A Board of Governors, comprised of leaders in the Chicago-area philanthropic, business and golf communities, governs First Tee — Greater Chicago.
Honorary Chairman: Luke Donald, PGA TOUR Professional
Officers
President: Thad Malik, Paul Hastings
Vice President: Kevin Callahan, Fairway Capital Management
Secretary: Charlie Waddell, Faircourt Partners
Treasurer: Todd Simpson, Goldman Sachs

 Members

  • Mike Affeldt, ACP CreativIT
  • Lesley Baker, Outlyr
  • Vicki Bednar
  • Andy Bosman, RSM
  • Kevin Callahan, Fairway Capital Management
  • John Cashman, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Mike Castleforte, Vistria Group
  • Robert Clary, KPMG
  • Jason Fischer
  • Patrick Goss, PGA – Northwestern University
  • Lou Gutzwiller, Ernst & Young
  • Nicki Hines, The Hines Group, LLC
  • Katherine Jemsek, Jemsek Golf
  • Josh Lesnik, KemperSports
  • Thad Malik, Paul Hastings
  • Christopher Merrill, Harrison Street
  • Bill O’Neil, Winston & Strawn
  • John Podjasek, JFP Capital, LLC
  • Jason Pritzker, The Pritzker Organization
  • Ron Pullie, Allstate
  • Jackie Shropshire, Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Todd Simpson, Goldman Sachs
  • Jim Stadler, Old National Bank
  • Matt Stark, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Charlie Waddell, Faircourt Partners
Past President: Bruce Patterson, PGA
First Tee National Trustee: Tim Mullen
Emeritus Board Members: Rick Kaye, Howard Ecker
Parent Liaison: Angela Cobb

Honorary Ambassadors

  • Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs Outfielder & Second Baseman
  • Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks Right Winger
  • Nick Hardy, PGA TOUR Professional
  • Doug Ghim, PGA TOUR Professional
  • Patrick Flavin, Professional Golfer