Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
Students and employers participating in a career fair.

Advisory Board

NAU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) was founded in 1986 and since grown to offer one of the largest and most respected hospitality programs in the world. The outstanding curriculum and experiential learning activities are supported by amazing faculty, dedicated alumni, and passionate industry partners.

HRM’s National Advisory Board brings together these different groups to ensure that the school’s curriculum stays on target with industry trends and that the extra-curricular and pre-professional programs are effective at assisting students in their career paths.

The National Advisory Board serves as the primary link between HRM and our alumni, friends, and the business communities by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information between those engaged in the hospitality industry and the HRM. In this way the curriculum, research, and service activities of the School will be informed by those engaged in the industry, and our industry partners will understand the HRM’s teaching, research, and service mission and accomplishments.

The goals and responsibilities of the National Advisory Board include raising community awareness of the need for private financial support within the School, advising the Dean and Executive Director on matters of concern to business and the community, and developing opportunities for business partnerships.

The National Advisory Board is comprised of the Advisory Board and our Industry Partners and Friends. Advisory board members commit to a high level of engagement with students, faculty, and staff, and bring experience with both the School and industry. Industry Partners and Friends are tremendous supporters of the School and give of their time and talents to ensure our students have a great experience and education.


Patty Ashbrook

General Manager / COO, Forest Highlands

Haley Balzano

CEO, Hale Collective

Lisa Bliss

Associate Executive Director and Asst. Professor of Teaching, NAU School of Hotel & Restaurant Mgnt

Hunter Carmichael

Chief Operating Officer, MHG Hotels

Jason Davis

President/COO, Lumberjack Hospitality LLC.

Todd Davis

Board Chair, MoonshotAZ NACET

Tom Delaney

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Karen Favory

Director of Human Resources, Enchantment Resort

Michelle Fonda

General Manager, Shamrock Foods Arizona

Angela Haning

Vice President of Human Resources, Fox Restaurant Concepts

Jamie Hansen

Director, Marketing, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Ben Hartley

District Manager, Sodexo

April Hirschi

Director of Operations, BJ’s Restaurant’s Inc.

Richard Holtzman

Vice President, Montage Hotels & Resorts

Janelle Hoffman

Scottsdale Community College, Program Director, Professor & Advisor

Randy Kluge

Director of Hotels, Drury Southwest, Inc.

Mark Koehler

Ryan Kress

President & CEO, Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation

Andrew Kuntz

State Director, Arizona Department of Education – AZ FCCLA

Jon Lane

Founder & Partner, O.H.S.O. Brewery

Paige Lund

General Manager , JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Michael Marquess

Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board, Mother Road Brewing

Michelle Mason

Franchise Owner & Operator, EventPrep

Robb McCreary


Mark Molinaro

Interim Executive Director and Assoc. Professor of Teaching, NAU School of Hotel & Restaurant Mgnt

Anne Niemiec

VP, Business Development and Sales Practice Lead, Dragonfly Strategists

Gio Osso

Chef and Operating Partner, Virtu Honest Craft, Pizzeria Virtu, Piccolo Virtu

Fred Reese

General Manager, Little America Hotel – Flagstaff

Nicole Rosas

Director of Human Resources, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Hans Schatz

President & CEO, CULT Artisan Beverage Company

Dave Sherf

Managing Director, CHM Warnick

Rich Stark

Board Member, Phoenix Beer Company

Eric Strait

Foodservice Sales Director , PepsiCo

Alexis Strizich

Business Systems Project Manager, M Culinary Concepts

Nava Thuraisingam

CEO, Kind Hospitality

Seth Widdes

Director of Purchasing, The Maggiore Group

In Memoriam

We honor NAU’s late President Emeritus Eugene Hughes, the master architect of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, for his tireless service and contributions to the School and its National Advisory Board. His continuous support of the School changed the lives of countless students. While we will miss his spirit and dedication to the School dearly, his legacy gives cause to celebrate.