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Ron Jendzejec





Ron and his family have been Birchwood members since 2004.  In 2008, Ron joined the Board as President where his focus remains on the Board’s efforts to continuously improve and the Club’s facilities, programs, and staff, in an effort to remain the most desirable swim and tennis club in Chappaqua.  Ron is a hands on board member, working closely with the manager and staff to ensure good member experience.  Prior to joining the Birchwood Board, Ron served on the Chappaqua AYSO Board (1999 to 2008) and actively coached teams from U6 to U14.  In addition to playing USTA league tennis, Ron’s interests include cross-fit and spinning, as well as competing in road races

Joe Gershman





Joe and his family have been a member of the Club since 2009. He's served on the board since 2015. His kids are members of the swimming and tennis teams, and both Joe and his wife Karen have played on Birchwood USTA tennis teams.  Joe is  a partner at the law firm of Rich, Intelisano & Katz.


Matt Gavin







Matt Gavin started as treasurer in 2019. Bio coming soon. 



Alyson Gardner 





Alyson has served on the Birchwood Board since 2012. She grew up in Chappaqua and was a member of Birchwood as a child. She has three children who all participate on the Birchwood Swim and Dive Team. Alyson works as the Director of Communications for a credit focused hedge fund and serves on the Board of Education for the Chappaqua Central School District.    


Erik Tinkhauser 

House + grounds






Erik has served on the board since 2011 first handling House and Grounds, then 2015-2016 as VP of the board. He returns to his initial position this season.

Giora Payes







Giora and his family have been Birchwood members since 2005 and he joined the Board in 2016 as Membership Chair. He likes spending family time at Birchwood with his children and friends, many of whom he and his wife have met at Birchwood. Giora played competitive tennis as a junior and at the collegiate level and enjoys playing in the Birchwood Men’s Tennis Singles Championship each summer.

Anne Nadecki




Anne and her family joined Birchwood in 2010 and she has been Swim Chair since 2013. Her two kids are both on the swim and dive team and the family enjoys spending time at the club in the summer. Anne swam competitively on local club teams and at the collegiate level.  She also spent many summers coaching local teams and now has a lot of fun overseeing the Birchwood team and organizing team events for the swimmers and divers.  She is currently a high school math teacher at Riverdale Country School. 






Constance joined the board in 2019. Constance and her family have been members of Birchwood since 1997.  She has captained the MITL A team for the last 10 years, and started an MITL Senior team at the club three years ago.  Constance plays on USTA teams, and is a member of Club Fit.  She is the owner of Constance Hall Design, an interior design firm located in Chappaqua.

Constance Hall


Sean Higgins






Sean joined the board as Paddle Chair in 2014. Sean has been a resident of New Castle since 1990 and the Higgins have been members of Birchwood for 25 years. He is semi-retired from a career in Law and Real Estate. During his free time he loves playing paddle and volunteers as an ambulance driver for the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps.



Jessica Paschkes

Marketing + Web






Jessica and her family have been Birchwood members since 2010. Jessica has served on the board since 2011 previously as Social Chair. In 2015 she pioneered a new board position as Marketing and Web Chair. Jessica designed and manages the club's website. She is a mom to two boys that have been coming to Birchwood since they were little, and her husband loves to play tennis here. Jessica enjoys contributing to the community and is the owner of Pretty Pictures Photography & Marketing.  

Shannon Johnson








Shannon joined the board in 2016. Shannon and her family have been Birchwood members since 2007, joining shortly after moving to the area.  Each year she looks forward to planning a “fun-tastic” season filled with games, activities, crafts and family fun! Outside of her Birchwood commitments, she is the Chief Operating Officer of Information Technology for a financial services firm. 

Birchwood Swim & Tennis Club     681 Quaker Road Chappaqua, N.Y. 10514
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