The Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation are driving forces in the game of golf, respected charitable causes for tens of thousands of supporters and a distinguished leaders in the nation’s golf community.


Western Golf Association Officers

Kevin Buggy, Chairman

Joseph M. Desch, Vice Chairman

John M. Kaczkowski, President and CEO

Josh W. Lesnik, Secretary

Michael G. O’Rourke, Treasurer

Frank E. Pasquesi, General Counsel

John V. Celentani

Cathy Chandler

Steven J. Colnitis

Derek Douglas

Mary C. Dunne

Cece Durbin

Kelly Epstein

Michael D. George

Dan D. Harmon

Jay Javors

Lea Jesse

Jason W. Kinander

J. Andrew Langan

Thomas L. Mallman

Patrick F. McCormack

Gerard T. Noce

Gina Lavorata-O'Hehir

James Sean O'Reilly

Mary L. Petrovich

John M. Pratt

Bruce C. Richards

Vince Saul

Geoff Solich

William J. Sullivan, Jr.

Robert M. Thies

B. Gregory Trapani

James A. Trenda

Jim Tunney

Charles Moran Waddell

Scott A. Wilson



Francis W. Morley, Chairman

Robert M. Alsteen

Jeffrey L. Bryden

Kevin Buggy

James T. Bunch

Daniel W. Coyne

Collins T. Fitzpatrick

John N. Fix

Thomas B. Horwich

Edward R. James

R.E. “Buffy” Mayerstein

Michael L. McDermott

John S. Mendesh

James M. O’Keane

Dennis M. O’Keefe

Richard E. Peterson

David M. Robinson



All staff can be contacted directly by sending an email to their last name or by calling 847-724-4600 during regular business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST.

Donna Angelico Receptionist

Karina Ayala-Lugo Resident Director, Illinois

Madison Banas Manager, Tournaments & Communications

Joelle Beranek Director, Events & Stewardship

Brian Bianchi Director, WGA Director Development

Steve Bitto Building Maintenance

Anna Bochenek Par Club Assistant

John Paul Borneman Senior Director, Communications

Ed Brockner Vice President, East Region Development

Steve Brueggeman Chief Financial Officer

Patti Cavender Manager, Scholarships

Kara Chin Director, Caddie Academy & Scholarships

Shandira Clark Par Club Assistant

Connor Claxton Tournament Services Manager

Gerri Cicchinelli Director, Foundations

Matt Costantino Manager, Prospect Management & Research

Patrick Donohue Director, Digital Media

Lindsay Dresser Director, Events & Stewardship

Jerry Dudek Vice President, Development

Jackie Evans Director, WGA Director Development

Jim Feeney Director, Development

Claire Fossum Manager, Events and Community Relations

Amy Fuller Vice President, Communications

Linda Getty Manager, Administration

Jack Graf Manager, Education

Mike Griffin Director, Development

Judy Hammond Par Club Assistant

Jeff Harrison Senior Vice President, Advisory & Special Initiatives 

Jonathan Harmening Building Maintenance

Jola Herdzik Par Club Assistant

Joanna Hernandez Manager, Caddie Academy & Scholarships

Gary Holaway Director, Archives & History

Gina Iovino Senior Manager, Scholarships

John Kaczkowski President & CEO

Sami Ketchman Development Coordinator

Saad Khan Director, Accounting

Cael Kiess Manager, Business Development

Bill Kingore Executive Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Development

Kevin Kissane Senior Manager, Development

Andrew Kitick Manager, Development Communications

Chelsea Knitter Senior Manager, Scholarship Services

Christina Leonhard Manager, Ticket Sales & Marketing

Amy Lillibridge Senior Director, Student Success

Antonia Lobocki Manager, Volunteers & Promotions

Mike Maher Vice President, Scholarships & Caddie Academies

Dayne Melick Associate, Business Development

Todd Melrose Senior Director, WGA Director Development

Kimberly Michaelson-Epstein Director, Annual Giving

Matt Minella Vice President, Sales

Justin Minor Associate, Sales

Chris Montagano Championship Director, Evans Scholars Invitational

Jaime Morales Director, Development

Bill Moses Director, Education

Bill Nelson Accounts Payable

Dan Niemiec Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Development

Tim Orbon Senior Director, WGA Director Development

Sarahi Ortiz Manager, Caddie Academy & Education

Vince Pellegrino Senior Vice President, Tournaments

Sarah Pelz Senior Director, Human Resources

Collier Prioletti Client Services Manager

Steve Prioletti Director, Amateur Competitions

Stephanie Rizos Par Club Assistant

Dan Puglisi Director, Career Services

Tracey Ruder Accounts Receivable

June Sciame Vice President, Administration

Brian Shell Vice President, Education

Lynn Slussar Director, Database Operations

Kelsey Sopchyk Manager, Communications

Matt Starr Senior Director, WGA Director Development

Patrick Timson Senior Director, Tournament Operations

Joe True Vice President, Development

Mike Vandermeir Director, Properties

Michael Vaughan Director, Sales

Sally White Director, Merchandise

James Zhang Staff Accountant