We are excited to announce that Lisa Palcic and Lee Whitwell as Directors & Head Professionals will run both Pickleball Zone and the Oregon Pickleball Academy. We are fortunate to have the top 2 Pickleball Instructors in Bend on board. Both have extensive knowledge in running private and semi-private tennis facilities and will bring exciting programs for members and non-members to the Pickleball Zone and Academy.


Lisa Palcic


Lisa Palcic, has over 25 years of experience in the fitness and athletics industry. Lisa’s experience includes managing a 30,000 square foot athletic and tennis facility with over 800 members. While there, she attended the International Heath and Racquet Sports Association Conference year after year to stay current with Fitness, Athletic and Tennis industry trends. After managing Sage Springs Club and Spa for 7 years Lisa decided to open her own Tennis and Pickleball Shop. During her 8 years of successful shop ownership, Lisa obtained her Master Racquet Technician certification and strung thousands of racquets as well as becoming an expert on pickleball paddles. As an athlete, Lisa grew up in New York where she won many athletic awards in high school and college. She played College Softball for The State University of New York at Ulster. She has also coached thousands of people in many different sports of all levels and has instructed fitness classes of all types. Lisa is an Oregon USAPA ambassador, and spent time on the Bend Pickleball Club Board. Lisa has played at Nationals and the US Open and holds a Pro Credential as a pickleball player. Over the past few years, she has traveled all over with a home base here in Central Oregon for teaching. She has taught well over 8000 pickleball players of all levels. Lisa specializes in Body Mechanics, breaking down every stroke to make your body work smarter, which in turn gets the most benefit and control out of every stroke and movement. She works with each person as an individual, allowing each person to reach their full potential. Lisa is an IPTPA CERTIFIED pickleball teaching pro and helped to create and institute the new national IPTPA rating system.


Lee Whitwell


Lee Whitwell has had a very impressive athletic career with over 20 years experience in the fitness and athletics industry as well as being an accomplished professional athlete. She is a former women’s professional tour doubles tennis player and was one half of the top ranked women’s professional beach tennis team. Lee is a USPTR teaching professional and has been the director tennis and recreation of 4 and 5 Star Resorts in Southern California. She has coached many teams and players of all levels from the beginner to the professional athlete and understands how to build a successful programs as well as how to train and improve any athlete she works with. Lee has an amazing sense of humor and makes learning fun! Lee has now taken the knowledge and experience from her professional career to the pickleball court and is quickly taking the sport by storm. Lee recently competed with Lisa at the US Open, is a credentialed pro pickleball player as well as an IPTPA certified tester and instructor.