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Emily Williams Knight

Emily Williams Knight

  • President
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Dr. Águeda Benito

Dr. Águeda Benito

  • Provost
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Scott Lesht

Scott Lesht

  • Director of Finance and Operations
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Christopher Koetke

Christopher Koetke

  • Vice President, School of Culinary Arts
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Chef Dina Altieri

Chef Dina Altieri

  • Dean, School of Culinary Arts
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Dr. Susan Tinnish

Dr. Susan Tinnish

  • Dean, School of Hospitality Management
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Rob Watson

Rob Watson

  • Director, International School of Business
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Dr. Paul Busceni

Dr. Paul Busceni

  • Dean, School of Education
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Ryan Bartelmay

Ryan Bartelmay

  • Dean, General Education
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Emily Williams Knight

Emily Williams Knight

  • President
Emily Williams Knight was named president of Kendall College by the board of directors in January 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Knight had served as a vice president at Laureate Education, Inc., where she was responsible for globally expanding access to the company’s hospitality management, culinary arts, and art and design programs. Prior to joining Laureate she was CEO of New England University LLC, where she was responsible for expanding marketing and strategic initiatives as well as growth into Latin America for the New England College of Business and Finance.Ms. Knight worked previously with Pearson Education for ten years. She began her work with Pearson as a sales representative, moved into various management positions, and ultimately served as vice president of marketing and sales strategies for Pearson Teacher Education and Development. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing she led strategic market planning and analysis for a two hundred million dollar business, and was responsible for the creation of marketing and sales strategies in a new combined division that encompassed higher education and K12 teacher professional development.Ms. Knight began teaching management and business courses at Montgomery Community College in Pennsylvania in 1998. She continued in her role as an adjunct instructor at the college for the first three years she worked with Pearson. Earlier, while working toward her master’s degree, Ms. Knight also worked as an executive meeting manager with Marriott Four Star Resort Hotels in Key West, Florida.
 

Dr. Águeda Benito

Dr. Águeda Benito

  • Provost
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Águeda Benito will join Kendall College as Provost in August 2015. She is currently the Rector of Universidad Europea de Madrid.
 

Scott Lesht

Scott Lesht

  • Director of Finance and Operations
Scott Lesht joined Kendall College in January, 2013, as the Director of Finance and Operations. In addition to leading Kendall's financial, information technology, procurement and facilities operations, Scott also manages student services departments, including academic advising, financial aid and bursar.Previously, Scott served as campus president at Sanford-Brown College. Scott led the launch of this new college, and during his tenure received accreditation for the school's programs. From 2007 to 2009, Scott was Director of Business Development at Career Education Corporation, where he was responsible for identifying educational acquisition targets and strategic partnerships in Europe, Asia and the United States.Scott is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health and a member of the Chicago Ronald McDonald House Charities Education Scholarship Committee. He is also a youth basketball coach.Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business with High Distinction and Honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University - Bloomington, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
 

Christopher Koetke

Christopher Koetke

  • Vice President, School of Culinary Arts
Christopher Koetke was named vice president of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts in 2012. He joined the School of Culinary Arts in 1998, serving first as a culinary instructor and later as associate dean, dean and executive director. Under his leadership, the School of Culinary Arts was awarded the Academy of the Culinary Arts Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon Cooking School of the Year Culinary Academy Award for 2008. Also that year, the culinary arts program was named “exemplary culinary program” by the American Culinary Federation. In 2009, the school was named the official educational partner of the National Restaurant Association Conserve Environmental Initiative. Kendall was the first culinary school in the U.S. to receive Certified Green Restaurant status from the Green Restaurant Association for both the Dining Room and Cafeteria.Koetke began cooking professionally in 1982, and has worked in some of the world’s finest kitchens, including French restaurants Pavilion Elysees, Pierre Gagnaire, Taillevent, and Pierre Orsi. He is a certified executive chef and certified culinary educator by the American Culinary Federation. In 2009, he was named the Cooking Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He was the host of the Emmy-nominated cooking show “Let’s Dish” on the Live Well HD network and co-author of the award-winning The Culinary Professional (Goodheart-Willcox Publishers, 2010), a comprehensive introductory high-school culinary arts textbook. In 2010, the Foodservice Educators Network International (FENI) honored him with its inaugural Award for Excellence in Culinary Education and he received the Pathfinder Award from Chefs Collaborative for his work in sustainability.Koetke earned a B.A. from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A. from Dominican University. He is a member of the board of the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission, the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the International Food Editorial Council, and the National Restaurant Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, National Restaurant Association, International Food Editorial Council, and Chaine des Rotisseurs.
 

Chef Dina Altieri

Chef Dina Altieri

  • Dean, School of Culinary Arts
Chef Dina Altieri began her culinary education career as a chef instructor and department chair at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California in 1997. Most recently, she worked as chef instructor and associate dean for the New England Culinary Institute. While in Vermont, Chef Altieri graduated summa cum laude from Johnson State College with a bachelor degree in liberal arts in 2007. Chef Altieri is certified with the American Culinary Federation as an Executive Chef and Culinary Educator. She has been a master class presenter for Foodservice Educators Network International, contributing writer for Chef Educator Today magazine, and a featured chef "A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen" and "In Mother’s Kitchen" by Ann Cooper.
 

Dr. Susan Tinnish

Dr. Susan Tinnish

  • Dean, School of Hospitality Management
Dr. Tinnish is a highly regarded thought leader in the hospitality industry.  She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including ITME’s Motivation Show, Meeting Professionals International conferences, Professional Convention Management Association national conferences and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s MEET and Affordable Meetings.  A member of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management faculty since 2008, Dr. Tinnish has taught courses on leadership, organizational behavior, sustainability and meeting management.  She also played a key role in launching Kendall’s new concentration in Sustainable Management in Hospitality and Tourism.Dr. Tinnish is an expert on sustainable practices for business meetings and trade shows. She chairs the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee that established the APEX/ASTM International Standards for environmentally sustainable meetings and events and served as the U.S. Chair for the International Standards Organization (ISO) effort to develop a worldwide sustainable events management system.
 

Rob Watson

Rob Watson

  • Director, International School of Business
Rob first joined Kendall as an as a contributing faculty member and made the transition to full-time faculty effective January 2014. As of August 2015, Rob was promoted to Director of the International School of Business. Rob has been teaching in the International School of Business since early 2012 and has contributed significantly through teaching, course development, training, and mentoring of both students and colleagues. In 2014, Rob won the annual Kendall College Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rob holds a B.S. (Management) as well as an MBA (Marketing) from Florida A&M University (School of Business and Industry). Working for entertainment and music publishing firms, as well as the world’s largest medical technology company, Rob has over 9 years of experience in marketing and product management. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Upsilon Psi chapter (Florida A&M University) Rob also regularly volunteers with 100 Black Men of America (Chicago and South Bend Chapters). Rob enjoys traveling, having visited many countries including Spain, Czech Republic, St. Martin, and Denmark. He is currently learning to speak French and Spanish.
 

Dr. Paul Busceni

Dr. Paul Busceni

  • Dean, School of Education
Dr. Paul T. Busceni joined Kendall College as dean of the School of Education in 2007. As both teacher and administrator of K-12 throughout his 16-year career, one of his continued goals has been to inspire teachers and engage learners.Throughout his tenure, Dr. Busceni has been a consistent leader in mobilizing communities in collaborative education improvement initiatives. He has overseen building-based morale initiatives, professional development workshops on teaching pedagogy, educational leadership and curriculum improvement. As a school administrator (K-12) in northern Lake County, he established a new chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) at the middle school level.Dr. Busceni is a prominent speaker and has presented on a range of topics at conferences across the state, including the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Professional Development Convention, the Opening Minds Conference, the Illinois Institute of Art Professional Development Workshop Series and the Illinois Computing Education Annual Conference.He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).Dr. Busceni graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1991 with a B.S. in Economics. He attended Roosevelt University for graduate school and received an M.A. in 1996 and a doctorate in 2000 in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change.
 

Ryan Bartelmay

Ryan Bartelmay

  • Dean, General Education
Ryan has a diverse background and a passion for teaching. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis on Film Studies, from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University. His short films have premiered at film festivals around the United States, and he has published fiction in various literary journals. His story, “All This Flatness” won the Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers hosted by Boulevard, and “What Happens If You Can’t Reach It” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ryan has also made a living as a freelance writer, penning film and book reviews, celebrity interviews, and articles for trade business publications. He has taught at Columbia University, St. Augustine College, and Gotham Writers’ Workshops. He co-developed the curriculum for Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s Creative Writing 101 course, and while at Columbia, he co-founded CA/T (Columbia Artists and Teachers), an organization that trains and helps MFA students gain teaching experience. At Kendall, he teaches English composition courses as well as oversees the general education program and its faculty. His debut novel, “Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward,” was published by Ig Publishing in August 2013.

Board of Directors

Lee McGee, Chairman

Lee McGee, Chairman
  • CFO/Treasurer, Restructure Holdings, Inc. (A Sterling Capital Portfolio Co.)
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Al Capitanini

Al Capitanini
  • President, Italian Village Restaurants
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Beverly Bryant, Ed.D.

Beverly Bryant, Ed.D.
  • Director and Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Administration
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Carol L. Kizer, CCE, RD, FMP, HAAC

Carol L. Kizer, CCE, RD, FMP, HAAC
  • Hospitality Management Chair Emeritus, Columbus State Community College
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David Kipley

David Kipley
  • President and CEO, Construction Methods, Inc.
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Linda Bacin

Linda Bacin
  • President, Bella Bacinos
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Michael Huckaby

Michael Huckaby
  • Chief Executive Officer, Laureate Hospitality and Culinary Education
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Robert R. Roehrich, Ph.D.

Robert R. Roehrich, Ph.D.
  • Founder and President, Roehrich and Associates LLC
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Roger McKinney

Roger McKinney
  • Vice President and CFO, Laureate Global Products and Services
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Lee McGee, Chairman

Lee McGee, Chairman
  • CFO/Treasurer, Restructure Holdings, Inc. (A Sterling Capital Portfolio Co.)
Mr. McGee has been involved with Sylvan since January of 1987, when he became CFO for Sylvan Learning Corporation. In 1991, when Sylvan and KEE Systems merged, Mr. McGee continued in his position of CFO. Since 1991, he has been responsible for coordinating and completing both a private placement offering of stock for $10 million and Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.'s initial public offering, raising $21 million and a secondary offering of $50 million. Mr. McGee has also been responsible for managing the due diligence and completion of several acquisitions and investments for Sylvan over the last several years. In January 2000, he was in charge of the team that sold Sylvan's Prometric testing division to Thomson Learning for $775 million.In February of 2000, Sylvan announced the formation of Sylvan Ventures a $500 million venture capital fund, investing in the e­Learning market, which Mr. McGee joined and was Managing Director and its Chief Financial Officer. He was responsible for overseeing the legal and financial administration of Sylvan Ventures and managed the due diligence and investment decision process for selected portfolio investments, which included Classwell Learning Group, a start­up strategic investment with Houghton­ Miffiin Publishing; iLearning, a professional training web­based company; eSylvan, Sylvan's on­line tutorial learning business; Walden University, Higher­Ed Distance Education (specializing in graduate and PHD programs); and National Technological University, Higher­Ed Distance Education (Engineering Specialty).With the July 2003 announcement that Sylvan was selling its K­12 businesses, Mr. McGee returned to Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.(now Laureate Education, Inc.) as Executive Vice President focusing on U.S. Business Development. In February 2005 Mr. McGee left Laureate to join Sterling Capital Partners an $850 million private equity firm. Sterling was a key investor in Sylvan when it merged with KEE Systems in 1991. In 2007 Mr. McGee led the going private transaction of Educate, Inc. for Sterling. In June 2007, Mr. McGee left Sterling to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Holding Company for the Educate companies. Additionally, he currently assists Laureate Education, Inc. with certain acquisition projects as an advisor with oversight responsibilities. Mr. McGee still serves on the Walden University Board which is a subsidiary of Laureate Education, Inc.Mr. McGee received his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 1978 and is a CPA.
 

Al Capitanini

Al Capitanini
  • President, Italian Village Restaurants
Alfredo (AI) Capitanini is currently third generation President of the Italian Village Restaurants. Mr. Capitanini holds a MBA from DePaul University and received his BA (Finance) from the University of Notre Dame. He has extensive experience in finance, management, and consulting. Currently, Mr. Capitanini serves as Vice­President of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Chicago Loop Alliance, National Restaurant Association, Gruppo Ristoratori Committee, Illinois/Chicago Chamber of Commerce and an active fundraiser for Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago. Mr. Capitanini has been an acting Kendall Board member since 2000 and on the Executive, Finance and Presidential oversight committees.
 

Beverly Bryant, Ed.D.

Beverly Bryant, Ed.D.
  • Director and Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Administration
Dr. Beverly A. Bryant is Director of Hospitality and Tourism Administration at North Carolina Central University, School of Business. She has over 30 years of higher education experience and is a full professor. Dr. Bryant is a certified Hospitality Educator and a Corporate and International Etiquette Consultant. She is a graduate of Auburn University and Tuskegee University where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Bryant is also the current President of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners and has over 15 years of meeting planning experience for regional and national associations.
 

Carol L. Kizer, CCE, RD, FMP, HAAC

Carol L. Kizer, CCE, RD, FMP, HAAC
  • Hospitality Management Chair Emeritus, Columbus State Community College
Carol Kizer earned her Masters in Higher Education from Ohio University. Mrs. Kizer’s experience includes instructing at both Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College in the Hospitality and Food service Management fields. She currently serves on the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE).
 

David Kipley

David Kipley
  • President and CEO, Construction Methods, Inc.
David C. Kipley is a broadly experienced construction executive with over 40 years of experience in commercial, industrial and institutional general contracting. Mr. Kipley is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Construction Methods and Technologies. Formed in 2002, the firm specializes in providing project management and owner representation services. Prior to Construction Methods and Technologies, Mr. Kipley was President and CEO of Kipley Construction Company, where he started in 1965. Kipley Construction was a leading general contractor which specialized in difficult and unusual projects in commercial, industrial, and institutional construction. During his term as President and CEO, the company successfully completed a wide variety of projects for such clients as the First National bank of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Brookfield Zoo, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and Ameritech among other. Mr. Kipley is a 1965 graduate of Kendall College.
 

Linda Bacin

Linda Bacin
  • President, Bella Bacinos
 

Michael Huckaby

Michael Huckaby
  • Chief Executive Officer, Laureate Hospitality and Culinary Education
Michael Huckaby is chief executive officer of Laureate Hospitality and Culinary Education (LHE), which includes Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.; Les Roches International School of Hotel Management with campuses in Switzerland, Spain, Jordan, and China; Glion Institute of Higher Education with campuses in Switzerland and the United Kingdom; and Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Leura and Sydney, Australia. He is passionate about hospitality management education and the opportunities afforded by one of the most dynamic and growing industries in the world. Huckaby has become an advocate for the graduates from LHE’s schools and their contributions to the global experience industry: luxury retail, sports management, and private banking, to name a few, which require the skills, training, knowledge, and customer-oriented focus acquired in hospitality education.Since joining Laureate Education, Inc. in 2005, Huckaby helped establish Les Roches and Glion among the top three schools for an international career in hospitality management worldwide.* Under his leadership, LHE has grown into a network of four institutions, totaling nine campuses, and hospitality and culinary certificate programs offered at universities in Latin America, Asia, and the United States.Prior to joining Laureate, Huckaby served in international management roles at global health company, Merial, and Colgate-Palmolive. An entrepreneur, he also founded and served as the chief executive officer of Culture Trading Company, an international import and design company of home furnishing and apparel accessories. Huckaby is a member of the board of directors at Les Roches, Switzerland; Les Roches Jin Jiang, Shanghai; Les Roches Gruyere University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Australia; and Kendall College. He also serves on the advisory board of the Key School, a private K–12 school in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.Huckaby graduated from the University of Alabama with an MBA with a concentration in International Business and a bachelor’s in finance. He also completed executive studies in Japanese Economic and Management Principles at Chiba University in Japan. Not only has he traveled to more than 70 countries, he has also lived in Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French, Italian, and Japanese.*According to a survey conducted in 2013 by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) Travel & Tourism (U.K.), the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis.
 

Robert R. Roehrich, Ph.D.

Robert R. Roehrich, Ph.D.
  • Founder and President, Roehrich and Associates LLC
Dr. Roehrich is founder and president of Synergistic Strategies Consulting, a higher education consulting company he founded in 1999. Based in Colorado Springs, CO, he provides leadership coaching, accreditation strategies, process improvement, assessment and organizational development, and turnaround consulting services to proprietary and non­profit organizations in the higher education industry. He has over 20 years of experience in C­level positions in large and medium­sized organizations, multi-campus, international and distance education environments and has served on governance and advisory boards. He has been a Consultant Evaluator, conference presenter and Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and received their distinguished service award for years of outstanding contributions. Dr. Roehrich is an Executive Coach at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado providing leadership coaching for over 30 Fortune 100 senior executives. Dr. Roehrich holds a doctorate degree in vocational­technical education from The Ohio State University where he spent several years at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, aka the Center for Employment and Training. Author of several published articles, he has made conference presentations and serves on the boards of the National Center for Competency Testing, Kansas City and Kendall College, Chicago and is an advisor member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils. Academically, Dr. Roehrich is an Executive Founding Faculty member at MaxKnowledge, an online training organization based in California.
 

Roger McKinney

Roger McKinney
  • Vice President and CFO, Laureate Global Products and Services
Roger McKinney leads the FP&A and Accounting / Control functions of the LGPS Group and is responsible for the integrity of reporting and financial statement presentation and for forecasting, budgeting and planning activities. Mr. McKinney earned his BSBA from Western Carolina University in 1980.
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