Staff

Administration

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Zack Wygant
General Manager and COO
Email:  zackwygant@ftwaynecc.org

A Fort Wayne native and Homestead graduate, Zack has been working in the private club industry for over 20 years. His career started at Sycamore Hills Golf Club where he worked his way up through the ranks, peaking as the Food and Beverage Director. His tenure included being instrumental in coordinating eight National Golf Championships, 10 celebrity chef charity dinners, and a clubhouse remodel. 

In 2017, Zack joined Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida as Assistant General Manager before quickly being promoted to General Manager. He played a vital role from concept to implementation of a $20 million renovation creating a one-of-a-kind experience which has been revolutionary for the private club industry. 

Zack’s passion for delivering consistent, unparalleled member experiences through operational excellence is what drives him every day. He and wife, Lauren, are thrilled to be back home in Fort Wayne.


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Dan Erdei
Controller 
Email:  danerdei@ftwaynecc.org 

Dan is a Fort Wayne native and a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Dan has over 10 years of accounting experience, and has worked in club, insurance and defense contracting industries. He enjoys playing golf, softball, and hockey and spending time with friends and family.


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Beth Ann Riecke 
Director of Membership 
Email:  bethannriecke@ftwaynecc.org

Beth Ann has made the Hospitality and Retail Industry her professional career. She recently served for seven years as a Regional Sales Manager for French Lick Resort, and prior to French Lick, was the Golf Sales Manager at Swan Lake Resort. Before entering the hospitality industry, Beth Ann was a Retail Consultant to golf facilities across the United States (including FWCC!) and was the Director of Merchandising at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. She is an avid golfer, a proud mom to four children, and excited to be on the FWCC team again!
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Wendy Felsinger
Director of Communication & Marketing
Email:  wendyfelsinger@ftwaynecc.org

Originally from Fort Wayne, Wendy has worked for over 20 years in the private club industry at Summit Club and Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne and most recently at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida. With her years of club experience and passion for marketing, Wendy is excited and honored to be a member of the FWCC team.

Food & Beverage
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J.D. White
Executive Chef
Email:  jdwhite@ftwaynecc.org

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, J.D. has worked in the restaurant business for over 30 years and served for the United States Marines. He began working at FWCC in 2016 as a lunch grill cook.


J.D.’s passion for food and cooking was instilled by his grandmother and he quickly became the “heart and soul” of FWCC’s culinary operation. He enjoys playing disc golf, good bourbon and spending time with friends and family. J.D. is looking forward to continuing to elevate the FWCC culinary experience.

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Sam Bailey
Assistant General Manager
Email:  sambailey@ftwaynecc.org

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sam has worked for over 15 years in the Food & Beverage industry in different types of clubs (Country/Golf, Yacht and Business) and most recently at Shaker Heights Country Club in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is a member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). With his love of food and people, Sam is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the FWCC family and is excited for all the great memories that we will create together.
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Meghan Louder
Banquet & Event Coordinator
Email:  events2@ftwaynecc.org

Meghan moved to Fort Wayne from Auburn, California and has over 20 years in event management experience both in America and overseas in corporate business, country clubs and zoos. She is a member of and certified by Meeting Planners International (MPI). Meghan enjoys being an event planner in country clubs and getting to know the members and becoming a part of their day-to-day life.

Golf
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Chad Ayres
PGA Head Golf Professional
Email:  chadayres@ftwaynecc.org

Chad Ayres joined Fort Wayne Country Club in 2016. He was most recently the General Manager/Director of Golf Operations at Hillcrest Country Club in Batesville, Indiana. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in History. Throughout his 22 years in the business, he has served on the Indiana PGA Board of Directors, won 5 section tournaments, participated in 3 National Club Pro Championships, was recognized by his peers as the 2011 Private Club Merchandiser of the Year, and in 2014 was the Golf Professional of the Year. His passion for the game and his warm, outgoing personality fit well with Fort Wayne Country Club. Chad and his wife, Summer, have two daughters, Abigail and Cassidy. 

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Franklin Crist
PGA Assistant Golf Professional
Email:  franklincrist@ftwaynecc.org

Franklin is originally from Hartford City, Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University. For the past four years he was a Golf Professional at Pleasant Run Golf Club. He also was the Assistant Golf Professional at Meshingomesia G&SC.Franklin is an accomplished player who has finished in the Top 10 of the Indiana PGA Assistant’s Championship the past five years. He has a deep passion for playing and competing which carries over into his work ethic and drive to become a better professional. He is looking forward to serving the membership here at FWCC.
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Luke Leffler
Assistant Golf Professional
Email:  lukeleffler@ftwaynecc.org

Luke is originally from Marion, Indiana. For the past 6 years he has worked at Meshingomesia Golf & Social Club where his family were long-time members. Luke started out in outside operations and transitioned to the Assistant Golf Professional role in 2020. He played four years of varsity golf at Marion High School and one year of golf at Indiana Wesleyan University. Luke has a strong passion for golf and growing the game and is looking forward to serving the membership here at FWCC.
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Brooke Moser
Assistant Golf Professional
Email:  brookemoser@ftwaynecc.org

Brooke is an Allen County native and recently graduated from Southern Indiana University with a degree in Management and minor in Marketing. She is also a graduate of Leo High School in Leo-Cedarville, Indiana.

Brooke is an accomplished player who played four years at the college level where she was awarded the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week in 2018 after winning a championship. This was one of two Medalist finishes during her college career. At Leo, Brooke competed in the Indiana High School State Championship three consecutive years and was named to the 2015 All-State Team. She is looking forward to serving the membership here at FWCC.

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Summer Ayres
Merchandiser
Email:  summerayres@ftwaynecc.org

Summer is a 1998 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. She began her post college career in Ohio, where she served the families division at a parenting center. In 2000, she moved to North Carolina and continued in the social work field with adoption services and foster parenting until her growing family moved back to the Midwest and Indiana in 2006. Summer has two daughters, Abigail and Cassidy, and loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys shopping, traveling, and a good book. Summer brings a high level of attention to detail and customer service and is excited to grow her relationships with the FWCC membership serving you, your guests, and your family with all your merchandising needs in the FWCC Golf Shop.
Grounds
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Brian J. Chalifoux
Golf Course Superintendent
Email:  brianjchalifoux@ftwaynecc.org

Brian John Chalifoux joined the team at Fort Wayne Country Club as a Caddie in the spring of 1998 where he worked two summers before starting with the Golf Course Operations staff in 2001. A passion for the game and the science behind finely manicured turfgrass led him to Purdue University to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Turfgrass Science. Internships with the Purdue University Sports Turf team in 2006 and the Chicago Golf Club in 2007 paved the way for Brian to return to FWCC on an Assistant Superintendent track after graduating from Purdue in May 2008. Brian became the First Assistant at the club in April 2011 and became the Golf Course Superintendent in November 2018. He continues to add new ideas and innovative thinking to our agronomic programs at FWCC.
Tennis & Pickleball
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Brock Orlowski, USPTA, PPR
Director of Racquet Sports
Email:  brockorlowski@ftwaynecc.org

Brock Orlowski is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a graduate of Kuyper College. He also holds an MBA from Indiana Tech, and a graduate certificate from the University of Florida’s Director of Racquet Sports program. Brock is a USPTA Elite certified teaching instructor, a PPR certified professional in pickleball, and is a certified Director of Racquet Sports with the USPTA. Prior to coming to FWCC, Brock was the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach and Athletics Operations Manager at Indiana Tech. Brock has also worked at Huntington University as the Assistant Coach of Women's Tennis and was a tennis professional at Empowered Sports Club. Brock has also held positions as the Head Girls' Tennis Coach at Blackhawk Christian High School and Head Boy's Tennis Coach at New Haven High School. Brock is married to his wife, Abby, and they have five children.
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CJ Hallam
Assistant Racquets Professional
Email:  cjhallam@ftwaynecc.org

CJ Hallam is originally from Logansport, Indiana and is currently a Graduate Student at the Indiana Institute of Technology pursuing his MBA in Management. CJ is a USPTA certified teaching professional as well as a PPR certified coach in pickleball. He played varsity tennis for the Logansport Berries for four years before attending Indiana Tech. CJ played tennis for three years at Indiana Tech and served as their tennis administrative assistant for the 2021 season. He was an NAIA Academic All-American, an ITA Scholar Athlete, and a WHAC All-Academic team member while at Indiana Tech. CJ has been involved in coaching tennis to youth since high school as well. He is extremely blessed to be able to bring a passion and energy for tennis and help members at the Fort Wayne Country Club!

Pool
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Bryce Warner  
Pool Manager & Head Swim Coach 
Email: fwccpool@ftwaynecc.org


A Fort Wayne native, Bryce was a 4-year varsity swimmer for Homestead High School and is a graduate of Indiana University. He has been involved with swimming since 2005 as a swimmer, coach and manager for several different teams and clubs including FWCC as Prep Team Lead and lifeguard. Bryce’s experience ranges from prep-team groups to collegiate and national level competitions. Recently, he has been a coach for Summit City Aquatics since 2022. Bryce and his fiancé, Harley, have a wedding set for this fall. Bryce is excited to pursue his passion of swimming and is looking forward to being a role model and supporting the swimmers at FWCC.

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Kate Hollingsworth  
Head Dive Coach 
Email: fwccpool@ftwaynecc.org

Hi! My name is Kate Hollingsworth and after last summer of assistant coaching, I am excited to be the head dive coach this year! I was a diver for 7 years. I dove for IISD for 3 years, and then the Homestead High School dive team for 4 years. I now study biochemistry at Butler University, with plans to continue on to dental school. I love spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and trying new foods! I will be around the pool a lot, as I am lifeguarding too! I can’t wait for a fun summer!