NYSGA Announces Staffing Changes

November 03, 2015

Syracuse, NY - The end of the 2015 season brings changes to the NYSGA.

The NYSGA lost an important asset recently when Ranelle Graber, the Manager of Communications and Development, decided to pursue higher education opportunities in her home state of Wisconsin. Graber began at the NYSGA in the spring of 2012 as the USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern, and was hired as a full-time staff member that same fall. She spearheaded the association’s special functions, including most recently the 2015 NYSGA Hall of Fame, and provided essential support and leadership in several key areas including the Foundation, Rules and Competitions, Course Ratings, Communications, and Committee Relations.

Graber’s departure initiated a staffing restructuring that touched nearly every department at the NYSGA.

A major element of this restructuring includes the hiring of Zach Sullivan, the 2015 USGA P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern, as the Manager of Tournament Operations. Sullivan’s focus in his first year will be the administration of the popular NYSGA Amateur Series, a collection of one-day net tournaments, and NYSGA championships (including their qualifiers). He has also been assigned as the staff person in charge of the NYSGA Junior Championship, with the goal of increasing junior engagement and participation.

Executive Director Bill Moore will add Course Rating administration to his list of responsibilities, which includes GHIN sales and servicing, managing the NYSGA office building (purchased in fall of 2014), and overseeing the association’s day-to-day activities and finances.

Andrew Hickey, who has worked in the Rules and Competition department since 2009, has been promoted to Assistant Executive Director. In addition to his current responsibilities overseeing the association’s tournament and rules education programs, Hickey will add oversight of NYSGA Scholarship Fund and Communication Department to his new role.

Deb Spilman, a recent addition to the NYSGA team this spring as the administrative assistant, is now responsible for volunteer communications and coordinating special events, including the NYSGA’s spring and annual meetings.