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.
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 Williams – 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.