Our Team

David DiMartino, PGA

Role: General Manager | Blackstone & Black Bear
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 720.563.9999
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Irene Skrondahl

Role: Membership Sales Director | Blackstone & Black Bear
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 720.330.7087
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Irene joined the Blackstone team in May 2016. She comes to us from a private golf club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Irene has been in the sales for over 10 years and started her golf career as a Regional Membership Director for American Golf Corporation in 2012. She was responsible for five private clubs in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and New Mexico.

In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, four- wheeling, fishing, good food, great wine and traveling often. She is very much looking forward to getting to know all that Denver has to offer and is excited to help grow Blackstone Country Club and Black Bear Golf Club. 

Rhonda Conaway

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 720.330.7124
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Sarah Freismuth

Role: Private Event Director | Blackstone & Black Bear
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 303.680.0245 x1912
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Kaley Newton

Role: Private Events Coordinator | Blackstone
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 720.330.7121
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Mikaela Heble

Role: Office Administrator / Member Billing
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 720.330.7123

Jeff Covington

Role: PGA Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 720.330.7103

Dustin Miller, PGA

Role: Teaching Professional | Black Bear Golf Club
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 303.840.3100

Email: DustinMiller@PGA.com

Dustin Miller started his career as an assistant golf professional at Ellis Golf Course, Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 2001-2004. From 2004-2012, he held the position as head golf professional at Ellis Golf Course. He is also PGA certified.

Dustin received the Iowa PGA Merchandiser of the Year award in 2009, and was also nominated three times for the Iowa PGA Instructor of the Year award. Dustin was a PGA Teaching Professional at Jake’s Academy in Lone Tree and also taught at Columbine Country Club. 

Throughout his career, Dustin has focused on growing the game of golf through private lessons, junior golf instruction, and group golf clinics. Dustin is also a Titleist Certified club fitter. He currently resides in Highlands Ranch with his wife, Brenna and their two children. 

Jim Garlenski

Role: Food & Beverage Director | Blackstone & Black Bear
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 720.330.7122

Jim started his food and beverage career over 27 years ago, mostly with Marriott Hotels and Resorts. He held positions working as everything from Bartender/Server to Meeting Room Set-Up. He quickly moved up the ranks as supervisor, coordinator, manger and Director of Events and eventually to restaurants.  Marriott also moved him throughout the US to such locations as Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Atlanta and finally, Denver. His country club experience had been with Dominion Country Club in the foothills just outside of San Antonio along with Fair Oaks Golf and Country Club (ClubCorp) in Boerne, Texas.  Recently, Jim had been with Columbine Country Club here in the Denver area. Jim is very happy here and says that he will never leave this great part of the US, Colorado.

Jim’s training comes from several areas of study, Macomb Community College (Graphic Design), Center for Creative Studies in Detroit (Advertising, Marketing) and continued education (nutrition and hospitality management) at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He is originally from Warren Michigan, (yes a Redwings, Tigers, Pistons and Lions fan) and currently resides in Highlands Ranch with his three children. When time permits Jim loves to fish, hike, bike, camp and play golf.

Jim is extremely excited to be part of such a great team and looks forward to meeting all the members, their families and friends!

Kayla O'Keefe

Role: First Asst. Golf Professional | Blackstone
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 720.330.7111
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Rob Lytikainen

Role: 1st Assistant Golf Professional | Black Bear
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 303.840.3100 Ext 1908

Rob has been at Black Bear Golf Club since 2014 serving as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional.  Prior to working at Black Bear Golf Club, he worked at Castle Pines Golf Club in Rock, Colorado.  His golf experience has been entirely within the private golf club sector.  Since starting his career in the golf business he has caddied, worked in the golf shop, worked as an assistant with outside operations and the practice range, and as an assistant golf professional.  He is currently working toward PGA Certification and is a PGA apprentice. 

Rob's priorities at Black Bear Golf Club are to provide the best golf experience for members and guests, with an emphasis on customer service and providing a friendly/helpful attitude throughout golf operations.  He enjoys all aspects of the golf business especially working in the Pro Shop and providing lessons/golf instruction.  Prior to entering the golf business, Rob spent over 25 years in the health care business.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and specialized treating patients with neurological dysfunction for eight years, sold pharmaceuticals for 15 years and has managed a physician’s medical office. 

He has been happily married to Jeannie and has a son Christopher. His dog, “the best yellow lab ever”,  is named Rosie and he also has a cat named Oliver.  When not working at Black Bear Golf Club he enjoys spending time with his family, and at his cabin in Buffalo Creek, Colorado – relaxing, reading, hiking, and mountain biking.

Ian Gant

Role: Golf Course Superintendent | Black Bear
Serving Since: 2012
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When I moved to Colorado in 2006, I had no idea I would have found my wife, started a family (3 year old, Tenley), and planted my roots in this beautiful state! I am originally from Walnut Creek , California. I came to Colorado to pursue Veterinary Medicine, but slowly started to figure out that I would rather be outdoors all day and spend my time around the game that raised me! I graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Horticulture. My first job out of school was actually here at Black Bear! I then spent two seasons at Blackstone, and four of the past years as the Assistant Superintendent at The Pinery. Outside of work I love boating, hiking, snowboarding, painting, and the occasional DYI project! Black Bear Golf Club has many meanings for me and I am very excited to be here preserving its long history of great golf and providing the best conditions in Colorado!

John Waddle

Role: Golf Course Superintendent | Blackstone
Serving Since: 2019
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Kelsey Casey

Role: Service Director | Black Bear
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 303.840.3100 Ext 7109

Kelsey studied business management at Colorado State University. After traveling with her husband who is a United States Marine she was able to experience different cultures that expanded her knowledge of customer experience and appreciation. She went on to manage both community centers and restaurants in North Carolina and Colorado. Her attention to detail and creativity led to the desire of making customer experiences memorable. Being a part of the Black Bear team she is eager to build relationships with members and creat an outstanding member experience. 

Scott Ballard

Role: Executive Chef | Blackstone
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 303.330.7125
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Frank Orten

Role: Club Manager | Black Bear
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 303.840.3100 Ext 1922

Polly Weskamp

Role: Membership Accounting / Billing Assistant
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 720.330.7130
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