Our Staff

Our office and staff are located at The Learning Center at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ.  The office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Staff

Mark McCabe
Executive Director
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Mark joined First Tee – Raritan Valley as the chapter’s first Program Director in March 2011 and began serving as Executive Director in December 2016. A native of Pottsville, Pa and graduate of Moravian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and minor in Sociology. A four-year letter winner on the golf team at Moravian with All-Conference Honors in his Junior and Senior years and Conference Champions in 1994. He also served as Team Captain during his junior and senior years.

Within First Tee, Mark is a Recognized First Tee Coach and Program Director, National Coach Trainer and is working towards status as a Recognized Executive. Mark coached at the Life Skills and Leadership Academy in San Diego in 2014 and the College Golf Prep Academy in Reno in 2015 & 2016.

Mark lives in Milltown, NJ with his wife, Sue, and daughter Abby (a PLAYer level participant with The First Tee) and step-son Mark a Second-Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Dana Schoenbach
Program Director
Level 2 Coach

Dana is excited and honored to join First Tee – Raritan Valley as Program Director in October 2019. Originally from Warren, NJ, Dana played for the Watchung Hills Golf Team before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. Go Tigers! Previously, Dana was a Program Coordinator and Intern with First Tee – Greater Houston from May 2014-August 2016 and January 2013-April 2013, respectively. After moving back to New Jersey, she worked with the JCC of Central NJ as a teacher and Teen Director. Dana’s passion for golf, education and creating a safe and fun environment for children to learn, grow and explore has led her back to this wonderful organization.

Coaches

Pete Busch, PGA
Galloping Hill Golf Course
The First Tee Coach

Jeff Collins, PGA
Galloping Hill Golf Course
Level 3 Coach in Training

Brendan Demitus
Tamarack Golf Course
Level I Coach

Dean Garrett
The First Tee Coach

Damien Hamlett, PGA
Galloping Hill Golf Course
Level 3 Coach in Training

Bill Madden
Heron Glen & Rutgers Golf Course
Level 2 Coach in Training

Baker Maddera, PGA
Ash Brook Golf Course
Level I Coach in Training

Jean Nordland
Tamarack Golf Course
Level I Coach in Training

Rich Walters
Tara Greens Golf Center
The First Tee Coach