Meet Our Team

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

Project Manager

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!

Chris Condon

Director of Agronomy

Born in Dallas, OR and raised in Gladstone, Chris attended the University of Oregon (BA in Spanish) Oregon State University (BS in Horticulture/Turf Management). He began his career as greenskeeper/ intern at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland, OR and Bend Golf & Country Club in Bend. Other clubs on Chris’ resume include: The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha, OR; Trophy Lake Golf & Casting in Port Orchard, WA; Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA; The Duke at Rancho El Dorado in Maricopa, AZ; Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper, WY and Broken Top Club in Bend, OR.

 *FUN FACT: Chris has attended over 30 Motley Crue concerts.

Jake Edwards

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!

Tamara Crawford

CFO

An Oregon native, Tamara grew up in Hermiston before moving to Bend. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oregon Institute of Technology, in Klamath Falls.  Her professional experience includes leading accounting departments for BendBroadband and Pahlisch Homes.  She also worked for two public accounting firms in the Portland Metro area where she earned her CPA license. Tamara enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, biking, scuba diving and anything else that Central Oregon has to offer in the way of outdoors.

*FUN FACT:  Tamara has backpacked over 200 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and aspires to complete the trail one day.

 

Meghann Griffiths

Assistant General Manager

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 Asst 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!

Kate Fritz

HR Manager

Kate was born and raised in North County San Diego and graduated from Azusa Pacific University, where she studied History and Psychology. Her previous work experience includes management and human resources at Starbucks, Sundance Natural Foods, and Whole Foods. She joined Tetherow in December 2015 and when she’s not busy keeping the Tetherow team in line, she enjoys reading, cooking and exploring Central Oregon with her family.

*FUN FACT: Kate and her family relocated to Bend on a whim after Googling “Sunniest cities on the West Coast.” We’re so glad she did!

Loy Helmly

Hotel 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!

 

Dominic Gatto

Fitness Manager

Dominic was born and raised in Gladstone, Oregon and earned a BA in Public Relations from the University of Oregon in 1999. He and his wife, Heather, recently moved to Bend from the Portland area, where he managed two 60,000-square-foot fitness centers on the Nike campus. He and Heather wanted to raise their daughter, Abriella, 5, in Bend and close to all the recreational activities that are available here. He is passionate about fitness and joined Tetherow as the Fitness Manager to lead Tetherow Sport. When he’s not working, he loves gardening, music, comedy and his miniature Schnauzer, Gracie

 

Brian Garza

Food & Beverage Manager

Hailing from Hayward, California, Brian arrived at Tetherow with more than 27 years of experience in food and beverage management. Since 2001 he has worked exclusively for some of the top  golf and country clubs in California, including Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Brookside Golf and Country Club, and Ruby Hill Golf Club. Brian and his family have wanted to move to Oregon for years, and a chance trip to Bend in 2016 made up Brian’s mind that Tetherow was the place for him. He joined the team in 2017 and is thrilled to be here, and we’re thrilled to have him!

*FUN FACT: He’s fluent in movie quotes!

 

Carrie Ramoz

Director of Marketing

Carrie joined Tetherow in July 2011 after beginning her career at Bend’s Pronghorn Resort. After attending the University of Oregon and then living in Portland, she was thrilled to arrive in Bend in 2005. Her hobbies include gardening, running, snowboarding, yoga and playing with her dogs and son. Carrie really enjoys working at Tetherow and loves how the staff is so cohesive, helpful and happy. Having the entire Cascade range visible from her office window isn’t too bad, either!

*FUN FACT: Carrie was born on Valentine’s Day, which explains why she’s such a sweetheart.

Kristi DiTullio

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!

Noelle Harer

Assistant Controller

Originally from Seaside, Oregon, Noelle has been involved in accounting her whole professional career. She received her BS in Accountancy at Oregon State University and her past experience includes Big 4 Firm – PwC, PacifiCorp and most recently Hydro Flask. Noelle joined the Tetherow accounting team in May 2017 and has been working hard to build the team and streamline processes. In her free time she enjoys trail running, hiking, watersports, skiing, and camping.

*FUN FACT: Noelle ran cross-country and track collegiately!

Justin Smith

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. His silver lab, Sadie, joins him to work every day to help keep his crew inline.

*FUN FACT: Justin has his Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Certificate. He has been participating in Crossfit for seven years and an instructor for five.

Jim Purdy

Maintenance Manager

Jim joined Tetherow in February 2014 after a maintenance manager role at St. Mary’s School in Medford. Knowing other Tetherow employees, Purdy was familiar with the club and was eager to jump on board, saying his favorite part about his job is simply getting to work at Tetherow every day. When he is not supporting the housekeeping staff, fine tuning the systems and equipment, and ensuring the guest rooms are in perfect condition, Jim spends his free time Alpine and Telemark skiing and mountain biking. He also loves astronomy and has three grown children.

*FUN FACT: Jim has a twin brother!

Cosmo

Un-Official Goose Chaser

Chris Condon’s dog, Cosmo, is a 13-year-old purebred female Border Collie and is our (un)official goose-chaser. According to Condon, the course has been goose free since 2008. Cosmo’s favorite pastime, aside from chasing sprinklers, is chasing after geese and the occasional swan.

 

Sadie

Un-Official Rock Chuck Hunter

Sadie is a 2 1/2-year-old Silver Lab and loves to keep the Rock Chucks and crew inline. She has been coming to work with Justin Smith since she was 7 weeks old and will always ride along on the equipment with him (whether there is room or not). Sadie has no fear and will leap from the cart to chase any varmint that crosses the path. The golf course is her playground.