Staff & Board of Directors

Melinda "Mindy" Derr, Executive Director

Board of Directors & Staff

Mindy Derr is the founder and Executive Director of Fore Hope, Inc., one of the first golf programs of its kind in the country. Mindy started Fore Hope on February 1, 1989 in Northern Ohio after her father, Guy Derr, an avid golfer and two-handicapper, was stricken by Lou Gehrig's disease. She witnessed the depression and isolation that crippled his life and took him away for the sport he loved. An avid golfer, Mindy chose to leave her position as Exploring Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, to start Fore Hope. She researched the need for an adaptive golf program by contacting caregivers, rehabilitation centers and golf professionals across the country. EDUCATION - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Communication The Ohio State University, 1981


Lisa LaVelle, CTRS, Program Director

Board of Directors & Staff

Lisa joined Fore Hope in September of 2009 as Program Director and is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Studies. Lisa is a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). She and our golf professionals provide therapeutic golf services to our clients. Lisa has a love for the game of golf.  She feels fortunate to work for such a wonderful organization where she is able to help people of various challenges through the therapy of golf.   Lisa and our program team impacts Fore Hope clients as they continue to share their passion of serving people with disabilities.  Lisa comes to Fore Hope from Middletown, Ohio.


Evan Hartnett, Golf Professional

Board of Directors & Staff

Evan has been with Fore Hope since 2013. In addition to serving as our Teaching Professional, Evan is also an Assistant Golf Professional at Muirfield Village Golf Club, home of the Memorial Tournament. Evan is a graduate from The Ohio State University where he studied Professional Golf Management. He served as the PGM's Club President, as well as their Outreach Director where he became First Tee Certified. He joined Fore Hope in 2013 as an intern and has grown into a teaching professional that make the Fore Hope staff and clients feel like family. A native of Ashland, Ohio, Evan now resides in Northern Columbus. 


Board of Directors

Michael Flock, Board Chair - Cardinal Health
Joe Donahue, Secretary - First Third Private Bank
Brad Durst, Treasurer - Ernst & Young
Mike Hurdzan - Hurdzan Golf Design, LLC
Mike O'Sullivan - Consultant

Advisory Team

Tim Cistone - Cistone Accounting Services
Todd Collis - Collis Smiles & Collis, LLC
Chris Hurdzan - Hurdzan Golf Design, LLC
Kathleen Johnson - Greenleaf Job Training Services, Inc.
Dan Sullivan - the Memorial Tournament
Dennis Walters - World Famous Golf Trick-Shot Artist