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

Cece Durbin

Kelly Epstein

Michael D. George

Jay Javors

Jason W. Kinander

J. Andrew Langan

Thomas L. Mallman

Patrick F. McCormack

Mary C. Moran

Gerard T. Noce

Gina Lavorata-O'Hehir

James Sean O'Reilly

John M. Pratt

Vince Saul

Geoff Solich

Todd R. Stucky

William J. Sullivan, Jr.

Robert M. Thies

B. Gregory Trapani

James A. Trenda

Jim Tunney

John Ver Bockel

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

Roger J. Mohr

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.

Karina Ayala-Lugo Resident Director, Illinois

Madison Banas Communications Manager

Brian Bianchi Director, WGA Director Development

Steve Bitto Building Maintenance

Anna Bochenek Par Club Assistant

John Paul Borneman Director, Communications

Steve Brueggeman Chief Financial Officer

Patti Cavender Manager, Scholarships

Shandira Clark Par Club Assistant

Connor Claxton Tournament Services Manager

Gerri Cicchinelli Director, Foundations

Patrick Donohue Director, Digital Media

Lindsay Dresser Director, Events & Stewardship

Jerry Dudek Vice President, Development

Lauren Farhat Manager, Development & Alumni Relations

Jim Feeney Director, Development

Amy Fuller Vice President, Communications

Linda Getty Manager, Administration

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

Gary Holaway Director, Tournament Communications

Gina Iovino Senior Manager, Scholarships

John Kaczkowski President & CEO

Patrick Kenny Manager, Development Operations

Saad Khan Director, Accounting & Human Resources

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

Caitlyn Krefft Receptionist

Christina Leonhard Manager, Ticket Sales & Marketing

Amy Lillibridge Director, Education

Antonia Lobocki Manager, Volunteers & Promotions

Mike Maher Vice President, Scholarships & Caddie Academies

Dayne Melick Associate, Business Development

Kimberly Michaelson Director, Annual Giving

Matt Minella Vice President, Sales

Justin Minor Associate, Sales

Chris Montagano Championship Director, Evans Scholars Invitational

Bill Moses Director, West Region

Bill Nelson Accounts Payable

Dan Niemiec Vice President, Programs, Strategy & Development

Tim Orbon Senior Director, WGA Director Development

Sarahi Ortiz Manager, Caddie Academy

Vince Pellegrino Senior Vice President, Tournaments

Steve Prioletti Director, Amateur Competitions

Stephanie Rizos Par Club Assistant

Tracey Ruder Accounts Receivable

June Sciame Senior Director, Administration

Brian Shell Vice President, Education

Lynn Slussar Director, Database Operations

Kara Stack Senior Manager, Education & Caddie Academy

Matt Starr Senior Director, WGA Director Development

Patrick Timson Director, Tournament Operations

Mike Vandermeir Director, Properties

Michael Vaughan Director, Sales

Sally White Director, Merchandise

Collier Wiebe Client Services Manager