Member Spotlight: Copeland-Sanchez Family

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Seven years ago Victoria was searching for a home where she could focus on aquatics program. Our 25-meter indoor pool brought her to the Aspen Hill Club. Swimming is a big part of Victoria’s life—and she is also fully engaged on the tennis court! She and husband Marcos, and children Aiden, Dalton and Erin have used the pool, tennis court, and an array of other roles and responsibilities to grow & learn as a family at The Club, “We had a great place for our family to grow, learn, & play” says Victoria.

Victoria continues to be a big part of the aquatics scene at The Club. In addition to being a swim instructor, you can often find Victoria taking in a water aerobics class, working out in the gym, & a constant on our tennis courts!  Marcos makes great use of the gym—and uses our weight room to get into shape for his tennis. (more…)

Member Spotlight: Living the After Party! Werner-Schiffer Family

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Werner-Schiffer FamilyRachel brought then five-year-old Ethan to The Club to celebrate his buddies birthday party. Upon visiting the Aspen Hill Club, she was in awe! Membership Director Eric Suchinsky, offered to give Rachel a tour. Up until her visit, the family had memberships to two health clubs—one to make sure that Rachel got her fitness classes and another to ensure that Jeremy had access to an indoor pool. What they were missing was the family atmosphere that had fun for their two little ones. With the fun that Ethan had at The Club for the party, Rachel knew that one Club had everything she was looking for! (more…)

Member Spotlight: Ikeda Family

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The Ikeda family is one that you’ll find on the tennis courts! Yasu and Yoshi moved to our area from Minneapolis, Minnesota and knew it was a priority to find home for everyone to be happy on the tennis courts. How did Yasu find our Aspen Hill Club? They used Google! They saw the GREAT reviews online and stopped by for a tour. Yasu feels that he’s found a special place at The Club, “Everyone is so nice. The pros are great and keep us very happy.”

Mia, 15 years old, is currently involved in our Junior Advanced class, where she plays with other teenagers that are working towards high school tennis and tournament play. She worked on her tennis all Summer, as part of our World Class program. Mia’s coaches stress that she can always be counted on to work hard while on the court—using all of her court time to her advantage. Her focused attitude consistently raises the level of play in the class, and she is a great addition to our program. (more…)

Member Spotlight: Margolis Family – “Our Family’s Secret Weapon!”

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Katie knew she wanted her older daughter, Lilly, to begin playing tennis. So she did what each of us do when trying to find something new—so opened up the Google search bar! Katie was lead to try the Aspen Hill Club, Lilly quickly got started in our Young Stars program and immediately was having fun. While Lilly was involved in the class, Katie listened to other parents rave about the programs at The Club—so she decided to learn more. Now the entire family—including husband Glenn and 2 year old Emmy are busy at The Club, too.

Katie and her husband Glenn come to The Club multiple days a week and refer to it as their “Parent’s Secret Weapon,” saying “Many days Lilly is enrolled in a class, Emmy is playing in Child minding, and I’m working out or playing tennis. I am able to get three things done at one time due to the help of the Club!”

The kids love their time at Aspen Hill, whether it’s swimming in the pool, hanging out in Childminding or even Kids Yoga. The active and healthy lifestyle that Glenn and Katie have introduced to their kids is now part of their daily lives; 2 year old Emmy can’t get enough of the healthy lifestyle, she brings her yoga mat to The Club every day they come—even on days when there isn’t yoga class! Both girls are kept busy with tennis, swimming, and constant play. The girls are often having so much fun in child minding, they ask to stay longer instead of going home.

While Katie has returned to tennis since playing as a junior, Glenn is new to the sport. “When I first joined Aspen Hill, I thought I was just going to use the fitness center… I was wrong” Glenn explains. When Katie came home from her first group lesson, Glenn was so happy that she had fun he wanted to have that for himself! After receiving his free tennis evaluation, Glenn now has weekly private lessons with Elliott and attends Hit and Run classes with Ilan. Glenn enjoys the fun workout that tennis provides and he sees the improvement in his game; “I’m hooked” explains Glenn.

While the rest of the family enjoys Aspen Hill, Katie enjoys The Club for it’s tennis opportunities most of all, “tennis is my happy place,” she says. She certainly finds lots of ways to stay happy at The Club. She appreciates the family feel of The Club. “Someone always stops to say Hi; it’s so welcoming.” She joins us several days a week, attending weekly private lessons with Elliott and Hit and Run classes with Ilan. Katie and Glenn also enjoy reserving court time to play with each other.

Katie is thankful that her mother introduced her to tennis when she was a child, even though her mom didn’t play tennis herself. Her mother saw tennis as a great activity that 10-year-old Katie could play for the rest of her life and Katie is very thankful for her mom’s foresight. Now the entire family is active with tennis and so much more.

You can find Glenn and Katie at The Club several days a week. The family has found exciting ways to all have fun at the same place AND the same time! They make use of all of the club’s amenities in the fitness center, the pool, tennis courts, and child minding.  The example that Glenn and Katie are setting for their children is remarkable; Emma and Lilly are being exposed to a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis—and this will last them for the rest of their lives.

Katie and Glenn, your family is an important part of our community at the Aspen Hill Club. Thank you so much for letting us be part of your lives!


Member Spotlight: Lisa Tuvalo

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Our choice to support Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for the Bending BarbeLLS powerlifting meet back in May was mainly brought about because of one of our members who not only works very closely with LLS but is a lymphoma survivor.

Lisa Tuvalo became a member of the Aspen Hill Club while she was attending the University of Maryland at College Park, back when there was neither internet nor swimming pool at the Club, but there was a practice ski hill. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999 and began chemotherapy. Eventually, she received a bone marrow transplant, using her own bone marrow, on August 2, 2000, and she has been in remission ever since!

Lisa takes lessons and works on her tennis skill with other members here at the Club. She credits the research funded by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with saving her life and trains for endurance races with the help of their virtual coaching program, Team in Training. Last June, she competed in the Half Marathon in San Diego and her next race will be the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October.

You can support Lisa by donating to her team in training fund and learn more about LLS by visiting:


Meet Our Team: Maria Stagnitto, Water Instructor

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Maria Stagnitto first joined AHC in the early 80’s and after 30-year hiatus re-joined in 2013. It was Maria’s love of swimming and retirement that called for the return.

In her working days, Maria would swim each day after work (in Bethesda), in her retirement the idea of the drive proved to be undesirable. She says “I realized that I would not want to drive to Bethesda every day to swim, so timing was perfect for us to rejoin the Club”.

Since then, Maria has added Body Pump, Pilates Mat, Pilates Reformer,  Yoga and spin to her list of activities: sometimes doing multiple activities within a given day. Over the past year she has resumed her tennis and has become a pickleball regular, alongside her husband.

You may be wondering where the Aquatic class instruction fits into her interest and schedule. Maria took the advice and encouragement of several of the water instructors and trained to become an instructor. She has set her schedule to teach her classes before her mid-morning swim. “It’s a natural fit” Maria says.

It’s clear Maria is making up for lost time and her return to AHC is proving to be a great way to enjoy her retirement. This past July 4th, Maria swam in a charity meet at her community pool. She proudly boasts she is the only female in the 65 and older category. Maria has won multiple events and holds a few pool records.

We are happy to have Maria on our instructor team and invite you to try her Monday and/or Thursday 10:30am and Wednesday 10:45am water classes.

Member Spotlight: Abhishek Kolli – “Keep Getting Better, Every Day!”

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Abhishek Kolli and his father Satya are both committed to getting better on the tennis court, and the results are showing!

Last December, Abhishek played tennis with Isaac Kritz at a USTA tournament, and the Kritz family highly recommended that Abhishek try the tennis program at our Club. From there, Abhishek is showing great improvement, and his father isn’t far behind.

Abhishek met with our Tennis Director Terrance Scott for an evaluation, and quickly got involved with our program. “I could tell how caring the coaches were, and they provide great instruction,” explained Satya.  Abhishek adds “Mike [Gee] really helps me understand things, and Terrance is so nice.” Terrance placed Abhishek  in our Future Stars program, which is designed for players that are committed to becoming USTA national level players. “Abhishek works really hard, and listens extremely well. When I saw that — I knew we needed him in our program. He makes everyone around him better” explains Terrance. (more…)

Member Spotlight: Justin Leak — With Tennis, It All Came Together!

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Justin Leak had just moved into the area from Philadelphia and knew he needed a gym and a pool. Those had been the two activities that Justin had put into his weekly plan to stay healthy. Being healthy was (and still is!) very important to him, so he knew finding a convenient place with a great gym and an indoor pool was a paramount to him being happy. With a little bit of research, he found a great gym with an indoor pool that was close to Olney — The Aspen Hill Club! What ended up happening was this gym and pool guy became a TENNIS NUT!!!

Justin first joined Aspen Hill Club for the pool because it had his necessitates, the spectacular indoor pool and a great gym. Although he had experience taking college tennis classes for his undergraduate degree at Penn State, tennis didn’t grab his attention. He did appreciate the little things that Aspen Hill provided such as a friendly welcome when he came into the club, and towel service. For several years while walking in and out of the club, tennis did not speak to him. What spoke to Justin was the fact that the staff at The Club “always remembered my name, and they got to know me. That makes a difference.(more…)

Member Spotlight: Manette Tao

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After several years of being prodded by her mother (who was a neighbor of John Parsley and had participated in tennis clinics with Jeff Klein) Manette finally made her way into the Club in March of 2017.

Manette had been working for MCPS as an Elementary school para-educator and then a Health and PE teacher when she and her husband began taking water aerobic classes at the JCC. When she visited AHC in the spring of 2017, she used her one week pass to hit with John Parsley and take several of our water classes. She says it was the “warm” pool and water classes that were the impetus to join.

Since joining the Club Manette and her husband Freeman are actively involved our water classes, tennis and Pickleball programs which have increased their level of fitness and social circle.

After about three months of attending water aerobic classes, former water instructors Letty and Jean, encouraged Manette to get trained to become a  water aerobic instructor.  In August 2017 Manette received my shallow water certification and began shadowing instructors Michele and Maria to prepare her to lead her on class. Manette is currently teaching the Wednesday morning 8:00am water class and encourages all to come in and try the class.

Manette shared she is enjoying her time as an active AHC member and water Aerobic Instructor offering thanks to her mom for encouraging the initial visit and our other team members past and present (Letty Rosen, Jean Rhodes, Michele Burrows and Maria Stagnitto) for the support as she embarked her on road to instructor.  She says “I truly believe that water aerobics is a great way to exercise because it’s easy on the joints, it’s a lot of fun, and you can work at your own rate.” Water aerobics aside, “there are so many activities to choose from at the Club; so many that there is not enough not time to do it all!


Member Spotlight: Raveena Kingsley – Going Back on Tour!

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You have probably seen Raveena at the Club — she is with us nearly every day! If you have been lucky enough to watch her tennis practice sessions while you sit in the Club lobby, you will have noticed that she is REALLY, REALLY GOOD! In fact you may have thought, “She looks like a pro!” If you did in fact have that thought, you were right!

Raveena Kinsley is a professional tennis player! The Baltimore native started play tennis at 7 years old, when her father started play tennis with her. He noticed that she had very strong technical mechanics, so he signed her up for tennis lessons when she was 8 years old. Fast forwards to  Raveena being 17 years old—and she is a GRAND SLAM PLAYER! She has played in all four of the tennis Majors (US Open, Wimbledon, French Open, & the Australian Open) and been ranked as high as #22 in the World ITF Jr.  rankings! (more…)