Our Team

David Ford

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2016

David began his golf and club management career as a Golf Professional in 1996 after serving in the U.S. military for 8 years. In 1998, he was named General Manager at Black Bear Golf Club and Wekiva Golf Club in Central Florida. After spending 10 years in Florida, David moved to South Carolina as the General Manager at WildeWood and Woodcreek Farms Country Club until 2008. At that time he became a General Manager for ClubCorp at Woodside Plantation Country Club and Eagles Landing Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia until 2013. Since 2013, David has been a General Manager with Billy Casper Golf at Sun n’ Lake Golf Club, where he was awarded F&B Operation, Retail Golf Shop, Sales Person & Facility of the Year for the Southeast Region in 2014. In 2015, he became the General Manager at Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where David assisted the membership and staff through a merger process with another private club inside the gates of the Eastpointe Community.

David has been in the club industry for over 18 years and a Class A PGA Professional since 2006. David prides himself on making it a daily priority to provide the Members and staff a fun and friendly club atmosphere in which to work, play and build upon the many existing and wonderful traditions a country club enjoys. 

David and his wife, Malinda have two children, Joshua (22) and Rachel (19).

Chris Rucker

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 703.779.2022 ext. 226

Chris Rucker carries over twenty-seven years of Private Club membership sales and management experience with him to River Creek. He has served with ClubCorp for twelve years in multiple capacities including membership sales, private event and tournament sales, regional management, outbound revenue generation and business development. By providing the utmost in service and programming to Members and guests alike, Chris is focused on working with the River Creek team to drive new Membership growth and positive Member retention. Chris is originally from Southern California and studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University.  He resides in Haymarket with his lovely wife Karen and two daughters.  

Rachael Rutherford

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 703.779.2022

Rachael joined River Creek Club in October 2016 as the Private Events Director. She is a native of Leesburg, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Upon graduation, she moved back to Leesburg where she began working as a Catering Sales Manager at The National Conference Center in Lansdowne. She spent five a half years growing their social market before joining the River Creek team.

Rachael currently resides in downtown Leesburg with her husband and two young children. When she is not working, Rachael enjoys experiencing new restaurants and breweries in Leesburg, traveling, watching Disney movies and spending quality time with her family.

Shannon Ober

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2018

Shannon is originally from Virginia and has had experience working as a receptionist and veterinary assistant in Richmond, Virginia. Her passions include being outdoors (hiking, kayaking, camping), spending time with her dog, Taco, and being with her friends and family. Looking forward to meeting everyone here at River Creek!

Chris Bates

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 703.779.2022 ext 232

He was born and raised in the State of Washington but moved to Central North Carolina soon after graduating from Washington State University.  Before River Creek, Chris was the Director of Golf at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken South Carolina.  Chris is married to Kristi and has two children, Megan 10 years old and Charlie 8 years old.  Chris takes pride in his work and is passionate about mentoring and training young golf professionals as well as teaching and growing the great game of golf.  Chris is excited and looks forward to his first season at River Creek Club.

Amir Radfar

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 703.779.2022 ext 229

Having worked in the hospitality and food & beverage industry for over 10 years, Amir brings a lot of insight and experience to River Creek Club. Previously, Amir held multiples roles for Clydes Restaurant Group with his most recent role being the Executive Manager/Acting GM at Clyde's in Ashburn and Tysons Corner, Virgina.  While working for the Clyde Restaurant Group Amir has won numerous awards for his performances.  We are extremely excited to have Amir lead the F&B Department and improve the overall Member dining experience. In his spare time, Amir enjoys playing tennis, watching sports, and enjoying valuable time with his huge family. He also has a huge passion in flipping houses. 

Scott Cornwell

Role: Golf Superintendent
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 703.779.2022

Jessica Harclerode

Role: Office Administrator & Accountant
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 703-779-2022 ext 237

Jessica has resided in Northern Virginia for the past 30 years. She is the mother of two children and a graduate of George Mason University. Jessica has worked as a financial advisor/consultant and been the director of one of the leading childcare facilities in Leesburg. She believes strongly in family values and the balance that is necessary to maintain between family and career. Jessica is eager to make your acquaintance and looking forward to working with you and the River Creek Club team to make your membership memorable. 

Daniel Leal

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 703.779.2022

Chef Daniel Leal’s career has literally taken him across the country. As a former “Chef to the Stars,” he has planned and prepared menus for a long list of some of America’s most popular entertainers-- Justin Bieber, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Weezer, Dolly Parton, SlipKnot, Lamb of God, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Flight of the Conchords, Marilyn Manson, Garrison Keillor and the cast of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He has also been “Festival Chef” for such acclaimed music festivals as Gentleman of the Road and Carolina Rebellion.
When asked about the reasons he enjoyed traveling with and cooking for musicians, he explained, “I loved being able to use fresh, local ingredients from so many different areas of the country. I also enjoyed and grew from the challenges of having to adapt to the surroundings you find yourself in and on-the-fly menu planning.” And, he explained that, since the stars and road crew were constantly changing, so were the food needs and tastes that he had to respond to. “Their diets and food standards were always changing. On my last tour, I really enjoyed the challenge of preparing creative meals for a healthier, vegan and vegetarian crew.”
Those who work with Chef Daniel describe him as one of the hardest working men they’ve ever been around. But, across the board, the favorite qualities cited by colleagues are his ability to stay calm even on the busiest (often most stressful of days), his off-the-cuff sense of humor and, of course, the delightful culinary creations that come out of that creative “foodie” head of his.
Leal has honed his skills across numerous cuisines—Latin, French, Italian, Thai/Asian, Indian and American. Recently, at the country club where he previously worked, he created the Cuban menu for their very first “Sunset Havana Nights.” At that event, he told Members his grandparents came here from Cuba, and that “they were the ones who taught me to love and cook Cuban food.” He said the dishes he served that evening were ones he had cooked with them.
So, you may be wondering what brought Chef Daniel to Virginia? It’s a one-word answer—Lucian… a kind, funny, smart, almost-six-year old little boy who brings a smile to everyone he meets.
When asked what he enjoys most about being the Executive Chef at River Creek, Daniel doesn’t hesitate—“I really enjoy the personal, direct engagement with our Members who, by the way, are very supportive of our very talented staff.” He also enjoys the challenge of “creating new and different types of dishes, taking average food and bringing it to an elevated level.” And, he says he “gets a kick out of working with and coaching our kitchen team.” Chef Daniel is looking forward to creating even more themed dinners, wine pairings and special events at River Creek.

Matt Stillwagon

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2019

Matt grew up in Winchester where he started playing tennis with his brother at the age of 6. He moved to Leesburg, Va after graduating from the University of Richmond, where he was a four-year starter in both singles and doubles tennis.

Matt began his coaching career at Ida Lee Tennis Center in 2010, but most recently was the Head Professional at the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion. There he helped coach multiple ladies USTA League teams to the national championships, and also found a passion for developing talent with junior players. He believes in a simple philosophy that can be applied to players of all ages and skill levels; Hard Work + Good Routines = SUCCESS!

Matt has been a part of two national championship USTA teams (10.0 mixed in 2017, and 9.0 mixed in 2018) and enjoys competing while expanding his skills and knowledge of the game tennis.

John Ronis

Role: Executive Director of Instruction
Serving Since: 2018

John Ronis has been teaching in the Middle Atlantic Section for over 20 years. He is well known for his development of junior golfers, who have played in over 10 USGA National Championships, including Match Play portions of those events. His service oriented approach and calm demeanor makes his teaching fun and enjoyable for all levels of players. His simplistic approach, and use of cutting edge technology has yielded results for thousands of students.

John played his collegiate golf at The University of Connecticut, where he was a four year starter and 3 year captain.

John is co host of "Sunday Tee Time" with Steve Czaban, on ESPN 980 and "The Capitol Golf Gang" podcast.

Melene Tolson

Role: Private Events Coordinator
Serving Since: 2018

Melene has resided in Northern Virginia for the past 26 years. She joined River Creek Club in July 2017 as the Banquet Manager and after a year, was promoted to Private Events Coordinator. She graduated from George Mason in 2015 with a degree in Tourism and Events Management. During her time at George Mason, she interned with Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, which inspired her love for wine. After her internship, she had the pleasure of working with the private events team at Clyde’s Restaurant Group in Ashburn. Melene currently lives in Ashburn with her parents. Other than her love for wine and exploring the growing NoVA wine country, she loves to find any excuse to be creative, spend time with her family and walk the hiking trails nearby. She looks forward to helping create memorable moments for your future events.

Samantha Hall

Role: Banquet Manager
Serving Since: 2019

Samantha has the energy and passion for events! Samantha is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech who majored in hospitality and tourism management. Samantha was an intern for event planning at a Virginia Tech program and then was offered a job with the Red Fox Inn & Tavern in Middleburg as an Assistant Manager. Samantha recently accepted the banquet manager position with River Creek and is excited to learn the private events operations as a leader. She hopes to excel in this roll and eventually become a Private Events Coordinator then Private Events Director.

Dave Tynch

Role: Golf Superintendent Assistant
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 703.779.2022

Ramon Felix

Role: Food and Beverage Manager
Serving Since: 2006

Ramon has been with River Creek Club for 12 years now. He started with River Creek as a banquet server and moved his way up to a dining room server, bartender, restaurant supervisor and we are excited to have promoted him to his current position as a Food & Beverage Manager. Ramon is extremely passionate about the member experience and works diligently on improving our standards of service for our team and members. Outside of work Ramon loves spending time with his family and friends.