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Dana Cancellaro
General Manager

Tel: 516-944-7400
Fax: 516-944-7410


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.

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Elvis Jimenez
Food & Beverage Director


Elvis is the Food and Beverage Manager at the Grille. He has been in the hospitality industry since 2002 and with The Village Club of Sands Point since 2004. Elvis is known for his enthusiastic personality which is appreciated by all. His experience in private country clubs is comprised of bartending, waiting on tables and serving as Head Captain. This experience has provided Elvis with a clear vision of what the members expect with regard to service.

Andre Lopez
Grille Room Manager


Andre was raised in the Bronx, where he graduated from Monroe High School.  He began working at the Village Club of Sands Point in 2015 as a full-time server and in just three seasons, moved up to Pool Supervisor in 2016 and now, in 2017, to Grille Room Manager.  Andre has demonstrated great leadership and management skills and continues to grow within the club as he focuses on bringing quality service to the members. 

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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.

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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.

Mike Benz
Golf Course Superintendent


Mike Benz is our Superintendent of the Golf Course. Mike first graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Evangel University, and then with Honors from Rutgers University for Professional Golf Turf Management. He furthered his experience, while working at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens for three years and progressed to Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside, New York. After four years at Middle Bay he moved up to the Superintendent position for sixteen years. Since 2013 Mike and his Valley Crest team have brought their experience and knowledge to maintain and enhance the golf course to its fullest potential.

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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
Banquet Coordinator
Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

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.

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Karl Obermeyer,
Class A

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.