Our Team

Tony Rizzo

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6977
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I grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, spending my childhood on the golf course, both playing and working, working my way up from outside service and caddy into a management role. During that time, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Advertising and I played 4 years on the football team.

I started my professional career in the club industry in Southern California and then moved to Glendale and Sedona Arizona for nine years where I managed two different country clubs. I joined Kemper Sports in 2014 and held General Manager positions at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Monterey, CA and Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, IL.

I am excited to be at Ravinia Green Country Club because of its long history and stature in the northern Chicago area as well as the opportunity to join ClubCorp. I have a passion for the hospitality industry and, in particular, interacting with the Membership and getting to know your families. My wife Heather and I are looking forward to raising our kids, Anthony and Faith in the Midwest and are thrilled to be members of this community for a long time.

Chris Thomas

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6983
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Chris grew up on the Northshore of Chicago, born and raised in Evanston, IL. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, with a BA in Telecommunications and Business. He’s had a storied career with the opportunity to work in Advertising, Marketing, and Promotion, most notably Client Service with McDonald’s for over 15 years, servicing the US and Global kids market. Most recently, Chris was in marketing and event management, working as the face of the franchise for The Runner’s Edge, a specialty running store in Libertyville, and as a Sales Director for The Glenview Park Golf Club.

Dream Job! Chris is excited to have joined the ClubCorp management team at Ravinia Green in July of 2017, complementing the team by creating new business strategies to acquire new members.

Chris lives off the first fairway from the Glenview Park Golf Club with his wife Lisa, and kids Chase, Joe, and Analiese. He enjoys golf, running, checking out new restaurants and traveling with his wife and family.

Chris looks forward to welcoming you, connecting you with other Members and ensuring you enjoy your time at Ravinia Green Country Club!

Paula White

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6978
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Paula graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University, where she majored in Business Communication and minored in Religious Studies. A lifelong student, who is enamored with learning, she also carries a Floral Management Certification and a Master Mixologist Certificate.
 
Never one to shy away from adventure, Paula has lived in six states and three countries and just recently settled into Illinois in 2019. Half of her career has been spent in the financial industry, either managing credit unions or underwriting loans and mortgages for clients. The other half has been in the entertainment and event industry. She has toured with over 20 bands as a concert caterer, planned significant scale events for thousands of people, and executed hundreds of private events. Her passion for event operations and planning has led her to Ravinia Green, and she can’t wait to bring her experience in customer service and events to the membership!

Alayna Jordan

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6981
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Alayna Jordan graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Hospitality Management and a Minor in Business. She  then continued on to Roosevelt University to earn her master’s in Human Resources.

Alayna started working in private clubs at Hillcrest Country Club as the restaurant manager and later moved up to clubhouse manager. Her most recent role was with The Grove Country Club as their private events manager. She has spent the past 10 years planning events and has even provided service to former Chicago Bulls Champ, Stacey King and his wife for their wedding!

Alayna grew up in the Chicago suburb area and now resides in Palatine Illinois with her husband John and dog Bailey.

She is looking forward to making her transition to Ravinia Green, and welcomes the opportunity to be a part of the Club Corp team!

Julian Thompson

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6984
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Julian Thompson was named our PGA Head Golf Professional in October of 2018. Originally from Michigan, Julian broke into the golf business in 2012 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids. It was here that Julian was able to learn directly from Patti Butcher and indirectly from Craig Harmon, former LPGA and PGA Golf Professional of the Year award winners in their own right.

After having spent time at Winnetka Golf Club in 2013 and White Oak Country Club in 2014, Julian found his home at Ravinia Green Country Club in March of 2015. Julian quickly made an incredible impact on the club and the membership as a whole. As the PGA 1st Assistant Golf Professional from 2015 – 2018, Julian was able to manage all aspects of a very successful golf operation. During that time, Julian was recognized for his play on the course during Illinois PGA tournaments and his professionalism off the course. Below are a list of his most recent accomplishments:

-2016 ClubCorp Rising Star Award
-2017 Royal Cup Team
-2017 Elected to PGA Membership
-2018 Royal Cup Team
-2018 ClubCorp Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
-2018 IPGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year (runner up)
-2018 Elected to Illinois PGA Board of Directors
-2019 Chosen for PGA Lead Class of 2019-2020

Due to his professionalism and expertise, Julian continues to shine as our PGA Head Golf Professional here at RGCC.

Mike Romisher

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6985
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I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. My tennis career began when I was 11 years old and I have loved the game tennis ever since. I was a ranked junior player and played tennis and squash in college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I am a certified USPTA tennis professional and have over 30 years of experience.  I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the new Director of Tennis at Ravinia Green Country Club. 

My career began in the Chicago area at the 41 Sports Club in Highland Park as the Director of Tennis. I moved down the road to The Deerfield Multiplex where I became their Director of Tennis. Most recently, I was the Director of Racquet Sports at Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook, a position I held for 21 years. In the winter months, I am a tennis professional at the Northbrook Racquet Club where I hope to continue my relationship with our members from Ravinia Green. My knowledge of tennis coupled with my experience as a country club professional makes me a perfect fit for Ravinia Green Country Club. I look forward to meeting the needs of all of the players at the club and enjoying their company on the tennis courts! 

I am married and have three children, a boy and twin girls. My wife, Laura, is an 8th grade math teacher. My son, Shaun, is the Director of Tennis at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, North Carolina. My daughters, Abby and Riley, are eagerly awaiting their B’not Mitzvah next year as they turn 13 in February. 

Catherine Delia

Role: Fitness Operations Manager
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 847.945.6200
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Since 2017, Cat Delia is a face most recognized while serving and bartending for Ravinia Green. In the spring of 2019, she was promoted to be our Operational Fitness and Pool Manager. Cat’s professional background in the health and fitness industry and marketing make her an ideal woman to create fitness programming at RGCC. She has worked as an Operational Manager at Equinox in Highland Park and did Brand Marketing with Red Bull. She attended the University of Arizona, and graduated with a National Certification for Personal Training.
 
Cat can be reached at Catherine.delia@clubcorp.com for any Pool or The RAC questions, concerns, or comments.

Ryan Byrnes

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6979
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Chef Ryan is an Illinois native born in Elgin. He is a proud father of three and a brother to two. As a child, Ryan always loved helping his Nana prepare meals. It was such a treat to cook with Nana that he and his sister would argue over who would help in the kitchen. In high school, he took a foods class and knew then that he wanted to be a chef. Once he started in the kitchens, he never looked back.

Ryan graduated from Elgin Community College in 2000 with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. He started his culinary career at Conway Farms Country Club as a prep cook and worked his way up to Sous Chef in just under five years. Chef Ryan left Conway Farms in 2008 as the Executive Sous Chef to pursue his career a little closer to home. Since then, he has worked at various country clubs, including Butterfield Country Club, The Grove, and Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. He has also helped open Abigail's Bistro in Highland Park. Ryan is thrilled to be your Executive Chef at Ravinia Green and looks forward to filling bellies for the foreseeable future.

Trinidad Vega

Role: Chief Engineer
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6987
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Hi I'm Trinidad Vega, I was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. I moved to Chicago in 1973 with my wife Mary with whom I'll be married to for 43 years this coming February, we have four children and 13 grandchildren. I was employed with Ravinia Green Country Club for 36 years then joined Club Corp 2/12/2015.

I'm the chief engineer here and I'm in charge of making sure the maintenance of the interior and exterior meets and exceeds expectations.

Sharon Delia

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6980
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I was born and raised in Chicago. I currently reside in Lincoln Square with my family. My career path has always been one that involves hospitality for that is where my passion lies. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kendall College where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management with a Minor in Culinary, Tourism, and Hotel Management. I have worked in many restaurants, both front of the house and back. I straddle a fine line between wanting the life of a front of the house manager and a chef! I love all aspects of the industry, especially the people I serve! For the last 6 years, prior to Ravinia Green, I worked at Carnivale, a restaurant in the west loop, as their Senior Operations Manager. I also worked with Hostmark Hospitality as their service trainer for new acquisitions. I am pleased to join the team here and plan to provide you with the best level of service and excellence of cuisine that you deserve!

John Otis

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6982
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Stella Scimeca

Role: Office Manager/Accounting
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 847.945.6200 x6986
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