Our Leadership

NRAEF Board Officers & Senior Leadership

Lorna C. Donatone

Lorna C. Donatone

Virginia Beach, VA

Dawn Sweeney

Dawn Sweeney

President and Chief Executive Officer
National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Gregory J. Hamer, Sr., FMP (Greg)

Gregory J. Hamer, Sr., FMP (Greg)

Vice Chair
B&G Food Enterprises, LLC
Morgan City, LA

Rob Gifford

Rob Gifford

Executive Vice President
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Sam J. Facchini, FMP

Sam J. Facchini, FMP

Metro Pizza
Las Vegas, NV

NRAEF Board of Trustees

Susan E. Adzick

McLane Foodservice, Inc.

William Barry (Bill)

Trinchero Family Estates

Maribeth N. Bisienere

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Robert Black

A Good Egg Dining Group

Thomas C. Boucher (Tom)

Great NH Restaurants, Inc.

Richard J. Brennan, Jr. (Dickie)

Dickie Brennan & Company

Dr. Jerald Chesser

Cal Poly Pomona University

Jeffery W. Davis (Jeff)

United States Beef Corporation

George Ebinger III

GTE Enterprises, LLC

Stan Harris

Louisiana Restaurant Association

Philip J. Hickey, Jr.

Miller’s Ale House Restaurants

Geoff Hill

Roark Capital Group

Roy Jackson

Coca-Cola North America

Joseph J. Kadow (Joe)

Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

Emily Williams Knight

Kendall College

Rosalyn Mallet (Roz)

PhaseNext Hospitality

Stephen Pattison

Restaurant Services, Inc.

Frank Puleo

Catering by Framboise

Mike Rastrelli

Rastrelli's Restaurant

Dr. L. Timothy Ryan (Tim)

The Culinary Institute of America

Louis William Sewell, III (Billy)

Platinum Corral LLC

Sally J. Smith

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

Scott Sonnemaker


Jay Stieber

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.

Joseph G. Taylor (Joe)

Brinker International, Inc.

Dale J. Venturini

Rhode Island Hospitality Association

Bob Wong

Kowloon Group

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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, released its fifth Project Taste Test – Servin’ Up Successful Careers video. The video features Jett Mora, sous chef with Wolfgang Puck Catering, and is ideal for high school programs that teach culinary arts and restaurant management skills, such as NRAEF’s ProStart® program.

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