Golf Fore Africa is dedicated to remaining a highly efficient organization with minimal operating expenses. We have only three full-time staff and utilize many wonderful volunteers for our events and special projects. Each officer provides management and oversight of the organization as well as funds to offset the administrative expenses of the operating budget.

BETSY KING
Founder & Board Chair

Betsy King spent 28 years playing on the LPGA tour. She won 34 tournaments including 6 major championships. Elected to the LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fames in 1995, Betsy played on 5 U.S. Solheim Cup teams and was the victorious captain of the 2007 U.S. team. She retired from the LPGA tour in August of 2005 and began Golf Fore Africa in 2007 following a trip to Africa with World Vision in October of 2006. Betsy has been involved with a number of charities including the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, Habitat For Humanity and World Vision.

BILL RALEIGH
Vice Chair

Bill Raleigh’s career was in computers and technology. He was with IBM for 11 years in software and systems engineering positions and at Intel for 21 years. At Intel Bill served in a variety of Senior Management positions including Director of Sales for the Asia Pacific Region and Worldwide Director of Marketing for the Server Group. Locally he served as treasurer for his homeowner’s association and as a school volunteer. He graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University and did graduate work at Marist College. Bill and his wife Diane are the proud parents of three children and nine grandchildren. They are passionate about Golf Fore Africa’s mission and have supported it through volunteer activity and annual contributions for several years.

CAROLINA LLANO
Treasurer

Carolina is a Senior Relationship Manager for GM Advisory Group.  As a direct point of contact for clients, she is a key resource for leveraging GM Advisory Group’s collective intelligence to provide solutions in investments, financial and state planning, insurance and more.  Prior to GM Advisory Group, she served as a Vice President, Relationship Manager at FineMark National Bank & Trust for eight years.

Carolina played college golf at Pepperdine University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business.  After graduating from Pepperdine, she played on the LPGA and Futures tours for about five years.  Carolina earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.  She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER designation.  Carolina is a native of Medellin, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. 

CHERYL D’ANNA
Director, since 2018

A 30 year veteran of the real estate industry, Cheryl D’Anna has been an owner and an agent with the most recognizable name in real estate, Sotheby’s International Realty. She is consistently ranked in the top 3% of agents in Arizona. Since co-founding Elevating Luxury Properties, her sales have exceeded $185,000,000 and her team is ranked as one of America’s Best real estate teams.

Cheryl’s success stems from her belief in building long-term relationships with her clients and becoming their trusted advisor. Her greatest satisfaction comes from exceeding her clients’ expectations with her combined exceptional service, integrity, and enthusiasm. She takes great pride in finding buyers the right community that meets the lifestyle that best suits their needs and wants while developing innovative strategies that provide international exposure for clients selling their homes. She is driven by her time-tested principle of service above self-interest.

Cheryl’s passion for helping others transcends real estate. She personally supports many charities and is recognized as an industry icon for her work with Golf Fore Africa, of which she is a board member. In her free time, Cheryl loves hiking in the high Sonoran Desert with her husband and Australian Cattle Dog, playing golf and pickleball.

ROBERT FINK
Director

Robert J. Fink first served as a Golf Fore Africa Board member from 2008-2010, and has provided planning, financial, and fundraising assistance since then. He served as Treasurer from 2008 to 2010 and as the head of Financial Services from 2010-2016, during which time he was responsible for overseeing the financial accounting and compliance to IRS rules and regulations. He has worked with Golf Fore Africa’s CPA and Auditor in developing the annual 990’s submitted to the IRS and state of AZ. He has helped develop the annual budget, fundraising campaigns, and written polices and procedures for Golf Fore Africa. Bob served as Rank Captain in the Marine Corps. Bob’s professional experience has come from thirty years at Miller Brewing Co. in all facets of executive operations.

CHRIS HARDY
Director, since 2016

Chris Hardy currently serves as a WGA Board member for the Captains Golf Club in Brewster, MA and the Marketing Chair for the Tonto Verde Golf Community in AZ.  Chris earned her undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MBA in marketing from the Wharton Graduate School.  As the former Marketing Director of SmithKline Pharmaceuticals and Scott Paper, along with 12 years as a Marketing Research Consultant, Chris brings extensive marketing experience to Golf Fore Africa.  Chris has been a donor and volunteer with Golf Fore Africa for over ten years, working with the Pro-Am Golf events and as a table sponsor for the Strong Women Strong World luncheons.

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SHARON HEITZ
Director

Sharon spent 42 years as a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics.  Her occupation led her through the introduction of disabled children into the school system for the first time with passage of the public law 94-142 in 1975.  She was the physical therapist hired to teach staff and educators how to work with their severe/profound population serving all schools in the St. Louis County public school system.  She also developed week-long programs for teachers and supervisors given at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Sharon was recruited by the St. Louis University as an Assistant Professor to develop the curriculum for pediatrics for undergraduates in physical therapy and soon after for post graduate study as a specialized degree.  During this time she was on the Board for Sanford Brown secondary school and help create a program for physical therapy assistants that was successfully implemented.  Sharon then left St. Louis University to create a private practice for children to be seen at home and in their natural environment such as pre-school.  TheraPedics “took off” and within six years there were 47 physical, occupational and speech therapists.  TheraPedics served the home care needs of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, many of the St. Louis schools and three counties in southern Illinois.

Moving to Arizona with her husband Larry after retiring, Sharon refocused her life direction.  They are members of McDowell Mountain Church and are committed to a mission for foster children.  Both have supported Golf Fore Africa for many years, believing in the intervention to improve life of the Zambian people and that water truly does change lives.

PATTY HORN
Director

Patty Horn is a former Emergency Room Nurse of 22 years, as well as an accomplished songwriter and performer.  She and her family relocated from the Philadelphia area to Tucson 32 years ago.  Patty has been married to her husband, Charlie for 45 years and have two grown married children, Matthew and Jennie and four grandchildren.  Patty and Charlie spend their summers playing golf in Flagstaff, AZ.  They also enjoy traveling, spending time in Italy, and entertaining in their Italian Villa.  Patty loves to cook and entertain, and enjoys fine wines, oil painting, writing music, singing, photography, creating original recipes, and playing guitar.  Patty’s latest interests include daily meditations, raising chickens and growing vegetables in her recently built professional greenhouse.  Another strong passion of Patty’s is her interest in helping to provide clean water for those in Africa.  After a trip to Africa in 2018, with Golf Fore Africa and World Vision, she fell in love with the charity’s cause, the continent and the people.  She and Charlie have definite plans to return when it is possible.

Up until her involvement with GFA, she had never found a charity that made her feel as passionate and motivated to “make a difference”.  She loves everything about this charity and takes comfort in knowing that the money she and her husband donate is being used where it was intended.  Together they have funded several hand pumped wells, two mechanized wells, and a baby wash station.  She has also orchestrated providing several wells with friends who joined together for this great cause.  She has been a guest speaker for GFA’s luncheons and has appeared in videos for their fundraising events.  For fundraising events, Patty has donated a “5 Course Dinner with Wine Pairings for Ten People” at her Italian villa.  She also donated an original oil painting of an Elephant Parade at sunset inspired by her trip to Africa that raised $1,100.  She and her husband hope to continue making a difference as long as there is a need for clean drinking water throughout the world.  Patty was accepted as a GFA Board Member in 2021 and hopes to do what she can to get the job done!

CAROL ANN PETREN
Director, since 2016

Carol Ann Petren is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and received her J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from the University of Missouri School of Law. Carol has board experience with Assoc. of Corp. Counsel and Equal Justice Works and is currently Vice Chairman of the Lupus Foundation of America, a member of the Legends Tour Global Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ.  She has many years of work experience in domestic and international legal and public affairs with CIGNA, MCI, Sears and 18 years of litigation defense and insurance experience in Washington D.C.  Carol traveled to Africa with GFA in May 2015, inspiring her involvement with and passion for Golf Fore Africa.

WENDY POSILLICO
Director, since 2009

Wendy Posillico has spent most of her career committed to teaching and coaching.  Wendy, an LPGA Teaching Professional, has played on the Futures Tour, Canadian Tour, as well as the Cactus Tour.  Prior to committing to professional golf, Wendy earned a BS in Education from the University of Vermont and further pursued her passion for teaching by earning a Masters Degree in Special Education from New York University in 1996.  In October of 2007 she traveled to Africa with Betsy King, World Vision, and other LPGA players.  She returned to Africa in June of 2017 to dedicate a well to the villagers of Mudeu.  In 2016, Wendy became a Bullet Proof and High Performance Coach.

AARON STEAD
Director, since 2017

Aaron Stead is a business leader and avid golfer who balances community involvement and executive roles at high-growth start-ups. He is very passionate about all aspects of the game of golf. Aaron is an accomplished amateur player and co-founder of the Capital Canyon Club in Prescott, Arizona.  He’s been a Friend of Golf for Africa for many years.  Aaron resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Nicole and daughter Piper. As a business leader, Aaron has helped software businesses accelerate growth.  Aaron is currently Chief Revenue Officer at Booker, a SaaS business management platform.  Prior to Booker, he served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at InfusionSoft, where he ushered the company to more than 10x growth in both revenue (from $10M to $110M) and size (from 50 employees to more than 650).  He brings extensive experience in every aspect of business operations including sales, marketing, strategic business development, partner programs, and customer loyalty and retention.  Aaron has an M.B.A. from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University and a B.A. in Business Administration and Communication from Arizona State University.

KENDALL DYE
Director and Staff Member

Kendall was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Edmond, OK.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 with a degree in Communications and turned professional in golf after graduation.  She held full status on Ladies European Tour in 2012, LPGA Symetra Tour 2010-2014 and 2016-17.  Kendall earned full LPGA status for the 2015 season and conditional status in 2016.  She traveled to Zambia with Golf Fore Africa in December of 2015.  Winner twice each on the Symetra and CactusTours, and was the 2014 Colorado Women’s Open champion.

Kendall joined the Golf Fore Africa staff full-time in 2022.