Meet The Management
Daniel J. Newman – General Manager
Dan was born in The Bronx, New York. He attended St. John’s University in Queens, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He moved to Cape Coral shortly after graduation. Dan’s wife, Jennifer, works at FGCU. Their children, Brandon and Shane grew up in Cape Coral and both graduated from FGCU. Brandon lives in Orlando and is a Software Development Engineer. Shane will graduate from Florida A&M University School of Law in May and aspires to pursue a career in public service.
In his spare time, Dan loves to spend time with his family. He is an avid reader with eclectic tastes from biographies of Washington, Hamilton and Grant to his love of Stephen King and Joe Hill. Dan is also an avid sports fan. Not a day goes by without his support of his beloved St. John’s Red Storm, the New York Giants or the San Francisco Giants.
Chad Kasloski – Controller
Chad is a true Floridian, born in Hollywood, FL. He moved to the Fort Myers area to attend Florida Gulf Coast University, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Chad met his wife, Stephanie, while attending FGCU, and she currently works for Lee Health System. They have two children together, Noah and Ella. Chad has spent most of his career as a Controller in the higher education/food & beverage industry.
In his spare time, Chad enjoys spending time with his family while coaching his children’s sports teams at Three Oaks Park (they currently play Soccer, Baseball, & Softball). Chad loves traveling with his family, and exploring new and exciting places, whenever he gets the chance! He loves talking sports and is a fan of all Miami area teams. Some of his hobbies include golfing and fishing.
Danielle Rhoades – Club Accountant
Danielle is from the Midwest snowy state of Wisconsin. In June of 2022, she moved to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Andrew, and two daughters, Quinn and Leona. She worked in Cardiovascular Surgery for eight years as a Medical Assistant before returning to school for her accounting degree. In 2020, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and has worked in accounting since.
Danielle loves to go to the beach with her family in her spare time and enjoy the warm Florida sun. Besides going on cruises and enjoying the outdoors, she loves to relax and read or listen to audiobooks and podcasts.
ANDREW PLESZ, PGA – HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Originally from Connecticut, Andrew Plesz, has been enjoying Southwest Florida since the early 90’s. As a junior golfer he honed his skills at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida learning from David Leadbetter and some of the greats. With a growing enthusiasm for the game, he chose to begin his golf career by enrolling at Florida Gulf Coast University, concentrating on Golf Management and business. He was elected into the membership of the PGA of America in 2011.
Locally, Andrew has served the membership of Shadow Wood Country Club and The Forest Country Club for the past two decades. He has a passion for the industry, has a service-oriented heart, with a drive to enhance the member and guests experience.
When Andrew is not on the golf course, he loves spending time with his wife, Kastania, and their twin boys, Vai and Tavita. Additionally, he is an avid fisherman with a passion for traveling.
Joe Rubino – First Assistant Golf Professional
Joe grew up on Long Island and moved to Estero in the Fall of 2015. He graduated from Keiser University in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Golf Management and is currently working toward earning his Class A status with the PGA of America. Joe worked on Long Island at North Hills Country Club for 3 summers before making the move to Naples, where he worked for 4 years as an assistant at Foxfire Country Club. He is bringing with him a passion for customer service and is excited to join the Estero Country Club team. When Joe isn’t working in the pro shop, he likes playing golf, spending time at the beach and watching golf on television.
Trisha Raber – Director of Merchandise
Trisha brings over 20 years of club experience. Early in her career, she served as the Asst. Merchandiser at Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club and later at The Sanctuary Golf Club. This experience helped her obtain her first Director of Merchandise position in 2003 at Belmont Country Club in Belmont, Massachusetts. After returning to Florida, she has brought her expertise to various clubs in southwest Florida and, most recently, Colonial Country Club.
Trisha lives in Fort Myers with her husband, Michael, and her two sons, Nicholas (15) and Tyler (11). Trisha’s husband also serves in the club industry as General Manager at Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club. She is excited to join the ECC family and help elevate the member experience at ECC.
Mark Thomas – Golf Course Superintendent
Mark was born and raised in East Sussex, England. He attended Plumpton College where he graduated with a Greenkeeping degree in Sports Turf Management.
Mark first came to the States through Ohio State University as an intern and was placed at Quail West Golf and Country in Naples, Fl and continued to work there for 7 years. Mark worked for Kelly Greens for 14 years, initially as the Assistant Superintendent, and then as Director of Golf and Grounds.
Mark has served on various industry association Board of Directors for the past 12 years including the Local and State Chapter.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife Kirsta and two boys, Tristan, 17 years who is gearing up to serve in the military, and the youngest Elliot, 13 years who enjoys golf. The Thomas family loves to travel, visit amusement parks and our beautiful southwest Florida beaches.
Sarah Lenio – Communications & Membership Manager
Sarah was born and raised in Naples, Florida. Throughout high school, Sarah worked as a hostess at Vasari Country Club, where she learned the ins and outs of Food and Beverage and the importance of communication. Sarah attended Florida Gulf Coast University, graduating in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. She is working towards obtaining her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from FGCU.
Sarah previously worked at FGCU as an Administrative Specialist for the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. She was vital in managing various social media platforms and recruitment events, which significantly helped the Exercise Science Program grow. When not working or studying, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family.
THOMAS FUNK, USPTA – DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
Thomas has been a Top Rated Elite USPTA Tennis Professional since 1983 and was the Founder and Past President of the local Lee County Community Tennis Association. Thomas has worked with the USTA as a National Tournament Director, Junior Tournament Director and referee. He has been USRSA Stringer Certified, a Wilson Advisory Staff Member and currently is the League Coordinator for Lee County Mixed League. In his career as a Tennis Director, he has directed the programs for several different types of facilities; corporate clubs, the City of Cape Coral and now is using his vast experience at the Estero Country Club, one of the finest programs in Southwest Florida.
TANNIS EDWARDS – ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS MANAGER
Most recently Tannis was employed at a private Golf Club located in Estero, FL. Tannis served as an Event and Banquet Coordinator and Executive Administrative Assistant to the General Manager/COO for the past eight plus years. She was an instrumental part of many of the Club’s events which included Welcome Back Party, Men’s and Ladies’ Invitationals, Season Celebration, and over 700 events. etc. She worked closely with the General Manager, the Director of Restaurant Operations and with Board Members with the explicit goal of ensuring that members and their guests were highly satisfied and felt truly welcome at the Club. Prior to that, Tannis was employed in Los Angeles as the Executive Assistant to the LLCSD Superintendent. Further job experiences include managing and operating her own restaurant in Buffalo, NY.
Tannis served as the co-organizer of the Buffalo Sabres’ Super Carnival Children’s Hospital fundraiser and was instrumental in the publishing and selling of the Calgary Flames cookbook which benefitted the local hospital. Tannis was born and raised in Southern Ontario and is married to a former NHL hockey player who also works in the golf industry and is a successful realtor. They have three grown children and five beautiful grandchildren.
BRANDON WHEELOCK, CEC, WCEC – EXECUTIVE CHEF – DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE
Brandon was born in Syracuse, New York. He came to live in Florida in 1996 when he was eight. He attended North Fort Myers High School while working at local restaurants in Cape Coral. He then joined the Army when he was eighteen and was a field artillery tactical data system specialist for four years.
After returning home from a 15-month Iraq tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Brandon was honorably discharged from the Army. He was a member of the opening kitchen crew for the Resort at Marina Village (now a Westin Hotel) in Cape Coral. Brandon then went on to be the Sous Chef of Royal Palm Yacht Club and joined Estero Country Club as our Sous Chef in 2013. He has since obtained a degree in Culinary Arts from Keiser University, became a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) through the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and is a Worldchefs Certified Executive Chef (WCEC). He is working towards becoming a Certified Culinary Administrator (CCA) and practical exam evaluator through the ACF.
Brandon is a proven leader with strong communication skills and a passion for food, quality, and customer service. He is deeply committed to exceeding member expectations and generating team synergy.
SONJA TERBUSH – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Sonja is a widowed mother of 3 grown children, Hans, Tara, and Kyle, and a proud grandmother, “Oma” of 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Sonja has a degree in Marketing Management and spent several years in the retail industry managing Walmart stores. For the past eleven years, she has worked as a dining room manager at Shadow Wood country club in Estero.
Her Australian Shepard and German Shepard mix dogs, Oliver & Twist, keep her busy when not at work. Sonja is well-traveled and has had a life full of wonderful experiences. She is happy to be starting a new chapter with everyone at Estero Country Club.
DENNIS SMITH – CHEF DE CUISINE
Dennis is originally from New York and moved to Florida when he was thirteen. He is a father of four children and has been married to his wife, Christol, for almost two decades. From an early age, when he was old enough to wield a spatula, he learned, concocted, and perfected recipes in the kitchen. He learned his first meal, scrambled eggs, from his mother at six. Since then, he has honed his skills at restaurants in Lee County, learning Italian, German, English, Caribbean, and American cuisines.
Dennis has a strong work ethic and drive to succeed. He has thirty-three years of kitchen experience, nine of which have been at Estero Country Club, where he began his journey as a grill cook in 2014. His high standards of excellence and dedication allowed him to work his way through the ranks, taking on the role of Sous Chef in 2017.
Dennis holds his kitchen to exceptionally high standards. His goal is to bring an amazing meal to every member every single time, as if he was still cooking for his mother.
JEFF PAGLICCIA – SOUS CHEF
Jeff hails from Stoneham, Massachusetts. He started his career in kitchens at fifteen. Upon graduating high school, he continued his education at Essex Agricultural and Technical College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. After working at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston for several years, he followed a family tradition by opening his own award-winning breakfast and lunch café, The Grateful Bread, in his hometown.
He relocated to Fort Myers in 2005 and joined the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa as Culinary Supervisor. He was additionally a member of the opening kitchen crew for the Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral. Jeff was Banquet Sous Chef at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club for several years. He has also worked at the Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club as Sous Chef, and the Vineyards Country Club in Naples.
Jeff’s years of experience supporting restaurants from the peaks of Vail, CO, to the island of Nantucket, MA, has prepared him for his latest endeavor at Estero Country Club.
WILTON DELACRUZ – FACILITY MANAGER
Wilton has been in the construction business since 2003. Prior to joining Estero Country Club over 6 years ago he was with the HILTON chain for more than 10 years. Wilton enjoys spending time with his 3 children and when not working is travelling the world – most recently in Portugal.