Ms. Schaefer has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2009, and was elected to our Board of Directors in February 2009. She previously served as our Chief Operating Officer since 2005, and also our Chief Brand Officer since we commenced operations in 2004. From 1997 until completion of the our initial public offering in 2004, Ms. Schaefer served as Senior Vice President of Operations of The Great Lakes Companies, Inc., our predecessor company, and its predecessor companies. At Great Lakes, Ms. Schaefer was involved in site selection and brand development and oversaw all resort operations. Ms. Schaefer has over 20 years of hospitality experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Ms. Schaefer sits on the Board of Trustees for Edgewood College Business School. Ms. Schaefer is a certified public accountant.
In 2004, Tim came to Great Wolf Resorts from Six Flags theme parks with 18 years of Senior Operations Leadership experience. He is responsible for Operations of all Great Wolf Resorts properties. Tim’s thorough understanding of theme park and waterpark management has led him to become Great Wolf Resorts' team operational leader. His hands on leadership approach values people as a key asset to our company.
Mr. Castellino has served as our Chief Information Officer since 2005. From 1999 to 2005 Mr. Castellino served in senior management positions with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. & MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, serving most recently as Vice President, Hospitality Technology and Interim Chief Information Officer. During his tenure with MeriStar he was responsible for systems at all their hotels and resorts and oversaw the company’s Wide Area Network, Help Desk, Systems Integration and Financial Management Systems. Mr. Castellino holds an MBA in Information Technology from the University of Dallas and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in India. Mr. Castellino has served on different brand advisory technology boards and has been a presenter and speaker at different hospitality industry conferences.
Mr. Lombardo has served as our Senior Vice President of Development since 2013 after serving as the company’s Treasurer from 2004 to 2012. During Mr. Lombardo’s tenure as Treasurer, in addition to his public company responsibilities, he played a very active role in the land acquisition, development and construction financing for our properties. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Lombardo served in a number of positions with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a public company, and its predecessor company, serving most recently as vice president of finance. Additionally, from 1998 to 2002, Mr. Lombardo served in a number of positions with MeriStar Hospitality Corporation, a public company, serving most recently as assistant treasurer. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Lombardo served as cash manager of ICF Kaiser International, Inc., a public company. Mr. Lombardo holds a B.B.A. degree from James Madison University.
Scott, a veteran of Six Flags, brings 17 years of experience in theme park, resort and waterpark management in Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. He began at Great Wolf Resorts in 2007 as General Manager for the flagship Wisconsin Dells property and was promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations in 2009.