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.

 

REBECCA CAIMANO– Program Director

Rebecca has been a part of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia since 2011.  Rebecca came on board as the Program Coordinator and since then has 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 high school Rebecca continued playing golf but also rowed for a couple seasons.  During her years at LaSalle University Rebecca continued her passion of golf by working as a Pro-Shop manager at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, PA.

Her love of working with kids and golf drew her to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.  Since 2011 Rebecca has continued her education in The First Tee world by becoming a Recognized Coach and coaching at an academy.

Rebecca currently lives in Eagleville, PA where she is enhancing her painting skills and enjoying using power tools. Rebecca loves the Philadelphia Flyers, her cats Mr McGibblets and Professor Chaos, and spending time with her family.

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.”

 

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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