Ken Henderson – Founder and Director of Traveling Pickleball Pros

Ken Henderson is in his 50s and currently residing winters in Sarasota Florida and summers in Danbury, Conneticut.  Ken is an IPTPA Level II CPTP (Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional) and national medalist.  Vast Coaching experience includes: teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced pickleball players both privately and in group classes throughout Florida, New York and Connecticut.Ken also directs successful pickleball tournaments, clinics, round robin socials and mini boot camps.  He enjoys teaching players of all levels, the fundamentals of pickleball and the finer points of the game.Current playing experience includes winning gold medals in singles, doubles and mixed doubles throughout 6 states last summer.  In April, Ken won the gold medal in singles at the U.S. Open and reached the semifinals in doubles.  In November, 2017, Ken won 2 bronze medals in singles and doubles at Nationals in Arizona.  Ken enjoys partnering up with some of the best players in the country, while co-directing world class clinics with them.  To schedule a private lesson or group clinic with Ken Henderson, you may contact him on this web site.

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“Z”orano Tubo – Co-Director of Traveling Pickleball Pros

“Z”orano, (often times called “Z”) is New York’s first Level II IPTPA  CPTP (Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional), as well as New York’s first IPTPA CRS (Certified Rating Specialist). He is a retired broadcast engineer, and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Boys and Girls Club in Endicott, New York.

As he volunteers and donates his time and effort at no cost to the club, Zorano is proud to have created a new revenue stream for the Boys and Girls Club by increasing memberships via Pickleball, and introducing Pickleball Shootouts to the list of programs offered there.  Hosting Clinics, doing private and group lessons, as well as tournaments at the club, has contributed to membership growth and increased revenue to the struggling Nonprofit organization. (100% of the proceeds from his efforts is given directly to the club).  It’s “Z”orano’s  way of giving back to the Boys and Girls Club and the Community.

“Z”orano is always looking for new and exciting ways to promote Pickleball regionally and nationally. Particularly in elementary, middle, and high schools.

You can look “Z”orano up on his site. to see his match play and tournament history. Or send an email to


Rob “The Ninja” Cassidy

Known as “…one of the most exciting pickleball players to watch.” , Rob Cassidy is a top level player who has over 5 years of competitive playing experience to his name. His incredible hands and knowledge of the game allow him to thrive anywhere on the pickleball court and be able to compete at the professional level.

2017 Atlantic Regional Men’s Doubles Champion
2017 International Indoor Men’s Doubles Champion
2 X New York State Men’s Doubles Champion
2017 New York State Mixed Doubles Champion
2016 US Open Championships Medalist

International Pickleball Teaching Professional – IPTPA Level II CPTP (Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional).

Nov 2017, Pickleball clinic instructor for The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual conference held @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino (Led a two day clinic for PE teachers from across New York State with the goal of implementing Pickleball into the classroom.)
Rob coaches athletes privately across his home town of Rochester NY, as well as surrounding states. Cassidy offers classes for all different skill and age levels ranging from the basic shots for beginners, to advanced tactics for advanced players.

When it comes to getting better at Pickleball, Rob’s passion and insight will surely bring improvement to anyone’s game.

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Sue Carnevale – IPTPA  Level 1 Certified Instructor

Sue Carnevale resides in Beverly, Massachusetts and is a Level I IPTPA Certified Teaching Instructor. She continues to work as a psychologist on the North Shore of Boston, as well as teach as an adjunct professor at Endicott College. Her free time is all about family and pickleball. Sue and her family can usually be found on the home court named Pickleopolis.

Sue has been playing pickleball for many years and has been instrumental in promoting our sport in many areas of Massachusetts. Her love for teaching has extended to the court, where she has instructed pickleball to hundreds of individuals, from elementary schools to senior centers. She has led several pickleball fundraising tournaments, including the annual membership drive for the local Y.

Her on court accomplishments include:

2018 Atlantic Regional, bronze in mixed doubles
2018 Massachusetts Senior Games, gold in doubles, bronze in mixed doubles
2017 Massachusetts Senior Games, gold in doubles
2016 Massachusetts Senior Games, gold in doubles
2015 New Hampshire Senior Games, silver in singles
2015 Massachusetts Senior Games, gold in doubles , mixed doubles and singles
2014 Massachusetts Senior Games, gold in doubles and mixed doubles

Traveling Pickleball Pros is excited to have Sue in our Network of Certified Pickleball Instructors. For pickleball lessons in Salem or Beverly, Massachusetts Contact Sue Carnevale.  Welcome Aboard Sue!

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Tina Marchie – IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructor

Tina Marchie is an IPTPA Level 1 certified instructor.  She is the co-founder of Pickleball Obsession, a pickleball apparel company.  Tina has a sweet job.  She is the owner of Family Farm Ice Cream in Middletown, NY.  During Ice-cream season, Tina can be found on the courts in the morning and dishing up delicious treats in the afternoon.  Tina has been playing pickleball for over three years and has been instrumental in promoting pickleball throughout Northern N.J. and Orange County, N.Y.  Tina currently hosts private and group classes for beginner to intermediate students.  Her enthusiasm and friendly personality puts students, of all ages and skill levels, at ease.  As a competitor, Tina qualified for the National Senior Games in New Mexico 2019 and has also competed and medaled in numerous tournaments.  In addition to teaching, Tina and her Pickleball Obsession team host tournaments and friendly pickleball socials like no other throughout New York and New Jersey.  Visit with Tina’s Pickleball Obsession on Facebook, Instagram and on her Website.

Meryl Otis Kessler
Meryl is the Founder and Co-Owner of PopUp PickleBall! a Long Island based pickleball learning experience focused on fun, affordability and easy accessibility. PopUp PickleBall! is pickleball anytime, anywhere.
In 2019, Meryl became certified by the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) as a Teaching Professional. Meryl is a medalist in numerous Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles pickleball tournaments, including the New York Open Pickleball Championship as a Mixed Doubles finalist. Through PopUp PickleBall! Meryl offers private and group lessons and instructional clinics to players of all skills and ages looking to improve their game.
A competitive pickleball, tennis, platform tennis, ping pong and badminton player, Meryl loves sharing her passion and helping people learn and enjoy the wonderful lifetime sport of pickleball.
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