Yelena "Lani" Gilfillan moved to San Diego from Voronezh, Russia and serves as Office Manager and Coach at Chira Tennis Academy. In her role, she handles all new student enrollments and correspondence, serving as the liaison between students and parents. Responsible for administrative duties and driving social media, she oversees operations that give CTA an edge in junior development.
Prior to joining, she founded Lani West Tennis - a local coaching business focused on customer satisfaction, where she facilitated access for beginners and families into the sport of tennis. Before her time at CTA she spent the last 5 years at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego where she co-launched the club's Cardio Tennis program.
Lani is a USPTA certified coach and Authorized Cardio Tennis Provider, and was awarded USPTA's new coach of the year in 2014. She currently resides in Mission Valley, San Diego with her husband.