Meet the Management
Craig Rollinson – General Manager
Craig grew up in the northeast United States where he attended private boarding schools, Saint Vincent’s College (Latrobe Pennsylvania) and Johnson & Wales College (Providence Rhode Island) where he received a degree in Culinary Arts. After graduating from Culinary School, Craig worked for 14 years in various food and beverage management positions with Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. In 1994 Craig crossed over to private clubs and has worked in that field as a General Manager/Chief Operating Officer ever since. Craig prides himself in developing a great team of employees, here at ECC, that are ready, willing and able to provide members with one of SW Florida’s best club experiences. If you are ready to have fun and make new friends then ECC is the club for you and your family!
Dana M. Aerts, MBA, CHAE – Controller
Dana grew up in Kaukauna, WI and is a Green Bay Packer fan/cheese head. Having worked in the country club industry in Southwest Florida since leaving WI in 1996, she has worked her way up to Controller with her first position being at Forest Glen in 2002. She has since worked at Longshore Lake and most recently at the Moorings Country Club in Naples since 2009. She has earned the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) designation and graduated from Hodges University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Dana has recently taken golf lessons and has caught the golfing bug. She looks forward to cultivating lasting relationships and being a long-term employee of the Estero Country Club team.
Gina Delevieleuse – Accounts Receivable/Payable
Gina is originally from Waterbury, CT, but as an Army brat, moved around every three years. Moved to the Fort Myers Area in 1993 with her husband and they haven’t missed the New England weather since! She has been employed at Estero Country Club in the accounting department since 2008. When not at work, she enjoys fishing, boating, beaches, traveling, family, and is a huge New York Yankees fan!
Ben Pittman – Head Golf Professional
Ben is a native of Greenville, SC and earned a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in 1993. While working in sales after college, he was re-introduced to the game of golf which became his passion and eventually led him to the San Diego Golf Academy to earn a degree in complex golf operations. After graduation from SDGA, Ben started his career as an assistant in the Atlanta area and went on to work for Currahee Club and the Cliffs Communities before coming to SW Florida. Ben, his wife, and daughter came to Village of Estero and Fiddlesticks Country Club in 2008. Originally hired as the First Assistant, Ben has served as the Head Golf Professional for the past three seasons. Ben brings with him a hunger for enhancing golf operations and, in turn, the member experience.
Tom Donovan – Assistant Golf Professional
Tom originally hails from Norfolk, Virginia where he attended college at Old Dominion University. Having essentially grown up in the golf industry, he feels lucky to have worked nearly every position in golf operations before his turn to pro-status in 2008. Tom began his professional golf career in the Philadelphia and New Jersey sections of the PGA before his move to sunny South Florida. An accomplished player, Tom has one professional win and numerous top 10’s in PGA section events under his belt. He is a passionate and enthusiastic instructor with extensive knowledge of the swing and game that he loves sharing with his membership. Outside of work, Tom has worked with various junior golf organizations throughout his career and is the Assistant Coach of a local high school golf team. .
Colleen Sowerby – Membership Sales Director
Colleen grew up in Toronto, Canada, and her love of the game of golf started early. She played with her two brothers and both parents and carries a low handicap from years of playing. Her husband David and two, now grown sons, Michael and Blake were the family foursome during all of their family vacations and are now teaching Michael’s wife Kristy and Blake’s new wife HeYan the game to enjoy for a lifetime. Colleen most recently worked at country clubs in the Tampa Bay area and looks forward to growing the membership at Estero Country Club.
Lisa Dillinger – Member Services Manager
Lisa has been employed at Estero Country Club for nine years. Her previous experience in the golf business comes from serving as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association in St. Louis, Missouri, which was her home before Florida. Member services were also part of her position when she was employed by Phyllis Schlafly at Eagle Forum, an American, pro-family organization based on traditional values.
T.J. Shine – Golf Course Superintendent
Originally from St. Clair, Michigan, T.J. Shine attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in Turfgrass Management. After graduation, he worked as a groundskeeper in minor league baseball for a year before moving to Florida to pursue his passion as a Golf Course Superintendent. T.J. worked as an Assistant Superintendent in Naples for six years and then proceeded to North Ft. Myers where he served as a Golf Course Superintendent for seven years. T.J. prides himself in continuing education and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Everglades Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association. The attention to detail is what T.J. believes separates an average golf course from an elite golf course. T.J. will be devoted to bringing the best playing conditions possible to our membership. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.
Cliff Thweatt – Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Cliff Thweatt joined Estero Country Club in June of 2017 as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. He has been working in the golf course industry for the past nineteen years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience. His travels have taken him to courses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Cliff is originally from Vero Beach, Florida and is an avid golfer himself, once holding a +1 handicap while playing in many Florida State Golf Association events including qualifying and placing in a Florida Mid-Am Tournament and once qualifying for a Nationwide Tour event. When he is not on the course, Cliff enjoys surfing and fishing.
Thomas Funk – Director of Tennis
Thomas has been a Top Rated USPTA Tennis Professional since 1983 and was the Founder and Past President of the local Lee County Community Tennis Association. Thomas has worked with the USTA as a National Tournament Director, Junior Tournament Director and referee. In his career as a Tennis Director, he has directed the programs for several different types of facilities; corporate clubs, the City of Cape Coral and now is using his vast experience to bring to the Estero Country Club one of the best programs in all of Southwest Florida.
Justin Trent – Executive Chef
Justin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee into a military family. When he was younger, Justin lived in Germany, but has spent most of his life here in Southwest Florida. He has worked as the Executive Chef at a number of area clubs. When not at the club, Justin enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, photography and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Brandon Wheelock – Sous Chef
Brandon came to Florida at the age of eight in 1996. He attended North Fort Myers High School while working at small, local restaurants in Cape Coral. He joined the Army at the age of eighteen, where he was a field artilleryman for four years. After returning home from a fifteen month tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was honorably discharged from the Army. Brandon was a member of the opening kitchen crew for the Resort at Marina Village (now a Westin) in Cape Coral. Brandon then went on to be the Sous Chef of Royal Palm Yacht Club. Now, he is here at Estero Country Club as our Sous Chef. Brandon has recently graduated from Keiser University in Sarasota with a degree in Culinary Arts.
Megan Nash – Clubhouse Manager
Megan grew up in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Hotel, Hospitality Management. While in high school and college Megan was an avid golfer and also held many positions at Country Clubs in the Upper Midwest Region. Upon graduation, she accepted a job in SWFL and embarked on a new chapter in her career. She has held positions at several SWFL Clubs and has been at Estero Country Club since 2010. Megan’s passion for the food and beverage service began at a young age and has only continued to grow.
Alidor Bennett – Assistant Food & Beverage Manager
Alidor Bennett has been in the private club and hotel management business for more than six years. He has a passion for service and is excited to meet all our members and provide them with “a home away from home” experience. When not working, Alidor spends his time with his wife and two wonderful children.