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Our Team

Meet The Glendorn Team

Stephanie Schafer – Co General Manager

Initially from coastal Maine, Stephanie joins her husband Joe in managing Glendorn. With previous experience at The White Barn Inn, Stephanie has a profound love for the hospitality world and strives to make every guest feel like they are part of the Glendorn family.

Joseph Schafer – Executive Chef, Co-General Manager

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. His food is heavily influenced by classic French techniques while focusing on seasonal ingredients and local products. 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 – Chef de Cuisine

A graduate of Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, Chef Byerley has worked in various fine dining restaurants in the Lake Placid area.  Chef Byerley is a large supporter of local farms using local ingredients whenever possible. In addition to his responsibilities in the kitchen, Mike heads the team at Glendorn’s garden, which cultivates over 60 varieties of vegetables for Glendorn to use throughout the year.  Stop down in the garden to chat with Mike or enjoy one of our Glendorn Garden picnics.

Damon Newpher – Activities Director

Damon Newpher is a veteran Glendorn staff member. 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. Previously, he worked in Arkansas at the Ozark Angler and mastered the Little Red, White, Norfolk and Spring Rivers, known countrywide for their excellent trout and smallmouth fishing.

Shane Appleby – Activities

Shane Appleby is an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guide licensed in Pennsylvania and New York.  He is a very accomplished outdoorsman with a passion for archery, hunting, and fly fishing. When not embarking on an adventure with one of our guests, Shane is exploring the vast Allegheny Mountains with his sidekick, Timber, a German shorthaired pointer. Shane’s motto in life which he carries throughout every day is “do what you love”.

Amanda Kessler – Guest Services Manager

Amanda graduated from The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2012, during her time as a student at UPB she worked at the front desk. Amanda returned to Glendorn in 2013 to manage the front desk. A deep love for animals, she spends her spare time with her dog Lola and getting her hands dirty in the garden.

Judith Crooks – Director of Lodging

Judith Crooks is our Director of Lodging and Florals. She has been with Glendorn for 36 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.

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 implemental 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 wellbeing.

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.