Chris van der Velde
GM/Managing Partner & Espresso Connoisseur
Managing Partner Chris van der Velde keeps things colorful and alive at Tetherow, often by playing the M&M "last color standing" game and by cracking a joke when things get heated. Born in Norwich, Connecticut to a Dutch father and an Oregonian mother, van der Velde visited Holland for several months at a time before he was 18. By the time he was 23, Chris was competing in the European mini-tours, and he turned pro in 1987. Van der Velde received his European tour card in 1988 and went on to play professional golf in Europe from 1989-1999 (aside from a short 18-month stint in Atlanta). During these years in Holland, Chris and his wife Erin raised three children. Chris decided to channel his passion for golf and became business partners with Netherlands-based Willem Willemstein in 2005. Friends since 2001, van der Velde and Willemstein did other smaller business deals together before purchasing Tetherow Golf Course in March of 2009.
*FUN FACT: Chris was coach of the Dutch national team in October of 2006 when they won the Amateur World Cup.
Erin van der Velde
One of Erin’s many talents is taking big ideas and turning them into reality. Almost every building you see at Tetherow today was created because of her dedication and creativity. A native Oregonian, Erin was born and raised in Eugene, OR. She went onto college in California, received her Master’s in Education in New York City and then spent a few years teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten at the American School of The Hague in Holland. The Netherlands became her “other home” while her husband, Chris, was involved with golf and she began raising their family. Fast forward a few years later and Erin returned to Oregon with her family and dove into the construction side of Tetherow and building it into a community and resort. Managing construction projects has allowed Erin to work with a fantastic array of construction professions and is always in awe just how many ‘hands’ touch a building, taking it from a concept to a reality.
*FUN FACT: Erin used to be a water ski instructor!
Working at Tetherow since 2011, Meghann started in the Tetherow Grill and quickly became an all-star! She moved into the Membership Administrator role in 2014 and Assistant General Manager in 2017. Raised in Redmond, Oregon, she has spent most of her life enjoying all that Central Oregon has to offer. She and her son Jackson enjoy camping, fishing and attending concerts.
*FUN FACT: Meghann has literary credits to her name!
Lodging General Manager
Loy rejoined Tetherow in May 2017, after a two-year stint away, working with an independently owned property in Sisters where he assisted the ownership by mentoring family members in hotel/motel operations and improvement projects. He is a veteran of the hospitality industry, having managed properties in Washington, Montana and Hawaii as well as positions with Black Butte Ranch and House on Metolius in Central Oregon. Loy has lived in Bend for 18 years with his wife, Ann, and they enjoy spending time with family and grandchildren as well as golfing and fly-fishing.
*FUN FACT: Loy was the original opening Hotel General Manager at Tetherow in 2013-2014!
Golf Course Superintendent
Justin joined Tetherow in June 2017 after working at Old MacDonald Course since 2013. He was born and raised on his family’s cranberry farm in Bandon, Oregon and acquired his associates degree in Turf Management from the local community college. While in school, he worked at the Trails Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and at Old MacDonald Course. He later received his BS in Turf Management from Oregon State University and then became the Assistant Superintendent at Old MacDonald Course when he was only 23.
*FUN FACT: Justin has his Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Certificate. He has been participating in Crossfit for seven years and an instructor for five.
Head Golf Pro
Jake Edwards joined Tetherow in April 2016 from the renowned Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California, where he was Golf Professional for seven years. There he provided the highest level of customer service in golf operations, membership and teaching. In addition to working with The Vintage Club members, Edwards worked alongside such legendary pros as Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Luke List, Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis and others.
*FUN FACT: Jake originally worked at Tetherow as a golf assistant when it opened in 2007, and re-joined us in 2016 as the Head Golf Professional!
Director of Sales
As an alumni of both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, Kristi is a native Oregonian who was born in Prineville, raised in Portland and has lived in Central Oregon for over a decade. She honed her skills working for the Central Oregon Builders Association, Bend Radio Group, Hog Wild Toys and Gold Bond, Inc.
*FUN FACT: Kristi used to be part of a synchronized swimming team!
Director of Marketing
A Salem, Oregon native, Rory attended Oregon State University and is a diehard Beavers fan! Previous to Rory joining the Tetherow family in March 2018, she spent nearly 10 years in advertising before moving client side with Eddie Bauer and Microsoft. After that she worked 10 years as the Brand Marketing Director for Nike Factory Stores and most recently held the title of Global Brand Director for NIKE Golf. In her free time, her days are spent reading, traveling, golfing and spending time with her husband and son Harrison. Rory cannot wait to explore Central Oregon with Harrison and teach him how to ski!
*FUN FACT: When Harrison was 3 Rory donated her kidney to him. She likes to think she gave him life twice!