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Board of Directors Biographies

Gail Reilly, a member of the SJGA for 22 years has served as president since 2007 and has assumed the Executive Director duties as well, spearheading the present NJSGA / SJGA collaboration. She is also Chairperson of the SJGA Scholarship Committee.

She retired from Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY in 2003 after serving there since 1970 as an English Teacher, Coordinator of College Services, Chairperson of the School Leadership Team, Advisor for the Yearbook and Newspaper, NHS, National Beta Club and coach of the Volleyball and Tennis teams. In 2002 Reilly was named the “New York Times” Teacher of the Year and was awarded “Teacher Emeritus” status by the BTHS Alumni Association in 2015.

While still at BTHS, she served on the State University of New York (SUNY) Advisory Board and in 2002, SUNY named her the NYC Counselor of the Year. After retiring from BTHS, from 2003 - 2012, Gail served as Assistant to the Director for Special Programs for SUNY Center for Student Recruitment and also served as the Coordinator of the SUNY CSR( Systems Admin.) Advisory Board. Since 2013 through the present she is the SUNY Regional Recruiter for Pennsylvania and Central and Southern New Jersey.

Gail is the president of the Cape May National Golf Course Ladies’ Association (Cape May County), which is her home golf course, and has been a volunteer in a host of positions at Christ Church Shrewsbury (Monmouth County) including serving on the Vestry, chairing the Outreach Committee, the Christmas Bazaar and the Youth Leadership Team. She is an avid supporter of AAUW, HRC, Nature Conservancy, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ.

She received her BA, English, from Long Island University, an MA in Education/Administration & Supervision from Pace University and attended the New York University Graduate School of Film Studies.

Golfing achievements have included the Cape May National Ladies’ Association Allison Maund Cup Champion, B and C Flight Champion at Cape May National‘s President’s Cup and Club Championships and SJGA lower flight championships in Mixed and Women’s tournaments.

Ralph A. Gonzalez, has been a member of the SJGA for eight years and has served on the Board of Directors for two years.

A practicing attorney with a solo general practice for 31 years, Gonzalez has Bar admissions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, the US District courts of PA and NJ as well as in the US Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit of the US Supreme Court.

He is a member of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court and is a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NJ and the South Jersey Eye Center.

Gonzalez received his B.A. degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1982 and his J.D. in 1985 from the School of Law at Rutgers in Camden, NJ.

His home golf course is Little Mill Country Club (Burlington County) and he enjoys a number of successful golf achievements including: 2012 Tournament Winner Men’s ABCD-D Flight, SJGA 2012 Player of the Year Net, SJGA 2013 Amateur Championship Flight 3, SJGA 2014 Senior Player of the Year and 2014 Amateur Championship.

Lorraine “Lori” Fritsch, has been a member of the SJGA for seven years and has been on the Board of Directors for five years, including serving as Secretary for one year.

She is a retired Lieutenant with the NJ State Troopers, where she served honorably for 25 years. Lori has also worked as a NJ licensed Private Investigator and also a Driver Improvement Instructor for the National Safety Council.

Lori has been active as a participant and volunteer with the NJ Special Olympics as well as an active participant in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure.” She also volunteers in Habitat For Humanity building projects and Lori coordinates a construction team during “Women’s Build Week” in Ocean County. She was also a founding Vice President of the “Lady/Team Blue and Gold,” a group of predominantly female NJ State Troopers devoted to the concept on team volunteerism.

Lori earned a B.S. degree in Health & Physical Education from the University of Dayton, where she also served as a student athletic trainer for UD women’s athletics and participated on the field hockey and softball teams. She went on to get a Master’s degree in Sports Science from the US Sports Academy in Alabama. As a certified athletic trainer, Lori was the Head Trainer at Gateway Regional H.S., where she also deigned their first training room and implemented an athletic training program for 7th through 12th grade student/athletes.

Lori’s home course is Buena Vista where she has been the President of the B.V. Women’s Golf Association for three years. Lori won the B.V.W.G.A. Club Championship in 2016.

Jeanne Leisner, has been a member of SJGA for over 15 years and has served as Treasurer and Membership Chairperson since 2009. She has also served on By-Laws, Junior Golf, Performance Review and Ratings Review committees over the years.

She retired from nursing in January, 2014 where she was the office manager of a primary care medical practice for 31 years. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Jeanne began her career at Pennsylvania Hospital before marrying and moving to the shore area.

She retired from nursing in January, 2014 where she was the office manager of a primary care medical practice for 31 years. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Jeanne began her career at Pennsylvania Hospital before marrying and moving to the shore area.

She enjoys singing and has belonged to several vocal groups and is on the Board of Directors of the Angelus Chorus. Presently, Jeanne is a CASA volunteer - a court appointed special advocate for children in foster care.

Jeanne’s home course is Sand Barrens Golf Club where she has been named Club Champion from 2012-2015. Other golf achievements include being the SJGA Net Player of the Year in 2011 & 2014, Senior Player of the Year 2016 and she was a member of the 2016 Team Championship. Jeanne also recorded a Hole-In-One in 2000 at the Wigwam Resort in Arizona!

Bonnie Cappelluti, serves on the Board of Directors as a member of the Marketing, Nominating and Tournament committees. She has been a member of SJGA since 2010 and joined the BOD this year.

Bonnie is a retired Health & Physical Education teacher who taught in the Egg Harbor Township Schools for 35 years. She received a BS degree in Health/Physical Education from Glassboro State College/Rowan University.

In addition to being a field hockey official for 30 years, Bonnie has been the Director of Shore’s Elite Field Hockey Night League/camp for 30 years. She has been a Course employee at Twisted Dunes Golf Course for 4 years. She is also in the Collingswood H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame and is a former member of the Egg Harbor Township Education Foundation. Bonnie also volunteers as a coach for the Special Olympics Golf Program.

Her home courses are Twisted Dunes and Blue Heron Pines where she has served as the President of the Blue Heron Pines Ladies’ League since 2014. Bonnie was named SJGA Pre- Senior Amateur Champion in 2016. Bonnie has recorded 3 Holes-In-One, two at McCullough’s Emerald Links and one at Mays Landing CC.

Kathy Callender, has been a member of the SJGA for 16 years and has been on the Board of Directors for seven years, serving on the Team Matches Committee for five years and is presently the Chairwoman.

She is a retired Nurse and she received her degree from Camden County Vocational.

Kathy volunteers with the United Way Golf &Sporting Committee, the Absegami Soccer Booster Club and she also involved with Junior Golf and works with the American Red Cross.

Her home golf courses are Atlantic City and Blue Heron Pines. Kathy has been a Champion at 3 different clubs – including ten times at Mays Landing. She was named SJGA Player if the Year several times and has an 11 time SJGA Mixed Tournament winning streak with playing partner Mitch Kato.

Kathy has had the good fortune to have played such courses as Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, St. Andrew’s, Carnoustie and at several courses in Ireland. She has also recorded two Holes-in-One. The first was at Mountain Laurel Golf Course in Pa. and the other was at Mays Landing in August, 2015.

Mitch Kato, has been with the SJGA for 20 years and has served on the Nominating and Junior Golf committees during his five years on the Board of Directors.

He is a self-employed Snack Distributor who received a B.S. degree in Business Management from Glassboro State College.

Mitch is the director for the annual Jim Tan Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit a scholarship in his uncle’s name to a graduating golfer at Cumberland Regional High School. He is also a volunteer at the Camden County Animal Shelter.

Mitch’s home course is Centerton Golf Club where he won Club Championships in 2014 and 2016. He has also been Club Champion at Seabrook 10 times. In SJGA, Mitch was named Player of the Year three times and is on an 11 time winning streak in the SJGA Mixed Tournaments with his playing partner, Kathy Callender.

Jim Sheridan, has been a member of the SJGA for two years and joins us this year on the Board of Directors.

He is a Truancy/Residency Investigator for the Glassboro Public Schools and has been a Law Enforcement Officer in Glassboro and Penns Grove as well as being a Narcotics Investigator for the Gloucester Prosecutor’s Office. Jim is also a Primary Instructor for Drug Enforcement in the Glassboro School District. Jim also served in the US Air Force, the Delaware Air Guard, the NJ Air Guard and the NJ Army Guard.

Jim received a B.A. degree in Law and Justice from Rowan University as well as Associate degrees from Gloucester Community College and the Community College of the Air Force. He was also the 1988 Class President of the Cape May Police Academy.

Jim is affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and the USO.

His home course is Buena Vista.

Paul Williams, has been a member of the SJGA since 2000 and has been on the Board of Directors for seven years. Paul is the Chairperson of the Tournament Committee and is currently on the Marketing Committee and has previously been on the Course Rating Committee.

He is a retired teacher from the Camden County Technical Schools where he taught Mathematics for 20 years and managed the district’s Technology Department for 11 years. Paul also coached baseball and basketball teams during his tenure. He received his B.A. and M.A degrees from Glassboro State College.

Paul has donated his time to a variety of schools and churches assisting them in the implementation of technology and staff training. Among them are the Waterford Township School District, Pine Hill School District, Glassboro School District and Church of the Good Shepherd in Berlin, N.J.

His home course is Buena Vista, where in 2010 Paul was the Senior Flight Club Champion. In the SJGA, Paul was the 2002 A Flight Champion and in 2009 and 2012 he was the Senior Amateur B Flight Champion. Paul was the Senior Net Player of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and he was the Cherwien Cup Winner in the Senior Division in 2016.

Sue Bennet, now serves on the SJGA Advisory Board as well as serving on the Tournament Committee for 5 years. She retired in 2014 from the NJ Racing Commission after she worked for 27 years as a Senior State Veterinarian. Sue earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986 from Kansas State University.

In addition to her contributions to the SJGA, Sue is also the Vice President and Tournament Chairman of the Delaware Women’s Golf Association. As a valued member of the Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Delaware, Sue is on both the Golf and Greens committees and she was recently appointed to the Select Committee which will develop a five-year strategic plan for Cripple Creek. Sue is also a member at Jay Peak in Vermont and Cape May National.

Sue has won 19 Club Championships and several Player of the Year titles IN SJGA. During her travels, Sue has played golf in 35 states and in five foreign countries. She has also played in the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Tournament and has served as a volunteer for the LPGA ShopRite Tournament at Seaview.

Joan Boyle, has served as Secretary on the SJGA Board of Directors and has also served on the Team Matches Committee for numerous years prior to being named to the SJGA Advisory Board.

Joan received an AAS degree in in Chemistry at RIT in Rochester, NY and has taken Accounting courses at DCCC and Temple University.

Early on, she worked in the chemistry lab at Pennsylvania Hospital from 1961 - 1963 and worked at American Mail Systems Direct Mail C. from 1975 – 2000, becoming plant manager. She has been at Stone Harbor Golf Club since 2000 and is currently Manager of the Accounting Department.

Joan is a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sea Isle City where she is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Parish Prayer Line, and EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER.

Joan’s home course is Stone Harbor. She was the SJGA Flight Champion in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 and she has recorded 3 Holes-In-One, two at Stone Harbor, both on Hole 12 and one at Avalon Golf Club.

Chris Hunt, has been associated with the SJGA Board of Directors’ first as a member since 2008 and as an Honorary BOD member since 2012. He now serves on the Tournament and Scholarship committees in an Advisory role.

He is the Executive Director of the NJ Golf Foundation which is the charitable arm of the NJ PGA.

Chris received his BS degree in Sports Management with a minor in Communication from Elon University.

He was the Golf Commissioner for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and presently is a baseball coach for the Sacred Heart CYO. Chris is also a basketball coach for the Lumberton Youth organization and serves as an Advisory Board member for the First Tee of Metropolitan NY.

Chris’s home course is Laurel Creek. In 1995 Chris was the youngest player (19) to be named Men’s Club Champion at Golden Pheasant Golf Course. In 2012 and 2015, under his aegis, the NJ PGA won the Herb Graffis Award for exemplary contributions to player development and for growth of the game initiatives.

In 2016 Chris and his playing partner Kim Coll won the SONJ State Championship Gold Medal in the mixed partner division.

Since 2001, Rich Kennedy has been the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Director of Handicapping and Membership Services. He has also been an important contributor in shaping the relationship between the SJGA and the NJSGA. Additionally, he has served as a six year member of the USGA GHIN Steering Committee and under Rich’s directorship the NJSGA received two national awards for distinguished service.

Rich received a B.S. degree in Political Science/History with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University, where he was also a four-year starting pitcher for the Rutgers baseball team, which claimed the school’s first Big East Championship in 1998.

Rich got his golf start as a caddie at Glen Ridge Country Club, and today his home course is Forest Hill Field Club, Bloomfield, NJ. Rich confesses he has not yet won Net or Gross in a golf tournament but he said he can scramble with the best!

Dee Pasternick, has been in the SJGA for four years and this is her first appointment to the SJGA Advisory Board.

She is a retired teacher at both college and high school levels; she taught Health and Physical Education at the University of Richmond, where she also coached field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams. Dee also taught Health and Physical Education and coached in field hockey and lacrosse at Old Dominion University.

At the high school level, Dee taught Health and Physical Education in the East Windsor Regional School District from 1980-2015 at both the high school and middle school levels.

Dee received a B.S. degree from West Chester University and an M.E. degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Dee has an extraordinary history as a coach in field hockey, basketball, boy’s tennis, boy’s golf and softball at a number of high schools and also served as an Assistant Coach for the Rutger’s University field hockey team for eight years. Additionally, Dee was the regional coaching director for the USFHA Futures Olympic Development Program for Region 6 (NJ) for 10 years. Dee has also been a college and high school umpire since 1990.

In recognition to her athletic contributions, Dee was named the 2015 N.J. H.S. Field Hockey Official of the Year, and was inducted twice into the Hightstown H.S. Hall of Fame for both Girls’ Basketball and Field Hockey coaching.

At the international coaching level, as a coach, Dee took her Under 16 National Field Hockey team to the Netherlands, where the team finished 3rd. She also coached the Under 19 team in an international team in Sidney, Australia, and was an assistant coach for the U21 National Team that competed in a Junior World Cup in Seoul, S.K.

Her home courses are Princeton Golf Club and Forsgate Golf Club. Dee’s personal golf achievements include being named the 2016 SJGA Senior Golfer of Year in the Gross division. She won the NJ Senior Games (golf) for the past four years and took 6th place in the National Senior Games in 2015. She looks forward to competing again in the National Games this year in Alabama.

John Petronis, has been a vital part of SJGA as a past SJGA Board member and Tournament Director since 2005. For 2017, he will serve on the SJGA Advisory Board and relinquish his TD position. He is presently the PGA Head Golf and Teaching Professional at Greate Bay Country Club.

He attended Elon University, East Carolina University and Stockton State College. He entered the golf business on January 1st, 1993 in Naples, FL. It was at Quail West CC where he started his PGA Apprenticeship and gave his first golf lesson. From 1993 through 1995, he also trained at the David Leadbetter Academy to expand his knowledge of the golf swing. He then continued his apprenticeship at Galloway National under the mentorship of the PGA's Past President Dick Smith. After Galloway, Petronis moved onto Sand Barren's under the mentorship of Colorado's PGA Section Past Vice President Alden Richards. His next management position was the Pines at Clermont where, in 2000, Petronis had a lot of demand for his rising juniors to showcase their talents. His expertise & reputation landed him the PGA Director of Golf position at Cape May National GC where he mentored under legendary golfer Skee Riegel.

After a successful career in managing golf courses combined with training the best golfers in the Southern NJ Region, it was time for Petronis to venture out on his own and put his vision & experience to a higher use. So, he then founded the JGA Golf Academy & Fitting Center in 2005 shortly after creating the Junior Golfers' Association of America, non-profit 501c3 & the JGA Tour. This led to his creating the JGA College Golf Recruitment Services.

John thrives on helping students with their college acceptances, working with intermediate and advanced students to get college scholarships, believing that there is a “right fit” for everyone who wants to play college golf.

John has received a number of awards, including “Top 40 under 40 Award” honoring the best and brightest young leaders in the greater Atlantic City region and he is a three-time winner of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s Junior Golf Leader. To help you understand the impact that Petronis has had on NJ Golfers, he has been named as a Top 5 Golf Instructor in NJ by GolfStyles' Magazine since 2008 and #2 since 2015!