Our Staff

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Cathy Porter, Certified The First Tee Coach

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cathy is a 1985 graduate of The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has also taken graduate classes from Michigan State University and Portland State University.

Cathy has an extensive background in Management. Working for a leading Fortune 500 company for 18 years, Cathy was employed as a manager in Operations, Customer Service, Industrial Engineering and Quality Management. She has been employed with The Children’s Course since 2002.

Anthony Congi

DIRECTOR of DEVELOPMENT and COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Anthony is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies. Fundraising, building business partnerships, digital strategy and storytelling are all part of his area of focus for the organization.

Prior to joining our team, Anthony spent 10-years working as media professional and traveled across the country as a television news/sports reporter and anchor.

Anthony has an extensive background in working in the community and in social service. He also has a passion for youth development and sports that started at a young age and continues to this day.

 

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Justin Ratte

DIRECTOR of PROGRAMMING

Justin is a graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management with a minor in Psychology. A four-year baseball player for the Flagler Saints, Justin has always had a passion for a wide array of sports. It was this passion that aided Justin in the transition from baseball to golf.

In addition to sports, Justin shares a passion for youth development. He began the journey of making an impact on the community’s youth by way of coaching youth league baseball and basketball teams. In college, Justin learned of The First Tee and began volunteering for various golf events in the area. His enthusiasm and love for children led him to do an internship with The First Tee of North Florida which only built upon his passion for youth development, where he continued to work as Site Coordinator until his transition to the Greater Portland chapter.

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Denise Townsend

FUNDRAISING and EVENT COORDINATOR

Denise is a graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Communications. She worked in Community Investment at a large health insurance company for 20 years where she managed volunteers, employee events and the Employee Giving Campaign. She is past President of the Corporate Volunteer Council of the Greater Portland Area. Denise worked at the March of Dimes Foundation for 8 years as the Director of Special Events managing their largest fundraising events, the March for Babies and Signature Chefs Auction.

She is a member at Riverside Golf and Country Club where she is past Chair of the Social Committee and still is a committee member. She loves managing volunteers and events, has a passion for children and the game of golf!

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Melissa Ward

OFFICE MANAGER, LPGA/USGA GIRLS GOLF INSTRUCTOR

Melissa is a graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology. She had a career in the food processing industry and raised three boys before starting as a volunteer at The Children’s Course.

Melissa loves golf for the personal challenge, the exercise, and the social connections. She sees it as the perfect vehicle for connecting with children and sharing life’s most important values.

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Carol Erwin, Certified The First Tee Coach

LPGA/USGA GIRLS GOLF DIRECTOR

Carol was raised in Hawaii and graduated from Northern Arizona University. She was an Elementary School Teacher for over 30 years. She has been the Director of the LPGA/USGA program for 20 years and has worked in outreach golf programs for 24 years.

In addition, Carol is head instructor for our Discovery Golf classes and is also a The First Tee instructor.

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Greg Munson

COURSE SUPERINTENDENT

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Ron Mosley

Instructor, The Children’s Course

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Dennis Nakata

Lead Instructor, RiverRidge Golf Complex, Recognized The First Tee Coach

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Trey Mott

Lead Instructor, The Children’s Course, Recognized The First Tee Coach

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Scott Stickney

Lead Instructor, Heron Lakes GC