The Team | Youth on Course

We believe in the power of golf.

We know its potential to teach, because we’ve learned those lessons first-hand. We know its capacity to unlock talents you didn’t know you had and sharpen social, mental and physical skills at every age. We want the future of the game to be as bright as possible, which requires making it inviting and accessible to all young people who will become the next generation of lifelong players and lovers of the game.

Youth on Course Headquarters is based out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California – home of the Northern California Golf Association. Our nimble staff of 11 enthusiastic sports nuts are passionate about changing the lives of the youth member we serve.

Adam Heieck

Chief Executive Officer

About Adam

Adam has been with Youth on Course since its inception in 2006.

He is often communicating or meeting in-person with donors, foundations, corporations, and clubs in an effort to show the impact their contributions have on our participants. The sustainability and expansion of Youth on Course is the prime focus of Adam’s work.

Adam attended Clemson University, earning BA’s in Political Science and Communications. He completed his Masters in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Contact Adam regarding donations, investing in Youth on Course, partnership opportunities or regarding expansion of Youth on Course.

Email Adam

Jeff Clark

Chief Development Officer

About Jeff

Jeff joined the Youth on Course team at the start of 2017 to help manage the philanthropic needs of our rapidly expanding organization. He has worked to support kids through educational fundraising for the past 20 years at Knox College in Illinois, Cincinnati Country Day School in Ohio, and Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA.

Jeff will work with individuals, foundations, and corporations to grow Youth on Course’s donor base, increase event revenue, and develop relationships with potential donors and partners who are interested in making substantial philanthropic commitments to the organization.

Jeff was born and raised on a working family farm in central Illinois and earned his BA in Psychology from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.

Contact Jeff if you are interested in investing in Youth on Course and supporting our core purpose through charitable giving.

Email Jeff

Michael Lowe

VP of Programs

About Michael

Michael has more than 10 years of experience working with youth in public education and nonprofit youth development. He previously worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco in Hunters Point and Treasure Island before joining the Youth on Course team in 2012 as the Programs Director.

At Youth on Course, Michael is the “boots on the ground.” He works with courses, interns, caddies, golf instructors, and youth to make the program everything that our participating members experience. Michael is a true champion for our members and is always willing to go the extra mile for deserving youth.

Michael attended San Diego State University, earning a BA in Liberal Studies, a multiple subject teaching credential, and an MA in Education.

Contact Michael for information regarding any of our Youth on Course programs or potential organization partnerships.

Email Michael

Adam Schafer

Development Manager

About Adam

Adam joined Youth on Course in 2018 and is excited to get back to his roots in golf working as part of the Development team to support our core purpose of providing youth access to life-changing opportunities.

Adam grew up playing golf with family and took his clubs all over—from Texas to Idaho, Florida for college, Spain for a Fulbright Grant, and most recently New York City—before landing on the Monterey Peninsula. He earned his BA in History and Spanish from New College of Florida and his MA in Nonprofit Management from CUNY-Baruch College. Previously, Adam was the Programs Director for Fencers Club in NYC, the oldest and most successful Olympic fencing club in the country.

Adam now works closely with Jeff to manage all fundraising initiatives that support Youth on Course programs, expansion and more. When not at work or on the course, Adam enjoys cycling, fencing, classic cars, and being outdoors in beautiful Northern California.

Contact Adam if you are interested in supporting Youth on Course through charitable giving.

Email Adam

Hugh Smith, Jr.

Director of Regional Affairs

About Hugh

Hugh joined the Youth on Course team in 2018. He has nearly 20 years of golf administration and foundation experience working for the USGA, Met Golf Association in NY, served as ED of The First Tee of Phoenix and most recently Director of Regional Affairs of the Pacific Region for The First Tee.

Hugh is a Monterey Peninsula native growing up in Seaside. He was introduced to the game by his father who picked it up while on active duty at Ft Ord. Hugh achieved the rank of Eagle Scout like many in his family and was also fortunate to serve as a caddie at Pebble Beach while on the Monterey High Golf Team.

Hugh attended Jackson State University in Mississippi where he graduated with degrees in Finance and Management, the highest GPA of any student-athlete, won the National Minority College Golf Championship and was part of the team which was the first HBCU to ever make it to NCAAs.

Hugh is most excited about being part of the YOC Team and truly making the game more affordable and accessible.

Contact Hugh with any questions regarding YOC programs and outcomes.

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Devin Meheen, PGA

Director of Programs

About Devin

Devin is a Monterey Peninsula native. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Cal State San Bernardino and in 1996 he became a Class A PGA golf professional.

Throughout his career, Devin has focused much of his energy on youth sports. He served as an Assistant Football Coach and President of Carmel Youth Baseball. Devin also served on the Bike Coalition for the Transportation Agency of Monterey County to help encourage awareness and safer passages to schools on the Monterey Peninsula.

Devin joined the YOC team in 2017 and is thrilled to be connected to golf, paired with his passion and love of youth sports. Devin was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Northern California PGA Section.

Contact Devin with any questions regarding the Caddie Program, Internship Program, College Scholarships, Junior Ambassador Program, YOC Volunteer opportunities, JTNC hardships and facility on-boarding for Youth on Course.

Email Devin

Shelley Cain

Marketing Coordinator

About Shelley

Shelley comes to us from Detroit, MI and though she loves west coast living, she is very proud to come from the Great Lakes State.

Growing up, sports were a huge part of Shelley's life. She played 3 varsity sports in high school, including golf, and learned so many valuable life skills through her experiences as a student-athlete. She went on to play tennis at the collegiate level at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where she led the team to 2 MIAA Championship titles and earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Business. She also coached youth tennis for 7 years in Southeast Michigan and loved watching young players not only develop their games, but grow as individuals as well.

Shelley has a background in both marketing and graphic design, and is looking forward to contributing her creative skills to an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for youth in sports.

Contact Shelley with any marketing, social media, or membership questions.

Email Shelley

Grant Gaudette

Chief Technology Officer

About Grant

Grant joined the Youth on Course team in 2018 to help with the technology needs of our rapidly growing national organization.

Grant works closely with our team and our partners. Let's face it, he does all of the "behind the scenes stuff" to make sure each system is sustainable and effective so that Youth on Course can continue to reach more states and members, all while making sure we have the analytics we need to make an impact.

Grant attended UC Santa Barbara, where he enjoyed the ability to study Computer Science and Sports Management while working for the university's recreational sports program and at Sandpiper Golf Course. Grant co-founded a healthcare software company after college but is now very excited to blend his two passions of golf and technology in his role at Youth on Course.

When he's not building new software solutions, you can find him with his wife and kids or out on the golf course.

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Nash Baughn

Software Developer

About Nash

Nash is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is fluent in 0's and 1's and brings his wizarding computer knowledge to the Youth on Course team. Nash helps us create and enhance a lot of the technology our staff and partner facilities use.

Contact Nash with any course portal or technology questions.

Email Nash

Ashleigh McLaughlin

VP Communications & Marketing

About Ashleigh

Ashleigh is a marketing strategist who parlayed her early start with the game into a career in the golf industry. With more than a decade of experience growing brands through digital, content and experiential marketing she joins the Youth on Course team to help elevate our program's branding and communication efforts.

Most recently Ashleigh served as the Managing Director for the LPGA Women’s Network, an online platform created by the LPGA Tour to connect more women to golf. Throughout her decade-plus tenure at the LPGA, she led the marketing strategy and re-branding of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and served as the National Tournament Director for the LPGA Professionals.

She received her degree in Marketing with a Communications minor from Florida State University where she competed on the women's golf team and is an LPGA-certified teaching professional.

Ashleigh's made it her mission to help bring more underrepresented groups to the game of golf through creative branding and marketing strategies, and credits affordable access to golf through the Orlando-based OMYGA junior program for her love of the game and career.

Contact Ashleigh with any Marketing questions.

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Mackenzie Cohen

Events Coordinator

About Mackenzie

A Denver, CO native, Mackenzie began playing golf at nine years old. She was the Colorado 5A HS state medalist and was a part of three 5A state team championships. She has always enjoyed the valuable life lessons learned through golf, and has grown to love the game more and more throughout the years. In 2017 Mackenzie graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a BA in Music and a minor in Commerce & Business. While at Rhodes, she and her golf team won back-to-back NCAA DIII National Championships for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. After graduation, Mackenzie moved to the Monterey Peninsula for a golf internship at Pebble Beach. She spent nearly three years working at the famed resort, most recently in operations at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy. Mackenzie joined the Youth on Course team in 2020 and is excited to help tackle the rapidly growing events that support life-changing opportunities for youth. She brings an in-depth knowledge and passion for golf and is thrilled to join a team that is providing today’s youth access to a game that has given her so much.

Contact Mackenzie with questions regarding Youth on Course events.

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Jean Quismundo

Senior Staff Accounting Manager

About Jean

Jean has been crunching numbers with Youth on Course since the start. She's seen Youth on Course grow from one member into today's thousands.

Jean has been practicing accounting since 1987. She joined the NCGA in 1997 and eventually took on the duties for the Youth on Course team.

Jean enjoys the game of golf and its challenges. After suffering from an elbow injury she's ready to get back in the game with her husband and son.

Contact Jean with any billing or accounting questions.

Email Jean

Cole Baughn

Software Developer

About Cole

Cole is the most recent addition to the YOC team! He attended Purdue University where he attained a degree in Computer Science. Cole works primarily with process automation and data management for Youth on Course, helping the organization leverage technology to further our efforts!

Cole currently lives in Seattle, and is the brother of Nash Baugh, our other Software Developer!

Board of Directors

David B. Baker – Board Chair
CPA | CCA Moore & Baker

Ed Dobranski – Board Secretary
General Counsel | First Republic Bank

Lynda Donahue
Retired

Matt Ginella
Executive Producer | Dawn Patrol Productions

Bob Goldstein
CEO | Sonen Capital

Dan Hansford
Principal | Viking Steel

Joe Huston
Chief Executive Officer | NCGA

Paul Morton
Managing Director | Morton Management LLC

Kevin Peyton
Vice President Sales | VirtualPBX

Chris Qvale
Managing Partner | Volvo Cars Walnut Creek

Jeff Rhodenbaugh
Owner | S&J Group LLC

Amelia Thornton
President | The Thornton Group, Inc.

Kathy Wiggans
Youth Philanthropist

Jennifer Young
District Manager | Insperity

Former Youth on Course Presidents:

Bill Hammonds

Pat Quinn

Paul Morton

Chris Clark

Michael Hexner

Bruce Baker