Our Team

Michael Walker

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2016

This will be Michael’s second General Manager position with ClubCorp as he joins us after spending two and half successful years as the General Manager of Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.  Prior to being a member of the ClubCorp team, Michael spent two years with the Bay Club Company in San Francisco as VP/GM.  He is also a long-time Coachella Valley resident. He spent eight years with Omni Hotels and KSL Resorts as the Director of Club Operations at Rancho Las Palmas, and was previously the Director of Golf at Rancho Mirage Country Club.  

Michael is a Class A member of the PGA of America and Canadian PGA. Although born in the US, he grew up in Canada and spent much of his early career in the Victoria, BC and Calgary, AB areas.  Michael's parents and sister are still residing in Regina, SK.  Michael first fell in love with desert living while playing college golf in Scottsdale, AZ before moving back to Canada where he finished his education at the University of Victoria.

Michael spends his free time focused on his family, his love for music and history, and his long suffering passion for the Toronto Maple Leafs and L.A. Rams. He has two children, his son, a proud recent graduate of UC Riverside and an aspiring medical student, and his daughter, a full time student at College of the Desert working towards her education degree.   Michael and his long-time partner, Lindsay, now live here locally in the Desert.

Michael is very proud to be a part of the Mission Hills Family!  He cites the Dinah Shore Tournament Course as one of his all-time favorite layouts and Mission Hills as an iconic Club, which he has always admired.  He looks forward to embracing the rich history of Mission Hills, positioning our Club for a vibrant and exciting future, and meeting each one of you over your first few months. 

Dennis Coker

Role: Club Manager
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 760.883.1579

Dennis’s career started in small town America where he was a server in his cousins' restaurant.  He quickly moved into a manager position and found that  his passion lies in what he calls, "approachable upscale", where the best experiences are built around the company you share, amazing food, and unobtrusive service.

Dennis loves getting to know the Members at the Club and being able to provide them with the service they deserve.

He is a native of San Diego, CA and is excited to be home in Southern California where he enjoys hiking with his Border Collie, Argus, spending time with his family, and exploring new restaurants.  

John Conroy

Role: Director of Membership & Marketing
Serving Since: 1984
Phone Number: 760.883.1655

John began his career with ClubCorp in 1984 at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. His roles with ClubCorp range from Food & Beverage, Accounting, Club and Benefit Development and his favorite for the last 18 years, as a Membership Director.

In 2006, he became the Director of Membership & Marketing at Mission Hills and has had the joy of working at an unbelievable club with an outstanding team who have become family for the BEST Members a private club could have on their roster.

Born in Canton, Ohio, grew up in Cleveland, John is an avid sports fan with a passion for Ohio State football and basketball. GO BUCKEYES!

Debra Ramos

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 1992
Phone Number: 760.883.1638

Debra is a native Californian and San Diego State University alumni.

Debra’s career with ClubCorp began right out of college in 1992 where she worked at the University Club atop Symphony Towers in San Diego. She later relocated to the Palm Springs area and worked in the membership departments in the following country clubs: Desert Falls, Indian Wells and Mission Hills.

Debra’s interests include volunteering at local animal shelters and charities and supporting her daughter and her high school sports team.  She also enjoys teaching a fitness class at our Sports Club.

Rochelle Bang

Role: Private Event Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 760.883.1664
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Paul Avedisian

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019

Paul has enjoyed a career that has taken him literally all over the world.  A native of Michigan, he has traveled to all fifty U.S. States, and sailed to fifty-one countries on six continents serving as Staff Officer onboard cruise ships.

A lifelong student of the arts, history and culture, Paul spent several years living and working in both New York City and Los Angeles, and had the privilege of escorting study tours to nearly fifty UNESCO World Heritage sights in twenty-three countries. He is thrilled to be joining the terrific team here at Mission Hill’s Country Club to bring you amazing, one-of-a-kind experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Maggie Bainter

Role: Director of Spa & Sports
Serving Since: 2004
Phone Number: 760.324.9400 x: 3019

Maggie Bainter has been with ClubCorp since 2004. She started as a pro shop assistant at Indian Wells Country Club and gradually worked at all three desert clubs. Maggie has served as the Membership Director at Desert Falls and Mission Hills Country Club.

In her spare time, Maggie loves to play golf, play fetch with a dog or two, catch a baseball game, go boating, and spend time with friends. A native of Spokane Washington and was a Kappa at Washington State University (Go Cougs!)

Maggie loves the diversity of our membership at Mission Hills and enjoy serving each and every one of our Members.

Brandon Testi

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019

Chef Brandon Testi has been classically trained in the field of culinary arts from Riverside Culinary Academy in Riverside, California, and graduated with honors in the top of his respective class. He has used his original and modern style in a variety of restaurants and resorts starting at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, and then moving on to Cielo at Casino Morongo in Cabazon, IW Club in Indian Wells, bluEmber at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Second Bar + Kitchen at The Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas and AC3 at Hotel Paseo here in Palm Desert.  He has honed his culinary skills, creativity and proficient techniques through the tutelage of many great chefs along the way. He has refined his artistic talent as an emerging chef over the past decade in the industry. His style of cooking tends to lean towards a fresh, clean, and contemporary California fusion approach.

With a solid foundation of hard work and dedication, his resourceful and unexpected ideas have produced eye catching dishes while impressing many food critics with bold innovative flavors. His distinctive recipes have attracted attention from The New York Times, Palm Springs Life, Idyllwild Town Crier, Press Enterprise, and Desert Entertainer to name a few. His creative, out of the box flare was literally “reflective” when he “smoked” the 2014 Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge, where he took First Place.

After years of hard work and education in various culinary settings, Chef Brandon brings his talent and creative strive to the renowned Mission Hills Country Club. His immediate goals include establishing signature dishes and a memorable palate experience for guests.

Brandon enjoys cooking, eating, attending sporting events, playing hockey, snowboarding and spending time with friends and his family.  Brandon happily lives in the greater Palm Springs area with his wife, Brier and their children, Brayden, Beckham, and Brooks.

Nicholas Thron

Role: Tournament Coordinator
Serving Since: 2008
Phone Number: 760.883.5514

Nick has been in the golf business since 2005 and at with Mission Hills Country Club since 2008. Working as an Assistant Golf Professional he learned the in's and out's of running successful golf events. Nick is very skilled at customer service, knowledge of the game and Tournament Operations. His knowledge in these areas have taken Mission Hills to another level in golf operations here at Mission Hills Country Club.

Rodney Silvagni

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2014

Rodney Silvagni was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he started playing golf at the age of 10.  Rodney played 2 years of college golf at William Jewell College before transferring to the University of Missouri where he graduated in 2003 with an Economics degree. After graduation he moved to California to start his career in golf at PGA West Private before moving back to St. Louis to become the Head Golf Professional at Crescent Farms Golf Club. In 2008, Rodney was named employee of the year for Walters Golf Management Company.

Rodney moved back to the Desert in 2011 and came to Mission Hills in 2014. Along the way he has has worked at numerous clubs including PGA West, TPC Valencia, and Pevely Farms Golf Club. Rodney has helped run several Professional events including The Bob Hope Classic/Humana Challenge and The ANA Inspiration. Rodney completed his PGA education becoming a Class A PGA Member in February of 2016.

In May of 2016, Rodney got married to Rayla Silvagni. Rayla is also in the Club Corp family, working as a Member Relations Coordinator at Mission Hills.   

 
 

Jared Taylor

Role: Tournament Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 760.202.4531`

Jared Taylor is our Tournament Course superintendent.  Outside of his family, his passion is for the game of golf in its entirety. The satisfaction of providing championship conditions and the smiles and thanks of his members and guests is what propels Jared forward each day. Jared’s career goal has progressed over the years to include working at a 54-hole facility, hosting a Major and ensuring his members and guests are excited to play golf on his course each day.

Starting with his years at Tamarisk Country Club as an intern and ultimately moving up to Second Assistant, it was at Tamarisk where he developed a desire to host professional tournaments. It was at this facility that Jared helped to host the last Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. 

After spending a short one-year stint at the Westin Mission Hills, Jared spent time as the Assistant Superintendent at the Madison Club in La Quinta. The opportunity to build and grow-in the golf course at Madison, led to invaluable knowledge and the ability to manage and maintain a championship level property.

After the Madison, Jared took time off to help his wife, Mollie, raise their children. The Taylor’s then moved to Dallas, Texas, where Jared took the job as Superintendent of the Masters course at Brookhaven Country Club.  It was Jared’s first experience working at a 54-hole facility and the complexities that come with it. Working with the excellent team and management at Brookhaven opened Jared’s eyes to the realization that a 54-hole facility is where Jared wanted to be.

After spending three years in Texas, Jared moved back to the Coachella Valley where Jared took the Assistant Superintendent position at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Jared continued to receive invaluable knowledge about gardens and golf course maintenance. Expectations were high as Jared helped to host high level meetings and summits that included the United States Supreme Court Justices, foreign leaders and the President of the United States.

In 2016, Jared made the move from Sunnylands to Mission Hills Country Club on the first day of the ANA tournament. He gained invaluable experience in managing a Major tournament venue which led to the success of the 2017 ANA, golf's first major. 

Today Jared views Mission Hills Country Club as his home and considers himself lucky to be involved with such a phenomenal club. He feels accomplished in that he is now part of a 54-hole facility and a Major venue. Jared looks forward to bringing about championship conditions and memories for all of our members and guests.   

David Hay

Role: Director of Golf Operations
Serving Since: 2001

David Hay, C.G.C.S. has been a Golf Course Superintendent for 39 years. He started his career in the High Desert at the Apple Valley CC. David became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1988. First moving to the Coachella Valley in 1995, David became the Director of Agronomy at the Westin Mission Hills Resort. From 1997 to present, David has served as Director of Golf Operations for ClubCorp, first at Indian Wells CC and he moved to Mission Hills in 2017. He has been in a ClubCorp Regional Agronomist role since 2001. David graduated from Victor Valley College in 1986 with an A.S. in Business.