Laura Neumann
General Manager
Ms. Neumann joins GGCR after her most recent position of Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Colorado Springs from December 2011 to March 2014.
She has received an official Resolution of Appreciation from the City of Colorado Springs for her dedicated services to its Citizens in February 2014. She is a 2014 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and is the recipient of the 2012 Brava Donna Award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Business Alliance.
Ms. Neumann previously spent 24 years with Benchmark Hospitality International. During her tenure, she served seven years at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and The Country Club of Colorado as Vice President and General Manager. She secured the AAA Four-Diamond award for the first time in property’s history and achieved “Best Companies to Work for in Colorado”. She has served on the boards of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, Boys and Girls of the Pikes Peak Region and several other local organizations. She received the Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence award in 2011.
Prior to her assignment in Colorado Springs, Ms. Neumann successfully opened and transitioned over 20 domestic and international hotel, conference, and resort properties while strategically improving owner’s asset value for each unique destination.
Ms. Neumann has two children who attend Cheyenne Mountain High School and is active in supporting their academic, athletic and social activities.
Tracey Kalata
Director of Membership
Tracey moved to Colorado in 1977. She attended Rampart High School and graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a degree in communication. She has been in membership sales for more than 18 years in the Colorado Springs area. Before joining Garden of the Gods Club in 2007, she worked for the Country Club of Colorado. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and ski in the Colorado Rockies.
Erik Pedersen
Director of Food & Beverage
Erik Pedersen has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as assistant general manager at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colo., where he was responsible for all aspects of club operations. Erik has a Bachelor of Science in business and computer information systems from Colorado State University. He joined the hospitality industry in 1996, when he started working seasonally for Hiwan Golf Club as a member of the golf course grounds crew. As the years progressed, Hiwan gave Pedersen opportunities to work in a variety of other roles, including pro shop field supervisor, bartender/server, and clubhouse manager. Erik was born in Boulder, Colo, and grew up in Evergreen, Colo, where both of his parents served as teachers. He also has a younger brother. When not at the office, he enjoys golfing, skiing, and running. He is also the vice president of Bootstraps, Inc., a non-profit that provides scholarships and interest-free loans to students from the Evergreen/Conifer area to help them pursue their goals of higher education.
Christina Regnier
Director of Sales and Marketing
Christina was born in St. Louis, Mo. She moved to Colorado with her family in 1985 and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Colorado State University Pueblo. In 1998, after college, Christina began working for Sunstone Hotel Investors and was part of the opening team for the Pueblo Marriott. Since then, she has assisted in many hotel transitions in locations such as Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado. In 2003, Christina became Director of Sales and Marketing at the Pueblo Marriott, and four years later, was promoted to General Manager. She later accepted the role of Director of Catering at Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs. Christina’s professional achievements include being recognized as Sunstone Hotel Investors’ Director of Sales of the Year in 2001 and earning Marriott’s Service Excellence Award in 2005. Christina cares about her community and believes in volunteering. She gives what time she can to the American Heart Association in Colorado Springs and sits on the Women’s Business Council, which coordinates the annual Athena Conference recognizing female leaders in the community. She manages to do all of this while being a mom to two children: Samantha, age 8, who is active in gymnastics and cheerleading; and Dylan, age 5 months, who loves to play outside.
Scott Leifer
Head Tennis Professional
Scott Leifer started playing tennis at the age of seven and loves to share his passion of tennis with all the children and adults he coaches. He comes to us from the Country Club of Colorado. Scott is a stroke technician and relies on coaching mental toughness. He has molded many junior players into successful athletes and college students; his life lessons turn them into great individuals to thrive in whatever endeavor they choose. These skills will make him a fantastic asset to the Club and Member’s Tennis Program. Scott is the happily married to his wife, Shannon and is a father to three children, Savannah, Samson and Scarlet. He also has two dogs, Solo and Sylvie.
Rich Parker, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Rich Parker comes to us from Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he has been the Head Golf Professional at Benvenue Country Club for the past 15 years. Along with substantial professional golf management experience, he brings great enthusiasm and vision to our operation and tournament programs. Rich and his wife Beth have three children: Meredith (10-years), John (5-years), and Andrew (3-years).
Shea Gunkel
Director of Golf Course Maintenance
Shea earned a degree in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University, and after finishing a college baseball career his focus shifted to golf course maintenance. Soon after he received his certificate in Turfgrass Management from Pennsylvania State University, Shea moved to Colorado Springs from Canon City, Colorado in 2002 and has been working on the Kissing Camels Golf Course since April of 2003. In his spare time, Shea loves to spend quality time with his beautiful wife, Mollie and their three boys, Cael, Cain and Quinn.
Chuck Frye
Director of Engineering
Krystyna Pudlo
Director of Housekeeping
Krystyna moved to the United States from Poland 20 years ago and began her work in the hospitality industry by working for Marriott. After 15 years with that company, she and her husband moved to Colorado Springs in 2001, and she started working for Garden of the Gods Club. When Krystyna is not working, she enjoys cooking and traveling to visit her children and grandchildren, who live out-of-state.
Joshua Smith
Accounting Manager
Joshua Smith, who is from Virginia Beach, Virginia, graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He has worked as an accountant and tax professional at CPA firms in both Virginia and Colorado. Joshua grew up surfing, fishing, and boating on the East Coast before graduating college and moving to Colorado. Since his recent move to the mountains, has has enjoyed hiking, snowboarding, and sightseeing all over Colorado. Other activities he enjoys include golfing, gardening, and spending time with his family.