Director of Communications
Leslie Benjamin
Leslie joined The Lakes as Director of Communications in 2016. Her career in hospitality began in 2012 with the appointed position as the Director of Communications and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of the PGA of America at Toscana Country Club. Leslie is a Member of the Club Managers Association of America Roadrunner Chapter. Born and raised in Northern California, Leslie graduated from Simpson University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. In 2012, Leslie desired to "expand her horizon" relocating to Southern California landing in the heart of Palm Desert. When away from the Club, Leslie enjoys trips to the beach, adventures, shopping, fine tuning her golf game, fitness and spending time with her family.
 
Membership Administrator
Alisa Ramirez
Alisa joined The Lakes Country in August 2009 as a Membership Assistant. In June 2013, she was promoted to Membership Administrator. Her career background is in the hospitality industry where she worked as an Area Director for an Audio Visual Company for over 10 years. She was part of the sales marketing task force established to grow sales revenue across the enterprise. Her track record shows her turning business centers into profitable entities. Alisa is a member of the California Association of Community Managers and earned her Certification for CCAM in 2015. She is in the process of earning her Specialty Certificate CCAAM-LS for Large Scale Community. She loves spending time with her family of six and friends. Alisa and her two younger daughters have a passion for soccer. Most weekends they can be found on the local soccer to Orange County fields. She enjoys boogie boarding at the beach, traveling, dancing, planning events, decorating and crafts.
 
Administrative Assistant
Jodi Smalec
Jodi is originally from Michigan where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and played soccer for Michigan State University. She also received a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii before moving back to Michigan to begin a career in software sales. Jodi moved to California in the fall of 2012 and was hired by The Lakes in October 2013. Jodi currently resides in Palm Desert and enjoys sand volleyball and bike riding.