Charma Bell, Program Director, has been with the program since 1994. Her initial start was due to her oldest daughter’s after school program selecting a handful of 5th grade students to participate in “something new.” Saint Peter’s Cathedral School and the Salvation Army were part of small group to join the LPGA Urban Youth Golf Program of Wilmington. Charma began as a parent volunteer, site coordinator, volunteer instructor, assistant instructor and lead instructor. In March of 2003, she agreed to become the program’s Community Relations Director. Prior to her employment with the LPGA UYGP, Charma worked for Smith Barney Corporate Trust Company for over 11 years. Her duties included being a Trust Administrator and Officer, in addition to being a Notary Public for the State of Delaware, United Way Coordinator and Adopt-A-Family representative. Since 1994, Charma has witnessed and assisted in the program growth from 100 youth in the City of Wilmington to over 3,000 statewide. Her current responsibilities include introducing golf fundamental and life skills education, communicating with local, city and state school officials, non-profit organizations and other statewide agencies in Delaware and selected parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Charma has always been involved in community service and has volunteered with the following organizations: Kiwanis Club of Wilmington – Member and First Vice President Catholic Youth Ministry – Athletic Advisory Board Member NCBW – Delaware Chapter – Member and Former Treasurer Padua Academy – Member, Former President 2006, Vice-President and Treasurer Christina Cultural Arts Center – Member and Former Board of Director Secretary Read A Loud – Reading Volunteer for Head Start children Salvation Army of Delaware – Member and Volunteer St. Mary’s / St. Patrick Church – Current CCD Teacher, Member and Volunteer St. Peter’s Cathedral School, – Member, Volunteer and Athletic Coordinator NAACP – Member and Volunteer Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League – Member and Volunteer Salesianum School – Parent Volunteer Ronald McDonald House of Delaware – Member and Volunteer In the fall of 2007, Charma completed her coaching requirements and became The First Tee Coach. To become a recognized coach, you must complete an extensive 3 year training, which focuses on the seamless approach to teaching golf instruction and life skills education. The primary goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of children in a safe and fun environment, which is a goal we strive to meet everyday.
Jane Dorey, Operations Manager, is responsible for the management of The First Tee of Delaware’s daily operations and she provides a wide range of support for the Executive Director and the Program Director including technology, information management, resource and program development, marketing, and public relations. Jane has held this part-time position since April, 2016.
Jane first learned of The First Tee of Delaware when she was the assistant golf coach at Archmere Academy in 2010-2011. She and the head coach, John Brooks, took their golf team to Rock Manor to mentor the very young TFTDE participants as a way of “giving back” and volunteering to help others develop the love of the game. Jane was instantly impressed with the organization and its Nine Core Value philosophy.
Prior to her role at TFTDE, Jane was the Executive Director of The Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia where she was in charge of the overall management and direction of the organization in accordance with its vision and mission. Her responsibilities included administration, employee and intern management, communications, outreach, tournament administration, handicapping and course rating, finance management, volunteer management, website management, strategic planning, and relationship development. During this time, Jane developed and used alliances with The Golf Association of Philadelphia, The PGA- Philadelphia Section, The USGA, and various other golf-related organizations to enhance the WGAP member opportunities and overall experience.
Jane’s early career was an Elementary and Middle School Educator in the Council Rock School system where she taught several grade levels for 9 years. Shortly after she and her husband had their son, Julian, she returned to CR to teach for a short time before resigning to raise their son and do volunteer work.
Volunteering has been and continues to be a big part of Jane’s life. As a mother of a 2 year old, she founded the Field of Dreams, Inc. to build a 20,000 square foot community playground in her then home town, West Deptford, NJ. Over a period of 1 year, she established, managed, and directed 10 committees, and raised $200,000. Mobilizing and supervising over 1,500 volunteers, the playground was constructed in 6 days and opened on April 29, 1995. Jane continues as president of the foundation.
Aside from many school volunteer positions when her son was growing up, Jane has been or continues to be involved with: Board of Trustees, National Main Street Organization for Woodbury, NJ; President, and Board Member Tavistock Country Club Women’s Association; Tavistock Country Club Green Committee, Infractions Committee and Long Range Planning/Construction Committee, and Golf Course Superintendent Search Committee; Tavistock Country Club American Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator; USGA volunteer for tournaments
In addition, Jane taught as an adjunct professor at a junior college for 7 years while her son was in school and also is a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant. She runs a small, part-time business sharing this fitness passion with others.
Jane’s affection for golf, children and charity are what led her to her position with The First Tee of Delaware where she enjoys helping to promote and grow the association and its philosophy and mission.
Raymond F. Book, III, MST, CPA/PFS
President of Book and Associates, PA
During his thirty plus years in public accounting Ray has acquired extensive experience with privately owned, closely held businesses and their shareholders, non-profit organizations, individuals, estates and trusts. The services he provides are: tax planning and preparation, business consulting and planning, investment and wealth advisory services. He uses his knowledge and experience to assist clients in achieving their financial goals. Ray received his BS in accounting from the University of Delaware and a masters in taxation from Widener University. He earned the designation of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ray is also a Registered Investment Advisor Representative with Wealth Management Group, LLC. Over the years Ray has donated much of his time to the community. In addition to being the Treasurer of The First Tee of Delaware, he has served on many non-profit boards in various capacities. He is currently Recording Secretary of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Lower Delaware Gridiron Club, Treasurer of the Caesar Rodney-Dover Athletic Club, Treasurer of Port Lewes Homeowners Association, board member of the Children’s Beach House, and serves on several committees with his church.
My involvement with The First Tee started in 2007 when the City of Wilmington’s former Mayor James Baker, appointed Tom Quinn and me to represent the City of Wilmington on the TFT Board of Directors.
The Mayor was anxious to get Urban Youth involved in playing the game of golf. The reason for his decision coincided with the Core Values of The First Tee.
Personally, I see this as an introduction to an individual sport that can be played throughout Life. The Core Values of The First Tee can also be used throughout life and passed on to the next generation.
President of Upper Eastside Neighborhood Association
Corporate Board Member Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
City of Wilmington Ethics Committee Member
Vice President Fraim Senior Center Board of Directors
Board Member of the Rock Manor Golf Corporation
Board Member of the Inter-Neighborhood Foundation
Dr. Kim L. Allen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Friend of the Family, Inc., an educational firm that provides training and assistance to school districts and corporations. These services include academics, behavior management, family engagement, and counseling. Her robust repertoire of expertise includes operating early intervention programs, which aid students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, conference presentations, and professional development training for schools and businesses. As an avid partner with these schools and corporations, Dr. Allen works to assist employees in obtaining their maximum potential within their environments through observational evaluations. The philosophy of A Friend of the Family, Inc., is that education demands an environment that will enable youth to maximize their potential – academically, socially, emotionally, and personally.
Dr. Allen earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Master degrees in Social Work Management and Educational Administration from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo and University at Albany. She holds certification from the State of Delaware as Supervisor of Special Services and as Secondary Principal. Dr. Allen is further uniquely qualified and accomplished by having administrative certifications in the States of New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Allen co-authored with her husband, William, It Flows Through Us, a book that shows a stepby-step and day-by-day approach of how to use “flow” toward success. The concept of flow is a guide to increase wealth of spirit through giving, friends, family, and relationships in order to promote positive ends. Dr. Allen hosted a show on Comcast’s Channel 28 with her husband every fifth Sunday where they discussed their concept of flow, current events, and featured guest appearances.
Dr. Allen’s committee and Board service includes the Delaware Department of Education Positive Behavior Support Committee, the Markell Education Transition Team where she was a Vision 2015 work group member and as a member of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Achievement Matters Initiative and their Education Advisory Committee. She sat on the Board of Directors for Citizens Bank, Bank of America Excellence Initiative, MBNA Grants Committee, the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay Advisory Council, Leon Weiner Education Foundation, Meals on Wheels Kitchen Kabinet Development Committee, and Board of Directors for Centreville School. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., National Coalition of Black Women, The Girlfriends, Inc., and International Women’s Forum. Dr. Allen is currently on the Board of the First Tee of Delaware and Chair of the United Way’s “It Takes a Village” Campaign.
Dr. Allen was inducted into the DE Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2015, was an Honoree of the UNCF Mayor’s Ball Award in March 2014, a recipient of the Top 100 MBE Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region in October 2013 and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in December 2013.
Golf Affiliations and memberships, Current/Former: Brierwood Country Club Hamburg, NY; Centeron Golf Club Pittsgrove, NJ; Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club Melfa, VA; Fieldstone Country Club Greenville, DE; Jumping Brook Country Club Neptune City, NJ; Jupiter Country Club Jupiter, FL; Lake Nona Country Club Orlando, FL
William L. Allen, MBA Mr. William L. Allen, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of ALW Sourcing LLC, as well as its founder, and majority owner. Mr. Allen (Bill) brings a wealth of knowledge, entrepreneurship, and industry experience to his leadership position with ALW Sourcing.
Prior to launching ALW Sourcing, Mr. Allen served at the highest levels of the largest business process outsourcing vendor in the world, the NCO Group, and the most senior African- American in that world-wide corporation. Bill continues to serve as a senior consultant with this largest provider of accounts receivable management services to creditors in the world.
Early in his career, he learned the power of service-after-the-sale, by leading sales, marketing, and operations groups with Mobil Oil. The lessons learned there, a deep respect for the power of salesmanship, the value of a support organization, and his stellar rise with NCO, set the stage for his success with his ongoing ALW Sourcing venture.
A true entrepreneur, Bill lends his acumen to other business sectors, and community involvement is a recurring theme in those successes. Mr. Allen serves as CEO of A Friend of the Family, Inc.; a Delaware-based incubator for alternative learning programs. Through Bill’s leadership, the venture is growing and proves to be a viable business model, giving students, with special needs, a chance to succeed in the face of personal, environmental, and socio-economic challenges.
As a teacher, in his own right, Mr. Allen contributes to his community by instructing seminars on topics including salesmanship, consumer finance, business development, diversity in the corporate environment, and in marketing.
Bill Allen was featured in Business Week for his philanthropic activities supporting diverse communities of special-needs youth, and of African-Americans. Other acknowledgments of his leadership include, feature articles in the Baltimore Business Journal, and JET Magazine.
Along with his co-author, and wife – Dr. Kim L. Allen, Bill recently published a book – “It Flows Through Us”. The book communicates that the concept of “flow” – showing how the power of hard work and giving back – is within your grasp. This “First Little Book, on the Concept of Flow” presents a new dynamic in how giving back – generates great results, and greater happiness. The book was released in Spring 2011, and has tremendous reader, and critical, acclaim.
Bill Allen recognizes, and is excited about being part of, the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise revolution. His book, “It Flows Through Us”, provides business strategies for individuals wishing to participate in that revolution of Minority and Women Owned Businesses. The book reviews key aspects of starting a new business, and discusses methods for discovering business opportunities, with a final chapter on giving back to the community.
Bill Allen’s book, “It Flows Through Us”, is accessible, and never neglects the importance of work-life- family balance. “It Flows Through Us” assumes, and requires, no previous business knowledge, and is designed for men and women alike.
Mr. Allen’s business and social networks are extensive, as is his contribution to the organizations with which he is affiliated – among them are:
First Tee of Delaware-Founding Member Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, National Urban League, Guardsman International, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, St. Mary’s Villa for Children, International Credit Association, Treasurer – African-American Empowerment Fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, Delaware State University Board of Visitors, Advisory board for the Delaware State University Business School, Advisory Board Member – University of Delaware Lerner School, Consumer Credit Counseling of Delaware & of Maryland, Assistant Treasurer for Delaware Community Foundation, Executive Board Director – Delaware Community Foundation Partner & Co-Owner – Allway Partnership, Founder of Entrepreneur School of Achievement, Founder, Deacon & Core Planner – Caanan Baptist Church, Original Member – Fieldstone Golf Club, Social Venture Partners (past), Board Member – Delaware State University (past), Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware (past), Award Recipient – Drum Major Award for “Stop the Violence”, Award Recipient – Life Team Achievement Award – Virginia State University. Award Recipient – James H. Gilliam, Jr. Humanitarian Award – Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
Golf Affiliations Club Memberships (Current/Former) • Brierwood Country Club Hamburg, NY • Centeron Golf Club Pittsgrove, NJ • Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club Melfa, VA • Fieldstone Country Club Greenville, DE • Jumping Brook Country Club Neptune City, NJ • Jupiter Country Club Jupiter, FL • Lake Nona Country Club Orlando, FL
Golf Board Membership (Current) • Allen Challenge Cup (Founding Member) • Advocates USA • First Tee of Delaware • Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation Golf Board • Boule PGA Jr. Golf Board • Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) GSA • University of Maryland Eastern Shore Diversity Board
With the courage and energy to take leadership roles in organizations such as these, Bill makes ample use of his talent for communicating complex business concepts clearly, his unswerving commitment to giving back to the community. Bill Allen, along with wife and “It Flows Through Us” co-author, Dr. Kim L. Allen, are lending their actual voices and expertise to improving lives across communities. Their speaking engagements, surrounding “It Flow Through Us”, are consistently met with praise and thanks. Bill holds an MBA from Drexel University / Russell Sage College with a concentration in Finance. He achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia State University. Bill is married to Dr. Kim L. Allen and they have 2 children, Brittney and Reginald.
Company: M&T Bank
Joe Guillebeau, Head Golf Professional Wilmington Country Club for 19 years, has been a Head Golf Professional for a total of 34 years and a 35 Year Member of the PGA of America, Class A-1. Joe is outstanding in his field and has earned many industry awards including: PGA Honors at the Section Level; Golf Professional of the Year; Merchandiser of the Year, 2 times; and Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner, 3 times.
He has served as a board member of the PGA Philadelphia Section for 10 years and as their Employment Chairman for 4 years.
Under his leadership as Wilmington Country Club’s Head Golf Professional, WCC has hosted a number of Delaware State Opens and Amateur Championships for Men and Women, numerous GAP and WGAP events, and national events the likes of the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2013 Palmer Cup.
Company: City of Wilmington
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Throughout her career, Rebecca Dengler has been recognized by numerous golfing organizations, publications and her colleagues for her positive and innovative teaching style. Becky is one of the elite professional who is a LPGA Master Professional and Class A member of the PGA. Most recently,she was named in the Golf Digest Best Teacher in the State 2013-14 by her peers. Prior to that she has been listed as one of the 50 Best Women Teachers in America.In 2012 she was recognized as the Section Teacher of the Year by the LPGA. The LPGA named her one of the country’s 50 Top Teachers for 2008-09 with more than 1200 teaching professionals around the country voted to compile this list. She has also been named a top teacher by Golf for Women and Golf Magazine. In 2010 she was also included in the US Kids Top 50 Teachers list for her third time, and then as one of the US Kids Master Teachers following that!
Becky’s philosophy of golf teaching has been greatly influenced by some of the elite teachers in the game. Becky traveled to Sweden to spend time with golf instructors who influenced Annika Sorenstam and other Swedish players. She has studied the methods of great teachers like Fred Shoemaker, author of Extraordinary Golf. Becky has been working with Ed Feeney, an author and behavioral change expert, to further improve her skills and effectiveness as an instructor and they presented at the 2012 World Scientific Golf Proceedings. Most recently, Becky attended TPI level 3 Biomechanics.
Becky’s main goal is to provide what each player needs to meet their goals. This includes for the brand new player to the tournament player. She works with other professionals in fields like fitness,nutrition, biomechanics and equipment to provide the information and training they need. She also works with various organizations such as Executive Women Golf Association (EWGA) the largest women’s golf associaton, YESUCAN (providers of Adaptive Sport), Titliest Performance Institute (TPI) leader in Golf Fitness and Training, and ThinkQ providing the most cutting edge mental training to name a few.
Becky’s Complete Game Coaching, focuses on getting all players on the course performing at their best no matter what level. Becky wants to help players not just swing better but play better. Playing golf includes many skills not just the full swing. It also includes coordinating all the parts, physical, mental and emotional. Becky’s Complete Game Coaching Philosophy focuses on all players and all parts of the game and provides the tools they need to play their best!
Company: NAI Emory Hill Real Estate Services, Inc.
Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.