Meet our new Program Coordinator – Elora Rodriguez

Please meet our new staff member, Elora Rodriguez. She joined our First Tee – Silicon Valley family in February 2022 as a Program Coordinator.

Elora was a program participant in our Eagles program which predated our transition to an official First Tee chapter in 2005. Since then, she received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies/Psychology and her Master of Science in Justice Studies from San Jose State University.  She is a third generation San Jose native who spent years working in San Jose as a Community Service Specialist, a Behavioral Specialist, and a Youth Outreach Worker where she provided direct crisis prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk youth. Additionally, she was the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Notre Dame High School in San Jose.

“First Tee – Silicon Valley has provided me with the necessary space, tools, and support to thrive as a community educator and leader,” says Elora. ”Through strong and intentional collaboration, we as a team and community, are fully capable of empowering youth (on the course and far beyond) to reach their greatest potential!”  

Twenty years after being a program participant, she is now using her acquired experience to be a guiding force for others.

“We are grateful and excited to have Elora join our team,” says Program Director, Chris Moreno-Hunt. “Her experience and passion for serving her community shines through in her interactions with participants, and in her collaboration with our staff. We look forward to learning from her, and working with her to positively impact Silicon Valley youth.”

In addition to assisting with program coordination, you can find Elora coaching at Rancho Del Pueblo and Baylands Golf Links.  If you are interested in joining Elora and other caring First Tee coaches, please let us know!

How to get started

  • Visit our volunteer page and click on the volunteer form.
  • Or contact Julie Donnellan at 408-508-4882 or [email protected]
  • Click here for our volunteer tri-fold for more information
  • We are accepting volunteers year-round, but to be able to coach in the next season you will need to complete the on-boarding steps by 5/15 for Summer, 8/15 for Fall, 11/15 for Winter, and 2/15 for Spring
  • Training provided (golf and life skills)