Our Team

Brian Amador

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2019

Brian has dedicated his career to delivering exceptional member experiences in the East Bay since 1988, when he joined Leisure Sports Hospitality and the ClubSport family of Health Clubs. He held General Manager positions at three different properties including the company’s first combined Club and Hotel Fitness Resort, Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek.

Though he moved to the corporate office as a Vice President, Brian always looked forward to the day that he would return to a property to interact directly with members and guests. He is passionate about working with teams to create great recreational experiences.

Brian is a native of the Bay Area. He grew up in Pleasant Hill and earned a BA degree in Recreational Administration with a certificate in Technical Writing from San Francisco State University. He and his wife are avid cyclists and they enjoy spending time together taking long rides through our East Bay backroads and beyond.

Melanie Emig

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2011
Phone Number: 925.735.5655

Melanie has been in the hospitality industry since 2003. 

Melanie has built a rapport with many members of Crow Canyon and enjoys knowing that she helps to make people’s experience at the Club both personal and meaningful. Member interaction is Melanie’s favorite part of her job and takes pride in the fact that members are able to put a face to her name.

Melanie is a native Californian, born and raised in Danville, where she resides with her husband and daughter. When she is not at the Club, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, friends and anything related to animals, movies, the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants.  

Dawn Manley

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 925-735-5716
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Dawn comes to us from the non-profit industry, where she spent many years involved in environmental education and captive animal management. She was responsible not only for the care and feeding of wild animals but for animal care professionals and volunteers as well. Her management experience includes the three R’s; recruitment, retention, and recognition.Throughout her career, Dawn has been able to employ her passion for food and party planning in assisting and coordinating events of all sizes. She excited to bring her skills to the Crow Canyon team in the spirit of “Building Relationships and Enriching Lives”.Dawn lives in Martinez with her husband, Brent and two daughters, Brooke and Talyn. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her older daughter play softball, cooking, and watching her favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.

Kymberlie Avila

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 925.735.5718

I grew up in Sonoma County and was lured into the world of food and wine. I turned my hobby of wedding and event planning into a career working in wineries and hotels, with over 15 years of event planning and hospitality experience.

I spent the last year and a half at Google on an R&D project called Project Loon which was fascinating; however, I am so excited to be back in Private Events doing what I love!  I am thrilled to be the Private Events Director at Crow Canyon Country Club and be a part of the ClubCorp family!

I live in Pleasanton with my amazing daughter Marisa and our adorable rescue dog from Guatemala, Bailey.  I am a die-hard foodie, I love to cook and plan events. I am also passionate about volunteering, wine tastings, concerts, bike riding, hiking, rafting, road trips, her Pug Brody and a love for microbrewed beer!  

Frank Palmer

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2018

Chef Frank Palmer brings a long and storied culinary career to Crow Canyon Country Club. A native Californian, he graduated with high honors from the California Culinary Academy.  Frank has been an Executive Chef for 25 years working at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco where he cooked and trained in Hong Kong and Thailand, additionally, he worked at Hotel Majestic in Pacific Heights and the Lafayette Park Hotel.

Frank also was Culinary Director for a local restaurant group and oversaw all the culinary operations for Bing Crosby’s, Maria Maria, Joe DiMaggio’s Italian Chop House, McCovey’s, Rooftop and Coffee Shop Restaurants in the bay area, southern California, Arizona, and Austin Texas.

Most recently Chef Frank served as Executive Chef of Diablo Country Club where he enjoyed the diversity of daily operations that highlighted his experience in multiple cuisines.

Chef Frank has won Diablo Magazine Best Chef of the East Bay three times and the restaurants under his direction have won numerous awards for best in the bay area.

In his spare time, Frank enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and four adult children, gardening, local sports teams and plays guitar in a local classic rock band called Delta Road.

Doug Giannini

Role: PGA, Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 925.735.8300

A native Californian, born in Fremont and raised in Danville. Doug played his high school golf here at Crow Canyon from 2000-2003 before going to Arizona State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness along with getting his Class “A” PGA degree in 2007.
He has worked at a number of different clubs including the Bridges Golf Club, Diablo Country Club, Harding Park Golf Course, Las Sendas Golf Club, Firerock Country Club, Crystal Springs Golf Course, and Callippe Preserve Golf Course.
Doug resides in Livermore with his wife Sanonda and son Keegan along with their two cats Puma and Scotty Cameron. Doug enjoys spending time with his family, friends, wine tasting, going to sporting events, breweries, and of course, playing golf!

Tim Johnson

Role: Director of Instruction
Serving Since: 2019
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Tim grew up in Napa Valley. He attended college in Illinois, earning his degrees in History, Political Science and Golf Management. Upon returning to California, Tim played competitively on mini-tours before dedicating himself to teaching. Tim has been in the golf business for over 20 years working at courses such as Presidio, Temeku Hills, Chardonnay, Shadow Lakes, Diablo Country Club and Fremont Park Golf.

Tim has an impressive 19 years of extensive teaching experience with golfers of all ages, learning from greats such as Ben Doyle, Kent Brown, Dan Schwabe, Josh Zander and others. He spent 4 years with Golftec learning the biomechanics of the swing. Recently he has earned certifications in TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) and ADM (Athletic Development Model).

On the juniors side of golf, he has had many success stories, including teaching and coaching over 20 juniors to college scholarships and over 200 tournament wins and amateur titles.

Tim currently lives in San Ramon with his two sons Lukas, 9 and Alek, 5. He enjoys playing sports with his kids, exercising and competing in Marathons and Spartan Races. 

Dan Quinn

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 925.735.5700

Golf is Dan’s passion! Dan grew up on the outskirts of London and fell in love with the game at age 14. Since that time Dan has been an avid golfer and has had a single figured handicap since the age of 15. He studied Sportsturf Management in England and also attended The Ohio State University through the 'international program' where he had the opportunity to study at the university and intern at Robert Trent Jones G.C and Cypress Point Club.
From there Dan returned to England to take a role as assistant superintendent at Woburn Golf Club, a Top-100 course in GB&I.
Dan married an American girl from the Bay Area, Danville to be exact which brought them back to the area to be close to family where he became the assistant superintendent at Round Hill Country Club. After 15 years in the business, Dan is experienced and ready to lead the maintenance team at Crow Canyon Country Club. In his spare time, Dan likes to play golf, watch movies and entertain his daughter Bethany.

Stephen Ward

Role: Head Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 1995

Stephen grew up in San Francisco and went to college at Canada College in Woodside California. After one year, he I transferred to University of Oregon and played on the tennis team. Following his college career, Stephen played nationally and internationally and achieved a world ranking. He was fortunate to be sponsored by the Lear Jet Corporation.

Upon leaving competitive tennis, Stephen began teaching tennis at the Vertical Club in New York City. After two years, he relocated in Los Altos Hills, California and worked as the assistant pro at the Fremont Hills Tennis Club for two years. Stephen accepted the Director of Tennis position at the Modesto Racquet Club and stayed there for six years.

Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs. He also aspires to win a national championship in senior tennis and is an active golfer.

Ethan Hall

Role: Aquatics Director
Serving Since: 2003

Ethan Hall is the Club’s aquatics director and has been the Club’s swim coach since 2003. 

Ethan has coached the Sea Lions to County Meet Team Championships from in 2005 - 2008 and from 2011 - 2015. He coached the Sharks to a Long Course Far Western Team Championship in 2010.  Ethan was the U.S. National Record breaker in the 15-16 200 meter Breaststroke and an Olympic Trials participant in 1996 and 2000.  He swam collegially at both UNC-Chapel Hill and UC-Santa Barbara.  He was the UNC record breaker in the 200 yard Breaststroke in 1999 and the Big West Conference Champion in 100 yard Breaststroke in 2001.  Ethan was also given UCSB's Athletic Department Golden Eagle Award in 2002 for the Highest GPA. 

Ethan has helped more than 35 student athlete get college scholarships for swimming. He is a big time football fan and loves to travel. He lives in Lafayette with his wife Natalie, bulldog Dozer, and border terrier She-Ra. 

Aneliya Petrov

Role: Fitness Manager
Serving Since: 2019

Aneliya Petrov is originally from Bulgaria and went to Burgas Free University (BFU) majoring in Public Relations. Aneliya has been in the sports industry for +21 years with 8 years as a national professional handball player winning 6 consecutive championships.

Aneliya moved to the United States in 2012 and began training clients to achieve their fitness goals. She joined Crow Canyon Country Club in 2014. She brings her professional sports background to her clients to ensure that their training programs consist of proper technique while at the same time providing enjoyable custom workouts that maximize results.

Aneliya provides one-on-one custom training programs as well as group classes. She customizes fitness programs based on clients’ needs and has experience training all age levels.

In her free time she loves to travel to Europe to spend time with friends and family.