Matt Beroth, PGA
General Manager/COO
Matt is Wakonda Club's General Manager and COO. He began his professional career at Wakonda, as Assistant Golf Professional in 2004. After spending time in Iowa, Matt moved to Texas to continue his golf career and then later transitioned into club management. In Texas, Matt held several management positions at clubs owned and operated by Club Corp; most recently, as General Manager of Trophy Club. In May, Matt returned to Wakonda as General Manager. Matt has a wife, Ashley, and two little boys, Dylan (9) and Jackson (5).
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Jeremy McMillin
Assistant General Manager
Jeremy rejoined Wakonda Club in 2018 as the Assistant General Manager. His previous experience includes serving as the Clubhouse Manager at Wakonda Club through 2015, the Clubhouse Manager at Glen Oaks Country Club, and Assistant Clubhouse Manager at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. He is active with the Tall Corn Chapter of the Club Manager’s Association of America in his pursuit of his Certified Club Manager designation. He has a wife, Jenn, and a daughter, Payton.
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Gwen Parks
Business Office Manager/CFO
Gwen Parks joined Wakonda Club in 2017. Gwen has extensive accounting experience in a variety of industries including distributing, advertising, retail and most recently non-profit at the Blank Park Zoo. Gwen and her husband, Terry, have been Des Moines residents since 2003. They have two boys, Cordell and Wiley who attend UNI and South East Polk.
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John Temme
Golf Course Superintendent
Raised in West Des Moines, John was exposed to golf at an early age and golf maintenance became a passion during high school. Time in Kansas for college, as well as Iowa State University led him to pursue turf management throughout his collegiate career. After spending time at Loch Lloyd Country Club in Kansas City, John and his wife Megan moved back to Des Moines. They are proud parents of two boys Jack (14) and Charlie (11).
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Janel Smith
Director of Events
Janel brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise as Director of Events, where she plans, organizes, and executes events ranging from intimate dinners to grand weddings for members and their guests. She graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in Elementary Education (our Kids’ Camps are always a great time!) and graduated Cum Laude. Janel has management experience in education curriculum planning, in addition to spending time previously with Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
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Amanda Wiebers
Director of Membership
Amanda brings the best membership opportunities to Wakonda's newest members and works to ensure all feel at home at Wakonda Club . She is also responsible for overseeing Wakonda's community relations and communication efforts. With experience in sales, client event work, and marketing, Amanda brings a passion to sharing Wakonda Club with the Des Moines community and future membership. She and her husband, Kyle, share their home with their little boy, Everett.
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Aaron Krueger, PGA
Director of Golf
Aaron joined Wakonda Club in 2011. Aaron’s experience prior to joining Wakonda includes playing on the men’s golf team at the University of Iowa; Assistant Professional in Florida and Waterloo, Iowa; and Head Professional at Pinnacle in the Quad Cities. Aaron serves as the Vice President of the Iowa PGA Board of Directors and has received numerous honors including Iowa PGA Assistant Professional of the Year; Private Club Merchandiser of the Year; and Player Development Award. Aaron has twice won the Iowa PGA Section Championship and has competed in the John Deere Classic and PGA Championship. He has served on the Foot Joy Council and is a Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff member. Aaron and his wife Tonya have one daughter, Lydia.
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Sarah Bidney, PGA
Director of Golf Instruction
Sarah joined Wakonda Club in early 2015. A PGA Class A member, Sarah offers instruction for all levels of players, from the beginner to the single-digit handicap golfer. She is a three-time Iowa PGA Section Teacher of the Year, an IPGA Youth Player Development award winner, and a four-time GRAA Top 50 “Growth of the Game” Teaching Professional. Sarah offers instruction year-round, video and TrackMan analysis, and loves to help her clients play better golf. Sarah and her wife Stephanie have two wonderful children Katelynn (5) and Kyle (2).
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Bunny Bruning, USPTA
Director of Tennis & Master Professional
Bunny has worked at Wakonda since 1983 and has coached and taught many three and four generation families. Additionally, she owns “Bunny’s First Serve” pro shops at two clubs. Bunny played on the World Tennis Association Tour for nine years, achieving rankings of 41 in Singles and 11 in Doubles. In 2014, the United States Tennis Professional Association honored Bunny for achieving Master Professional status, the highest professional rating within the tennis profession.
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Mark Greenwood
Executive Chef
Mark Greenwood has been with Wakonda since 1997. He specializes in satisfying your sweet tooth and helps manage the quality of the fine cuisine at the club as well as managing the kitchen team.
515.285.4962 ext. 233
Brian Katzer
Clubhouse Manager
Brian became part of the Food and Beverage team in 2015 and Clubhouse manager in 2016. He was born and raised in Creston and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Hospitality Management. Brian’s professional experience includes time at Ames Golf and Country Club, Bald Peak Colony Club in Moultonborough, NH, and Des Moines Embassy Club. Outside of Wakonda, his interests include wine and food, plants, continued education through CMAA, and traveling.
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Adem Buza
Food & Beverage Manager
Adem started his Iowa journey in 1997 after immigrating from Bosnia. He attended Hoover High, then Iowa State University, graduating in 2017 with a degree in Hospitality Management. Adem worked as a server and intern at Wakonda Club prior to graduation and was then promoted to Food and Beverage Manager.
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Joe Lemke
Lower Grill Manager
Joe has been with Wakonda since April 1979, and he often jokes that he has held almost every staff role and responsibility. You can visit him in the Lower Grill where his welcome is as warm as it gets. Joe is married to wife, Margueritte, and they enjoy life with their beagle, Pepper.
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Mike Farrell
Director of Engineering
Mike Farrell joined us in 2013 as the Facilities Manager. Mike has worked in the Des Moines area in Facilities Management for over 20 years working in both the private and corporate facilities. With his work experience at various properties, comes not only vast knowledge of the inner workings of a property, but many local connections and resources which is exactly what is desired and needed at Wakonda. He is married to Gerene and they have two daughters, Michelle, who works at Grand View University as the Web Content Manager and Savanah who is currently a senior at Iowa State University, studying Ag Communications. The Farrell’s currently reside on an acreage in Madison County, where they raise horses, hay and daughters.
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