Our Dining and Social Staff

At Boca Grove, ambiance is a given, but it's the cuisine and service that truly elevates the dining experience. Our celebrated chefs and social staff ensure every visit is memorable for all the right reasons.

Food and Beverage Director – Pierre Leon

Pierre Leon has been in the food and beverage industry for over 30 years. He started as a busboy and worked his way up to director of operations. His career began in New Jersey where he also attended Paramus Community College with an emphasis in Small Business Management. Pierre joined the CMAA in 1991, completed his BMI I, II and III educations, and became proficient with wine and food pairings. When not planning a member’s event or overseeing the dining facilities, Pierre can be found playing golf, exploring videography, or spending time with his children. He has also produced two community television programs and has worked as a social worker for Catholic Charities specializing in outreach/teaching for parenting and domestic violence prevention.  
 
 

Executive Chef – Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC

Since 2012, Executive Chef Dominick Laudia has been running the Boca Grove kitchen. In recognition of his exceptional standards, exemplified through certification, continued training, culinary competitions and community involvement, he was honored witht the 2016 National American Cuilinary Federation DR. L.J. Minor of Professionalism award and the 2016 Southeast Region Title for the ACF Chef Professionalism Award. Overall, Chef Laudia has been awarded more than 20 culinary competition medals from the ACF, as well as Chef of the Year Award for 2001 and 2012 for the Palm Beach ACF Chapter. He has also been awarded the 2003 ACF Presidential Medallion, 2007 Palm Beach County School District Business Partner of the Year, 2009 Prostart Industry Participant of the Year and 2014 Professional Chef of the Year for the ACF Palm Beach Chapter. Chef Laudia is also involved in community service and outreach with the Quantum House at St. Mary’s Hospital, Children’s Home Society, The Lord’s Place, and the Culinary Institute at West Boca High School. When Chef is not in the kitchen, he'spften on his boat with his wife Barbara. He is also proud of his daughter Jennifer’s teaching accomplishments and his son Daniel following in his culinary footsteps. 
 
 

Social Director – Marcia Chiarelli

Marcia Chiarelli has been a social director for 17 years. Working mainly in HOAs, she made the switch to country clubs when she joined Boca Grove in 2014. Marcia graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. After college, Marcia made the trip to New York to become an actress. She is an award-winning singer and actress who has won the Theater World Award and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for her performance as Amy in Where’s Charley. Marcia played the role of Sandy in Grease on the national tour and later on Broadway. She starred for many years as “Dee Stewart” on As the World Turns and before that as Christopher Reeves’ wife “Betsy Hart” on Love Life. She was also the female voice at the beginning of Meat Loaf’s “Hot Summer Night” single.
 
 

Assistant Food and Beverage Director – Carla Hull

Carla Hull started working at Boca Grove in the fall of 2004. While working on her Associates in Science degree and getting certified in radiology, she started as a busser in our dining rooms. Carla quickly worked her way up to server/bartender before being named Assistant Food and Beverage Director in 2014. During her time at Boca Grove she has been mentored by two people, the past GM Chuck Lehner and by our Food and Beverage Director Pierre Leon. She is a CMAA member and after twelve years working in a country club with a championship golf course, she has finally taken up the sport of golf. When not working or spending time with her husband, daughter and son, you can find Carla scrapbooking by hand, not digital.
 
 

Chef de Cuisine – David Sirko, CEC

Chef David Sirko has been with Boca Grove since 2013 and has worked alongside Chef Laudia for over 20 years. He earned his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the American Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York, and became a Certified Executive Chef in 2012. Chef Sirko is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the World’s Association of Chef’s Society, and the Palm Beach County ACF Chapter. He was awarded Chef of the Year for the ACF Palm Beach Chapter in 2004, and has won many awards in culinary competitions. He does charitable work with many organizations, including Children’s Home Society of South Florida, Quantum House at St. Mary’s, Red Cross Relief, Childhood Hunger Day and Daily Food Bank. 
 

Executive Sous Chef – Chris Spitz

Chef Chris Spitz is the newest addition to the Boca Grove culinary team. After being a periodic contract employee, he became the Executive Sous Chef in 2016. Born and raised in central Illinois, he attended the Culinary School in Joliet, Illinois, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. After fifteen years working in the Chicago area, Chef Spitz and his wife made the move to South Florida. Before coming to Boca Grove, Chef Spitz worked at Frenchman’s Creek in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as the Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth. He is involved with the American Culinary Federation and has been voted Culinarian and Chef of the Year in the past. When not making food himself, Chef Spitz loves to indulge at Chinese buffets where someone else will cook for him. 
 
 

Head Hostess – Cecilia Kovago

Since 2005, our Head Hostess Cecilia Kovago has warmly greeted the members of Boca Grove. She was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and studied at Hostoss Community College in Bronx, New York. When Cecilia is not seating guests at their tables, she is spending time at the beach or in the gym.