Management Team

General Manager, Shelly Carlisle 

Shelly Carlisle has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is our first female General Manager in Club history. Shelly began working for the University Club in 2006, and was promoted to General Manager in 2015. Her long history of experience, tenacious work ethic, and knowledge of the industry made her the perfect choice as the Club’s General Manager. She oversees the daily operations of the Club and works closely with her Management Team to ensure a positive Member experience. Shelly currently lives in Ridgefield, Washington with her fiancé Chris and their adorable son Duncan.

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Controller, Bruce Obog

Bruce came to the Club from California in the summer of 2015. He was working as a Controller for a golf Club in California when he decided to move to Portland to live with his then girlfriend, now fiancé, Stacey. Bruce is an accounting whiz and keeps the Management Team’s budgets and the Club’s finances in line. He works closely with the Board and Finance Committee to ensure that daily, monthly, and yearly budgets are maintained and on track. When not crunching numbers and cracking whips, Bruce spends his time with his fiancé, exploring Portland as a recent California transplant.

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Executive Chef, Paul Dube

Chef Dube’s passion for cooking began when he was young, as he observed his mom and grandma in the kitchen. He began officially working in the industry in high school at a local A&W, where he genuinely enjoyed the work. From there, Chef Dube began expanding his culinary skills in small local restaurants like the Bluestone Grill & Tap. He moved to Portland in 2002 where he began working as a line cook for the Waverly Country Club. Shortly after, he was offered a seasonal position at the Club, where he spent many years honing his skills. He was promoted to Sous Chef. In 2013, Chef Dube left the Club to explore an Executive Chef position and was sorely missed at the UC. In 2015, we asked Chef Dube back as our newest Executive Chef and the rest, they say, is history. Chef lives in Portland with his wife Kim (our Pastry Chef) and his daughter. He says that if he had a different life, he’d definitely be a dog trainer.

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Food & Beverage Director, Josh Wilcox

Josh Wilcox started young in the hospitality industry, working as a dishwasher, line cook, and then a bus boy. He moved his way up the chain and began managing a small deli while he was in college and then tending bar at the San Diego Yacht Club. He moved to Portland in 2008 and began working at the Club as a server. Now, Josh is our Food & Beverage Director and supervises the staff, manages our wholesale wine program, and oversees the daily operations of our lunch & dinner services. Josh is currently working on expanding his skills by taking classes and receiving sommelier training. He lives in St. Johns’ in his recently purchased home with his wife Trisha. He spends his weekend doing things like producing lavish 5-course dinner parties with his friends.

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Food & Beverage Manager, Tom Penn

Tom Penn came to the Club with an impressive resume and history in food and beverage. Tom has an extensive history in the food service industry, working his way through corporate restaurants like TGI Fridays and Houlihans to local bars and even the World Famous Buena Vista Café (home of the Irish Coffee). Tom started at the Club in 2014 as a server and bartender and it quickly became apparent that his skills could be better utilized. He now works closely with Josh Wilcox to supervise the service staff and oversee the daily operations of our lunch & dinner services. Tom lives with his lovely wife Liz in their recently purchased home in the St. John’s area.

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Membership Director, Caity Benston

Caity Benston is young in her career, previously coming to the Club after a short stint in nonprofit marketing. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2013 with a BA degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies with a minor in writing. She held several different student jobs and off-campus jobs, building a large resume in order to pay for school. She started at the Club in February of 2014, as the Communications Coordinator. She now oversees the Membership Department, making sure that Members are enjoying their Club and the benefits it offers and working diligently to bring in new faces. Caity lives with her husband Brian in their house in Milwaukie where they spend (too much) time in their garden with their cats and 1-year-old dog.

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Purchasing Director, Dayna Schoessler

Dayna Schoessler began bartending at the Club in November of 2009. Her keen eye for detail and legendary decorating skills led her to working in Club set-up, helping the staff set up for major Club and private events. She was promoted in 2014 to our Purchasing Director and currently works with the management team to ensure that we are well stocked and ready with all of the supplies we need. As an avid gardener, Dayna also takes particular pride in the landscaping around the Club. During the summer, you can often find Dayna in the front of the building tending to the plants, a duty that goes way beyond her job description. Dayna lives with her adorable dog Buddy and spends her time dragon boat racing and gardening.

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