Mavi Sanchez-Skakle  |  Executive Director

Mavi was named Executive Director of New HYTEs in the fall of 2014. Under her leadership, New HYTEs has elevated the quality of its programming; broadened the organization’s footprint in the greater New Haven community through strategic partnerships; and has strengthened its ties to the USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.

Since taking the reins, Mavi has expanded the flagship after-school program of New HYTEs called TEaM (Tennis, Education, and Mentoring) from serving two elementary schools in New Haven to seven. Additionally, Mavi has implemented a pioneering curriculum into the TEaM full-day summer program that includes academic enrichment, civic engagement, environmental studies, field trips and guest speakers, team & character building lessons; and health, nutrition & wellness activities.

In 2016, Mavi embarked on a public schools initiative, called New HYTEs HYPED, that introduces the sport of tennis to elementary school students in New Haven during physical education classes. The program reaches nearly 300 students from predominantly Hispanic communities each year.

New HYTEs recently completed the USTA Foundation’s inaugural Capacity Building Program which promotes long-term sustainability and accountability for NJTL chapters. New HYTEs was one of only thirty NJTLs selected to participate in this comprehensive three-year training and consulting program that requires rigorous annual deliverables on fundraising, budgeting, operations, and board development.

Before joining the New HYTEs staff Mavi had years of experience in event management, logistics, and branding. In a joint venture with Cleveland Clinic and Inner City Tennis Clinics (ICTC), Mavi produced a successful fundraising campaign designed to give the organization greater visibility in the community.

Mavi was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, moved to Pittsburgh, PA at age 14 with her family. She attended a low income high school and learned English starting in her sophomore year. After high school she attended Chatham College in Pittsburgh, at the time an all female institution.

Mavi is actively engaged in the tennis community. She is currently the USTA New England Vice Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, was on the board for USTA Connecticut from 2015-17, hosted USTA NJTL Round Tables, and served as a speaker for Women in Tennis Together and other USTA function.

Karen Jaime   |  New HYTEs Academy Enrichment Coordinator

Karen started working for New HYTEs in the summer of 2017 as an art instructor for TEaM Summer Academy (TEaM is the flagship after-school program for New HYTEs). Given the success of her art curriculum and her passion for working with children, Karen was offered a year-round position with New HYTEs as the Academic Enrichment Coordinator. In this capacity she coordinates and supervises the after-school academic and life skills curriculum, and works closely with Executive Director Mavi Sanchez-Skakle in all aspects of the TEaM program.

Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Karen moved to Queens, NY to join her family in the U.S right after high school. As a U.S. resident, she joined the military to help pay for college and completed her Associate degree in Fine Arts at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY. Afterwards, she was deployed to Iraq for two years working in human resources for a military police unit. Upon her return to the U.S., she attended Southern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art in 2014. Upon graduation, Karen opened Wepa Art Studio in Meriden, CT, which she continues to run. She also taught K-8 Spanish for three years.

Board of Directors

Alex Dorato

Cary Leeds Coach of Men’s Tennis
Yale University
Anne Worcester
Tournament Director, Connecticut Open
Chief Marketing Officer, Market New Haven

Robert Alpern
Dean of Yale School of Medicine
Ensign Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Kathleen Brown-Dorato
Director of Development,
Major of Gifts & Planned Giving
Yale School of Management

Priscilla Canny
Lecturer in Epidemiology
(Environmental Health)
Yale University

Jeff Dawson
Cofounder, Rhabit
George Howard
Former Human Resource Manager, IBM

Amy Marx
Staff Attorney – New Haven Legal Assistance Association

Meghan McMahon
Former Yale Women's Tennis Coach

Andrew Metrick
Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and  Management 
Yale School of Management

Douglas Rae
Richard S. Ely Professor of Management
Professor of Political Science
Yale School of Management

Christopher Shackelton
Managing Partner & Founder
Coliseum Capital Management

Heather Tookes
Professor of Finance
Yale School of Management

Jerry Weil
Head Coach/Founder
Jerry Weil Adaptive Tennis

Patricia Whitlock
Design Specialties, Inc.

Amy Wishingrad
National Promotions Manager
Head-Penn Racquet Sports


Advisory Board

Diane Brown
Branch Manager, Stetson Library

William Clark
Chief Operating Officer
New Haven Board of Education
Pat Decker
Owner, Middlebury Racquet Club 

Erik Patchkofsky
Athletic Director, New Haven Public Schools

Ashley Shackelton

Cliff Skakle
Director of Tennis, New Haven Lawn Club
USPTA Elite Professional
Denise Sousa

Junior Advisory Board

Alex Kane, Junior Board President
Hopkins School '18
Raniel Clark
University of Connecticut '18
Madison Mandell
Choate Rosemary Hall '18

Danielle Morallon
Career High School '21
Jonathan Schachter
Amity High School '19

David Metrick
Hopkins School '20

Galen Smith
Hopkins School '18