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Our Team

Julie Tolan – Board President / Interim General Manager

Julie is the Co Owner of Lauber Business Partners. Previously, Julie was the CEO of the Milwaukee YMCA, taking the now 160 year old organization successfully through a chapter 11 restructuring. Julie also spent 20 years at Marquette University, most recently as Vice President of University Advancement, and was the President of the United Performing Arts Fund. 

Jeff Podbielski – Controller/HR Manager

Jeff P| (414) 271-2222 Ext. 1334
 Jeff was born and raised in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Marquette School of  Business. When away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family making  memories. He is a first-degree black belt in Hapkido, and martial arts is a passion that  he delights in with his children. He enjoys the challenges of his current position and  looks forward to the bright future here.

Matt Bluethman – Executive Director, City Club| (414) 271-2222 ext. 1374
Matt is a native of Rockford, Illinois.  He moved to Milwaukee in 2007 and began working at the University Club in 2008 while finishing his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Matt has over 10 years of private club food & beverage management experience, and has a passion for ensuring the City Club member experience continues at a high level.  

Tom Hughes – Clubhouse Manager, Country Club | (414) 271-2222 ext. 1706
Tom grew up in Oshkosh and has his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After college he relocated to New Orleans and began a career in fine dining, working for storied institutions such as Commander's Palace and Arnaud's. He spent the last few years based in Colorado consulting on restaurant openings around the country. Closer to home, he also worked in the dining room at Sanford restaurant here in Milwaukee.

Ross Lorenz – Executive Chef, Country Club| (414) 271-2222 ext. 1703
Chef Ross is from Milwaukee and has been working in kitchens since the age of 13 where he started at Saz's. Since then he has worked at a number of restaurants and clubs, being promoted to Executive Sous Chef at the age of 26 at the Bluemound Country Club. As an active member of The Milwaukee American Culinary Federation, Ross has recently been elected to serve on the board as the chapter's secretary. He is also a chef mentor for the Wauwatosa East Pro-Start Culinary team. Lorenz has hosted Governor Scott Walker on two occasions, placed multiple years at the WMSE chili cook off, and has garnered a reputation for executing VIP dinner events featuring vineyards, brewers and distilleries from all over the world.

Jeff Slough - Executive Chef, City Club

 JSLOUGH@UCLUBMKE.COM | (414) 271-2222 ext. 1229
 Jeff Slough joined our team at The University Club in January of 2019 as the  Executive Chef of the City Club. Chef Jeff brings decades of culinary experience with him; from owning his own restaurant, to spending 30 years as the Executive Chef at North Hills Country Club, and we are just as excited as he is to have him as part of our  team. Chef Jeff is looking forward to putting his expertise to good use here at the Club, as he tries out some brand new Club menu items, brings back Club Classics, and making your current Club favorites better than ever.

Jon Calvillo – Director of Tennis| (414) 271-2222
Jon has been director of tennis for 20 years. He attended Marquette University on a tennis scholarship and received both his bachelor of science and M.B.A in Marketing. Jon has been ranked #1 in Wisconsin in both men's open singles and mixed doubles and has been ranked as high as #2 in the Midwest in men's open singles. He was past chairman of the Wisconsin junior competition committee and the Wisconsin girl's endorser. Currently, Jon is a head coach for the Wisconsin competition training centers and tournament director for the Wisconsin district qualifier, the largest junior tournament in Wisconsin. In the off season, Jon is director of tennis for the elite sports clubs.

Dylan Hills – Director of Golf

Dylan| (414) 271-2222 ext. 1711
Dylan returned to his home state when he accepted the position of Director of Golf in 2013. He grew up in Watertown and played all sports but ultimately golf is what he pursued. Growing up in a golf oriented family he knew it was a great fit for him and he enrolled at Ferris State University and majored in Professional Golf Management. After college, he became the Assistant Golf Professional at Kenosha Country Club and Desert Princess Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. After leaving the desert in 2000, he took the position of First Assistant Professional at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, CA and later became the Sr. Head Professional at the facility which is considered to be one of the most exclusive clubs in Northern California. In 2008, he accepted the position of Head Professional at Winchester Country Club in Auburn, CA and left in 2013 to become the General Manager at Minnesota National Golf Course in McGregor, MN. Dylan enjoys spending time with his family, Wife Molly and children Bailey, Marlee and Ben. When he is not at the club he is driving his children to their next activity, watching the Packers, playing golf or traveling.

Kelsey Newburry – Director of Aquatics

Kelsey NewburryKNEWBURRY@UCLUBMKE.COm| (414) 271-2222 ext. 1719
Kelsey is a graduate of University Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she received her BA in marketing. After 17 years of competitive swimming, Kelsey knew her love for the sport wasn’t going to end. She dove right into coaching at the age of 20 for the Menomonee Falls Swim Club, she coached there for 7 years as an assistant before leaving for the West Bend Swim Club. Kelsey took the head coaching job at the West Bend Swim Club (hometown club), where she led that program for 2 years before finding her true home at Shorewood. Kelsey has a true passion for the sport and for teaching kids something that was so good to her.

Jennifer Uttke – Director of Member Engagement

Jennifer UttkeJUTTKE@UCLUBMKE.COM | (414) 271-2222 EXT. 1354
 A Milwaukee native, Jennifer Uttke oversees membership, programming, and marketing and communications in her role as Director of Member Engagement. She has extensive experience in the private club and hospitality industry. She previously worked at The City Club as Director of Membership and Programming for three years and was on the event planning team at Baird for six years. With her past experience at The Club and across the city, Jennifer is striving to provide a greater diversity of programming for members, as well as showcase the benefits that The Club has to offer to both existing and potential new members. 

Ornela Dhamo – Dining and Banquet Manager, City Club

Ornela| (414) 271-2222 ext. 1169
A native of the Republic of Albania, Ornela moved to America 1998. She joined the University Club staff in 2004 and has been a fixture of the Club's Member Dining Room ever since. Ornela has 2 children with her beloved husband. She is an unparalleled source of Club knowledge for Members and staff alike, and always ready to go the extra mile for the Club.

Michael Dishaw – Facility Manager City Club

Michael| (414) 271-2222 ext. 1177
Michael Dishaw grew up in Northern Michigan and after attending Lake Superior State College he moved to the Milwaukee area in 1973. He has been the Facility Manager at the University Club since January of 2006, where his duties include maintaining and improving this old house. Dishaw lives with his wife Karla in Eagle and they have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

Elias Gutierrez – Facility Manager, Country Club

Elias| (414) 271-2222
Elias has been employed at the former Tripoli Country Club for 17 years. Through hard work and dedication, he worked his way up through the ranks and is now the Facility Manager at the Country Club. He oversees the Housekeeping staff as well as making sure that all the equipment and machinery used by the club is up-to-date and operational. Elias is married and has one young son.

Terry Conway – Grounds Superintendent, Country Club

Terry has forty years of experience as a supervisor in Golf Course Management. While attending college, he was asked to fill the vacant position as Assistant Superintendent and never looked back. He soon obtained his degree in the "School of Hard Knocks." Terry's duties include the daily maintenance and operation of the golf course, as well as overseeing and implementing the many changes necessary to keep the course running smoothly. Terry lives in Germantown with his wife, Chris, and their three daughters. All of the girls, as well as other family members have worked at the Club over the years, cementing the bond between them. Terry is very proud and appreciative of all his staff, without whom he could not do his job.

Steven "Wheat" Beck – Grounds

Steven is a Milwaukee native. He worked one summer at the Country Club during high school. After working for two years as a draftsman for a local aerospace contractor he attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He received A BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked golf course maintenance at the Country Club since college and is the assistant to Terry, the golf course superintendent.