Donna Blais, Director of Communications & Marketing
Donna Blais, from Peabody, Massachusetts, has lived in Naples for 10 years. She has worked in Massachusetts and Florida as a Communications/Marketing professional for over 20 years. In Florida, Donna has worked for Naples United Church of Christ and The Commons Club at The Brooks in their Communications Departments managing their marketing, social media, website development, and advertising. Donna received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Massachusetts Collage of Art & Design in Boston.
Tracey is a native of Michigan who fell in love with Naples while visiting her snowbird parents here over the past 25 years. She and her husband relocated from Maryland to Southwest Florida in the summer of 2018.
She is a graduate of Michigan State, and has spent the majority of her career in Marketing, Events and Sales Director leadership roles. She has worked in a variety of industries for local, national and international companies. Since relocating to Florida, she was at The Commons Club in Estero in Membership Development. Tracey created a proactive, outbound sales program, successfully implementing a variety of membership initiatives, incentives and drives to increase membership.
Tracey is married and has three adult stepdaughters, is an avid sports fan and lifelong golfer and serves on the board of the LPGA Amateurs SWFL Chapter. She also enjoys entertaining and traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends on the beaches of Florida and Delaware.
Casey Sodano, from Pittsburgh, has lived in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. Casey has over 17 years of experience in the local country club industry and four years of experience as a corporate accountant for Synergy Hospitality, a Philadelphia based hotel management company. Casey and her husband, Chris, a personal trainer, enjoy bringing fitness and wellness to the local community. Casey is a certified 200-hour yoga teacher and Doula. She is also the co-founder of The Nurtured Mother, LLC., a local group that provides resources and services for expecting and new mothers here in SWFL. Casey manages the Sports Center & Spa rotunda (Pro Shop) staff, controls inventory, and assists members and their guests at the facility.
Kevin has a thorough knowledge of golf course construction and grow-in from his work at prestigious golf courses in the Bahamas and the U.S., including Quail West Golf and Country Club, The Strand Golf Club, Miramar Lakes Golf and Country Club, and Olde Cypress Golf and Country Club.
Chef Scott Ross, Quail Creek Country Club’s Executive Chef, CEC, CCA, was named 2017 Culinarian of the Year for the Naples/Fort Myers area by the American Culinary Foundation.He has developed his craft over the past 20 years next to some of the most talented hotel and club chefs of modern times. Classically apprenticed at the Piping Rock Club and working with master chefs at four Ritz Carlton properties, Scott honed time honored traditional cooking skills while perfecting modern day cooking techniques.
In addition to numerous positions at Platinum Clubs and Five Star Five Diamond Hotels, Scott has held the position of Executive Chef at Loblolly in Hobe Sound, FL, Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, SC, and The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville, NC. Scott is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts.
Throughout his career, he has had the honor of hosting different styles of events including charity fundraisers, USGA tournaments, multi-course wine dinners, and even cooking for two United States presidents. Scott has also worked for two PGA events including the Masters at Augusta National. As a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation, Scott continually focuses on not only furthering his own education in both food and wine, but also those of the young culinarians who surround him.
Joe brings more than 25 years of financial experience in corporate operations. He has previously worked at companies including Deloitte and Touche, IBM, Ash Brokerage, The Medical Protective Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway) and GE Capital.
Joe led the financing and construction of Ash’s $35 million/115,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters. He also serves on several professional, educational and non-profit boards.
Cynthia brings more than 10 years of progressive human resource experience in corporate management operations and consulting as well as both non-profit and for-profit healthcare. She has previously worked at companies including Mercer Delta Consulting (an MMC Company), Credit Lyonnais Americas, Northwell Health, and Oglethorpe Inc. While working at Mercer Delta, Cynthia developed a commitment to serving clients and their organizations with integrity, emotional intelligence and professional standards. She has carried that philosophy throughout her professional career.
Cynthia is currently pursuing national certification as a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management, and is a member of HR Collier, their local chapter. She also volunteers with the PACE Center for Girls and Collier County Girl Scouts as a positive role model and mentor.
Cynthia holds a Master of Science degree in HR Management from Long Island University – Brooklyn and a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from New York University.
Cynthia and her family relocated to Florida over two years ago from Westchester County, N.Y. They enjoy boating and local travel.
Chad comes to us with experience since 2015 as GM/COO at Berkshire Country Club in Reading, Pennsylvania. During his time there he also became a Certified Club Manager (CCM). He was GM/COO for three years at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, IL. Prior to being promoted to the GM/COO role, he was Food and Beverage Director at Stonebridge for four years. He received his B.S. in Organizational Leadership/Management from Illinois State University. Throughout his club career he has been active in local chapters of the Club Management Association of America in central Pennsylvania and in greater Chicago. He also served as President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of CMAA. He is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Jon is an Indiana native who has spent his life in the Fort Wayne area. He attended Indiana University and Purdue University – Fort Wayne, where he was a member of the men’s golf team from 2005 to 2010. After graduating with degrees in Business Management and Marketing, Jon entered the golf industry.
His first professional position was at Brookwood Golf Club, where he spent three years as the Assistant Professional. In 2013, Jon joined the Professional staff at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature facility, in Fort Wayne. During his eight years as a Professional, Jon has gained a strong reputation as a fantastic instructor and player. He was a qualifier for the 2013 National Assistants Championship and was the 2014 Monticello Open Champion.
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Jose served as QCCC Head Tennis Professional from 2013 – 2015. He was the Director of Sports at Collier’s Reserve and an advisor to the Naples Pro League, scheduling Pro Leagues and Pro Exhibitions for Collier Reserve. Jose’s responsibilities include the development and execution of strategies to make Quail Creek tennis, pickleball, bocce and croquet the premier “court sports” offering in Southwest Florida.
Jose was the 2015 USPTA District Professional of the Year, 2017 USPTA Florida District President of the Year and is currently the USPTA Florida Vice President. Jose has also served on the USPTA National Education Committee and the USPTA National Testing Committee. An IPTPA Certified Pickleball Coach and ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, Jose brings a wealth of skills and experience to QCCC. He has a degree in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was ranked #7 in doubles tennis in NCAA Division II. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jose and his wife are the parents of 1-year-old twins.
Teri was hired as a part-time receptionist in February, 2007 and became our full-time Office Manager in October, 2011. In October 2015, she was promoted to Fitness Operations Manager and then in 2019 to Director of Fitness, Wellness & Spa. In January of 2020, Teri once again was promoted to Membership Coordinator. She relocated here from Michigan in 2003 with her husband and two daughters. Since relocating to Florida, she has become an avid tennis player and sports enthusiast.
Originally from the Kennebunk, Maine, area, Melanie has resided in southwest Florida for more than 25 years.
She has over 26 years of experience in the event field, selling, planning and executing events in various arenas, including country clubs, corporations and resorts. Most recently, Melanie was Director of Events and an Event Planner at LaPlaya Beach Resort for over six years.
Melanie is married and has teenage triplets, a rescue Himalayan cat and a Shiba Inu mix rescue dog.