GC at Bear Dance
Juliet Miner - President
Juliet Miner is a criminal defense attorney in Castle Rock. She lives with her husband Butch and two cats Percy and Oscar. Juliet graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Japanese, Library Science, and Law. Juliet served in the United States Army Reserve during law school. She moved to Colorado in 1983.
Juliet is an avid golfer and regularly logs 100 plus rounds per year. She learned golf at age 14 from her father in Nevada, Iowa at Indian Creek Country Club, a local nine-hole course. In Colorado, she belonged to Perry Park Country Club, where she was the Club president 1992-1994. She also participated in the Ladies Group and was A team captain. She has belonged to Inverness, Patty Jewett, Wellshire, and is now a member at Bear Dance. She also belongs to the CSSWGA. The highlight of her golfing career was caddying for her pro Stephanie Martin on the Ladies European Tour (LET) in Italy and Germany. Her second favorite memory is waiting seven hours at the starter’s shack in St. Andrews before she finally got out on the Old Course.
Juliet believes that golf is a great way to network for business and life and has enjoyed all the opportunities it brings for friendship and camaraderie.
Kathie Malpass - Vice President
Kathy has played competitive golf for most of her life. She first served as Vice President of her ladies club at age 17 at Soaring Eagles Golf Club in New York. She was honored as Most Valuable Player her junior year and served as captain her senior year on the women’s golf team at Wake Forest University. She was an assistant coach of the women’s golf program at Indiana University in 1979, while in graduate school. Kathy started the women’s golf program at North Carolina State University in 1980, and the Mason-Dixon Women’s Golf Association.
Since moving to Colorado, Kathy has served as league coordinator of the Greater Denver Golf A-Team Association and the A-Team Challenge League of Denver. Kathy has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors, Greens Committee, president of the Ladies Club, tournament director and A-Team captain at Hiwan Golf Club. She was the tournament director for the 2007 AJGA Rolex Girl’s Junior Championship, held at Hiwan Golf Club. Kathy is currently a member of the USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Committee. Kathy was the CWGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008, and is a member of the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame in New York. She taught Sport Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Secretary, Course Rating
& Handicap Chair
Saddle Rock GC
Laurie Steenrod - Secretary
Laurie was born and raised in northern Illinois, the youngest of 4. She began golf at an early age, participating in junior golf camps and playing with her parents. Laurie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education at the University of New Mexico in 1978, where she played on the golf team her first 3 years.
While teaching and coaching in Aurora Public Schools, Laurie picked up a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Laurie retired in 2011 and continues to have her hand in education coaching high school girls golf and volunteering at her former school.
Laurie plays golf out of Saddle Rock Golf Club in Aurora where she is on the board and enjoys weekly ladies days and playing A team matches city wide in the Greater Denver Metro league. She is a long time member of the Golf Advisory Committee to Aurora City Council and has participated in many CWGA and some USGA events.
When Laurie is not on the golf course with her friends, she likes to be on her bike, swim, or read.
Jeanne Surbrugg - Treasurer
Jeanne was born and raised on a farm with five siblings near Lamar, Colorado where she didn’t get to play much golf. She moved to Denver after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in accounting. She also obtained an MBA degree from the University of Denver. After working for one of the large accounting firms (long before Enron) and in private industry as a controller for two different companies, she formed her own accounting firm over 20 years ago. As soon as tax season is over, you can often find Jeanne on the golf course or at Rockies baseball games.
Jeanne started playing golf “seriously” almost 15 years ago and continues to be hopeful that she can improve her game. She enjoys the camaraderie that golf and golf organizations provide. In addition to being treasurer for the CWGA, she is the treasurer of the CommonGround Women’s Golf Club and the vice president and tournament chair of the Overland Park Women’s Golf Club. She is a current member of both the Ladies Tournament Golf Association and the Colorado State Senior Women’s Golf Association for which she served on the board as tournament chair.
Board of Directors
Susan Elliott - Juniors
Sue is a retired educator, born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She earned a BA in English Education, an MA in Secondary Reading from UNC, and an MA in Library Media from CU. During her teaching career, she coached many sports, including the Legacy High School girls golf team for ten years.
Sue learned to play golf from her Dad on Patty Jewett Golf Course in Colorado Springs. She and her husband Rich have two sons. They love to travel and since retirement, have played golf together in many states. They also love going to Rockies and Avalanche games.
Sue has been a volunteer on the CWGA tournament committee for the past 15 years, the majority of that time helping with the junior girls tournaments. She plays in many of the CWGA events offered each season. She is currently president of the Riverdale Women’s Golf Association and loves to read, go to movies and quilt when not on the golf course.
Phyllis Jensen - Site Selection
Phyllis was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is the oldest of six children. She came to Colorado in 1967 to attend the University of Denver where she graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. After teaching for a few years, she returned to D.U. and in 1975 earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. Still not finished with her formal education, Phyllis attended the University of Northern Colorado and in 1985 earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She continued teaching in the Denver Public Schools for 32 years and in 2002 retired from full time teaching. Still needing a “kid fix”, she worked part time at another elementary school in Denver as a technology resource person and finally retired in 2011.
The love of golf began when Phyllis was ten years old and her Dad bought her first set of golf clubs and lessons. Phyllis has had a passion for the game ever since! In 2010, she had major back surgery which has limited her golf game to just chipping and putting. In order to fuel her passion for golf, Phyllis has become more active in committee work. She had the privilege of serving three years on the Board of Trustees for the Colorado State Senior WGA and is currently serving on the CWGA Board of Directors as the Site Location Chair. Phyllis is looking forward to working with this talented group of women to ensure positive golf experiences for all our members.
Phyllis married her husband, Stan, in 1994. Stan is an avid golfer and hunter. They have had the opportunity to take many golf trips together and see some truly beautiful scenery. When she is not involved in golf related activities, Phyllis enjoys reading, playing bridge and being outdoors.
Broken Tee GC
Judy Maillis - Tournaments
Judy grew up in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. After spending three years in Casper, Wyoming, she moved to Colorado in 1980. Judy graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in Speech & Theater, English, and Secondary Education. She completed her MA in Speech & Theater at Northeastern Illinois University. Judy spent most of her years as an educator at Chatfield High School, where she was the theater director for 15 years and finished up her career as Chair of the English Department. After a teaching for 37 years in three different states, Judy retired in 2007.
Judy is an avid golfer and plays in the Broken Tee Saturday Ladies Club, the Foothills Ladies Golf Club, and the Ladies Tournament Golf Association (LTGA). As a ladies club member, she has worn many hats over the years. She served as treasurer and president at The Links at Highlands Ranch, B-Team captain at Broken Tee, as well as tee time and tournament chair at Foothills. She also competes in many CWGA events along with volunteering on the CWGA Tournament Committee
In addition to her passion for golf, Judy loves to ski, practice yoga, play her fiddle, attend the theater, and read. To Judy, golf offers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature, the challenge of competition, and the pleasures of meeting people and creating relationships.
Sandra Schnitzer - Rules
Sandy learned to hit a golf ball in college, but has only recently learned to truly appreciate how the game of golf is played! She loves the challenge of playing golf, and the camaraderie that golf promotes. She is especially thrilled when she sees former students who are enjoying golf and playing in CWGA tournaments (and playing a lot better than I do!)
She was born in Buffalo, NY and moved to Colorado in 1954 with her family. She has BS in Health and Physical Education from Colorado State University, a MA in Physical Education from Adams State University and a MS in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.
Sandy has taught and coached (a variety of sports, but not golf) in the Denver Public Schools,the Aurora Public Schools (Gateway High School), then worked in the Department of Instructional Services as a Teacher Resource. She concluded her career in education as an Assistant Principal of William C. Hinkley High School.
She served as President, Board of Directors for the Friends of Bluff Lake Environmental Education Center, and the Vice-President and President of the Colorado State Senior Women’s Golf Association. Her hobbies include reading, quilting, birding, traveling and geocaching.
At-Large Western Slope
Lyn Bullen - At-Large
Lyn Bullen was raised in Western Colorado on a ranch in the flat tops above Meeker. She taught skiing in the 80’s in Aspen and Crested Butte, then moved to Grand Junction and decided that golf was her new sport. She and her parents opened a golf store and soon after was playing in as many ladies clubs as possible.
Lyn and her husband Bubba are members at Bookcliff Counrty Club where she is currently serving her last year on the board. Lyn is also a past LGA president at Tiara Rado and Bookcliff Country Club. She joined the CWGA in 2013 and continues to be the Western Slope at Large representative.
Homestead at Fox Hollow
Dana Rinderknecht - Membership Chair
Dana is a Colorado Native, the oldest of two girls. She first started playing golf around the age of 11 but put her clubs away a couple years later to focus on other pursuits. A couple of decades later when co-workers asked if she played the game and wanted to join the work league, she pulled her clubs out of storage (once she found them in Arizona at her parents) and has been working on her game ever since. Both of her parents are avid golfers and still playing on a regular basis in their retirement years.
Dana holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s of science in applied math from Colorado State University. She currently works at Community First Foundation as the Director of Online Giving, responsible for ColoradoGives.org and Colorado Gives Day, the Foundation’s online giving program.
She works with nonprofits around the state as they work to increase their individual giving. Dana has also served as a past president of the Junior League of Denver and the Junior League of Denver Foundation. When not helping working or golfing, she is busy with her crazy bichon mix dog, knitting or running and biking.
Country Club at Castle Pines
Amy Turner - At-Large
Amy Turner has spent the majority of her professional career promoting athletes, sports-related organizations and associated partners through her roles in public relations, marketing and sponsorship. She has worked in three industries over the past 25 years: college athletics, television and nonprofit.
Turner’s experience with Colorado’s sports-related organizations includes an 11-year stint with FOX Sports/ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain. In her role as director of marketing and communications, she worked closely with many of the professional sports teams, university athletic departments, high school associations, and annual sporting events in the region. She also helped nonprofits raise funds and awareness, leading to strategic partnerships with organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, DPS athletics and Special Olympics Colorado. Her involvement with Special Olympics Colorado progressed from corporate media partner and board member to a staff member within the organization where she served as vice president of marketing and communications for nearly five years.
Prior to her experience working in the television and nonprofit industries, Turner spent more than 13 years in college sports working with media, donors and sponsors. She served as the PR director for the University of Denver athletics department over five years and as assistant commissioner for communications at the Mountain West Conference for two years. Turner’s experience in media relations includes regularly traveling with NCAA I football, men’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and baseball teams throughout the country. She also has worked closely with many women’s sports teams while working at universities in the northeast and Pacific Northwest. She enjoys volunteering for sports-related causes and organizations. Her experience as a board member includes: Metro Denver Sports Commission (2007-2009), Sportswomen of Colorado (2006-present), and Special Olympics Colorado (2009-2011).
A native of Rockport, Mass., Turner graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in Sport Management. She and her significant other, Doug Sampson, live southeast Denver. They have been members of the Country Club at Castle Pines since 2009.
M'lis Ward - At-Large
M’lis Ward was born in New Orleans, La and raised as the youngest of 3 children in Chicago Ill. She is a Captain for United Airlines flying the Airbus 319 and 320 aircraft. She learned to fly as an Officer in the United States Air Force, stationed in Texas and South Carolina. She was the first female African American to achieve the rank of Captain for any US commercial airline.
M’lis attended the University of Southern California on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship, as well as academic and athletic scholarships. While at USC, Melissa was a member of the two-time National Champion Women’s Basketball Team, an experience she says “is the closest I’ve ever come to flying without an airplane”. She left Southern California in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a regular commission in the United States Air Force.
M’lis began playing golf in the Air Force but didn’t really get serious about the game until 1995. She is a member of Wellshire Women’s Golf Club where she had held the positions of Handicap, Rules and Monthly Chairs. She is currently the Webmaster for the club’s website, as well as the A Team Captain. She is a two time Wellshire Club Champion, a member of LTGA and plays over 40 rounds of golf per year.
M’lis is also the Varsity Assistant Basketball coach at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton Colorado. She has held this position for the last three years. In 2014, she took her club to an Elite Eight finish in the State Championships.
Captain Ward resides in Denver, CO with her wife, Denise, her twin 15 year old daughters, Isabel and Analise, and their three cats, PT, Q and Taz.
Indian Tree GC
Nancy Wilson - At-Large
Nancy was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education in English from the University of Calgary. Nancy moved to Denver in 1989 with her husband Terry who was in the Oil and Gas Drilling business. Between them, they have five children, ten grandchildren and two dogs. In addition to being an avid golfer and grandmother, Nancy enjoys painting, potting, hiking, fishing and knitting.
Nancy has served on the Course Rating and Handicap Committee for over 8 years as Chair (2012 to 2014) and captain. She has contributed in various capacities to Indian Tree Golf Course and to the CSSWGA. As Member at Large, she is Co-Chair of the Centennial Committee.
Nancy loves the game of golf and appreciates the friendships and associations it offers.