MACH Academy, Inc. has brought together a strong group of professionally trained individuals who are truly interested in providing education, community development and recreation to our youth.

Mike HardenPresident/CEO

Mr. Harden holds a Master of Science in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. He is a certified Internet/Intranet professional and also received a professional certificate in Web Development & Administration from Learningtree International. Mr. Harden received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. Harden is a PTR certified Junior & Adult Development Tennis Professional and has provided tennis instruction, mentoring and personal skills development training to MACH participants since 1992. Mr. Harden was Captain of the Men's 5.0 1997 USTA National Championship Team. He is the winner of the 1999, 2000 and 2001 American Tennis Association Men's 35 Doubles National Championship . He serves as Program Director of the Augusta National Junior Tennis League chapter. Mr. Harden is a Life member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) & the American Tennis Association (ATA). He is also a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff. Mr. Harden has worked with and trained state, sectional and nationally ranked junior players. He also serves as the Project Director for the Family Housing program. Mr. Harden is one of the original founders of MACH Academy, Inc.

Henry TaylorVice President

Mr. Taylor serves as a volunteer Fitness & Conditioning coach for MACH Academy, Inc. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Criminology. He has a Master's degree in Social Work from Florida State University. The former Seminole earned All American honors as a linebacker and was Captain, MVP and four time Letterman. Following his collegiate career, he played two years of professional football with the Ottawa Roughriders Canadian Football League. He has been an avid tennis enthusiast for the past 23 years and has served his community as a volunteer coach in little league sports for the past 10 years. Henry is a PTR certified Junior Development Professional. He brings a positive attitude, great work ethic, and discipline.

Donald MoodySecretary

Mr. Moody has a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies with a minor in Business Law and Public Policy from the University of Maryland University College and a Masters in Public Administration from the American Military University. Don is certified as a USPTA Elite Professional and USPTR Professional and he has successfully completed the USTA Level One Sport Science Competency Test. Don is also a licensed Cardio Tennis and TRX Cardio Professional. His teaching career includes two years as Head Tennis Professional at Houndslake Country Club and approximately four years as Head Tennis Professional at Woodside Country Club, both in Aiken South Carolina. He also served as Assistant Tennis Coach to the South Aiken Thoroughbred Boys High School Tennis Team which won back-to-back South Carolina State 4-A Championships in 1999 and 2000.

Deirdre SkolfieldTreasurer

Deirdre has served as a Volunteer Tutor and Coding Club founder for MACH Academy, Inc., including leading a Kids' Coding Club during each school year, Coding classes during Summer Academic Camps, and a year round Saturday Girls's Tennis & Coding Club. Prior to joining MACH Academy, Deirdre served as volunteer/tutor/mentor for Ten Books A Home, Illumination Foundation, and School on Wheels - non-profits focused on sparking a love of learning in underserved communities. Ms.Skolfield holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston, an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Deirdre has over 20 years experience leading Investor Relations programs for NYSE and NASDAQ listed technology and business services companies.

Helen Thomas-PopeMarketing/Fund Development Coordinator

Ms. Thomas-Pope is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, with degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She worked in the college arena for 18 years. She has been with MACH Academy, Inc. since 2018. She holds a Director Training Certificate from the Bright from the Start approved training program. Currently, Ms. Thomas-Pope provides Social Media coverage, creates Public Service Announcements, attends community outreach events and writes grants.

Justin PaytonLearning Center Director / Tennis Instructor

Mr. Payton a native of the CSRA came up through MACH Academy's Tennis Development program and was awarded a full tennis scholarship to Benedict college. It was there that Mr. Payton obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Currently Mr. Payton will be in charge of the MACH Academy Certified Learning Center in regards to its growth and it's day to day operation.

Mark O'NealDirector of Tennis

Mr. O'Neal was born in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from Richmond Academy. He holds an AA Degree from Hutchinson Junior College and a BS Degree from Missouri State University. Mark has served as a High School Football and High School Tennis Coach. He also served as a professional football coach in Europe. Mark is a PTR certified Junior Development Professional. Mark has served as a volunteer and Ameri*Corps VISTA Member for MACH Academy, Inc. He serves as Director of tennis and fitness professional for in-house and outreach projects.

Mary HardenVolunteer

Ms. Harden holds a Master of Science in Management from Southern Wesleyan University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Ms. Harden received an Associates of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and an Associates of Arts in Nursing from Georgia Southwestern College. Mary has extensive experience dealing with adolescents, working as Director of Mental Health and as a Nurse Manager on an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. Mary provides education for participants in the area of healthy eating and tobacco-free lifestyle. She provides administrative support in the development, implementation, and marketing of various programs. Additionally, she assists with coordinating activities of support staff, editing grants and bookkeeping.

Brenda OrtizProgram Assistant

Ms. Ortiz is a graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ, with a degree in Sociology and is presently retired from the state of Georgia. She has been with MACH Academy since 2002 when her two children became participants in the program. She holds a Director Training Certificate from the Bright from the Start approved training program, and has previously substituted for the Richmond County school system. Currently, Ms. Ortiz provides administrative support, tutoring/ mentoring/academic support, and assists with tennis instruction for the younger children.

Jacqueline WilkinsProgram Assistant

Ms. Wilkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Education from Augusta State University. She has been with MACH Academy, Inc. since 2009. She has served as a volunteer and Ameri*Corps VISTA Member for MACH Academy, Inc. She currently provides administrative support, publicity, assists with grant development, academic support sessions and bookkeeping.

Lonnie WhiteTennis Instructor

Mr. White is presently the Tennis Director of the Moultrie Recreation Department. He is a USPTA certified tennis professional, and has assisted in the development of players on all levels for the past 20 years. Mr. White has won National Championships with the USTA and the American Tennis association. Mr. White has been inducted into the Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame and currently provides tennis instruction in our Satellite site in Moultrie, Ga.

Nathaniel PinkneyTennis Instructor

Nathaniel Pinkney native of Memphis, Tennessee, has an A.S in Computer Information Systems from Itawamba Community College, and a B.S. in Sports Management from Benedict College and he is a PTR certified Instructor. Coach Nate is a Champion Tennis player starting at the early age of five years old. He has played numerous Junior events including Billy Jean Kings World Team Tennis and National Events. Coach Nate started stringing racquets and coaching in high school. He taught his high school team to play and they won the city, regional, and went to the state in his junior year. Nathaniel was awarded two FULL tennis scholarships. He went on to play college tennis at Itawamba Community College at the #1 position from 2013-2015. During his time they won the conference championship and he was awarded MVP both years. Nathaniel finished his college tennis at Benedict College on a Full Tennis Scholarship. From 2015-2017, Nathaniel played #1 Singles and Doubles, the team won their conference both years. Nathaniel was awarded Player of the Year and MVP both years, and went to the NCAA to compete. Coach Nate also continued coaching during the summers with Memphis Tennis Academy with high performance and pro tennis players. He has since relocated to Augusta, GA to work with Mach Academy.

Leonard BushTennis Instructor

Mr. Bush holds a certification with the National Youth Coaching Association and has been very active as a volunteer with the Aiken Parks and Recreation Department. He has completed the USPTR Tennis Teacher Workshop training and is currently involved with the North Aiken NJTL chapter. He has assisted in training state ranked junior players.

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Upcoming Events

USTA Junior Tennis Apprentice Program 4:30PM

MACH Academy, Inc. CTA is proud to announce the Junior Tennis Apprentice program which is an introductory tennis program designed to teach kids ages…

Volvo Car Open Charleston SC 8:00AM

MACH Academy plans on going to this event to see some of the Best Womens Tennis Players in the World

MACH Academy Masters Week Camp 9:00AM to 5:00pm

MACH Academy’s Masters Week camp (April 6 - 10, 2020) is designed to engage children, ages 4 – 18 in fun activities to enhance personal…

MACH Academy Easter Egg Hunt 10:00AM

Children of all ages will get a chance to hunt for eggs!

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