Our Staff

The New Haven Lawn Club's staff strives to create the very best experience for our members, clients and guests with an attitude of professionalism and caring that is unmatched in the world of private clubs. If there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to contact a member of our team anytime.

Chet Chicosky

General Manager, CCM


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Chet Chicosky joined us after a successful 20-year career on Wall Street specializing in institutional equity sales. His hospitality start came at the only four-star hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, where he worked as a Banquet Manager and Food and Beverage Manager for four years. Chet currently resides in Madison with his wife and daughter.

Alicia Whalen



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Alicia Whalen comes to us with over 20 years in the club industry. Alicia has extensive experience within golf and yacht clubs. Alicia currently resides in Fairfield with her son.

Kayleigh Murphy

Membership Director


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Kayleigh Murphy joined the Club in 2011 after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University where she studied Organizational Communications. She currently resides in Fairfield with her husband.

Adam Soliwoda

Executive Chef


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Adam Soliwoda is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, and received his BS in Food Service Management in 1988. He began at the Lawn Club in 1985 part time, traveled the world, then returned to the Lawn Club in 1995. Adam was promoted to Executive Chef of NHLC Catering in 2005. His affiliations include the American Culinary Education and National Ice Carving Associations. Adam currently resides in Clinton with his wife and son.

Bernie FitzSimons

Facilities Manager


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Bernie joined the Lawn Club management team in 2009. He had worked in the manufacturing industry and in the construction industry for 35 years. In his years prior to the Lawn Club he worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Avco Lycoming and Riverview Realty and Development Inc. In recent years he worked as an assistant Project Superintendent on the Worthington Hooker School in New Haven CT., Co-Project Superintendent on the Marriott Hotel addition in New Haven CT., and as a Project Superintendent on several housing projects in New Haven CT., New London CT. and Washington D.C. He and his wife Deb have two grown sons. Bernie is a lifelong Hamden resident.

Clifford D. Skakle

Director of Tennis


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Hailing from North Carolina, Cliff brings a Tarheel legacy to the Lawn Club, having earned honors at UNC, while playing for his dad, Hall of Fame coach Don Skakle. Upon turning pro, he played around the world, including Wimbledon, the French Open and was ranked in the top 300 players on the ATP Tour. In senior competition, he has represented the US internationally and attained a career best of #3 in the ITF World rankings. He is a 5 time USPTA-Southern Player Of the Year and served a term as president of the NC chapter. Cliff resides in Hamden with his wife and has a daughter named Danielle.

Scott and Michele Tenney

Personal Trainers


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Scott Tenney has been a Personal Trainer at the New Haven Lawn Club since 2004 and his wife, Michele, has been a Personal Trainer here since 2006. Scott has been in the fitness industry for 22 years. Michele has been in the industry for 9 years and also earned her certification as a Nutritionist a year ago. Scott and Michele currently reside in Orange with their three sons.

Jennifer Russo

Summer Program Director


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Jennifer Russo joined the New Haven Lawn Club staff in 2014 as the Director of the Summer Program. Jen's prior camp administrative experience was in Monroe where she worked for two years as the Assistant Park and Recreation Camp Director and six years as the Head Counselor and Art Teacher. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and a Master's Degree in Psychology. Jen is an art teacher in Orange, CT and resides in Monroe with her husband. as well.