John was appointed General Manager of Knollwood Country Club in May 2019. John comes to the Club with a rich history in Parks and Recreation. Before becoming the leader of the Knollwood team he was the Executive Director and Superintendent of Recreation and Facilities at Western Springs and Arlington Height Park District’s in the Chicagoland area. John holds a degree from University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse in Parks and Recreation Administration/Leadership.
John and his wife, Sheila have a son, Kieran. When John is not at the Club, he enjoys being active in the community and attending various sporting events. John is excited about the future of Knollwood and creating Magic Moments for our Members.
Traci was appointed Membership Director of Knollwood Country Club in October 2019. Traci comes to the Club with a history in competitive sports, sales, and customer hospitality. Before becoming the Membership Director of Knollwood, she was the Vice President of Sales at Odiz Safety. Traci holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Sports Medicine, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology while playing Division 1A Basketball. Traci is a Granger native who played four years of varsity basketball at Penn High School.
Traci and her fiancé, Joe, live in Granger and have four children. When Traci is not at the Club, she enjoys golf, pickleball, tennis, and attending various local sporting events. Traci is excited about the future of Knollwood and getting to know all of its current and future members.
Bailey was appointed Member Relations Director of Knollwood Country Club in July of 2020. Before coming to Knollwood, Bailey had worked at multiple clubs in south west Florida doing everything from merchandising, event planning, and member relations. Bailey holds a degree from the University of Georgia in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development.
Bailey is originally from Athens, Georgia and has moved to Granger with her boyfriend and two fur babies, Bentlee and KitKat. When Bailey is not at the club she enjoys running, trying new restaurants and cheering on the Dawgs on football Saturdays! Bailey is looking forward to getting to know the members at Knollwood and assisting where she can.
Welcome Shawnte Jackson to our leadership team as your new Executive Chef. Shawnte brings passion in leadership, high standards of excellence, and a sweet tooth that translates to the pastries and desserts at your table! He will be out and about soon in the dining room and is excited to be part of the Knollwood family. His background includes an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years with the last 15 years as part of Darden Restaurant Group training corporate Chefs in New Restaurant Openings and dining room Operations Manager. In his spare time, Shawnte likes to decorate cakes, play basketball and most importantly spend time with my family.
Karen has been with Knollwood Country Club since 1986!! She has a been staple here at the Club since then. She started in the Private Events department here part time. During her time in that department she got to know a lot of the Members. In 1989 is moved to the Club's Accounting Office as the Accounting Assistant and has been there ever since. In July 2016 she was promoted to the Office Manager where she is now as she runs whole Accounting Department for the Club.
Karen is married to her awesome husband of 41 years Darrell. When Karen is not working she loves to spend time with her family and friends, make home improvements and travel. Karen and her husband have with two adult children, Jason and Melissa. Karen's daughter and her son in law Pete live in Arizona which is one of Karen's favorite places to go!!
Role: Office Assistant/Special Projects
Serving Since: 1999
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Lindsay grew up as a member of Knollwood and has worked at Knollwood for 20 years. She has been a Lifeguard, Pool Operator, Swim Instructor, Swim Coach, Banquet, and Restaurant Server. She recently accepted a position at the office and now helps with Knollwood's Special Projects.
Lindsay graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with degrees in Communication and Marketing, where she played College Soccer. Lindsay met her husband Nathan at Knollwood, and they are parents to four beautiful daughters: Colette, Gretta, Mabelle, and Scarlett.
Role: Assistant Membership Director
Serving Since: 2019
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Stephanie was born in Mishawaka and has spent the last 22 years in Granger. She attended Indiana University and received a degree in Office Management and Dental Assisting. Stephanie was a stay at home Mom for 15 years and then went back to work in Sales with Nabisco, Kelloggs, and then with Redbox before starting at Knollwood in 2019 as the Assistant Membership Director. When not working, she enjoys spending her time with her children. Stephanie is very excited about the future of the Club and working with all the Current and New Members.
Cale was appointed Director of Food and Beverage for Knollwood Country Club in February of 2020. Cale comes to Knollwood with tenured background in Catering and Restaurant Operations Management. Before joining the leadership team at Knollwood, Cale worked in a leadership role with Darden Restaurants overseeing Corporate Training of New Restaurant Openings as a Managing Partner. Cale was involved in the opening of 17 LongHorn Steakhouse locations spanning from Bismarck North Dakota to Decatur Alabama over 14 years of service.
Cale and his wife Nicole have settled into the community and plan to grow with in both Knollwood, and Michiana, as they look to start a family. When Cale is not at the Club, he enjoys golfing and attending sporting events. In his down time, he enjoys completing his never-ending honey do list, obsessing over his landscaping and grilling no matter the weather. Cale is excited to be of service for all the Members here at Knollwood.
Bianca Edelman has been with Knollwood Country Club since 2016. She began her role managing the café at the pool, then transitioned to working in the kitchen where she helped with private events and working breakfast, lunch, and dinner services. After two years of dedication to BOH, she emerged to the FOH where she bartended, served, and helped with banquets on occasion.
She studied Culinary Arts at Ivy Tech and began her career as a Sous Chef for the Hilton Garden Inn – where she later became Director of Food & Beverage. Since then, she has been an Executive Chef to a local brewery, a pastry chef, and helped to manage kitchens while training culinary students for their internships.
Outside of work, she loves to garden, paint and travel with loved ones.
Role: Athletic Director
Serving Since: 2000
Phone Number: 574-344-2511
Rhonda has been with Knollwood Country Club since 2000. She started as a Youth Program Coordinator, moved to the swim department as the Aquatics Director, and became the Athletic Director.
Rhonda has multiple degrees from Indiana University-South Bend in Business Administration, Elementary Education, and General Studies and is also a Certified Pool Operator. Rhonda is energetic, friendly and always available.
Rhonda is married, with three children, and feels that "fitness is important at all stages of life".
Role: Head Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 1984
Shelly has been the Head Tennis Professional and Director of Tennis at Knollwood Country Club since 1984 and with the South Bend Racquet Club since 1998. She became a teaching professional in 1980 and a USPTA member in 1984. Shelly was an Indiana High School State Champion in 1975 at South St. Joseph High School and was voted to the Indiana Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997 and South Bend Community Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2010. She played college tennis at Western Kentucky University. Shelly currently holds over 30 Metro Championship Tennis Titles.
Her love for the game has been shown all through the community. She is still active in the game and has recently been a member of the National 4.5 women's team in 2015.
Shelly has a certified staff that will meet all of your needs.
Role: Assistant Golf Operations Director
Serving Since: 2016
Originally from Goshen, IN, I picked up golf when I was 13. To play as much as possible, I began picking the range for my local golf course to hit balls for free. I've worked at five total golf courses and clubs; however, this is my first stop making a career out of it. I have been with Knollwood since 2016 and the Assistant Golf Pro since the beginning of 2017. I started my college career at Marian University and transferred to IU South Bend while completing my accounting degree. During my time, I played golf for four years. During my free time, I enjoy playing golf with Matt Krallman, the head pro, or some of the members, lifting and playing basketball.
Jonathon Oppenheim comes to the Club with a wealth of knowledge in Golf Course Maintenance. Jon has over 14 years worth of experience at several golf courses throughout the Michiana region: Morris Park Country Club, South Bend Country Club and most recently Juday Creek as their Golf Course Superintendent. Jon was born and raised in the South Bend area. He attended Saint Joseph’s High School and Holy Cross College. He has a degree in Golf Course Turf Management from Rutgers University.
When Jon is not at Knollwood he loves spending quality time with his wife Samantha and his dogs Bentley and Lewis. This fall Jon and Samantha are expecting their first child!! IT'S A GIRL!! He enjoys watching Notre Dame football, Chicago Bears and anything golf related. Jon has a passion for the game of golf and this is what ultimately brought him to where he is today!!
Jon is extremely honored to have the opportunity to become part of the Knollwood Country Club family!!
Role: Assistant Superintendent of Golf Maintenance
Serving Since: 2019
Wayne has been involved in Golf Course Operations for over 40 years having worked at four different courses during that time. He began at Wyndwicke Country Club in St Joseph, MI while in high school and eventually become the superintendent there. From there he moved to Indian Lake Golf Hills in Eau Claire MI where he was the superintendent and was instrumental in building the final nine holes of this course making it a 27- hole course. From there he went to The Oaks in St Joseph MI as a superintendent making that course one of the premier golf courses in the area. Following that he came to Knollwood Country Club and has been the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent for 18 years working side by side of the Superintendent taking care of day to day operations to maintain this course.
Wayne has been married to his wife Jan for 33 years and resides in Benton Harbor MI with her and their dog Rocky, his best pal. They have one daughter, Anita and a son-in law Tanner who live in Dowagiac.
I came to Knollwood from Greenleaf Condominiums, Elkhart where I was Facility Manager for 12 years.
I enjoy binge watching several television shows, doing yard work and hanging out with my friends and family in my free time.
I look forward to keeping the Knollwood facility clean and respectable for all our members.