Meet Our Key Players

The Arizona Pickleball Player’s League (APPL) is a nonprofit organization that was founded and is currently led by a group of volunteers with a shared desire to make competitive team-based league pickleball available to players all throughout Arizona.

Greg Mather

APPL Inc., President

Founder of Arizona Pickleball Player’s League, Greg now serves as the organization’s president, working to expand APPL and bring the league model to other regions across the state.

Bob Ham

APPL Inc., Vice President/Strategic Initiatives

Here since the organization’s beginning, Bob has taken the lead on several strategic projects supporting APPL’s objectives. Bob’s current goal as head of Strategic Initiatives is to help players not currently on a team find a home in the APPL community.

Brian Shipman

APPL Inc., Secretary/Treasurer

Wearing a variety of administrative hats including managing our legal and corporate requirements, Brian and his efforts also led to the creation of the Casa Grande community-based league and its incorporation into APPL.

Carol Barron

USA Pickleball Liaison

Also here since the organization’s beginning, Carol was largely responsible for the formation of the APPL West Valley region. Carol, a USA Pickleball ambassador, also serves as our USA Pickleball liaison and keeps a pulse on everything pickleball-related going on in the Southwest.

Steve Manolis

Webmaster/Strategic Initiatives

The master behind the original APPL website, Steve also has several teaching pro certifications and is a certified ratings clinician. Steve currently is one of our key contacts for the development of instructional programs.

“The West Valley APPL league play was a great way for us to meet players from other resorts and have some very competitive pickleball play too. We are excited about creating more teams from Happy Trails this year, and look forward to another fun year of pickleball play.”

Bill Knopp (West Valley Region Team Captain, Happy Trailers)

East Valley Region

Gregg Garthright
EVR APPL Men’s Division Coordinator/
4.0 & 4.5/5.0 Flight Coordinator

Missy Myers
EVR APPL Women’s Division Coordinator
3.0, 3.5 & 4.0 Flight Coordinator

Mark Tebeau
EVR APPL Mixed Division Coordinator

John-Scott Dixon
EVR APPL Men’s 3.0 & 3.5 Flight Coordinator

Ruth Elliott
EVR APPL Women’s 4.5/5.0 Flight Coordinator

Kim Villella
EVR EVIL Women’s & Mixed Division Coordinator

Larry Cloud
EVR EVIL Men’s Division Coordinator

Alexa Erjavic
EVR Website Admin

Casa Grande Region

Brian Shipman
CGR League Coordinator

Janett Kline
CGR Website Admin

Jim Reynolds
Robson Community Admin

Rob Schneider
Palm Creek Community Admin

Kurt Bauer
Dave White Community Admin

Gerry Bertrand
Mission Royale Community Admin (Men)

Debbie John
Mission Royale Community Admin (Women/Mixed)

Jay Schwartz
Sun City Anthem/Merrill Ranch Community Admin

Elaine Gonzales
Encanterra Community Admin

Southern Region

Priscilla Scott
SR APPL League Coordinator

Cindy Lutz
SR APPL League Coordinator

Tammy Iffrig
SR Website Admin

West Valley Region

Carol Barron
WVR Men’s & Women’s Division Coordinator

Brenda Aly
WVR Mixed Division Coordinator/
WVR Website Admin