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As executive director and head coach of Handi-Racket Tennis at the Longfellow Club, Wayland, Massachusetts, Sylvia Hoffman Swartz '66 has received several awards recognizing her more than 20 years' service in bringing tennis to physically and mentally challenged or impaired children and adults. In February, at the annual USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop in Hilton Head the club received the 2008 USTA (United States Tennis Association) Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award. 

Founded in 1977 by the owner of The Longfellow Club, Handi-Racketeers is New England's longest running instructional program for people with disabilities and comprises the largest group of tennis athletes at the Massachusetts Special Olympics. The program held its first national tournament in 2005 and drew participants from Florida, Texas and Massachusetts. Continuing to expand, the tournament will be held this year on June 11-13. Rather than "tennis, anyone?" Sylvia's philosophy is "tennis everyone." Sylvia attended Western from 1962 to 1964 and as a freshman was a member of Dolphins, but not the tennis team! She and her husband, Richie, are the parents of a grown daughter, Sydney Erica.

On November 1, Leslie Greene Bowman '78 began her tenure as president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, owner and steward of Jefferson's beloved estate, Monticello, a Historic National Landmark with the dual mission of preservation and education.
Since 1999, Leslie had served as director and chief executive officer of Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Delaware's Brandywine Valley, the former home of Henry Francis du Pont and one of the world's leading museums of American decorative arts. 

She is the author of American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design and co-author of several other books. At Western, her advanced coursework roughly amounted to a major in American history and a minor in art history; her senior thesis focused on American sculptor Daniel Chester French. Leslie's arrival at Monticello coincides with the launch of the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center, one of the most important initiatives in the Foundation's 85-year history. Thrilled with her appointment, she says, "This is a watershed moment in the history of Monticello, as we prepare to open the new visitor center and expand the power and reach of the Foundation's mission." She is a skilled equestrian, married to Dr. Cortland Neuhoff, a doctor of chiropractic and an equine chiropractor; they have a 12-year-old daughter, Haley.

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