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:


Danielle Gentile | Clubhouse Manager
Danielle comes to us after several years working for Aramark at Fenway Park as Luxury Suites Manager. There she oversaw a team of 60+ who delivered exceptional experiences for everyone from weekday regulars to VIPs and sports legends. She's also a golfer and  spent several years as Catering Sales Manager at Troon North in Scottsdale after graduating from U of AZ. Danielle can be reached at 978-739-4040 x222 or [email protected].

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 | PGA Head Golf Professional
Phil brings over 15 years of experience to the position of Head Golf Professional 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.

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.

 Sean Keller | Assistant PGA Professional 
Sean grew up in Reading and was at FCC from 2008-2011, early on in his career. He went on to complete his PGA Apprenticeship at Los Angles CC, host of the 2023 US Open, and was most recently he was teaching full time as a Certified Pro at Westchester GC. We're happy to have him back here, home on the North Shore and at FCC, where in addition to teaching he's lead instructor for our Academy members and the PGA Junior League. He can be reached at [email protected]

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.


Alex Menendez | Executive Chef
Chef Alex is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. His experience includes Harvard Club in Boston (Head Chef), Faculty Club at MIT (Executive Chef), and Oakley CC (Executive Chef). Alex and his wife have one son, two Yorkshire Terriers, and a house in Revere that is under constant renovation. Alex 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 Turilli | Event Coordinator
Elisa is an Endicott grad with a Hospitality Management degree. She has previous 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 spending time outdoors with her family, including her new baby boy. She can be reached at [email protected].

Mark Cirolo | Tennis Professional
Mark has been a Tennis Professional for more than 20 years on the North Shore. He is currently teaching at the Newburyport Racquet Club. He also spent 6 years as the Director of Tennis at Boston Sports Club in Lynnfield and was a full time Tennis Professional at Northeast Tennis Center in Middleton. Mark is experienced in developing programs for children and adults of all ages, and levels. Mark can be reached at [email protected]




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