Perry joined the First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin as the Executive Director in November of 2018, after serving as the Program Director of The First Tee of Greater New Orleans for four years. During his time in New Orleans Perry oversaw the growth of the program from 40 participants to 1200 and 2 program locations to 12. He has holds certification as a Recognized Program Director in the First Tee Network as well as “The First Tee Coach.”
Prior to his time in the First Tee network Perry spent time working for the PGA TOUR at TPC Louisiana and worked operations for the PGA TOUR event the Zurich Classic.
Perry holds a Bachelors degree from Tulane University in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree from Tulane University in History taking part in the Public Service Fellowship program.
His fiance Caroline and their dog Mojo join him in Green Bay. In his spare time Perry enjoys playing golf, rooting on his favorite sports teams and studying History.
Kelsey Verbeten Frey
Kelsey Frey is the Program Director and brings an impressive resume to The First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin. Kelsey grew up in Green Bay and was highly competitive at Preble High School finishing twice as runner-up at the WIAA High School state tournament in 2002 and 2005 as well as earning first-team all-state honors two times. In addition, she was a four-time first-team all-conference and academic all-state selection, was a 2005 U.S. Junior Qualifier and won the WWSGA State Junior Match Play championship in 2004 and 2005. Upon graduation, she joined the University of Wisconsin Badger golf team where she started as a varsity player all four years. Her career scoring average of 78.17 is sixth-best in school history. After a successful amateur career, Kelsey played the LPGA Futures Tour in 2011. Kelsey married Mike Frey in 2012 and is excited about being a coach for The First Tee and making a difference in Northeast Wisconsin.
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Mike Demerath a partner at the law firm of Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C. in Green Bay. He assists business owners with the formation of business entities, operating and buy/sell agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, trademarks, franchises, mergers and acquisitions and commercial real estate sales and leasing. Mike received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from St. Norbert College in 2003 and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law, with a Certificate in Taxation, in 2007. He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.
In addition to serving as President of the Board of The First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin, Mike is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College. He is also Past-President of the St. Norbert College Alumni Board, a graduate of the Greater Green Bay Chamber Leadership Green Bay program, a 2015 Future 15 Young Professional Award recipient, a past member of the Phoenix Recruit Young Professionals Group, and a past President of the Howard-Suamico Optimist Club.
Mike, as a native of Seymour, grew up working and golfing at Crystal Springs Golf Course and participated in junior golf and First Tee programming as a youth. The positive effects which those experiences have had on Mike’s life and career caused him to get back involved with The First Tee upon his return to the area.
Kendra Anderson is the Vice President of Commercial Lending at BLC Community Bank.
She attended Loyola University Chicago where she played Division 1 Golf and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration with an area of concentration in Human Resources. Kendra’s been in banking for over 10 years and is an active volunteer in the community. In her free time, Kendra enjoys golfing with her husband, Mark; along with watching her children’s sporting events. Kendra said “I love being on the Executive Committee for The First Tee of Northeast Wisconsin where I can share my passion for golf with our youth. Golf is a life-long game that promotes integrity, honesty and dedication and I truly enjoy being a part of an organization that is shaping our community’s kiddos through this amazing sport!”
A native of upstate New York, Josh started playing golf competitively at 8 years old and continued playing collegiately at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. Josh transitioned to Phoenix in 2004 and assisted in the opening of Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, one of only 24 courses in North America with a 5-star designation from Golf Digest. Josh was offered the opportunity to bring his knowledge of destination golf and brand management to Thornberry Creek at Oneida, the Official Golf Course of the Green Bay Packers. Since May of 2014, Josh has been assisting Thornberry Creek in becoming a sought-after destination experience. Josh successfully negotiated the sanctioning of a new LPGA Tour event in 2015 and showcased Thornberry Creek and the Oneida Nation to the world in 2017 at the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. The event is responsible for over $7 million (annually) in economic impact to the Greater Green Bay region during event week and the coverage is viewed in over 375 million households around the world.Josh serves as the Northeast District Director for the PGA of America, Wisconsin Section as well as a Board Member for NWTC’s Presidents Diversity Council.
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Eric Hansen is a financial professional with almost 10 years of experience in a variety of industries, including: construction, manufacturing, financial services, and professional services. With a Bachelors degree in both Accounting and Finance and a Masters degree in Management, Eric has a broad array of business experience and is currently serving as the Controller of LaForce, one of the largest distributors of commercial door opening products, solutions, and services in the United States.
A native of the Green Bay area, Eric has seen first hand the potential and incredible community in Northeastern Wisconsin, and joined the Board of Directors of The First Tee of NEW to help as many youth as possible build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Tom Droegkamp, Assistant Director of Deli at Festival Foods. Passionate about life, sports, family and leading others to personal and professional growth. Strengths include straight drives and loving family. Weaknesses are three foot putts and the occasional Sour Patch Kids purchases. Joined The First Tee to help the growth of youth by creating an environment that is welcoming, friendly and guides them toward a path of success and everlasting friendships.