Tim Harper, President and Co-Founder


Tim has been the tournament director of the San Francisco Tennis Classic, for the last four years, a USTA $50,000 professional women’s tennis tournament at the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club in San Francisco. Tim deals with all aspects of the tournament: soliciting sponsorships, communications, media relations, advertising, community relations, payroll, transportation, food & beverage, Pro-Ams, parties, committees, and volunteers. The highlight of the event is community involvement, where Tim & Peanut have opportunities for children of all ages to participate in during the week. Tim is dedicated to working with children to help them prepare them for a successful future. Since 1988, Tim has owned and operated ITPdesign, a graphic design, advertising marketing and publishing business. Prior to that, he worked at Newsweek Magazine in sales and advertising and he was also the advertising manager for 26 Sheraton hotels in the Pacific and Far East. Tim graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in advertising and minored in Fine Art and Painting with continuing painting and art education at the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute.


Peanut Louie Harper, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder


Peanut was a professional tennis player and played on the WTA Tour for 16 years, reaching a career high ranking of #19 in the world in 1985. She is a native San Franciscan and comes from a big tennis playing family. Peanut was also a nationally top ranked junior player, with 14 USTA national junior tennis titles, a finalist at Wimbledon’s Junior Singles Championships, and the nationally ranked #1 player in the US in Girls’ 12s and Girls’ 16s. She was also awarded the WTA Karen Krantzcke and the USTA Girls’ 18 National Championship Sportsmanship Awards, as well as being inducted into the Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame. Her years of experience as a tennis player, along with being a parent of two children, has provided her with a positive and healthy perspective and appreciation of how tennis for children can instill life long lessons. One of Peanut’s most exciting experiences was collaborating with Coach John Wooden on his award-winning children’s book Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success and co-author, Steve Jamison. Based upon this book, Peanut, Steve and a select group of coaches developed the Inch and Miles Sportsmanship Tennis Festival for Kids, which was held in conjunction with the USTA’s San Francisco Tennis Classic the past 3 years.


Joshua Fried, Secretary


Joshua is a partner at Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP and practices law in San Francisco. His practice includes representing chapter 11 debtors and creditors' committees as well as companies in out-of-court workouts and restructurings. His representations include PG&E Corp., Redback Networks, Inc., and Ames Department Stores and he has published several articles in various law review journals. Prior to entering private practice, Joshua clerked for two United States Bankruptcy Judges and helped develop and administer a pro bono program in Los Angeles designed to aid indigent chapter 7 debtors. Josh earned his B.A. in Economics and Spanish at Rutgers College in 1991, graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law (Magna Cum Laude) in 1995 and earned his M.B.A. from California State University (College Honors and University Distinction) in 1999. He speaks three foreign languages: Spanish, French and German. He is an avid tennis player who enjoys playing on his club’s USTA League teams. His passion for tennis combined with his business expertise led to two published works: How Much is Too Much?, an article that analyzed economic market forces controlling men’s and women’s professional tours (Tennis Week, June 2003) and Show Me the Money, an article that analyzed the financial reporting of professional tennis tours (Tennis Week, December 2003).


Martin Mulligan, Board Director



Martin was a professional tennis player from Australia with an impressive career, achieving a career high ranking of # 3 in the world in 1967. His tennis accomplishments span over two decades with a career best, reaching the men’s singles final at Wimbledon in 1962 (defeated by Rod Laver who went on to win the Grand Slam that same year). Martin also reached the men’s doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon with partner, Bob Hewitt in 1960. In addition, he has won numerous tournament titles which include the Australian Hardcourts in 1960 beating Rod Laver, Italian Championships in 1963, 1965, and 1967, German Championships in 1963 and three British titles in 1962. He continues his long-standing association with tennis as Vice President for FILA Sportswear and has worked with tennis legends such as Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters and Svetlana Kuznetsova to name a few.



Bob Bratt, Board Director


Bob Bratt is DLA Piper’s Chief Operating Officer. With more than 30 years of experience managing multimillion-dollar commercial and federal legal programs, he oversees all US operations for the firm and plays a key role in the integration of its international operations, ensuring uniform delivery of services globally. Before joining DLA Piper, Mr. Bratt was Managing Partner of Civilian and Homeland Security with Unisys Corporation, improving operations, developing business, increasing profitability and supporting a diverse group of critical government programs. Earlier in his career, as Corporate Vice President at Science Application International Corporation, he managed a portfolio of federal and commercial telecommunications projects with a starting value of $7 million that doubled in size in over 18 months. Mr. Bratt has received numerous recognitions throughout his career. In 2007, Unisys named him the Partner of the Year, and named his practice the Practice of the Year. Throughout his public service, Mr. Bratt garnered significant honors, including two Presidential Rank Awards, the Deputy Attorney General Just Works Award, the ABA Award of Excellence and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.


Karae Lisle, Board Director


Karae Lisle is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in both private and not-for-profit sectors. She joined PVI as the CEO and Board member in February 2015, after she successfully spearheaded the merger between InnVision and Shelter Network to become the leading provider of homeless shelter and services across the Peninsula and Silicon Valley. Karae’s professional career began with a technical role at Burroughs Corporation, progressing to sales management in a variety of private tech companies, from Oracle to a dot-com start-up. She provided strategic consulting to emerging growth and Fortune 500 technology companies at Wellbourne International. In mid-career, Karae transitioned to the nonprofit arena: her first nonprofit leadership role as Chief Marketing Officer at the Computer History Museum, progressing to CEO of Shelter Network. Karae’s longstanding community service includes work with the Battered Women’s Shelter, Special Olympics, and the Girl Scouts of America. In addition to Harper for Kids, she serves on two nonprofit boards: the Harvard Business School Tech Alumni Association and Mercado Global. She has held adjunct Professorships at both the University of San Francisco and San Jose State University in both Business and Engineering masters’ programs. Karae holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Management Information Systems.


Margaret Berry, Board Director


Margaret is Customer Programs Director at Oracle Corporation. In that role, Margaret is engaged with large multinational customers to ensure their implementations are successful. Margaret joined Oracle during Oracle’s acquisition of Peoplesoft in 2004. During her 14 years at Peoplesoft, Margaret held various positions within the Peoplesoft Development organization developing and driving customer adoption of new and existing products. In addition to Margaret’s career in high tech, Margaret is on the Board of Directors at the H.T. Berry Paper Company in Canton, MA. H.T. Berry Paper is a international manufacturer and distributor of paper products. During her 10 years on the H.T. Berry board, Margaret worked extensively on the H. T. Berry Golf Open, the fund raising arm of H.T. Berry Company. The H.T. Berry Open is dedicated to raising funds for the research and cure of colon cancer. The funds are donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and directed to Dr Peter Enzinger and Dr Roger Bass, two leading colon cancer researchers at Dana Farber and the country. Due to the success of H.T. Berry Open, the H.T. Berry Company has been appointed to the Dana Faber Cancer Institute Presidential Committee for the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center to help further the great progress being accomplished with the funds raised at the H.T. Berry Open. H.T. Berry is one of only 7 companies chosen to serve in that role. 

 

About Us


Harper for Kids (HFK) organization was founded by Tim and Peanut Harper in 2008. The mission of Harper for Kids is to teach children important life skills that will empower them to achieve their personal best in life. Our vision is that HFK enrichment programs will help children develop good character and inspire the adults in the children’s lives to be good role models of important core, ethical values and help foster a healthy community.

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