Executive Chef James Golombowski joined the Western Racquet Club in 2004 as Sous Chef and was offered the coveted Executive Chef position in 2007 that he occupies today. Along with his talented kitchen staff, Chef James prepares lunch and dinner for club members and their guests. Chef James has received multiple NRA Professional Development Certifications including Nutrition, Menu Planning and Design, Catering and Special Events Planning, ServSafe Food Protection Management and Successful Hospitality Supervision.
Chef James' first culinary experience was as a line cook at the Elm Grove Inn. He received a culinary arts degree from the Milwaukee Area Technical College receiving both the Gold Medal Student Hot and Cold Plate Competitions. Chef James also studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California in 2012. He earned his American Culinary Federation Accreditation and is an American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarian. Chef James apprenticed at the four-star restaurant Harold's located in the Four Points by Sheraton and later worked at Crawdaddy's as a Lead Line Cook.
Clubhouse Manager, Director of Banquets & Events
Courtney Koprowski joined the Food & Beverage team at Western Racquet Club in 2014 as Clubhouse Manager and took on the added role of Director of Banquets and Events in 2019. Courtney oversees all aspects of front of the house dining and Club events. She is passionate, driven, and has 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Prior to joining the WRC team Courtney managed Jimmy’s Island Grill located in the Radisson Hotel and has planned events for The Westown Association which include the Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, River Rhythms concert series, and downtown Farmer’s Market. She has also managed large corporate training seminars for Rockwell Automation. In addition to her passion for leading her team, she enjoys decorating the Club for the holidays and booking music for member events. Courtney holds a Hotel Management degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Food and Beverage Manager
Melissa Januszko has 20 years of hospitality experience, including eight years of bar management at Fairways of Woodside Golf Course prior to joining WRC’s Food & Beverage team in August of 2014. Melissa was an intern for the Historic Brookfield Village developing their social media platform and marketing plan before deciding to take on a full-time role at WRC. She enjoys her time helping others, spending time with family, and exploring new fresh ideas for the food and beverage teams. She holds a business management degree and studied Science in Communications at University of Phoenix.