Our Team

Greg Wright
Executive Director
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Greg comes to First Tee with a long history in the nonprofit world, working both in international roles, as well as serving here in Central Ohio.  Greg is a lifelong Central Ohio resident who loves spending time with his family (wife and three kids) and enjoying the game of golf, though his handicap doesn’t reflect his enjoyment! He cares deeply about kids and impacting the next generation of leaders.  He is tasked with leading our Central Ohio team, partnering with our Board of Directors, and helping craft the vision for reaching more kids in Central Ohio through First Tee.

Cheri Jenkins
Director of Operations
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Cheri’s first golf experience included spending Sunday mornings on the course with her dad developing a strong bond and learning many of her dad’s nuggets of wisdom. As a kid, Cheri experienced the power of mentorship and benefited from programs that developed leadership skills and strong character, just like First Tee. Her years of experience in the golf world and her love of kids have landed her here, as our Director of Operations, overseeing all program operations, school and community partners, and the programming team.

Sydney Simmons
Program Operations Coordinator
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Do you notice how cohesive our team is and how smooth our office runs? You can thank Sydney for that. As Program Operations Coordinator, you might not see her operational efforts from the outside, but trust us, she truly keeps us all in line. Sydney also works with our corporate partners to help fund our programming and scholarship efforts. Oh, and she interned with First Tee HQ, so she’s got some extra knowledge and insight to keep us up to date with all things First Tee.

Ethan Pinckney
Player Manager, LSE, School & Community Partners
Certified Coach Trainer
Level III Certified Coach
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Ethan has many titles (including new dad!) because he has so many skills. Developing creative programs and positive experiences for kids is his passion! Ethan leads our team of coaches and volunteers in finding fun ways to create safe and welcoming spaces for kids. Notice his near-spitting image McConaughey impression (psst – check out the cover work for Greenlights).

Denise Vermillion, LPGA
Player Manager, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf
Level III Trained Coach
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Our Girls Golf Director believes in her heart and soul that golf can be just as much a girls’ sport as it is a boys’. And she proves it. Helping direct our team of female volunteers and expanding our programming efforts, she consistently shows just how much a woman can achieve when she puts her heart into it. Don’t forget, she also knocked out her LPGA certification just a few years after picking up a golf club for the first time, showing it’s never too late to try something new.

Jonathon Wilson
Assistant Player Manager

Jonathon (aka Coach J-Wil) joins First Tee – Central Ohio by way of Southern Virginia and has spent the past eleven years working with youth at the Danville Parks and Recreation Department. Jonathon is passionate about creating programs that help expose youth to new thoughts and ideas, while also creating positive experiences through the art of play. When he’s not on the golf course, you can still find him enjoying the outdoors either hiking or camping with his wife and two pups.