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 second year at Ohio State. Scott and Laura also enjoy doing life with three dogs, Beau (10), Wrigley (9) and Stella (8). 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. 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. 

Mindy Pamer, Program & Outreach Director
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Mindy graduated from the University of Mount Union and has worked as a newspaper reporter (still a freelancer) and as the Director of Juvenile Programming for North Branch Library for years before enjoying her career here at First Tee – Canton. She has volunteered as a third generation Girl Scout Leader and NE OH Girl Scout Delegate and currently volunteers on the board of The Friends of the Library. Mindy’s husband, Wayne, is a First Tee Lead Coach and her two children are volunteers, also. Her daughter Brooke, 20, is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University, and her son, Reid, 18 is a senior at Perry High School. She enjoys her time listening to the beautiful music her children make at their symphonic wind ensembles and choral concerts, painting, writing, camping, kayaking and golfing.

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. After a nearly 15 year run as Program Director, Terry has “semi-retired” and now focuses on Groundskeeping here at First Tee – Canton.

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

Executive Committee, Chair

Matt Griffin
Schauer Group
Vice President

Dave Talenda
Eckinger Construction

Finance Committee, Chair

John Davide
Huntington Bank

Governance Committee, Chair

Stephanie Fisher
The Timken Company

Grant Goff
Employers Health

Steve Gregory
Gregory Industries (Retired)

Jason Nussbaum
Congress Lake Club

Joe Pasquarella

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