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. Brandon and his wife Megan reside in Durham with their cocker spaniel, Lincoln.
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!
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’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.
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. 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.
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 a First Tee participant. 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.