The Highlands Bar & Grille Staff

Claudette Halpern, Food and Beverage Director
Food and Beverage Director – Claudette Halpern
Claudette is a career food and beverage professional, who has been successful wherever she has landed with over 28 years in the industry. She has successfully managed in private clubs and commercial restaurant environments.  She has a wealth of experience as both a dining and catering manager. She also has attained the first level, Court of Masters, Sommeliers Americas, which bring a whole new world of wines to The Highlands.

Billy Brannock, Chef / Kitchen Manager
Chef Billy Brannock has been highlighted in the Arizona Daily Star and in 2008 was recognized as an "aspiring and capable chef." Billy's experience has been in private restaurants as well as the resort and hotel industry including the Hilton El Conquistador and most recently JW Marriott Starr Pass. His expertise leans toward Italian style cooking though his interests extend well beyond that as he continues to experiment with foods and styles of cooking.

Mike Kaatz, Dining Services Manager
Mike relocated to Oro Valley in 2010 from the Chicago area, where he and his wife Darlene owned and operated a successful steakhouse for 15 years. The restaurant won many awards and received accolades for cuisine and popularity while maintaining a neighborhood feeling for a "Cheers" bar crowd. Since moving to the area, he served as Food and Beverage Director at Oro Valley Country Club until their recent sale. Mike and his wife share four grown children, four grandkids and two terrific cats. 

Debbie Loebbaka, Dining Floor Supervisor
Debbie Loebbaka is well known within our community through her continuous employment at The Highlands. She was very successful on the floor as our lead server for several years. Debbie now assists the Dining Services Manager in the Grille and in the Bar.