Board of Directors

Dave Reiss

Dave led the launch of First Serve Bridgeport in 2015 and works with the board and staff on program development. For over 20 years Dave served as board member and as Investments Director at JRF, a Catholic foundation that hosts urban middle school and youth enrichment programs at its Adirondack summer camp facilities. As Chairman of Fairwest, the largest public school squash league in the country, Dave led the recruitment into the league of Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem and New Haven High School. He served as founding Head Coach of the Fairfield High School squash team for 8 years. A family wealth advisor, Dave earned a BA in Economics from Fordham University and an MBA in Finance and Investments from Cornell University. 

Marjorie D'Elia
Vice Chairman
A married mother of three, Marj is an Occupational Therapist.  She practiced as a Hand Specialist for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where she received her BS in Occupational Therapy. Marjorie is also a real estate investor.  Her community work includes serving on the board of “Friends of Pediatrics” for Bridgeport Hospital, and is a past President. She has volunteered at the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, Near and Far, and the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. Marj is an avid tennis and paddle player.

Ed Paige
Ed led Fairfield University’s Division I Varsity Men’s and Women’s tennis programs to new heights as Head Coach from 2006 to 2014. For the men this included a first ever NCAA appearance, and first MAAC conference title in 14 years. For the women it included 3 NCAA appearances and 5 straight MAAC conference titles. Ed guided his son Nolan to a national junior ranking of 5 and a successful college career playing for Stanford. Previously Ed served as editor at World Tennis Magazine and at Tennis USA, the official monthly newspaper of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). From there he worked at some of the top publishing companies in the country, including Paragon House, while teaching writing and editing at New York University. Ed earned a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974.

Mark Alexander
Mark has been a very effective and generous teacher of English as a second language in the city of Bridgeport. A highly capable tennis player, Mark also keeps busy with his horse farm outside Nashville, TN. He holds degrees from The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and from Fairfield University.

Charley Biggs
Charley is Managing Partner of eCamps, Inc. a nationwide provider of youth sports camps for kids. In 2005 he founded the Adidas Tennis Camps which have taught tennis to over 30,000 children, including many urban youth through partnerships with the USTA. Charley is a highly accomplished tennis player who appreciates the life lessons learned on the court. He’s active in the Bridgeport community, serving in a fundraising capacity for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation.

Rhonda Lathrop
Rhonda is very involved in the tennis and ski racing community. She has first hand experience of how tennis has provided her own son with learning disabilities the opportunity to play tennis in college. She started the Northshire Community Tennis Association in Manchester, VT in 2008. A local entrepreneur, Rhonda is the founder and owner of two family businesses. She graduated from the Carroll School of Management Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Rhonda lives in South Londonderry, VT with her 5 children.

Andy McConnell
Treasurer and Secretary
After 20 years on Wall Street working at Bear Stearns, Greenwich Capital and other firms, Andy decided he wanted to make the most possible impact. He teaches 9th grade social studies at Bridgeport Central High School, where he's also Head Coach, Varsity Tennis. He was voted FCIAC high school boys coach of the year in 2017. Andy moved to Westport in 1992 and has been there ever since. He lives with his wife Kathy and has two grown children, Aiden and Sophia.

Rob Oppenheim
Director of Tennis
Rob leads all the tennis activities and operations of First Serve Bridgeport, including all tennis related programming, coaching, community partnerships and ongoing communication with board members. He earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a standout on the Division I Varsity tennis team.  He earned his teaching certification in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University. For the past 20 years he’s been a Physical Education teacher in the Norwalk, CT public school system.