Fred Corcoran, Executive Director
Fred worked for over 30 years in the financial services industry, specializing in tax-exempt bonds. He has previous experience working for non-profits, having founded the Municipal Bond Club of Boston Charity Auction, and having done fund-raising for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and serving as Treasurer and Board member of Little Brothers of the Elderly in Boston.
With the late Charles W. Stine, Fred was a co-founder of Disabled Golfers of Florida. Sponsored by The Golf Association of Florida, this outreach program promoted golf as a therapeutic alternative and enhancement for persons of all disabilities: blind, amputee, stroke and cancer survivors, Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder victims, Special Olympians and others.
Fred has a rich personal and family history in golf. His uncle and namesake, Fred Corcoran, is enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was Tournament Director of the PGA, and a co-founder of the LPGA. Fred’s father, John, and his uncle, Bill Corcoran, both succeeded Fred as Executive Secretaries of the Mass. Golf Association. The Corcoran brothers’ tenure extended over 42 consecutive years at MGA.
Fred “II” wrote, edited, and produced a guide to the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches, held at The Country Club, in Brookline, MA. The booklet was distributed by Panorama throughout the Boston area, and won special recognition from The Boston Globe and The Massachusetts Golfer for historic and editorial content.
Fred is a graduate of St. Sebastian’s School and Harvard College. He attended Boston College Law School. After living in Manchester-by-the-Sea for 23 years and south Florida for 6 ½ years, he once again resides in Wellesley, MA.
Head Golf Professional, Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course, Brookline, MA
Brian is a 1997 graduate of Bryant College, where he was a Francis Ouimet Scholar, golf team member, and Dean’s List student. He has been the Head PGA Professional at Robert T. Lynch Municipal since 2002. Brian’s ongoing dedication to growing the game of golf and to getting Veterans back into the game is remarkable. He is the recipient of too many awards to list here, but some of them include: the 2011 National PGA President’s Plaque for Growth of the Game Initiatives, the 2009 and 2010 NEPGA President’s Plaque for Growth of the Game Initiatives, and 2008 NEPGA Junior Golf Leader. Brian serves on many Committees, including the National PGA Junior Golf Committee (2009-2012) and the New England PGA, Board of Directors (2010-2011).
Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Elmer C. Bartels has been a national leader in vocational rehabilitation and independent living for the past four decades. He has successfully carried out his commitment to advancing the rights of people with disabilities for more than 40 years. His life story exemplifies his skills and abilities to bring people with diverse interests together to work for the common goal of independence for people with disabilities.
Bartels became a quadriplegic during a hockey accident in 1960 while a senior at Colby College. His role evolved from that of citizen advocate to public administrator in 1977 when he was appointed Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission by Governor Michael S. Dukakis. He enjoyed seven consecutive gubernatorial appointments until 2007 and is recognized as a national disability leader on issues related to employment and independent living.
He helped the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in drafting the legislation that passed as The Americans with Disabilities Act, and was a founder and still Board member of the Boston Center for Independent Living. He currently serves as Chief Consultant with ECB Consulting, and as a Trustee of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Head PGA Professional, Braintree Municipal Golf Course; Director of Golf, NEAGA
Bob Beach has been a class A member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America since 1985. He is a Watertown, MA native who graduated in 1975 from Norwich University. Bob has been the head golf professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course for twenty one years.
In 1996 Beach received the New England Section of PGA’s Junior Golf Leader Award. He was recognized as the NEPGA Teacher of the Year in 2005. Bob was named the Top Golf Instructor in Massachusetts by Golf Digest for 2011-2012.
He is the the inaugural recipient of the NEPGA Patriot Award, which is presented to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.
Sports Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America, New England
A United States Marine Corp Veteran, Brad served as a Military Police Officer, and spent three years in the Marine Corp before his injury. Brad has been a member of the NEPVA since 1988, and has served as a Board Member since 2007.
He was recently appointed Sports Director. Brad has attended seven Summer Veterans Games and four Winter Veterans Games in Colorado, and has been involved in Wheelchair Sports since his injury, and worked on the US Developmental Olympic Team for Wheelchair Racing.
Brad’s interests include deep sea fishing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, and now – golf!
A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Steven is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1462 and American Legion Post 86, both in Braintree, MA. He spent 18 years as the Contracting Officer for General Services Administration at the T.P O’Neill Jr. Federal Building in Boston. Steven currently serves as the volunteer coordinator for Special Needs Golf Clinics on Monday nights and volunteers with the Super Saturday Golf Tournament and Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) at the Braintree Municipal Golf Course. He also volunteers for the Super Saturday 5K Run/Walk at Braintree High School and the Friendship Home Golf Tournament at Pinehills Golf Course in Plymouth. He also currently volunteers for clinics for disabled veterans at the Cedar Hills Golf Course in Stoughton, the Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy and at the Brockton VA Hospital.
Steven is married to Rita and has two children, son Kevin and daughter Kathleen.
Early Intervention Program Consultant, Greater Boston Spinal Cord Injury Association
Jerry Donovan graduated from Catholic Memorial High School, Class of 1979 where he played hockey. After graduation, Jerry worked for Boston Gas for 22 years before his spinal cord injury in 1999 that left him in a coma, then as a T-6 paraplegic.
Currently Jerry is working with newly-paralyzed people adjusting to life in a wheelchair at the Greater Boston Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association. His passion is introducing others with similar challenges to the game of golf, to enjoy playing and being with friends on the golf course. Jerry has always led an active life and being in a wheelchair does not stop him from doing everything he has done and more. Jerry works out religiously at Spaulding Rehab in Boston, and keeps himself in remarkable condition.
His mantra is: “With a positive attitude, there is no stopping me from having a full and wonderful life.”
Attorney, Private Practice
Peter supervises our Private Client practice group. He represents individuals and families in all aspects of estate planning, tax planning, and trust and estate administration. Peter also serves as a professional trustee of many client trusts, including high net worth trusts which demand more sophisticated knowledge of investment matters and trust administration.
In connection with his tax and private client practices, Peter oversees the preparation of income tax returns for individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and partnerships, gift tax returns, estate tax returns, and private foundation returns. Having worked as a tax attorney for over 40 years, Peter has a thorough understanding of the complexities of practicing before the Internal Revenue Service and other government entities, allowing him to effectively advocate on behalf of his clients in negotiations with these institutions.
Peter is a past Director of the Boston Estate Planning Council and has spoken on numerous occasions on estate planning and income tax topics. He is a past instructor at the Insurance Institute, Northeastern University on Estate Planning and Accounting and Business Valuation, and is a chartered life underwriter (CLU). He has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and is AV® Preeminent™ rated by the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.
Robert H. Flynn
Attorney, Private Practice
Bob was graduated from Boston College, Class of 1970, and received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in June of 1973. Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1974, the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1976, the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit and in 1993, The United States Supreme Court.
Bob provides over 35 years of experience in areas that most concern our constituency of physically challenged athlete-golfers: Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Spinal Injury; Automobile Accidents and Injuries; Products Liability; Construction Accidents; Medical Malpractice; Construction Law; Professional Liability and Negligence.
His expertise not only alerts N.E.A.G.A. about potential liability situations, but Bob can offer his professional skills to those whose current physical limitations resulted from one of the aforementioned areas of law. He is a member of: The American Bar Association (Past Chair, TIPS Economics Committee; Vice Chair, Solo and Small Law Firm Committee), Massachusetts, Boston, and Norfolk Bar Associations; American Association for Justice (ATLA); Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association; and American Arbitration Association. Member, Industrial and Commercial Law Review. Principal, Fay, Flynn & Fay, P.C., 1973-2001.
Rev. Ross Lilley
Founder and Executive Director, AccesSportAmerica
Rev. Ross W. Lilley attended Hobart College and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1978. He then graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with a Masters of Divinity in 1983.
He served as pastor of South Acton Congregational Church from 1983 until 2001 when he became able to fully devote his time and efforts to AccesSport. In 1983, Ross also began developing windsurf adaptations to make the sport of windsurfing more accessible. The endeavor to adapt the sport was part of a greater interest in creating places and activities to overcome disparity and discrimination in the disabled community.
Ross has taught windsurfing and adapting equipment for people with disabilities since 1983. In 1986, the Lilley’s son, Joshua, was born with cerebral palsy and resulting spastic quadriplegia. Although Joshua uses an electric wheelchair and can walk with assistance, Josh and Ross began windsurfing together when Josh was four years old. Eventually, the two sailed 10 miles in their own windsurfing marathon. Due to their efforts, the Lilleys have appeared in over twenty publications and televised programs including Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and American Windsurfer.
The Massachusetts Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sport awarded Ross the 1996 Neighborhood Superstar Award for those individuals dedicated to improving Boston’s citizens and communities through the advancement of diverse sports and fitness programs. In 2000 and again in 2009, (a rare occurrence) he received the Heroes Among Us Award from the Boston Celtics, honoring “people who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others” and presented to individuals who, “through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community.”
Dr. Donald Shelton Pierce
Retired Orthopedic Surgeon & Educator
Dr. Pierce has had an extensive career in orthopedic surgery and medicine, as practitioner and educator. In his 40+ year career, he has taught at the University of California Medical School, J.P. Kennedy Junior Memorial Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He retired as Senior Orthopedic Surgeon from Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) in 2000. Dr. Pierce is the author of The Total Care of Spinal Cord Injuries (1977) and co-author of Amputees and Their Porstheses (1971).
A member of numerous medical and surgical associations, Dr. Pierce has also been involved with the Wellesley (Massachusetts) Friendly Aid Association, the Family Service Counseling Region West (Wellesley), the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Planning Commission and the Maine Retired Skippers Race. Dr. Pierce is married to Janet Ten Broeck and they have four children: Donald, Stanton, Frederick and Jennifer.
Joe Sprague, Jr.
Executive Director, Massachusetts Golf Association
Joe is the former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Golf Association, directing its programs for over eight years. He worked for R.I.G.A. for 8 years prior to ascending to the Directorship.
Joe is a graduate of Providence College, Class of 1984, with a B.A. in English. Prior to his RIGA experience, he caddied on the PGA Tour before coming back to Rhode Island and assisting his father, Joe Sprague Sr., at the RIGA.
National Area Supervisor, Disabled American Veterans, Massachusetts Chapter
Dan is an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from August, 1969 through April, 1973. After his Air Force service, he was hired as a National Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans. In his 32-year career with the national organization, he held a myriad of management positions. Since 1998, Dan has been the National Area Supervisor for the New England area.
Dan “retired” in November of 2005, and immediately assumed his current position at the Disabled American Veterans Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Partner, Rogers, Suleski & Associates, LLC
Randy is a partner in the CPA firm of Rogers, Suleski & Associates, LLC in Needham, MA and has been an active golfer since the age of 12. Prior to suffering a stroke in 2006 that left him with left side hemiplegia, Randy was an active single digit handicap at Brae Burn Country Club in Newtonville, MA. Randy has returned to the golf course playing one-handed and enjoys playing and competing as often as possible. Randy is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.