Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Strong partnerships are an important component of successful programs. The Culinary Institute utilizes an advisory board comprised of industry professionals.  The advisory board meets annually to review and suggest improvements to the curriculum and overall program experience for Culinary students.

The Culinary Institute Advisory Board

Ray Trom, Director of Food and Beverage, Vai Resort

Richard Aguirre, Chef Manager, Everlasting Community Services

Ivan Jacobo, Owner/Chef, Anhelo Restaurant

Speranta Klees, Post-Secondary Partnerships Management, West-MEC

Lisa Vanbendegom, Culinary Lab Technician, EMCC

Steve Griffiths, Program Director, Culinary Faculty, EMCC

Joe Kalfus, Culinary Faculty, EMCC

Kirsten Seltzer, Executive Chef, The Wigwam

Destiny Martinson, Pastry Chef, Abbie Cakes Sweet Kitchen

Chris Contreras, Culinary Arts Instructor, Millennium High School

Ashley Holian, Culinary Arts Program Director, Scottsdale Community College