Tennis Staff

RJ Dunkle

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2016

Rj Dunkle joined the White Columns CC staff as the Head Tennis Professional in January 2013. Rj has been a USPTA certified instructor for 29 years and loves to work with all levels of players. Rj has worked at 2 Major clubs in Atlanta (Dunwoody Country Club 1991-1996 and BridgeMill Athletic Club 2004-2012). In between these clubs Rj owned his own business as an Independent Tennis Professional and also worked in Australia for a year.

  
Originally from Dayton, Ohio. Rj went on to playing College tennis at Western Michigan University. After having a great College career by setting the record for most wins in Western Michigan history he went on to playing on the ATP tour for 3 years. Rj has been inducted into the Dayton Tennis Hall of Fame and also the Western Michigan University Hall of Fame. Rj still loves to compete in ALTA/ National Senior Events and enjoys an occasional round of Golf.

Raphael Rodrigues

Role: Head Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2018

Raphael joined the White Columns Country Club Staff in January 2018. Raphael helps the Director of Tennis guide the growth of the Tennis program. In addition to the adult program, Raphael current focus is growing our junior program to the White Columns.

  
Raphael was born in Brasilia, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. He has been playing tennis for over 28 Years. While a junior player in Brazil his best ranking was # 32 in the country at the division of 16 and under. At university level Raphael played on a scholarship at a division 1 university in Jacksonville, Alabama (Jacksonville State University). At JSU Raphael played number 1-3 singles and number 3 doubles.

  
As a teaching professional Raphael has been the Director at Anniston Country Club for the past 15 years. He is USPTA and PTR certified. He has also been the Tennis Chairman of the Alabama Junior Competition Committee since 2008, Director of ALABAMA EARLY DEVELOPMENT CAMP (EDC) since 2007, EDC SOUTHERN STAFF since 2016 and a Net Generation Ambassador since 2016. Raphael is also member of the Southern Hispanic Outreach Task Force Tennis Committee and member of the Southern Jr Tournament Committee

Taylor Johnson

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2019

Taylor is USPTA certified tennis professional originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Taylor trained at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy from a young age. He went on to play high school tennis at Montgomery Bell Academy and later at Franklin Road Academy, both in Nashville. 

Taylor played college tennis at Auburn University before moving back to Nashville. He worked with High Performance junior players at Richland in Nashville before moving to Atlanta and working for Universal Tennis Academy.  

Taylor then went to Silvia Tennis Academy to run their Junior Development program, with a specialty in developing high-performance players.  

Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with Elite level juniors and aspiring college players. Taylor has been at White Columns for 4.5 years. He works with homeschool players as well as High school, Middle School and Grade School.  

Taylor trains many kids in Milton, Buckhead, Alpharetta and Johns Creek. and serves as the Varsity Tennis Coach for Milton High School. 

His passion revolves around working with any player that strives to be the best they can be on and off the court. 

Jeff Berumen

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2016

A certified USPTA tennis professional - Jeff was the Tennis Director at Harmony on the Lakes, developing their junior tennis program along with coaching all of the Adult Programs, including ALTA and USTA teams.

Jeff has been a coach for the Creekland Middle School / USTA feeder program and more recently a Senior Tennis Professional at Woodmont Golf and Country Club.

A former VP of Juniors for the Cherokee Tennis Association, Jeff is highly motivated, with excellent communication skills and a lifelong passion for the sport of tennis. He is also very committed to the latest teaching techniques by continuing his USPTA education while attending professional workshops. Providing great enthusiasm and creativity will assist in helping tennis players of all ages reach their full potential.

It’s a pleasure to be a part of the White Columns tennis staff. I love the great energy and atmosphere the players provide, along with the wonderful facility!

Danny Fariss

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2019

Danny originally hails from Lynchburg, VA and has lived and worked in the metro Atlanta, GA area for most of his professional career. 

Danny attended college at Liberty University (1990-1995).  He was the captain of the tennis team and achieved the number one singles and doubles position during his collegiate career.  Danny graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration and with a minor in Business Administration.

After his graduation from Liberty, Danny moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue teaching opportunities.  During his time in Atlanta, Danny taught at several clubs with active tennis memberships, including Atlanta Country Club and Ansley Golf Club.  He taught a wide variety of tennis players, from junior and adult beginners to high-school team members to high level adults.  Danny marketed and participated in various tennis events including a Junior Pro-Am, Adult Pro-Am, Super Bowl Sunday Mixers, etc.

In 2012, Danny and his wife moved to Glen Allen, VA where he accepted a position at The Dominion Club.  During his tenure at TCD, Danny was the head tennis professional and responsible for overseeing all aspects of the junior program, including team clinics, Junior Team Tennis, social events and summer camps.  Danny also helped with adult programming, which included ladies’ clinics, men-only drills, co-ed cardio tennis drills and social events.

In August 2018, Danny moved back to the metro-Atlanta area, accepting a position at White Columns Country Club.

Danny is a USPTA certified Elite Professional.

Richard Tracy

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2016

I began playing tennis at the age of 9 in Rome, Ga. My family moved four years later to Jacksonville, Florida where I had new tennis opportunities further advancing my abilities and love for the game. I began my collegiate playing career at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and later transferred to Florida State University. I continued playing after graduating, earning adult rankings in Florida and Georgia. My teaching career began in 1994 as a part-time ALTA coach and evolved into a full-time career by 1999. As a member of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) since 1999, I have earned certification in Adult Player Development and Junior High Performance, and have held Head Pro positions in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

I find the members at White Columns to be very friendly, fun-loving, and serious about their tennis.