Nancy retired as an editor/writer from California State University, Hayward (now CSU, East Bay) after a long career as a teacher, writer, editor and public information administrator. She holds degrees in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and in education from CSU, Hayward. The San Jose, Calif., native has written books for the National School Safety Center, served as a legislative aide to the late Rep. Robert T. Matsui, and worked many years as Public Information Officer for Sierra Community College in Rocklin, Calif., and for the California Community Colleges Office of the Chancellor. She joined the board of the Veterans Golf Program as news media advisor.
Michael is a retired journalist with more than 40 years working on newspapers,
including stints as reporter, columnist and editor. He retired after teaching journalism and
advising for the student newspaper at California State University, Hayward (now CSU, East Bay).
The Oakland, Calif., native holds degrees in journalism from the University of California,
Berkeley, and in mass communications from San Jose State University.
He worked many years at The Sacramento Union newspaper.
He joined the board of the Veterans Golf Program shortly after its founding.
Mark is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his 3 year commitment, he served as a platoon commander with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Mark’s unit was one of the first Marine units involved with Operation Desert Shield and the lead element for Task Force Ripper in Operation Desert Storm.
After resigning his commission, Mark accepted a sales position with UARCO, a national printing company. Several years later, he opened his own promotional merchandise business; Ideal Printing, Promos & Wearables, Inc.
In 2008, Mark co-founded the National Marine Corps Business Network, a business network exclusive to Marines and Navy Corpsmen. The network has several active chapters across the country totaling 6000 members nationwide and growing.
Dane became an assistant golf professional while attending the University of New Mexico in the mid 80’s and is a class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America. Dane has worked from
the ground up in the golf business and has a wealth of experience in nearly every aspect of golf;
from owning and operating multiple golf equipment stores in the Sacramento area to playing
on developmental tours on the west coast. The past 18 years Dane had been the
Head Professional/General Manager at two Sacramento County municipal golf courses.
At those facilities Dane taught and implemented many innovative developmental golf programs as well as built very successful teaching programs that included a golf fitness performance studio, and a junior golf academy that got golfers started out on the right path and increased the fun they have playing golf.
Dane has a passion for learning and helping people enjoy and get better at golf. Early in his career,
Dane began crafting the language and teaching style that best help golfer’s solve issues in their game.
“My membership in the PGA has given me the opportunity to study the game under the best instructors in the country”. Dane is a PGA Hope Certified Instructor and has developed a style of instruction over
many years that teach students how to be their own coach so that they can enjoy golf for a life time.
My name is Ann, I'm an original member of the "Veterans Golf Team" which started approximately 6 plus years ago with 6 members and has grown to well over 100 members. Being involved with other veteran groups, I can say without a doubt this program has been the most enjoyable, beneficial and meaningful program that I've witnessed. Having a close rapport with the majority of the members, I know I'm speaking for them also! This is Family!!! Endless thanks to Col. Neff and his associates for this wonderful program.
The VGP means a tremendous amount to me. Week after week we get help from the best PGA golf coaches along with the other five coaches we have. This is is all thanks to the mastermind, the cornerstone of our program; he is the wings of the angel that our program is. We are given one on one help week after week. They help us with our putting, chipping and hitting of the balls on the driving range. They point out the good and the bad in our performance; they are the best. Sometimes I just like to hit the ball as hard as I can. Just smash that ball. It releases any tension, frustration, and anger I have. Just smash it! I find it good for my soul. I’ve gotten to play tournaments at a handful of beautiful golf courses. The program has improved
my handicap from a 20+ to a 16. Through this, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some of the
best brothers this country has to offer.
We also play tournaments. I got to go to Reno for three days and stay at the Sands Casino,
all meals included and with no expense to us. It was a two-person scramble but I had the chance
to meet three other brothers that I had a great time with. Having the multi day tournament was so great because it really gave us the time to get to know each other and have lots of fun. We also always have
a great time at our own Mather golf course tournaments. Our home tournament funds the uniforms
we wear proudly. I’m sure every other member of the Veterans Golf Program can agree with me when
I say that this program has changed my life for the better. Patrick