Meet the Staff

JOHN SPIESS - GENERAL MANAGER

John was born and raised in northwest Ohio.  He earned his bachelor's degree in Professional Golf Management and Marketing from Ferris State University in Michigan.  He is a certified Club Manager and serves on the Board of the Georgia Chapter of the Club Management Association of America.  He is also a thirty year member of the PGA of America and one of the few Master Golf Professionals in the country.  His vast experience over the last twenty years has included General Manager roles at The Heritage Club, Wake Forest, NC; The McLemore Club, Rising Fawn, GA; TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN; and Highlands Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.  His is an active supporter of junior golf and was one of the founding professionals of the very successful PGA Junior League.  John has served our Club since 2016.                            




 

JOHNNA MARAN - MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

Johnna Maran is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a BA in Marketing.
Her marketing background proves to be an asset in promoting The Country Club of Roswell, our club events and member activities. She has completed the Membership Management Institute & Professional requirements established by the (PCMA) Professional Club Marketing Association. Johnna is now a Certified Marketing Professional.
Prior to joining CCR, Johnna spent over 10 years in the fitness industry, where she owned, managed and promoted fitness clubs
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ED VAN BUREN - CONTROLLER


Ed has been serving our Club since 2012. He is responsible for all financial activities at the club. His past experiences includes twelve years as the VP of Finance for Fountainhead Development, headquartered at Chateau Elan, in Braselton, GA. He managed a staff of five and was responsible for all financial and accounting activities for the 18-hole Legends Golf Club, restaurant, sports club and pool, catering facilities and member cottages. He also had additional financial responsibilities within the company's real estate development division. Prior to his work with Fountainhead, Ed held corporate accounting positions with U.S. Healthworks and the Hayes Corporation. Ed holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Florida. He and his family live in the Roswell area.

   


 

TIM FARRELL - HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL

The Country Club of Roswell’s Golf Professional team is lead by Tim M. Farrell.  He is a native of Rochester N.Y. and a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He has administered our golf program since 1989. He also served as President of the Georgia Professional Golfers Association in 2000 and 2001 and in 2001 received the Association’s highest honor when he was named Golf Professional of the Year. Tim currently serves as a trustee on the Georgia State Golf Foundation and the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation. He has also been a member of the Allied Golf Association Board of Directors since its inception in 2001.

 

 

 

CORY HOPKE - GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT

Cory began working on a golf course in Kentucky at the age of 16. After graduating from high school, he entered one of the best turf management schools in the state, Eastern Kentucky University. Between his Jr. & Sr. year he completed an internship at Medinah Country Club of Chicago and went on to graduate from KU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Horticulture.

Cory became the Assistant Superintendent at Berry Hills Country Club of Charleston West Virginia, where he had the opportunity to act as interim superintendent on two separate occasions. He then joined Atlanta Country Club as the Asst. Golf Course Superintendent where he oversaw five Atlanta Classics before becoming the Golf Course Superintendent at Brookstone Golf and Country Club. While at Brookstone, Cory oversaw the development, construction and grow-in of the golf course.

In 1994 Cory accepted the Golf Course Superintendent's position with Country Club of Roswell. During his tenure, Cory has directed numerous golf course improvement projects including a complete renovation of the golf course in 1995 and 1996, continuous hole by hole improvements, conversion to concrete cart paths and reconstruction of the maintenance building to name a few.

 

CHEF JASON VALERIO-EXECUTIVE CHEF

Jason has over twenty years of professional experience in both corporate and private dining operations.  He comes to us after serving as National Director of Culinary Services for Harbor Retirement Associates where he was responsible for all aspects of culinary operations across thirty five properties.  He has extensive experience in serving private club memberships as he was the Executive Chef at Ansley Golf Club in midtown Atlanta for seven years.  Prior to his time at Ansley, he served as the Executive Sous Chef at Cherokee Town and Country Club for six years.  Jason looks forward to working with our culinary team to positively influence their career growth and to mentor them in their culinary aspirations.   He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and attended Baltimore International College where he obtained a culinary degree.

 

MARCUS RUTSCHE - ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Marcus hails from Sydney, Australia. Earning a full college scholarship to Austin Peay State University (Divison I), Marcus played #1 singles and was also an esteemed MVP. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness and has been coaching since 1996. In Sydney, Marcus worked alongside the Davis Cup coach with Tennis Australia in their talent identification program. In America, he has worked at esteemed programs such as The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch (Texas), and The New Albany Country Club (Tennis Industry Association’s rated #1 Private facility in the country).

Before his arrival at CCR, Marcus spent 8 years as Adult Director at the Windward Lake Club, where he successfully coached club level players and juniors through to national and professional standards. Most recently, Marcus was appointed the position of the Cadillac Tennis Director for the Southeast: planning and running tennis clinics alongside former greats of the game. In 2011, Marcus won the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Southern seminar contest and has been the presenting speaker for the Georgia Professional Tennis Association. Certified as a USPTA P-1, Marcus also serves as Vice President of the state chapter board. Marcus lives in Alpharetta with his wife and two children.

 

LEAH CUNNINGHAM - DIRECTOR OF CATERING

Leah started with CCR as a banquet manager in May 2012 and became the Director of Catering in 2017.  Many of the members have had the pleasure of working with her on events over the years and they will agree that her dedication and enthusiasm have made her an instrumental part of the CCR family.

In her role, she is responsible for all catering and special events for the club.

 

 

 

 

  MITCHELL FELDMAN-FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR

Mitchell was born and raised in Raleigh. He graduated from Sanderson High School and received a Bachelor degree from North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management.  His experience includes management of multiple year round Olympic-sized pool facilities for the city of Raleigh.  

He is a Certified Pool Operator through the National Swimming Pool Foundation and has a great understanding of pool sanitation and safety rules. He worked for the Heritage Club in Wake Forest, North Carolina as the Dining Room Manager from 2014-2017. Mitchell joined our staff as Dining Room Service Director in 2017 and was promoted to Food and Beverage Director in June of 2019.  In his role, he is responsible for the administration of our entire food and beverage operation including a la carte dining, banquets, pool snack bar and our halfway house. His goal is to ensure that our staff always provide our members and guests with a memorable dining experience upon each and every visit to the Club.