Our Team

David Russi

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5042
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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.”

Lexi Allen

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5046
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I have been in the hospitality industry since 2005 and began at the front desk of Ontario Airport Marriott where I quickly moved up to Assistant Front Office Manager.  Later to be headhunted by Holiday Inn Select La Mirada, CA, and became the Front Office Manager there in 2007. I have been in service-oriented positions since I was 16 years old and have always loved taking care of people. I enjoy making smiles on faces and memorable experiences for my guests. 

I genuinely enjoy singing and songwriting as I was signed by a major record producer Norman Whitfield in 2004. At age 16, I auditioned and attended Los Angeles School for the Arts on Cal-State L.A. campus as a junior in high school and fell in love with songwriting.  I moved up to high desert in 2010 and have worked at Courtyard Marriott Hesperia and Holiday Inn Victorville which has allowed me to gain acquaintances and friends in the area! I was Catering Manager for Holiday Inn Victorville for about 2 years before SVL and love what I do!  

Brianna Wolf

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5047
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My name is Brianna Wolf and I have been happily serving Spring Valley Lake Country Club since 2012. I started in the Food and Beverage department as a banquet server while finishing my last year of school and quickly worked my way up to mid-level management in 2015. 

Recently, I made the switch to Membership, taking on our Member Relations role and have been excitedly planning member events here at our club. Event planning and coordinating is truly my passion. January of 2020 will be the start of my Private Events Director career and I am eager to take my knowledge to the next level.  Spring Valley Lake Country Club is my “home away from home” and I look forward to continuing my journey with ClubCorp. 

In my free time, I can be found spending time with my new husband and all of our animals. I very much enjoy traveling, concerts, and hosting backyard barbeques and other gatherings with friends and family.  

Mitch Brown

Role: Course Maintenance Supervisor
Serving Since: 2005
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5059
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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
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5049
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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.

Darnell Crowder

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5045
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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
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5052
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My name is Mike Pearson and I have been in the golf industry all my life. I played collegiately for the 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.

Alicia Long

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5043
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Nathan Jirasatith

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 760.245.5356 x5055
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I’m a born-and-raised California native, but my professional life began with four years of service in the U.S. Navy on the east coast. I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia from 1997-2001, and eventually discovered an interest in the culinary arts. I started out as a line cook, but my love of learning about making great food carried me to a wide variety of positions at a diverse array of Virginia restaurants over the years. My passion for this industry was eventually galvanized at THE JAMES RIVER COUNTRY CLUB in Newport News Virginia. Having recently come home to California after 17 years of southern hospitality and culinary training, I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to provide our members with a truly extraordinary dining experience as your Executive Chef bringing my Asian heritage of culinary experience to the table as well.