Learn more about the dynamic CopperWynd Management Team!
MEMBER SERVICES AND EVENTS MANAGER
Kitty graduated from ASU with a business management degree. She brings over 30 years of experience in the corporate and private sector. Kitty launched her career with Broadway Southwest department stores. She went through their training program and moved up quickly into buying, eventually transitioned to operations with in the stores. After a decade with corporate retail, Kitty moved into the Golf industry. She was a buyer and merchandiser for a management company, eventually starting her own business contracting with over 24 golf courses. While Kitty slowed down to start a family, she stayed busy with her merchandising business and worked at CopperWynd Resort and Club at the Fitness Desk assisting the members and guests.
Michaela Vazquez is an Arizona native with over 6 years accounting experience in the Real Estate and Hospitality Industry. She joined the CopperWynd team in 2016 and currently serves as Controller for the resort’s financial operations. Prior to CopperWynd, Michaela was a Property Accountant for a full service commercial real estate company with a 26-property portfolio. She has also assisted in the development and management of multiple shopping centers throughout the United States, including Silverstone on Pinnacle Peak located on the former Rawhide Western Town. When she’s not crunching numbers, she enjoys reading fiction, going to concerts, and spending time outside with her two kids.
SENIOR SALES MANAGER
Lindsay Rhynd started at CopperWynd in late August as their Senior Sales Manager. Lindsay moved to Phoenix, Arizona from Boston, Massachusetts a little over 7 years ago and has not missed the snow since! She has been in the Hospitality field for about 5 years now and absolutely loves it! She originally started as a Front Desk Agent for the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel. Lindsay moved up from that position to a Sales and Catering Coordinator just a year later. Her next move was to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix where she became a Sales Administrative Assistant for a Sales Manager and two Account Directors. After almost two years at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, where she learned a lot from her predecessors, she knew it was time to become her own Manager. Lindsay became the Sales Manager for the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain. Lindsay had her eye on CopperWynd and as soon as the Senior Sales Manager position opened up, Lindsay applied and was so grateful to get the job. Lindsay is passionate about traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping!
CATERING SALES MANAGER
Jenna Ybarra is the Catering Sales Manager at CopperWynd Resort and Club. She graduated with a degree in Business Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, along with minors in Tourism and Event Management. Her most recent positions include the Catering Sales Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain and Event Curator at SoHo63 Wedding and Events Venue. Being a big picture thinker and detail oriented person, she has been involved in catering, event planning, and weddings since as long as she can remember. Her passions include living an active and healthy lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling to new places.
Yolanda Celaya is an Arizona native and is the Housekeeping Manager at CopperWynd. Her previous work experiences include Housekeeping Manager at the 3 Palms Hotel in Scottsdale and Operations Manager of Corporate Real Estate & Facilities at Wells Fargo. Yolanda is also Founder and President of the MSMA Chapter in Phoenix. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from The University of Phoenix and is bilingual. She is an independent worker, resourceful, and detailed.
When Yolanda isn’t facilitating keeping the CopperWynd sparkling, she spends time with her two dogs and family in Tempe.
Richie cultivated his signature culinary style during his travel throughout the corners of the globe. Chef was formally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale Arizona and went on to positions at the Keg Steakhouse and Big City BBQ. He later took a position as a Sous Chef at McCormick and Schmicks where he gained the freedom to create some of the culinary delights he is now well known for. As an Executive Sous Chef at Flemings Steak House, Chef honed his fine dining experience, was respected by his peers, and praised time and again for his creativity and efficiency.
From there, he moved on to work with LGO at La Grande Orange Restaurant and Market where he explored the Farm-to-Table concept. There, Chef Richie was inspired to keep sustainability and a fresh approach at the forefront of his delightful dishes. After his tenure at LGO, Chef took over the kitchen at Sonatas in Scottsdale as the Executive Chef. It was there that he was able to open up his wings and soar. His dishes surpassed the creations of those who had come before him and he made that kitchen greater than it had been in years past. Upon leaving Sonatas, Chef joined CopperWynd. His expertise, flair, and mind for sustainability have changed our culinary landscape.