Department Leadership Team

Eileen Bangalan, GCSAA
Senior Director, Business Strategy
Eileen Bangalan

Bangalan provides leadership, integration and key support to help the organization move towards its vision. Her focus is placed on the development of organizational goals, tracking progress on current initiatives, and identifying and evaluating strategic opportunities that will maximize the long-term value of the association to members and other important stakeholders. Bangalan earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from San Diego State University.


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Senior Director, Member Programs
Shelia Finney

Finney oversees four key programmatic areas in membership programs, chapter services, professional development and environmental programs. In addition to serving current members, she is responsible for the development and implementation of growth and retention strategies of new members. She spent two decades as a superintendent and is the former executive director of the Tennessee Golf Course Superintendents Association.


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Director, Chapter Outreach
Steve Randall

Randall oversees the field staff program and other chapter services, which aim to strengthen the awareness, access and engagement of GCSAA programs and services. Randall and his team help advance chapter operations and chapter leadership which support GCSAA at the local and regional level. Randall received a bachelor’s degree in business management and communications from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Dakota.


Jana Brown
Director, Conference Events and Meeting Planning
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Brown provides leadership to manage, plan and execute logistical requirements that ensure a first-class, well-organized Golf Industry Show for GCSAA, its partners, exhibitors and industry alliances. Her oversight includes compilation of detailed specifications, site research, convention center, vendor and hotel contracts and travel services. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Emporia State University. She holds the Certified Meeting Professional designation.


Matt Brown
Director, Corporate Sales
Matt Brown

Brown is responsible for the strategy and execution of sales and business development programs. Brown and his team manage key customer relationships and develop new and diverse revenue opportunities to enhance GCSAA and the EIFG within the golf industry. Brown also oversees the trade show sales and logistics of the Golf Industry Show. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma.


Joey Blackburn, GCSAA
Director, Finance and Member Solutions
Joey Blackburn

Blackburn is responsible for the oversight of finance and accounting, including reporting, payroll, tax, audit and other regulatory requirements. He also leads the member solutions team, which supports membership processing, conference registration, merchandise/bookstore and database integrity. Blackburn earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.


Chava McKeel, GCSAA
Director, Government Affairs
Chava McKeel

McKeel directs and manages programs and activities of the government affairs department to advance the overall image of superintendents and the industry. She provides regulatory compliance information to GCSAA members to establish themselves as experts on managing risk at the facility. McKeel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Kansas and worked in the Kansas State Senate.

 

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Director, Marketing
Eric Olson

Olson is responsible for brand management and marketing for GCSAA and the EIFG. Olson also manages the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic marketing plans for GCSAA products, programs and services. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Missouri State University.


Shari Koehler, GCSAA
Director, Professional Development
Shari Koehler

Koehler leads the strategic direction of the association’s professional development initiatives. Programs and services under Koehler’s management include continuing education programs provided in a variety of formats. She also provides oversight of the Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) program and career-related services for members. Koehler has extensive experience in curriculum development and design, training, for-profit business and association management.


Scott Hollister, GCSAA
Director, Publications
Scott Hollister

Hollister oversees the writing, editing and overall production of GCSAA’s award-winning monthly publication, Golf Course Management, including the management of GCM’s digital version and social media properties. He and his team also provide internal writing and editing services for other GCSAA departments. Hollister has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Baker University and is a past president of the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association.


Mischia Wright, GCSAA
Associate Director, Environmental Institute for Golf
Mischia Wright

Wright provides the overall leadership and management of the fundraising operations for the 501(c)3 organization of GCSAA, including development of fundraising campaigns, management of donor relations and coordination of scholarships and grant programs available to GCSAA members and their children. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bethany College. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and co-founded the Cancer Council of Reno County.


Mark Johnson
Associate Director, Environmental Programs
Mark Johnson

Johnson provides leadership, direction and project management for the various environmental programs, tools and services at GCSAA. Mark has worked for more than 30 years in outdoor recreation, environmental protection, wildlife and natural resource conservation. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in systematics and ecology. He also completed the Sustainable Business Leadership Certificate program through Johnson County Community College.


Nate Scott, GCSAA
Associate Director, Human Relations
Nate Scott

Scott provides the leadership necessary to deliver a spectrum of strategic and tactical HR programs and support to the GCSAA staff including recruitment, benefits and compensation administration, performance management, employment practice and policy, and employee relations. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree from the Baker University. He holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification.