Kate Tempesta

Founder, Owner and President of Fun

Favorite aspect of KTUGA: “Creating an empowering, child centric, PLAYful learning environment and watching children shine.”

Kate Tempesta’s education, and early career, focused on exercise science and fitness. She later transitioned to the educational arena where she created and taught the movement education program at St. Thomas More Play Group for ten years. After becoming an LPGA T&CP member, she founded the Urban Golf Academy to combine her passions for golf, early childhood education, and movement. To this day she considers herself to have the best job in the world.

Kate has spoken on several panels about growing the game of golf, including the Inaugural PGA of America Junior Golf Summit, the National Golf Course Owners Association Annual Conference, Proponent Group’s Power of 6 and Under presentation, as well as the Youth & Family Golf Summit at the 2014 PGA Show. Additionally, the PGA of Canada invited Kate to take part in their professional development series, offering Canadian PGA members the opportunity to learn some of the best practices of UGA. The most useful of which are UGA’s trademark “Birdie-isms”; effective and engaging metaphors that take the complex physical, mental, and emotional concepts of golf and make them both accessible and memorable for children.

Over the years, with Kate at the helm, UGA has provided the joy of golf to 1,000 children annually. Most recently, Kate has engaged with her team to develop the Birdie Basics and Birdie Basics Pro boxes; a joint curriculum, lecture series, and utility kit that gives parents, teachers, and professional coaches alike the tools and access to implement UGA’s proven methods to turn their children and students into lifelong golfers.

Kate resides on the Upper West Side of New York City. In her spare time, you can find Kate kickboxing, swinging a sword and planning how UGA can positively effect children the world over. Kate regularly practices gratitude and believes in leaving each day a little better off than when it started.

Mari Lazar

Managing Director of Getting Things Done

Favorite aspect of KTUGA: Being around all the coaches and Kate as they discuss classes and share stories of the children. The passion and joy is contagious.

Mari Lazar, Managing Director of Getting Things Done is a business strategist with over 25 years’ experience working with small, growing entrepreneurial service firms for the more than 15 years, she managed numerous children’s and educational programs. Mari manages all aspects of the business operations behind UGA. She knows how to break down a challenge, divide and conquer the work, and follow through to get results. she has a successful track record of creating and revising organizational systems to manage company growth.

Mari joined KTUGA in 2008 after witnessing Kate’s magical approach to teaching children golf in action with her two children then ages four and seven. In 2015, she took two years off from the daily role to while remaining as a consultant for Kate. During this time, she worked in operations at Thinkso, the wonderful creative agency who handles KTUGA’s branding and marketing.

Prior to KTUGA, Mari was a consultant at Comprehensive Network managing staffing, interoffice workflow, and recruitment. She helped the small organization grow from a small operation to a multi-million dollar company. Previously, Mari was a senior associate at a marketing firm in the financial services sector.

Mari has a BA in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, Pilates and spin.