Deane Pappas came to Arkansas from Phalaborwa, South Africa, to play on the University of Arkansas golf team. In addition to being an All-American at U of A, his name is in the university’s Sports Hall of Honor. Between 1996 and 2007, Deane played three years on the PGA Tour and won two events on the web.com tour in 2000 and 2001. He’s also won tournaments in South Africa — the 2001 South African PGA Championship and the 2009 Dimension Data pro-am.
Deane enjoyed success for years as a junior golf instructor at his academy in Fayetteville.
He continues to enjoy teaching children to love the game, his own included. His younger son, Devyn, plays for the Arkansas State University golf team. Deane jokes that his older son, Callen, would rather drive a car than a golf ball.
Deane and his wife, Shona, enjoy spending time
on the course and making RidgePointe home.
Vanessa Roper came to Arkansas on a tennis scholarship to Arkansas State University in 1984 from Johannesburg, South Africa. She played No. 1 singles and doubles for the team and was awarded the Terry Gwin Athlete Award. She has a Master of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in exercise science. After graduation, she worked for 12 years as an exercise physiologist at Healthsouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic.
She is on the board of the Arkansas Tennis Association and the committee of the Northeast Arkansas Tennis Association. Vanessa is a Pro-1 Certified United States Professional Tennis Coach. She also is a personal trainer, certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Vanessa is rated 5.0 and plays on league teams out of Little Rock and Memphis.
Marco is a familiar name and face to this region. He is returning home to join our team as chef . We cannot wait to see the new flavors he will bring to our kitchens...and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a taste of his father’s famous flair for Italian cuisine.
Andrew was raised in Kennett, Missouri. He has spent many hours at RidgePointe over the years, first working as a college student in the golf shop, coordinating golf tournaments, serving tables, running payroll, and any task asked of him. He has a marketing degree from Arkansas State University and has lived in Jonesboro since 2011.
He and his wife, Lindsey, have two small daughters.
Josh was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a major in business management. He has worked in the food and beverage/hospitality industry for more than 20 years. He has experience in various environments from fine dining to casual dining,
casino operations to concerts, and numerous events.
Josh and his wife, Ashley, have four children.
Case was raised in Covington, Georgia. He moved to Arkansas in 2013 and later attended Arkansas State University where he graduated with a major in marketing and minor in accounting.
When Case is not working, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, walking his two huskies, racing go-carts around the country, watching football, and hunting.
Dan was raised in Ripley, Tennessee. He attended Tennessee Tech University where he decided to "grow grass for a living!" He has much experience across the midsouth keeping courses above par.
He and his wife Erika, have two children.
After working with clubs in Tennessee, Michelle and her husband moved to Jonesboro and both taken jobs here at RidgePointe. Michelle will be in the Golf Shop working with Deane to coordinate tournaments and the daily running of our golf operations.
Executive Board President
Property Owners' Association President
Membership & Dining Representative
Social & Marketing Representative