Daniel Abrashoff – Managing Director
Daniel is 35+ year veteran of the hospitality industry and has made a homecoming to Glendorn this past year.
It was his passion for the property and the new owner’s preservation intentions that lured Dan back to the property after a time away pursuing other projects. Originally from Pennsylvania, he served as General Manager from 2001-2006, for 3rd, 4th & 5th generation Dorn family members and their guests, and now collaborates with the new owners of Glendorn to preserve the unique history and guest experience. Dan’s passion for Glendorn reaches a new height when asked about Glendorn’s past and its future, and results in the type of stories that make you wish for a campfire and hot mug in hand.
From 2006 – 2014 he worked for a prominent family office in Denver, CO focusing on their real estate and hospitality interests. One of his projects was developing and branding Jackson Fork Ranch, a destination year-round lodge located on a 1300- acre bison ranch south of Jackson Hole, WY. From 2014 – 2016 and prior to returning to Glendorn, he worked for a real estate investment and development company responsible for an original and historic Adirondack Great Camp located in New York rebranded as Lake Kora. Lake Kora was awarded a World Travel Award as “World’s Most Exclusive Retreat” and high praise from Departures Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
“History permeates the estate, and speaks to our proud Pennsylvania heritage and of the inventive, nature loving Dorn family. Today, under the stewardship of Cliff, Glendorn feels every bit as much a family home as it was when Forest Dorn was building cabins for his own children. Cliff’s commitment to preservation and restoration is evident when settling into the cabins like one of my favorites, the Roost. ““Home” is in the details here at Glendorn and it is our goal to make every guest feel as if they arrived back home.”
Katelyn Steffan – Executive Chef
Katelyn’s introduction to the culinary arts began in her family’s garden in rural Pennsylvania, and expanded during annual road trips across the United States and Canada, punctuated by trips to France and Switzerland. While preparing to study Culinary Arts at Paul Smith’s College in New York, Katelyn accepted what she thought would be a summer job before her senior year of high school working as a line cook at The Point, a Relais & Chateaux property, on Upper Saranac Lake, NY. Under the direction of a visionary chef deeply committed to the burgeoning farm-to-table movement, Katelyn’s love for the culinary arts and hospitality blossomed. She later joined Lake Placid Lodge as an assistant pastry chef and mastered each station in the kitchen before being promoted to Sous Chef, where she deepened her relationships with local farmers and purveyors to source the freshest seasonal ingredients for the lodge’s two restaurants.
In 2014, Katelyn set out to learn the secrets of artisan bread making at The Old School Bakery in Colorado Springs, CO before returning to Pennsylvania to join Glendorn’s culinary team. Katelyn is deeply committed to forging relationships with regional farmers and producers, complements each menu with the freshest ingredients of the season, sharing her passion for exquisite locavore cuisine with the guests of Glendorn.
As one of 35 females among the 565 at the Executive Chef level within the Relais & Châteaux association, Katelynn represents a relatively intimate but growing movement of female chefs around the world. It is also notable too that Katelynn’s sister, Sarah Steffan, shares a culinary calling fostered from childhood; she is posted at another Relais & Châteaux property—Blackberry Farms, in Tennessee, where she is Chef de Cuisine at the Main House.
“My culinary curiosity really was first sparked at home, and all my experiences since then, from my travels to my classical French training and the opportunity to work with some great chef mentors, have afforded me the privilege to bring it all home here at Glendorn,” noted Katelynn. “I am committed to respecting seasonality, as well as to allowing the true flavors of ingredients to shine through, and it’s a delight to be able to translate this to the ever-evolving menu for our guests.”
Damien Kreckel – Sous Chef
Damien joined the Glendorn culinary staff in the spring of 2013 and is originally from Smethport, Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2013. He then started as a line cook and was quickly promoted to pastry chef in the summer of 2013. He was recently promoted to Sous Chef in September 2016.
Always willing to learn and explore other culinary regions to gain experience, Damien has spent some time in Napa Valley while working at Meadowood and Auberge du Soleil.
Damien’s philosophy of food is that it should be fresh, local, and delicious.
Shane Appleby – Activities Director
Shane Appleby, a longstanding Glendorn staff member for more than eight years, and with whom many visitors at Glendorn have established a fond friendship, has recently been appointed to the role of Director of Activities. As an Orvis-endorsed Fly Fishing Guide licensed in both Pennsylvania and New York, Shane is an accomplished outdoorsman with a range of interests from archery to hunting, and a dedication to fly-fishing. As an avid fly fisherman, he translates his passion to all those who partake in fly-fishing activity at Glendorn, and this level of guidance was integral to Glendorn’s recent award win as the Orvis Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year 2016. When not embarking on an adventure with one of the guests, Shane is exploring the vast Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania with his sidekick, a German shorthaired pointer named Timber. Shane’s motto in life, and one he carries throughout every day, is: “do what you love.” He certainly translates his love of the outdoors to all who meet him. Testament to the positive experience he delivers for Glendorn guests is that several return to work with him as a guide season after season.
“It is both a privilege and a pleasure to be able to do what I love on a daily basis at Glendorn; that is, to be outside and to share my passion for the various outdoors activities we offer here,” enthused Appleby. “It is also extremely rewarding to see both the novices and the experienced leave Glendorn with a new appreciation for whichever activities they’ve chosen to engage in during their stay.” Shane is available to speak on the wide range of activities offered at Glendorn, and in general, as an outdoors expert.
Judith Crooks – Director of Lodging
Judith Crooks is our Director of Lodging as well as over-seeing the gardens and floral arrangements throughout the property. If you flip thru the Glendorn photo albums you will recognize her with her effervescent smile as she has been with Glendorn for 40+ years and feels very blessed to have a job that she enjoys. With her eye for detail, she makes every guest feel at home with their requests and will be the first to welcome them back on their return visits. She lives in Gifford, PA with her husband. She has two children and 9 grandchildren.
Jennifer Kwiatkowski-Herzog – Spa Director
Jennifer has been a part of the Glendorn team since 2002. She is a BC, LMT and a Licensed Esthetician. Jennifer was instrumental in The Forest Spa from menu creation to product lines, she enjoys working with our guests one on one ensuring that she is able to make a difference in someone’s overall appearance and well being.
“Nature’s bounty is plentiful among the forest and gardens at Glendorn. We regularly gather naturally-grown berries, watercress, ginger, and even honey from Glendorn bees, to use in spa treatments. Forage for berries on our hillside before you head to The Forest Spa to learn one-on-one how to use them to create your own body scrub. Then relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, quite literally, as part of a beautiful body treatment that will leave you in a state of bliss, with your body glowing.”
Natalia Fabic – Maitre d’
Natalia Fabic 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 whether it be in the Dining Room, at Bondieu Lake, or a requested destination dining location.