Michele Press – General 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 Office Manager, she runs 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 form Ivy Tech in Paralegal Studies.  Prior to comping to VCC, Michele has 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, darts, and knitting.

Kari Huff – Membership Director

Phone: 219-462-3812 ext. 10

An Indiana native, Kari grew up in Knox. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management and a minor in Organizational Leadership. Kari has split her time since graduation between the banking and hospitality industry. She worked from 2014-16 at the Swan Lake Resort and Golf Course. Before coming to VCC, she was a Customer Service Representative for a bank in Knox, Indiana.
Kari joined the Valparaiso Country Club in July of 2019. Kari has excellent interpersonal skills, with a passion to deliver excellent customer service. She tries to ensure the highest standards of hospitality are attained. Kari and her husband live in Knox. They have 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. The boys are active in all kinds of sports and her daughter is interested in volleyball. Most of Kari’s spare time is spent splitting time attending games, her daughters events, and traveling. She is an active director and council member of the Starke County 4-H Center for Youth Development.

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 the 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 20 years with the past 12 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.

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston came to the Club in March 2019 from The Oliphant Companies, our course management company.  He has a wealth of knowledge in Golf Course Maintenance. Michael has over 12 years’ worth of experience at several golf courses throughout the Chicagoland Region: Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville, IN; Green Garden Country Club in Frankfort, Illinois, and most recently Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Michael was born and raised in the Valparaiso area. He attended Valparaiso High School. He has a degree in Golf Course Turf Management from Rutgers University. 
When Michael is not at VCC he loves being on the golf course, playing basketball, and playing roller hockey.  He enjoys watching NFL games. Michael has a passion for the game of golf and this is what ultimately brought him to where he is today!! 
Michael is extremely honored to have the opportunity to become part of the Valparaiso Country Club family!!