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Meet the Board of Directors

The Women's Golf Association of New Jersey is a volunteer run organization. The 2019 Board of Directors comprises a group of women who volunteer their time and are committed to providing the best golfing opportunities for women in NJ. The current Officers are below. Directors & Governance Board members are shown on the following pages.

The Officers

BethAnn Iapicco,

As President of WGANJ since 2012, BethAnn encourages women to become involved in leagues and events that the organization offers. Starting as a volunteer in 2010, she assumed the position of Programs Officer in 2011, coordinating leagues, events and education. BethAnn has been captain of leagues since 2009 and enjoys playing with all levels of golfers.  She expects WGANJ to offer exciting opportunities for women golfers in 2018 and is proud to be a part of the WGANJ Board of Directors. 

Her advice:  "Play with golfers who are better than you; it will challenge you and you’ll learn something new each time."

Valerie Oakes-Locascio,

Vice President

Formerly a commercial banker special-izing in trade finance, her interest in golf started at the urging of her husband, John, who was an avid golfer. Rather than become a golf widow, she sought an organization where she could find golfing buddies and at the same time improve her game. WGANJ fit the bill.

Mary Ann Betz,
Marketing & Sponsorship Officer

MaryAnn joined WGANJ in 2015 at the Galloping Hills Golf Course and quickly immersed herself into the organization by joining the Marketing/Sponsorship team. MaryAnn's sponsorship efforts have helped WGANJ to subsidize events for members.  She enjoys golfing at various courses with a variety of partners as a way to develop her game and improve her ability. 

Kerri Donnelly,
Logistics Officer

Kerri has been a member of WGANJ since 2008 and has been on the Board since 2009 in Leagues, Events and the WGANJ Store, Membership and is now in her fourth Board position as Logistics Officer.

"Our team makes sure that we have what you want when you want it. Our programs set us apart from other golf organizations. Where else can you borrow clubs to get started, decide at noon you want to play golf at 4, and earn a pin for your accomplishments? "

Susan Jacobs,

Susan is a CPA who works at a small accounting firm in Bergen County as a Tax Manager. Originally learned how to play golf for business reasons, she soon realized how much she enjoyed getting out onto the golf course just for the enjoyment of it. She joined WGANJ in 2013 and has enjoyed meeting new friends and playing golf at a variety of courses.  She started volunteering at various events and then was asked to join the Board. After Events Director for a few years, she is currently the Events Officer. Susan says, “It is a great feeling when an event goes as planned and is enjoyed by the members”. 

Diane Pineda,
Finance Officer

Diane is a senior accountant at KRS CPAs LLC in Paramus NJ.She enjoys spending time outdoors, running, hiking, and traveling. She was inspired by one of the Partners at KRS to try golf and after attending a women's golf outing together she was hooked. She joined WGANJ back in August of 2017 with hopes to learn more about the game and develop her skills.

Pat Schumacher,
Membership Officer

Pat Schumacher has been a pre-school teacher for 12 years at Lindgren nursery school in Closter NJ. She has been a part of WGANJ for 3 years. Pat started out as a captain of her league and is now director of membership.
Juliet Sisti,
Leagues and Education Officer

Juliet has been a member of WGANJ since its inception. She has served on the Executive Council in several positions, including Co-Chairperson, Director and Chairperson of Education and Instruction. In 2018 Juliet expects to build the education program to a level unmatched by other golf organizations around.

Patty (Blaze) Steele,
Operations Officer

Patty (Blaze) owns her own graphic design business - Blaze Designs. A WGANJ member since 2004, she has been a league co-captain and Board member for many years. Now elected as an Officer, it all has been very fulfilling. Living in Bergen County and playing golf with WGANJ has been a great experience and has offered many opportunities.
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