Our Team

Brian Lee

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 619.702.1999
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Lauren Scobel

Role: Member Experience Specialist
Serving Since: 2010
Phone Number: 619.702.1989
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Mitch Semon

Role: Director of Membership
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 619.702.1985
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Mitch joined us at the University Club in May of 2019. Coming from a 15-year career in banking, he truly understands the importance of creating memorable member experiences. Outside of the Club, Mitch enjoys working on his vintage Volkswagens, playing with his dogs and spending time with his family and friends. As Director of Membership, Mitch very much enjoys creating and fostering relationships with San Diego’s business and social leaders.

Cheryl Martinez

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 619.702.1987
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Cheryl is a native to California and has over 25 years of hospitality experience. She managed several restaurants before moving into Director of Sales for high-end catering companies. From there, Cheryl was one of the owners and founders of Cosmopolitan Catering Company. Cheryl then went off on her own, providing event planning for many local non-profits and corporate clients. Prior to joining The University Club, Cheryl was a Private Events Director at our sister club, Silicon Valley Capital Club, in San Jose. Cheryl enjoys interacting with members and working to provide successful events. 

Cheryl is the mother to two children and two grandchildren. In her free time, she loves traveling, dining at San Diego local restaurants, and watching her hometown San Jose Sharks & SF Giants.

Ashley Varela

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 619.702.1988
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Lance Repp

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2015
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Lance has worked in the Food & Beverage industry since he was fifteen years old, starting at Loli’s, a French restaurant in Ohio. He completed a three-year ACF apprenticeship program with CIA in Columbus, Ohio and continued his career in the culinary field in California. Since 2005, he has been consecutively Executive Chef at Tom Hams Lighthouse, Rancho Valencia, La Valencia Hotel. Lance joined the University Club as Executive Chef in 2015. Lance particularly enjoys reinventing the Club’s menu using local and seasonal ingredients. He also serves on the board of Chef Celebration, a local non-profit dedicated to culinary education.

Kat Bacud

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 619.702.1981
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Kat began her career at the University Club in 2012 as a receptionist and transitioned from other roles before becoming the Office Manager. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her baby, weekends at Disneyland, and going on foodie adventures.