MR. JUSTIN BARRONER, MBA, MS, PGA
CAL U PGM PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Mr. Justin Barroner came to California University in 2005 to help develop and grow the University’s Professional Golf Management Program. Since this time, Mr. Barroner has helped build an internship program which highlights over 200 facilities across the country including Congressional Country Club (Host of the 1997 and 2011 US OPEN Championships), Crooked Stick Golf Club (Host of the 2007 US Women’s Amateur Championship and the 2009 US Senior Open), Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Host of the 2003–2006 PGA Tour 84 Lumber Classic), and The Broadmoor Resort (Host of the 2008 US Senior Open and 2011 US Women’s Open). Justin also coached the Cal U Varsity Men’s Golf Team in 2006 and 2007 leading them to their first tournament win since the team’s inception in 2005.
In January of 2008, Mr. Barroner was named the Professional Golf Management Program Director and has been at the helm of the program ever since. Mr. Barroner also received the 2008 & 2009 Tri-State PGA, Horton Smith Award for his outstanding and continuing contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for current and aspiring PGA Golf Professionals, the Tri-State PGA's Junior Golf Leadership Award in 2010, and in 2012 was elected to a two-year term on the Tri-State PGA's Board of Directors.
Prior to coming to California University, Justin worked at Woodmont Country Club, an exclusive private country club located just outside Washington, DC. During his time at Woodmont Country Club, he oversaw the golf shop operations and provided golf instruction to over 100 different students completing over 400 hours of instruction each year. Justin Barroner also worked as a golf professional at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida; Huntingdon Valley Country Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware; and The Penn State Golf Courses in State College, Pennsylvania. During his experiences, he worked with Todd Anderson, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructor at the Breakers Resort, and under Jack Connelly, President of the PGA of America 2000-2002.
Mr. Barroner grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and received his education at Penn State University in the Professional Golf Management Program. He was also a member of the Schreyers Honors College at Penn State and completed a thesis on Employee Motivation. During this time, he worked to earn his PGA Membership. In order to earn this prestigious membership, he spent five years studying all aspects of the game of golf. Mr. Barroner holds a Masters degree in Sport Management from Cal U and recently (2013) completed an MBA from Clarion University and is also one of only a handful of members of the PGA of America to hold certification in all 6 of the PGA's areas of Professional Certification.
DR. VANESSA MACKINNON, PGA, LPGA, ED.D, MA, MS
CAL U PGM INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF EXERCISE SCIENCE AND SPORT STUDIES
Dr. Vanessa MacKinnon is the internship coordinator for the Professional Golf Management (PGM) program and an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies. Prior to coming to Cal U in July of 2008, she spent 13 years in the golf industry. She began her golf career as a part-time golf shop attendant in the Washington DC area, where she worked as a research and intelligence analyst on foreign policy, women's issues, and counterterrorism. It was during this time that she realized she loved teaching golf, so she transitioned into a career as a teaching professional, which led her to jobs in teaching academies in Virginia, Florida, and Canada. She is one of only a select few individuals worldwide to hold Class A membership in both the PGA of America and the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division.
Dr. MacKinnon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where she competed on the varsity golf team, a Master of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, where she competed on the varsity squash team, a Master of Science degree in legal studies and homeland security from Cal U, and a Doctorate of Education in Sport Management and Leadership from Northcentral University, where she focused her dissertation research on women and golf. She has published her research on diversifying golf in multiple academic journals and has presented and spoken at numerous international conferences worldwide. She is also the founder of WELEADGOLF, an international non-profit organization dedicated to using golf as a tool to educate and empower women abroad.
In addition to her passion for golf, Vanessa is also enthusiastic about fitness. She is an American Council on Exercise (ACE)- certified group fitness instructor, as well as a certified Master Golf Fitness Instructor. Her athleticism and training enabled her to qualify for five consecutive REMAX World Long Drive Championships, and she was consistently ranked among the top 30 longest-hitting female golfers in the world. She now spends much of her free time working out, playing sports, and competing in triathlons. Vanessa also enjoys traveling. She has been to more than 40 countries and has studied seven languages.