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Alderbrook Golf Club

330 E Country Club Drive E
Union, WA 98592

TEL: 360-898-2560 Office: Ext. 2, Pro Shop: Ext. 1
FAX: 360-898-2492

Staff Bios

Claire Richmond, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Claire Richmond, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

General Manager

Claire moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2003, and enjoys calling Western Washington home. Claire has managed many community associations throughout the Puget Sound Region, some of which include over 3000 homes. In 2017 Claire was named General Manager of Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, in that same year she attained the pinnacle accreditation, the PCAM (Professional Community Association Manager), from Community Association Institute,.
Known to the members for her passion of creating “Tribe” and a dedication to building a strong sense of member belonging, Claire appreciates the unique sense of community at Alderbrook. She loves how Alderbrook brings together many different people in a place that is special to all of them, where they can enjoy the breathtaking views, majestic wildlife and the fellowship that they’ve built with each other.
Claire has been married to her husband, George for five years. Together they created a blended family that includes six children and nine grandchildren. When Claire isn’t busy with her duties at “The Club”, she enjoys swimming and hosting family gatherings.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Head Professional

Originally from Colville, WA, Sam was not an avid golfer growing up. He attained his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University 2003, where he was introduced to golf and fell in love with the sport.
Sam gained experience around the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas, caddying, working on a turf crew, and at an indoor driving range. When he moved to Western Washington he spent many years working at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey and at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia. In 2017 Sam became the 10th Head Golf Professional in Alderbrook’s rich history.
Sam attained his membership in the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in 2012. Working with newcomers to the sport, helping them learn the game so that they can enjoy the fun and rewarding aspects of being on the course is one of Sam’s main passions.
Sam and his wife have four children. He enjoys coaching soccer, basketball, and baseball. Sam and his family also love to camp all over the pacific northwest.
Sam’s favorite hole on Alderbrook is the 18th hole. He loves the way that the Olympic Mountains frames the green. He says the 18th hole offers a challenging approach to the green that rewards a well struck shot and is a fantastic finish to the course.

Shannon Close

Shannon Close

Food & Beverage Manager

Shannon was born and raised in Union, and has roots deep in the community where her family homestead traces back to the 1920s.
Through high school, Shannon worked at Robin Hood Restaurant. She continued working there seasonally through college. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona in 2010. After college, she returned to Union and became the Bar and Restaurant Manager at the Robin Hood.
After the Robin Hood sold, Shannon worked with Hood Canal Events, as an event coordinator, working on weddings and corporate events as well as doing some personal event coordination.
Shannon has worked at Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club since 2018. She oversees the front and back of the house, conducts training, meets with distributors, coordinates events and fulfills many other duties.
She says working at Alderbrook fills her with a sense of community. Shannon is passionate about the Canal, and she says it is terrific to see people come in and appreciate the place that she loves so much.

Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson

Green Superintendent

Chad grew up outside Walla Walla. He moved to Mason county in 1982 and studied at area colleges looking for his path in life. He worked in an office and realized being stuck inside all day just wasn’t for him. In May of 1989, Chad began working for Alderbrook Golf and discovered a passion for agronomy.
Starting on the lowest rung of the ladder, Chad worked seasonally. Learning all he could, he worked his way up to a full time position. In 2002, Chad was named Green Superintendent.
Chad wakes up every day excited to get to work, maintaining a vision of excellence for his team and staying ahead of the turf conditions. He describes the course at Alderbrook as a living, breathing entity that needs great care and attention.
Chad has a daughter, and just became a grandfather this year. He loves sports and coaches the Shelton High School baseball team. In his leisure time, Chad spends time at the gym and enjoys vacationing in Oahu..
Speaking about Alderbrook, Chad says, “You can’t find a nicer golfer’s paradise on planet earth from May to October”

Leon Longan

Leon Longan

Executive Chef

Leon was born and raised in Shelton. He’s been in cooking in the restaurant industry since he was 15. He started working at Gardner’s in Olympia in 1982, and worked there for 9 years. Then, he bought the restaurant and owned it for 13 years. He sold the restaurant, but stayed on, helping the new owners run it for another 9 years. When it was time for a change, he started working at Alderbrook in 2015.
Leon likes cooking food and coming up with new ideas. He is challenged every day in the kitchen, keeping in clean and running smoothly, ensuring that every meal that is placed before the customer is done well no matter how busy the kitchen may be. His years of experience help him handle the pressures associated with the job.
Leon recently became a member of the community, moving into his own home in Alderbrook. He loves seafood, especially salmon and crab. He enjoys the water and has hunted and fished his whole life. He is married, and has two children and 5 grandchildren. Members of the club have nicknamed him “Gramps.”

Dina Phelps

Dina Phelps

Assistant Chef

Dina’s hometown is Sacramento. She grew up all over California. When she visited family in the Pacific Northwest in 1994, she went home, packed up, and moved to Washington two weeks later.
Dina graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle where she received her culinary degree in 2011. She has worked in 28 different restaurants all over Seattle and the East Side. She recently relocated to Shelton.
Dina started working at Alderbrook in August 2017. She enjoys working with food, loves getting to know the customers by name. She says every day in the kitchen is different and it keeps her on her toes. She appreciates the natural beauty of the area and an abundance of local ingredients and fresh fish and shellfish that are available.
Dina spends a lot of time with her dogs, hiking and going to the beach, and gardening. She does a lot of volunteer work with the homeless, and regularly cooks dinner at a local church to feed the homeless and the needy. She aspires to one day open a soup kitchen that is also teaching kitchen to help those in need to acquire kitchen skills.

Damien Poon

Damien Poon

Assistant Chef

Damien was born and raised in Singapore. He attended culinary school in Singapore and acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience working in several 5-star hotels there. When he was 21, his family moved to the US and Damien came with them.
He has increased his culinary skill in the years since, working for The Evergreen State College, Saint Martin’s University and most recently, he ran the Robin Hood Restaurant for over a year. When the business was sold, Damien found working at Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club with head Chef Leon Longan to be the perfect opportunity.
Damien loves the freedom he has within the kitchen. He enjoys using his culinary creativity to create specials, whether it be date night seafood specials or Taco Fiesta Tuesday. He brings in creative fusion flavors to some of his specials that customers love.
Damien enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and when he isn’t cooking up masterpieces in the kitchen, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and snowboarding. Recently engaged, Damien looks forward to building a family.

Kyle Preston

Kyle Preston

Assistant Golf Professional

Kyle is from Wenatchee. When he was involved in a serious car accident, golf helped him recover from his injury, getting him through physical therapy. It was then he knew he wanted to make golf his career.
After high school, Kyle attended the Golf Academy of America, receiving his associate’s degree in golf business management in 2010. He worked at a course in Wenatchee, but wanted to look for a larger course. When he began looking at jobs all over the country, he was excited to find a posting at Alderbrook which would keep him in Washington. He visited Alderbrook he fell in love.
Kyle is currently in the Professional Golf Association (PGA) program, working on becoming a Class A PGA member. He likes Alderbrook’s forested golf course. Managing a course that winds through the woods and water has long been his goal.
Customers are Kyle’s main focus. He strives to be approachable, uplifting and helpful to all members and guests.
Kyle likes golfing, fishing, camping and biking. He is an avid movie buff, and is always on the lookout for new things to try.

Dawn Hayman

Dawn Hayman

Accounting Specialist/Office Manager

Dawn originally hails from Townsend, a small town outside of Helena, Montana. She received her bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Montana in 1996.
Dawn came to Washington State in 2001 and she moved to Union in 2006.
With nearly 30 years of experience in business accounting, Dawn has a varied career which includes working in the banking industry, for an educational service district, at Alderbrook resort, and with a home owners association at Lake Cushman.
Dawn has been a member of the Alderbrook team since 2017. She loves her job working with numbers and all the people she works with in the Alderbrook Community.
Dawn and her husband have two children and one grandchild. She loves reading and being near the mountains.

Kayla Arevalo

Kayla Arevalo

Administrative Assistant

Kayla was born and raised in Shelton. She received her Bachelor’s in social science in 2014, and her Master’s in Business Administration in 2017, both from Brandman University. Kayla has worked in a number of management positions, as either a manager or assistant manager.
Kayla fulfills a number of roles at Alderbrook. Most of her work revolves around customer service satisfaction, and bookkeeping support. Kayla loves being able to help people by finding solutions to problems and improving their day.
Kayla has a husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with her family. She volunteers with two local non-profits. For the last six years, she has worked with Arm-Strong Racing and has starting helping out with Salmon for Soldiers, which hosts a golf tournament at Alderbrook.
Kayla loves the beauty of the Northwest. She appreciates the close proximity of the mountains, the rainforest, and the ocean.

Ben Kersey

Ben Kersey

Lead Bartender

Ben moved to Seattle in 2011 from Southern California. He quickly fell in love with the scenery, the trees, and everything Northwest.
Ben has worked in a variety of bars and restaurants over the years, honing his skills in the service industry. Working in downtown Seattle gave him the opportunity to mix variety of specialized cocktails and become a master at his craft, with knowledge and skills that he brings to the bar at Alderbrook.
In 2016, he and his wife moved out of the city and he found a new pace of life working at Alderbrook. “’I’ve worked in a lot of bars and restaurants throughout the years, “says Ben, “but this is the best job I’ve ever had.” Ben really enjoys the sense of community he feels within the Alderbrook.
Ben is getting married in July. He has embraced county living. He has a dog and a yard full of chickens. He enjoys working in his vegetable and herb garden, hiking and fishing.

Jane Longan

Jane Longan

Hostess & Lead Server

Jane grew up as a part of large family in Shelton. She has years of experience in the restaurant industry which began when she started helping her mother at a Mexican restaurant at 11. She worked in restaurants in Aberdeen and Shelton before she started work at Gardner’s in Olympia. For eight years she learned the ins and outs of the business before she and her husband purchased the restaurant and owned it for many years, raising their two daughters in the business. After they sold the restaurant, Jane helped care for her grandchildren until they started school.
Jane began working at Alderbrook three years ago, and recently became a member at Alderbrook when she and her husband bought a home within the community. She loves the people at Alderbrook, the kindness they show each other, and the feeling that they are all a part of something special.
Jane enjoys flowers, music, art, jewelry making with her granddaughter, painting, and especially loves Sunday night family dinners.

David Henson

David Henson

Bartender

Originally from Lake Quinault, David moved to Shelton when he was 12 years old. David has 15 years of experience, working in all positions in the restaurant industry. His varied set of skills helps him look at the restaurant as a whole. He is able to see what needs to be done most, or what he can do to help get things done. He loves his job because there is never a dull moment. He enjoys interacting with customers of all types: locals, people from the region, or people from across the county coming in for tournaments. His goal is to make sure he gives 110% to every individual that walks through the door, helping to ensure they enjoy their experience. He wants every visitor to feel valued.
David loves the area. When asked what he loves most, David says, “the mountains, the water, and the people: I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
David enjoys kayaking, camping, just being outdoors with his family. David and his wife have 3 children.