Meet the Team

Dana Cancellaro
General Manager

Tel: 516-944-4320
Fax: 516-944-7410

Dana joined the Club in January 2018 and brings a wealth of local private golf club experience and an exceptional leadership style and skill set. Dana was most recently the General Manager at the Stamford Yacht Club and has served previously in leadership roles at Cape Cod’s Eastward Ho! and Westchester County’s Sleepy Hollow Country Club – both Top 100 rated golf courses. We welcome Dana and look forward to the positive changes that she will steward at the Village Club.

Ben Barragan
Assistant General Manager

Tel: 516-944-5206
Fax: 516-944-7410

Ben joined the Club in March 2018 and brings over 25 years of private country club experience both on the food & beverage and golf operations side. Ben has been mainly based in the Westchester county, NY area. Ben was the Clubhouse Manager at Hudson National Golf Club before he went out and played competitive golf for 2 years. Some of his other previous notable jobs were at the Westchester CC, The Apawamis Club, and Old Oaks CC.


Kevin Dudleston, PGA
Director of Membership Sales and Marketing


Kevin Dudleston joined the club in February 2018. For the last 3 seasons, Kevin worked at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, NY as an Assistant Golf Professional. Kevin is very excited to have joined us and looks forward to promoting the club, not just through his passion for golf, but in helping create and implement marketing strategies that break down traditional barriers and reach new audiences.


Marla Pinkus

Tel: 516-944-5475
Fax: 516-883-2308

Marla has lived in Port Washington since 1988 with her husband Ira and three children, Rebecca, Lev, and Sara.  Marla graduated from Queens College with an Accounting degree.  She has 11 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis within the industries of real estate, entertainment and manufacturing.  While employed by an international accounting firm, her clients included, MOMA, AT&T, AIG, Cartier, and The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.   Marla also holds a Master Degree in teaching.  She has 14 years of experience in teaching and administration.  Marla’s hobbies include gardening, hiking, kayaking, and baking.  She brings her positive spirit to The Village Club.

Nadiya Khelawan
Accounting Manager


Nadiya, the Accounting Manager, has been a part of The Village Club since 2004, working her way up from the position of receptionist. She is a graduate of CUNY, with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Human Resources. Nadiya is a dedicated professional, always assisting members and staff, beyond her given position.  She is always open to learning new skills and no task is too great to take on.


Jay Morales, CPO
Director of Operations


Jay Morales oversees daily operations of the entire Club. Jay worked with IBM for three years prior to the renovation of the Village Club. His knowledge of the entire club fortified his position of Director of Operations. He manages all aspects of the Housekeeping Department, Mansion Hotel Rooms, and Security, as well as assisting in the Special Events division. Certified as a Pool Operator, Jay supervises the entire Pool Operation and its staff.

Jack Clarke
Executive Chef

Tel: 516-944-4305
Fax: 516-944-7410

Jack Clarke is a 1983 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, leading to over 30 years in the hospitality industry. He has developed his culinary skills working in the finest New York City hotels, restaurants and private clubs on Long Island. Starting at the Muttontown Country Club, then as Executive Chef of Fresh Meadow's and Middle Bay Country Clubs. Jack strongly believes in the team concept with the common goal of customer satisfaction. His great passion for the culinary arts is visible in the use of the freshest ingredients and proper technique, producing bold and balanced flavors with cutting edge presentation.


Brenda Gatt
Office Executive


Brenda, The Village Club’s Office Manager, has been with the club since February 2012.  She has been in the hospitality industry for over 12 years and has worked in all aspects of the field.  She earned her Culinary Degree from the Culinary Institute of Long Island and her Associates Degree in Hospitality from NCC.  Brenda plays a vital role in running the office and is always willing to help in any way that she can.  Her enthusiasm for the Club and its members is obvious.  She has raised her son Stephen, who graduated from Oneonta with his Accounting Degree in 2014. 

Andrea Gomez
Director of Events

Tel: 516-944-4373
Fax: 516-944-7410

Andrea Gomez first became familiar with the Village Club working part-time as the Hostess of the Grille Room in 2013. Andrea later moved up as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator and Events Assistant. She coordinates with managers to oversee events and activities. She also uses local media outlets as well as social media outlets to promote membership, the facility and events of the club.


Karl Obermeyer, PGA
Director of Golf


Karl is the Director of Golf since 2002 and has been a part of the Village Club team since 2000. He was here to see the course transform from 9 holes to 18 holes. Karl is a 1987 Cum Laude graduate of Saint Joseph's College of Maine and grew up in Kennebunk, Maine. Karl and wife Ann are both teaching pro at the Club; residing in Port Washington.

Liz Jaffe,

Director of Racquet Sports


Liz Jaffe has been a part of the Village Club of Sands Point since its inception in 1995. Five years later she became Director of tennis in 2000 and later on in 2012 became the Director of Racquet Sports which included all Tennis and Platform Tennis programs. She is a certified professional in Tennis and Platform tennis as she holds the USPTA and PPTA certificates. Her passion for tennis has driven her to the top as she ranked #1 in the country in the finals of the National Championship in 2011.