Simona Blaugh

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 312.876.3200

Simona is a native Chicagoan with a background in business management, sales, marketing, networking, programming, fine dining, and membership retention. She joins The Metropolitan in 2017 as General Manager following her successful tenure as General Manager at The Mid-America Club.She graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.In her spare time, Simona enjoys spending her time with her husband, Chris, and their two children, Jacob (6) and Noah (3) in Naperville. Her other interests include the Chicago Cubs, Chicago history, museums, and philanthropy.

Kyle Jackson

Role: Director of Operations
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 312.876.3200
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A native Illinoisan, Kyle studied Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Missouri. Working his way up from server/bartender to Events and Food and Beverage Management in some of Chicago's iconic restaurants and hotels, he rounded out his experience by excelling on the leadership team in the Rooms Division with HEI Hotels.  Kyle is excited to bring his 15 years of hospitality leadership with him to the Club Corp team at The Metropolitan. In his free time Kyle enjoys trivia nights, last minute road trips, and "playing tourist" in the city that he loves Sweet Home Chicago!

Ashley Toomey

Role: Senior Director of Private Events
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 312.993.2522

Ashley was born and raised in Chicago, only leaving to obtain her degree from The University of Illinois and to experience an adventurous semester abroad in Australia.  After studying communications and business at The University of Illinois and hospitality in Australia, planning events became her passion.  

Prior to joining the ClubCorp Family in 2012, Ashley coordinated private events for a restaurant group in the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood.  Along with her husband, Ashley enjoys cooking while sharing a glass of wine and playing fetch with their puppy. 

Lorena Mulvaney

Role: Private Event Director
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 312.993.2506

Lorena was born & raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Studies. She immediately gained experience in the hospitality industry after college working at Soldier Field. Lorena joined the ClubCorp family in 2013 as a Membership assistant, and loves her role as a Private Event Director. When she's not at work, Lorena enjoys rec league sports with her friends, traveling and listening to music.

Sally Karney

Role: Private Event Director
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 312.993.2500

Sally is from Chicago, IL and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Corporate Communications.  Her background in marketing and corporate event planning will be a huge plus for The Metropolitan.

Catalina Gaete

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 312.993.2508

Having lived in Chicago for 2 years, The Metropolitan has truly become Catalina's "third place."

Catalina was born in Santiago, Chile, where her grandparents landed after a long migration from Italy. Her family, which consists of 3 siblings (one in being her identical twin sister) moved to California in 1986, where they have since made their home. Though she has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Communications, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, her passion has always held steadfast in business and the hospitality industry, since "this profession has awarded her the opportunity to truly exercise her best-self."

Joelle Remy

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 312.993.2527

Joelle was born in the suburbs of Chicago and raised in Georgia. Her hospitality career began as a server in Atlanta. Following her dreams she moved from Atlanta to her hometown of Chicago in 2009. Over a span of thirteen years, she has developed her hospitality career with experience in fine dining, front office operations, business development, marketing and sales.

Prior to joining The Metropolitan, Joelle successfully open the Capella Washington, D.C. hotel in 2013. She also developed the leisure travel and entertainment travel markets at The Langham, Chicago.  In her spare time she loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Tina Daniel

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 312.993.2501

Tina was born and raised in Ohio and has lived in Chicago since 2000. Before joining The Metropolitan in 2017, she worked in higher education as a communications director, helping to strengthen academic research, student recruitment and donor relations. Tina joins our team with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. For the last four years, as an independent consultant, she has helped develop and guide pr strategy and brand development for local businesses.

Tina graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and Modern Greek, and a Master of Arts in public affairs reporting from Columbia Chicago.

She is a classically trained pianist who also loves to sing, paint, dance and has a passion for the visual and performing arts. In her free time, Tina enjoys live music, biking, traveling, photography and entertaining with family and friends.

Colleen Norton

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 312.993.2514

Born and raised within the Chicagoland area, Colleen earned her bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Art & Digital Media.  

Colleen has an extensive background in brand development and sales, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups.  In addition to her career life, Colleen is also the Junior League of Chicago's Annual Gala Chair - the organizations signature fundraising event.  

In her free time, Colleen loves to taking her nieces out on adventures throughout the city, and spending time with friends and family.   

Gary Waldukat

Role: Beverage Manager & Sommelier
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 312.993.2517

Our Gary is a native Chicagoan who began his career with Marriott International at 17 where he developed a passion for food and beverage. He moved up through the service and managerial ranks before moving onto Chicago’s iconic Palmer House Hilton. Leaving Chicago to broaden his experience, exposure, and travel he worked with Norwegian Cruise Lines in multiple national and international mega ships. Gary was with Smith & Wollensky before joining us at The Metropolitan! He is currently working and studying his way through the levels within The Court of Master Sommeliers.

Coming back to Near West Suburbs after life at sea, Gary enjoys working out, traveling, cooking, wine and bourbon tasting, sports (Die hard Cubs and Bears fan), dog sledding with his Siberian Husky, and spending time with family and friends.

Helen Ghebreyohanes

Role: Service Director
Serving Since: 1999
Phone Number: 312.993.2521

Helen was born and raised in Eritrea, North East Africa. She come in as a refugee with her parents, five brothers, and sister to Indianapolis 1994. 

Helen graduate from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in Computer Technology. 

Helen began her career with ClubCorp family as a Server/Captain at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis in 1999. In 2004 Helen began working at the Metropolitan Club as Supervisor/Assistant Banquet Manager, where she oversaw many private and member based events. Later she would take on additional duties as major changes swept through the banquet department and become a Service Director.

In her fee time, Helen enjoys spending her time with her husband, Berhane, and her three children, Nathal (11), twins Hermella and Hermon (7). Loves traveling with her family and friends around the world.

Greg Carso

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2017

Greg’s love of food comes from his Italian background and his techniques—he uses his hands to create delicious creations. Greg attended Chicago’s Washburne Trade School and then La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris before working at Levy Restaurants organization, an off-premise catering company, and the Cash House restaurant. In addition to the Metropolitan Club, Chef Carso has worked at several other ClubCorp clubs.

He is well known for his messy kitchens while experimenting and creating new and different cuisines. Greg Carso believes the messier the kitchen the better, “One of the things I love most about being a chef is the ‘high’ I get after a hectic day of trouble-shooting and making things work.” Greg Carso is available for speaking engagements, cooking demonstrations, and hosting.

Chef Carso has participated in various dinners from celebrities, politicians, and famous athletes. He has been involved with James Beard Celebrity Chef dinners, cooking with former White House chefs to celebrity chefs from the Food Channel. He has been honored as an alumnus from Washburne Trade School and is involved with an inner city organization “Break Through” that teaches teenagers how to cook.