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

Joseph M. Desch, Chairman

Steven J. Colnitis, Vice Chairman

John M. Kaczkowski, President and CEO

Josh W. Lesnik, Secretary

Michael G. O’Rourke, Treasurer

Frank E. Pasquesi, General Counsel

Michael D. Bruni

Kyle J. Cash

Cathy Chandler

Derek Douglas

Mary C. Dunne

Cece Durbin

Kelly Epstein

Michael D. George

G. Todd Gervasini

Dan D. Harmon

Jay Javors

Lea Jesse

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

William J. Sullivan, Jr.

Robert M. Thies

B. Gregory Trapani

James A. Trenda

Jim Tunney

Charles Moran Waddell

Scott A. Wilson



Kevin Buggy, Chairman

Robert M. Alsteen

Jeffrey L. Bryden

James T. Bunch

Joseph M. Desch

Joseph M. Ferraro

John N. Fix

Edward R. James

Jason W. Kinander

R.E. “Buffy” Mayerstein

Michael L. McDermott

John S. Mendesh

Francis W. Morley

James M. O’Keane

Dennis M. O’Keefe

Richard E. Peterson

David M. Robinson

Geoff Solich



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

Brian Bianchi Senior 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

Gerri Cicchinelli Director, Foundations

Justin Ciero Facilities Coordinator

Matt Costantino Manager, Prospect Management & Research

Patrick Donohue Director, Digital Media

Lindsay Dresser Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jack Druga Vice President, Development

Jerry Dudek Vice President, Development

Jackie Evans Director, WGA Director Development

Jim Feeney Director, Development

Claire Fossum Director, Events and Stewardship Programs

Amy Fuller Vice President, Communications

Jack Galkowski Coordinator, Annual Giving

Linda Getty Manager, Administration

Jack Graf Manager, Education

Mike Griffin Director, WGA Director Development

Spencer Groessl Director, Caddie Recruitment - Central Region

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 Manager, Events

Saad Khan Director, Accounting

Cael Kiess Manager, Business Development

Mairead King Development Coordinator

Bill Kingore Executive Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Development

Kevin Kissane Senior Manager, Development

Andrew Kitick Senior Manager, Development Communications

Chelsea Knitter Senior Manager, Scholarship Services

Christina Leonhard Manager, Ticket Sales & Marketing

Mitchell Longo Manager, Tournament Operations

Amy Lillibridge Senior Director, Student Success

Darby Lillibridge Manager, Client Services

Mike Maher Vice President, Scholarships & Caddie Academies

Dayne Melick Director, WGA Director Development

Todd Melrose Senior Director, WGA Director Development

Kimberly Michaelson-Epstein Senior Director, Annual Giving

Matt Minella Vice President, Sales

Justin Minor Associate, Sales

Chris Montagano Championship Director, NV5 Invitational

Jaime Morales Director, Development

Bill Moses Senior Director, Education

Bill Nelson Accounts Payable

Dan Niemiec Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Development

Sarahi Ortiz Manager, Caddie Academy & Education

Vince Pellegrino Senior Vice President, Tournaments

Sarah Pelz Senior Director, Human Resources

Collier Prioletti Manager of Events

Steve Prioletti Director, Amateur Competitions

Dan Puglisi Director, Career Services

Tracey Ruder Accounts Receivable

June Sciame Vice President, Administration

Brian Shell Vice President, Education

Naomi Siebert Par Club Assistant

Lynn Slussar Senior Director, Database Operations

Kelsey Sopchyk Manager, Communications

Crystal Tao Director, Marketing & Communications

Patrick Timson Senior Director, Tournament Operations

Joe True Vice President, Development

Mike Vandermeir Director, Facilities and Construction

Michael Vaughan Director, Sales

Katie Watkins Director, Student Success

Lissa Wengronowitz Database Operations Coordinator

Sally White Director, Merchandise

Colin Whitmore Associate, Sales