First Tee of Sharon Staff

Kelly Shaffer     Executive Director, 2015 – present; Advisory Board member, 2014 – present; Volunteer/Fundraiser 2000 – present.  I am a graduate of Hickory High School and Ferris State College, and am self-employed as a freelance court reporter.  Through my profession and my love of golf, I have cultivated many relationships that have embraced The First Tee of Sharon and now share the same passion as I do for this wonderful youth-development program.  While I have been a member of virtually every committee associated with The First Tee of Sharon, most recently I am enjoying meeting with teachers and administrators and introducing them to The First Tee National School Program.  I invite you to learn more about our chapter, meet our awesome coaches, dedicated volunteers, and listen to a life skills experience from one of our participants, guaranteed to include a handshake!

Missy Colbert     Leali and Leali Oil, Financial Manager
Director/Instructor of the Twirling Angels Baton Corp Member of The First
Tee Advisory Board for 7 years (not positive on this number)  Both of my
sons have gone through the program at The First Tee of Sharon and it has
been a an invaluable experience for them.  I truly believe that the
participants not only learn the rules, and etiquette of golf, but they also
learn life skills that they can apply to their daily activities.

Bob Demofonte    A Sharpsville resident. He is mechanical maintenance crew leader at Ellwood Quality Steels in New Castle. First Tee of Sharon advisory board member for ? years. He is the father of Andy Demofonte, First Tee of Sharon Alumnus. Andy represented our chapter in 2011 at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach California.

Katie Mild    I reside in Hermitage with my husband and two sons. This is my first year on The First Tee Advisory Board. I work at Reynolds School District as a Health and Physical Educator. We’ve been using The First Tee National School Program for two years now. My passion is teaching and I very much enjoy The First Tee equipment and curriculum. I hope to expand my personal and professional knowledge of golf while helping to share this lifelong sport with others.

Cheryl Pryts    I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from SRU, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Guidance and Counseling from Edinboro U. and am certified for Classroom Instruction from Westminster College.  I have been with The First Tee of Sharon as part of the staff/coach since 1999 to the present. Through attending many coaches’ trainings, I was made a Recognized Coach in 2010 from The First Tee.   I started the Mentoring program for our chapter around 2006 and was selected to coach at The First Tee Life Skill Academy in Minnesota in 2016.  I have been a member of The First Tee of Sharon Advisory Board from 1999 to the present.

Debbie Fait    Resident of Hermitage, PA I am currently the part-time Grant Writer for Buhl Park Corporation and have been a member of The First Tee of Sharon Advisory Board for 10 years.  My other volunteer activities include the Hermitage Parks and Recreation Board, Waterfire Sharon, Sisterhood of Erin, UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation, Shenango River Watchers, and Buhl Park.  I believe that The First Tee program has a positive effect on students and I encourage all parents to give their children the opportunity of The First Tee experience!

Tom Roskos   Executive Director Buhl Park Corporation.  Hometown: Sharpsville, PA
Family: Wife – Leah; Kids – Manny(4) & Nolan(2)
Education: Penn State University Shenango Campus –
Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Marketing
The PGA of America – Masters of Business in Professional Golf Management
PGA Class A Professional and Golf Entertainer.  Top 10 All Time Money list – LDA Tour
Volunteer Boards:
Penn State University Shenango Campus Alumni Association
Shenango Valley Disc Golf Alliance Treasurer Finance Director
The First Tee of Sharon Advisory Board Member
Sharpsville Service Club Member
Penn State Shenango Business School Advisory Board

Colleen Luba    I am a retired Nurse after 33 years working at Sharon Regional caring for
Cardiac patients. I am proud to be involved with First Tee of Sharon and all
we do for the Community and the Youth of today.

Tom Mack    45 years old, happily married for 16+
years and have a 10 year old son. For the past 17 years, I have worked as a
police officer for the City of Sharon. I have been golfing since I was 12
years old and learned to play at Buhl Park, or dum dum as we called it. I
typically play 2-3 rounds per week. Some of my fondest memories growing up
were on the golf course.
I have volunteered for the Sharon and Hermitage little leagues in the
past and am happy to be part of the 1st Tee of Sharon. I look forward to
teaching kids the wonderful game of golf and everything that goes along with
it. It is a game that I love and and get a tremendous amount of enjoyment
from.
Sign your kids up, let them come on out & try it. They just might like it
and make some wonderful memories along the way.

Vicki Thomas    Senior Sales Executive-GSK- retired
Advisory Board – First Tee of Sharon-National School Program committee
Environmental Committee- Notre Dame Church Member of the Shenango
Valley Corale Member of the Shenango River Watchers Volunteer
Hermitage School District

John Sokolowski     Grew up in York, PA and played on Central High School’s 1985 York County Champion golf team. He also went on to play golf at the collegiate level for Kutztown University.
John is a US Navy Veteran with over 20 years of federal government service as an aerial, medical and forensic photographer.
After relocating back to the area from Washington, DC, getting involved with The First Tee was the first thing he did. John has completed The First Tee’s Level 2 Coach Training and will be starting his 2nd season with The First Tee of Sharon in the summer of 2017.

Maureen DiFeo The First Tee of Sharon Advisory Board
1997 – Present: Worked for Howard Hanna Financial as Regional Finance Manager
2013 – Realtor for Howard Hanna Real Estate
1990 – 1997 Mellon Bank Loan Officer and Branch Customer Service
1982 – Graduate of Chatham College with a BS in Economics / Finance

Carole Barker    Worked with the National offices of The First Tee and was instrumental in establishing The First Tee of Sharon as one of the first eight chapters to affiliate with this fine youth development program in 1998.  The chapter has grown steadily since then to become one of the most successful smaller chapters amongst the more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally. Carole retired as the Executive Director in 2015 but remains on the Advisory Board and assists in other capacities with The First Tee of Sharon.

Jeffrey Simmons     First National Bank, QC and Compliance
I live in Sharon with my wife, Tessa, and my three children Blaze, Reagan and Hadley. We also have a dog named Alfie.
I attended YSU and Strayer University, earning my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
In addition to The First Tee of Sharon, I serve on several boards in the community, which include the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mercer County Head Start, Community Action Partnership of Mercer County, West Middlesex Little League, and West Middlesex Midget Football.
I enjoy being a part of this organization because of the lessons it teaches children, not only in the game of golf, but in life, as well. The 9 Core Values are an important component in both childhood and adulthood.

Dan McMillen    is a PGA Professional of 23 years and currently the Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Thiel College in Greenville, PA. His duties also include being an Adjunct Professor of Physical Education and Head Women’s Bowling Coach. Dan is also an Assistant Golf Professional at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club, Warren, OH in the summer months. Prior to coming on board at Thiel College, McMillen was the Head Golf Professional at Greenville Country Club for 19 years and then an Assistant Golf Professional at Tam O’ Shanter in Hermitage, PA for 6 years. McMillen was also the Greenville High School Golf Coach for 23 years.

Riley Atterholt   Director of Recreation, Buhl Park Corporation. Hometown: West Middlesex
Education: Penn State University-
Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Marketing (Dec. 2017)
Golf Center Coordinator, Buhl Park Corporation
Level 1 Coach, First Tee of Sharon
Program Coordinating Intern, eCenter@LindenPointe
Volunteer Boards:
Penn State Shenango Athletics Committee
Penn State Shenango Student Activity Fee Committee

THE COACHES:

Cheryl Pryts     Recognized First Tee Coach

Gordon Longstreet     Level 2 Coach

John Sokolowski        Level 2 Coach

Riley Atterholt           Level 1 Coach