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Mr. Jason Bayona ’05
Chairman
Senior Director, Talent Acquisition & University Relations
Marriott International
jason.bayona@marriott.com

Mr. Ryan Spear ’02
Ryan Spear
President
Spear Travel Group
973-382-4293
ryan@speartravelgroup.com

Mr. George Dabney ’88
Treasurer
Managing Director & CFO
Thayer Lodging
443-758-9008
gdabney@thayerlodging.com

Mr. Tom Neely ’87
Tom Neely
Program Chair
General Manager
Nittany Lion Inn
814-865-8531
ten10@psu.edu

Melissa Navarro '12
Membership Chair
Area Manager, Mid-Atlantic Central
Expedia Lodging Partner
267-238-3798
mnavarro@expedia.com

Ms. Abigail Estevez '13
Secretary/Communications Chair
Senior Sales Manager
The James New York - Nomad
646-472-3622
aestevez@jameshotels.com

Ms. Ashley Akright ’09
Ashley Akright
Awards Chair
Director of Catering, Event Planning
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center Orlando
301-965-3714
aakright@gaylordhotels.com

Past Presidents Active on the Board

Ms. Lea Ann Kish ’87
Lea Ann Kish
Past-President
Principal
K-Tech Holdings, LLC
leaannkish@gmail.com

Mr. Thomas P. Riley ’91
Past-President
Vice President of Development
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Tom.Riley@kimptongroup.com

Ms. Debbie S. Ulrich Gerard ’77
Past-President
Former President and CEO
Sysco Central Pennsylvania
dschirlu@gmail.com

Mr. Edward R. Book, Jr. ’79
Past-President
Task Force General Manager
Aimbridge Hospitality
edbook1@gmail.com

Mr. Gary J. Budge ’72
Gary J. Budge
Past-President
Principal
Budge & Co., LLC
917-282-7252
gary_budge@yahoo.com

Mr. Robert N. Grimes ’80
Past-President
Chairman, CEO & President
ConStrata Tech Consulting
301-916-2235
robert.grimes@contratatech.com

Dr. David C. Miles ’67
Past-President
Co-Owner/Chairman
Miles/LeHane Group, Inc.
703-777-3370
feedback@mileslehane.com

Mr. James W. Purdum ’77
Past-President
Former General Manager
Penn State Hospitality Services
jpurdum248@gmail.com

Mr. David C. Scypinski ’77
Past-President
Senior Vice President
ConferenceDirect
202-355-5285
dave.scypinski@ conferencedirect.com

Appointed Members of the Board

Ms. Jessica Byars
Recruiting Manager
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
949-677-5449
jessica.byars@potbelly.com
Mr. Marc Goldberg ’84
Regional Vice President
Morrison Healthcare
757-359-1506
MarcGoldberg@IamMorrison.com

Ms. Heather Seasholtz ’98
Director, Meetings & Events
Talley Management Group
865-423-7222 x232
hseasholtz@talley.com
Mr. Adam Tegge '93
Vice President of Asset Management
Ashford
ategge@ashfordinc.com

Affiliated Members of the Board

Mr. Tim Colligan `86
Tom Culligan
Senior Sales Executive, Strategic Accounts - Hotels
Oracle Hospitality
443-285-6593
tim.colligan@oracle.com

Mr. Theodore E. Farrand ’71
Director of Management Advisory Services, (and Past President & COO)
Cini-Little International, Inc.
301-528-9700
tfarrand@cinilittle.com

Mr. Michael Gallagher '91
Director, Franchise Sales and Development
Choice Hotels International
610-847-8489
cmichaelgallagher@yahoo.com

Mr. William R. Kidd ’87
William R. Kidd
Instructor
814-863-4847
wrk2@psu.edu




























Ex-Officio Members of the Board

Dr. Albert “Bart” L. Bartlett ’75
Professor-in-Charge, Undergraduate Studies
School of Hospitality Management
Penn State
814-863-7443
bartb@psu.edu
Mr. Brian A. Black ’98
Director of Hospitality Industry Relations
School of Hospitality Management
Penn State
814-865-6728
bab180@psu.edu
Mr. Kevin Musick
Director of Major Gifts
College of Health and Human Development
Penn State
814-863-2222
krm2@psu.edu
Dr. Kathryn Drager
Interim - Dean
College of Health and Human Development
814-863-2426
kdd5@psu.edu
Ms. Lindsey Zapletal
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
College of Health and Human Development
814-867-4312
lmz13@psu.edu
Ms. Abby Diehl
Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Special Projects
College of Health and Human Development
814-863-2207
agc105@psu.edu
Dr. Donna Quadri-Felitti
Marvin Ashner Director
School of Hospitality Management
Penn State
814-863-0081
dlq3@psu.edu
Dr. Sarah C. Parks
Director Emeritus
Consultant
Finn/Parks and Associates
814-234-3220
sjp3@psu.edu
Ms. Jennifer Wakemen ’96
Coordinator of HRIM Programs
Berks Campus
Penn State
610-396-6000
jvp5@psu.edu