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.
Elizabeth Burns – Manager of Lodging
Elizabeth Burns first began at Glendorn in 2013 as a reservationist, and after graduating college, left to pursue other interests. In 2017 she returned and has been the driving force of the reservations and guest services departments. Her commitment to the guest experience can be felt throughout the property and impacts every stay. Elizabeth enjoys travel, and partakes in it as often as she can. As a native of Eldred, Pennsylvania, she is well versed in local venues.
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.
Shane Appleby – Activities Director
Shane Appleby, a longstanding Glendorn staff member, is our outstanding Activities Director, with whom many visitors at Glendorn have established a fond friendship. 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 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.
David S. Haick – Executive Chef
Chef David S. Haick, a native of Buffalo, New York, brings over two decades of culinary arts experience to The Lodge at Glendorn. In the early portion of his career, Chef Haick received his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from the State University College Buffalo, and Associates degree from the famed Culinary Institute of America. Inspired by culinary legends he continued honing his skills at some of the finest Relais & Chateaux properties around the country. Chef Haick brings to Glendorn his imaginative interpretation of farm-to-table cuisine, based on classical techniques, and elevated service. He considers the kitchen a theater for cultivating inspirational culinary knowledge and menu offerings. Creating the menus daily, offering cooking classes, and nurturing the Chefs Garden. Chef Haick continues to build on the culinary legacy of The Restaurant at Glendorn. His dedication and commitment to excellence will be evident as you savor his culinary delights on your journey at The Lodge at Glendorn.