Brad has extensive experience in Resort and private Club operations (including the Arizona Biltmore, the Hilton El Conquistador, and most recently at Phil Mickelson's Stone Canyon Club in Oro Valley). He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Brad was born and raised in Tucson, and he and his wife Kate have lived in Phoenix for eight years; they have two children, Charlotte (Charley), 8, and Kennedy, 3, and a chocolate Lab named 'Palmer'.
Melanie Brown joined beautiful Anthem Country Club as the Membership Director in July of 2015. She relocated from another ClubCorp club, Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California where she was the Membership Director from 2010 - 2015.
Originally from Bishop, California, Melanie has lived all around Southern California. Melanie was awarded Club100 in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She was also awarded President Club in 2013. On her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her sisters and family, volunteering at the dog shelter, hanging out with her friends, riding her horse and playing with her precious rescued puppy, Cookie!
Born and raised in Southern California, Lauren always had a knack for event planning and design. While attending Arizona State University, Lauren began her hospitality career at a boutique Scottsdale hotel and eventually moved into large resorts and hotels. Inspired by her meticulous attention to detail and appreciation for personal touches, Lauren later joined Southern California’s premier catering company where she specialized in weddings and corporate events with over 20 preferred venues, sometimes performing 16 weddings in one day! It was there that Lauren discovered her inner-foodie and immense passion for flawlessly executed events and weddings. After her husband’s relocation to Arizona, Lauren found herself at the Phoenix Convention Center focusing on corporate, non-profit, government and social markets. Her scale of events ranged from small meetings of 10 guests to galas of over 4,000. Her largest annual event was the ever-growing Phoenix Comicon where she coordinated catering and concessions for the event’s entirety, drawing over 120,000 guests in one weekend. In 2015, Lauren gained the opportunity to work with the National Football League for the NFL Experience and NFL Honors, where she created custom high-end menus for team owners, coaches, players, and staff. Lauren joined ClubCorp in August 2015 and hasn't looked back since! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beagles and can usually be found in her backyard listening to Dave Matthews Band.
Andy graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Management Information Systems in 2000. After working as a database management consultant for a variety of Fortune 100 clients, Andy left to follow his passion and purse a career in golf.Andy's golf career has included stops at Lake Las Vegas, East Hampton Golf Club, TPC Scottsdale, and Mirabel. He is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and is also a TPI certified instructor.
Kyle is class A PGA Professional (since 2012) and a graduate of the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. While attending school he gained valuable experience during his internships at Geneva National Golf Resort in Lake Geneva, WI, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon OR, and The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. Kyle has been working in the golf industry since 2007 and this is his second season at Anthem Golf and Country Club. The past few summers he has spent working at Maple Bluff Country Club as the Assistant Golf Professional in Madison, WI, near where he is originally from.
Kyle started playing the game at the age of 7 when his grandmother enrolled him in the junior program at a local country club in his hometown in Wisconsin. Ever since then he has had a love for the game that continues to grow stronger every year. He enjoys staying competitive by playing in section PGA events. Some of his career highlights include carding 2 eagles and one ace in the same round during the Southern California PGA Assistants Championship at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, CA, and this past summer he shot 69 to finish in a tie for 1st at a Wisconsin PGA event at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
He is very excited and honored play a large part in Golf Operation here at Anthem and is taking his first ever role as a Head Golf Professional.
Coach Chris has been in the Tennis Industry for more than 20 years with extensive experience as a competitive player and administrator. Before moving to Arizona in 2005, Chris was the Head Professional at Bally Racquet Club in Kansas City, MO and served as Director of Tennis at Valley Oak Racquet Club in Red Bluff, CA. In 2010 and again in 2016 he was honored with the USPTA Southwest Professional of the Year award. In addition, he served on the USPTA Southwest Board for 8 years and on the USPTA National Executive Committee from 2012-2016. Chris played collegially at the University of Northern Colorado where he graduated with a BA in Journalism (1998). He also received his Masters in Organizational Management in 2004 from the University of Phoenix. Previously Chris has served as Director of Tennis at the Kiwanis Tennis Center in Tempe, AZ and also as the Tennis Supervisor at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex here in Arizona from 2007 to 2010. While at STRC the complex was named Facility of the Year by the USTA. Chris served as Site Coordinator for the Fed Cup quarterfinal versus Brazil in 2008.
Amanda has been in the fitness industry since 1987 – Certified in various fitness formats. Amanda is from the beautiful city
of Cape Town South-Africa, and now loves living in
the Valley of the Sun.
Amanda’s goals at Anthem Golf and Country Club are to keep improving the level of Customer care, member services and Fitness programming. She will continue to grow various programs within the Fitness Department.
Role: Group Fitness Coordinator
Serving Since: 2019
Email Kaitlin Saunders
Role: Pickleball Professional
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 623-465-3103
David is a charter member of the Pickleball Professional Registry (‘PPR’): PPR is the official education and certification partner of USA Pickleball Assoc. (USAPA). He is also a member of Pickleball Coaching International. David plays in Pickleball tournaments all over the US and has recently won medals at the US OPEN, the Grand Canyon State Games and, most recently, he and his partner, Mary Kozak, won the Silver medal in the 5.0 mixed doubles event at the Mesa Regal Tournament. David invests a lot of his time at Pickleball – playing and studying the game, and talking to renowned coaches across the country about the game of pickleball, new methods, etc. He is fanatical about drilling and has a library full of drills.
Ariadna has lived in Arizona for 18 years. Born in Mexico, she has learned to love Arizona and her life here. Ariadna was awarded Super Star at ClubCorp in 2013, she loves her job and is a dedicated, honest and resilient worker. She always gives her full effort. In her free time, Ariadna enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, go to sporting events and travel to Mexico to visit her mom.
Cristina Archer arrived in Anthem last year hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She and her husband Jason, originally from Georgia, fell in love with the area and have decided to make Anthem their new home.
As a young girl growing up in Calgary, Cristina spent a great deal of her early years learning the ins and outs of the restaurant industry. Her mother, an Italian immigrant, started and ran her very own italian restaurant which would serve the community for 30 years. It was there young Cristina developed a deep passion for food, service, and joyful dining experiences. This would be the genesis of her lifelong love affair with food, wine and building relationships.
Being Italian, Cristina had the opportunity to travel to Italy many times to be with family and experience local cuisine from the farms of Calabria to the grand restaurants of Milan. These memorable travel experiences created a wanderlust which lead her to all seven continents as a Assistant Cruise Director for Holland America. Coordinating activities, building relationships with guests, and hosting fine dining experiences aboard some of the most elegant ships at sea allowed her to develop an eye for fine dining and exceptional service. After five years of exploring the seas, serving guests at the highest level, and sampling food and wine from ports all over the world she decided it was time to head back to Calgary and landlife. Cristina joined Starbucks Coffee Company where she worked her way up the ranks to District Manager. This experience lead her to develop operational skills and leadership skills that would have her accomplishing district manager of the year 2 years in a row. Cristina oversaw 12 locations with 240 staff across the NE/NW Calgary region for nearly eight years. As an Alumni of basketball from Mount Royal University Cristina enjoys staying active playing her favorite sports. Cristina is very passionate about health and nutrition and has made it a hobby to create gourmet nutritious recipes for her website paleoappetite.com. She also enjoys CrossFit and is a part owner in CrossFit North Phoenix with her husband Jason. Over the years Cristina has become a “Foodie” making it a hobby to dine in fine restaurants and experience great food and wine. She studied at SAIT Culinary Institute and received her Sommelier Level One Certification and has frequented many winerys across the United States, Canada and Italy.
Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
Email Eric Swartz
Born and raised in Central New York I started my first job ever as a dishwasher upon my mother’s request to get a job soon as I was of age. Far from a career and really just more of a means to finance my ambitions as a reckless teenager in the ‘80s, the culture of the kitchen began to hold my attention and I wanted to hang with the big guys on the line. The only thing in high school that received effort on my end was art. I would draw for hours using several mediums resulting in local college art competitions and acknowledgment from our school magazine. So I ended up going to college for architectural drafting, along with a short stint at the acclaimed Munson Williams Proctor Institute of the Arts. Cooking at that time was a means to pay the bills and fund school along with pay off my bar tab, but I realized after time that culinary was a legitimate career choice and abandoned all schooling to work day and night. After pursuing a couple ambitious efforts at high end independent restaurants in the local culinary scene, I began to crave more in the form of knowledge, experience and adventure which led me at the age of 27 on a culinary crusade toward the wild west. A few months after arriving in AZ I began working at Christopher’s Fermier Brasserie & Paolas wine bar for the acclaimed Chef Christopher Gross. It was there I discovered I knew nothing about the culinary arts at this level and was taught to respect what many have sacrificed so much to create, a culinary career.
Prior to holding the position of Executive Chef at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club for four year, I held the position of Sous Chef at BLT Steak @ JW Marriott Camelback Inn for three years. Those three years led to the leadership position as Executive Chef @ BLT Steak (Bistro Laurent Tourondel) for the next three years, reporting to a corporate team of chefs under Chef Tourondel. Early days consisted of head down and hands on training under the tutelage of Christopher Gross (currently Geordies @ Wrigley Mansion & Christophers @ Sky Harbor), Vincent Guerithault (Vincents on Camelback) and Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro, The Mission, Fat Ox). Both Chef Gross and Guerithault are local renowned James Beard Award winning Chefs (one among the list of several awards). Chef Laurent Tourondel has been acknowledged as (Bon Appetit’s Restauranteur of the Year 2007) while Chef Carters Zinc Bistro was elected as one of the top 10 new Bistros in North America by Food & Wine.
When I’m not in the confines of the professional kitchen, I enjoy cooking at home with my wife who I had met in the kitchen at BLT Steak while she was pursuing her own dreams as a chef. Although a recent career change as a real estate agent at AZ & Associates has pulled her out of the kitchen, she will always be a chef to me (we still collaborate on new menus and wine dinners). We have an amazing little 6-year-old girl Sofia who keeps us very active spending the hot summer months enjoying time in Pine, AZ hiking, fishing or just absorbing our surroundings. True alone time for me is going to the gym, gardening, listening to music and I have been known to go on hours long bike treks.