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. He 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. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing golf and following the Houston Texans.
Katie graduated from Villanova University where she majored in Business Management and minored in Finance – and received her Event Planning Certificate from New York University. Katie’s fundraising experience comes from her development roles at Susan G. Komen and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She moved to Raleigh in 2015 from New Jersey with her husband, Kevin. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her dog, Rooney, playing board games with her husband and cheering on Villanova basketball!
Prior to graduating college, Jordan 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 and has been the Director of Programs since the end of 2018. Before her time at The First Tee of the Triangle, 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.
Jeanna is transitioning to The First Tee of the Triangle from a career as a Healthful Living Teacher. She earned her degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University. Working in a variety of youth summer camps is what fostered her desire to serve children. She taught K-12 Health and Physical Education in Baltimore City before moving farther south to teach in the Triangle. After teaching several of The First Tee of the Triangle’s programs, and witnessing the positive impact they had on the young golfers, she decided to join the team full-time with the hope and goal of contributing even more to support their growth. Outside of work, Jeanna loves to cook, read, travel, and play board games with her daughter, Ellie.
Emily joined The First Tee of the Triangle in February of 2019 serving as Volunteer Coordinator. A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Emily completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration with a minor in Sociology. Along with her role at The First Tee of the Triangle, Emily serves as Development Associate at Girl Scouts- North Carolina Coastal Pines. She moved to Raleigh in 2018 from Michigan with her boyfriend Adam. In her free time, Emily enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and exploring Raleigh.
Betsy joined The First Tee of the Triangle in February 2017 as Philanthropy Associate. A graduate of Binghamton University, Betsy has held positions in software and business consulting, as well as office administration and bookkeeping. She moved to Raleigh in 2001 with her husband, Dave. Most recently, she has spent time in various volunteer positions while staying at home with her son, who is participant of The First Tee. Betsy enjoys knitting, reading, baking, and walking with her dog, Zoey.
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.