LES GOURMETS 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CEO

Siena Sapio

Siena Sapio is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business, from Fort Collins, Colorado. She joined Les Gourmets in her Sophomore year as a supervisor for the Arts & Entertainment department. Last year she served as Director of A&E, and is so excited to be CEO for Les Gourmets 2019! Throughout her time at MSU, she has worked at Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, NY as their F&B Rotational intern, Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, IL as their F&B Management intern, and Cowles House at MSU as a Banquet Server. Siena is looking forward to starting a career in club management at Orchard Lake Country Club after graduation. She is excited to apply the knowledge she’s gained from her experiences over the years to make the 68th edition of Les Gourmets the best one yet!

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CFO

Claire Dinsmore

Claire Dinsmore is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business with a focus on corporate event planning. This is Claire’s second year on Les Gourmets and she is very much looking forward to collaborating with the board to make this year’s event one to remember. In addition to Les Gourmets, Claire has held two internships working with Micro Research as an events and trade shows intern as well as with Foster the Family, a foster care nonprofit. She has a passion for events and hopes to translate that passion into Les Gourmets!

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COO

Erik Yang


Erik Yang is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business from Taipei, Taiwan. He volunteered for Les Gourmets for two consecutive years and always wanted to serve on the executive board. He works at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in the Banquet Department as a Crew Leader. He was promoted from server, to trainer, to bartender, and finally to crew leader. This summer he worked in the Housekeeping Department at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Erik wants to pursue a position in hotel operations after graduation. He loves operations and is extremely confident in guiding a team. He is so excited to gain experience as COO of the 68th Les Gourmets.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF RECEPTION

Rachel Powell

Rachel Powell is a sophomore majoring in Hospitality Business with a minor in Environmental and Sustainable Studies, and a minor in Leadership of Organizations. This is her second year on the Les Gourmets Executive Board and she is so excited to be a part of the reception team and fulfill all of her Pinterest fantasies for what this event will look like. When she is not working on Les Gourmets, she can be found at her job as a tour guide, or her other job working in SIRC helping students. Additionally, she is a mentor for RISE, her living-learning community that focuses on the environment, the director of marketing and fundraising for CMAA and the director of events for SHFM. She is looking forward to the event coming together and for everyone to enjoy the evening!

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CO-DIRECTOR OF RECEPTION

Stella Kent

Stella Kent is a junior in The School of Hospitality Business from Rochester Hills, Michigan. This is her second year serving on the Les Gourmets Executive Board, where she was previously a Supervisor of Reception. She is so grateful to continue on the Executive Board, alongside Julianna and Rachel. She can typically be found in the Kellogg Center, where she works as a banquet server. She hopes to continue her passion for events through an event planning internship this summer.

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RECEPTION SUPERVISOR

Carrie Blair

Carrie Blair is a freshman from Lansing, Michigan. She is pursuing a degree in Hospitality Business. Carrie is so excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Les Gourmets executive board her freshman year as a supervisor in Reception. She can’t wait to help bring the event to life and learn new skills along the way. Outside of Les Gourmets she is involved in WBSA, PCMA, and her living learning community RBC. Carrie hopes to continue learning about events in an internship this summer.

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RECEPTION SUPERVISOR

Kelly O’Brien

Kelly is a junior majoring in Hospitality Business from Lapper, Michigan. She expects to graduate Spring of 2020. This is Kelly’s fist year with Les Gourmets as one of the Supervisors in Reception. When volunteering last year for Les Gourmets, Kelly was amazed by the amount of work needed and what the outcome looked like. After completing her summer internship at Pine Lake Country Club, Kelly developed an interest in event planning, and she hopes to bring all she learned this summer from her internship to help Les Gourmets become a great success!

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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Mackenzie Sappe

Mackenzie Sappe is a senior studying Hospitality Business, originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Mackenzie first joined Les Gourmets as a Front of House Supervisor during her freshman year and last year she served Co-Director of Front of House. This year, Mackenzie is excited to take on a new role as Director of Marketing. Along with Les Gourmets, Mackenzie is also a part of the CAREER EXPO board, serving as Director of Professional Development Programs. This past summer, Mackenzie interned at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle as a Rooms Division Intern, working mostly in housekeeping. She has a passion for Food and Beverage and is excited to help create a truly memorable event.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Sally Ran

Sally Ran is a junior studying Hospitality Business from Beijing, China. She is planning to major in Real Estate Investment Management. This year she is the Assistant Director of Marketing. She worked as a front desk agent in the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center during her freshman year, and worked as front of the office for Entertainment Cruises Company in Boston. She volunteered for Les Gourmets last year and after that decided to apply for the executive board. She studied abroad in Norway last summer and traveled to several countries during that time. She is looking forward to this year’s Les Gourmets!

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MARKETING SUPERVISOR

Braeden Houle

Braeden Houle is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business, graduating in December of 2019. Braeden enjoys all aspects of the hospitality industry, but hopes to spend his career post-graduation with a focus on corporate event planning or hotel operations. Braeden has held positions working with Marriott Vacations Worldwide & Walt Disney World, and is looking forward to completing his final internship this summer. This is Braeden’s first year being involved with Les Gourmets, and he is excited to work hard to make the event the best it can be!

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DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Amy Zywicki

Amy is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business and minoring in Japanese. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2019. She is from Troy, MI. This will be her third year involved in Les Gourmets and her second year on executive board. Amy is currently a Student Supervisor at the MSU Union QSR. She spent her summer interning at Kosch Dining Solutions as an Assistant Manager. She is excited to be apart of another year on the Executive Board for Les Gourmets and hopes to make it even better!

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CO-DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

James Miller

James Miller is a Freshman at MSU pursuing a degree in Hospitality Business. He is from Harrison Township, Michigan. This will be his first year with Les Gourmets, and he could not be more excited to see the event develop this year. While on campus James is a member of The Spartan Marching Band Color Guard and well as PCMA.

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HUMAN RESOURCES SUPERVISOR

Andrea Salcedo

Andrea Salcedo is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. She is proudly from Detroit Michigan. Last year, she was a volunteer for Les Gourmets, this year, she is very excited and honored to be Supervisor of Human Resources. She is also part of Club Management Association of America (CMAA) and also Assistant Director of Event Design for Destination Auction 2019. Last summer, she interned at Michael Symon’s Roast Steakhouse and is interested in focusing her hospitality degree on food and beverage.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF

A&E

Autumn Huck

Autumn Huck is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business from Northport, Michigan. After spending her summer as a wedding coordinator at Cobblestone Farms TC, she found that event planning is truly her calling. With this passion, she decided to apply for a position on the Executive Board. Autumn is now the Co-Director of Arts and Entertainment for her first year being involved in Les Gourmets. She is very excited to bring new and exciting ideas to the table to make this year a success!

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CO-DIRECTOR OF

A&E

Shelbie Lock

Shelbie Lock is currently a senior in The School of Hospitality Business and is participating in Les Gourmets for her second year. Last year, Shelbie was a supervisor in the marketing department. She is excited to decorate the fabulous event this year. Shelbie is also a member of the Real Estate Investment Club, an active member in Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, and is Hilton’s Campus Ambassador. She spent her last summer interning at Hilton’s Headquarters in McLean, Virginia as a Full-Service Branding Intern. She will be returning full-time this upcoming June in their branding department.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF

A&E

Samantha Olekszy

Samantha Olekszy is a freshman at Michigan State University. She joined Les Gourmets as the Assistant Director of A&E because of her love for event planning. After taking time off between high school and college, Samantha worked and traveled for 3 years before deciding to attend college and pursue a degree from The School of Hospitality Business. She is excited for her first year working on Les Gourmets!

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A&E SUPERVISOR

Caroline Waters

Caroline Waters is a freshman at Michigan State. She has enjoyed her first semester, and is excited to be joining the Arts and Entertainment department as a supervisor for her first year being involved with Les Gourmets. She is excited to work with such a talented group of hospitality students to put together what is sure to be a spectacular event.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF DONATIONS

Zoe Frantzeskakis

Zoe is a sophomore at Michigan State who is pleased to have the role as Co-Director of Donations. Although Michigan State is treating her well; she prefers the less frigid winters of her hometown in Morganville, New Jersey. This is her second year participating in Les Gourmets and she hopes to gain even more experience and make this event memorable for everyone in attendance. Between being in the Honors College, with the hopes of being a double major in Hospitality Business and Finance, Zoe is becoming a semi-permanent resident in the library. She can also be found volunteering with Tower Guard, spending time with her sorority sisters, or working on getting students engaged in CAREER EXPO.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF DONATIONS

Grace Weng

Grace Weng is a junior in The School of Hospitality Business from Taipei, Taiwan. She is expected to graduate Spring 2020. This is her first year serving on the Les Gourmets Executive Board as Co-Director of Donations. Having volunteered with Les Gourmets previously, Grace is looking forward to seeing the whole event come together, and be part of the process. This past summer she interned at the Courtyard by Marriott in Chicago, IL, as a rotational intern working in the food and beverage, front desk, and housekeeping departments. She hopes to bring what she learned this summer from her internship to make this year’s Les Gourmets a success!

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DONATIONS SUPERVISOR

Ashley Simone

Ashley Simone is a Senior in The School of Hospitality Business. She plans to graduate in December 2019. Along with being Supervisor of Donations for Les Gourmets 2019, she has served as Director of Marketing on the CAREER EXPO Executive Board for two consecutive years. When she is not working on Les Gourmets, Ashley loves to volunteer. She is excited to help bring the Les Gourmets event together this year!

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DIRECTOR OF FRONT OF HOUSE

Sarah Minor

Sarah is a junior studying Hospitality Business from New Baltimore, MI. After volunteering last year, she fell in love with the event and decided to apply for the executive board. She spent this past summer in Big Sky, Montana completing a rotational internship with Montage International. She is a member of both AHLA and PCMA. She also serves on CAREER EXPO E-Board as Social Media Director. Aside from the HB School, She is very passionate about her position as Vice Chair of the Michigan State Student-Faculty Staff Hearing Board. She is so excited to be joining this team and can't wait to see the event come together!

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FRONT OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR

Katie Harding

Katie Harding is a 5th year senior studying Hospitality Business from Grand Haven, Michigan. Along with being Supervisor for Front of House this year, she is also Director of Communications for Spartan Beverage Society and Assistant Director for Human Resources for Destination Auction. She has always loved working in F&B, being a manager of an ice cream shop over the summer and now currently working in cold food preparation at the Kellogg Center. She is super excited to be apart of Les Gourmets and help make it an amazing year!

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FRONT OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR

Julia Spuria

Julia Spuria is a junior in The School of Hospitality Business, from Chicago, Illinois. This is her first year doing Les Gourmets. She will be in the Front of House department. Julia is currently interning at a country club right, in the Front of House department and hopes to bring her experience into Les Gourmets. She has a passion for food and beverage and hopes to make this year the best year yet!

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FRONT OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR

Kennie Wang

Kennie Wang is a Junior from Macomb, MI, and is studying Hospitality Business. This is her first year joining Les Gourmets. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Front of House team and to help contribute to create a memorable experience for guests attending Les Gourmets. She did her first internship at Omi Sushi and still currently works there.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

Brendan Connolly

Brendan Connolly is a sophomore in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, and fell in love with Food and Beverage at a young age. This is his second year in the Heart of House of Les Gourmets. His most recent heart of house experience came from his level one internship at The Apparatus Room in Detroit. Brendan is also the President of the MSU chapter of The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management and works in the Student and Industry Resource Center at The School of Hospitality Business. As a Heart of House Co-Director, he is excited to work with his team to highlight the state of Michigan through the food and beverage for this event.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

Julianna Nicholas

Julianna Nicholas is a senior, but this is her second year at MSU, and her second year involved with Les Gourmets. In 2018, Julianna served on the Les Gourmets Executive Board as Supervisor for Heart of House and this year, she is the Co-Director for Heart of House. Julianna has a passion for baking and prior to attending MSU, graduated from Schoolcraft College’s Baking & Pastry Program. Therefore, she is very excited about being one of the Heart of House Co-Directors. Julianna also serves as Vice President of SHFM. She is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event and work with her fellow classmates.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

Jack Grant

Jack Grant is a recent transfer from Grand Rapids Community College. He is a sophomore at MSU majoring in Hospitality Business. He is from Beverly, IL - a Southside neighborhood in Chicago. He has spent the last year exploring Michigan, taking classes, and working primarily in the hospitality industry. He is excited to continue his education through classes and clubs at Michigan State University. When’s he’s not cooking with Les Gourmets or at home, you can find him erging with the MSU Crew Club, or eating. Probably eating. He plans to further his hospitality experience this summer by moving back to Chicago for a summer internship, working at Hub51 for Lettuce Entertain You.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

Ryan Uhl

Ryan Uhl is a native Chicagoan and his love for the culinary arts has a strong foundation from the diverse food there. Ryan grew up cooking dinner with his mother and going out to dinner every Friday night, frequently experiencing the plethora of restaurants in Chicago. After working in restaurants for a few years, he decided to go back to school so one day he can start his own culinary business. Naturally, The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University was an obvious choice. Last year, Ryan volunteered for Les Gourmets in the Heart of the House, and this year he is an Assistant Director of Heart of House. Ryan is currently a student supervisor at The State Room in The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

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HEART OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR

Kobe Flory

Kobe is a transfer student from the Early College of Muskegon County program at Muskegon Community College. He is a Junior in Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business. He’s been cooking with his family for as long as he can remember, and he has a passion for creating experiences through food for the ones he loves. He began working in the food industry as soon as he was allowed to in his hometown of Muskegon Michigan. He started his 3-year journey at The Lakehouse Waterfront Grille as a dishwasher and made his way to a kitchen manager halfway through the interaction. After transferring to MSU, he has worked in many of the food industry operations on campus, but this is his first year working with Les Gourmets. He can’t wait to see what this opportunity brings for his future with MSU’s Hospitality Association.

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HEART OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR

Travis Schebel

Travis is a transfer from Lansing Community College. He is a junior at MSU majoring in Hospitality Business. He is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His first job was in Food and Beverage and from there he fell in love with it. This past summer he worked as Kitchen Supervisor the Les Cheneaux Culinary School. In his free time, he is cooking and trying new recipes. This is his first year with Les Gourmets and is excited to help the team out.

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HEART OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR

Annalise Shaw

Anna is a freshman studying Hospitality Business. She is originally from Lansing, MI and has always dreamed about going to State. This is her first year in Les Gourmets as a Supervisor for the Heart of House. From the time she could walk, Anna has had a passion for making food and helping out in the kitchen. Anna worked at a local Italian restaurant and her love for the food and beverage business grew. She is very excited to be a part of the board this year and cannot wait for what lies ahead in Les Gourmets!