NCA Announces the Addition of Two Board Members

Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013


(Washington, D.C., November 12, 2013) – The National Club Association elected two new directors at its semi-annual board meeting this weekend, Christine R. Pooler, general manager of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and Terra S.H. Waldron, vice president and chief operating officer of Desert Highlands Association in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Both women contributed to a fall 2013 Club Director article, “Opening Doors, The Evolving Role of Women in Private Clubs,” describing how the professional rise of women in society is being reflected within clubs. “When women members who are participating in their club are willing to voice their opinions, the benefits are positive for the club and for the membership. In my experience, women have a different perspective from men,” said Pooler.

Pooler has been the general manager of Merion Golf Club since January 2007.  She has worked in the club industry for 17 years and previously served the members of Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del., The Country Club of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., and Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Fla.

Waldron has more than 29 years of experience in the private club industry. Prior to her arrival at Desert Highlands in 2006, she served as GM/COO at Dataw Island in South Carolina, Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.; The Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina; Cedar Point Club in Suffolk, Va.; and The Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Va.

Waldron has been supporting the work of NCA through her service on committees of both NCA and the NCA Foundation, while Pooler has served on the NCA Foundation board.

The two new directors join a board lead by Chairman Thomas Gaston, Jr., CCM of The Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco, Calif. and Vice Chairman Kirk O. Reese, CCM, of The Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.  Samuel Bell, Jr. of The California Club in Los Angeles, Calif., serves as Treasurer and Philip R. Kiester of The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, Va., is Secretary.



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