Our Staff

WENDY CULLEN
Executive Director
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JASON REDDICK
Program Manager
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MEGAN PARAYNO
Outreach Specialist
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Our Coaches

COACH SAMI
Lead Instructor
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I’ve been in the golf industry over 13 years. I was born and raised in Hawaii, but moved to Southern California after college. I’ve been working for First Tee – Orange County for 7 years now and love coaching our youth. My favorite core lesson of the First Tee is confidence because in golf & life, it’s up to you to make things happen and depending how much you believe in yourself is how far you’ll get.

COACH TIM
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I started as a First Tee participant in 2015 and have been a lead instructor for 3 years now. My favorite core lesson is “building confidence” because it is important to find the courage to take big leaps in life. It has also helped me in my own golf game and while teaching to stand in front of the class and speak with confidence. I enjoy doing what I do and I can’t wait to meet new participants every session!

COACH NINA
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I have a lot of experience as a golf coach including 7 years at a Junior Golf Academy at Rancho San Joaquin and Newport Beach Golf Course. I am new to First Tee, but I love my role of educating young people with golf and life skills. My favorite core values are respect and responsibility because I think it is so important to have strong self-management skills on and off of the golf course.

COACH NICK
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I started golf when I was 7 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I competed as both a junior & high school golfer, and I’ve recently resurrected my competing career after a 12 year hiatus. Although I’m brand new to The First Tee, I possess over 2 decades of golfing experience & passion that I’m beyond excited to share with the community. My favorite core lesson at The First Tee is “building confidence.” As a once junior golfer with very little confidence, I’m adamant that anyone & everyone can achieve their goals if they work at them hard enough

COACH RICHARD
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I graduated from The University of Cal State Long Beach with a Communications Degree and then got my teaching credential for Physical Education. I’ve been golfing for 12 years and have been teaching for two. I’m newer to First Tee, but absolutely love this program! My favorite core lesson is developing confidence because self-belief is so important in anything you do. My goal is to get students to have fun and love the game as much as I do!

COACH CARY
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I am brand new to First Tee. After a rewarding 40-year career of keynote speaking (along with a comical performance) to instill kindness, selflessness, and resilience in the face of bullying in thousands of K-12 schools and student leadership conferences throughout the United States, and in theaters and cruise ships around the world. Now retired, I am turning my attention to golf and to inspire kids locally, I am here for your kids with First Tee – and loving it!

COACH JACOB
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I have been playing golf for the past two years now and have fallen in love with it. I am currently pursing my Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Teacher Education at California State University Fullerton! My goal is become a teacher of Physical Education or Public Health. I absolutely love to teach people, I have coached children in the past and it is my favorite thing to do! I would say that Perseverance is going to be my favorite core value of the First Tee because it is so important to learn this attribute at a young age. Can’t wait to help you players this year!

COACH CHLOE
Lead Instructor
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I grew up babysitting and I worked at an indoor kids play area. Through this I learned that there is so much to teach to kids but also learn from kids. Golf has been a big part of my life since the age of six and I will be a Senior on the Cal State Long Beach Women’s Team this coming year. Perseverance is my favorite core value of the First Tee because it is very important not only for success in golf, but for success in life. I had an amazing mentor growing up and I look forward to being that person for the younger generation of golfers.

COACH MATT
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I have been playing golf since was 7 years old. I started in a PGA junior golf program just like First Tee. I joined First Tee – Orange County in January of 2020 with aspirations to help develop youth athletes grow into our future leaders of the community. I have also served as a coach for the Mater Dei High School Boys’ Golf Team and currently also work at GolfTec as an Instructor. Through respect, sportsmanship and game of golf I set out to have as much fun as possible each lesson.