Silver Garden Events Center Staff

Ann Marie Mathews

General Manager

Ann Marie was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan. She studied hospitality and marketing at Central Michigan University and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale environment, assuring client delight in private member golf & country clubs and the sports and entertainment field. Passionate about the hospitality industry and helping people, the move to Shriners Silver Garden Events Center in 2009 was a natural fit. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors; hiking, biking, swimming, camping and gardening with her family. Having left for a brief period in 2014, she is grateful to have been asked to return in 2016. With a heart-warming welcome, Ann Marie ensures that all guests feel like they are guests in her home.

Susan Rudnick

Executive Chef

Chef Susan discovered her love for cooking early on in life. Around the age of 12, she and her childhood best friend would prepare breakfast for Susan’s family and serve them for free (although tips were highly encouraged). She spent her adolescent years studying cook books and watching the Food Network until she finally decided at the age of 17 to step into the culinary field. Susan spent the next 8 years gaining knowledge and experience in a variety of restaurants and cuisines. While perfecting her skills and expertise, she has earned such titles as Kitchen Manager, Sous Chef, and Executive Chef.

In September 2018, Chef Susan won the Edibles Creation Competition hosted by the Southfield Chamber of Commerce. In this Chopped-style competition, the secret ingredient was “beets” and her Savory Beet Ravioli stole the show. She enjoyed the challenge of creating a beet dish and looks forward to dreaming up your unique meal.  For Susan, the greatest satisfaction in creating a delicious dish is seeing someone truly enjoy it while having a dining experience they will never forget. She strives to perfect her craft and fine tune her skills on a constant basis, always looking to impress each guest — every time.

 

Kimberly Renteria-Dix

Sales Manager

Kimberly was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Michigan in 2011 after proudly serving our Nation in the Army. She studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at Madonna University and has developed her skills while working as an Event Coordinator & Sales Manager at various venues throughout Metro Detroit. Kimberly’s passion is working closely with her clients to help create the perfect event. For her, the relationships she builds with each and every client is the most rewarding aspect of working in the hospitality industry. In her spare time, she can be found boating with her husband and dogs, or enjoying trivia nights with her friends.