LES GOURMETS 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CEO

 

KAT CRAWFORD

Kat Crawford is a Senior at MSU, majoring in both Hospitality Business and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She joined Les Gourmets in her Sophomore year as a HOH Supervisor. Last year, she served as the HOH Director, and now she is ecstatic to take on the role of CEO. Outside of Les Gourmets, Kat is also very involved in the MSU CMAA Student Chapter, this year serving as the CFO. Over the course of her college career, Kat has interned at Bald Peak Colony Club in Melvin Village, NH, Cowles House at Michigan State University, The Country Club in Brookline, MA, and Kellogg Catering at Michigan State University. She is so excited to spend her last year here with her LG family and is so excited for the adventures to come!

 

 

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CFO

 

DELANEY NIKOLAI

Delaney is a senior from Williamston, MI. She grew up bleeding green and is thrilled to serve as the CFO for Les Gourmets during her senior year here at Michigan State University. She spent her summer as a food and beverage supervisor at Indian Hill Club for her internship. She cannot wait to see the grand opening of Studio 67 this year!

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COO

 

OLIVIA JEWELL

Olivia Jewell is a senior at Michigan State University and this is her 4th year with Les Gourmets! After volunteering as a freshman, she decided to apply for the executive board and spent two years in the Human Resources department. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Les Gourmets! Olivia’s time at MSU has been full of hospitality experiences. Two internships, one year as a Resident Assistant and her current waitressing job have served as reminders that she is pursuing an industry she is passionate about. Olivia has accepted a full-time position with Greenleaf Hospitality Group in Kalamazoo, MI and can’t wait to begin her career after graduation in May. She is honored to lead an amazing executive board alongside Kat and Delaney and has no doubt that this year will be a success!

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CO-DIRECTOR OF RECEPTION

 

SHELBY HIBBARD

Shelby Hibbard is a Senior in The School of Hospitality Business at MSU and is from Williamston, Michigan. Last year she served as an Arts and Entertainment Supervisor for Les Gourmets. This year, she is Co-Director of Reception. Shelby is currently working at the MSU James B. Henry Center for Executive Development as a Sales Intern. She is looking forward to starting a career in hotel or resort management after graduation. She is so excited for what this year has to offer and she knows it will be the most exciting Les Gourmets event yet!

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CO-DIRECTOR OF RECEPTION

 

KATIE BROWN

Katie Brown is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is expecting to graduate in May of 2018 with a degree from The School of Hospitality Business. Last year, Katie was the Assistant Director of Front of House and she is excited to be serving as the Co-Director of Reception for this year’s event! This past summer she had the opportunity to study abroad in Oslo, Norway. Outside of Les Gourmets, Katie is the Co-Director of Marketing, Social Media, and Technology for Destination Auction, an active member in Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, and loves to volunteer at Career Expo. She is excited to continue her involvement on the 2018 Executive Board and contribute to making this an unforgettable night.

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SUPERVISOR OF RECEPTION

BRYAN ZHAO

Bryan is a Senior at MSU, dual majoring in Accounting and Hospitality Business. He is from TaiYuan City, ShanXi Province, China. He volunteered Les Gourmets last year, and he is ready for Supervisor position for Reception this year. This past fall semester, he did the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida. He finished his internship with outstanding performance, and even got cross-training in different line of business. At the same time, he is Assistant Director of Human Resources for Destination Auction, which is also one of the most important event organized mainly by students of The School of Hospitality Business. Moreover, Bryan is Barista in Starbucks in Business College, and Resident Assistant in South Hubbard Hall, so you might see him everywhere. He is going to apply for the executive board for CAREER EXPO in the fall semester as well because he sees everything as learning opportunity. Bryan is ready to make this event magical with all his wonderful fellow Spartans.

 

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SUPERVISOR OF RECEPTION

 

OLIVIA KENT

Olivia Kent is a freshman in The School of Hospitality Business from Rochester Hills, Michigan. This is her first year volunteering for Les Gourmets, and she's thrilled to have the opportunity to be a Supervisor of Reception! Olivia can usually be found in the halls of the Kellogg Center, where she is a banquet server. She's interested in the event planning segment of the hospitality industry.

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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

 

MORGAN WHEELER

Morgan is currently a Senior in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, additionally, she is minoring in Real Estate Investment Management. After volunteering for Les Gourmets her freshman year, Morgan developed a passion for the lavish black-tie event. The following year, she received a position on the Executive Board as Co-Director of Donations. At that position Morgan developed a better understanding of the Les Gourmets event as well as developing concrete time management and organization skills. Since Morgan spent her last semester in the Netherlands she was unable to be apart of the planning of last years event. Though while she was abroad, Morgan took on every opportunity to better understand the world around her, traveling to 10 different countries and 23 cities! This understanding has manifested itself in her strong interest of travel and determined mindset to never stop learning. After returning from abroad, Morgan spent her summer managing at The Colonnade Hotel’s Rooftop Pool in her hometown of Boston.

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SUPERVISOR OF MARKETING

 

SHELBIE LOCK

Shelbie Lock is currently a Junior in The School of Hospitality Business and is from Shelby Township, Michigan. It’s her first year being involved in Les Gourmets. She’s excited to be apart of such an amazing and classy dinner event. Outside of Les Gourmets, Shelbie is a member of the Real Estate Investment club, an active member in Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, and volunteers at Career Expo. Shelbie loves snowboarding, yoga, and spending time with her cousins at her cottage. She spent her last summer interning as a real estate development and investment intern at Gerdom Realty. She hopes to work in the real estate analyst side of the industry once she graduates.

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SUPERVISOR OF MARKETING

HANNAH KRISTIN

Hannah Kristin is a current Sophomore at MSU from Boston, Massachusetts studying Hospitality Business. Last year she volunteered with Les Gourmet and is very excited to be more involved this year. Additionally, Hannah is an active member in the Real Estate club, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, and Women in Business. This past summer Hannah interned with a wedding planner in Boston where she got to learn and experience all there is to putting together an amazing wedding. She has learned so much from this and is excited to put this knowledge into Les Gourmet! 

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DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

 

MARIAM NASER

Mariam is a Senior in The School of Hospitality Business and is expected to graduate, Summer '18. This is her second year on the executive board for Les Gourmets, previously brought on as Supervisor of Marketing. This year, she is Director of Human Resources for both, Les Gourmets and The School's premier fundraising event, Destination Auction. Mariam completed her Level II Internship at The Henry Ford Museum as the Intern Manager of Food and Beverage in her hometown, Dearborn, MI. Most of her experience is in Food and Beverage but she enjoys different aspects of hospitality business and looks forward to expanding her experience.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

 

JESSICA LANGENEKER

Jessica Langeneker is a junior in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State. She is one of the Assistant Directors of Human Resources for Les Gourmets 2018. This is her first year being involved in Les Gourmets but she is excited to be a part of an already amazing premier annual dinner event. This past summer she completed an internship at Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth as a server. In this position she took on a role as a leader as well as learning new skills and insights into serving guests and catering to their specific needs! She learned so much about the restaurant industry and what it takes to create a memorable experience for every guest. She is looking forward to applying my knowledge from serving into Les Gourmets 2018!

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

CHLOE LEE

Chloe Lee is the Assistant Director of Human Resources this year. She is a Junior from Seoul, South Korea. Chloe has worked in Front of House for Entertainment Cruises in Chicago, IL, Food and Beverage Internship for Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, CO, Front Desk Rotation at Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. She is currently interested in Marketing! 

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SUPERVISOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES 

AMY ZYWICKI

Amy is a Junior in The School of Hospitality Business and minoring in Japanese. She is expected to graduate Spring 2019. She is from Troy, MI. This will be her second year involved in Les Gourmets and her first year on e-board. Amy is currently a crew lead at the MSU Union QSR. She spent her summer interning at a Japanese company called Riken USA. She is excited to be apart of the Executive Board for Les Gourmets and hopes to make it a great one!

 

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DIRECTOR OF

 

A & E

 

 

MACKENZIE NICHOLS

Mackenzie is a senior in The School of Hospitality Business, from Bay City, MI. This will be her fourth year involved in Les Gourmets and her third year on e-board. This year she is the Director of Arts & Entertainment is so excited to bring Studio 67 to life!! In the past, she has been a part of reception but is excited to branch out and implement some of the skills she learned during her internship this past summer. She spent the summer in Bay Harbor, MI, working as an Event Coordinator for the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. She will be graduating this upcoming May and hopes to pursue a career in Corporate Event Planning. In addition to being involved in Les Gourmets, Mackenzie is also a part of the MSU Dance Team. Go Green!! 

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DIRECTOR OF

 

A & E

 

SIENA SAPIO

Siena Sapio will fulfill the role of Arts & Entertainment Director for Les Gourmets 2018. Siena is a junior majoring in Hospitality Business with a specialty in Food and Beverage. She grew up in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, and is so grateful to be studying at Michigan State University. She was a supervisor for Les Gourmets last year, making this the second time she will be working in the Arts & Entertainment department. She is excited to apply the skills she learned at her internship this past summer at Noyac Golf Club to make the 67th edition of Les Gourmets the best one yet!

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SUPERVISOR OF A & E 

MORGAN MCGREGOR

Morgan McGregor is a sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago. This is her first year with Les Gourmets and she cannot wait to help it all come together. She is majoring in Hospitality Business, with a minor in Spanish. Morgan completed her level one internship this past summer serving at a country club on the North Shore of Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUPERVISOR OF A & E

JILLIAN KITTREDGE

Jillian Kittredge is a sophomore, studying Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. She is an Arts & Entertainment Supervisor this year for Les Gourmets 2018. In addition to Les Gourmets, Jillian interns at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on campus and is an active member in Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Originally from Massachusetts, she will be returning this summer to intern at Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket. Jillian is grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve on Les Gourmets executive board and is excited to see Studio 6 flourish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR OF DONATIONS

 

MADISON SKORNICKA

This is Madison Skornicka and she is a junior this year in The School of Hospitality Business. She is from Birmingham, MI where she worked this past summer at Roberts Restaurant Group as a Managerial Intern. The previous summer of 2017 she worked at Bay Harbor Yacht Club as a Food and Beverage Intern. She is on the Executive Board for Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and CAREER EXPO. Madison is extremely excited to be the Director of Donations this year for her third Les Gourmets and hopes it will be the best one yet.

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DONATIONS

 

RACHEL POWELL

Freshman Rachel Powell is thrilled to be involved in Les Gourmetsas one of the assistant directors for donations. While she misses the great state of Texas, she wouldn’t trade her Hospitality Business major and minor in Environmental and Sustainable Studies for all the barbecue and sunshine in the world. She has loved diving into the MSU community and getting involved in as much as humanly possible. When she is not doing her job in Les Gourmets, she can be found cheering on the Spartans or looking at pictures of giraffes and corgis.

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SUPERVISOR OF DONATIONS

 

ZOE FRANTZESKAKIS

Zoe is a freshman at Michigan State who is pleased to have the role as Supervisor of Donations. Although Michigan State is treating her well; she prefers the less frigid winters of her hometown in Morganville, New Jersey. Even though this is her first year participating in Les Gourmets, she hopes to gain experience and make this event memorable for everyone attending. Between being in the Honors College and 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 attending American Hotel Lodging Association meetings, with her sorority sisters, volunteering, or spending some time with friends.

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CO-DIRECTOR OF FRONT OF HOUSE

 

NICK MARSHALL

Nick Marshall is a Junior in Michigan State University’s The School of Hospitality Business.  He grew up in the small town of Allen, Michigan. This year he's serving as a Co-Director of the Front of House.  Although most of his experience is in the kitchen, this summer he worked in Chicago for Lettuce Entertain You.  Nick spent most of his weekends working in Lettuce’s SUB51 Bottle Club.  In addition to Les Gourmets, Nick serves on the Career Expo board and is a chef at the University Club.  He’s very excited to make Les Gourmets - Studio 67 a hit! 

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CO-DIRECTOR OF FRONT OF HOUSE

 

MACKENZIE SAPPE

Mackenzie Sappe is a junior, studying Hospitality Business. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Mackenzie first joined Les Gourmets as a Front of House Supervisor her freshman year. Due to her study abroad, Mackenzie was unable to be a part of the LG board last year, however, she is thrilled to return as Co-Director of Front of House. 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 Baltimore. 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 FRONT OF HOUSE

 

JULIANNA PANNONE

Julianna is a junior in The School of Hospitality. from Cresskill, New Jersey about ten minutes from New York City. She volunteered with Les Gourmets last year and is super excited about being Assistant Director of Front of House. This is her second year as a hospitality business major, and she was a kinesiology major before. She is also apart of CMAA. Julianna is interested in club management, and the hotels and lodging segment in the industry.

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SUPERVISOR OF FRONT OF HOUSE

BYRDIE THAGARD

Byrdie is excited to join the Front of House team as one of their supervisors. She is a sophomore from Brighton, MI but can be found in Aspen, CO this summer completing her level two internship with Aspen Meadows Resort. Aside from Les Gourmets, Byrdie is also apart of the Real Estate Investment club. As it is her first year being apart of The School of Hospitality, she is always looking for more ways to get involved and can't wait to see where the rest of her time in The School takes her!! She is also a big fan of MSU basketball!

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DIRECTOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

 

CAMERON A. THOMAS

Cameron A. Thomas is the Heart of House Director for Les Gourmets 2018. He is from Kent, Ohio and a 2nd Year Graduate Student. Cameron had an internship Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago, IL this past summer. One interesting thing about Cam is that he rides his bike from downtown Lansing most days, and cooks his food from scratch in his apartment!

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

 

NATE KAMAL

Nate Kamal is a fifth year senior who transferred from Schoolcraft College after playing basketball there for two years. At MSU Nate has decided to study Hospitality Business in pursuit of a career in the restaurant industry. Last year Nate volunteered for Les Gourmets as a fruit carver and is ecstatic to be the Assistant Heart of House Director for this year's event. Nate is also the Vice President of the Society of Hospitality Food Service and will be the TA for HB 345L Spring 2018. Nate has been working in every area of the kitchen since he started at MSU in Fall 2015 at the Kellogg Center with the exception of last summer where he worked at Boyne Mountain Resorts in the kitchen of the Beach House Restaurant. He is excited to be a part of this F&B team and is lookingforward to our disco dinner!

 

 

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SUPERVISOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

BRENDAN CONNOLLY

Brendan Connolly is a Freshman at Michigan State University, majoring in Hospitality Business. He is excited to be working with Les Gourmets as a Heart of House Supervisor. His love for cooking began at a young age in his grandmother’s kitchen. Since then, his passion has blossomed into a future career in fine dining. While not working on Les Gourmets, he loves being with the Roial Improv Group and the Society for Hospitality Food Service.

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SUPERVISOR OF HEART OF HOUSE

JULIANNA NICHOLAS

Julianna Nicholas is a junior, but this is her first year at MSU. This is also her first year involved with Les Gourmets. 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 Supervisors. Julianna is also involved in SHFS and GHBO. She is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event and work with her fellow classmates to put it on.