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Our 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”.

Jason Smith – Assistant Manager

Jason joins our management team at Glendorn after a two-year assignment at our fellow Relais & Chateaux property,  The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, in New Zealand,  where he was the Front Office Manager.  Prior to that he was at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston and Wheatleigh in Lenox, MA.   Jason received his degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Niagara University.  Jason’s responsibilities include the smooth day to day operations of the front of house.

Katelyn Steffan – Sous Chef

Katelynn joins the Lodge at Glendorn with previous experience from two fellow Relais & Chateaux properties, Lake Placid Lodge and The Point.  A graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Culinary Arts, she has been cooking professionally for 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and cooking with her family.

Damon Newpher – Activities Director

Damon 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 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”.

Judith Crooks – Director of Lodging

Judith Crooks is our Director of Lodging and Florals. She has been with Glendorn for 39 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 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.

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.