Our People

Chris Carpenter

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 609.466.2552
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Chris Carpenter has been a part of the Cherry Valley family since October 2014. Chef Chris is the longest tenured Chef at Cherry Valley and was voted ClubCorp Chef of the Year in 2017. This is a huge accomplishment for him as 200+ Clubs and over 1,000 Chefs were nominated. His lifelong passion for flavors and ingredients has led him on a culinary journey throughout many styles of food and cultures. From traveling and dining as much as he can and absorbing styles from all over the food world, he has decided to leave the fast pace of Long Island and start a new path at Cherry Valley Country Club.
Chris currently lives in Ewing N.J. with his wife Mary and three children, Amelia, Abigail and Caleb.

Doug Lesko

Role: Membership Sales Director
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 609.466.4244 x:4208
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Doug started playing golf at the age of 13 and played competitively in high school and college.  Upon finishing school, Doug became a golf professional and earned his Class A Membership in the PGA of America.  After serving in this capacity for over 8 years, he shifted his focus to membership where he worked as the Membership & Marketing Director at Copper Hill Country Club for over 5 years. Before coming to Cherry Valley, Doug served as the Senior Director of Marketing for a healthcare market research company. Outside of work, Doug enjoys playing golf, skiing, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog Divot.

George Conley V

Role: Service Director & Sommelier
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 609.527.1991
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George offers a dynamic range of expertise as a Johnson and Wales University culinary and hospitality graduate, with many years of cooking, serving and management experience. In his journey, George has worked at a variety of public and private institutions including four years at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Springdale Golf Club of Princeton, and Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Further committed to professional education, George holds certifications including Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level III Advanced Certificate, Court of Master Sommeliers Level II Certified Sommelier, Certified Culinarian through the American Culinary Federation, and Certified Dining Room Associate through the Federation of Dining Room Professionals. He currently resides in Plainsboro, NJ with his fiancé and loves to play golf and snowboard in his downtime.

Conner McAvenia

Role: Dining Room Manager
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 609.466.4244 x:4210
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Conner was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended Hopewell Valley Central High School where he played basketball and soccer. Conner earned his Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Mercer County Community College before graduating from Rutgers Business School with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He gained experience in hospitality working at various local restaurants and country clubs. Conner strives to bring a positive energy to both Members and staff through everyday interactions. He currently lives in Ewing, New Jersey and has two black labs. When he isn’t working, he loves to stay active by playing basketball or working out. Conner loves music, watching sports, and playing video games in his downtime.

Brian Skorochocki

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2007
Phone Number: 609.466.4464
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Brian has been part of the Cherry Valley team since 2007. He has overseen the operation from the Assistant Golf Professional role, as well as the Director of outside Operations. Throughout his 12 years at CVCC, Brian has built many great relationships with the membership. Now after 12 years Brian is the Head Golf Professional here at CVCC.

At a very young age, Brian took up the game of golf. Starting in his high school days, Brian knew he wanted to wake up every morning and have a career at a golf course. He attended the Golf Academy of America – Carolinas in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and received a degree in Golf Management. Brian began his career at Cranbury Golf Club in West Windsor, New Jersey and worked there for four years. In March of 2007, Brian landed the job as Assistant Golf Professional at CVCC and has been there ever since. In April of 2011, Brian became a member of the PGA of America. Brian continues to expand the game each day, through the very large junior golf programs, Ladies Clinics, and private lessons at CVCC.

Brian loves to teach and help people each and every day. He continues his education of teaching by watching and following some of the top educators in the game today, as well as attending golf seminars to learn about the top instruction of the game of golf today.  He lives by the mantra “You learn something new every day.” This is definitely true when it comes to golf instruction.

Kevin Morton

Role: 1st Assistant Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 609.466.4464
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Kevin Michael Morton was born and raised in Naples, FL and has been around golf his whole life.  Having grown up on a golf course during his childhood years he became interested in golf by watching his older brother hit golf balls in their backyard.  From there he would borrow a few of his brothers’ clubs and ride on his bike down to the Hibiscus Golf Club and use their driving range, hoping to hit just one as far as his older brother.

Kevin started working in the golf industry at the age of 15.  His first job was at Naples Heritage Country Club in 1996 where he learned a great deal about the game of golf resulting from his playing privileges as an employee.  His career in the golf industry continued at the Naples Lakes Country Club, then onto Windstar Country Club located on Naples Bay. At Windstar, Kevin crossed trained in player services and as an assistant golf professional for 10 years.

Kevin graduated from Edison State College with an AA in 2008 while making Dean’s List, with an AA in Accounting.  After realizing he wanted to focus more on becoming a golf professional, he furthered his education by graduating cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Golf Management while obtaining a class “A” professional status in the PGA. Kevin has had the privilege through his university and teaching experiences to be taught by some of the finest instructors in the world.

Kevin joined Cherry Valley Country Club as an intern in 2016 and is now the First Assistant Golf Professional.  Now that he has made New Hope, PA his new home for his 3 lovely boys and beautiful wife, he plans on continuing to grow with the Cherry Valley family for many years to come.

 

Teaching Philosophy

Kevin started teaching, to grow the game of golf.  He provides students with the proper knowledge to start having fun on the course.  He can connect with people which allow him to get to know his students on a more personal level.  This gives him the ability to determine what his students not only want, but what they need, thus helping them obtain their goals regardless of their skill level or age. Every golfer also has a different physical make-up and as a result, their golf swings are different.  He identifies which form of teaching best fits each student: visual, auditory or kinesthetic.  He believes in teaching the fundamentals from putting to driving, learning the ball-flight laws, but also loves to give insight on how to conquer the mental game.  His students leave understanding their golf swing so that they can become their own best teacher.  He provides a customized program that will help students play and enjoy golf more.

 

The more I practice the luckier I get.” -Arnold Palmer

Adrienne Hogan

Role: Assistant Golf Pro
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 609.466.4464
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Adrienne has been an important Member of the Cherry Valley golf operations since February 2014. Adrienne first took up the game of golf as an adult after playing her first round with her Dad at the age of 24, she found herself immediately hooked. After taking a beginner clinic to learn the basics of the golf swing, she dove into learning all she could about the game and her swing. She also starting thinking about how to make this game she loved into a second career.

In 1999 her journey began at Mays Landing G.C., spending 5 years there learning the ropes. In 2005 as an Assistant Golf Professional at Medford Village C.C., a private club in southern New Jersey. She became a PGA Member in 2008 and the Director of Golf at Berkleigh Golf Club in Kutztown, PA in 2010. The opportunity to join the Club Corp family in 2014 was something she couldn’t pass up.
Adrienne found teaching to be her passion so she began studying from some of the best teachers in the industry. Today, she is still committed to her quest in learning and developing as a golf professional. She is a student of the game and continues her education with seminars, observing players and teachers, researching the latest in technology and teaching techniques and taking golf lessons herself.

Teaching Philosophy:

Adrienne's goal is making golf fun and to help her students have great experiences during a lesson as well as the golf course. She is a hands-on teacher that creates a positive and comfortable atmosphere on the lesson tee. A believer in the "keep it simple" approach, simple, direct communication allows her to learn about student's goals, abilities and to create a lesson plan that helps reach those goals. Her knowledge of different teaching styles and techniques gives her the ability to teach all levels of students.

Keith Pierson

Role: Tennis Director
Serving Since: 2006
Phone Number: 609.527.1999
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Keith has been the Director of Tennis at Cherry Valley Country Club for 8 years.  During that time he has dramatically increased the programming and participation at Cherry Valley.  He increased the USTA ladies teams from three teams to eight teams.  The Round Robins when Keith began at Cherry Valley, consisted of three offerings a week with light attendance.  Under Keith’s direction, they increased to eight to ten separate Round Robins offered every day, for all levels, many being filled to capacity.  Court usage was at such a premium that one USTA team had to be dropped, new lights were installed on two courts, and the possibility of adding two more courts to accommodate the growth in participation, was seriously considered.

Prior to coming to Cherry Valley, Keith was a very successful Head Coach of Div. III men and women’s tennis team at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.  There he earned the St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference’s Coach of the Year honors five times.  While coaching at Principia, Keith earned a Masters of Science in Education for Sports Management from SIUE graduating summa cum lauda.  Before becoming a Head Coach, Keith was the J.V. Women’s Tennis Coach at Princeton University as well the Program Director/Staff Pro for the Princeton Tennis Program.  He is certified by the USPTA and the USPTR at the highest levels for over 20 years.

As a player, Keith was a nationally ranked in junior college and was #1 in the St. Louis District USTA in Men’s 35’s, but his children have far surpassed his accomplishments.  His son Matthew, played #1 for The College of New Jersey, and won a national doubles title for Mercer County College.  His daughter Rachel, achieved #5 in the nation in Girl’s 18’s and is on scholarship at the University of Virginia where she is ranked 20 in singles and doubles in Women’s Div.I tennis as a Freshman.  Keith resides with his wife, Ann and their yellow lab, Mack in Montgomery. 

Playing Experience: 
#1 in St. Louis District Men’s 35’s

Ken Turash

Role: Fitness Professional
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 609.527.1998
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Ken Turash has been involved with the fitness industry for over 25 years. As a former college athlete, Ken has always been involved with sports. Ken graduated with a degree in Physical Education majoring in Athletic Training, and a minor in Business Administration. Early on in his career Ken worked in NYC as a trainer to some very high profile celebrities and Wall Street executives.  Shortly thereafter, he moved to the suburbs and opened up his first personal training studio which he ran for 10 years.  His next move was onto District Sales Manager for another health club chain.  Ken never lost his desire for helping others, so he decided to join the team, where he can work one on one with our Members assisting them in reaching their fitness goals.

Greg Byrne

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 717.422.1647
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