Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Jeffrey Hughes
President
Nuveen
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Jeffrey Hughes has 25 years of experience in corporate finance and is currently a Senior Director with Nuveen, LLC in New York City.  His primary responsibilities involve investment analysis and managing a portfolio of private securities.  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 involvement in the lives of their children.–

Rosalind Williford
Vice President
Suez

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.  

Willis Saintil
Secretary
Hitachi Vantara

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.

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Treg Brown
Wells Fargo Bank

Treg Brown has over 25 years of diverse business experience in positions such as Retail Manager, Account Executive, and Finance Manager. Much of his experience is focused in the area of corporate finance and he is currently a Financial Consultant in the Corporate Properties Group at Wells Fargo Bank in New Jersey. Some of his current responsibilities include financial and project analysis, budget preparation and forecast planning for bank lines of business and properties across the company footprint. Additionally, he manages occupancy expense allocations and consults on line of business project impacts to the company profit & loss.

He holds a BS in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a founding member of the NJ chapter of the National Association of Urban Bankers, currently known as the Urban Financial Services Coalition, which is a non-profit organization consisting of minority professionals in the financial services industry and related fields. He assisted in creating the charter, writing by-laws and filing for 501(C) tax status.

Treg played collegiate basketball and has coached travel basketball as well as youth baseball. Mr. Brown enjoys seeing youth grow and mature through sports and would like to see First Tee program participants play division 1 college golf. 

Chad Fleming, PGA
TPC Jasna Polana

Chad Fleming, raised in New Castle, DE has been involved with the game of golf since the age of 14.  He began as a caddie at Wilmington, CC then moved on to work in the Golf Shop. After a few years working in the business and as he entered his sophomore year in high school Chad began playing on the golf team.  After leading his team to its first State Championship he knew he wanted golf to be in his life. Chad was accepted in the Professional Golf Management Program at Penn State University in 1996. He worked at several facilities including Bethpage State Park Golf Courses, Hartsfield National Golf Course and Walt Disney World’s Palm/Magnolia Golf Course.  For the last 15 years, Chad has worked at PGA TOUR Managed TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ. He held various positions over the years and since 2014 has been the General Manager/Director of Golf.  

Chad is married and has two children.  He is dedicated to his family, work and being the best golf professional possible.  Chad enjoys traveling and spending time with family. He is committed to The First Tee of Greater Trenton and a big supporter of teaching life skills/values through the game of golf.   

John Kostin
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 25 years to his wife Kristin and 2 beautiful daughters, 23 and 21 years of age.  

John has been in the golf industry for over 27 years, and Director of Golf Operations for the Mercer County Park Commission for over 23 years, running the Counties 4 golf courses.   Started the Future Champions Tour over 20 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
Janssen Pharmaceutical

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

Dwayne Redmond
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.

Cindy Sussman
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 began working at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton and soon became the medical director of the emergency department.  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 downtown Trenton, NJ.  Cindy has most recently been working as a telemedicine physician, providing care to patients remotely.  

Cindy is committed to working for underserved populations, particularly in the areas of health care and education, and has spent 7 years on the board of the Village Charter School in Trenton.  She has also served on the board of the American Red Cross and she and her therapy dog, Roscoe, are regular visitors at the Trenton Psychiatric Institute.

Cindy began playing golf about 5 years ago and is currently the chair of the ladies’ golf committee at Cobblestone Creek Country Club.  Upon retiring from the board at Village Charter School, she discovered The First Tee and is excited to marry her love of golf with her desire to improve education and character development for children in underserved areas.

Michael Mitchell
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies

Michael Mitchell is a health economics and finance communicator, currently leading communications for the Global Commercial Strategy Organization (GCSO) of 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 one golf 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 for adulthood when they continue youth sports into middle and high school years.

Mahesh Yadav
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.