Tia Lites, M.Ed,
Academic & Curriculum Advisor, HEY Sister Lead
Tia Lites is currently the Academic Advisor to The Learning Center & Lead Teacher of the HEY Sister Program. Her focus is Social/Emotional Inclusionary Learning. She has been a part of the Sportsmen’s family for over 10 years, and has served as the Academic Coordinator, TLC Teacher, TLC Curriculum/Assessment Writer as well as Summer Learning Project Site Manager.
Outside of Sportsmen’s she is the Assistant Principal at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy and a Doctoral student at Northeastern University.
Peer Mentor & Tutor
Jessica has been a part of the Sportsmen’s family since the age of ten. For several years, she has volunteered in numerous programs and events and then started working at Sportsmen’s at the age of fifteen. She has been working here now for five years in both “Ready Position” and “HEY Sister.” She helps children with their homework, improves their tennis game, and most importantly, serves as their mentor.
While majoring in Biochemistry and Pre-Med on a full scholarship at Northeastern University, Jessica educates young minds as part of the Sportsmen’s
team, sharing her knowledge and motivating her , stating: “if I can do it, you can do it too!” Jessica is also fluent in Spanish.
Camp Nurse & Health and Wellness Advisor
Mandy Bass, RN, MS, is Camp Nurse and Health and Wellness Advisor, and Learning Center volunteer at Sportsmen’s since 2016. Mandy has been a nurse for many years, in roles of nurse manager, clinical specialist and school nurse. The positive energy and incredible potential of the student athletes in this community is what draws Mandy to Sportsmen’s, where she hopes to assist others in their own journey to better wellness and reaching their potential.
Math Academic Coordinator, Learning Center
Shane Niles is currently the Math Academic Coordinator for The Learning Center. This is his first year being a part of the Sportsmen’s community. Outside of Sportsmen’s, he is a 2nd Grade teacher at a Boston Public School, the same school system he graduated from in 2010. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 with a degree in English and is currently a first-year Graduate student at University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in Elementary Education. He is also the coach at of Boston Latin Academy’s Girls Tennis Team.
ESL and Academic Coordinator
Rhonny is a Boston native and has been a member of the Sportsmen’s community for over 10 years. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, where he played varsity tennis for all four years. He was a recipient of the Joan Green Science scholarship which supported his studies at St. Lawrence University, where he played #1 singles for two years and achieved the best overall win-loss record among his graduating class. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience. After earning his BA, Rhonny began his Masters of Special Education at Simmons College through his employment at the New England Center for Children, an autism education and research institute. Rhonny has coached developmental tennis, tournament training and summer camp. He now joins The Learning Center as an English and Spanish language educator.