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Meet The Team

Shane Appleby - Activities Director

Shane is our Activities Director. He has been working at Glendorn for the past several years. He has held various positions until finding his natural fit as Activities Director. He is an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guide licensed in Pennsylvania and New York.  He is a very accomplished outdoorsman having a love for archery hunting, fly fishing.

Damon Newpher - Fly Fishing and Shooting Sports Director

Damon Newpher has been with Glendorn for many years. He is an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guide. He attended the Wulff School of Fly fishing and is nationally certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF).He is certified and licensed by ORVIS as an endorsed guide and by the states of New York and Pennsylvania as a registered guide. He has also been certified through the National Skeet Shooting Association as a certified skeet shooting instructor. Originally from Pennsylvania, Damon returned to Glendorn in 1999 to work in the activities department. Previously, he worked in Arkansas at the Ozark Angler and mastered the Little Red, White, Norfolk and Spring rivers which are world class for trout and smallmouth fishing.

Judith Crooks - Director of Lodging

Judith Crooks is our Director of Lodging and Florals. She has been with Glendorn for 35 years and feels very blessed to have a job that she enjoys. She lives in Gifford with her husband. She has two children and 9 grandchildren.

Joseph Schafer - Chef

Originally from upstate New York, Executive Chef Joe Schafer received his Associates Degree from New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, Vermont. He has worked at many prestigious Relais and Chateaux properties including The Lake Placid Lodge, Triple Creek Ranch, Restaurant Helen Darroze and The White Barn Inn. Chef Schafer joined the Glendorn team in June 2008. His food is heavily influenced by classic French techniques while focusing on seasonal ingredients and local products. He strives to make food fitting to the surroundings at Glendorn of rustic elegance and comfortable sophistication. Chef Schafer currently resides in Bradford, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. He enjoys the quiet life of a small town and says when he cooks he "always keeps two things in mind simplicity and easy clean up".

Mike Byerley - Sous Chef

Mike Byerly is our Sous Chef. He is a Paul Smith's College graduate from Cuba, NY. During and after college, Mike spent six years working in Lake Placid in various fine dining restaurants. Growing up on a farm, Mike has had an appreciation for food since an early age. He is a large supporter of local farms using local ingredients whenever possible.

Natalia Fabic - Maitre d'

Natalia has been working at Glendorn since 2002.  Originally from Ukraine, she has made Glendorn her new home away from home.  Natalia welcomes our guests with her warm smile and takes pride in serving our guests in the Dining Room.
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