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Adam Hirshan

Adam Hirshan
President, Board of Directors

Adam Hirshan is publisher of The Laconia Daily Sun, in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, and co-owner of the Daily Sun Newspapers, with publications in Laconia, Conway and Berlin, NH, and Portland, Maine.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Tufts University in 1979, Hirshan began a career in journalism as a cub reporter in northern New Hampshire that took him to Washington, DC, to work for Voice of America as a broadcaster, writer, producer and editor. He moved back to New Hampshire in 1989 to launch The Conway Daily Sun newspaper, and served as editor for 10 years.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Hirshan's love of tennis began as a youngster on the shores of Lake Champlain where he summered with his family. He played for his high school team, but didn't return to competitive tennis until 1995 when he began playing USTA Tournaments and organized teams for USTA Leagues. Since then he has captained numerous teams and now serves as a N.H. men's league coordinator and chairs the USTA New England League Committee.

Hirshan lives in Gilford, NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee, with his wife Elaine, who is also active in USTA League tennis. They have four grown daughters, who all enjoy recreational tennis and bring their rackets to family reunions.

Jeffrey Siegel

Jeffrey Siegel is a retired school administrator. He worked for the Concord, NH school district for over 30 years and prior to that the UNH Extension Service. He has been on the USTA NH Board since 2014.

He was not a serious tennis player until after his children began playing. Jeff has been fortunate to play on a variety of teams (men’s, mixed, over 40, and over 55) through the years, as well as competed in USTA tournaments. He’s been to Nationals once (the year it was held in Hawaii!) He was half of the #1, 4.0 doubles team in New England many years ago (thanks Dave Page!) He currently plays out of Algonquin Tennis Center in Hooksett, and the Bow Brook Club in Concord.

Jeff is involved in USTA New England. He is a member of the Board’s Nominating Committee, and Adult Leagues Committee. He chairs the Schools Committee.

Siegel is a native of NYC, but came to college in NH. He has a Master’s degree from Antioch University.

He resides in Bow, NH with his wife Susan. They have 2 adult married children and recently became grandparents.

Gary Faltin
Past President, Board of Directors

As Board President, Gary’s role was to support other board members, represent New Hampshire concerns to the USTA/NE and to help to implement a tennis vision in New Hampshire. Gary chooses to be a board member because he enjoys providing guidance to the organization and utilizing his many years of experience in tennis.

He sees tennis as a valuable sport because it requires and rewards multiple strengths in a person: fitness, discipline, strategic thinking, confidence, respect and more. Gary believes New Hampshire has great people with aptitude who understand the need for personal development 

Gary has played tennis for many years and has a long resume in tennis such as: coaching high school tennis at Oyster River and St. Thomas, teaching tennis at UNH, writing a tennis column for Seacoast newspapers, playing in leagues himself, and performing the duties of Director of Tennis for the Oyster River Youth Association.

All of Gary’s four children played tennis in college. Gary enjoys the harmonica and light cooking. In most of his free time he is off visiting family around the country.

Bruce Leibig

Bruce Leibig was introduced to tennis at an early age and has been playing non-stop since high school. He currently serves on the USTA New England Board of Directors as a Delegate at Large for New Hampshire.

Bruce has played USTA League Tennis since 2001, serving five years as team captain. In 2012 Bruce returned to play USTA senior tournaments. Earlier, as a member of the San Diego County Tennis Umpires Association, Bruce officiated at the professional, collegiate, and local levels, rising to USTA Chair Umpire. For three seasons he worked with World Team Tennis as linesperson and umpire.

Bruce grew up in central Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and an M.A. from the University of California, San Diego. He became interested in the computer as a problem-solving tool and became proficient in programming. With partners, Bruce founded several software and computer system businesses, including in 1984, a California Corporation, serving on its board until 1989. His career experience spans hands-on software and systems development, product and program management, business development, and product marketing. In 2012 Bruce happily retired from Hewlett Packard.

Diane Phelps

Diane is the founder and a board member of Granite State Kids, CTA (Community Tennis Organization). Granite State Kids was organized in 2002 with goal of providing tennis playing opportunities to New Hampshire children ages 5 to 18, all ability levels. GSK has been honored with numerous awards, the most recent of which is the CTA of the year award for 2013 by the USTA NE. She also serves on the Town of Bedford Parks and Recreation Commission

Diane enjoys playing tennis at the USTA League level.

Diane works at Macy’s as an Inc. Specialist. She also operates a family business, Berkshire Gold, which produces maple syrup.

At the University of Vermont, Diane earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She has resided in Bedford for 28 years. Her three children were raised in Bedford where her two daughters played varsity high school tennis.

Diane is PTR certified. (Professional Tennis Registry) 

Melissa Salmon

A member of the USTA NH board for over 10 years, Melissa's focus is USTA leagues and general business.

Melissa organized the NH Evening Women's League in 2000 and continues as the co-coordinator today. She is an avid league player and has captained several teams over the years. She recently captained the NH "Wild Women" team sponsored by the town of Bedford. The team that moved on to NE 2013 Ladies 4.0 Sectional Champions in Connecticut and from there advanced to the USTA Nationals in Tuscon, Arizona last October.