Role: General Manager Serving Since: 2008 Phone Number: 949.609.3304
Matt Zuckerman is a seasoned professional in the Hospitality and Private Club industry. He and his wife, Melanie reside in Laguna Niguel, with their energetic toddler sons, Sterling and Asher!
Matt graduated from the University of Arizona earning a degree in Economics with a concentration in Business Management. His passion for achieving desired results is a part of his competitive nature while at the same time, he is driven by the ability to develop and mentor future leaders within the organizations he has worked with.
Most recently, Matt served as Regional Vice President for Arcis Golf, overseeing eight private clubs on the west coast. Prior to that, he was with ClubCorp for over eight years, holding several management positions, including General Manager of Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, General Manager of Aliso Viejo Country Club and Regional Area Manager of three ClubCorp properties.
Matt was also responsible for achieving financial goals for all properties to include the development and training of new general managers in the region. He is ecstatic to be “home” at AVCC!
Kayla is a proud Canadian who grew up on the island of Mauritius (off the East coast of Madagascar), as her family works in aviation. In July 2016, Kayla moved to California to be with her husband Josh, and they married on October 1st, 2016.
One of Kayla’s proudest achievements was earning a black belt in Tae Kwondo by the age of 13. She is a former competitive sailor from the Quebec Sailing team, as well as a seasoned sailing coach.
Kayla studied Business Marketing and Fashion Marketing, and has taught sailing, skating and yoga. She is passionate about holistic living, horses, traveling and as any true Canadian, she loves a good hockey game. She's travelled the world as she comes from a family of pilots. She believes that life is not simply about the quantity of experiences, but the quality of which you choose to live it.
Kira is excited to join the family at Aliso Viejo Country Club, as the new Private Events Director. Kira is a SoCal native, born and raised in RSM. She grew up in a large family of 8, with 3 sisters and 2 brothers ages 34 to 13, falling right in the middle. After graduating high school, she moved to Fort Collins, CO, to attend Colorado State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business. In her free time, Kira loves to work on DIY projects, cook, and read – anything that allows her to learn new things. She also has a love for hiking and dancing. She has traveled to 13 different cities in Europe and has a deep appreciation for experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. Within her 10 years of employment in the Hospitality Industry, Kira has worked almost every position from dishwasher to General Manager. She loves the people, experiences, and (mostly) the food the Hospitality Industry has to offer.
Role: Head Golf Professional Serving Since: 2006 Phone Number: 949-609-3301
Originally from Chicago, Geoff has called Southern California his home after living though his last mid-west winter in 1997. He is content to have great playing conditions all year long and is the enthusiastic Head Golf Professional at Aliso Viejo Country Club.
Prior to joining the passionate team at AVCC, Geoff served as the Head Golf Professional at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club and the Assistant Professional/General Manager at Carlton Oaks Country Club in San Diego.
Thanks to the inspiration from his grandfather, Geoff has made golf his passion for life and enjoys sharing the “love of the game” that embodies this great sport! His teaching philosophy revolves around the student with an ultimate goal of enriching the enjoyment of the game. Whether it is swing fundamentals, a specific mechanical objective or course management, Geoff takes pride in assisting others to more enjoy their game.
Since joining the team at AVCC, Geoff has had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with proud Members and awesome Employee Partners, while continuing to grow the game that we all love. He is always looking to catch up on all facets of golf… instruction, rules, equipment, tournaments or the PGA.
Role: Club Accountant Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 949.609.3309
Sheri was born and raised in Arcadia, California. After attending the University of Oklahoma, she moved to Dallas, Texas and married her high school sweetheart. Sheri has worked in finance and accounting for the last 15 years and truly enjoys the private club industry where she values the relationships built with the members and her co-workers.
Sheri is an early bird to say the least; you can usually find her at the gym right at 5 a.m. Most importantly, she loves spending time with her daughter, who lives in Los Angeles, and her son, who is a freshman at Mission Viejo High and is active in swim and water polo. In the spring and summer, she will be boating, jet skiing, and water skiing at the river and at the first snow will be skiing. She loves live music and theater.
Sheri loves to travel and her favorite spots (so far) have been Cape Town and Moorea. In her free time, she enjoys riding the local trails on her horse Belle or catching the sunset anywhere.
Role: Food and Beverage Director Serving Since: 2012 Phone Number: 949-609-3317
Tii (pronounced tie) currently resides in Aliso Viejo with his wife Teresa and their son, Tissac. Tii’s career in the hospitality industry has spanned over 15 years, ranging from host, bartender, restaurant manager, service director and most recently, Director of Food and Beverage. Tii joined the ClubCorp team in 2012 at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club. He worked there as the Manager and Service Director, but was quickly promoted to their Director of Food & Beverage.
During his tenure at Coto, Tii devoted his career to raising service standards and building relationships with the entire Membership. In 2013, Tii was honored with the “Rising Star” award by his peers due to his countless hours spent creating “magic moments” and “fond farewells” for the Club's Members and Employee Partners. Tii’s outgoing personality and “never met a stranger” attitude make him a natural fit in the service industry.
Aside from Hospitality, Tii shares a love for sports and the great outdoors. He competed in rugby, football and basketball for many years; now he enjoys fishing, hunting and golf. Tii is a devoted Angels fan and a very proud Eagle Scout. Be ready to tell him your best story because he promises to match yours with an equally interesting one.
Role: Golf Course Superintendent Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 949-609-3353
Jarred grew up in Fresno, California. At a young age, he began playing baseball and golf. His love for the game of golf grew through his grandfather and his grandfather’s uncle, Orville Moody who won the 1969 US Open.
Jarred went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture Science with a concentration in Turfgrass Management. Throughout college, Jarred interned at The Olympic Club and The Pinehurst Resort while being part of two US Amateur Championships. More recently, Jarred has spent his time at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club as the Assistant on the Dunes course and then Superintendent of the Shore course which hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. Through his time at MPCC, Jarred has considerable tournament experience, recycled water experience, and construction/renovation experience.
Jarred and his wife Jacque have two daughters, Jayde and Jacksyn. They enjoy spending time outdoors and being active with their two horses. They also have a Border Collie named Reno, who you will see on the course from time to time.
Role: Member Relations Coordinator Serving Since: 2018 Phone Number: 949.598.9200
Paulina grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to Orange County at the age of 10. Almost immediately she began babysitting and planning kids summer camps in her neighborhood with her sister. At 16 she was thrilled to begin working in AVCC’s KidsKave with her experience with kids. Soon after Paulina began to take on more responsibility for KidsKave. She began planning KidsKave events and organizing the signage for its events and calendars. Some of the changes Paulina has made to KidsKave include a remodeling of the facility and incorporating fun bimonthly events into the calendar.
After working in KidsKave for two years Paulina became the Membership Assistant and KidsKave Supervisor. She also helped out in the Accounting Department. Dabbling in these different departments gave Paulina the great experience she needed to be promoted to Member Relations Coordinator.
Her love of interacting with others, planning events and being creative makes her a great fit for the Member Relations Coordinator position. Paulina is transferring from Saddleback College to Cal State Fullerton in the fall of 2018 to major in Communications. She is excited to use the skills she learns to further grow as a person and in her position at Aliso Viejo Country Club.
Role: Executive Chef Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 949-609-3316
Whether supervising the grill atop his father’s shoulders or assisting his mother in the kitchen, Ricardo began to demonstrate an innate avidity towards the culinary arts since his nascent boyhood. Though he learned to master common techniques such as Confit and brazing during his youth, it wasn’t until he began his formal education at the Art Institute of California that his talents were truly recognized.
The alacrity with which he further developed creative approaches to cooking was first illuminated under the supervision of executive chef Nick Wynn, for whom he served as a pasta chef during his employment at Big Canyon Country Club. Having developed a repertoire of skills, he later accepted the position at Balboa Yacht Club, an establishment at which he proudly worked under the remarkable executive chef, Felipe Venegas.
With the progression of time, he found himself fulfilling the responsibilities of Sous Chef at the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club. Among the accumulation of his professional experiences, Ricardo has been invited to work, tour, and stage at various internationally recognized kitchens, from Mexico City to northern Italy.
Ricardo is excited to be a part of the AVCC team and bring his talents to the kitchen.