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We are proud to announce that we were voted Best Patio and Best Wedding Venue by Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the East competition! We are so thankful to our loyal patrons and hardworking staff.

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Our Leadership

The team at Sapphire Creek looks forward to exceeding your expectations.

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President/Owner

KATHLEEN BIRKEL DANGELO

Kathleen received her Bachelors of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from The University of Akron and her Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, from Cleveland State University, John Marshall School of Law. In addition to practicing law, Kathleen worked with her husband, Andy, to develop The Ohio Valley Group, Inc. one of northeast Ohio’s premier landscape design/build companies. Kathleen was able to combine her legal and business acumen, developed from years of practicing law and managing The Ohio Valley Group, and her love of travel and architectural spaces to create Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens. Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens is Kathleen and Andy’s dream project. Sapphire Creek embodies modern aesthetics, coupled with a warm and inviting atmosphere, outstanding gardens and world class wine and food. Sapphire Creek truly brings the Napa experience to northeast Ohio.

Co-President & Owner

ANDREW F. DANGELO

Andy graduated from The Ohio State University at Wooster in 1985 with a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design.  He later received his arborist certification from The International Society of Arboriculture. Andy has had a life-long passion for the outdoors.  He started The Ohio Valley Group, Inc. in 1987 and, along with his wife Kathleen, has grown the company to one of the premier design/build and landscape maintenance companies in northeast Ohio. Sapphire Creek Winery reflects his passion for gardening and architecture and his unique grasp of how to create amazing outdoor spaces.

General Manager & Executive Chef

RICK BENNETT IV

Chef Rick is a Ravenna, Ohio native who began his culinary career at 14 years old when he started washing dishes at “Cipriano’s” at the Windmill Lakes Golf Course. He graduated from Ravenna High School a year early to join the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After leaving the Marine Corps, he attended Kent State University for Applied Mathematics/Probability and statistics before deciding to take a different path. He attended Northeast Ohio Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, he moved to Baltimore where he worked at Oceanaire Seafood Room training under Ben Erjavec. He returned to Ohio to work for Brandt Evans at Blue Canyon in Twinsburg. He then made the move to Cleveland where he worked at Lola Bistro under Michael Symon and Derek Clayton. He also credits his success to three-time James Beard Award semifinalist (pastry) Cory Barrett.

 

Director of Events & Marketing

SALLY WEINBERG

Sally has been with Sapphire Creek since August 2018 bringing over 15 years of industry experience to the team. Her role as Director of Events & Marketing allows her to continue to be involved in the Cleveland business community, while also being innovative, creative, and contributing to the foundation that will leverage the growth and success of Sapphire Creek for years to come. “It is incredibly rewarding to be part of such a special project. I am honored to be here!”


Prior to joining Sapphire Creek Winery, Sally worked in various roles helping clients grow their businesses through marketing and event strategies, and spent close to a decade leading marketing, events and programming, and client relations within the private club industry.


Sally received her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University with a major in Organizational Communications, a Minor in Marketing and a Concentration in Applied Conflict Management. She recently went back to school fulfilling her passion for health and wellness receiving a certification as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2018. Her passion for people and business have allowed her to build a valuable network both personally and professionally.

Manager of Operations and Guest Relations

DAWN CORSO

Dawn brings over fourteen years of industry experience to Sapphire Creek Winery.  Dawn has an extensive background in wine and brings this passion to her role at Sapphire Creek.  Dawn’s wide-ranging experience in all aspects of hospitality makes her uniquely suited to ensure Sapphire Creek’s guests’ experience exceeds their expectations.

Account Manager

JARROD BARBER

Jarrod grew up in Ravenna, OH.  While attending Kent State University, he decided to turn a life-long love of movies into a career and in 2001 began working with Cinemark theatres.  In 2007, he began his career as a General Manager running the Cinemark Theatre in Aurora, OH, and in 2011 moved to the Cinemark in Strongsville, OH.  During his years as a General Manager, Jarrod handled various responsibilities and was featured twice in company training materials for his exceptional Guest Service. After spending nineteen years in theatre exhibition, Jarrod has joined Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens as Manager of Finance and Client Relations. Jarrod married his wife, Cami, in 2004.  They currently live in Kent, OH with their three children.

Wedding Manager

MEGHAN WEIGAND

Meghan’s career began in the marketing industry and after being introduced to Sapphire Creek as one of the wedding day coordinators in early 2019 she soon came to realize she wanted to take a deeper dive into the event industry.

Her fresh perspective, attention to detail, and love for planning and people are all the elements needed to be a success in the wedding and event industries. Meghan has managed numerous weddings since joining the team and is entrenched in all the ins and outs of what makes a successful wedding at Sapphire Creek Winery – making her a perfect fit for this role.

Meghan graduated from John Carroll University in 2018 and is excited to continue building her career with Sapphire Creek Winery.

Assistant Manager & Bar Manager

BRANDE COLSTON

Brande is originally from Lafayette, Indiana where she first fell in love with the hospitality industry while working as a server at a local family restaurant. From there, she followed her passion to Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in America. There, she earned an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Foodservice Management while working as a Teaching Assistant for the College of Culinary Arts.

Brande brings a broad range of experience and expertise to the team at Sapphire Creek with an extensive background in fine dining and event management. Throughout her career, she has held a wide variety of positions in both kitchen and front-of-the-house roles. While living in the Carolinas, she was a service captain for the largest catering company in the Southeast, was the cabana manager at a Charlotte country club, and interned as a chef at the five-star Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, South Carolina.

Prior to joining Sapphire Creek in June of 2020, she was living in and exploring Australia, working as a chef at a farm-to-table gastropub in the bustling city of Melbourne. Her gracious hospitality, ambitious spirit, and fluency in all aspects of the business renders her a vital asset to the team at Sapphire Creek Winery.

Manager of Operations and Guest Relations

JASON CHAPPLE

Jason brings over 12 years of industry experience to Sapphire Creek Winery. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Business Management with a focus in Marketing from Hiram College. Jason’s passion is to utilize his skill-set to elevate the overall customer experience for every patron who enters Sapphire Creek Winery.   

His love for the spirits industry led him down the pathway of becoming a master mixologist. Jason has been crafting cocktails for many years and has developed an incredible palate. All of Sapphire Creek’s signature cocktails have been designed, tasted and approved by Jason.

Administrator

LEE CAIN

As Office Administrator, Lee coordinates the many tasks that keep our office running smoothly. Lee graduated with a degree in Sociology form University of Arkansas. Originally from Texas, Lee moved to the Chagrin Valley with her husband and four children three years ago. Her corporate background includes retail buying and merchandising. In her free time, Lee enjoys volunteering with local organizations in the Chagrin Valley.

Contact Lee at Lee.Cain@sapphire-creek.com.