First Tee Coastal Carolinas Welcomes New Board Officers

First Tee Coastal Carolinas (FTCC), one of 140 First Tee chapters nationwide providing life skills and leadership training for young people through the game of golf, has made changes to its executive and board leadership.

Community members Terry Boldt, Russ Yarrow and Judy Cuppernull have been elected by FTCC’s Board of Directors as chair, vice-chair and secretary, respectively, with a treasurer to be elected at a later date.

Boldt is director of managed markets at Novartis Oncology and a long-time FTCC volunteer, whose two sons are alumni and represented the organization at the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee at Pebble Beach, Calif., a PGA TOUR Champions event, in 2019. Yarrow, a strategic communications consultant, and Cuppernull, a small business owner, both reside in Southport and are volunteer coaches for the organization.

“First Tee Coastal Carolinas serves a large territory that touches the lives of more than 33,000 children every year and we are grateful for board leadership that has passion for our mission and positively impacting the community,” said Tom Lawrence, Director of Chapter Relations for First Tee headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla.

FTCC also announced that Executive Director Rich Abraham has resigned after six years with the organization. He joined the First Tee of the Grand Strand in 2014. In 2017, when First Tee chapters in the Grand Strand, Brunswick County and Eastern North Carolina merged, Abraham was named executive director of the consolidated service area, which includes Horry, Georgetown, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties. He joined the chapter after more than 30 years in the insurance industry.

“Rich Abraham has provided our chapter with significant leadership over the past six years, for which we are grateful,” said Boldt. “Among his accomplishments was the creation of a planned giving program to help attract legacy donations and ensure the long-term sustainability of our organization. Rich made a material contribution to the growth and welfare of First Tee Coastal Carolinas and we wish him well going forward.”

Board members Ed Gurski, Jeffrey Blumengold and Gary Dembart are stepping down after many years of service.

“Thank you to Ed, Jeffrey and Gary for countless hours as volunteers and leaders,” Boldt said. “Their contributions helped make the organization stronger and more effective and we thank them for their service.”

FTCC’s board is working with First Tee national headquarters on a search for a new executive director.

As part of its 15thanniversary celebration this year, FTCC has launched the Perseverance Campaign, a fundraising campaign to help meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that the organization can continue delivering its life skills programs for kids.