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Joel DiCapo, General Manager

Joel has been the General Manger of Country Club of Leawood for the past three years. Previously, he was the General Manager/President at The Country Club of Loch Lloyd for the past seven years and before that the General Manager of the National Golf Club. Joel is a native of Kansas City and grew up in the restaurant industry. He has over 35 years of hospitality experience which began with employment in the family founded, owned and operated, Italian Garden’s Restaurant. Experience within the family business taught him early in life the meaning of the word tradition and hospitality. Joel's restaurant experience has led him through some of the most recognizable establishments in the Kansas City area; including restaurants at the Raphael Hotel, Alameda Plaza, The KC Marriott/Muehlebach Hotel, The Tavern and The Top Deck, and the well-known Paulo & Bill.

Joel brings the perfect combination of experience in both the country club and restaurant operations to the Country Club of Leawood. He is a seasoned club manager who understands the intricacies of providing member satisfaction in conjunction with operating the club as a business.

Joel attended Arizona State University and Rockhurst University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has been married to his lovely wife Maria for 27 years and they have a daughter, Erika, who is 23 years old. 

 
        

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, PGA Golf Professional

Ryan has had Class A PGA Membership since 2004. Ryan was a three time player of the year for the Arizona State PGM program and has won 4 different Midwest PGA Section golf events with the lowest winning round being a 7 under par 65. Additionally, Ryan has received the 2015 Callaway Golf National Club Fitter of the Year Award, the 2015 Midwest PGA Club Fitter of the Year Award, the 2014 Midwest PGA Jon E. Jacobson Award and the Midwest PGA Assistant Professional of the Year Award in 2009 and 2011.

In addition to his 5 years at Country Club of Leawood he has taught individual, group, and junior golf lessons at TPC Jasna Polana (Princeton, NJ), TPC Valencia (Valencia, CA), TPC Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) and Kansas City Country Club. The Country Club of Leawood Junior Golf Program has improved from 4 High School players in 2012 when he started to 12 High School Players in 2015! He also boasts having taught runner up finisher in the boys Missouri State Championship 2011 (Gordie Hamilton) as well as three female college golfers (Dartmouth, Rhodes College and Bowdoin) and two current male college golfers (Kansas State).
While not at the club Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife (Linsey) and three amazing children, Lily (7), Graeme (4) and Palmer (1).
 
        
 

Bob Kaemmer, Membership Director

Bob is originally from Wisconsin and is still a huge Packers Fan. He has worked in the steel and telecommunications industries for many years before getting into the country club field. He has worked in membership at Brookridge Golf & Fitness before joining us here at Leawood.
 
 
        
 

Patty Noel, Controller

Patty joined our club in March of 2011 and remained with the us during our recent sale and transition of ownership to Capital Foresight.

She attended Bishop Miege High School (class of 78), Washburn University in Topeka, and K-State University in Manhattan.

Her professional experience includes over 35 years of audit, bookkeeping, accounting and management experience within retail, educational and construction trades prior to entering the country club industry.

She and her husband, Brent, have two grown children (Kristen & Alan), are lifelong Kansas City residents, currently living in Countryside/Mission, KS with their two labrador retrievers, Hunter & Max, and a shorthair pointer named Nellie. Patty enjoys archery, boating & fishing area lakes, and traveling to Chicago to visit her favorite nephew as often as she can.

 
        

 

Josh Thomas, Golf Course Superintendent

Josh is from O’Fallon, Missouri. He got his start in the golf industry in 1998, working at a city golf course. The passion for turf management led him to Missouri State University to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in agronomy/horticulture.

An internship led to his first assistant superintendent position at WingHaven Country Club in 2005. Wanting to expand on his knowledge, an opportunity presented itself to do a construction and grow-in at the Payne Stewart Golf Club in Branson, Missouri in 2007.

Deciding to get back to a bigger golf market, he arrived in Kansas City in 2011, where he spent two years at Shadow Glen in Olathe. He is now happy to call Country Club of Leawood home and is excited to provide a great golf course on a daily basis.

Josh is a member of GCSAA as well as the HAGCSA superintendent associations.

 
        
  
  
 

Cynthia Kernodle, Fitness Director

Cynthia Kernodle has been passionate about helping people change their lives through fitness for the past 24 years.  She walked away from her first Aerobics class in 1990 knowing in which direction she wanted her life to go.  Since that day she has acquired certifications in most all varieties of “Group classes” including but not limited to: Step Reebox, Johnny G Cycle, RIPPED, AFAA Practical Pilates, Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, and TRX Suspension Training. Cynthia was also the co-founder of KWANTM (group martial arts instruction) and taught outdoor boot camp for six years. In 2004 she expanded further into Personal Fitness Training and received her AFAA certification. 

Cynthia’s philosophy is simple…Help people be successful! “Changes like adding exercise to your life can be difficult and in some cases intimidating, I like to give people a great experience so that they want to continue changing for the better.”  Whether in a Group X class, One on One Training session, or Group Training session Cynthia’s goal is to have her client walk away feeling successful, confident, and energized!
Cynthia grew up in the Kansas City area and currently lives in Shawnee.  She has been married 19 years and is the mother of three daughters and one son.  She enjoys being outdoors and gardening, running, or watching her kids play. She also loves to cook, read, and continually learn new things. 
 
 
        
  
 

Marty Sullivan, Director of Food & Beverage

Most recently Marty has spent the past five years as the Director of Food & Beverage at The Country Club of Loch Lloyd. He also spent 8 years at the National Golf Club in multiple roles, from F&B Director to Real Estate Agent. Prior to entering the country club business, Marty held several positions within the food and beverage industry including server, bartender, trainer, manager and director. For a while he and his identical twin brother, Eryn, co-owned a bar in Clearlake, IA. He enjoys exploring the world of wine, great food and meeting new people.
 
Marty grew up in Blue Springs, MO and attended the University of Missouri, in Columbia.  He now resides in Sugar Creek, MO with his wife Lanett and his brother Eryn, along with their beloved dog, Zouee.  He has had a love for golf all his life and enjoys Mizzou, KC Chiefs, KC Royals, Sporting KC and NASCAR. His father was the rhythm guitarist for Buddy Holly and the Crickets and was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, clearly gifted with a passion for entertaining.  Marty has never met a stranger and believes strongly in chivalry and treating others how you would want to be treated.
 
 
       
  
 

Brian Jantz, Executive Chef

Brian was born in Germany while his father was stationed there, serving in the United States Army. He was raised in Wichita, Kansas and developed a passion for cooking at an early age. As a little boy he and his older brother would spend time in the kitchen with their grandmother doing things like baking breads and making holiday candies, as well as cutting vegetables for pot roast or making terrines. Even then, he recognized his passion for cooking and knew when it came time to hold a job, he wanted to be working in a professional kitchen. After graduating from high school he worked briefly at the Airport Radisson Hotel in Wichita and soon after, at age 19, convinced his parents to let him move to Kansas City and enroll in the Chef’s Apprenticeship and Hotel Management program at Johnson County Community College. At that time he apprenticed under German Chef Felix Sturmer at the Westin Hotel and Resorts in downtown Kansas City. During that time he also competed in numerous national culinary competitions, including locals such as Chicago, Denver, Wisconsin, St. Louis and Kansas City.

Upon graduating from Johnson County Community College he became the Chef de Cuisine of Benton’s Prime Steak House on the Rooftop of the Westin Hotel here in Kansas City, remaining with them for the next seven years. During that time, he also traveled with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as part of the team that opened “W” luxury concept hotels. In 1999 he left Westin Hotels and worked as the Executive Chef for Kansas City Catering, catering some of the finest events in all of the KC Metro for a variety of groups, ranging in size from anywhere between a hundred to three thousand people. Following that appointment he joined up with the Nelson Art Gallery for 2 years and then became the Executive Chef at The Country Club of Loch Lloyd, where he remained for the past eleven years.

During his tenure at Loch Lloyd he had the privilege of working alongside a remarkable group of people and members, creating some extraordinarily memorable experiences. Collectively, he brings a successful blend of talent and experience to the Country Club of Leawood, manifesting in a high level of creativity and dedication to the newest culinary techniques. We are so pleased to have Brian join our team of professionals. His dedication to excellence is just another way in which the Country Club of Leawood continues to distinguish itself within the community and deliver a superior club experience. 
 
        

 

Lori Nighswonger, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Raised in Colorado, Lori is married with two children and two granddaughters, who are the main reason she and her husband are now in Kansas! 

She started working in the club business at Shadow Glen Golf Club in 1997 and has worked at Indian Hills Country Club, Bighorn in Palm Desert, CA and Meadowbrook Country Club in the capacity of Receptionist/Administrative Assistant.  She is so glad to be a part of CCL and believes the future of this great club will be very exciting.

Lori is an amazing additon to our staff.  She always has a warm smile and a kind word for every member that passes the front desk. We don't know what we would do without her!

 
        
 

Daniel Williams, Media and Communications Director

Daniel was born and raised right here in Kansas City. He attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Science before studying fine art and drama at The University of Kansas. While working at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, as a Graphic Designer, he earned Certificates in Web Design, Social Media Campaign Management, and eCommerce Strategy. He has most recently taught various Computer Science Courses at Johnson County Community College.

Daniel enjoys photography, writing, reading about emergent technologies and attempting to play the ukelele. He also plays golf, though admittedly not very well.