OUR STAFF

Our team provides quality, safe and fun programming to the young people of our area. They have decades of experience working with youth and are expert teachers of the game of golf and The First Tee curriculum. They care about our participants and want to see them grow in the game and as people. As a result, we are continually improving and learning through professional development

We invite you to learn more about our team and the programs that we offer.

BILL HYNDMAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bill Hyndman serves as the Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia since joining the team in 2015.  He is a 12 year Army veteran who served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, company commander and personnel officer in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division.  Bill received his Senior Aviator Wings, Parachutist badge, Air Assault badge and earned the Venezuelan jump wings. He commanded an Aviation Detachment in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia that supported the United Nations monitoring the border between Macedonia and Serbia.  While he was an aviation company commander, he deployed his company to Panama for Operation New Horizons.

Bill received 3 Meritorious Service Medals during his time in service.  One of these was for his actions while on the site of a civilian plane crash when he attended High-Altitude training in Eagle, Colorado.  In 2003, Bill was named the New Jersey National Guard’s Aviator of the Year.

After transitioning from the military, Bill joined Comcast where he served as Area General Manager for the Philadelphia cable operation overseeing a $300 million operation with 290 employees.  Bill later joined Comcast University to lead Technical Operations Learning and Development.

After Comcast, Bill spent 6 years as a Regional Manager for one of the country’s largest commercial landscaping companies, the Brickman Group.  His team of 45 managers and 190 crew members, across 3 branches, served Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.

Bill grew up playing in golf events in our predecessor organization, the GPSGA.  Bill holds the GPSGA Scholastic tournament low score record of 67 which was posted at the Cobbs Creek Golf Course in 1988.

Bill graduated Magna cum Laude and was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Richmond where he played on the Division I golf team.  He is a member of the Germantown Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, a church Elder and Treasurer at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church.  Bill is an avid golfer and skier who has a passion for vintage car restorations.  Bill is married and has two sons and lives in Bucks County, Pa.

BRIAN BARRY – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Brian has been a part of The First Tee team since 2014. He came on board to serve as the Director of Development and has since transitioned to the Director of Operations. Prior to The First Tee, he served as the Director of Business Development in the Endurance Industry.

While growing up in South Philadelphia, Brian has been around youth athletic programs and nonprofit organizations for most of his life. His family was closely tied with the E.O.M. Athletic Association as his father served on the Board of Director’s and Brian followed suit growing up.

Working around youth sports and understanding the importance of the development component was always something that intrigued him.

It was not until he was 14 that his older brother introduced him to the game of golf at FDR Golf Course, which is subsequently the home of the Jay Sigel Learning Center at 20th & Pattison in South Philadelphia. While he was committed to playing ice hockey at the collegiate level, golf was quickly gaining momentum. The game afforded Brian the opportunity to attend Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he played his college golf.

Upon graduation and return back to the Philadelphia area, Brian worked as the Director of Institutional Advancement at St. John Neumann High School, where he also served as the high school golf coach while pursuing his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Neumann University.

After serving as Director of Institutional Advancement and Director of Development for more than 10 years, Brian took a position in the For Profit sector to serve as a Director of Business Development in the Endurance Industry. It only took a few short years to realize that his passion was working in the nonprofit world which led him to The First Tee.

Brian joined The First Tee team is has been working on his Executive Leadership Certification in The First Tee network. He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife Nicole, foster daughter Madison and his dog Miller. Brian is an avid golfer, loves the shore and aspires to grow green grass in his yard.

REBECCA CAIMANO

Program Director

Rebecca has been a part of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia since 2011.  She came on board as the Program Coordinator and has since transitioned to the Program Director.
Rebecca grew up in Bucks County where her dad put a golf club in her hands at 3 years old and she has yet to let go. She attended Archbishop Wood High School where she was the only girl on the varsity golf team.
After attending LaSalle University, Rebecca continued her passion of golf by working as the Pro-Shop manager at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, PA. Her love of working with kids and teaching the game of golf drew her to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.
Since Rebecca started with The First Tee she has become a First Tee Recognized Coach.  Her most memorable experience was working on the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club where she recruited and scheduled over 300 volunteers.
Rebecca currently lives in Eagleville, PA where she is enhancing her painting skills and use of power tools.

SEAN KETCHUM

Director of Golf

PGA Apprentice

Golf Academy of America

St. Joseph’s University

Business Management

Washington D.C.

TFTGP -5 years

Why do I work in the Golf Industry/TFTGP?

“I have been with The First Tee since 2006 because I believe the game of golf can change lives. I truly enjoy sharing my experience and expertise to promote the game that has certainly given me many life changing opportunities and relationships.”

JOE GARSTKA

Joe has worked with The First Tee team since the summer of 2012.  For several years while he was teaching 2nd grade, Joe assisted with coaching duties during the summers.  Joe became a full-time staff member in the Winter of 2014.  Since then, he has achieved recognized coach status within The First Tee.  He has been a consistent advocate for the enhancement of STEM programming at The Greater Philadelphia chapter.  More recently, Joe has been focusing his efforts on outreach – building programming through community partnerships.

Joe has worked for 14 years with youth in an educational atmosphere.  Prior to working for The First Tee, he earned his Masters in Elementary Education at Holy Family University and worked as a 2nd grade, 6th grade, and music teacher.   Before teaching, Joe worked as a therapeutic support staff at St. Francis/Joseph’s Homes for Boys for 5 years.

Joe is not only invested in helping teach his students but also in continuing his own education.  He is working on completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  He completed his doctoral coursework with a 4.0 GPA and, currently, is completing his dissertation.  The focus of his dissertation is coaching influence on student engagement in educationally purposeful activities.

Joe lives in Philadelphia with his fiancé, Heather, and his dog, Lucy.  He loves all Philadelphia sports teams, working on his garden, puns, and reading about almost anything.  Joe is the self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Good Will” at The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.  He hopes to travel the world and continue to meet new and interesting people.

SUSAN SHERMAN

Director of Finance

Temple University

Masters of Business

Philadelphia Native

TFTGP – 1 Year

Why do I work in the Golf Industry/TFTGP?

” I truly believe in the mission of Th First Tee and the nine core values they teach.”

MELISSA ARTHUR

Marketing Manger

Rutgers University

Sports Journalism and Media Studies

Marlton, NJ

TFTGP – 1Year

Why do I work for the Golf Industry/ TFTGP?

” Growing up around the game of golf, I wanted to give back to the game that has made me the person I am today. It is great to see kids love the game while learning the life”

Staff

Rebecca Camaino
Program Director
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Sean Ketchum
Director of Golf
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Susan Sherman
Finance Director
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Joe Garstka
Outreach Coordinator
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Melissa Arthur
Marketing and Events Manager
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