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Abby Brand 
Club Controller 

Abby is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana.She made the move to the Charlotte area in October 2013 to be closer to family and enjoy life in the South. 
Abby began her career in accounting and has worked in several different industries which has provided the opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience. 
Abby spends much of her time in the mountains as has become an avid hiker and is heavily involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
Indiana University, Kelly School of Business-Accounting   Bachelor of Science in Business
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Charlotte, NC - Special Events Administrator (January 2014-September 2014)·        
Young at Heart Pharmacy, LLC, Carmel, IN - Controller (April 2011-October 2013)·        
A. Branded Solution, Fishers, IN - Owner (April 2007-October 2013)·        
Theron, Inc., Indianapolis, IN - Accountant (November 2005-March 2007)·        
O’Leary Transport, Inc., Indianapolis, IN - Business Manager (June 2000-November 2005)


Lori Fitzpatrick 
Club Accountan

Lori was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 
Her career path eventually took her to Boston, Massachusetts. Lori then relocated to the Charlotte area to be close to her identical twin sister. 
She currently lives in Matthews with her husband Dan and two daughters, Jill and Jenna. Lori and her girls are heavily involved in animal rescue shelters throughout the Carolinas.


University of Akron- Studied business (1984-1986).


Pine Lake Country Club, Mint Hill, NC

Club Accounting & Member Services (1998-present)

Welders Supply Inc., Charlotte, NC

Customer service & billing for both Charlotte & Rock Hill offices. Including, but not limited to collections and all phases of accounts receivable. (1995-1998)

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Radiation & Oncology Department, billing and collections including the Satellite Hospitals, Spalding Rehab, Mt. Auburn, and Waltham Weston Hospital. (1992-1994)

 American Business Computers, Akron, OH

Testing Software for POS & Computerized Bar (Quality Control). Also worked in the shipping and receiving department doing clerical work. (1989-1991)
Century Products, Macedonia, OH

Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service (1985-1988)


Danielle Landers
Membership and Communication Director

Danielle came to Pine Lake as an intern from Central Piedmont Community College’s Hospitality Management Program.After completing her degree on the President's List with honors, she was offered a full time position at the Club.
She is an active member of the Carolinas Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America.
 In addition to being raised in her family’s motel and restaurant businesses in northern New York, she has over 20 years experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.
 This experience includes renting villas in Italy, luxury cars in Switzerland, and working as a flight attendant, while always maintaining employment
in the food and beverage industry and most recently, gaining tournament experience at the Wells Fargo Championship.
She looks forward to taking her Mountain Feist dog, Sissy, on road trips whenever possible. 
Danielle enjoys cooking, camping, painting, and visiting senior living facilities with Sissy as a volunteer with Hands On Charlotte. 


Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC, Hospitality Management A.A.S.

SUNY Jefferson, Watertown, New York, Liberal Arts A.A.
US Airways Training Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Certified Flight Attendant
Travel School of America, Boston, MA, Certified Travel Agent 



The Green Mile Club at Quail Hollow Club, 2015 Wells Fargo Championship-Charlotte –Club Liaison/Server

US Airways-Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte -Flight Attendant

The Parker Company, Lynn, MA- Travel Coordinator for Villa Rentals in Italy
Smartcoms, Lynn, MA- Operations and Sales for International Communication

AutoEurope, Portland, Maine; Lynn, MA-Travel Specialist for Luxury Car Rentals and Chauffeur Service in Switzerland and throughout Europe

Club Managers Association of America

Carolinas Chapter Member since 2015

Richard McDanel 

Golf Course Superintendent

Richard has been an employee of Pine Lake Country Club for over 30 years. He earned credits for his college internship at PLCC and was also the assistant superintendent prior to his current position.
He is certified by the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. Richard spent his early years in the foothills of NC and presently resides in
Mint Hill with his fiancé Rebecca and her two children. He enjoys family activities and backpacking during the fall and winter months.

Associates degree in Agronomy from Catawba Valley Community College.
Continuing education through the Golf Course Superintendents Association and affiliated local chapters.


Pine Lake Country Club,
Mint Hill, NC
Golf Course Superintendent (January 1988-present)
Country Club, Charlotte, NC
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent (March 1985-January 1988)
Pine Lake Country Club,
Mint Hill, NC
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent (March 1982-March 1985)
Dunes Golf and Beach Club,
Myrtle Beach, SC
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent (September 1981-March 1982)
Pine Lake Country Club,
Internship (Summer of 1980)

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Carolinas Chapter Member since 1981
National member since 1988
Certified since 1995

North/South Turfgrass Association

Board Member 1992-1995
President 1995


Brian McLaughlin

Head Golf Professional


Robert Stephens
Tennis Director

Coming to Pine Lake Country Club in 2005, Robert has been involved with sports all his life. Tennis became a love at the age of 14, and Robert became a member of the USPTA in 1994 where he achieved a Pro-1 status.
Robert has coached several state/regional/nationally ranked juniors, including his sons, Derek and Kendall. Derek played for the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University. Kendall is currently playing at Seminole State University in Seminole, Oklahoma.
Robert has also been involved with the USTA Jr. Player development program in North Carolina, coaching at the 14/Under Area training Center, National Zonals, and Jr Davis Cup.
He also has coached high school tennis, and in 1999-2000, Robert coached both Boys/Girls varsity at Providence Day school, as well as spent years coaching in the NC Jr. Team Tennis league.
Besides coaching, Robert is still an active player in his own free time. While playing singles, Robert has won several state championships, from Men’s 30’s, 40’s, 45’s and NTRP 5.0 Champion.
Robert has been a repeat player in both singles and doubles at the Carolina Cup Championships held yearly where sectionals compete from N.C.
Robert has been married to Sherri since 1986 and have 3 children…Derek, Morgan, and Kendall. His hobbies include playing the guitar and driving his red 1980 Corvette. Robert is also an active member of the Carolina Classic Corvette Club.

Ken Snyder
Executive Chef

Married in 1986 with three children and wife Crystal, son Nickolas and daughters, Sierra and Olivia Born in Warrick Rhode Island 1961. Growing up in a time of comfort food and Latin influence on my Moms side, I developed a taste for the kitchen at a young age.
Working in various Restaurants in the early 1980’s, I began loving the food and creativity. I assumed my first executive chef position in 86’.After that my career expanded with Northern Italian influence and French cuisine for many years
winning cook offs and awards. Now being here at PLCC since the mid 90’s, it has been an extraordinary experience in the country club life I’ve grown to know, especially getting to know the members and their families and who are very appreciative.



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