Our Staff



Marti comes to The First Tee of Greater Portland with years of experience as a PGA and LPGA Teaching Professional. Working as Program Director for the LPGA Urban Youth Program at the Children’s Course, Marti has come full-circle back to the course and junior golf.

Marti has served as an Assistant Professional at Waverley Country Club, Black Butte Ranch and Red Tail Golf Center, as Director of Instruction at Tualatin Island Greens and later becoming the Head Professional. Marti is one of a very select few who have obtained their Class A Membership in both the LPGA and PGA of America. She was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women’s Golf Instructors by Golf For Women Magazine as well as Junior Leader of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the PGA.











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Justin Ratte

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Recognized The First Tee Coach

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 with the organization. His enthusiasm and love for children led him to 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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Cathy Porter

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER, Recognized The First Tee Coach

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.

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Denise Townsend


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


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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