Ellen grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her parents and three sisters. She played in USTA tournaments throughout the United States starting at age 12, led her high school tennis team to a state championship, and was a highly-ranked junior player. She went to college at the University of Iowa where she was a member of the Hawkeye tennis team all four years and graduated with a degree in Sports Business. Prior to joining the USTA, Ellen worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks doing sales and marketing work. Ellen's sister currently plays Division I college tennis, and her husband was the captain of the Michigan State University men's tennis team.
Ellen has always been passionate about tennis and feels extremely fortunate to be able to work for the USTA. She is excited to help provide play opportunities for junior players and is looking forward to promoting tennis throughout the valley.