Our People

“The staff provides a warm, comfortable, respectful, but unpretentious atmosphere.”

- Jim O’Connell, Principal, O’Connell Hospitality Group LLC

Member service is a cornerstone of our success and these individuals are the ones who make it happen:

 Iain Crooks | Clubhouse Manager
A native of Scotland, Iain moved to the US 20+ years ago. He brings a wealth of food and beverage knowledge to Ferncroft. In his most recent role, Iain was the VP at Gourmet Caterer’s, the largest catering operation in New England. Prior to that he was F&B Director at the InterContinental, for 10 years was the F&B Director at Fenway Park for Aramark Sports, and has also worked at the TD Gardens and Charles Hotel in downtown Boston. Boxford residents, Iain and his wife and have two daughters, ages 10 and 14. In addition to golf, Iain’s other hobbies include cycling, singing, and cooking. He can be reached at [email protected] or 978-739-4040 x222.

Paul Blanchette | Membership Director 
Paul is a lifetime native of the North Shore and an entrepreneur with over 35 years owning a variety of business ventures. He brings 5 years experience in golf marketing, sales and development as former Director of Membership Development at Turner Hill and The Georgetown Club. He’s passionate about the game of golf and the opportunity to meet and serve our membership in any way he can. In addition to playing golf, Paul and his wife are active in their parish as Pilgrimage Organizers and travel annually to faith based destinations around the world. Two married sons with five grandsons to keep them busy in their spare time. Paul can be reached at [email protected] or 978-500-5661.
 Reggie Lemelin | Membership Ambassador
Reggie comes to Ferncroft after a three-plus decade long professional hockey career during which he played over 500 games in goal and won the William M. Jennings trophy for the '89-90 season, one of six he spent with the Boston Bruins. After his retirement from playing in 1993, he served as goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers for 13 seasons. After leaving the Flyers organization in 2009, he spent seven years as the Membership Sales Director for The Golf Club at Turner Hill. Reggie is currently a Board Member for the Boston Bruins Alumni and remains an active player for the team in their charity hockey games throughout the northeast. Reggie can be reached at [email protected].

Philip Leiss | Director of Golf
Phil brings over 25 years of experience to the position of Director of Golf and he is a Class A-1 Member of the PGA. Prior to joining Ferncroft CC in 2004, Phil was the First Assistant at Ipswich CC for six years where he earned the prestigious Maria Iacocca award for Member Service. Phil has completed numerous PGA, NEPGA and USGA teaching and coaching summits and rules seminars. Phil enjoys focusing on customer service and enhancing the overall member experience, and is dedicated to a having a full and varied tournament schedule. Contact Phil at [email protected] or 978-739-4040 x228.

 William D. Cunningham | PGA Head Golf Professional
Bill has been a Pro in the New England area for 28 years and was elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1999. He's previously been at Wellesley CC, Winchester CC, and most recently Oakley CC. He especially enjoys teaching and fostering a love of the game in younger players. He's served as administrator of the PGA Junior Golf Program at both Walpole and Oakley CC, coached high school for Walpole, and was the assistant coach of the Suffolk University men’s team from 2016-2019. When time allows, Bill enjoys playing golf with members on both the home course and in tournaments. One of his favorites is the annual Pro-Lady where he and his partner placed first in 2017.  Contact Bill at [email protected] or 978-739-4040 x230.

Cathy MacPherson | LPGA Instructor
Cathy joined Ferncroft in July 2006 as a full-time golf instructor for male and female members and non-members. Cathy has been ranked as one of the “Top 50 Teachers” in the US by Golf for Women Magazine for six straight years, named “Top Ten Teachers” in Massachusetts by Golf Digest, and selected as one of the "Best Teachers in the Region" by Golf Magazine. She is also integrally involved in raising money to benefit the National MS Society. Contact Cathy at [email protected], or call 978-739-4040 x257. More information about Cathy’s programs and teaching philosophy can be found by clicking here.


Michael Cassidy | Golf Course Superintendent
Michael has been the Superintendent at Ferncroft since 2001. Michael came to Ferncroft CC from Tedesco CC where he was First Assistant Superintendent. Raised in Swampscott, MA, Michael graduated from Essex Agricultural College. In addition to managing the golf maintenance operation, Michael enjoys mentoring future superintendents through an apprenticeship approach. Prior to his career in agronomy, Michael had a brief stint in professional baseball before an injury ended his playing career. Having been scouted from the age of 12, his big break came following a hit off former Phillies and Yankee pitcher Ron Darling in a tryout.


Stephen Alperen | Executive Chef
Stephen has been at Ferncroft nearly a decade, first as Sous Chef, now as Executive Chef. He has a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales, and in his free time you'll find him rooting on the Pats with friends and family. Stephen can be reached at [email protected].

 Heather Forrest | Wedding & Events Sales Director
Heather has a BA in Hospitality and Event Management and comes to Ferncoft after holding similar positions at Cruiseport in Gloucester and Kernwood CC in Salem, in addition to having run her own boutique wedding planning and event design company. She has also planed, designed and executed a series of intimate dinners for the Real Housewives of NY. When she's not working she enjoys spoiling her nieces and cooking for friends and family. She can be reached at [email protected] or 978-739-4040 x255.
Elisa Cazeau | Event Coordinator
Elisa is an Endicott grad with a Hospitality Management degree. She has previously held similar positions at Café Escadrille in Burlington and Legal Harborside in Boston, planning both corporate and social events. In her spare time she loves being with her husband and her toddler son, Cameron. In the winter you can catch them travelling to get their outside time in warmer climates. She can be reached at [email protected] or 978-739-4040 x227.




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