Our Staff

Angela Palomba, Executive Director
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Angela Palomba has served as Executive Director of First Tee – Canton since November 2013. Prior to her current role, she worked for IMG College for over 13 years at the Mid-American Conference, Kent State University, University of Pittsburgh, Wake Forest University and Vanderbilt University. Angela is active in the community volunteering with the Avondale Elementary School PTO, Project Rebuild, Beacon of Hope Community Church leadership team, Aultman Women’s Board and has mentored youth through Canton City Schools. She is currently part of the Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program’s 35th Class and has also been honored with the DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award and the Y-Stark 20 under 40 Award. A graduate of Ohio University, Angela is originally from Louisville but currently resides in Canton with her husband Anthony and son Luca.

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 six at home now and over the past 13 years, her 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 really enjoys all aspects of her job but connecting with the people who are part of the First Tee family is her favorite. It is 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. She’s passionate about working with these organizations, helping them succeed in meeting the diverse needs of the communities they serve. 

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 Directors

Matt Griffin
President
Schauer Group
Dave Talenda
Vice President
Eckinger Construction
John Davide
Treasurer
Huntington Bank
Stephanie Fisher
Secretary
The Timken Company
Steve Gregory
Retired
Kevin Hallspa
Canton City Council
Shanon Hexamer
Shannon English Marketing
Jason Nussbaum
Congress Lake Club
Joe Pasquarella
KWGD, Co. LPA
Jesse Roper
Boy Scouts of America – Buckeye Council
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Matt Savage
Vasco Asphalt Company
Jarrod Wachter
AWP, Inc.
Ryan Walton, DDS