General Manager/COO
Ron Haas
Ron started his employment as General Manager/COO at Moraga Country Club in July 2017. He comes to MCC with over 30+ years of experience in the hospitality industry spanning both the hotel (Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt) private club (Desert Mountain, Lake Las Vegas, Santa Lucia Preserve) and Health Club/Spa (Carmel Valley Athletic Club, Refuge) industries. His last 27 years have been in management level positions. Ron’s foundational success has been in establishing relationships and in team building to focus on people, service, presentation and accountability. His unique and successful hands-on training has ensured consistency and high quality standards for spa & fitness, recreation & golf, lodging, food & beverage, maintenance, housekeeping, equestrian, youth programs and many other amenities. Ron’s outgoing personality and professional approach is a welcome addition to the MCC Community. Please stop by or contact Ron with any questions, comments or suggestions.
Tanya Chantara
Tanya Chantara started at Moraga Country Club in 2014 and is responsible for the presentation of the monthly financial statements, the annual budget, and yearly audit. Tanya works closely with department managers in effectively controlling costs and adhering to the budget as set out by the Board of Directors. Tanya oversees all accounting functions as well as human resources and works closely with the General Manager and Budget and Finance Committee. Tanya started has been working in Country Clubs since 2003 and received a BS in Accounting from the University of Texas as well as a BA in Art History.
HOA Manager
Christina French
Christina French was born and raised in Lamorinda. She received her Bachelor’s degree in General Business Management at the Cal State University, East Bay. She currently resides in Pleasant Hill with her boyfriend. She began working at Moraga Country Club in 2006 as a hostess in the restaurant and has progressed in her career through concierge, accounting and membership positions into her current role as our Homeowners Association Manager. Christina is also Certified Community Association Manager within the CACM while working on her MCAM Certification.
Director of Agronomy
Luis Ballesteros
Luis Ballesteros was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Luis started working for Moraga Country Club in March of 1996 as a section man; mowing greens & tees, maintaining bunkers, and helping in small renovation projects. In 1999, he became the irrigation technician; he was in charge of supervising a temporary watering staff and monitoring the irrigation system. In 2001 he worked as the Second Assistant Superintendent assisting the Assistant Superintendent with the daily operations of the golf course. In 2002 he started as Assistant Superintendent and in February of 2004 he accepted the position as Golf Course Superintendent. He also is a member of the GCSAA, NCGA, and USGA. Luis is pursuing certification as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent.
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Juan Mendoza
Juan began working for Moraga Country Club in 1998 for our Landscape Crew. He quickly climbed up the ladder in the Country Club’s work environment. Juan is the Assistant Superintendent and his past experience was working on a similar golf course in Florida for several years prior to moving to California. Born and raised in Acapulco Guerrero Mexico, Juan currently resides in Oakland, CA with his wife and four children. His passion is having the opportunity to work outside as well as a day of golfing to relax.
HOA Landscape Supervisor
Julio Magallon
Julio began working with Valley Crest on Moraga Country’s Clubs property in May of 2004. A few years later he was given the position of Landscape Supervisor to oversee the work being conducted throughout the HOA community and clubhouse. Julio grew up in Planata, CA near Merced before moving to Bay Point CA with his wife and two sons. Julio enjoys working alongside his crew and the homeowners.
Director of Security
Juvencio Santos
Juvencio was born in Mexico in 1973 and has been in Security and Loss Prevention since 2001. He currently live in Hayward with his wife and son, Noah. He loves helping people and is happy to be serving the MCC community!
Human Resources Manager
Jim Rusk
Jim manages the Human Resources Department and enjoys working with the staff and club members. He started at Moraga Country Club in 2012. Jim is a native Californian and graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Business Administration. Jim has strong verbal and written communication skills that enhance his ability to work with a wide variety of personnel. Before joining the Moraga Country Club, Jim worked in the technology field at Oakland Airport, Sun Microsystems, Netscape and was a sales representative with Prudential Insurance. Jim lives in Walnut Creek with his wife Sue. Their daughter Kathleen is attending University of Nevada, Reno. The family enjoys vacationing in Pinecrest and Hawaii. Jim enjoys playing golf, bocce ball, a good book, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Marketing Manager
Meghan Cullen
Meghan Cullen was born and raised in the Bay Area. She began working at MCC in 2015 while attaining her Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary's College. Meghan became a part of the team in the role as the Concierge and has progressed into the newly development Marketing Manager position. She resides in Clayton with her parents while she pursues her Master's degree. Meghan is pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with an amiable group of colleagues and members at MCC.
Carole Melrose
Carole Melrose was born in Montreal and grew up in upstate New York, Colorado and California. She recently returned to California after living in Iowa the past 20 years where she raised two handsome sons; proud University of Iowa graduates. While there, she ran a successful full-service salon and was instrumental in organizing community events. Carole is passionate about volunteerism and fundraising for the American Cancer Society and has led the Look Good Feel Better program in a Mason City, Iowa hospital. For years, during the month of October, Carole organized “Pink Hair Because We Care”, raising funds for cancer patient wigs and head coverings. Carole has been a 12-year mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program supporting at-risk young ladies, helping them to reach their full potential. She is happy to be a part of Moraga Country Club and eager to meet the members. Stop by to introduce yourself to Carole.
Director of Golf
Jason Woodworth
Jason Woodworth was born and raised in the Bay Area. Growing up in Pleasant Hill, he attended College Park High School. After High School he went on to Chico State where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and met his wife, Tina. After receiving his Athletic Training certification he moved to North Carolina where he was a faculty member at Chowan College teaching sports medicine and developing a sports medicine curriculum. North Carolina is where his true passion for golf came to life. Prior to Moraga, Jason had been at Diablo Country Club from 1999 to 2007. He has two sons, Zach and Ben.
Head Golf Professional
Randall Clark
Randall grew up in Michigan and Indiana, where father owned a golf course. He worked for him on the golf course and in the golf shop and started playing golf at the age of 6. He began playing competitive junior golf throughout high school. He graduated from Indiana University and moved to California in 1998. He began at Moraga Country Club in 2008 and has really enjoyed working here. He has a fantastic wife, Karen, and two great stepchildren Ross and Maddie. He is the proud father of two children, Shelby (2009) and Eli age 5.
Assistant Golf Professional
Terrence O'Neill
Terrence joined Moraga Country Club's golf staff after spending five years in Syracuse, New York while working in Business Development. Attending Syracuse University, he ran collegiate track and played for the University’s golf team where he was a standout player for two years. He has come home to Moraga in order to follow his passion of working in the golf industry and to begin working on his PGA Apprenticeship.
Golf Shop Merchandiser
Jessie Wolf
Jessie grew up in Moraga and graduated from Campolindo high school before attending Chico State and eventually transferred to Saint Mary's College to study Entrepreneurship. She started working at Moraga Country Club in 2009 for the Food & Beverage department but found her way to the Golf Shop where she discovered her passion for merchandising. Besides being responsible for puschasing all men's and women's apparel and inventory management; Jessie also helps with the Junior Golf Clinics and Camps, Tournaments, and day to day Golf Operations at Moraga Country Club.
Aquatic Director
Tiffany Forbes
Tiffany started her coaching career in 1988, while interning with United States Swimming in Colorado Springs, CO. She graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder, with a M.S. in Exercise Physiology in 1992. In 1996, she was named "Age-Group Coach of the Year" while coaching the Boulder Poseidons. Tiffany created the Boulder Swimming Academy in 2003, which she directed until 2011. She has also has had some brief coaching stints with the Dallas Aquatic Masters alongside Jim Montgomery and Bobby Patten; at The Olympic Club with Scott Williams; and in Mesa, Arizona. Tiffany has served twice on the USMS coaching staff for the World Masters Championships. In 2004, she was part of the Riccione, Italy staff, and in 2008, part of the Perth, Australia staff. Tiffany moved to the Lamorinda area in 2012 and has worked the last six years as Head Coach with Steve Haufler at Orinda Country Club.
Executive Chef
Greg Roemer
Greg Roemer began following his dream to become a Chef at the age of nine. He first learned how to cook in his grandmother's kitchen while watching the Food Network. He was completely self-taught until he decided to pursue a career in cooking and attended the Contra Costa Culinary School of Arts. Once he graduated in 2010, he was quickly recruited by Diablo Country Club. After two years at Diablo, he decided to advance his career by working under the newly hired kitchen staff at Moraga Country Club. In two short years, Greg was promoted to Sous Chef. After the departure of the Executive Chef, Greg participated in a competitive tasting where he was unanimously selected as the Executive Chef. Greg has demonstrated immense success over the past two years in his position.
Catering and Events Manager
Katie Palma
Born and raised in Lafayette, Katie graduated from Acalanes High School and continued her education at Colorado State University earning her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Hospitality Management. During one of her summers in college, she worked here at the Moraga Country Club as a server. Katie believes events should be about presentation and guest experience. Her drive and enthusiasm to catering and planning events lets her pay close attention to detail to make guest experiences above and beyond. Katie is a determined hard worker and loves the food industry. She is committed to the team and is very excited to return to the Moraga Country Club.
Sous Chef
Justine Christoper Canlas Naanep
Having grown up in the Philippines, Justine initially migrated to America in 2007 but returned to the Philippines due to culture shock. He finished his first degree in the Philippines but he wanted to follow his passion for cooking. Justine’s passion for cooking started when he was younger. He always had been curious of what he ate and how it was create. He decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco Academy when he migrated to America. After Culinary School, he started working at notable restaurants in the Bay Area, City Winery Napa & Bourbon & Beef. Meanwhile, Justine was funding a passion project back home in the form of his own restaurant, The Pig in the Sea. After opening his restaurant with childhood friends and fellow chefs, Justine decided to return to America to further his education of world flavors. One of Justine’s goals is to create interesting fusion recipes using global influence.
Facility Manager
Tony Capobianco
Born and raised in Walnut Creek Ca as an only child where he attended Las Lomas High School and played basketball. He then went on to study Fire Science at California State University Chico. With several years of experience in Facilities Management he is eager to hit the ground running at the beautiful MCC!
Director of Tennis
Mark Orwig
Mark Orwig grew up in Orinda and attended Campolindo High School and California State University Long Beach. Keeping up with his passion for playing and teaching the game of tennis he came back to the Bay Area and took the job as Assistant Pro at Moraga Country Club in 1983. In 1986 he took over as the Tennis Director and obtained his P-1 certification for the USPTA and was one of the first coaches to receive the High Performance Coaching certification from the USTA. Over the years although Mark has coached players on the Professional Tour and many top Collegiate players, he enjoys teaching any player striving to reach their potential in the game of Tennis. He currently lives in Moraga with his wife Karen and daughter Emily.
Assistant Tennis Professional
Anna Marie Gamboa
Anna Marie Gamboa grew up in Orinda and was a NorCal ranked junior player. She played varsity tennis at Miramonte High School and continued on to play for Westmont College in Santa Barbara where she was a NAIA division champion in doubles. Anna Marie’s first tennis job was working summers at MCC, and she is thrilled to return and bring her solid tennis fundamentals to the membership. Anna Marie holds USPTA and TRX Cardio certification. Anna Marie lives in Orinda with her husband René and two children, Sofia and Luca. Being a parent and also the first coach to her own children, Anna Marie understands the developmental process from pee-wee to advanced junior. She provides structure and encouragement on the court, and she knows that fun is the key ingredient to a lifetime of tennis!
Assistant Tennis Professional
Brian Lucas
While in college in 2000, Brian started his career in the tennis industry as a Tennis Professional at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club as well as an Assistant Tennis Pro for the Angel Lopez Tennis Academy. Concurrently, Brian played tennis for Mesa College in San Diego, California and later received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from San Diego State University. Brian utilized his degree in Economics as a Market Lease Analyst for Equity Office Properties and later Cost Plus World Market, but soon realized his true passion was tennis. Prior to joining MCC, Brian was a Tennis Pro at Heather Farms and the Head Coach of the JV Tennis team at De La Salle High School. As a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and the United States Racquet Stringers Association Brian spends his free time educating himself on the latest stringing and coaching techniques. Brian resides in Walnut Creek with his wife Gretchen and son Alexander.
Youth Activity Coordinator
Kareena Manji
Southern Californian native, Kareena Manji, grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA with her business owner parents so she spent a great deal of time around country clubs, hotels, and other small businesses learning the ins and outs of the hospitality business world. Kareena graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2014 and then went on to graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Saint Mary's College of California in 2018. During her time at Saint Mary's, she competed for their nationally ranked Division 1 women's tennis team for four years and garnered many academic and athletic honors. Kareena spent her summers teaching tennis and mentoring kids of all ages and levels to develop their skills both on and off the court. She is excited to bring her vast tennis and youth program experience to Moraga Country Club!