Board of Directors
Ares Management Corporation
Contact: (800) 322-4352
Board President / Volunteer Coach
Jeffrey Hughes has 28 years of experience in corporate finance and is currently a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager with Ares Management Corporation in NYC where he focused on privately placed debt investments. He holds a BA in Economics from Temple University and an MBA from Bloomsburg University. He spends a lot of his free time working with youth programs in urban areas. As a teenager, he was introduced to golf by his father and has followed in his footsteps by supporting youth sports and education. His involvement in junior golf dates to 1998 in the Greater Trenton Junior Golf program. In addition to exposing golf to under-served youth, one of Mr. Hughes’s primary goals with respect to the program is to increase parental/guardian involvement in the lives of their children.
Rosalind Williford has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience. She currently serves as a Global Process Leader at SUEZ formerly General Electric. Rosalind is responsible for $700 million of Compensation & Benefits and defining an overall strategy for planning, managing, and executing all aspects of the global payroll function, with an eye towards process improvement. In this role, she aligns the organization’s strategic goals, designing and implementing process architectures, establishing process measurement systems that align with the organization’s goals, and educating and organizing managers so that they can manage their processes effectively. Her vast experience and skills include, but are not limited to controllership, forecasting, reporting, and analysis. She also monitors and manages financial results while understanding the key drivers of risk and opportunities.
Rosalind holds BS in Accounting/Organizational Management and Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. My commitment to serving my community started at a very young age. I am a member of several organizations and boards that are committed to the positive development of our youth.
Vice President and Branch
Manager Northfield Bank
Marie is currently a Vice President and Branch Manager of Northfield Bank in Pennington NJ. She is a 30+ year banker in the NJ, PA and DE areas. Marie’s experience in finance straddles branch banking, private banking, and helping to create, teach and manage banking programs.
Marie’s husband, Joe, is an avid golfer who has been golfing since the age of 13. He spread his love of the game to Marie and their children. Their youngest son, Owen, was a member of the Jr. PGA. Some of their fondest memories as a family are enjoying Sunday mornings on the East Course of Mercer Oaks. Their youngest daughter, Ella, just celebrated her Quincenera at Mercer Oaks for that reason. Owen joined the Princeton High School Golf Team in his freshman year in 2016.
They lost their son Owen in September of 2016. Since, they have committed to serving the youth in their area.
Marie (and the family) also works with Attitudes in Reverse (West Windsor NJ), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (NJ Chapter) and is the current Vice President of the Pennington Business and Professionals Association.
Marie was born and raised in Trenton NJ. Marie and her husband Joe live in Princeton NJ. They have 4 children, Maria, Miles, Owen and Ella.
Optima Global Solutions
Mahesh has over 30 years of experience in the IT services industry with leadership roles in award-winning companies contributing to accelerated growth from start-up to successful exits. Founder & CEO of Optima Global Solutions, Inc., a fast-growing software and services firm. Prior to Optima, Mahesh held executive positions at Nova Soft Information Technology, Corp and Hexaware Technologies, Inc. As COO of Nova Soft, a NJ based IT services firm, Mahesh was responsible for Global Sales & Operations. As AVP of Hexaware Technologies, Inc., a Global IT Services firm based out of India, Mahesh was a key member of the start-up and founding team and was responsible to set-up its US operations. Mahesh began his career as a Sales Executive for Patni Computer Systems (recently acquired by Cap Gemini).
Mahesh serves as a Board Member of New Jersey Technology Council and The First Tee Greater Trenton and as an Advisory Board Member with the School of Business – Dept of information Analytics, Montclair State University, NJ. A passionate golfer and founder of South Asian Golf Association, which promotes Golf in the South Asian Community.
An active Angel Investor in various early-stage and growth-oriented technology companies in the USA and Asia. Mahesh holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bombay University, India.
Mahesh is a resident of Pennington, NJ for over 21 years and lives with his wife Clara and his daughter & son, Rhea & Rehan who have both enjoyed being part of the First Tee Program and are active volunteers of the chapter.
Board of Directors
Willis Saintil is an experienced Technical Account Manager with over 22 years of pre-sales, and customer experience, both from a business and a technical perspective in the information technology and services industry. Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara, Willis’ vast technical experience as both a customer and vendor has played a significant role in is his success at EMC Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank AG, Storage Networks, Chase Manhattan, and Bank of Montreal.
He firmly believes in establishing a relationship/partnership in aligning customer requirements with solutions. His background includes selling and creating solutions with a successful track record focusing on customer problems, helping customers to reduce costs, and enhancing overall operational efficiency. His success is primarily due to his ability to listen and respond to customers ‘needs to build a solution that fits.
He is a graduate of SUNY College at Buffalo and New York University –Polytechnic School of Engineering, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Science in Telecommunication and Information Management.
Willis lives in Basking Ridge, NJ with his wife Justina. They have two sons and one daughter. When not working, Willis likes to spend time with his kids, play golf/tennis and do volunteer/charitable work in the Trenton and Princeton area.
Mercer County Park Commission
John Kostin has been a lifelong Mercer County resident. Grew up in Hamilton Twp. NJ and graduated from Hamilton High West in 1987. A graduate of Trenton State College in 1991 (currently The College of NJ). Married for 28 years to his wife Kristin and 2 beautiful daughters, 26 and 23 years of age. John has been in the golf industry for over 30 years, and Director of Golf Operations for the Mercer County Park Commission for over 26 years, running the Counties 5 golf courses. Started the Future Champions Tour over 23 years ago. It is a competitive golf tournament for area youth that is provided at a reasonable price. John likes nothing more than giving back to youth golfers and seeing them succeed in the field of golf and life in general.
Kyle Peace has played and had a love for many sports at a young age and developed a liking for the game of golf just after graduating college at Hampton University in Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Marketing and began an 18-year career at Johnson & Johnson spanning finance, sales, marketing, operations, and training in their pharmaceutical business. Kyle has continued as an accomplished senior executive, with more than 30 years of commercial experience leading sales, marketing, and in general management, in a diversity of industries, spanning large corporations, to small/mid-size start-up and entrepreneurial companies. Currently, Kyle leads a national sales team in oncology for GSK, focused on women’s cancer.
Kyle instills and teaches a mantra that practice makes improvement (not perfection), focus, confidence, and commitment of excellence to your craft. This marries well with the overarching themes of The First Tee which provides area youth an alternative and accessible forum for positive character development, values, and life skills through the game of golf.
Being a father of four daughters, the older two who play D1 soccer at the collegiate level, Kyle has taken an interest and been involved in the successful journey of the female youth athlete. Kyle quickly developed a deep passion for coaching and wanting to give back. He has been on the soccer sidelines and became a USA Track & Field Sprint Coach to train one of his daughters, who became a nationally ranked sprinter, setting PA state records while medaling at many AAU Junior Olympics. #GirlDad
Bank of America
Dwayne Redmond is head of Field Marketing for the Wealth Management businesses of Bank of America. In this capacity, he is responsible for driving brand awareness and engagement and sales support targeting affluent and ultra-high net worth individuals in all local markets across the U.S. Dwayne and his team deliver strategic marketing programs that create meaningful connections between target audiences and over 15,000 sales professionals.
Prior to his current role, Dwayne led various functions, including product development, sales support, strategy development, and client account management at Merrill Lynch, Prudential Insurance, New York Life, and BNY-Mellon.
Dwayne resides in Plainsboro, NJ with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters.
Henry J Austin Health Care
Cindy Sussman grew up near Wilkes Barre, PA and has lived in Yardley since 1985. After graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio, she received her MD degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania where she specialized in emergency medicine. She became director of emergency services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. After she and her family went on a medical mission trip to Honduras, Cindy was inspired to continue that service locally, working as a physician at Henry J Austin Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, followed by several years in telemedicine. Now retired, Cindy is committed to working for underserved populations, particularly in the areas of health care and education, and has spent many years on the board of the Village Charter School in Trenton. She has also served on the board of the American Red Cross. Cindy is an avid golfer at Cobblestone Creek Country Club and has been closely involved with the women’s golf committee there. With The First Tee of Greater Trenton, she is happy to mesh her love of golf with her desire to improve education and character development for children in underserved areas.
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies
Michael Mitchell currently leads Global Market Access communications at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management from Providence College. Michael instantly became a lifelong golfer at age 13 after a youth clinic in his small hometown of Nahant, MA. He has since developed a passion for affording activity and sports opportunities to adolescents, volunteering and coaching across many sports, but with emphasis on basketball and golf. He believes people build active habits into adulthood when they continue youth sports into middle and high school years, noting those years as critical to the positive influence of sports on personal and community health.
Co-Owner of Arlee’s Raw Blends
Paula Taylor is the principal owner of Arlee’s Raw Blends LLC, an organic, cold-pressed juice, raw and vegan food business with locations in Princeton and Trenton, New Jersey. Paula is passionate about healthy eating and enjoys sharing her views about living a vibrant healthy lifestyle. Paula believes in taking the stress out of eating and dieting by simply eating clean. Paula devotes much of her time and efforts to working with nonprofit organizations whose missions include the education and economic development of minorities and the underprivileged. Paula is a current member of the Mercer County Community College and the Penn Medicine at Princeton Hospital Foundations Boards, and a former member of The Young Scholars Institute Board of Trustees. She has been actively involved with many nonprofit organizations including, Isles of Trenton, Sisters’ Network of Central Jersey, Susan G. Komen Fund Central and South Jersey, The Fund for Women and Girls, and Jack and Jill of America. Her specific contributions to these organizations include co-chair of Isles 30th Anniversary fundraiser, serving as a voting member of The Fund for Women and Girls, and co-chair of the 20th and 25th Anniversary fundraisers for Jack and Jill of America, Mercer County. Paula has held many leadership positions, is adept at managing and motivating members of nonprofits, and has a wealth of experience in organizing and planning charitable events. Her leadership experience includes serving as President of Jack & Jill of America Inc., Mercer County, and two terms as President of The Girl Friends, Inc. Trenton Chapter. Paula was the Kick-Off Committee chair for the 75th Anniversary National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and chaired the 2017 National Convention for The Girl Friends Inc, an organization of professional African American women. Paula attended the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.