Club Staff

Joe Titus, PGA General Manager
847-847-3255 |

Joe was promoted to General Manager, in 2017, after 8 years as Head Golf Professional at the club. He was elected to PGA Membership in 2005 and had brief stints on the east coast and at White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills. His passion for golf lead him to a spot on the Arizona State Golf Team and he completed his degree in Marketing after transferring to Illinois State University. Joe continues to up the standard in the club industry and brings an unfound passion for the Members at Hawthorn Woods Country Club.

Philip Arouca, Director of Membership Sales & Marketing
847-847-3253 |

Philip joined the Hawthorn Woods Country Club team in 2015 after a brief stint at the KemperSports home office. Philip spent 4 years as a Professional Golfer, playing with the likes of PGA Tour Pro's Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler and won the 2011 Illinois Open at Hawthorn Woods CC. He has a keen understanding for how special Hawthorn Woods Country Club truly is and enjoys sharing those experiences with the Members.

Mark Brown, Controller
847-847-3254 |

Mark has been with KemperSports in a variety of accounting & financial positions over the course of 15 years. He spent 6 years working as the Controller at Bandon Dunes Golf resort, the country's #1 Golf Resort located in Bandon Oregon and spent four years in the KemperSports corporate office as the Director of Corporate Accounting. After a brief stint at Geneva National Golf Resort, Mark become the Club's Controller in 2013 and enjoys being back in the KemperSports family.

Karen Grelyak, Assistant Controller
847-847-3252 |

Karen joined the clubs accounting team in 2016. She brings a wealth of experience in the club business, having worked at The Grove, formerly Hillcrest Country Club, for almost 4 years. She is excited about being a part of the club and looks forward to engaging with the Membership. 

Scott Hillyard, Grounds Superintendent
847-540-1976 |

Scott has worked at a host of private clubs after earning a certificate in Turf Management from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming the Head Grounds Superintendent at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, Scott worked at private clubs in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota including Oakland Hills Country Club, outside of Detroit. One of his fondest memories is working at Oakland Hills Country Club during the 2004 Ryder Cup and getting to experience the best golfers in person.

Ryan Jinkins, PGA Head Golf Professional 
847-847-3258 |  

Ryan became Head Golf Professional in 2017 after spending 8 years as Assistant Golf Professional at Ivanhoe Club and working under Illinois Golf Hall of Fame member Jim Sobb. Elected to PGA membership in 2008, Ryan graduated with a degree in Marketing from Ferris State University where he also went through their Professional Golf Management program. He and his fiancee reside in Bull Valley, IL. 

Lisa Bartsch, Food & Beverage Director
847-847-3272 |

If there's a Social event going on at the club, Lisa is probably the person behind the event. Lisa has been the Food & Beverage Director at Hawthorn Woods Country Club for the past eight years and continues to come up with new and exciting events for our Members. Whether it's our Wine Dinners, Burger Nights or Friday Pub Nights, Lisa is always making sure Members enjoy their experience at the club. She also teaches Hospitality part-time at the College of Lake County. 

Theodore J Stay, Executive Chef
847-847-3257 |

Ted graduated from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami Florida with a degree in culinary arts. He’s worked at private clubs in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin and was the executive Chef at Muskegon Country Club in Muskegon, Michigan and Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake, Illinois. Ted brings a wealth of culinary and club knowledge to our kitchen and he’s excited to exceed the culinary expectations of the membership each and every day.

Alex Newman, Sous Chef
847-847-3257 |

Alex’s start in the culinary industry began at an early age at his uncle’s restaurant called Newman’s on 988 in Canon Beach, Oregon. He spent many summers working in the kitchen where he found his love for the restaurant business. Before becoming the Sous Chef at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, Alex spent time at Rolling Green Country Club and Northmoor Country Club here in the Chicagoland area.

Adam Boyce, Director of Racquet Sports 
847-847-3265 |

Adam is another long-standing team member, having been the Director of Racquet Sports for the past eight years. After earning a degree in Marketing from Ferris State University, Adam began his career in the Tennis profession before settling at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. Adam leads the club's Tennis and Paddle Tennis programming and is excited to continue introducing, what is a relatively new sport, Paddle Tennis, to the Membership. 

Jeff Ryan, Building Maintenance Manager
847-308-3320 |

Jeff is a longtime team member and will start his 10th season at the club in 2017. He transitioned to maintenance manager in 2011 after starting off as a bartender. You can still see Jeff slinging a few drinks from time to time at club special events and make sure to say ‘Hi’ if you see him as he always has a smile on his face.

Michelle Jackson, Fitness Director 
847-847-3264 | 

Michelle Jackson joins Hawthorn Woods Country Club with 20 years’ experience in health, wellness and fitness. She’s a graduate of the University of Iowa where she holds a B.S. in Sport, Health, Leisure and Physical Studies- Health Promotions.  The majority of Michelle’s career has been working in corporate fitness/fitness management where she has provided a wide variety of health and fitness programming for larger worksite corporations. She continues to instruct a wide range of group exercise classes and has personal trained beginner to advanced clientele. Michelle holds her group exercise and personal training certifications through NASM as well as a Yoga certification through YogaFit.
Alongside her career path, Michelle has also ran in three Chicago Marathons; she also enjoys cycling, tennis, and dance (her true passion). Once a dance major, Michelle also performed as a “Chicago Bulls’ Luvabull,” (Michael Jordan days).
In her free time she enjoys live music, being outdoors, spending time with family, and volunteering for animals. Now at Hawthorn Woods, she hopes to finally brush back up on tennis, recreationally.  

Halle Roach, Aquatics Director 
847-715-8178 |

Halle has been a huge asset to our Aquatics department joining the team back in 2013. She started as a lifeguard and has worked her way up to now running the pool. Halle is a sophomore at Valparaiso University majoring in Business Managment and minoring in Spanish, as well as playing on the Women's Tennis Team. This has been a great summer for our pool thanks to her and the hard working lifeguards she manages with a smile on her face.