Serving since 2018
With more than 30 years of experience, Dan brings a broad background to Porter Valley. Beginning with employment in Hotels, Restaurants, Golf Clubs and two Aviation Museums as the Executive Director the Museum of Flying Santa Monica and later the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona in the same capacity. Dan has been in his current position since October 2018.
Director of Membership
Serving since 2010
Originally from Wisconsin, Dan's passion to help people and outgoing personality led to a career in hospitality, holding leadership positions in Hotel Operations, Restaurant Operations, Golf Operations and Club Operations. Dan's diverse background includes Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, in Business Management with a minor in Recreation Management and from the University of Wisconsin - Stout, in Golf Enterprise Management. Dan joined ClubCorp in 2010 at Desert Falls as First Assistant Golf Professional, he held that role until 2013 and was promoted to Director of Membership and Marketing. He was promoted to his current role as Director of Membership at Porter Valley in 2015. When not at the Club welcoming new Members, he enjoys traveling, staying fit, being active outdoors, and spending time with his family back in Wisconsin. When not working, traveling or at the beach, you will find him on a GolfBoard and is always up for a game on The Links.
Director of Member Experience
Serving since 2020
Jessica’s shared passion for servicing others and traveling prompted her to pursue a career in Hospitality. Jessica graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she received her degrees in Hospitality Management and Theatre Performing Arts. Prior to joining the Porter Valley team, Jessica worked at The Walt Disney Company for six years in various areas of operation within restaurants, theme parks, hotels, and media. When she is not at the Club providing Magic Moments, Jessica loves traveling all over the country to attend live concerts and musicals.
Director of Food & Beverage
Serving since 2020
With over thirty years of experience, Chris is a creative, passionate, and effective Hospitality Specialist with a hands-on approach to daily operations, a commitment to exceeding guest and member expectations, and a proven record of accomplishment of financial successes. His prior employments range from nightclubs, private restaurants, and casinos. Most recently, Chris spent nine years at The Magic Castle and spearheaded the need for change by altering the struggling Food & Beverage department into a thriving $13.1 million per year business.
Director of Restaurants
Serving since 2020
A Los Angeles native, Clay brings the lifelong experience of Food & Beverage to the Porter Valley team. Having been blessed with restaurant-owning parents, Clay began to learn about the industry at an early age from the inside-out and bottom-up. Alongside his industry experience, Clay carries an Economics degree from San Diego State University. As the Director of Restaurants, Clay emphasizes a teamwork-oriented and collaborative approach to Food and Beverage. Clay shares his vast knowledge with the Food & Beverage team to grow the overall dining experience at Porter Valley to new heights.
Serving since 2018
Moises has devoted over thirty years to the restaurant business and has made incredible feats since moving to the states from his home country of Ecuador. In 1990, he moved from New York to California for an opportunity to work with his uncle who was an Italian chef at Beach Club in Santa Monica. During this time, he was concurrently attending Santa Monica College. Moises joined the ClubCorp team in 1991 as a prep cook at Porter Valley Country Club and thereafter worked at Braemar Country Club for five years. He became Executive Chef at Sunset Hills Country Club and then moved to Brookside Country Club in Pasadena. Moises wanted to build on his expertise and explore, expand, and deepen flavors in dishes; therefore, in 2010, he moved to Florida to work at Miami Shores Country Club. After this successful venture, he returned to Sunset Hills and in 2015, he returned to Porter Valley as Executive Chef.
Director of Private Events
Serving since 1985
Originally from Massachusetts, Julie started her career in private country clubs at Highland Country Club. Julie moved to Southern California after coming here for a vacation in 1983. Her first job in California was at Wilshire Country Club. After moving to the San Fernando Valley, Julie joined ClubCorp in 1985, starting at Braemar Country Club as Assistant Private Events Director. After three short months, she was promoted to Porter Valley Country Club as Private Events Director and has enjoyed Porter Valley ever since. During her tenure, she has received several awards including ClubCorp President's Club and most recently ClubCorp Hall of Fame. When she is not at the Club, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and large extended family.
PGA Director of Golf
Serving since 1995
818-368-2919 ext. 2128
A San Fernando Valley native, Tracy is a graduate of the Golf Professional Training Program of the PGA of America, class of 2004. He started at Porter Valley in 1995 as an assistant and worked his way up to the Head Golf Professional position in 2003. Tracy prides himself on providing the absolute best service to Members and their guests. Tracy has earned 5 national awards with ClubCorp for operational excellences. If you asked Tracy what his greatest accomplishment has been at Porter Valley, he would tell you cultivating Porter Valley’s juniors into respectful, courteous golfers, and human beings have been most rewarding. Tracy likes spending his free time at the beach with his wife, Marilyn, and their two labs Pete and Mickey.
PGA Director of Instruction
Serving since 2016
Donald is a graduate from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After graduation, Donald played professionally across America before returning to his roots in Southern California. Now with over a decade of coaching juniors in Ventura County and Porter Ranch, Donald has built a thriving long-term junior program and adult programs here at Porter Valley for the Members and community of Porter Ranch. Donald enjoys staying fit having competed in over forty triathlon & iron man competitions, road biking and spending his time off with wife Amanda and their four cats (Cullen, Fitzgerald, Giovani and Chelsea) & two dogs (Lulu & Tillie).
GCSAA Director of Agronomy
Serving since 1989
Don’s Golf Course Maintenance career started at Candlewood Country Club in Whittier, California, while he was a high school student. Upon graduation from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a Bachelor of Science in Park Administration, Don began his career with ClubCorp at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana. He has over fifty-two years of golf course maintenance experience and has over forty-five years of experience with ClubCorp. Don has been with Porter Valley Country Club for over thirty-two years. Don is an avid camper and enjoys spending time with his two dogs.
Sadek "Moe" Magades
USPTA Director of Racquet Sports
Serving since 2000
About Sadek "Moe"
Moe has been teaching tennis for over 25 years. Prior to joining Porter Valley, Moe was a Davis Cup captain, national coach, and technical advisor to the tennis federation for his native country, where he was responsible for players and junior developmental programs. Moe has traveled to over 30 countries playing, teaching, and officiating for tennis. As an ATP/ITF international official, Moe has umpired at many events such as Wimbledon, Kremlin Cup, and the Olympics. Moe is fluent in four languages and holds a Master of Psychology degree.
Director of Fitness & Wellness
Serving since 2018
Originally from New Jersey and subsequently a student at Ohio State University, Leah is still a Jersey girl who loves the Buckeyes. Leah moved to California after meeting her husband at school. She obtained her B.S in food science and nutritional science at Cal State University, Northridge, and began her career as a dietician at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. During that time, she went back to school and finished the elementary teaching credential program. Leah then went to the clinical setting as a dietician at several hospitals that specialized in eating disorders, long-term care, and wound care. Also, she worked at many corporate gyms as a dietician and personal trainer. Leah joined Porter Valley Country Club in 2018, as the Fitness Supervisor and now serves as the Fitness Director. Leah is NASM certified, has completed two TRX certifications, and is working on TPI certification. When Leah is not at the Club, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, 2 sons, and dog.
Director of Aquatics
Serving since 2015
Courtland is a former NCAA All-American with over eight years of coaching experience. He began teaching lessons at the age of sixteen and was quickly promoted to head coach of his local club. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree he worked at the Museum of Natural History as well as with Asphalt Green, a nonprofit promoting physical fitness and competitive swimming in the five boroughs of New York City. Many of his swimmers have gone on to win state and regional titles, several of whom are now swimming in college. He has taught swimming to people of all ages and skill levels. This is Courtland's 6th season with the Polar Bears. During his time, the team has grown from 10 to 200 year-round swimmers. Many of these athletes are top-place finishers in Junior Olympic competitions and are pursuing collegiate swimming.
Office Manager / Accounting
Serving since 2020
Johnsie grew up in Santa Clarita Valley when it was an all-farming community. Her family was in the farming business and grew “Bunny Luv” carrots. Johnsie has been working for ClubCorp since 1964, starting at Braemar Country Club in the Accounting department in which during that time, all statements were printed. In 1975, Johnsie joined the Porter Valley team. Porter Valley has long been a family affair for the Manlowe family as Johnsie’s daughter, Madeline, son, Dean, and grandson have worked in various roles at the Club. Johnsie is blessed with 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. She also considers her relationships with Members and Employee Partners to be familial, as this has been more than a job. Johnsie hopes our Members share the same experience with their families at Porter Valley that she and her family have enjoyed throughout the last 46 years.