First Green is governed by a board of directors representing key sectors: golf course superintendents, golf club members, education and the environmental non-profit arena.
Jeff Shelley, board president, has been writing about golf since 1986. From 2000 to 2015 he was the editorial director of Cybergolf.com. Jeff was also the managing editor of three golf magazines and has written and/or published nine books, five about golf, including three editions of “Golf Courses of the Pacific Northwest.” He co-founded the Northwest Golf Media Association (NWGMA) in 1995, has been a member of the Golf Writers Association of America since 1990, and has served on numerous committees and boards for the betterment of golf. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the NWGMA.
Jeff Gullikson, board vice president, is golf course superintendent at Kalispel Golf and Country Club (formerly Spokane Country Club), a co-founder of First Green, high school golf coach, workshop coordinator and presenter, and lead person in the effort to fund and develop a national turf grass curriculum taught in high schools. This curriculum is the basis for First Green’s lesson plans. Jeff is a recipient of the prestigious Golf Course Superintendent’s President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship.
Steve Kealy, board secretary/treasurer, has been the golf course superintendent at Glendale Country Club since 1990 and actively involved with First Green since 1998. He is a mentor to golf course superintendents and clubs setting up their first field trips, and has hosted over 100 field trips at Glendale since 2000. He has served on industry association boards and is a past president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association (WWGCSA), the Northwest Turfgrass Association (NTA), and Washington Friends of Farms and Forests (WFFF). Steve is a past recipient of GCSAA's President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship.
Bill Meyer, co-founder of First Green, is a golf coach, state leader for the junior golf association, owner of a consulting business that develops teams, golf organizations and individual golf players, member of board of directors of state golf associations, active member of his golf club and strong promoter of First Green throughout the state.
Lynn McKay taught high school environmental horticulture for over 20 years, mentoring and developing students who pursue careers in environmental science and industry. As a teacher, she was involved in leading student environmental learning programs, interfacing with the larger business community and non-profits such as the school district foundation, and in facilitating stronger school/communities relationships. Lynn represents First Green at educational association meetings, provides insight into the concerns and demands confronting public school educators, and has worked for over fifteen years as part of First Green program development. She also works with golf course superintendents, assisting them to host teachers and students on their golf courses.
David Phipps, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America - NW Region Field Staff Representative, is considered one of the Northwest’s leaders in golf course environmental stewardship and innovation. He has received numerous awards including the GCSAA President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship, The Oregon GCSA’s Michael Hindahl Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence, and multiple GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. He is a two-time winner of the Oregon GCSA’s Richard Malpass Distinguished Service Award.