Bret Shifflett – General Manager
Bret joined our team as General Manager and has responsibility for the Club’s day-to-day operations. With his unique background in golf, tennis, and food and beverage, along with his extensive country club management experience, he is an outstanding choice to lead our Club forward. Bret graduated with a BA in Sociology and Public Administration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and played on their Varsity Men’s Tennis Team. He has been a Class A Member of the PGA since 2006 as well as a Professional Golf Teachers & Coaches of America Certified Golf Instructor.
Prior to moving to Fredericksburg, Bret served as GM of Fords Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, VA, the Montgomery Country Club and the Links at Challedon, both in Maryland. Most recently he served as GM of Fredericksburg Country Club. Bret and his wife Kristin live in Fredericksburg, and share their home with two Great Danes (or is it the other way around?). Contact Bret at 540-972-6200 ext. 4
Sarah Hollars – Accounting Director
Sarah was born and raised in Locust Grove, VA and moved to Nashville, TN in 1999. After living in Nashville and receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, she moved back to Locust Grove in 2008 to be closer to her family. Sarah joined the Fawn Lake management team in March 2018 and took over as the Accounting Director in May of that same year. She brings with her over 17 years of experience in a Country Club setting with 10 years spent in the Business Office at Fredericksburg Country Club, first in Accounts Receivable and then as the Accounting and Human Resources Director. Sarah still lives in Locust Grove, three houses from her childhood home and parents, with her husband and three of their four children, three cats and two dogs. When not at work she enjoys watching her children play baseball, basketball and do gymnastics as well as trips to Walt Disney World. Contact Sarah at 540-972-9658
Jessica Hewlett, CWP – Private Events Manager
Jessica grew up in Fredericksburg and graduated from Chancellor High School. She moved to Northern Virginia in the late 90’s and is excited to be “home” and working in the city she loves.
Jessica comes to Fawn Lake Country Club from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She started her career in Catering and Events Management at the Clubs at Quantico where she learned the skills to move her forward to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. While at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Jessica honed her skills in Wedding and Events management and her passion for making a guest’s vision come to fruition grew. Jessica is also Certified Wedding Planner helping couples create a custom wedding experience. Planning and managing hundreds of events while at Mount Vernon and The Club’s at Quantico Jessica was always front and center for the guest at each event. She brings with her 5 years of Catering and Events management and over 15 years of customer service management.
In her free time Jessica likes to spend time with her 21-year old daughter Megan and two rescue pups Buster & Dixie.
Jenelle Lavarine – Member Relations Coordinator
Jenelle joined Fawn Lake Country Club as a part-time server in September of 2017 and the Fawn Lake Community Association as a security officer later that winter during the club’s off-season. Her time spent in both positions gave her the opportunity to get to know many of our members and residents and she quickly became known for her personable demeanor and excellent service. Over time she became a full-time server and ended her duties with Fawn Lake Security. In the fall of 2018, Jenelle added Club Communications to her responsibilities on a part-time basis. Jenelle assisted in many membership areas, including e-mail communications, event flyers, and various administration projects. Jenelle began to work full-time in the newly created Member Relations Coordinator position in December of 2019, where she helps our club continue to grow through marketing, sales, and communications. Fortunately, our members can still find her serving in the Lakeside Grille, Harbor Club, or The Cove, delivering the same personalized service as always. Jenelle currently resides in Lake of the Woods with her two children, her 18-year old daughter Cammie who also worked at the club and her 9-year old son Sean. Contact Jenelle 540.972.6200 x4
Drew Falvey – Head Golf Professional
Drew Falvey is a rising star in the professional golf ranks. He began his career at Fawn Lake Country Club as an intern in May 2012 upon graduation from the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He received his PGA membership and was quickly promoted to Assistant Head Professional. In June 2016 at the age of 26, Drew assumed the challenging duties of Head Golf Professional.
Drew discovered his love of the game at age 12 while accompanying his grandfather to work at a golf club in New Jersey. He played competitive high school and collegiate golf in South Carolina where his passion for the game continued to grow. Over the summer and during holiday breaks, he worked for the Classic Swing School where he practiced teaching fundamentals.
Today Drew is a scratch golfer who fully understands the basics of a sound golf swing. His experience, golfing abilities and leadership skills have been instrumental in the successful execution of large golf tournaments, club golf events, and individual and group lessons for golfers of all ages and abilities. Contact Drew at 540-972-3084
Garrett Moore – Golf Operations Manager
Garrett Moore runs the day-to-day operations of the golf shop along with the LGA, MGA and club events. His upbeat personality and cheerful spirit contribute a fun and calming atmosphere to the club. Garrett is originally from North Salem, New Hampshire and grew up playing and working at Atkinson Country Club and Resort in Atkinson, New Hampshire. There he developed a genuine passion for golf and began his path to pursue the sport professionally. He attended the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he received a degree in Golf Course Operations and Business Management. He then spent the next four years working at Members Club at Grande Dunes in South Carolina until joining Fawn Lake in 2015. Garrett works with individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. He believes learning and improving fundamentals in a relaxed, friendly environment is the secret to consistent golf. Contact Garrett at 540-972-GOLF
Dave Smith – Golf Course Superintendent
Dave Smith is singularly responsible for maintaining Fawn Lake’s prestigious Arnold Palmer golf course in first-class condition for the past 18 years. His core workforce is a cadre of loyal, dedicated and highly skilled employees who have been working for Fawn Lake Country Club for 10 years or more. During the critical summer months, the workforce is supplemented with highly motivated college students. Everyone who plays our magnificent 18-hole golf course, from members to high profile guests, comments on the amazing condition of the golf course. This is directly attributable to the leadership and management skills Dave brings to the job each day.Dave grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he played golf with his dad nearly every day. His passion for the game led him to pursue a career in golf. Dave graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. Dave and his wife Lisa, live in Fawn Lake with their three daughters, Anna, Sophie, and Ivy. Contact Dave at 540-972-9255
Brian Ratzlaff – Director of Tennis
A Northern Virginia native, Brian graduated from McLean High School as a Highlander ranked number one in both singles and doubles. Moving on to James Madison University, Brian played at #1 doubles and # 3 singles./p>
After graduation, Brian received his teaching certification from the United States Professional Tennis Registry and immediately went to work for Sport & Health Inc. as an Assistant Pro at the Regency and finished as the Director of Tennis/Head Pro at Annandale Sport and Health Club. At the Springfield Golf and Country Club, he worked for 3 years as Resident Professional. Brian also worked as the Director of Tennis at The Fort Myer Officer’s Club and the Burke Racquet and Swim Club. After moving to our area in June of 2016, Brian was hired as the Head Professional at the Culpeper Sport and Racquet Club. Most recently, Brian has the role of Resident Tennis Professional at the Fredericksburg Country Club and the Head Pro at the Lake of the Woods Tennis Club.
Winner of the 2019 Free Lance-Star Best of the Burg Tennis Professional, Brian is certified Professional 1, Elite Professional by the United Stated Professional Tennis Association and is working toward his Master Professional certification. In addition to being a National Verifier for USTA’s National Tennis Rating Program, Brian has been a clinician for the USTA “Schools Program” and the “USTA Area Training Center.”
SOCIAL & DINING
Heather Allen – Director of Food and Beverage
Heather Allen relocated from Charlotte, NC to Fredericksburg VA in 2015 to accept the position of Harbor Club Manager. She brings with her 11 years of progressive management experience with high volume restaurants and entertainment venues. Her core strengths include revenue generation, quality and cost control, P&L accountability, morale building and leadership.Heather has a passion for large event planning with attention to detail. Heather enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing in the Virgin Islands. Contact Heather at 540-972-6200 ext. 3
Justin Cunningham – Executive Chef
Justin began his career as a chef in 2000 as an intern at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida while also attending the Florida Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, Justin relocated to Washington D.C. where he gained extensive country club experience as the Chef de Cuisine for the Sulgrave Club and then the International County Club in Fairfax, Va.
In 2009, Justin and his wife opened a small sandwich shop called Fizzlebottom’s Café in the historic district of Fredericksburg, Va. Justin furthered his career as the Executive Chef in several local restaurants that provided him with valuable knowledge in opening and running large scale fine dining establishments, kitchen/dining room management, event coordination, and creative menu planning.
Justin is excited to once again be in the country club environment and is looking forward to showcasing his culinary skills while providing club members with an excellent dining experience.
Emily Emr – Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
Emily Emr joins us from Warren County, New Jersey where she was born and raised. She then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to study at Johnson & Wales University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate’s Degree in Baking & Pastry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management with concentrations in Psychology and Meeting & Event Planning. While at JWU she completed a baking and pastry internship at Walt Disney World in Florida and a business internship at Studio Movie Grill in North Carolina. After graduation she was offered a management position at Studio Movie Grill.
Looking for a change of scenery and for some winter snow, Emily moved to Virginia. Emily joined the Fawn Lake Country Club team in October of 2016. As a Service Manager she assists with day-to-day operations and coordinating events. She can always be seen with a smile and ready to offer a helping hand. Emily is a key factor in Fawn Lake’s success and we are blessed to have her as a part of our team. Contact Emily at 540-972-6200
Heather Harrison – Service Manager
Heather Harrison joined Fawn Lake Country Club in 2019 as Service Manager. She brings over 15 years of restaurant experience. Not only is she a professional mixologist but also brings a strong knowledge of wine. She has 4 years of formal fine dining General Management experience.
Heather lives with her Husband Chad. They have two kids, Kendall and Titan. Heather enjoys playing poker and watching movies in her spare time.