Meet Our Team

Administration

Jennifer Croce
Jennifer CroceGeneral Manager

Jennifer Croce, General Manager, was born and raised in Middletown, NY. Jen attended Sullivan County Community College where she earned two Associate Degrees with Honors in Professional Chef / Hotel Management and Computer Information Systems / Programming. Jennifer was then offered a full scholarship to Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction in Strategic Hospitality Management, Human Resources and Communication.

After graduation, Jennifer focused on high-volume and high-end food and beverage operations in the Atlantic City casinos, and then refined her skills at high-end resorts such as the Ritz Carlton in Naples, FL and Bachelor Gulch, CO and The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. In 2003, Jen moved into managing exclusive private golf and country clubs such as The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, FL, The Denver Country Club in Denver, CO, Morgan Run Resort and Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Lakewood Country Club just outside of Washington DC.

Jennifer’s career really took off as the economy began to take a downward spiral. She developed a very specialized skill-set in turning around failing and under-performing golf and country clubs. For the next 10 years, Jennifer and her family went where the industry needed her. She not only saved private golf and country clubs from closing their doors, but she also saved thousands of jobs for people in the hospitality industry nationwide.

In 2017, Jen and her family decided they wanted to return home to upstate NY. Luckily, it was at the same time that WHCC posted for a General Manager position. It was like it was meant to be, and after several interviews, Jen was asked to join West Hills. Jen and the WHCC team look forward to taking West Hills to places unknown!

Golf & Grounds

Jimmy Doyle
Jimmy DoyleGolf Professional

Jimmy Doyle has faithfully served the membership of the club since 1998. He continues to look for ways to provide the membership with opportunities to sample and test the latest and greatest equipment and merchandise in the golf shop. He is a competent and certified club fitter with Ping, Titleist and Callaway golf equipment. Though he loves to play and Manage the golf side of the facility, Jimmy’s true passion when it comes to the golf business is teaching. Jimmy comes from a family of educators and truly believes constant improvement for himself as a teacher, translates into improvement for his students. To this end continuing education in various PGA seminars and programs are a very important part of his activities. Jimmy’s ultimate goal is to create the best possible golf experience for each and every West Hills Member.

Professional Bio: Jim Doyle – Class A PGA Professional

1998 – Elected to Class A PGA Status
1998-2002 – Served as Assistant Golf Professional at the Club
2003 – Present – Served Membership as Head Golf Professional at the club

Professional Accomplishments:

2007
Winner – Otterkill Pro Am – Otterkill Country Club
Winner – United Way Pro Am – Grossingers Golf and CC
Winner – Ping Golf – 2007 Club Fitter of the year

2008
2nd Place – OCGC Pro Am

Ryan Sonnenschein
Ryan SonnenscheinAssistant Golf Pro

Ryan Sonnenschein has been the assistant golf professional at West Hills Country Club since April 2014. Before that he worked for his father at Tarry Brae Golf Course ever since he was tall enough to reach the pedals on a golf cart. He played on the varsity high school golf team at Monticello High School from 7th – 12th grade. He then played for SUNY Orange for two years. Both years playing at SUNY Orange, Ryan qualified for the Division III Junior College National golf tournament. In 2010 he qualified by winning the Division III college regional golf tournament. Ryan is currently working towards gaining his Class A PGA certification and hopes to be elected to membership by the end of the 2017 season. His main goal as the assistant golf professional at West Hills is to provide all members with the best country club experience possible through teaching, golf club repair, tournament operations, and any other member service he can provide. In the off season Ryan enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.

Michael Lashlee
Michael LashleeGolf Course Superintendent

Prior to joining WHCC, Michael was the Senior Assistant Superintendent and Construction Project Manager at The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.  Prior to Saint Andrews, Michael was the Project Manager / Irrigation Technician at Beekman Country Club where he was asked to rejoin the club five years later as the Senior Assistant Superintendent.  Leading up to his fantastic career, Michael spent time in the military and received a formal education.  Michael served in the United States Air Force and received an Honorable Discharge.  He attended Airman Leadership School at The Community College of the Air Force.  Thank you for your service Michael.  He graduated Rutgers Professional Turf Management School in Brunswick, NJ.  As for professional licenses, Michael is a Certified New York State Commercial Pesticide Applicator.  He maintains memberships with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendent Association.

On a personal note, Michael is originally from Beacon, NY, and he and his family live in Hopewell Junction, NY.  He played competitive soccer in the Air Force, and currently plays in recreational softball leagues.  Michael and his wife Marilyn have three children who all attend St. Martin de Porres School in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Jack is their first born, 10 year old son who plays hockey, soccer and lacrosse.  Next up is Brooke, their 8 year old daughter who dances competitively, plays soccer and is an avid horse back rider.  Not to be overshadowed is their 3 year old, Kate who as of right now is a very supportive fan of her brother Jack and her sister Brooke!  To round out the family they have a beautiful dog, Rex.  Michael’s wife Marilyn has quite an impressive background, is very career and family oriented, and is extremely supportive of Michael’s career.  Marilyn received her Doctorate in nursing from Northeastern University.  She is a professor at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, where she teaches nursing.  Marilyn was born and raised in Middletown NY, graduated from Middletown High School, and her Mom actually lives in Middletown in the home she grew up in.  Michael and Marilyn love being involved with their careers, families and kid’s activities.  Please join us in providing a warm welcome to the Lashlee family!

Operations

Patrick Ricci
Patrick RicciExecutive Chef

Growing up in an Italian house hold Patrick was surrounded by its cuisine and culture, which developed the passion for pursuing a career in culinary arts. Patrick started working in restaurants at an early age of fourteen. After high school he attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in 1996. Patrick has been with Bonura Hospitality Group for the last seven years. Throughout his employment he has been involved with multiple projects, menu designing and assisting with events throughout Bonura Hospitality venues and Executive Chefs within the company. Patrick lives in Kingston N.Y. with his wife Lisa and their two sons, Angelo and Nicholas.

Jim Finnegan
Jim FinneganClubhouse Manager

Raised in Goshen, New York, Jim began working in the Hospitality Industry at the age of 13. After years learning the ins and outs of Restaurants and Country Clubs, Jim attended SUNY New Paltz where he earned a Business Degree in Business Management and General Business. After graduating, Jim found the perfect fit at West Hills Country Club and was hired as Clubhouse Manager, where he has learned the intricacies of managing an upscale Country Club. Jim thoroughly enjoys the Club’s Membership and working with the great team at the Club on a daily basis to help make West Hills Country Club the Premier Country Club in the area.

Shawell Thomas
Shawell ThomasOperations Manager

Shawell (Sho) Thomas has worked for Bonura Hospitality Group since 2009. Sho started at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY. He then worked at Shadows on the Hudson, Dutchess Golf and Country Club, and the Grand Hotel. Shawell is now the Operations Manager at West Hills Country Club.

Whether Shawell is assisting a wedding couple, touring a photographer, setting up a DJ, or plating a dinner for 400, he does it with style and finesse. When he puts on his tuxedo, his co-workers all know it’s “Sho”-Time! Calm and hospitable in all situations, a couple couldn’t be luckier than to have Shawell overseeing their special day ensuring their magical moments come true.

Sho says that the best part about working at West hills Country Club is the relationships he developed with the members and the clients over time.

Catering Sales

Taylor Checchia
Taylor ChecchiaDirector of Catering and Special Events

Taylor Checchia serves as the Director of Catering and Special Events at West Hills Country Club. She joined the West Hills Country Club team in October 2017 after being promoted from our sister property, Anthony’s Pier 9. Taylor worked at Pier 9 for over two and a half years. There she built up great client relationships, and an impeccable reputation.  Prior to joining the Bonura Hospitality Group, Taylor studied Marketing, Communications, and Advertising at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor Degree. Growing up in New Paltz, it wasn’t long before she found her way back to the beautiful Hudson Valley. Many of her family members, friends, and clients will says she is obsessed with her job, but honestly she just loves what she does. Playing such a significant role in one of the best days of someone’s life is simply gratifying.

Krista Lewis
Krista LewisEvent Coordinator

Krista Lewis is one of our Event Coordinators here at West Hills Country Club. Ever since Krista was young, she knew she wanted to work in the hospitality industry. Before coming to West Hills, Krista received her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration while working side by side with the sales team at our sister venue, Anthony’s Pier 9.  There she experienced first hand what it takes to be an event coordinator. After a year of hard work, Krista joined the West Hills sales team. Her enthusiasm will excite you. Her welcoming personality will make you feel at home. But most importantly, her creativity and dedication will bring your dream wedding to life.