Serving since 2014
Patrick began his career working for Knightsbridge Restaurant Group in Washington, DC, where he spent seven years managing and opening several different restaurant concepts. He then moved on to work alongside celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio at Charlie Palmer Steak in DC. Being an avid golfer, Patrick shifted gears from fine dining restaurants to the private club sector. After spending two years at TPC Potomac learning the club business, he moved to Argyle Country Club. After a year at Argyle, Patrick joined the Invited team in 2014. He helped oversee a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Tower Club in Tysons, VA, eventually moving to Norbeck in April of 2018. Patrick grew up in the Olney area, and in 2017, He married his wife, Heather. They currently reside a short walk from Norbeck.
Serving since 2022
Jerel comes to us with a decade of hospitality experience both front of house and back of house. After working seven years at Grillmarx in many different positions, Jerel started with us as a server in 2018. With his talent and skills, he quickly worked his way into a management position and became an integral part of the team. If he’s not at the Club, you’ll find him coaching on the sidelines of the football field or basketball court, investing in the lives of young men and women. Growing up, he lived less than a mile from the Club but now resides in Mt Airy, MD with his wife and twins.
Serving since 2020
Karen brings a wealth of experience to the team, having worked in hotels and the club business. She began her club career with Invited over twenty years ago as the Membership Director at Quail Hollow Country Club (Cleveland area). Karen has held a variety of management positions and assisted with many club acquisitions over the years. Recently, Karen moved to Maryland after twelve years of working at various clubs on the East Coast. We are very lucky to have Karen as part of our Norbeck team as she brings with her a wealth of club knowledge and a big servant’s heart.
Event Sales Director
Serving since 1998
Cassandra has worked with Invited since August 1998. After a brief stay at The Tower Club Tysons Corner, she moved to The Club at Franklin Square, which soon became The City Club of Washington.She has worked as a Banquet Server, Banquet Captain, Bar Manager, Food and Beverage Manager and now, Private Events Director for the past 8 years.She graduated with a Hospitality Management degree from Penn State, and currently resides in Columbia, MD with her daughter, Isabel. Whether you are planning a small intimate meeting, a large wedding, or anything in between, Cassandra is here to help.
Director of Golf, PGA
Serving since 2017
Mike Barillo is an accomplished PGA professional who began his career at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a Professional Golf Management (PGM) certification from Ferris State University. Mike worked for more than 10 years at Congressional, first as an intern and subsequently as First Assistant Professional and later as Director of Instruction. Mike was also Head Professional and Director of Golf at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, Maryland for 18 years. At Argyle, he built a highly successful junior golf program and coached both the number one junior boy and number one junior girl in the world. He is a well-known instructor to players of all levels – from PGA and web.com tour players to championship women’s State Teams and recreational golfers. As Director of Golf in the Invited family of clubs, Mike led the golf operation for 2 two years at the River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA and is now pleased to head the golf program at Norbeck.
Food & Beverage Director
Serving since 2023
Ronald began working for Norbeck Country Club in 2010 and quickly worked his way into management, where he learned many hospitality skills and forged many relationships with members. After Invited Clubs acquired Norbeck, he saw a great opportunity within the company to rise to upper management. Ronald spent many years learning from the various chefs, General Managers, and Food & Beverage Directions to finally master his skills and work his way to our Food & Beverage Director. In October 2021, Ronnie married his wife, Deanna, at Norbeck Country Club. This summer, Ronnie and Deanna became the proud parents of their first daughter, Dani. They currently reside a short distance from the Club in Olney, Maryland.
Serving since 2022
Bernard Smith worked on a task force team as the opening executive chef for several hotels on the East Coast. Before that, Bernard worked for The Grand Hotel, Hyatt Hotels, The US House of Representatives, and Hayfields Country Club in his twenty-five years of culinary experience. He brings a unique combination of qualifications, culinary training, international background, and detailed presentation skills. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Culinary Arts and an active Member of the American Culinary Federation, Bernard is looking forward to meeting you soon and is excited to bring his culinary vision to Norbeck.
Director of Racquet Sports
Serving since 2022
Carlos grew up playing competitive soccer and at the age of 13 picked up his first racket and immediately fell in love with the sport. He went on to play #1 singles and doubles for Fairfax High School where he finished with a winning record and as the #3 ranked player in the region. Carlos currently continues to compete in USTA leagues where he has represented the Mid-Atlantic region at Nationals numerous times. Carlos is a USPTA certified Tennis professional who has over 16 years of experience in the industry, he begun his Tennis career at Fairfax Racquet Club right after high school where he worked with players of all ages and levels. In 2016 Carlos was promoted to Tennis Director at Fairfax Racquet club. In 2021 Carlos joined the Invited team as Director of Racquet Sports at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club.
Jeff St. John
Director of Player Development
Serving since 2023
Jeff grew up in Rochester, New York, where he started playing golf when he was young. He learned the game under the tutelage of Craig Harmon at Oak Hill Country Club and eventually went on to play on junior tours and some mini-tour tournaments. Jeff later decided to make a career out of golf and attended the PGA of America Professional Golf Management school in Port St. Lucie, Florida. While working through the PGM program, he became an assistant professional at Brook-Lea Country Club (Epson Tour stop). He worked up to the Director of Instruction at the prestigious Country Club of Rochester. His last 17 years have been spent teaching and promoting the game of golf. Jeff has spent much time refining his skills as a coach, master club fitter, and TPI-certified professional to make his students reach their full potential. Jeff looks forward to sharing his passion for the game and helping our Norbeck members reach their goals. From beginners to scratch players, everyone can improve!
Golf Course Superintendent
Serving since 2022
am truly honored and excited to join Norbeck Country Club as your new Golf Course Superintendent. My name is Matt Hopper, I am South African by birth, and after completing a Degree in Horticulture back home in 1999, I came to the US in 2001 to further my studies and pursue my goal of becoming a Golf Course Superintendent. In 2004 I graduated from Penn State's Agronomy Program and have been fortunate enough to have gained valuable experiences at Top 100 courses like Double Eagle Golf Club, Congressional Country Club, Saucon Valley Country Club, and my "home" course, Durban Country Club in South Africa. I have spent most of my career in the Mid-Atlantic region and, most recently, the last four years at Northwest Golf Course. I am blessed with a beautiful family. My wife Chrissy and I have two boys, Luke (3) and Logan (1), as well as my son Liam (10) and her girls, Hadlee (11) and Hannah (17). We live in Gettysburg, PA, and there is never a dull moment! I look forward to meeting the Members and representing Norbeck Country Club. Thank you!