Meet the Staff

Tom Whitten, Jr.  --  
Director of Tennis
A member of the USTA’s elite High Performance Coaching Program, Tom Whitten Jr., is an accomplished tennis player and instructor. Boasting a 5.0 NTRP rating, Tom has directed hundreds of sanctioned tennis events and was a 2010 USPTA National Convention speaker. As director of tennis for The Oaks Club, he has formed and supervised all aspects of the tennis program for more than 1,000 members. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia, a USPTA Professional 1 Rating, and is a certified professional member of the Professional Tennis Registry. In addition, Tom is certified by the United States Racquet Stringers Association and lives in Sarasota with his wife Allison, and their two children, Caroline and Tre.

Patricia “Patsy” Lukas
 --  Assistant Tennis Professional
A USPTA-certified professional for nearly 30 years, Patricia “Patsy” Lukas has earned a host of accolades for her athleticism, experience, and professional demeanor. Prior to joining The Oaks Club in 2006, Patsy spent 13 years as the head professional and director of tennis at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, NE. Born and raised in Omaha, Patsy was a junior player on the Missouri Valley Intersectional Team and a number 1 ranked player in Nebraska from 1977 to 1983. She represented Nebraska at the Seventeen Magazine Tournament of Champions in Mission Viejo, CA, from 1977 to 1980. Patsy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky, which she attended on a full tennis scholarship. She is captain of the 3.0 Tri-City league and a 2.5 USTA league player. At The Oaks, Patsy organizes and directs adult and junior tennis clinics, assists the tennis director with USTA events, and offers private lessons. 
 
 Katie Aular --  Pro Shop Manager

Katie Aular is the Tennis Pro Shop manager and has been at The Oaks Club since October 2011. Katie was born and raised in Florida and knows the area and lifestyle well. She graduated from Florida State University, Magna Cum Laude, with an Entrepreneurship/Marketing degree. Katie’s background is in retail management and she truly enjoys working with the members to provide them with excellent service. She lives in Sarasota with her husband and two daughters.