Executive Board

Edward Ganster

Advisor

Edward Ganster

M.S., B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Email: ejgism@rit.edu

Maria Valencia

Student Adviser

Maria Valencia

Year: 4th
Hometown: Geneseo, NY
Concentration: Hospitality Service Management with Spanish Minor
Why I love Hospitality Association: I love our club because it lets us build friendships with the students in our classes, which would have never happened without the club. My best friends came to be thanks to the club.
Best Hospitality Experience: The annual NYC Trip and the Toronto Trip.

Sarah Niedzwiecki

Campus Relations

Sarah Niedzwiecki

Year: 4th
Hometown: Wallingford, VT
Concentration: Hospitality Service Management with Communications Concentration
Why I love Hospitality Association: I love our club because of the networking, exposure to the different areas of hospitality and the event opportunities with other RIT Clubs.
Best Hospitality Experience: Planning for the RITz.

Kristen Farrell

Alumni Relations

Kristen Farrell

Year: 3rd
Hometown: Caledonia, NY
Concentration: Event Management
Why I love Hospitality Association: I love being able to connect with not only my peers, but also the alumni! The connections we have made and continue to make without our club are beyond useful. The club encourages me to get involved in the Hospitality Management Department, as well as the RIT community.
Best Hospitality Experience: Getting a chance to be part of the annual Puttin' on the RITz Dinner as Decorations Director.

Ellen Raffaelle

Fundraising Director

Ellen Raffaelle

Year: 1st
Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY
Concentration: Event Management
Why I love Hospitality Association: It brings together students who are passionate about the Hospitality Industry, and gives them opportunities to network efficiently.
Best Hospitality Experience: Helping plan RIT's “Springfest” with the College Activities Board.

Kyle Kearns

President

Kyle Kearns

Email: kbk3679@rit.edu
Year: 4th
Hometown: Glens Falls area, NY
Concentration: Hotel Management
Why I love the Hospitality Association: It gave me valuable industry experience as well as leadership experience that cannot be learned in a classroom. So many great memories!
Best Hospitality Experience: Working long shifts at The Sagamore Resort with a great group of people. Still miss that place.

Sarah Coleman

Programming Director

Sarah Coleman

Year: 1st
Hometown: Utica, NY
Concentration: Hotel & Resort Operations as well as Event & Entertainment Management
Why I love the Hospitality Association: I love the ability to plan and execute events as a club. Also, the trip to NYC!
Best Hospitality Experience: Being part of the opening staff of a hotel (Home2 Suites by Hilton) and seeing the project start to finish; and now being able to assist guests in our beautiful new hotel.

Lacey Cook

Marketing Director

Lacey Cook

Year: 1st
Hometown: Lawton, Pennsylvania
Concentration: Travel and Tourism Management
Why I love the Hospitality Association: I love our club because it really gives me a connection to my major and the people in it. It's helped me gain experience, explore my options and made me realize that I'm exactly where I need to be.
Best Hospitality Experience: Working the 2013 Regatta at the Rochester Yacht Club.

Stefan Woerner

Administrative and Finance Director

Stefan Woerner

Year: 1st
Hometown: Weilheim an der Teck, Germany
Concentration: Hotel and Resort Management
Why I love the Hospitality Association: Having the chance to visit and tour different Hotels, Restaurants and other Hospitality related companies.
Best Hospitality Experience: The everyday change from working at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, facing new challenges and experiencing new achievements.

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