Havana - Staff

Rob Shaffer PGA Professional

I am the PGA Head Golf Professional at Havana Country Club. I started in the golf business in 1999 where I spent 4 amazing years working as an Assistant Golf Professional for Arnold Palmer at his Bay Hill Club and Lodge. I spent 8 years in the panhandle working in the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort at Raven Golf Club and Burnt Pine Golf Club. While there I also worked for the St Joe Company at Camp Creek Golf Club. In addition to those clubs, I also worked at the Hank Johnson School of Golf as a full time instructor/club-fitter. This experience afforded me the opportunity to join the Golf Division here in The Villages as the Director of Instruction from 2011- 2016. I am very appreciative to be back in Florida's Friendliest Hometown here at Havana Country Club.

During my off time I enjoy being with my wife Loretta and our 2 boys Robbie and Camdyn.

Rick Kleindienst Golf Staff Supervisor Inside

Hometown: Stratford, Connecticut

Rick and his wife Priscilla moved to The Villages in January 2010 from Stratford, Connecticut. Prior to moving to The Villages Rick was Manager of Emergency Management for the Yale New Haven Health System, New Haven Connecticut for 8 years. Before that he was the Executive Director of the Southwestern Regional Communications Center for 18 years which provides fire and EMS dispatching to 14 municipalities in southwestern Connecticut. Rick has been an emergency medical technician for 34 years which includes 25 years as an advanced life support technician. He is also an American Heart Association CPR Instructor. He was also the Program Director for the Sumter County Medical Reserve Corps which is sponsored by the Sumter County Health Department.

Rick and Priscilla have four sons and seven grandchildren. They both love to play golf and enjoy outside activities (12 months a year) which was the driving force why they moved to The Villages. Not having to shovel snow or scrape ice also played a big part in their decision process. Rick and Priscilla live in the Village of Hadley with Bandit, their three year old golden retriever.

Pete Hoyt Golf Staff Supervisor - Inside

Hometown: Galway, New York

Moved to The Villages from San Diego in 2009 with wife, Linda. Originally from Galway, NY in the Adirondacks. Career Navy Man specializing in Training Systems(Simulators), retiring in 1986. During his post Navy career, he continued in his Navy specialty as a Program Manager procuring and providing multi-million dollar Training Systems to all branches of Service. Although fairly new to the Havana family, he has found the staff to be first rate and a real sincere pleasure to work with. Hobbies include golf and computers. Pete and Linda have 1 child and 2 grandchildren(twins - boy & girl).

Jennifer Hibbard Staff Supervisor - Hybrid

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

My husband Ed and I are originally from Buffalo, NY. Previously we lived in Saratoga Springs NY and Charlotte, NC, before moving to the Villages in 2014. My former career was in the Chemical Industry for over 25 yrs. Shortly after moving to The Villages, both Ed and I went to work at the Golf Shops, Ed as a Sales Associate at Evans Prairie and I at Havana CC as a Sales Associate. In 2019, I became the Hybrid Staff Supervisor at Havana CC. Since moving here we have met many new friends. We enjoy playing golf and take advantage of everything the Villages has to offer. We have family in the Buffalo area and two granddaughters that are in the Rochester NY. Go Bills!

Darrell Baker Golf Staff Supervisor - Outside

Darrell and his wife Rose moved to The Villages in 2005 from Miami, FL where Darrell worked as a High School Biology teacher and school coach. In 2009 he joined the golf and country club division; working for Havana Country Club as a front line staff person. In 2011 Darrell moved to Bonifay Country Club; assisting in its opening. Darrell and Rose really appreciate The Villages and the lifestyle that it has to offer its people.

John Hawley Golf Staff Supervisor - Outside

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

I moved to the Villages with my wife Ginny in January 2010 from Plainfield, IL. We have four children who live all over the country. My previous career was with General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in their Field Management Organization. I love to golf and am fortunate to have my twin brother living in the Villages. I have been with GMS since August, 2012.

Gil Vailancourt Tournament Liaison

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

Originally from  Thetford Mines Quebec.My wife Linda and I moved to The Villages from New Hampshire in 2016 after retiring as a Postal Manager in 2013. I started at Evans Prairie as an Ambassador/Starter, becoming the Tournament Liaison at Havana CC in 2019.  Although fairly new to the Havana family, I find the staff a pleasure to work with. Hobbies include golf an dpickle ball.  My parents, two brothers, sister and their spouses also live in The Villages.  Linda and I are very fortunate to have such a close knit family.  Linda and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

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