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Simon Bevan

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General Manager

Simon is a member of both the CSCM (Canadian Society of Club Managers) and the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada). After completing his degree at Bishop’s University, he began his golf career in 1987. Prior to joining the RiverBend team, Simon was the Head Professional at Greenhill’s and Glen Abbey, the Director of Operations at Grandview Golf Club, and most recently the Executive Professional at Deerhurst Resort. After almost 10 years in Huntsville, Simon and his wife Laurie were happy to return to London.

As GM, Simon’s goal at RiverBend is to ensure maximum resident, member and guest satisfaction in all areas of life at RiverBend. Alongside a team of core managers at RiverBend, Simon oversees the management of Clubhouse Food & Beverage operation, fitness facilities, golf course and ProShop operations, community grounds operations, and community security. His door is always open, feel free to stop in with any comments, concerns or community feedback!

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Tara Reycraft

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Membership Services Coordinator

Tara is a customer service specialist with over 15 years of administrative and customer service based work experience. Tara has a flair for effective communication and is no stranger to a busy office environment.

At RiverBend Golf Community, Tara provides support to the General Manager and acts as a liaison between RiverBend members, managers and supervisors. In addition to managing the day to day operations of the Clubhouse Administration Office, Tara is happy to help out with all member inquiries including; new accounts, member statements, annual dues, the RiverBend website, community events, etc.

Tara’s strong attention to detail, solution-oriented approach, and ambitious nature make her an excellent part of the RiverBend team.

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Kristen VanBerkel

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Fitness Director

As RiverBend's resident fitness expert, Kristen VanBerkel provides residents and members with fun and dynamic ways to stay in shape. Kristen has nearly 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, and our residents tap into her knowledge on a regular basis.

Kristen offers a wide range of fitness activities for a variety of fitness levels. If you're looking for the personal approach, Kristen is also a certified personal trainer and can build a program that's just right for you and your fitness goals.

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Carole Fowler

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Reception/Administrative Assistant

Carole grew up and lived north of London until 1993 when she moved with her husband and family to Ottawa. They spent 8 years there before returning to the London area.

Carole has spent over 20 years in a Reception/Customer Service role. She is the first point of contact for visitors to the Clubhouse Administration Office and directs resident inquiries to the appropriate departments in a timely manner. Carole is known for her positive attitude, friendly disposition and helpful nature. She is dedicated to her customer service role and looks forward to building positive relationships with all RiverBend residents and members.

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Kirk Weiss

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Executive Chef

Kirk was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and raised in Montreal Quebec, where he lived for approximately 18 years. After a brief time spent trying to become a cartoonist he decided to travel. It was being a hungry traveler that led him in the direction of culinary arts. His strong interest in the arts has played a significant role in his creativity with food, and 25 years later he is preparing exceptional dishes at RiverBend. Kirk has travelled the globe working with a multi-cultural group of individuals that have given him a great respect for all types of cuisine and cultures.

As Executive Chef, Kirk oversees all kitchen operations, menu creation, and works closely with our Food & Beverage Manager to develop new and exciting culinary experiences for our members.

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Chanel Gulych

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Assistant Kitchen Manager

Chanel Gulych joined the RiverBend team in 2015 as the Assistant Kitchen Manager. She has spent over 12 years in the Food and Beverage industry in the London area, adding to her knowledge and expertise along the way. From her start at Cornell Fruit Farm, Chanel has practiced her passion and progressed into elevated levels of service and private country club settings. Her love of adventure and the outdoors took her and her husband to Vancouver Island where they spent five years hiking mountains, canoeing and perusing local markets for new ideas. After starting a family they returned to be closer to family, and Chanel found RiverBend to be the perfect setting to apply her experience and knowledge. Chanel’s love of nature and her passion for the culinary arts inspire her to come up with new and exciting dishes for RiverBend residents, members and guests.

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Shawn Greco

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Food and Beverage Manager

Shawn joined RiverBend in February 2016, bringing with him over 23 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry. In 2007, Shawn began working in the private golf club industry with ClubLink and spending time at Station Creek in Stouffville & The Country Club in Woodbridge. Most recently he was Clubhouse Manager at Whitevale Golf Club, a private equity club in the Pickering area. Shawn is a member of CSCM (Canadian Society of Club Managers) and had a 10-year career as a competitive flair bartender, resulting in 2 top 5 finishes at the World Bartending Championships. Shawn’s role at RiverBend is to oversee the Food & Beverage operations in the Clubhouse and enhance all aspects of the resident, member and guest experience. He has a passion for the industry with a key focus on attention to detail.

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Lesley White

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Food and Beverage Supervisor

Lesley joined the RiverBend team in 2011 as a Food and Beverage Supervisor. Lesley brings over 25 years of experience in the Food and Beverage industry at the supervisory and management level. She is responsible for all aspects of the day to day operations of the dining areas. Lesley’s main focus is to create a positive atmosphere and an outstanding dining experience for all residents and members.

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Alyssia Johnston

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Food and Beverage Supervisor

Alyssia is from the small town of Elliot Lake and joined the RiverBend team in 2018 as a server. She has over ten years of experience in the customer service field and studied Culinary Food and Nutrition Management. With her positive attitude, enthusiasm and conscientious work Alyssia transitioned into the Food and Beverage Supervisor role in 2020. Alyssia’s main focus is to provide a top-notch customer experience for members, residents and guests.

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Taylar Barnes

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Event Services Supervisor

Taylar graduated from Georgian College with honours in Hotel & Resort Management and began her career in the Food & Beverage industry almost 15 years ago at Mount St. Louis/Moonstone Ski Resort. She continued to pursue hotel management and event planning positions at Blue Mountain Ski Resort when her husband convinced her to move to London. With experience in wedding and event planning at Greenhills Golf Club and Caradoc Sands Golf Club she was very excited to have the opportunity to grow her knowledge with the RiverBend team. Taylar is very detailed oriented with a soft spot for cats and dogs and loves to craft in her spare time. Taylar works alongside our Food and Beverage team as Event Services Supervisor to plan and execute memorable events and dining experiences for our residents, members and guests.

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Lisa Iedema

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Head Concierge

Lisa joined RiverBend in October 2016 and is extremely happy to be part of the Sifton family and the RiverBend Team. She has a diploma in Police Foundations from Fanshawe College and nine years of experience in the field of Security including roles as Security Guard, Supervisor and Manager and now Head Concierge. She is a big animal lover with a particular soft spot for dogs – so make sure you stop on by the Gatehouse with your canine friends and get a treat! As Head Concierge, Lisa brings more to the position than good Security practices. She is aware of the importance of providing excellent customer service and meeting the needs of the public. Lisa works closely with the Concierge team, providing a smiling and helpful presence at the Gatehouse to welcome all residents, members and guests.

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Jerry Hakkers

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Community Grounds Superintendent

Jerry has spent the better part of 20 years working outdoors. He has a diploma in Horticulture/Nursery as well as Landscaping and Greenskeeping from Lambton College.

Jerry and his crew maintain RiverBend's beautiful streetscapes and gardens and ensure our residents' yards and flowerbeds are kept attractive and green. In the winter months, Jerry and his team ensure RiverBend's streets are plowed and walkways are clear. RiverBend's residents find Jerry a wealth of knowledge regarding the flowers, shrubs and trees in the community. He takes great pride in helping to make RiverBend one of the most exquisite communities in southwestern Ontario.

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Kent Waddell

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Assistant Community Grounds Superintendent

Kent originally joined RiverBend in 2017 as a Turf Equipment Technician. In 2019 he transitioned into his current role as Community Grounds Assistant Superintendent. Born and raised in Ilderton, Kent spent 11 years at Exeter Golf Club as a greenskeeper. Upon graduating high school, he pursued a career in firefighting, graduating from Seneca College’s Fire Protection Engineering program. However, his love for the turfgrass industry was not enough to keep him away for long and in 2016 he completed an internship at Concord Country Club in Boston Massachusetts as part of the University of Guelph Turfgrass Management program. Upon returning to Canada he started his own property maintenance business before joining the RiverBend Team. Kent’s vast knowledge in lawn care, landscape, and golf course maintenance practices will benefit in responding to the growth of the Community.

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Kevin Collier

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Golf Course Superintendent

Kevin Collier is an enthusiastic member of the RiverBend team, with a passion for the industry and the traditions of the game of golf. Kevin is a graduate of McMaster University and Pennsylvania State University, Golf Course Turfgrass Management. In 2007, Kevin was a finalist for the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association - Future Superintendent of the Year Award. He was also the recipient of the Hugh Kirkpatrick Bursary Award from the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association.

Kevin has worked at many other fine golf courses including; King Valley Golf Club, Augusta National Golf Club, Glencairn Golf Club, and Riverside Golf Club. At RiverBend Golf Community, Kevin oversees the entire golf course team and the management of day to day golf course maintenance

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Joel Johnston

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Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

Joel came to RiverBend in 2017, having spent the previous 4 seasons at Redtail Golf Club. Prior to that he was part of the grounds department at The London Hunt Club. Joel graduated the Turf Management Program at Rutgers University as well as the Golf and Club Management Program at Fanshawe College. Joel has enjoyed playing the game competitively for the past 15 years. Currently he enjoys helping coach and mentor the golf team at Fanshawe College. As Assistant Superintendent Joel combines his love of the game, work experience and education to continue offering first class golf course conditions at RiverBend.

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Matt Coburn

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Second Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

Matt was very excited to join the team in 2018. Matt developed an interest in golf course management at Greystone Golf Club, a beautiful property on the Niagara Escarpment designed by Doug Carrick. The experience gained at Greystone propelled Matt to pursue an Associate’s degree in Turfgrass Science through Pennsylvania State University. In 2016, Matt joined the turf department at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville as a Second Assistant Superintendent, where he played a leading role in preparations to host the RBC Canadian Open. Through his time at Glen Abbey, which included two RBC Canadian Opens, Matt strived to become proficient with what it takes to produce conditions that PGA tour players expect. After a move to London early in 2017, Matt joined the team at the London Hunt Club where he was able to attain knowledge of the high end London golf market. Matt has a passion for providing golfers with exceptional playing conditions and enjoys contributing to the success of RiverBend.

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Tyler Vaillant

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Head Golf Professional

Tyler joined the RiverBend team in 2015. He was born in Sarnia, ON and was raised in the small town of Petrolia, an hour west of London. In 1997, Tyler turned professional and developed his skills at West Haven Golf and Country Club, Essex Golf and Country Club and Highland Country Club. Over his 22 years in the golf industry, Tyler has gained invaluable experience allowing him to provide members and guests with a high level of service. Tyler has a tremendous love for the game. He enjoys the modern technology and trends of today’s golf world, as well as the history and great traditions that make golf so unique. At RiverBend, Tyler takes pride in working alongside a talented team of people who all share in the goal of providing a first class golf experience.

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Gareth Raflewski

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Associate Golf Professional

Gareth Raflewski was born and raised in Northern Ireland, where he developed a love for the game of golf at any early age; he was a scratch handicap at 17 years old. He became a Golf Professional in 2003, playing on both European and Canadian tours. Gareth has spent a significant amount of time teaching the game of golf. He began working at RiverBend in 2010. Gareth is the winner of the 2015 PGA of Ontario Teacher of the Year award, as well as the 2016 and 2017 PGA of Ontario Coach of the Year award. He is an expert in short game and putting, and currently has the pleasure of working with a number of players on the LPGA tour. Gareth loves sharing his passion for the sport with the membership at RiverBend while focusing on skill development. He tailors lessons, clinics, and on course coaching to the needs of individual players of all ages and skill levels.

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Jake Adams

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Assistant Golf Professional

Jake was born and raised right here in London, Ontario. He developed his passion for golf at a very early age, spending most of his summers at local public courses. Jake has been a member of the RiverBend team since 2011, starting in our Back Shop. Before turning professional in 2019, Jake had a very competitive amateur and collegiate career at the University of Waterloo. He has competed in numerous events at both the provincial and national level. Jake is very passionate about golf and all things sports related. In his time at RiverBend, Jake has been dedicated to building a rapport with the membership and uses his knowledge of golf to maximize the member experience. Jake brings knowledge of new technology within the golf world and looks to incorporate it into teaching practices at RiverBend. Along with the rest of our professional staff, Jake is focused on delivering the best possible golf experience to our membership.

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Ty Vanthuyne

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Associate Golf Professional

Born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, Ty graduated from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton in 2001 and turned professional the same year. After 10 years in Alberta working at Jasper Park Lodge and Silver Springs G&CC, Ty and his wife moved to Australia where he managed the recreation department of two different golf resorts, Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast and RACV Healesville Country Club near Melbourne. After making the move to London, Ty was the Head Professional at Forest City National before accepting the Hardlines Manager position at Golf Town. Ty joined RiverBend in 2018; he is excited to be a part of the team and use what he has learned over the past 17 years as a PGA member to enhance the member experience. This includes teaching lessons and clinics, custom fitting clubs, organizing golf events and managing the day to day operations of the ProShop.