Advisory Board

Name Organization
Bill Beedie US Foods, President Southern California
Lee Blecher Hospitality Management Program, Program Director/Professor
Anthony Chen Hilton Hotels
Gina Christian Southern California Gas Co. 
Tanya Corners The Habit Burger Grill, VP of Human Resources
Rob DeLeima BJ's Restaurants Foundation, President
James Eiler Murchison & Cumming LLP, Co-Chair, Hospitality Law Practice Group
Tom Fountain Foodbuy, Manager, Client & Technology Integration
Enrique Gamboa ECOLAB, Assistant VP, Corporate Accounts, Institutional
Leann Marie Gelilio Hospitality Management Program, Student Assistant, HM Student Leader - HMA VP
Ryan Giffen Hospitality Management Program, Assistant Professor
Libby Gustin Hospitality Management Program, Professor
Craig Hofman Hofman Hospitality Group, Owner
Mike Learakos TMJ, Inc./Katella Family Grill, President
Verne Lusby Retired Foodservice Executive
Alfredo Macias 49er Shops, Director of Residential Dining & Catering, Hospitality Management Program, PT Faculty
Gary Maggetti Disneyland Resort, Director of F&B
Jim McKennon Specialty Restaurants Corporation, COO
Bart McPhail Grill Concepts, Director of Recruiting & Retention
Silvano Merlo Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, General Manager
Jennifer Moore College of Health and Human Services, Director of Development
Giovanni Prada Pacific Hospitality Group, Corporate Director of Digital Marketing
Jerry Prendergast Prendergast & Associates, Principle Consultant
Steven Price* Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Partner
Meaghan Ramirez Sevilla Companies, Director of Operations
Wendy Reiboldt Family & Consumer Sciences, Department Chair
Keith Reschke R.D. Olson Construction, Project Engineer II
Jade Rogers CSULB Student Event Planning Association Club (SEPA), President
Miriam Romero CSULB Hospitality Management Association Club (HMA)  President
Andre Saldivar Southern California Edison, Commercial Foodservice Equipment Specialist
Robin Shelton SeaCliff Country Club, General Manager
Kyle Simpson Vine Restaurant & Bar, Operating Partner
Karen Strgacich Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, National Director of Hotel Sales (Southwest & Southern California)
Gene Sugita Serenity Hotel Group, Owner/Principle
Rhonda VanCooney Westin LB, HR Director
Ronnie Yeh Hospitality Management Program, Professor

* = Chairman of the Board