Our Team

Patrick Pettit

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 281.348.2271
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Having worked for ClubCorp for over 17 years, Patrick previously served as both General and Regional Manager. Patrick’s earlier tenure with ClubCorp included serving the Members and Employee Partners at The Clubs of Kingwood, one of the world’s largest country clubs. In addition to knowledge gleaned while working at ClubCorp, Patrick brings over 30 years of hospitality and private club industry experience. Patrick is a proud graduate of the University of Houston Conrad Hilton College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management, and he is active within the Club Management Association of America. Before joining Gleneagles Country Club, he worked as Regional General Manager with CBIGG Management. Most recently, Patrick served as General Manager at Jupiter Country Club in Jupiter, Florida. Patrick’s impressive hospitality portfolio also includes 10 years of service with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Patrick is excited to join The Clubs of Kingwood with his wife, LaDonna.

Bill Ceriello

Role: Club Manager
Serving Since: 2021
Phone Number: 281.358.2171
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Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY Bill has had a life-long love for the game of golf and has since turned it into a fulfilling career. He has worked for several private clubs including April Sound, Royal Oaks and even began his private club career here at Kingwood Country Club as Service Director. Bill and his soon-to-be wife Caitlin made the move to Houston back in 2014 and call it their forever home. Bill is very excited to rejoin the Clubs of Kingwood family as our new Club Manager and he is committed to enhancing the employee partner and member experience. 

Lori Becknell

Role: Director of Membership Sales
Serving Since: 1979
Phone Number: 214.212.6433
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Katie Stowers

Role: Athletic Director
Serving Since: 2018
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Terry Nelson

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2021
Phone Number: 281.348.2289
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Terry Nelson is a sales professional with 24 years of experience in the golf and private club industry.  He has a successful track record of getting results in his past roles working for three of the largest Golf Management Companies in the world.  He has also been successful at leading and supporting sales teams to reach and exceed their goals while serving as a coach and mentor.  

Terry started his career with American Golf Corporation right after graduate school.   Starting as a Group Sales Manager he worked his way up to a Regional Sales Director over his 10 years there.  He moved on to Sequoia Golf in 2006 and helped to lead the membership and group sales areas to great success and was a integral part of the companies growth from 7 golf course to over 50 from 2006 to 2014.  When Sequoia was purchased by Club Corp in 2014 Terry stayed on and served in leadership roles with Clubcorp. 

Terry attributes his past success to many factors and personal strengths he possesses.  Most importantly is paying attention to detail as it relates to the sales process and all of its components, understanding the prospects needs and goals, and ensuring that appropriate follow up is completed. Developing rapport with prospects, friends and others is probably Terry’s greatest strength.  

Terry is an avid reader and history enthusiast.   He lives on Lake Conroe with his wife and two kids and enjoys all water sports, coaching his sons flag football team, and spending time with family.  

Mia Chargois

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 281.348.2210
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Mia Chargois is a Houston native and graduate of Texas Southern University with a Bachelors degree in Communications. Her internship with the Greater Houston Partnership propelled her into a career in the Hospitality Industry where she began working with Hotel ZaZa in 2010. There she was progressively promoted from Catering Sales Coordinator to her final role there as Associate Director of Catering and Special Events. There she managed both social and corporate contracts for the hotel from conferences to large upscale weddings in both Dallas and Houston.  Over the course of her career, she developed a love for weddings which lead her to the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners where she completed the course to become a Trained Wedding Planner in May of 2019. 

Kelly Paull

Role: Member Experience Coordinator/Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 281.348.2259
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Kelly Paull, Member Relations Director, has lived in Kingwood for 17 years. She brings a vast knowledge of the Lake Houston community and experience as a Community Relations Director from previous professional positions. Kelly is involved in multiple local organizations, including Leadership Lake Houston and the Humble Rotary Club. She also volunteers her time with many other non-profit organizations in our area, such as Humble Area Assistant Ministries, Family Time Counseling and Crisis Center, In the Pink, Family Promise, and The Village Learning Center. Kelly enjoys planning events and working with both Members and the community to create unforgettable experiences here at the Clubs of Kingwood!

Drew Stodghill

Role: Director of Food and Beverage
Serving Since: 2017
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Email:  Drew.Stodghill@clubcorp.com

Drew Stodghill is a Fort Worth native who studied Culinary Arts and Hospitality in Scottsdale, AZ. He married his high school sweetheart, Meg, and they have two beautiful daughters Lily, 9, and Olivia, 6. His passion for the industry began while volunteering in a local soup kitchen over a decade and a half ago. After graduating at the top of his class from the highly ranked Scottsdale Culinary Institute, he took a Sous Chef position near Rock Island State Park, TN for the upscale Foglight Foodhouse. He steadily advanced from line cook to Maître Fromage and Operational Manager with The Gaylord Texan, where he grew his passion and direction for 8 years under two James Beard Award-winning chefs. In 2013, he moved to Tulsa, OK as a Multi-Unit General Manager to revive waining accounts with Guckenheimer, a food conscious corporate dining group. He advanced with Omni Fort Worth Hotel where he led his team to receive the highest guest satisfaction scores with perfect J.D. Power ratings. Drew is excited to join the Kingwood family where his passion and commitment to service will lead and foster the phenomenal team at The Clubs of Kingwood. 

Alex Kelly

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2020
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Chef Alex Kelly is a native of Colombia and was raised in New York and Texas.   Alex attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  Upon graduation in 2008, she joined the Fellowship Program at the CIA getting certified as Sommelier II,  Executive Chef and trained in specific cuisines such as South East Asia and India. Chef Alex began her career as the Maitre'd and Executive Catering Chef at Troutbeck Inn in New York and was then given the opportunity to work as the Junior Sous Chef at the Equinox Resort in Vermont, followed by an apprentice at the London Hotel in NYC, NY. (One of Gordon Ramsey’s creations) Followed by a 6-month internship at Per Se in NYC, NY and 3-month stage at Le Bernadin in NYC, NY. She then has been with ClubCorp for 11 years, as Executive Chef where she has created special moments for members through wine dinners, cooking classes, chef’s table events and more.  Although trained in Classical French cuisine, she has a passion for the flavors of all Asia, India, the Mediterranean and Latin America creating fusions that awaken anyone’s palate.  When she’s not working in the kitchen, Alex loves to travel and try new restaurants, explore the new cities, culture, and foods.

Dick Smith, Jr. PGA

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2020
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Dick Smith Jr. served as Director of Golf and General Manager at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, NY from March 1, 2011-November 30, 2018. Prior to joining the team at Manhattan Woods, Dick was the Director of Golf at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ since 1992. He began his golf career at Woodcrest Country Club in 1984 as an Assistant Professional. During his tenure at both facilities, he has managed the golf, retail and teaching operations at the highest level. Dick most recently served as Head Golf Professional for Honma Golf Company, opening and running their only stand-alone fitting facility in the US at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida from November, 2019 until he joined the team at the Clubs of Kingwood.

In addition to his service at Manhattan Woods and Woodcrest, Dick is very active in the PGA of America, serving for many years in many different capacities. His years of service were highlighted when he served as President of the Philadelphia Section PGA from 2005-2007. He is a winner of numerous Philadelphia PGA Tournaments including the prestigious 2009 Tournament of Champions and Burlington Classic, the Mountain Laurel Pro-Am with a course record of 62, the Philadelphia PGA Pro-President Championship, the Philadelphia PGA Pro-Pro Championship. He has also qualified for two PGA National Professional Championships, 2007 and 2009 and two final stage qualification for the US Open.

Along with his positions with the Philadelphia PGA, he is a past member of the prestigious Taylor Made Presidential Advisory Board and is a past recipient of the Philadelphia Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year award, the highest award given to a PGA member.

Dick is married to his wife of 30 years, Michelle and they have 2 children. Alexandria (28) who is a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando and Zakary (25) who is a PGA Associate currently working in Philadelphia.

Lisa Vaught

Role: Senior Director of Player Development
Serving Since: 2014
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Lisa Vaught is the Head Golf Professional at The Clubs of Kingwood. Lisa started with the Club in 2014 as a Teaching Professional and quickly proved herself as a true leader and a favorite among Members.  Lisa manages a team of Assistant Golf Pros and the Outside Services staff as well as providing assistance in all aspects of the golf operation, including staffing, payroll and all Membership Organization tournaments.

Lisa grew up in Knoxville, TN area and attended The University of Tennessee. She started in the PGA program in 1996 and has been a Class “A” PGA Professional since 2000.  Lisa’s great wit and Tennessee draw make her an outstanding and well liked Instructor. She was the 2012 Golf Instructor of the Year in the Knoxville PGA Chapter.

 

Catherine Michaud

Role: Executive Chef at Deerwood
Serving Since: 2020
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Chef Cathy came to Deerwood Club in 2020 and hit the ground running with fresh ideas and great food paired with it. She has a background with BLAST Meals from 2010-2012, a project with a local gym to create healthy, client friendly meals. Before that, Chef Cathy was the Executive Chef for hospitality dining tents for corporate sponsors, such as Addidas and Mead Paper Company, for the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1996. She was able to serve over 300 patrons, 3 meals a day, for 2 weeks! Her favorite job, was being the Executive Chef aboard George H.W. Bush Sr. election campaign train traveling from Atlanta to Washington D.C. back in 1992. As if that’s not enough, she also did a TV appearance with ABC news affiliate in 2014 to do a live cooking segment. Chef Cathy  is a member of the Slow Food Movement. She has loved Houston so far and cannot wait to continue creating fabulous menus and memories for all of our Members here at The Clubs of Kingwood!

John Kudrick

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2020
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John Kudrick has been in the tennis professional business since 1985 when he joined the staff at Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas.  John found out early that his true love of tennis was more off the court than on.  He has been in the club business since.  He has been a part of Houston tennis since 1991.  John was Director of Tennis at Hearthstone Country Club, Junior Director at Copperfield in 1994 and Director of Tennis at Giammalva Racquet Club until he acquired Copperfield Racquet & Health Club in 2004.

Although John did not pursue any professional or collegiate dreams, he has had the pleasure of hitting or playing with many wonderful players.  Ricardo Acuna, Kevin Curren, Vijay Armitraj, Roy Emerson, Owen Davidson, Cliff Drysdale, Nicolas Kroon, Friday Otebar and Sammy Giammalva to name a few. 

John still enjoys teaching the sport he loves and seeing the growth of his students of all ages and abilities.  He also has a passion for tennis events and tournaments (social and competitive).  John is married to Marilyn Yee Kudrick going on 27 years.  He has 3 boys ranging from 25, 21 and 16.  The two oldest played nationally and college tennis. John looks forward to getting to know all the members of The Clubs of Kingwood.

Sean Goltz

Role: Director of Food & Beverage at Deerwoood
Serving Since: 2018
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Sean Goltz joined The Clubs of Kingwood at the Deerwood Club, as the Food & Beverage Manager in 2018. Before becoming a part of the team, he worked for The Woodlands Resort as their Food & Beverage Manager and Conference Services Operations Manager of the multi-outlet property with 400 rooms and 60,000 feet of meeting space. His many accomplishments include the opening of Robard’s Steakhouse, the premiere dining spot on the AAA 4 Diamond property. Prior to his time at the resort, Sean worked at Amerigo’s Grill in the Woodlands from 1994-2012. As part of the opening service team, he filled many roles leading to General Manager. The fine dining Italian restaurant seated 300, including several private dining areas for weddings, events, or meetings. When not working, Sean likes to visit California wine country or family members back in New England.