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:


Ron Rice | General Manager
Prior to coming to Ferncroft in 2016, Ron was the Club Manager at Oakley Country Club in Watertown, MA for 12 years and prior to that was the Clubhouse Manager at the Harvard Club in Boston. Ron is longtime Peabody resident. Ron can be reached at 978-739-4040 x222 or r.rice@ferncroftcc.com.

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 p.blanchette@ferncroftcc.com 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 r.lemelin@ferncroftcc.com.

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 p.leiss@ferncroftcc.com 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 top50teacher@ferncroftcc.com, 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.


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 chef@ferncroftcc.com.

 Lisa Leary | Event Coordinator
With over 15 years in the hospitality industry, Lisa is well-rounded in all aspects of her trade. She enjoys the A-to-Z details of event planning along with getting to know her clients and providing them with the best possible experience. Growing up in Amesbury on the mouth of the Merrimack instilled a life long love of boating which Lisa shares with her husband and their three sons. Lisa can be reached at l.leary@ferncroftcc.com or 978-739-4040 x227.

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 tennis@ferncroftcc.com


Leann Gallella | Pool Manager
Leann attended Framingham State University and earned a degree in elementary education. In addition to being the Pool Manager at Ferncroft during the summers, she is also a 2nd Grade Teacher at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School during the school year, and does excellent work in special education. Leann can be reached at poolmanager@ferncroftcc.com.




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