Board of Directors
Chilo Mendoza, PresidentView Bio
In 2021 Chilo joined the American Golf Team, serving as the Head of Operations for the corporation. Chilo most recently served as the Director of Operations for Topgolf in Arizona, helping grow that brand from 7 locations to over 70 locations worldwide. Chilo has a passion for philanthropy and currently serves on the National Committee for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), a charitable arm of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. His involvement in PGA HOPE since 2016 has helped take the program from 13 HOPE Programs to over 160 nationwide.
Chilo holds a BA in Agribusiness & Resource Management from Arizona State University and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2008. Newly appointed as American Golf Foundation’s President, Chilo is excited to make impacts in the local communities that American Golf Courses serve and promote excitement for the AGF Ambassadors that are the lifeline to the foundation's success!
Brian Bode, Chief Financial OfficerView Bio
Brian has been with American Golf since 1991 where he started at Knollwood Golf Course as Head Golf Professional and General Manager. Since that time, he served as the General Manager at six different American Golf properties in Southern California as well as National Director for the American Golf Learning Centers and various Regional Management positions. Currently, Brian serves as Vice President of Operations overseeing our West Coast Public golf courses
Brian holds a BA in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University and has been a member of the PGA of America since 1992.
Kathy Whitworth, Board MemberView Bio
During an incomparable career spanning nearly three decades, Kathy Whitworth captured 88 official pro tournaments, an all-time record for both men’s and women’s golf; earned LPGA Player of the Year distinction seven times; won six major championships; was the tour's leading money winner eight times; and earned the prestigious Vare Trophy seven times. She was inducted into the LPGA's Hall of Fame in 1975, and in 1981 became the first player in LPGA history to surpass the $1 million barrier in career earnings. Among her numerous accolades, Whitworth received the 1985 William Richardson Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for her consistently outstanding contributions to golf, as well as the 2006 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. For the past 10 years, Whitworth has spearheaded the Kathy Whitworth Invitational Junior Girls Championship at Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth Texas, an event designed to provide talented girls the opportunity to participate at the highest tier of competitive golf on a premier championship course with entry acceptance based on merit rather than means or resources. Whitworth is the author of the recently published book, “Kathy Whitworth’s Little Book of Golf Wisdom.”
Robert A. (Pete) McDaniel, Board MemberView Bio
Pete McDaniel is a retired golf writer, who remains active as a freelancer and blogger for African American Golfers Digest magazine and petemcdaniel.com. He served as interim director of alumni relations at his alma mater, UNC Asheville, from 2014-2015. He was a senior writer/contributing editor for Golf Digest and Golf World magazines from 1993-2013. His primary responsibility for much of that time was to collaborate on instructional and feature articles with Tiger Woods. Prior to joining Golf Digest, he served as a senior writer for Golf World magazine for four years and sports editor of the Hendersonville Times-News for 13 years, where he earned numerous North Carolina Press Association writing awards. Among his many accolades, McDaniel is a recipient of the Harlem YMCA’s Black Achiever in Industry Award and co-authored Earl Woods’ best-selling book, “Training A Tiger.” Inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame and the African American Golfers Hall of Fame, McDaniel also co-authored Tiger Woods’ all-time best-selling golf instruction book, “How I Play Golf,” and wrote the critically acclaimed “Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf.” McDaniel also co-wrote and co-produced the documentary "Uneven Fairways,'' which aired on Golf Channel in 2008. He also helped produce the exhibit “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf’’ at the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is also the author of the unpublished book of poetry titled "22: Musings and Misdemeanors" and is currently writing his autobiography and the biography of his youngest son, Tristan. A native of Arden, N.C., McDaniel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from UNC Asheville. He is the father of four sons and grandfather of 13. His longtime motto remains, "If we can make the time to mind our own business, we won't find time to mind anyone else's."
John Flaschner, Board MemberView Bio
John Flaschner has devoted his more than 30–year career in public relations and community impact to helping people live happier, healthier and more purposeful lives. He currently serves as chief innovation officer at Give Kids The World, a 501(c)(3) non–profit that fulfills all of the wishes from Make–A–Wish and other wish–granting organizations for critically ill children from around the world who want to visit Orlando or take a Disney cruise.
Prior to joining Give Kids The World, he spent 16 years as vice president of community outreach at the PGA TOUR. During his tenure at the TOUR, he launched and spearheaded a global military outreach initiative that has raised more than $20 million for military charities; has been named by the White House among the top 20 charities in the U.S. that support military families; and has helped countless military personnel, wounded heroes, veterans and their families heal from the wounds of war, obtain educational opportunities and jobs, and thrive after military service. He also oversaw the TOUR’s global charitable initiatives; conceptualized a volunteer service excellence program encompassing more than 100,000 volunteers on the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR Champions; and championed the TOUR’s outreach programs for women and families.
Previously he served as VP of public relations and community outreach at American Golf before serving as executive director of the American Golf Foundation. He joined the golf industry after a successful career managing luxury hotel properties. Among his many professional and philanthropic affiliations, John serves on the Board of Directors of the Jordan & Kyra Memorial Foundation and has volunteered for more than 23 years at Give Kids The World.