Empowerment Team


Helyne Joseph, Founder


Grew up in the sunny Caribbean chasing a white ball around the golf course, and has created her own definition of being a professional golfer. Graduated as a Materials Science Engineer, recently earned an Applied Bioinformatics Certification and works in Technology Development within the Biotechnology industry. Earned professional golf status with the Symetra Tour, now a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teachers and operates ETG out of San Diego.

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Chief of Operations


Empowerment Through Golf has been growing steadily and is now seeking to dramatically accelerate growth. The board and chief executive officer (CEO) are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading an executive management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The COO must be a leader who is able to help others at Empowerment Through Golf deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision a reality. Importantly, the successful COO will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission. While it is essential that the COO bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization, is it also critical that the team retain the creative spark that drives the Empowerment Through Golf concept.

Director of Finance


Reporting to the chief executive officer (CEO), the director of finance and administration will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to 10 years. She or he will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and physical infrastructure.

As a member of the senior management team, the director will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives, as well as planning for Empowerment Through Golf’s expansion to multiple new sites both locally and in other cities. In keeping with Empowerment Through Golf’s values, the director will also interact with program recipients as a mentor.

Jamie Gustafson, Communications


Jamie Gustafson is a project engineer with her B.S in Mechanical Engineering currently working for Willdan Energy Solutions. She works on several programs partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric to promote energy efficiency practices and help commercial facilities make key upgrades to reduce energy consumption. Dedicated to pursuing volleyball and is a major advocate for youth involvement in sports. ETG will be the perfect opportunity to continue involvement in the global community, giving back to youth and encouraging involvement in S.T.E.A.M. careers.

Fred Ellis, Partner Relations | Board Member


Fred began his career as an equipment engineer & process engineer in the semiconductor industry, then in the plastics industry before entering the biotech industry. Currently, he leads the operational strategy & portfolio management and is tasked with navigating his company through competing priorities to ensure execution in alignment with corporate initiatives. He hopes to translate his experiences in support of the mission of Empowerment Through Golf.