Our Team

The Food and Beverage team at Thornberry Creek strives to create incredible dining experiences for our guests, from working to bring in the best local ingredients, to developing custom menus for a special event. Need to find out about special dietary options for a banquet? No problem. Looking for a wine for that special anniversary? We can make it happen. We are guest-focused and here to serve you.


Donelle Walters, Food & Beverage Director
With an extensive background in hospitality, Donelle joined the Thornberry team in May of 2000 from the Midway Hotel, where she was the Food and Beverage Director for over 15 years. She's a certified Food and Beverage Executive courtesy of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute, and was awarded "Manager of the Year" by the Midway Hospitality Group for her leadership across the 5 states included in the nomination process. Donelle's presence and understanding of anticipatory guest service is what sets her apart from the competition. Just ask the hundreds of Brides and their families she's had the pleasure of serving. They'll all agree that Donelle is best-in-class with her communication and incredible execution of events large and small.

Donelle loves reading, horseback riding, spending time with friends, and experiencing anything new! Growing up on a dairy farm, Donelle's work ethic was developed at an early age, and she can still "farm" with the best of them. Donelle's favorite aspect of working at Thornberry is "Creating lasting friendships with so many of my clients, and even having some become a part of my family."

Contact Donelle at 920.434.7501 ext 101 or by email.


Kateri Danforth, Chef


Steve Paustenbach, Restaurant Manager
Steve joined our team in September and has brought a breath of fresh guest service from his first day. With over 25 years in the hospitality industry Steve's insight and guidance on exceeding our guest's expectations is unparalleled. His passion for excellence and relentless pursuit on improvement is assisting in driving the vision that you see today. When he’s not exceeding our guest's expectations, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and a weekly Sudoku puzzle. You might even catch him on the links as he's been golfing at Thornberry since it was just the Iroquois 9.

Contact Steve at 920.434.7501 x102 or by email.

2017 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
July 3 - 9, 2017
Thornberry Creek at Oneida will host the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in 2017!