SOUTHERN OREGON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION
The SOPA board consists of volunteers who share a love of pickleball and a strong desire to see the sport grow. We believe in open communication and transparency with our fellow members. Please don't hesitate to approach any of us on the court to share your ideas, concerns, or desire to support SOPA in our mission.
George is a recent transplant to the Rogue Valley from Silicon Valley where he lived for 30+ years. He worked for Apple, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, and eventually ended up at Stanford University. His sport activities, included 5.0 club team tennis, ultimate leagues, coed adult soccer, and finally pickleball. He also coached and refereed youth soccer.
He tried pickleball in mid-2019 and was immediately hooked, learning to love drilling, social play, and entering tournaments. He has since played in over 30 tournaments in five states. He played in Nationals in 2021 and 2022, but his favorite results are from the Huntsman World Senior games in 2021 where he took Gold in 4.5-5.0 in mixed for 55+.
DeAnn has lived in Medford for over 25 years and loves living in the Rogue Valley. She and her husband, Todd have 3 adult children. Playing pickleball for the past several years has been a perfect fit to match her competitive nature, desire to be outdoors, keeping active, and meeting new people. When DeAnn isn’t playing pickleball, she spends her time running the non-profit –Thrive Food Collective, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Chelsea has been a resident of Central Point since 1999. It took 20 years to enroll in the city's Park & Recreation Class, Introduction to Pickleball. Since that time, the phrase “Zero, Zero, Two” has become a favorite of hers. She enjoys play throughout the community and has developed new friendships and a love of this infectious sport.
Cheryl and her husband Bob moved to Medford in 2017 to be closer to their 5 children and 8 grandchildren. They are so happy to be back on the west coast where they enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking and, of course, pickleball! Cheryl has become an addict of this great sport and is blessed by the many close friendships she has made out on the courts. She looks forward to serving on the board and promoting the sport of pickleball throughout our community.
Activities and Social Events
In 2018 Nani and Ross Nakamatsu moved to Southern Oregon to be close to their kids and grandchildren. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. Both Nani and Ross are retired after having fulfilling careers in the Bay Area. However the fun is just beginning for them as they explore all that Southern Oregon has to offer. Pickleball being one of them! Nani was introduced to pickleball by Nancy D. who invited her to come and see what it was all about. Intrigued by the game, Nani completed the "Learn to Play Pickleball" class in Central Point. After that Nani was hooked! How could you not love a sport that offers fun competition, but also being a very social game you can meet so many wonderful people. So get out on the court, Pickle On, and make some lasting friendships!
Social Events and Activities
Eric was born in San Diego, California, where he grew up surfing, playing professional racquetball and taught Karate as a 4th degree black belt. He moved to Southern Oregon 33 years ago and worked as a Peripheral Vascular Technologist and owned a business with his wife, Debbie. They have three adult sons and three grandchildren. They both enjoy pickleball, surfing, golfing and working in the yard. They came across pickleball three years ago and enjoy playing with awesome people and friends, it has been a wonderful addition to their lives. He can frequently be heard saying, "So Get Out and Play! See you on the courts!"
Southern Oregon Pickleball Foundation
George Morgan - President (see above)
Chelsea Broesder - Treasurer (see above)
TBD Recruiting - Secretary
Retired Board Members
Marketing & Business Development
Norman retired from the board June, 2022
Played competitive tennis for many years, highlight was playing men’s doubles at nationals. He moved to the Rogue Valley in 2005. Sold my consulting company after 34 years in 2014. My wife, Susan and I are enjoying the retired life. I was introduced to pickleball in November 2016 and have loved playing ever since.
Cori moved to Ashland after retiring from Sonora CA. My husband John and I were introduced to Pickleball by a couple in Camarillo CA who have their own court. We were instantly hooked! In Ashland we were fortunate to have Marty Burns provide our first real lesson, welcoming and fun. Our values include volunteering and striving to improve life for our community. In my career I have actively pursued fund raising activities as well as Grant writing. I am currently a member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), ASAC (Ashland Senior Advisory Committee), volunteer for Seniors at Home, Lunch Buddy program (thru Soroptomists), and taught the first Pickleball clinic for Youth at Ashland YMCA. I will be teaching Pickleball thru OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) in May 2022.
Foundation Board Member
Paul retired from the Foundation board in June, 2022
Paul was born and raised in the rolling hills of north Georgia, attended and graduated from "the Harvard of the South" (Emory U. in Atlanta), and then traveled by motorcycle to Denver where he pursued a brief law enforcement "career." Then it was off to law school in Portland and a subsequent 25 years living in the area. Needing a "change of scenery," he moved to Ashland in 2008 and soon thereafter took up pickleball starting with one of Marty's Beginner Clinics at the YMCA.