Board Bios

LLeafLinda Leaf – President

Linda grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin.  She graduated salutatorian of her high school class and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with majors in both History and Political Science.  After earning her law degree from the UW-Madison, Linda practiced law for 17 years in downtown Milwaukee.  In her practice she concentrated on civil and criminal litigation and family law. Along the way she developed an interest in aviation and acquired a Private Pilot License.

Table tennis became Linda’s passion and she now spends most of her time involved in table tennis.  Her table tennis activities include:

  • Teaches table tennis at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.
  • President of the Shorewood Table Tennis Club, the largest and most active club in Wisconsin.
  • Regional Director for NCTTA (National Collegiate Table Tennis Association).
  • USATT Certified Regional Umpire and Certified Referee.
  • Certified  ITTF Level II Coach and USATT Regional Coach
  • Table Tennis Coordinator at Le Club Athletic Club.
  • USATT Tournament Director; Tournament Director for 4 Star Badger Open and Wisconsin State Championships.
  • Chair, 2011 US Open and Para Openand Milwaukee cerebration of the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy.

JZonooziJamshid Zonoozi – Vice President

Jim has been very active as a volunteer in helping make Milwaukee a great place to live. He currently heads up a neighborhood organization to help improve his neighborhood called the Norwood Neighborhood Group. He has been leading this group since 2008. He conducts neighborhood meetings, host events, connects his neighborhood to community projects, and works with local government officials to help improve the quality of life in his neighborhood.  Jim does this work out of love for his community and the city of Milwaukee. He is also involved in many other community building projects but is really excited on the idea of helping the kids in his community and around the United States to also enjoy the great sport of table tennis.

MBernhardMichael Bernhard – Treasurer

Michael joined the board of directors of the Milwaukee Table Tennis Club shortly after formation in 2005 and currently holds the title of treasurer. During Michael’s tenure, the club grew from a small group of players to become the largest club in the state of Wisconsin. Currently Michael is part of the local organizing committee for the US Open, the most prestigious table tennis event in North America, where he is responsible for sponsorship sales and volunteer resources.

Paul Scobey – Secretary

Paul Scobey is a retired UWM administrator and is now an active volunteer for the Meals on Wheels division of Horizon Health Care and works with  Shoreline Interfaith, driving older adults to their appointments. He enjoys family activities with his grandchildren and likes to play softball in the summer. He has been a board member since joining the club in 2006. He started playing table tennis in the 50’s and got back into it about 10 years ago in the Senior Olympics.

Muhammed Khan – Board Member

Jacek Odoner – Board Member

LSrankoLadislav (Latso) Sranko – Board Member

Coach Latso was born in Slovakia. He started to play table tennis at the age of 9.  He played in extra league and national league in Czechoslovakia and Slovakia. He started to coach young beginner players in Lokomotiva Kosice in 1983. Latso also coached Men’s team in 1990-1992, and Youth Girls’ team and Women’s team in 1992-1996. In 1995, he co-coached Slovakian High School Table Tennis Team which finished in the 3rd place at the World High School Championship in Belgium. After moving to USA in 1995, Latso stopped playing and coaching table tennis. However, he started playing and coaching when he came to Milwaukee Table Tennis Club in 2011. Latso graduated from the University of Aviation in Slovakia.  He learned coaching in school in Slovakia. He obtained the second level of coaching certificate for table tennis.

TJWangTJ Wang, Ph.D. – Board Member (founder)

Dr. Wang is an inspirer to people around him. Dr. Wang is a Thalidomide victim. He was born with short arms that lack wrists and elbows. He has two fingers on his left hand and three on his right hand, and neither hand has a thumb or a wrist function. However, his disabilities have never stopped him from doing things he wants. Dr. Wang often encourages people that “if there is a will, there is a way”. In addition, Dr. Wang exemplifies with his own actions that it is “better to serve to than to receive from” the communities.

DWruckDoug Wruck – Board Member

Doug is a life-long resident of the Milwaukee area, graduating from Rufus King High School and Marquette University, with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting. His love for the sport of table tennis began in his grandparents’ basement when he was very young, playing ping-pong with his father. After many years of not playing, Doug re-discovered the sport in college and started playing in official tournaments in 1996, working his way up to being ranked in the top 10 in the state of Wisconsin. Doug currently lives in Cudahy and works in eCommerce for a major retailer. His other interests include travel, golf, movies, the theater, and fine dining.