Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors


ERIN GAINEY – President

Erin Gainey, wife of Tommy Gainey, has been a member of the PGA TOUR Wives Association since 2011. Erin has been actively involved in the Association through various capacities, including VP, Membership, Board Advisor for Tour Wives and volunteering at community outreach and fundraising events. Erin is a graduate of Georgia College & State University with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, Erin was employed by the Department of Family and Children Services for seven years as a social services worker and supervisor regarding child abuse services. Married to Tommy since 2010, Erin has one stepson and son.

Erin was the recipient of The PGA TOUR Wives Association’s Bowes Award in 2018.  This annual award is given to a member who exemplifies the qualities of hard work and dedication to the Association in support of our mission to help children and their families.

AMANDA HADLEY – Vice President, Membership

Amanda Hadley, wife of Chesson, has been involved with the PGA Tour Wives Association since Chesson’s rookie year. A native of Raleigh, NC, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and certificate in Business Journalism in 2009 and a Master of Accounting in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked in IT and Financial Services Consulting until their son Hughes was born in 2013. They added a daughter Hollins to the family in 2015 and in addition to traveling with them, she serves as Chesson’s manager. She is grateful for the opportunity to travel the world with her family and give back to those in her path.


ALICIA MALNATI, PhD – Vice President, Fundraising/Treasurer

Alicia Malnati, who has been married to Peter Malnati for five years, is serving in her second year on the Board as VP, Fundraising and Treasurer. She has been a member of the PGA TOUR Wives Association since 2013. In addition to traveling full-time, Alicia works closely with the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace and Society to implement their cornerstone initiative: the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, an initiative that aims to empower international change makers to create a more equitable and inclusive world through sport. She also teaches an online course in gender and sport with the positive coaching Masters program at the University of Missouri, where she was a gymnast and is a three-time graduate. Alicia is eager to support the mission of the PGA TOUR Wives Association through fundraising and looks forward to connecting with members, partners, and supporters to expand the Association’s impact. Originally from Kansas City, MO, she currently lives in Knoxville, TN with Peter.


FRANCIE KAUFMAN – Vice President, Community Outreach

Francie Kaufman, wife of Smylie Kaufman, has been involved with the PGA TOUR Wives Association since Smylie’s rookie year on the PGA TOUR in 2015. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life and a minor in Spanish. She completed her Child Life Internship at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and completed her certification as a Child Life Specialist. Francie is involved in raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and serves on the Open Hands Overflowing Hearts Junior Board in her hometown of Birmingham, AL. She has also worked with ATeam Ministries and Magic Moments in Birmingham, serving and offering support to children and their families coping with pediatric illnesses. Francie finds great joy in having the opportunity to serve children and their families in the communities to which the PGA TOUR travels.

TAWNY PUTNAM – Vice President, Special Projects/Secretary

Tawny Putnam, wife of Andrew Putnam, has been involved with the PGA TOUR Wives Association since 2017. Prior to traveling full-time with her husband, Tawny was a medical sales device rep for Depuy Mitek for seven years. Tawny graduated Eastern Washington University (2008), with a B.A. in Communications and was a member of EWU Cheer team. Tawny minored in Spanish and studied in Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Tawny has a passion for giving back. In addition to serving as VP Special Projects for the PGA TOUR Wives Association, she also served as a board member of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and Volunteer Fundraising Committee for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Tawny is a SCUBA enthusiast and a Yoga Instructor. She and Andrew reside in Phoenix, Arizona.

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JENNIFER PERRY – Executive Director

Jennifer has been with the PGA TOUR Wives Association since January 2015. She is employed by the PGA TOUR in the Player Relations department as Director of Special Programs. Jennifer joined the PGA TOUR in 2000 and spent 14 years working within Corporate Marketing. Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, she worked for a national non-profit organization overseeing special events. Her knowledge of the PGA TOUR and experience in the non-profit sector provide a unique background to assist the organization in achieving its mission of giving back. Jennifer graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Public Relations and minor in Marketing. She is married to Brian and they have two children.