Alan Seamans is the Executive Director of the CNY PGA. Seamans joined the section in 2007 as Tournament Director before becoming its Executive Director in 2010.
Seamans, a native of Cortland, supervises a staff of 8 full- and part-time section employees and works in conjunction with the section’s Board of Directors. His administrative skills include working with community partners to promote the game of golf and elevate the stature of PGA Professionals.
Seamans, who became a PGA Professional in 2014, oversees the business operations of the section and the section’s foundation. Seamans, a 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College, also helped direct the section home-site acquisition and renovation of the CNY PGA headquarters in Jamesville.
Seamans’ vision and leadership has been integral to the development of CNY PGA programming. He is dedicated to the growth of the sport and is active in facilitating tournaments and player development initiatives on both the local and national levels. He was awarded the 2018 CNY PGA Horton Smith Award for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.
Seamans and his wife, Caitlin, reside in Syracuse with their three children.
Trish Wheeler is the Membership Director for the CNY PGA. Wheeler has been with the section for 30 years and has seen incredible growth within the section. Wheeler and the section staff works closely as a team for implementation and execution of membership activities.
Wheeler also works directly with CNY PGA Committee Chairperson(s) overseeing the Hall of Fame, Scholarship, Special Awards and Member Club Programs. Wheeler was named a Central New York PGA Honorary Member in 2017.
In addition to her regular duties, Wheeler coordinates the section’s Folds of Honor Pro-Am Tournament which is held in September at Tuscarora Golf Club. Under the direction of Wheeler, the section raises thousands of dollars annually which aids in educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
Wheeler and her husband, Jim, reside in Camillus.
Joe Tesori is the Tournament Director for the CNY PGA. Tesori, a PGA Associate, manages the section’s competitive tournaments, supports membership activities in addition to cultivating sponsorships with businesses and companies to increase revenue. He also helps monitor the social media accounts & website.
Tesori graduated from Jamesville-DeWitt High School in 2004 and LeMoyne College in 2008. At LeMoyne, he was named Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year in his sophomore season and his junior season was a member of the first Dolphins team in program history to compete in the NCAA National Championship.
Tesori followed in the footsteps of his father, PGA hall of famer Joe Sr., into the coaching ranks. He currently coaches the SUNY Cortland’s women’s golf team where he earned Empire 8 Coach of the Year honors in 2017-2018. Tesori has guided Cortland State to 8 school records in his 7 seasons along with the program’s first trip to the NCAA National Championship in 2014.
The former owner of the Pro Shop at The Pompey Club, has a wealth of golf knowledge and takes great pride in being a PGA Professional.
Tesori, his wife Sarah and children Charles & Anthony reside in DeWitt.
Brittany Siechen is the Player Development Director for the CNY PGA. Siechen oversees the section’s Junior Tour, Drive Chip and Putt programs, the section’s PGA Junior League, Green$ Card sales, Women’s Golf Association and other player development initiatives. She also monitors the CNYPGA’s social media accounts, website and marketing.
A Niagara University graduate, Siechen competed for 4 years on the women’s golf team. Most recently, Siechen served as the assistant golf professional at Timber Banks Golf Club & Marina. Siechen also spent time in the same role at The Cavalry Club and Lakeshore Yacht & CC.
Siechen is the prior Women’s Golf Coach at Le Moyne College. As a former player with the CNY PGA Junior Tour, Siechen has a good understanding of what’s needed to help the next generation of golfers and is committed to the idea of giving back to the golf community.
Siechen resides in Chittenango with her fiance Andrew and their dog Monte.
Fran Piraino assists the Section as a Communications Manager. Piraino contributes to the Section’s social media presence by creating and posting content on its platforms in an effort to promote the Section and its members.
Her duties also include covering and photographing Central New York PGA Section tournaments and providing website content as well as photo galleries from events. Piraino is responsible for writing the biographies of CNY PGA Hall of Fame members.
Piraino, a graduate of Le Moyne College, worked for more than 20 years with The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com as sports reporter covering varsity sports and bowling until 2009. Her byline (M.F. Piraino) has appeared in numerous local and national publications such as the Central New York Good Life Magazine, the CNY Golfer, the Syracuse New Times, the Auburn Citizen, the Utica Observer-Dispatch and Bowlers Journal International Magazine.
Piraino and her husband Bob reside in Syracuse.
Dylan Plis, of Camillus, accepted an internship with the Central New York PGA Section for the 2021 season.
Plis, who graduated from Franklin Pierce University this spring, began his internship this month. He will assist the CNY PGA staff as the Tournament Operations Intern. Plis will work Section events and CNY PGA Junior Tour events as well as playing a key role in the Section’s social media engagement efforts.
“What I’m looking forward to most is working with all the players and staff on a professional level and to learn from everyone throughout the CNY community,” Plis said.
Plis, a graduate of West Genesee High School, competed for the Franklin Pierce men’s golf team for four years. He earned Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honors twice and was the NE-10 Rookie of the Year. Locally, Plis won the 2018 Syracuse District Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Plis earned his college degree in Sports and Recreation Management and minored in Marketing. His professional goal is to find a career within the golf Industry. He also plans to continue to play competitive golf when his schedule allows.