10/15/2018 Oakmont Golf Club

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  • Rick Warfel


This article features long-time employees Nina Ferrando and Dann Newton. Nina serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Business Office and Dann just retired from the positon of Pro Shop Manager (but continues to work at the club on a part-time basis).

Nina was born and raised in Santa Rosa and is a graduate of Montgomery High School. In the 1980’s, she moved to San Francisco where she worked in an Italian restaurant, got married, and had a daughter – Eliza Jayne. After a period of time living in Boonville in the Anderson Valley, Nina remarried in the year 2000 to Ron, a scientist from an old Italian family from Genoa. Nina enjoys a close-knit family that includes Eliza, three step-children (Jamie, Andrew and Debby), and now, three grandsons with another on the way. As well the family includes Jack the Chihuahua (13) and Roo, a Terrier mix (3). Nina’s interests including cooking (she used to own a catering company), quilting, gardening, camping, and music (all types including jazz, blues, classic rock, and bluegrass). She and Ron recently went to AT&T Park where they saw Journey and Def Leppard. Nina started working for the club in May 2014 and retired in April 2017. Then, following the fires, in order to help-out the club, she rejoined the Business Office in December 2017. Nina has been working closely with new Controller Debbie Reiber. Says Nina, “We get along great, it is a good fit, we support each other.”

Based on my interview, it is apparent that there are many talented people in the Dann Newton family tree. Dann’s grandfather designed the ice cream shake machine used at the original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Glendale. Dann’s father monitored refineries for the Air Pollution Control District of Southern California. Dann’s brother worked as an animator for Disney and Dreamworks on films such as Roger Rabbit and Mulan.

Dann grew-up in the Glendale area of Southern California. He was very active in sports and played baseball, basketball, football and water polo. Dann studied engineering at Santa Rosa Junior College starting in 1972, and in 1975, accepted a job at the Santa Rosa Police Department. Little did he know that this would be the beginning of a law enforcement career that would span 22 years and include the Sausalito Police Department and the Sonoma County Sheriff Department. Unfortunately, a work-related wrist injury in 1998 forced Dann to change careers, so, in the year 2000, he obtained an Information Systems Management degree from the University of San Francisco. He then worked as an IT Consultant for Accenture and Fireman’s Fund for the next years. Dann began working for the Oakmont Golf Club in 2011. He enjoys working in the pro shop and serving the customers. He just reduced his work schedule to two days per week and in his newly-found free time enjoys playing golf, riding his bicycle, and traveling with his partner Kelly on RV trips.