Travis Wegren – General Manager
Travis is thrilled to be joining the team at Valparaiso Country Club during this exciting period of growth and centennial celebration! Prior to coming to Valparaiso, Travis most recently worked for Tiger Pointe Country Club where he advanced strategic projects on behalf of the club’s ownership. Several key areas that he focused on included strengthening member experience, establishing a robust brand identity, and transitioning all marketing activities entirely in-house. At Tiger Pointe, he notably developed and implemented a business plan for launching an off-season “Simulator Lounge” to leverage the Club’s investment in TrackMan simulator technology. Outside of the Club, Travis also oversaw a real estate portfolio of philanthropic, mixed-use properties in Greencastle, IN. While serving on the Board of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, he participated in a chamber-wide modernization initiative to increase the relevance and value of chamber membership to local business owners. A proud graduate of DePauw University, Travis always enjoys finding opportunities to stay connected with the campus as an active volunteer on several regional alumni councils. As a self-proclaimed “weekend-warrior historian,” Travis loves a good road trip to discover parts of the U.S. that are off the beaten path. Though originally from the northern-Chicago community of Libertyville, Illinois, Travis is grateful for the warm welcome to VCC and for this opportunity to call Valparaiso home. As General Manager, Travis is excited to get to know each of our members, community neighbors and guests, and would be delighted to have you stop by the clubhouse office to say hello!
Michele Press – Business Office Manager
Phone: 219-462-3812 ext.11
Michele has been with Valparaiso Country Club since 2014. She has been a staple here at the Club since then. She started as an assistant to the office manager, and when the office manager retired, Michele was promoted to that position. During her time here she has gotten to know many of the Members. As Business Office Manager, she runs the entire Accounting Department for the Club as well as many other duties the Board of Directors has bestowed on her. Michele is from Merrillville, Indiana and a graduate of Merrillville High School. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Ivy Tech in Paralegal Studies. Prior to comping to VCC, Michele had 5 years’ experience in retail management, 4 years in restaurant & bar management, and 10 years of Administrative and HR Management. Michele and her husband live in Portage. They love exploring new places whether for a weekend or full vacation. In her spare time, Michele enjoys reading, cooking, playing darts, and knitting.
Vince Lazar - PGA Head Golf Pro
Phone 219-462-3812 ext. 13
Vince comes to VCC as a 30+ year member of the PGA who grew up in NWI, attending Boone Grove HS. He played college golf at the University of New Orleans and did his graduate work at Indiana University. He has served as a golf professional at private, semi-private, public and University golf facilities including Lakes of the Four Seasons, Martinsville CC, Indiana University GC, Windy Hill CC and most recently at Tiger Pointe CC. He recently retired from DePauw University where he was the men’s and women’s golf coach and instructor of Kinesiology for 23 years. While at DePauw his teams qualified for the NCAA championships 19 times and 17 of his players earned all-American honors. During his career at DePauw his teams won over 100 tournaments and he was named the National Coach of the Year on 3 different occasions. Vince and his wife Lisa along with their 3 children moved to Valparaiso in 2020 and the children attend Valparaiso schools. As a family they enjoy all things Valpo and the Dunes. They love to attend all the regional summer food festivals. Vince enjoys reading about golf history and appreciates being hired during the centennial celebration of the club.
Lisa Jorsch – Food, Beverage, and Events Director
Phone: 219-462-3812 ext. 21
Lisa was born in Harvey, Illinois. Her family moved to Valparaiso in her early teens where she attended middle school and high school. She is a graduate of Valparaiso High School. Lisa is a mother of 2 boys ages 18 and 12. Lisa has been in the food and beverage industry for 23 years with the past 15 years here at the Club. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boys, reading a good novel, shopping, and going to the beach.
Kevin Roark – Executive Chef
Our Executive Chef, Kevin Roark has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years as a chef & kitchen manager. Kevin came to us in May of 2018, and has been a welcome addition ever since! He attended Culinary Arts & Chef Training at the Saddlebrook Country Club in Tampa Florida. Kevin started his career at Cisco’s Café in Merrillville, Indiana. He worked as a corporate trainer for the Bennigan’s Restaurant chain where he helped overhaul their menu. He has worked in many venues as an executive chef including: Stoney Point Grill in Mokena Illinois, Compass Group, and Tommy Nevin's Irish Pub in Frankfort Illinois. Most recently Kevin was the Executive Chef at the Farmhouse Restaurant at the Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana.
He is very excited for the opportunity to share his passion for food with Members of Valparaiso Country Club and looks forward to exciting years ahead.