Board of Directors

 Interested in volunteering? Do you have any questions/issues you want the board to address? 

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. 

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.    


Ron Jendzejec




Ron and his family have been Birchwood members since 2004.  In 2008, Ron joined the Board as President. 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


Matt Gavin







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





Daniel Koevary

recording secretary

Dan and his family have been members of the club since 2018 and he joined the Board in 2020.  His two children swim at Birchwood most Summer days and his whole family has enjoyed making new friends here.  He grew up in Westchester and was a lifeguard and swim instructor through high school and college.  Dan is working as a prosecutor in Manhattan.

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 has been a long time board member. The Higgins family joined Birchwood in 1990 upon becoming residents of New Castle. 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, and spends time with his grandchildren.


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.  

Mike Kantor

House + Grounds 


MIke and his family have been Birchwood members since 2017. Prior to moving to Chappaqua, he lived in NYC.  Mike's interests include anything outdoors or sports related. Mike is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Madison, holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law and a MBA from Zicklin Business (Baruch).  He worked for AYCO/Goldman Sachs Family Office for 8 years and is currently employed by Linden Global Strategies as CFO.


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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