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Gary Spaid, Facilities Manager. Gary comes from generations of family in the Capon Springs community that have worked at Capon. His father still helps out on the first tee and calls an occasional Bingo game.
I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. I spent 24 years traveling the world seeing all the wonderful places I’ve wanted to go like Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Seriously though I had a wonderful career and I have no regrets. I did spend time in 56 countries including the UK, Italy Spain, Germany, France, China, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, every country that ends in Stan and so many other places. All that being said, I am back home and Capon is home. How many people are blessed to say they don’t leave home to go to work? I can. I have traveled the world and I know there is no place I would rather be.
What do you love most about Capon?
That’s not a fair question. Which of my children do I love the most? You just can’t answer that. I love what Capon does to calm my soul without me even knowing it. If I had to describe Capon in one word that word would be comfort. It’s a happy place. It’s a safe place. It’s a place that makes your mind stop and notice the simple beautiful things in life. Capon is home. Capon is Family.
What motivates/ inspires you?
I love spending time with good people. I have a beautiful wonderful wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter and an absolutely adorable granddaughter. Their happiness motivates me. Here at Capon there are so many genuine good people. As long as there are good people I know there is hope for our future.
Favorite spot on all of Capon Springs
If I have to pick just one spot it would have to be the #7 green. As you walk up to that green just stop and turn around. The view is nothing short of Heaven.
Fun facts people might not know about you
1. Ever since waiting in line to see Star Wars in 1977, I have been hooked. I’ve seen every movie too many times to list.
2. My appearance may fool you but I use to be a runner. I was on a 13 mile run in Ali Al Salem Kuwait and got caught miles from shelter in the worst sand storm in over a century to occur there.
3. I’ve road a motorcycle to the northern most road in the United States, Prudhoe Bay Alaska.
4. I wear shorts year round.
Ronnie LaFollette, Maintenance Manager
Ronnie started working at Capon in 1979 washing dishes in the kitchen and worked in the maintenance department for a few years. After a brief time away, he returned in May of 1999 working on the grounds and farm crews. Eventually, he moved back to the maintenance department where he now supervises that operation. Look for a full web blog introduction in early 2019.
Gerald Brill, Golf Course Manager
Gerald started working at Capon in 1986 washing dishes in the kitchen. After a brief time away, he returned in July of 1997 working in the maintenance department. He then moved to the golf course where he supervises that operation. Gerald serves as the chief of the Capon Springs Volunteer Fire Department and assists with local EMS calls. Look for a full web blog introduction in early 2019.
Vicki Smith, Housekeeping Manager
Vicki brings a lifetime of Capon experience to her daily duties. Many guests, especially those who stay in the Pavilion, have gotten to know Vicki over the years.
Background: Vicki started working at Capon in the mid 1970s at River Meadow Farm in Yellow Spring, close to where she grew up. She picked strawberries and vegetables for several years before coming up to work at the hotel. She has served in many capacities including back kitchen, rooms and night office duty.
Favorite part of working at Capon: Definitely the people I work with who have become a second family. I’ve learned so much from them and appreciate their strong work ethic and respect for one another. Also seeing the familiar faces of the guests that return every year. They take the time to ask me about how I’m doing and about my family. You can’t find anywhere else with that kind of caring for people.
What motivates me? Spending time with family. Making memories with them is what life is all about.
Favorite Capon spot: Sunset lodge. The scenery is beautiful and it is such a wonderful gathering place for meals- the aromas from the food grilling is amazing!
Fun Facts about Vicki:
1. I have two daughters and two grandsons I enjoy doing activities with whenever possible
2. I like mystery TV shows- am an Investigation Discovery channel addict!
3. My husband, Rick, is the manager of Camp Rim Rock, a nearby girls summer camp
Kayla Quarles, Dining Room Manager, has family roots and a long history at Capon for someone so young!
Ginny’s Introduction: She has been doing an unbelievable job so far this year. One of the best things about Kayla…. She “gets” Capon! (And we all know how important that is…whether you are a guest or a co-worker!) She always has a ready smile, is virtually unflappable and is willing to do what it takes. You can’t ask for much more than that!
Read on for more about Kayla in her own words……
Background: I started working at Capon when I was 15 as a waitress. I either came with my grandmother extremely early in the morning or I hitched a ride with some of the college girls. Speaking of my grandmother she is the beloved former waitress Dorothy Walker. Capon has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. I worked at Capon every summer through high school, college, and then after college when I still hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I took some time off to try something different about 2 and a half years ago. (Although I never fully left since I worked here on some of my weekends off!) Fast forward a bit, a lot of things happened, and now I’m back full time!
Favorite part of working at Capon: Would be to see families that I waited on for years return to Capon. The Spring, Tully, and Jones families will always have a special place in my heart. I’m so blessed that through Capon I was able to meet them.
What motivates me? My family, especially my nephew Carter. He’s 4 and my favorite person on this planet. Also, all the Capon guests are a huge motivation. I want them to have an amazing vacation, to have great service and food.
Favorite Capon spot: This is so hard. If I had to pick one spot it would be Sunset Lodge. I’ve been up there when it’s a hundred degrees and when it’s been snowing. It’s amazing some of things we have done up there with weddings. I also love the library. I’m a book lover and it’s so peaceful up there.
Chef Ken Dallas, Kitchen Manager, is hard to miss! His height, booming voice and joyful laugh make him easy to locate him in any room…even amid the hubbub of Capon’s kitchens. Here’s a little more about him…
Chef Ken’s background: I was born in Brooklyn New York, and moved a lot: New Jersey, Upstate New York, Long Island, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina and now here in West Virginia! I started washing dishes in a restaurant when I was 14 and started cooking when I was 17. After high school I went to college for culinary arts and fell in love with cooking great homemade food. I have worked in greasy spoon restaurants, family restaurants, country clubs, UAB Hospital and a college.
My son Kenny was a night man here and we came up to visit and he took me on a tour of Capon. I told him that this would be a neat place to work. About six months later I got a phone call from Ginny. After thinking and praying about this, my wife and I decided to accept this position. It was not an easy decision- I had worked for the college for twenty-five years… I had designed the kitchen and the place was like family. Thus July, I will have been at Capon Springs and Farms for two full seasons! In that short time, Capon has become family also. I think that is one of the reasons I decided to come here.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and hope to be here for a long time. I trust that the enhancements (we do not want to use the word “changes,” lol) have been positive. I truly do not want to change any of the values of Capon because the values are part of what brought me here. I will do my best to keep those values and know that if you have any comments, negative or positive, I want to hear them. I want your stay here to be great. I am looking forward to this new season as we continue to work towards serving even more delicious dishes from our kitchen, bake shop and farm.
Brian Brill, Operations Manager
I have lived my entire life in Hampshire County and consider the Yellow Spring and Capon Springs area to be my forever home. I am the grandson of long time Capon Employees John and Katherine Brill. I graduated from Hampshire High School in 1996 and attended Shenandoah University and Fairmont State College, studying Business Management and Marketing. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Amy and together we have two children, Addyson and Chase. I am very actively involved in the community and currently serve on the numerous boards around the county and help coach youth sports on several levels. I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy playing basketball and volleyball in my free time.
What Motivates or Inspires you:
My Family and my Faith are my motivators.
I am inspired when I see a young person’s abilities are realized.
Favorite spot of Capon:
I love the log cabin at Capon, it is so quaint and simple. I love how it is nestled in its spot and overlooks the grounds. I have traversed just about every acre Capon has and I really enjoy a sunset on North Mountain, it’s hard to beat.
My wife and I have been best friends since 8th grade
I played college basketball
I worked at Capon for 3 summers when I was a teenager
Every member of my immediate and extended family has worked at Capon at sometime with the exception of my father and my younger brother.
Courtney Brill, Reservations Manager:
If you read Courtney’s bio, you will learn that she comes from “good stock”. Her grandfather, John Brill was one of the most admired men that I’ve had the opportunity to associate with. And literally dozens of her relatives have spent their entire lives helping to make Capon the haven that it now is.
What do I like about Courtney? She has gone about her work with the understanding that she will not only be in charge of this area in the near future, but that she anticipates being a success at it. She’s friendly and agreeable and thoughtful and hardworking. So she’s on her way! Please make a point of getting to know her on your next visit.
A true West Virginia native, I was raised in Hampshire County. My roots run deep, as my family has lived in the “Capon Springs Hollow” for generations. Almost every member of my family has worked here at some point in their life, all the way back to my Great Grandmother! Many guests still remember my Granddad, John Brill, who worked at Capon for his entire career. I hadn’t planned on making Capon Springs and Farms my permanent place of employment, but the “stars aligned” and I believe I am supposed to be here. I started working at Capon in 2006 and have only missed one season. After graduating from Hampshire High School I attended Shepherd University and graduated in 2013 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Small Business Management. I currently reside in Wardensville, WV with my fiancé Mark.
What do you love most about Capon?
The sense of family amongst my coworkers (and in my case, that’s figuratively and literally!) I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with everyday. Everyone truly cares about Capon, and that makes going to work worthwhile!
What motivates/inspires you?
Favorite spot at Capon?
Hands down, the back porch swing at the spa. Sunset lodge is pretty great too.
I’ve worked at Capon for 12 years-mostly at the spa
I also went to beauty school and am a licensed cosmetologist
I recently got engaged and I’m currently planning my wedding
Alicia LaFollette, Spa Manager
Even though Alicia has been at the helm of the spa pretty much since its opening over 10 years ago, if you have never been there this might be the first time “meeting her”. Over the last few years, she has been at the Main front desk taking those last minute appointments. During the off-season, even though she is not physically at the spa on a regular basis, she is checking emails for reservation requests. Here is some inside scoop on this next generation Capon leader:
My confidence in her is well placed. Not only from what I can observe, but also because many of you have shared with me how helpful, how pleasant and how well Alicia was able to handle things for you.
I grew up in Winchester, Virginia and moved to Capon Springs when I married Roland LaFollette (son of front desk receptionist Ruby) in 1987. While I am not a native of West Virginia, my ancestors helped settle the Capon Bridge area in the 1700’s. After moving to Capon Springs, I started working at the resort in the laundry. My life took a big detour when I was offered a job with the United States Postal Service at the local Capon Springs Post Office. Eventually, I became Postmaster and continued working there until a year after my first child was born. Because I wanted to devote more time to my family, I resigned from the post office in 1997 and spent the next ten years raising my two children. In 2007, Ginny Brill asked if I would be interested in coming to work at the Hygeia Bath House and Spa. Thanks to the flexibility she offered, I accepted. I am happy to find myself at Capon again and I hope to be here for many more years.
What do you love most about Capon?
I love the timeless and enduring quality of Capon. I work with an amazing group of people who make everyday a great workday.
What motivates/inspires you?
Favorite spot at Capon?
The back porch at the spa (the hummingbirds are mesmerizing), and the golf course because of the beautiful views.
I have homeschooled my children through high school.
I love to knit.
I share my home with two dogs, three cats and a gecko.
I am the happiest when I am reading a good book with a cat sleeping on my lap.
Eric Glogau, Human Resource Manager
I started with Capon Springs and Farms in May of 2012 as Tom’s Front Desk Assistant. In 2015, I moved to the back office to become the HR Manager, which is the position that I currently hold. I am grateful to be a part of the Capon family and I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and seeing the many guests that I have come to know over the past seven seasons. Look for a full web blog introduction in early 2019.
James D. (JD) Anderson, Accountant
I joined the management team in April 2018 after Phil Guard’s retirement. As “the numbers guy”, I take care of the accounting and bookkeeping duties for the resort. I am hoping to get to know as many of the guests as possible. My wife and I live in Cross Junction, VA, which is about 25 minutes away from Capon. I am also a certified Archery Instructor on the side. Look for my full web blog in early 2019.