Nick Roschi, General Manager
Nick hails from Erie, Pennsylvania and has been a lifer in the hospitality industry. He started his career at Jr’s On The Bay in Erie, then bounced around the Great Lakes region with the popular steakhouse concept Texas Roadhouse. Nick moved to Hawaii in 2006 and managed the popular Waikiki restaurants Tikis Grill and Bar and The Cheesecake Factory. Nick moved to the Big Island in 2010 and fell in love! He enjoys time with his wife Venus and his kids in his off time and finds the waters of the big island as a necessary balance to a stressful week.
Jason Winniford, Assistant General Manager
Jason joins the Lava Lava Beach Club team with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the Le Cordon Bleu affiliated Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon and more than 18 years of dining expertise in the Seattle area. His background includes positions with El Gaucho, Salty’s and Brix 25 restaurants in that region. A certified sommelier, Jason has spent many fall days at Pacific Northwest wineries during harvest and crush. He’s an avid golfer, and loves new adventures and travel. In 2011, Jason opened up his very own restaurant “JW Restaurant” in Gig Harbor, WA – a dream-come true! Currently, JW operates under Jason’s family direction so he can build a future with his partner here on Hawaii Island.
Lea Uloa, Club Manager
Born on the island of Oahu and raised on both Oahu and Hawaii Island, Lea has 22 years of experience in restaurants here in the islands, California and Oregon. Over the years, she worked her way up from the trenches, starting out as a busser, hostess and server. She attended bartending school in California and moved into management about 10 years ago. Joining Lava Lava Beach Club is like returning home for Lea who literally grew up on this beach celebrating holidays and camping here with her family “on the exact spot where the cottages are now,” she says. As a result, not only is she very familiar with the land, the ponds and beach here, but she’s passionate about sharing her knowledge and aloha with Lava Lava Beach Club guests. Away from the job, Lea loves deep sea fishing, hunting, soccer and traveling with her husband and best friend, Jason, and their two children.
Drew Watson, Club Manager
Drew, who joined the Lava Lava Beach Club ohana (family) in late 2012, brings more than 10 years of hospitality and customer service industry experience to his position as Club Manager for the restaurant, guest hales and event venues. A graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Drew worked with the Monette family for years at their iconic Flagstaff House Restaurant perched above Boulder and at their restaurant here on Hawaii Island, Monettes at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (now closed). When not charming guests and inspiring staff at Lava Lava Beach Club, Drew volunteers with the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and spends time simply enjoying life on the Big Island!
Born and raised on the big island, Shayne first was interested in a culinary career when he started working with his step-mother who was the pastry chef at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. He developed a love for Pacific Rim cooking. When you dine with us you might try one of Shayne’s nightly specials, the “Hook, Line and Sinker” and see some of his creative dishes first hand! When not at the club, Shayne is an accomplished muscian as well as chef and Lead singer of the band Ainakea Boys and Tita.
Beth started cooking at the early age of 13 and by 18 was already a sous chef at an elegant French restaurant. Add to that experience, a stint with the United States Marine Corps, an executive chef position or two and even General Manager of a restaurant and you have a well rounded Culinary Professional. Chef Beth recently moved to the big island with her partner wisely takes a moment each day before work to gaze out at the beauty we are all fortunate to experience while dining and working at Lava Lava Beach Club. In her free time, Beth is a certified master gardener and enjoys raising edible flowers.
Our Leadership Team
Ken Schloss, Corporate Chef
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Chef Ken brings nearly twenty years of experience to Lava Lava Beach Club. Born and raised in wine country, Chef Ken worked in Napa Valley for most of his career. He also took five years and explored the cuisine of the Caribbean, gathering new ideas of parallel tropical latitude culinary inspirations. Chef Ken works directly with Executive Chef Jeff to create our menu items as well as work with our vendors to ensure our family of restaurants get the best possible products from local farmers and fishermen.
Morgan Butler, Controller
Morgan comes to Hawaii from Canada and is responsible for all financial aspects of our family of companies. One day at Huggo’s in Kona and another day at Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikoloa, Morgan is working to manage cash flow, profit and loss and all aspects of the various businesses. With three bookkeepers reporting to her and five entities to manage, Morgan enjoys the challenge of keeping things “controlled.”
Brytt Kirihara, Cottage Specialist and Special Event Coordinator
Brytt has been at Lava Lava Beach Club since our opening and is well versed in the cottages and all the wonderful experiences that come along with a stay here. Besides the cottages, Brytt can assist with group dinners in the restaurants or set up the perfect wedding ceremony on the beach.
Janelle Boewer, Bookkeeper
Janelle is happy to keep track of the numbers at LLBC. Whether it be the paychecks for our staff, calculating our sales and analyzing the food and beverage cost, Janelle enjoys making sure things are always organized and in their place. When she is not crunching numbers, she enjoys paddle boarding, camping, going to the beach and working with local charities.