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 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.
Emily Cellini joined the Cherry Valley team in January of 2021. She is a graduate from the University of Kentucky (Go CATS) with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. Before joining the Cherry Valley team, Emily worked in Marketing, along with many Nonprofit Organizations, even sitting as a Member of the Board of Directors for her most recent endeavor, Rare Genes Movement. In her spare time, she loves visiting antique stores, wine tasting with friends, listening to live music and spending time with her family and soon-to-be-husband Martin, and their dog Fronck. Come on in and say hello!
Jamie Daugherty joined the Cherry Valley team in December of 2015. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with her Bachelors in Hotel Restaurant Management. Prior to coming to Cherry Valley she worked in the hotel industry as an Operations Manager but has found her passion in Private Events. Jamie started as a Banquet Server and rose quickly through the ranks to Private Events Manager. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband working on home improvement projects and chasing their new Puppy Max around the yard.
Brian has worked in the field of culinary arts for more than 15 years and is excited to bring his knowledge and talents to Cherry Valley. Brian received his degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America and graduated magna cum laude in culinary nutrition from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. Highly creative with a strong interest in responsibly sourced ingredients, Brian traveled across the country in search of skill and hands-on-learning. Through these experiences he lived and worked in Park City, UT; La Jolla, CA and Vero Beach, FL while taking advantage of the unique opportunities to hone his craft in positions such as a sushi chef, private chef and executive banquet chef. A native of Endicott, NY, Brian returned to the east coast and called Providence home for the last several years. He currently resides in Monmouth County NJ. Outside of the kitchen he enjoys playing golf, skiing, running and spending time on the water.
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.
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.
#1 in St. Louis District Men’s 35’s
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.