Our Board

Tim JamesMeet Tim James, President of the Board

Tim is a founding board member and strong supporter of Advantage Kids. Born and raised in the Lakes Region, Tim got his start playing tennis in the public parks where he received free tennis lessons.

“We couldn’t afford private lessons. I might never have learned to play tennis if it hadn’t been for the great free instruction I received as a kid.”

Tim later went on to be a successful high school and college tennis player, developing his game at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Successful in business, Tim provides a strong analytic and creative mind to bear on the opportunities and challenges faced by Advantage Kids.

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Tim James joined the Advantage Kids board of directors in 2013.

Tim was raised in the Lakes Region and enjoys the area and all it has to offer. He graduated from Gilford High School and has a Bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.

Tim was a member of the original management team at eCopy Inc., a NH software company. Under this team, the company grew from under $1 Million in revenues during 1995 to over $70 Million in 2008. The company was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2009.

Tim learned to play tennis through the free program offered by the park and recreation department in Gilford. He played competitive junior tennis throughout New England, went to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton Florida for his senior year in high school, and went to college on a full tennis scholarship to play as #1 in singles and doubles.

In addition to Advantage Kids, he is currently on the board of directors at the NH Humane Society and very active in animal welfare. In his spare time, he likes to boat, play tennis, golf, and spend as much time as he can with Charlotte, his English bulldog.

Board Members and Affiliations


Robert Ronstadt, Executive Director & Board Member
robertronstadt@gmail.com
Affiliation: Retired College Professor and Administrator; Owner of Journal of the Print World

Dawn Dragon, Treasurer, Exe. Director Elect
dawndragon123@gmail.com
Affiliation: Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan, Laconia NH

Kent Hemingway
hemingway.k@gmail.com
Affiliation: Retired; former Superintendent of Schools for the Lakes Region

Herb Greene
​hgreene@gilfordnh.org
Affiliation: Director, Gilford Parks & Recreation, Gilford NH

Elaine Hirshan
elaine@hirshan.com
Affiliation: Advertising Director, The Laconia Daily Sun, Laconia NH 03246

Rebecca Killinger
killinger888@comcast.net
Affiliation: Self-Employed

Susan Connolly
deaconnolly1@aol.com
Affiliation: Certified USPTA Tennis Instructor

Diane Phelps
dphelps87@comcast.net
Affiliation: Retired. Current Leader & Founder of Granite State Kids

Suzanne Vitko
​s.vitko@comcast.net
Affiliation: Long time Tennis Organizer in the Seacoast Region

Debra LaPress
mykkismom@comcast.net
Marketing and Administrative background for Cookson Strategic Communications, High Tech Company in Manchester; USTA Junior Team Tennis, Winter League Coordinator

Matt Pierson
mattpierson@comcast.net
High Tech Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, former Chair of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio Board of Directors.