Our Team

Brett Draper

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2010

Brett Draper is the Club's General Manager.  Prior to joining Mission Hills, Brett proudly served as General Manager at our sister club Seville Golf & Country Club since February 2014.

Brett, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management with a focus in Club Management from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, has more than 15 years experience in the industry. He found his passion for golf and the private club industry during college interning stints at Las Vegas Country Club and Sahalee Country Club, where he served as Dining Room Manager after he graduated. His roles have also included serving seven years as Clubhouse Manager at Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington, prior to taking his role at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbor, WA where he led the team there for four years.

Brett is dedicated to the Club Management field and is an active member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). He earned his Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation – CMAA’s signature of professionalism and dedication to the club management industry in 2013.

Brett, his wife, Becky,have a daughter, Harper, and son, Charlie.

Chris Howe

Role: Director of Operations
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 760.883.1579

Chris is the Director of Operations at Mission Hills Country Club.  Prior to that he was Director of Food and Beverage, Service Director and Member Relations Director. 

Prior to joining Mission Hills, Chris worked for TS Restaurants for 17 years as General Manager of The Cliffhouse in La Quinta and Bar Manager at Jakes Del Mar.

Chris has two wonderful daughters Makena and Macie.

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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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.

Art Dennis

Role: Director of Engineering
Serving Since: 2010

Art Dennis is Mission Hills’ Director of Engineering. In this capacity, Art oversees the building maintenance. Before joining Mission Hills, Art was a building inspector for West Coast Property Consultants for five years.

Art also worked at the La Quinta Resort and Club for seven years as their Special Projects Manager. His responsibilities included the coordination of all outside contractors and the installation or alteration of any existing buildings or equipment.

Art is a California Licensed General Building Contractor and a Certified Building Inspector.

He also has a Minor Degree in Art and has worked as well as owned and operated a small art bronze foundry. Art has completed work for several well-known artists as well as having produced work for Texas A&M University.  An avid history fan, Art has been involved in Medieval re-enactment for many years and is currently a member of the Frontier Army of the West, which does Civil War re-enactments.

Rudy Campuzano

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2007

I was raised in Southern California where I made my first foray into the restaurant industry at the age of 19, working in a local pizza parlor. My aptitude for making great pizzas, combined with a longstanding love for food, helped put me on my way to a fruitful culinary career.

After graduation from Cypress College Culinary, as one of America’s top 250 culinary students, I found my first restaurant job at Wolfgang Puck Café in Orange, CA. I then worked my way up from prep cook to line cook, and learned how to balance flavors and enjoy creating artful dishes. My next step was at Robert Mondavi’s Golden Vine Winery, where I reconnected with his love for Italian food. Working under the tutelage of Chef Reiner Schwarts, I was able to work with homemade Italian recipes.

For the next five years, I worked with Chef Reynaldo Bianco at Spectrum Catering in Newport Beach, CA, and eventually became sous chef at the Spectrum in Redondo Beach, CA. It was there I learned the true art of sauce making, and catering large events for the stars.

On my culinary journey, I left the beach and headed to the desert, where I joined the team at the La Quinta Resort and Club. Originally hired as a line cook by Chef Leanne Kamekona, I was quickly named restaurant supervisor, and eventually executive club chef at the Citrus Country Club. For the next three years, I created special chef table dinners for my members. I moved to Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa as the banquet sous chef, where I worked alongside the desert’s renowned chefs at the Pendleton Foundation Chef’s Auction, one of the resort’s most memorable banquets.

In 2007, I took over the helm at Indian Wells Country Club. I was one of 18 ClubCorp chefs to attend CIA at Graystone in Napa Valley, where I finished second in the annual Iron Chef Competition. 

During my rare downtime, I love to travel, attend old car shows and catch an occasional round of golf.

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.   


Audrey Gruenbacher

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 760.883.5376

Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, Audrey is an avid Oklahoma State and Oklahoma City Thunder Fan.

Audrey started her career at Williams Energy Company in Oklahoma City. She worked with the software licensing team in IT and later became the Executive Administrative Assistant for IT.

After moving to the Desert in January 2015, Audrey started her ClubCorp Career in the Golf Shop at Mission Hills Country Club. After two seasons, she was moved to the Sports Club as the Member Relations Coordinator and is now the Member Relations Director for the Club where she enjoys working with and getting to know the Members!

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.