Our staff brings a variety of experience and skill-sets together to execute our mission. Please feel free to reach to any of our staff members and we would be happy to help you!
Brandon began with The First Tee of the Triangle in March of 2010 as Director of Programs, and was named Executive Director in October 2013. He came to the Triangle with multiple years of experience in The First Tee network, having served as Associate Executive Director with The First Tee of Howard County (MD), and as an Assistant Program Director for The First Tee of Chattanooga (TN). Prior to joining The First Tee network, Brandon worked for the Y of Central Maryland and the VCU Athletic Department in various capacities. Brandon holds a Masters degree in Recreation, Parks, and Sports Leadership from VCU. He is recognized in The First Tee network as a Master Executive and a Recognized Coach. Also, Brandon was inducted into the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2016. Brandon and his wife Megan reside in Durham with their cocker spaniel, Lincoln.
Julia is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Upon graduation, she served at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as Hospitality Team Member to the Athletes in Olympic Village. Following closing ceremonies, Julia began her luxury hotel career as the Culinary Coordinator to acclaimed Executive Chef Xavier Salomon at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Her hospitality career continued over the next ten years with the positions of Catering Team Member at The Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach, Guest Recognition Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC and Diplomatic Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Finally, she took on her most fulfilling role as a stay-at-home mother to her two sons (both participants of The First Tee!) before joining the First Tee of the Triangle in 2016.
Upon graduating from the University of Illinois in 2010, Kara decided to pursue a career in the golf industry. She joined The First Tee of the Triangle in 2014 as a Program Coordinator and now serves as the Senior Program Director. Prior to joining the team, Kara was the golf professional at a junior golf teaching facility in the Chicago suburbs. Before deciding to focus primarily on junior golf, Kara worked as an assistant golf professional at several private clubs including Exmoor CC (Chicago), Bonita Bay Club (Naples), and Desert Mountain (Scottsdale). Kara is a PGA Apprentice, finishing her final level of bookwork before attaining PGA certification. Kara is a sports enthusiast. In her free time, Kara enjoys working on her golf game, exercising, and following the Fighting Illini!
Prior to graduating college, Jordan Hall joined The First Tee of the Triangle as an intern in February of 2016. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Minor in Business Administration, Jordan moved into the position of Program Coordinator in August 2016. Before her time at The First Tee, Jordan was a High School Softball coach and served as a member of the Special Events Staff for the Carolina Hurricanes. In her free time, Jordan enjoys playing golf and softball, fishing, and following all sports.
Lindsay joined The First Tee of the Triangle in February of 2015. She oversees the organization’s philanthropy efforts, special events, and communications. Prior to joining The First Tee of the Triangle, Lindsay served as USA Baseball’s Director of Community Relations for five years. Alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies. In her spare time, Lindsay spends as much time as possible at the beach with her golden retriever, Millie.
Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.