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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 and our program team impacts Fore Hope clients as they continue to share their passion of serving people with disabilities.

Golf Professional

Board of Directors & Staff

Brent Kalb - PGA Professional, Volunteer since 2006

Board of Directors

Michael Flock, Board Chair - Cardinal Health
Jim Mackie, Vice Chair & Secretary - Independent
Brad Durst, Treasurer - Ernst & Young
Joe Donahue - Fifth Third Private Bank
Rich Foster - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Advisory Board

Tim Cistone - Cistone Accounting Services
Todd Collis - Collis Smiles & Collis, LLC
Dr. Michael Hurdzan - Hurdzan Golf
Kathleen Johnson - Independent
Dan Sullivan - the Memorial Tournament
Dennis Walters - World Famous Golf Trick-Shot Artist