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.


Pete Diffendal | Director of Business Development
An agency veteran, Pete brings 4+ years of private club digital marketing and 18+ years of event marketing experience to the FCC team. His responsibilities have included business development, sales, account management, operations and department management. Skilled in designing experiences that engage, educate consumers Pete has worked with many leading brands and non-profit organizations including: IBM, Pepsi, Anheuser Busch, General Motors, Hearst Publications, Lowe’s, Hershey, Simon Properties, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aspen Institute, National Club Association, CMAA Chapters, The First Tee and others. Pete can be reached at p.diffendal@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.


Peter Ho | Food & Beverage Director
Peter is a seasoned food and beverage professional who grew up in a family which was in the restaurant business. After completing classical training he acquired club experience in his home state of Florida while serving as Food and Beverage Director at Coral Creek Club, TPC Prestancia, and Riverwood Golf Club. Peter has also operated independent fine dining restaurants and draws on this extensive background to heighten the dining and social experiences of Ferncroft members and guests. Peter can be reached at p.ho@ferncroftcc.com or 978-739-4040 x224.


Amanda Face | Assistant Food & Beverage Manager
A native of Massachusetts, Amanda has been working in the food & beverage industry since 2000. While attending the University of New Hampshire, she honed her skills and has worked at Ferncroft since 2008 developing strong ties with the Club’s team and members. She was promoted from within in 2015. Amanda has a love for reading and a passion for learning. Contact Amanda at a.face@ferncroftcc.com or 978-739-4040 x220.


Billy Bemis | Executive Chef
Executive Chef Billy Bemis has over two decades of fine dining experience. He has been featured in The Phantom Gourmet, The Taste of Boston, The Boston Globe, and Restaurant Confidential. Billy comes to Ferncroft from leadership positions in various Back Bay Restaurant Group establishments, along with Executive Chef roles at the Park Plaza and Westin Copley Place. Billy has catered for a vacationing President Clinton on Martha's Vineyard, and sponsors the Anthony Spinnazola Foundation and Raise the Sails for Children Community Boating. Billy can be reached at b.bemis@ferncroftcc.com.


Julie Thompson | Event Coordinator
Julie graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Food and Beverage Management and Pastry Arts. After many years working on the culinary side as both a chef and pastry chef, Julie transitioned into a management role for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s banquet team. At Ferncroft Julie organizes personal and professional events of all types and finds joy in executing flawless events. In her free time Julie enjoys visiting her family in Plymouth, baking tasty treats, and even the occasional round of golf. Julie can be reached at j.thompson@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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