Our Team

David Russi

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 ext. 240

A Southern California Native David is married to his lovely wife Tiffany and together has two young children Meilani and Jacob.   David is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America with more than 20 years of comprehensive sales and business management experience, with the most recent years specializing in the private club environment. He brings great insight into the business of club management while having a deep passion for the game of golf itself.

In his most recent role, he served as General Manager, Tomson Group Ltd. in Hong Kong spearheading their stunning 18-hole Country Club in the heart of downtown Shanghai, China.  David spent a total of five years in Shanghai where he also worked for Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club where he was the key foreign club manager leading the team during their complete renovation project and grand-opening.  Prior to his Oversees adventure, he was the General Manager of Vellano Country Club, Chino Hills, California designed by Greg Norman.

“My management style is one of leadership, enthusiasm and member loyalty,” David says.  “I focus on the details and member/guest relations by paying close attention to developing member loyalty, growing the service levels, increasing the reputation of the Club and securing a strong team of employees.  I’m so pleased to be a part of the Spring Valley Lake family.”

Brianna Wolf

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2020
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Mitch Brown

Role: Course Maintenance Supervisor
Serving Since: 2005

Mitch has been proudly serving Spring Valley Lake Country Club since 2005.  Mitch has been in the golf course maintenance industry for over 25 years.  He has had the opportunity to work at various clubs throughout his California career, which has given him a broad experience of different levels in golf course maintenance. 

Mitch got his start in the Pacific Northwest working at numerous golf courses before moving to California in 1999.  Prior to becoming the golf course superintendent, Mitch was the assistant superintendent at: Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista,  Aliso Viejo Country Club and Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.

He enjoys all kinds of sports and classic cars.

Brian Gill

Role: Director of Tennis and Athletics
Serving Since: 1997

Brian is a native of the desert and grew up on the courts of this Club. As a junior, he was sponsored by Head to play tennis throughout Southern California. After a brief hiatus from tennis, he returned to Spring Valley Lake Country Club to teach tennis part-time in 1997.

Brian has taught off and on since then, returning as the full-time Director of Tennis and Athletics in 2015. He enjoys teaching all levels of play and players from tiny tots to seniors.  Brian has successfully reached out to the community to include and involve local schools in events and after school tennis programs. He recently organized a ‘Best of the High Desert’ boys high school tournament and looks forward to making it an annual event, as well as holding an annual girls event.  Brian promotes tennis and fitness throughout the club and community.

Away from the courts, Brian stays busy with his wife, Melissa, who is an RN, and their four sons and can frequently be seen on the tennis court or the baseball field.

Patricia Marino

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x: 242

Patricia is a graduate from the University of Phoenix. She graduated in 2015 where she earned a degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting. She has over eight years of experience working in private country clubs where she served as an Assistant Accountant. She puts her customers first and is excited to be a part of the ClubCorp family. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. They often will take their jet boat out to Katherine's Landing. In her free time she also enjoys hiking, cooking and lighting candles up with a glass of wine to relax.

Aaron Byers

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2019

A native of Albany Oregon Aaron attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

He has been playing golf since the age of 4 he was High school state champion in 1997 also represented Oregon in the United States Amateur. Aaron went on to play golf for the University of Oregon his accolades include all region first team, All Pac 10 player and MVP for Oregon his Senior year.

Aaron has been in sales and marketing for the last 14 years. He started his journey with ClubCorp in 2018 at Desert Falls Country Club as a Membership Assistant and is now excited to continue his passion for golf and become a part of the Spring Valley Lake Country Club team as Membership Director.

Aaron Enjoys Golfing and teaching his 3 beautiful nieces how to fish. 

Darnell Crowder

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2019

Darnell Crowder has been in the restaurant industry for 16 years. He started as a server at Applebee’s is Santa Fe, NM and quickly rose through the ranks to become a certified trainer of servers, bartenders, and managers, and quickly became a manager. Darnell has managed multiple restaurants in Southern California and thoroughly loves customer service and interaction. With a background of studying biology and 25+ years of football, Darnell brings a different dynamic and management style to the club. Darnell was a member of SVLCC for 2 years prior to joining the team here and greatly looks forward to restoring the greatness of the club. 

Mike Pearson

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2019

My name is Mike Pearson and I have been in the golf industry all my life.  I played collegiately for University of Nevada prior to turning Professional in pursuit of playing for a living.  After graduating from California State University at Chico in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, I decided to make my career in the golf industry.  In 1994, I became a Class A member of the PGA of America.  I immediately became very involved in the Southern California PGA serving as a Board Member of either the Chapter or the Section for the better part of 20 years.I have been teaching the game of golf for over 30 years and love helping people improve their game.  Although I have taught several Mini Tour players and 6 current members of the LPGA Tour, I enjoy helping my members improve their games more than anything.  The true love of my life is my Daughter Kelly.  She is a sophomore at San Diego State University majoring in Bio-Chemistry and carries an 8 handicap.  On my rare off time, I like to camp and fish.