Ryan Wingo

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2015

Ryan was born and raised in Arizona, where he grew up very involved in sports and academics. He graduated with a degree in Environment, Economics and Politics from Claremont McKenna College. Ryan was initially interested in attending law school, but after exploring his passion for food and beverage he decided to forego law school and stay the course in the restaurant business.

Ryan has worked in several management positions in various upscale restaurant concepts. In 2008, Ryan moved to New York, where he launched the Food & Beverage operation in a boutique hotel in Manhattan. He moved back to California in 2010 and worked as a Regional Food and Beverage Director for Joie de Vivre Hospitality before accepting the position with ClubCorp as Regional Food and Beverage Director in 2013. Ryan accepted the position as Braemar’s General Manager in 2015.

Ryan and his wife, Jamie Lee live in Westwood with their dog, Henry.

Janine Walker

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 1995
Phone Number: 818.345.6520 x: 118

A unique part of the Braemar management team, Janine was originally a member of Braemar Country Club, serving as president of the Board of Governors, the Braemar Women’s Tennis Club, as well as the Braemar Social Tennis Club. She joined the staff in1995 as the tennis membership and events coordinator, during which she was a major component of “Grand Slam,” a membership initiative, which saw the Club add 400 new Tennis Members in a six-week period. Janine also held the position of member relations director before taking on her current role in August of 2004. In 2006, Janine was given a ClubCorp SuperStar award.

Born and raised in London, England, Janine has a daughter, Natalie. She loves going to the spa, red wine and signing up new Members.

Erin Kennedy

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2005
Phone Number: 818.345.6520 x: 119

With a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona, Erin started with ClubCorp in 2005, and began working at Braemar Country Club in 2014. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, and enjoys hiking with her dog Nipsey, reading and cooking. Erin received the ClubCorp National Superstar Award in 2015, and Braemar Employee of the Year in 2015.

Carole Philips

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 818.345.6520 x: 143

Carole joined Clubcorp in 2016, after 15 years of Private Event planning, and event production for the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Carole has produced hundreds of weddings and Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs, and many notable golf tournaments, among them the annual PGA Tournament. She also has experience producing all types of social and fundraising events, as well as golf and tennis tournaments.

Carole accepted the position of Private Events Director at Braemar Country Club because she enjoys working with Members and guests, and has a passion for envisioning your dream, and making it a reality. Carole accomplishes this through her expertise and enthusiasm, and with the ultimate goal of designing flawless events from start-to-finish.

Michelle Govan

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 818.345.6520 x: 146

Michelle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in the Los Angeles area, and has been in the Sales & Marketing Industry for over 20 years. Michelle is well traveled and has visited places such as: Hong Kong, China, Cancun Mexico and Canada just to name a few. Prior to Braemar, she has worked in the hotel industry for 10 years and has developed a passion for helping others achieve success.

As a Great Aunt, and because of her strong love for family (including close friends), Michelle spends a lot of her down time with her mom, siblings and nieces. In her spare time, she enjoys music, concerts, dancing, being pampered at the Day Spa and donating (giving back) to help others in need.

Armine Martirosyan

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 818.345.6520 x: 128

Susan Pendo

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2013

Susan comes to us with an extensive background in tennis as a player, coach and manager. She was a highly ranked junior player from Southern California, recruited and played for University of Southern California and competed professionally.

After playing, she was the assistant coach for UCLA then moved into teaching.  She was the head tennis professional at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades for 10 years before moving to Braemar Country Club.

Susan is USTA High Performance Coach, 10 and under Tennis Coach, Youth Tennis Coach and  USPTA Elite Professional.

Larry Atlas

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 818.345.6520 x: 132

Larry has been in the golf industry since 1991 and was elected to the PGA of America in 2007.

Larry has been actively involved in the PGA and the local chapter of the SCGA. He also has extensive experience in hosting and supporting private events and fundraisers, tournaments for local and national charities, high school and college golf teams.

A passionate teacher of the game, Larry has conducted junior and adult clinics, private lessons as well as men's and women's Member events. Larry currently resides in the Valley with his wife Beth. In his free time, Larry enjoys playing hockey and is a huge Los Angeles Kings fan.

Thomas Ortiz

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2015

Tom studied at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. For 12 years, Tom worked at Starwood Hotels and Resorts and has prior experience as well at Santa Ana and Newport Beach Country Clubs. 

Raised on a country club, Tom began golf at age eight and played on his high school and college golf teams. He is a lifelong Seattle Mariners and Seahawks fan. When he is not making magic moments in Food & Beverage Tom spends time with his children, family and with his dog, Dino. 

Robert Lia

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2015

Robert Lia has served as executive chef at several popular Southern California restaurants including Geoffrey's Malibu, Cicada Restaurant, The Border Grill With Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, and P6 Restaurant & Lounge. He also lead the way at two other fine dining restaurants, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant and McCormick & Schmick's, before heading to Paris, France. In Paris, he was executive chef at Express Bistro, validating and rounding out his culinary career. He returned stateside to partner at Sake Bistro.

Chef Lia is the co-author of 72 Market Street - Dishes it Out, and  author of The Tasting Chef. He is recognized by the Court of Master Sommeliers as a level one and also by the Consulate General of Italy as a Sommelier D'Italia.

Nathan Radwick

Role: Superintendent
Serving Since: 2015

Nathan grew up in Frankenmuth, a small German town in Michigan. He started playing the game of golf at a young age and ended up falling in love with golf course maintenance through his uncle, who built golf courses in Southern California.

Nathan graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Turfgrass Management, and has worked as an Intern at Cypress Point Club, Assistant at Bel Air Country Club, Superintendent at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, and most recently Superintendent at Malibu Golf Club.

When Nathan is not on the course, he is watching sports (especially anything associated with MSU) and enjoys going to music events whenever possible.

Nathan and his wife, Scarlet, have a daughter, April. 

Alex Guzman

Role: Director of Maintenance
Serving Since: 1994

Alex was born in Guadalajara Mexico, and moved to California in 1979. He started at Braemar in 1994, working in housekeeping and maintenance, before becoming the Director of Maintenance in 2000. He then spent six years working at our sister Club, Porter Valley, before returning to Braemar.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing golf, and spending time with his three children.