Learning from many different coaches during my 10 years with 15-LOVE helped me to borrow from their leadership styles to develop my own leadership style. Now I’m able to use these leadership skills every day as an attorney at my law firm, and in other activities I participate in outside of work. I have many great memories, but the annual trip to New Haven for the tennis tournament at Yale was always the highlight of the year. I live in Albany and work as a Patent and Trademark Attorney at Riverside Law, LLP. I like to stay in touch with 15-LOVE via email or phone as much as I can and I currently serve on the Board of Directors.
Amber’s Note: Ryan developed our website as a class project while at Albany High School and maintained it until this 2015.
My first experience with 15-LOVE was at a clinic at Arbor Hill Elementary School, led by Arthur Ashe, in 1992. From then on, 15-LOVE has become part of my life and part of my family. 15-LOVE taught us to believe in ourselves and the idea that anyone has the potential to be successful, if they work hard in school and apply themselves. Through my involvement with 15-LOVE, I gained a lot of leadership skills that I apply today. I have a lot more confidence in myself because of tennis. I have fond memories of our team working hard and overcoming obstacles to win team tennis competitions in the local area back in 1997-2002.
I was recently given the opportunity to command a company in 3d U.S. IN Regiment (The Old Guard). The oldest active duty army unit in the United States Army. I am the first African American female to do this and first woman to command an Infantry company in the unit. I am currently living in Arlington, Virginia with my family. I am an avid supporter of 15-LOVE, donate when I can and come back for alumni events as my current schedule allows.
I have been involved with 15-LOVE since 1996. I started out as a participant and am now a board member! During my time in the program I have learned many things, including: teamwork, leadership skills, effective communication, empathy and sympathy. This is all helpful to me today in my current role at GE, where all of these skills are not only highly regarded, but required. I have many fond memories of my time in the program, but one that stands out the most is when I won my first tournament (Troy Open) and how satisfying that was for me. It showed how hard work and persistence pays off, and it made me want to keep training hard to achieve that same feeling of success again.
My nine years in the 15-LOVE program helped me develop interpersonal skills as well as the ability to befriend people with different backgrounds. My most memorable experience is when we went so see Serena Williams play a World Team Tennis match; I received her autograph afterwards! I try to stay involved with 15-LOVE, especially with the kids in the Excellence Program, as much as I can. I currently live in Rochester and am in grad school at SUNY Empire State College pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration concentrated in Human Resource Management. I oversee and provide Human Resource support for all Price Rite Supermarkets in the Rochester and Buffalo areas.
I learned how to teach others while I was a 15-LOVE instructor. Now, I apply those skills at my job as a benefits advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where I explain employment law to employers and employees. My six years of involvement with 15-LOVE, both as a participant and an instructor, helped me get where I am today. I graduated from New England Law/Boston Law School in May 2015 and currently live in Boston. I always try to visit 15-LOVE when I come home.
Heba Mair Bullock
15-LOVE taught me to believe in myself, and that I can achieve all things that I set my heart on. The relationships and mentorship I got from 14 years with 15-LOVE helped shaped me into the woman I am today. It taught me the importance of physical fitness and taking care of myself, as well as setting goals and pushing hard to achieve them. I constantly use that drive that I developed from being involved with such a remarkable program.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy in May 2008. I currently serve as the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Public Affairs Officer at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. I recently competed in my first body building competition and placed fourth!
It is hard for me to stay involved in 15-LOVE as I move around frequently. However, I do my best to assist if asked, as well as donate. I always get in touch with Amber when I head home to link up with whoever is around and spend some time with new 15-LOVE members and old ones as well. I am still good friends with my teammates from 15-LOVE today.
As a participant in 15-LOVE for 10 years, I learned to accept and appreciate the diverse backgrounds of my peers. Anyone who knows me will tell you that tennis was never my calling. 15-LOVE was never about tennis for me. It was about a supportive community of people who have helped me grow and always allowed me to be myself. As an instructor for five years, I learned to manage and speak to large groups, along with the learning the
responsibility of having my first job.
I attended SUNY New Paltz and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. I worked in Scranton, PA for an ad agency after graduation. In March, I accepted a new job as the Graphic Designer for Autotask, an IT software company headquartered in
I have stayed in touch with 15-LOVE through the years. Moving back to the area has allowed me to participate in many more events. I love attending the summer adult classes and the indoor excellence classes. I have helped with Fore Love & Money for the
past few years and hope to continue. Working a short drive away has allowed me to have lunch and catch up at the 15-LOVE office. I always enjoy making an unannounced appearance just to see Amber’s reaction!
I was lucky enough to be able to get involved with 15-LOVE as a volunteer when I was an 8th grader. Leading a class and working with others built my confidence and leadership skills significantly over the course of five summers. 15-LOVE helped transform me from a timid teenager with a shaky confidence to an outgoing instructor. Those lessons seeped into my academic and personal life as well, and I saw a huge positive change in my character and personality as I grew up with 15-LOVE.
I finished up my Master’s in Eastern European, Russian, and Eurasian studies in 2012 and have been working in Dallas, TX at ExxonMobil’s corporate headquarters in government relations since 2013.