Meet our Staff

Eric Boedeker

Known for developing innovative strategies and putting them into motion, Eric Boedeker brings over sixteen years of proven success in non-profit association business development and fundraising.

Prior to joining The First Tee of Shawnee County, Mr. Boedeker served in a variety of roles for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Most recently he lead efforts to expand the reach of the association internationally through event management, revenue growth, and membership recruitment. In other capacities with the association, Mr. Boedeker managed the sales team, spearheaded sponsorship development, and focused on developing new business.

Mr. Boedeker got his start with non-profits while working for Allen Press in Lawrence, KS. The printer and publisher also serves in a management capacity for several scientific, medical, and technical associations. Mr. Boedeker served in both the marketing and sales departments during his time there.

Mr. Boedeker graduated with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas and began his professional career here in Shawnee County working for both WIBW and KSNT.

Ryan Colombo

A native of the Shawnee County area, Ryan Colombo is returning to join Community Action and the First Tee of Shawnee County Chapter. Previously, Mr. Colombo worked with several non-profit organizations throughout the country, including Miracle Field – an organization that provides children with physical and mental impairments an opportunity to play baseball and softball. He also worked directly with the organization to land a grant in 2017 that refreshed equipment for the participants.

In addition, Mr. Colombo has been involved with Victory Junction, a camp that is available to children with physical and mental ailments. Victory Junction is under the umbrella of the late Tom Petty’s Foundation and offers sports including golf, archery, baseball, horseback riding and racecar driving.

Mr. Colombo attended Drury University on a baseball and academic scholarship, where he graduated with his B.A. of Management. He was the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017, the Josh Willingham NCAA-II MVP ’17, 4-year Dean’s list recipient, 3-year captain and was known throughout the city of Springfield, Missouri for his willingness to engage in volunteer opportunities that were involving himself with helping young adolescents via sports or life enrichment. Mr. Colombo is a local resident of Shawnee County. He attended Seaman High School, which is where is love for giving back knowledge of life and sports, to the youth, began.

Coach Johnnie Strickland

A dedicated volunteer to the program, Coach Johnnie brings a love of golf and a love of kids to his work.  He has a great understanding of the full curriculum and believes that the 9 core values are essential tools for success in life.