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Nine Club Management Professionals Awarded Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship

Melissa Low

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Alexandria, VA—October 16, 2023—The Club Foundation announces the 2024 recipients of the Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship. Established in 2012 by The Club Foundation with the assistance of the Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), the Scholarship honors mentor, role model, and pioneer Sally Burns Rambo, CCM. Rambo was a vibrant club manager known for her support of emerging professionals in the industry and was responsible for paving the way for the success of countless club leaders.

Through the generosity of its donors, The Club Foundation expanded the number of Rambo scholarships awarded this year by 50 percent.

The 2024 recipients are:

Erin Brooks
General Manager
Bentwinds Country Club,
Fuquay-Varina, NC

Kelly Caro, CCM
Assistant General Manager
Pittsburgh Field Club,
Pittsburgh, PA

Keri Driggers
Director of Clubhouse Operations
The Amelia Island Club,
Amelia Island, FL

Jennifer Garrott
Assistant Manager—Clubhouse Operations
Princess Anne Country Club,
Virginia Beach, VA

Mihaela Hillhouse
Senior Food & Beverage Operations Manager
Big Canoe POA,
Jasper, GA

Missi Johnson
Clubhouse Manager
Philadelphia Country Club,
Gladwyne, PA

Audrey Karas
Food & Beverage Manager
Congressional Country Club,
Bethesda, MD

Alexandria LaRocca
Director of Member Engagement
Beach Point Club,
Mamaroneck, NY

Julia Mary Rush
Director of Catering
Cosmos Club,
Washington, DC


The scholarship provides financial support to female club managers interested in furthering their professional development. Recipients receive the tuition costs and travel expenses to attend their choice of one of CMAA’s Business Management Institutes.

“Congratulations to the 2024 recipients!” shared The Club Foundation and CMAA’s President and CEO Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE. “May this educational opportunity propel you toward even greater achievements and a bright future in the club industry.”

To donate to The Club Foundation or apply for scholarships, please visit

About The Club Foundation

The Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established by CMAA in 1988. The Foundation seeks to fund the life cycle of a club manager’s career, providing financial support for five key areas: students, faculty, club managers, CMAA Chapters, and the club industry at large. It supports the advancement of club management professionals, funding industry education programs through scholarships and grants.

Donations to The Club Foundation are essential to the continued success of the club industry and support club management professionals at every stage of their careers. Since 1988, The Club Foundation has awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships and grants to provide individuals with professional development opportunities, education and research, and essential training. Learn more at

About CMAA

Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with more than 7,000 members throughout the US and internationally. Our members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 40 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at

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