Executive Staff

Jennifer Blackwood
Executive Director
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A North Carolina native and graduate of Queens College in Charlotte, Jennifer moved to Roanoke in 1998.  Since arriving in the Valley, Jennifer has worked in non-profit development for Mill Mountain Theatre and Center in the Square.  Previous experience includes marketing and development work for non-profits in Tennessee and North Carolina.  Jennifer has served as the Executive Director of First Tee – Roanoke Valley since the effort was started in 2003.

Bill Rader, PGA
Program Director
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A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Bill moved to Roanoke in October 1999. Bill and his wife Michelle married in 2004 and have two wonderful boys, Jackson and Henry.

Bill began his golf career at Countryside Golf Course, and then later served as Billy McBride III’s assistant golf professional at Westlake Golf & Country Club. In May 2013, Bill was elected into the Professional Golfers’ Association, earning membership as a Class-A PGA Teaching Professional.  In 2014, Coach Bill joined First Tee – Roanoke Valley and earned The First Tee Coach status in 2016.