Meet the Staff

C. Thayer Kern

General Manager

Thayer is a ten year veteran of the club industry, having worked at some of the finest private clubs in South Florida. These include Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Ibis Golf & Country Club and Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club. Thayer is a native of Denver, Colorado and a graduate of Metropolitan State University. He holds a Sommelier Certification and CMAA, BMI certification from UNLV School of Hospitality.

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ryan Lahey

Membership Director

Ryan started his private club career in Hilton Head South Carolina as Member Service Director for the South Carolina Yacht Club. Prior to moving his family to St. Augustine, Ryan served as a Senior Sales Broker for a full service real estate firm in Southern Maine. Ryan’s experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of The Lodge & Club as well as his relationships with our club members make him a great asset as Membership Director here at The Lodge & Club 

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Ashley Feil

Member Relations Manager

After graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Kinesiology, Ashley moved to Florida and has been with The Lodge & Club since 2015. There is something for everyone here at The Lodge, and we love giving new ideas a try.  She aims to wow our Members with one of a kind events that leave them with lasting  phenomenal impressions! 

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robert coryell

Director of Rooms

Robert came to the Gate Hospitality Group in 2014 working in the Front Office at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Over the next three years Robert held an array of leadership positions and was promoted to The Lodge and Club in 2017, as Director of Rooms. Robert’s goal is to develop relationships with our club members and create memorable experiences for each. Robert is a die-hard Seminole having earned his Hospitality Management degree from the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University.

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Executive Chef

Chef Pickren began his career in 2003 at the Verandah Seafood Restaurant at the Omni Amelia Island, then the resort kitchen for Amelia Island Plantation and returned to the Omni in 2010 as Executive Sous Chef. Chef Pickren also held positions at Turtle Point at the 5-Star Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Florida Yacht Club, and most recently Executive Chef of the Casa Monica Hotel. Chef Pickren received his Associates Degree from Le Cordon Bleu at the Orlando Culinary Academy while working at Todd English's Blue Zoo in the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Chef Pickren is a South Georgia native who enjoys cooking the food of the American South that tells the story of its locale. He is supported by his wife Kristin and son, Camden.

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Pete Peterson             

Director of Food & Beverage

Pete began his professional life as a Scuba Diving Instructor at resorts in the Caribbean over 25 years ago.  As a native Canadian he had always known that his draw to the South was irresistible. His career in hospitality management has since taken him to luxury hotel and resort properties the Virgin Islands, Savannah, Orlando and St. Augustine.  He is thrilled at the opportunity to join the The Lodge & Club team and enjoys the history and stunning beauty of the property as much as the family atmosphere and getting acquainted with the Members.

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darren angle

Gym and Beach Rentals Manager

Darren Angle,a native of St. Louis, relocated to Jacksonville in 1989 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Darren brings over 15 years of supervisor/management experience from such companies as Comcast, State Farm and the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.  Darren joins us from PVIC where he has served as Gym Supervisor since 2014 and has been part of The Gate Petroleum family for the past 7 years.  In his spare time, Darren enjoys attending local sporting and entertainment events with his wife and son. 

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