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Management

Ned Eames
Founder and CEO

Ned Eames

Ned is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of Tenacity. Ned’s past business experience includes serving as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He earned his MBA, with a concentration in Strategic Organization Change, from Boston University. Ned completed a Bachelor of Science in Finance at San Diego State University where he served as captain of the Men’s Tennis Team; he later played professionally on the ATP Satellite Tour. In 2013, the International Tennis Hall of Fame presented Ned with its prestigious Education Merit Award and in the same year he was inducted into the USTA New England Hall of Fame.
Rob Lapides
Chief Financial Officer

Rob Lapides

Rob has over 20 years of experience in the private sector – having successfully founded, and eventually sold two firms in the high tech and management services field. He is the founder and chairman of a boutique investment firm, where he oversees several private equity funds. He also played competitive tennis for several years, having competed in a number of satellite, qualifier, and main draw professional tour events. Beyond overseeing Tenacity financial affairs, you can find him on the tennis court looking after his Tennis Academy or providing board assistance to several commercial and nonprofit organizations.
Marcela Maldonado
Senior Director, Pathway to Post-Secondary Success

Marcela Maldonado

Marcela is responsible for leading and providing strategic oversight of our school-based “Pathway” and staffs, including Middle School Academy, College Prep, and Post-Secondary Services. She brings extensive experience in organizing academic and non-academic support systems for students from a variety of demographic backgrounds. Marcela served as Dean of Students at Noble and Greenough School, where she also taught in its history department. She has held positions that include Director of Math-Science Upward Bound, a private/public venture between Nobles and UMass Boston; Assistant Director of Admissions at Wellesley College; and Assistant Director of Student Support Services at Boston College. Marcela is originally from Ecuador.
Gary Phillips
Manager of HR & Pathway Logistics

Gary Phillips

Gary joined the Tenacity Team in October 2008, bringing extensive experience with out of school time learning programs for inner city youth. Prior to joining Tenacity, Gary was a program coordinator for BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) which provides academic based after school and summer programs to inner city students in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. He also spent five years as Principal of St. Anthony’s School in Allston, where he also taught middle school social studies and language arts.
Drew Hendrickson
Director, Tennis, Fitness, and Summer Programs

Drew Hendrickson

Drew brings a wide range of experiences to Tenacity. After graduating from and playing Division I tennis at the University of New Hampshire, Drew spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia. He has worked with refugees in Tanzania, Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, and detained immigrants in southern California. Drew earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary. Drew worked with Tenacity from 2004-2006, and after exploring various corners of the world, he rejoined Tenacity in 2014 as part of the Middle School Academy team at Jackson | Mann K-8 School. He is thrilled to share his passion for tennis and fitness with Tenacity students.

Join Our Team!

Tenacity is a growing organization that is always searching for new talent. If you are interested in joining our Tenacity team, please visit our Careers page for current openings and application instructions.