Our Team

Jay Carballo

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 949.609.3304
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Kira Columna

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 949-609-3332
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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. 

Paulina James

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 949.609.3302
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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.

Geoff Hodge, PGA

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2006
Phone Number: 949-609-3301
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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. 

Tii Anderson

Role: Food and Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 949-609-3317
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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.   

Jarred O'Barr

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 949-609-3353
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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.

Mark Samson

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 949-609-3316
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Originally a native of Long Beach, CA, Mark trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena in 2008 before moving to Santa Barbara in 2011, and later to Silicon Valley in 2014. Mark is excited to now loop back to home to Southern California.

I started my career staging at various restaurants, weeks at a time, to land jobs at the best restaurants. I wanted to learn everything that I could about what it takes to be a great chef. This ultimately was a turning point for me. I started working at a Joe’s Restaurant, a Michelin hot spot off Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA.  At Joe’s, the menu changed daily, allowing me to learn to cook various proteins, vegetables, and sauces with contemporary and modern techniques.”

Over the course of time, Mark fine-tuned his craft to add the art of professionalism and the value of respect – not only for the ingredients he cooks with but also for the kitchen team and setup.

After his stint at Joe’s, Mark joined the Zarate Restaurant Group and helped open Paiche in Marina Del Rey, eventually introducing Peruvian flavors and Japanese ingredients to his menus. Paiche was later named “Best New Restaurant” in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Zagat. Mark became Executive Chef at Blue Tavern in Santa Barbara, named “Best Restaurant” for the city by Zagat. Mark later worked with the Sprout Restaurant Group alongside Tim Hollingsworth and Rory Hermann to create another restaurant in Santa Barbara as a chef de cuisine before moving to the Bay Area in 2014. Mark is very passionate about the culinary arts and is eager to bring his talents to the Aliso Viejo Country Club.

Taylor Stapleton

Role: Office Manager
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 949.609.3309
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