southern New Hampshire University student, he is pursuing a career in sports management with intent to continue growing the sport. His passion for pickleball inspires others to get out, make new friends, be active and live a healthier way of life.

Kyle is enjoying breaking the age stereotype for the sport and proving that pickleball is fun for everyone.  He says “It’s exciting to see so many kids taking the sport up and playing. It is also great to see kids playing pickleball with their family, as it is one of the only sports that this can happen.  I have the opportunity to play all the time with my family and that can’t be taken for granted.  Pickleball has a way of bringing people together.  This sport has taken me to so many places and introduced me to so many friends and it’s a privilege to help share.”

 

Simone Jardim, Professional Pickleball Player

Born and raised in Santa Maria, Brazil.  Simone was recruited to play college tennis by several universities here in the states, eventually playing for Fresno State where she was a two-time All-American in Doubles.  In 2016, after eight years as the Head Coach for the Michigan State Women’s Tennis team, Simone stepped down to pursue other opportunities with her career and family in Florida where she is the Co-Director of the US Open Pickleball Academy.

Simone first appeared to the world of pickleball at the 2015 USAPA Nationals, capturing the Gold in Women’s Singles, Mixed Doubles with partner Rafael Siebenschein and Silver in Women’s Doubles with partner Corinne Carr.

When not on a pickleball or tennis court, Simone, husband Chad and their two children enjoy the busy life of a young family.

Rich WeberRich Weber, Grant Writer
Industries
General Motors
Hospice
The Salvation Army
The Shephard Center
Education
Youngstown State University – Bachelors Degree in Business and Economics | Central Michigan University – Masters Degree Studies

Rich Weber is a full time resident of Naples having moved here from the Tampa Bay Area in 2013. He is originally from the northeast Ohio area and a graduate of Youngstown State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in business and economics. In addition, Rich achieved his Masters Degree studies at Central Michigan University.  Rich retired from General Motors after nearly 40 years working as a manager in Human Resources. After retirement, his passion became volunteerism and giving something back to the community. While living in Tampa Bay, he was involved with various nonprofit organizations such as Hospice, The Salvation Army and The Shepherd Center.  His volunteer assignments varied with each organization but his real focus was writing grants and securing funding that helped children from low income families.

Rich has traveled extensively throughout the world from North Africa, to South America and Europe.  He is an avid golfer but his new passion is pickleball.

danielle-smith-pic-sized-for-websiteDanielle Smith, CPA, CGMA

Danielle is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than two decades of professional experience. She has acquired expertise in business management, consultation, national and international tax preparation. She is experienced in directing financial administration for non-profit health care organizations. In addition Danielle is a skilled international business manager and public accountant, adept at overseeing firm operations. Danielle is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and Florida-Certified Public Accountant.

EXPERIENCE

Certified Public Accountant, Naples Tax Planners

Founder and operator of an independent accounting firm that prepares tax returns for businesses and individuals, nationally and internationally. full-service bookkeeping and accounting, and business consultations.

Director (former partner), AOMAC Services Inc, AOMAC Ltd BVI, AOMAC Managers Inc

Responsible for management and finance of several international and domestic companies. AOMAC specializes in procurement, administration and management of companies both within and outside the US. This includes liaising with consultants overseas to comply with government and tax laws as well as assisting foreigners to comply with US tax laws. Primary duties include procuring assets, setting up companies to hold title to assets, acting as corporate director, managing the operation of the company, establishing budgets, preparing internal accounting reports, and communication with the beneficial owner.

EDUCATION

University of South Florida

Bachelor’s Degree, Accounting