Our Team

Staff

Cheri Jenkins
Executive Director
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(pronounced like the goddess of pop Cher with “ee” on the end. Nope, not Cherry or Cheryl) Our fearless leader. Cheri is the warm, welcoming, and dedicated leader of our team, overseeing all operations, development and programming teams, along with any other hats she can fit. She’ll lead finance and development meetings, then turn around and volunteer during an evening class, all in the same day. Can you tell she loves what she does? Her years of experience in the golf world have landed her here, as our Executive Director.

Sydney Simmons
Development & 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 Development & 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
Level III Lead Coach
Certified Coach Trainer
Outreach Coordinator
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Ethan has many titles (including new dad!) because he has so many skills. Working with our community partners, leading our teams of coaches and volunteers, and assisting participants in national opportunities, our Outreach Coordinator does a little bit of everything. Including a near spitting image McConaughey impression (psst – check out the cover work for Greenlights). Looking to get your community organization or school involved with ours? Ethan’s your guy.

Coaching Staff

Cory Tucker
Level III Lead Coach
Certified Coach Trainer
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Where could Cory be today? In schools? Yep. On the course? Yep. When he’s not spending time with his family (+ 2 dogs), Cory might be found on the driving range, coaching a baseball game, creating a new piece of art or baking a new dessert! Did you know Cory is also a chef? You might be asking how he’s able to get all of this done. Genuinely, he loves what he does (but the Nitro Cold Brews also help).

Denise Vermillion, LPGA
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Director
Level II Certified 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.

Bert Parise
Level II Certified Coach

When you hear the word dedication, we hope you picture Coach Bert. He travels to all of our locations, leads gym classes in schools, and pops up at our fundraising events. Bert loves the game of golf, and loves to give back, a recipe perfectly made for First Tee. Being a certified, level-trained coach through First Tee, he’s ready to help out anytime we need him.