Committee Chair Bios
Dr. Mark de Dubovay
Educational/Referee Training Chair
Dr. Mark de Dubovay was born and educated in Los Angeles. He was the founder and director of the Advanced Wellness Center where he brought together a team of alternative medicine providers to create the most successful wellness center in Long Beach and later Westminster. After graduating with his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, Dr. Mark was invited to practice at the prestigious STATIC clinic in Bologna, Italy. The clinic specialized in treating pain and disorders of the spine and featured chiropractors chosen to be the best in America working alongside medical orthopedic specialists and physical therapists. The demand for care was challenging but rewarding personally as Dr. Mark was caring for 100 to 200 patients a day for three years. He then joined a private practice in Paris, France, where the focus was on combining chiropractic with progressive holistic medicine for one year. His pursuit of education and research led to his certification by the American Naturopathic Certification Board as a Traditional Naturopath. His research also led him to become an expert in the field of cold laser therapy. He was appointed by the FDA as a primary investigator where he supported a research study on the benefits of cold laser for osteoarthritis of the hand. Dr. Mark has always valued fitness and athletics professionally and personally, believing that “a greater quality of movement equals a greater quality of life.” He played tennis in his youth, enjoyed both snow and water skiing, and surfing which he still does. He now enjoys all the virtues, social and athletic, of pickleball. Dr. Mark is semi-retired and applies his passion for learning to the enjoyment of pickleball.
Vicki recently retired from a career in higher education as a teacher and administrator for online education and academic technology. She has always been active in sports, such as softball, volleyball, soccer, surfing, racquetball, hiking, and biking so decided to try pickleball. She began through the city’s recreation department and loved the sport and the community that has been developed in Huntington Beach. She is a California native, born in Long Beach, and grew up in Los Alamitos. She is happy to volunteer with the Surf City Pickleball Society to foster more opportunities for pickleball in the community and to support those who need an extra hand. She also has three wonderful, married adult children who live out of Southern California.
Youth Committee Chair
Beth is so excited to be the Youth Committee Chair for Surf City Pickleball Society. She currently works for HBCSD with their Preschool and Early Childhood programs and has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1992. From an early age she loved playing sports and continued to do so her entire life, while currently play on a soccer team in the Orange County Women’s Soccer League. Hiking and yoga are two other activities she enjoys. Her most recent sport has been pickleball, which is such a fun, fast-paced game that can be played at almost any age. She has two adult children and coached them in soccer for many years while also serving on several booster clubs. She is eager to be given the opportunity to work with another youth program!
Publicity Committee Chair
Heidi is a recently retired elementary school teacher, and a newbie to pickleball. She has been an avid participant in athletics from a young age, starting with swimming, dance, volleyball and softball, adding badminton in college, and soccer after that. In the last couple of years she was introduced to pickleball and it has become an integral part of her retirement plan. Moving forward with her new adventure she plans to stay physically active and give time to causes that are important to her.
Youth Committee Member
Sammi is a senior at Huntington Beach High School and enjoys painting, playing field hockey and, of course, pickleball. She has been a Girl Scout for over 10 years and would like to introduce pickleball to the youth of Huntington Beach because of the fast-paced game and the fun nature of the sport. She started my Gold Award project in Girl Scouts to show other youth this new sport, as well as, to encourage them to be active in their everyday lives. She has taught pickleball at the local middle schools, Sowers and Dwyer and is working to continue the spread of pickleball to the younger generation. She hopes to encourage the growth of this sport into something everyone can enjoy and access in the city of Huntington Beach.