Board of Directors Bios
Founder and President
Diana was born in Oceanside, CA and raised in Southern California. Diana enjoyed tennis as a youth, including a variety of sports where she found her natural talent for athletics and a deep understanding of the mental fortitude and physical strength needed to succeed in all areas of life. After completing a B.A. in Communications: Advertising and a B.A in Sociology, along with a professional background in Corporate Marketing/Events and a CSUF Certificate in Professional Meeting Planning and Special Events, a perfect fit to develop pickleball programs and events was created, while fulfilling her passion to volunteer for the community. She is also a player and an International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association Certified Pickleball Instructor, which weaves all of her passions together. Diana is co-founder of the Edison High School Pickleball Club, owner of Performance Pickleball, and was winner of the 2015 Gold and 2016 Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She received a 2019 Commendation from the City of Huntington Beach for raising the level of interest in pickleball throughout the city of Huntington Beach. As founder of the Surf City Pickleball® Society, with an all volunteer Board of Directors, her teamwork approach will provide philanthropic endeavors for the benefit of all of the Huntington Beach community as it pertains to pickleball and beyond.
Les is one of the “Original 4” founding pickleball players in Huntington Beach that began in 2007! Taping lines at a local grade school on Saturday mornings for a year, then found Worthy Park, on unused basketball courts to continue taping lines every Saturday for 2 years, eventually the city painted pickleball lines for dual use at Worthy Park. Les continues to volunteer on Saturdays to help our HB community at-large get started in pickleball, and also a valuable addition to the All-Volunteer Surf City Pickleball Planning Committee. While bringing a relaxed vibe his never-ending contributions continue to make a difference in our community, the 2017 Surf City Pickleball Tournament was dedicated to him for his commitment to pickleball. We are very privileged to have Les as Vice President, as his appetite for volunteering and giving back to community is a valuable asset and the heart of what defines Surf City Pickleball Society! It is an absolute Honor to have Les on our “Surf Board.”
“Cat” was born and raised in Fallbrook, California. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B. S. in Chemistry and also completed all of the coursework for a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Cat has been with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department since 1991 where she is a supervising criminalist for various departments, specializing in Quality Assurance. As a community volunteer, Cat received “Naturalist of the Year” recognition from the Board of Directors for Amigos de Bolsa Chica, a volunteer organization advocating for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands where she encourages public education. This acknowledgment encouraged Cat to become a member of the Board of Directors of Amigos de Bolsa Chica where she enjoys spending her time along the beach, when she is not surfing. Cat's favorite pastime is surfing, and thoroughly enjoys paddle boarding Huntington Harbour, because of the peace and serenity that the ocean provides. She also enjoys “barefoot running” (yes, a legitimate way of running) and has participated in ½ marathons and various running events. You will also see Cat on the pickleball courts playing in her bare feet. She paved the way to introducing a Namaste and balanced mental approach to pickleball, and enjoys the camaraderie and volunteer aspect and logistics of IT operations for our Annual Surf City Pickleball Tournament, where you may also find her refereeing in her bare feet!
Brenda was born in Mountain View, Arkansas and found her way to California in 2000. Brenda played basketball and played forward on the All-State High School basketball team. After high school, she attended the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville with emphasis in nursing. She married shortly after high school and was very fortunate to be able to stay home as a “domestic engineer”, volunteered as Treasurer for PTA, and was a home room mother. After raising three wonderful, successful athletic boys, she obtained her Missouri State Insurance License working as a self-employed agent and then, attended secretarial school for Farmers Insurance. After a few years, Brenda graciously volunteered her time to Saint John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington, Missouri earning “Employee of the Year.” A true standout! Brenda retired in 2015 and found out about pickleball from her eldest son who plays in Missouri. While visiting Huntington Beach, he took his mom to Worthy Park Pickleball Courts in Huntington Beach to play, helping her get started in pickleball. Brenda has been playing pickleball since 2017 and is a wonderful asset to the pickleball community and a “good student of the sport.” She enjoys the socialization, exercising and helping other people and the community in all ways.