Our Staff

Scott Life, Executive Director
(330) 268-7741
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Scott Life joined First Tee—Canton in 2023 as the chapter’s Executive Director, bringing a wealth of experience—professional and personal— with him. Scott graduated from The Ohio State University and has lived in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, New Orleans, Munich and Budapest. Celebrating 25 years of marriage with his wife, Laura, Scott has two kids who are proud Buckeyes, just like dad. Scott’s daughter Sophia is a recent graduate of Ohio State and works in Columbus; Tommy, Scott’s son, is in his first year at Ohio State. Scott and Laura also enjoy doing life with three dogs, Beau (9), Wrigley (8) and Stella (7). Scott’s time away from work is spent volunteering and doing activities he enjoys. He serves on the advisory board for Canton For All People, as well as The Paul & Carol David YMCA. For recreation, Scott fuels his passion for golf, working on his handicaps (left and right!) and also finds fun in working out, boating, concerts and traveling. 

Terry Taylor, Golf Professional/Program Director
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Terry graduated from Alliance High School where he was a 4-year letterman in both football and baseball.  He moved to Orlando and worked construction and maintenance at Church Street Station. While in Orlando, he also played semi-pro baseball. Coach Terry has four kids TJ, Tiffany, Trevor and Tealee. At the age of 38, Coach Terry began golfing and became a golf professional at the age of 40. He was one of the golf professionals at Rosemont Country Club and Aurora Country Club before starting at First Tee – Canton in 2009. While at First Tee, Terry became a Recognized Life Skills Coach a Recognized Program Director and a Certified First Tee Trainer.

Mindy Pamer, Outreach Coordinator
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Mindy graduated from the University of Mount Union and has worked as a newspaper reporter, Director of Juvenile Programming for the North Branch Library, a third generation Girl Scout Leader and NE OH Girl Scout Delegate, substitute teacher and a coordinator for Meals On Wheels.  She has been with First Tee Canton since March 2019, and her husband and son are both volunteers. Her daughter Brooke, 18, is a first-year student at Ohio Wesleyan University and son, Reid, 16, is a sophomore at Perry H.S. She also has two dogs, Mikey 17, and Lily 12 and many fish. Mindy is most happy volunteering for and attending concerts and activities her children partake in. She also enjoys boating, camping, the fine arts and wineries. 

Nanci Miller, Development Coordinator
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The first thing many people say when they hear Nanci’s name is “Oh, yeah, she’s the dog lady!” That’s because she has five at home now and over the past 13 years, she and her saint of a husband have rescued, fostered and/or adopted a total of 21 senior and special needs dogs. When she’s not busy being the dog lady, Nanci is focused on being the part-time Development Coordinator for First Tee—Canton. She enjoys all aspects of her job but connecting with the people who are part of the First Tee family is her favorite. It’s very rewarding to discover what it is that keeps families coming back to us for golf instruction and the life lessons learned through this beloved game. In addition to First Tee—Canton, Nanci has a consulting and contract business that serves other small nonprofits and ministries with fund development, data management, and the grants process.

Carin Herberghs, Administrative Assistant
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Carin Herberghs has been part of the First Tee Canton team since 2016.  She has a cat, Josie and enjoys traveling, reading and getting together with family and friends. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Carin lived there for twenty-five years before moving to Canton, Ohio.  She has been involved with children since 1990 working in various preschools. After receiving her Early Childhood Education degree, she worked as a preschool teacher. Carin was also a Sunday school teacher and worked for a family as their Nanny for their three children from infants until the children went to preschool.

Board of Trustees

President
Executive Committee, Chair


Matt Griffin
Schauer Group
Vice President


Dave Talenda
Eckinger Construction

Treasurer
Finance Committee, Chair


John Davide
Huntington Bank

Secretary
Governance Committee, Chair


Stephanie Fisher
The Timken Company




Grant Goff
Employers Health

Steve Gregory
Gregory Industries (Retired)
Facilities Committee, Chair


Kevin Hall
Abbott Electric / Canton City Council – 6th Ward

Jason Nussbaum
Congress Lake Club

Joe Pasquarella
KWGD, Co. LPA

Jesse Roper
Boy Scouts of America – Buckeye Council

Matt Savage
The Vasco Group

Gray Silva
Kenan Advantage Group

Jarrod Wachter
AWP Safety
Fundraising Committee, Chair

Ryan Walton, DDS
Akron Smile

Elissa Prazer Welker
The Aultman Foundation