North East North American Federation

A Message from the NENA Federation

In my first Communique article, back in September 2013, I challenged our NENA members to get more actively involved in the Federation. Although I don’t have hard evidence to support this, I do believe this challenge was met.

In November, we had a large, and very successful, Alligator Hour at the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show in New York City.

In March, 38 NENA members attended our 2nd Annual NENA Regional Conference at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

Finally, in May, we awarded two Promise Award scholarships to two very deserving students in the amount of $500 each. Each of the aforementioned events took the dedication and commitment of many of you to make them successful. For that, I am truly thankful.

In July, at the ICHRIE conference, we will have the opportunity to officially welcome new members, and thank returning members, of the NENA executive board. The executive board for the 2014-2015 year is:

President, Kirsten Tripodi (first year as President, second year on executive board)
Vice President, Annette Graham (first year)
Treasurer, Michelle Moseley (first year)
Secretary, Suzanne Bagnera (second year of second term)
Director of Research, Nelson Barber (second year)
Director of Networking, Ajay Aluri (second year)
Director of Education, Sheryl Kline (first year)
Director of Industry Relations, Ronisha Goodwin (first year)
Director of Member Services, Bob Nelson (first year of second term)
Director of Marketing, Melissa Van Hyfte (first year)

I would also like to sincerely thank Paul Bagdan, Karl Atlow, and Dave Cranage who completed their term on the executive board this past year. It was truly a pleasure serving with each of you.

I am hopeful that many of you will be able to attend the ICHRIE conference in San Diego. Beyond the benefits offered through CHRIE for attending the event, you will also be able to celebrate with one of our own NENA members on Friday evening. Dr. Reginald Foucar-Szocki, from James Madison University, will receive the prestigious Howard B. Meek award. Many of you know Reg to have a service-minded heart and would agree that he is more than deserving of this award.

As this will be my final Communique article as President of NENA CHRIE, I want to take a moment to thank all of you. I truly enjoyed my time this past year serving as President of NENA. I can honestly say that I would not have had such an enjoyable experience if it were not for many of you. Again, thank you. I hope to see you all in San Diego in July.

Michael O’Fallon 


Kirsten Tripodi is President of North East North American Federation. Kirsten.

NENA Minutes

2014 Promise Award Winner

The North East North American Federation (NENA) of the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (ICHRIE) NENA Promise Award is pleased to announce

Robin Mark Black

was the Graduate Award Winner of the 2014 NENA Promise Award Scholarship for the sum of $500.00, intended for the purchase of textbooks or school supplies to aid in the scholastic development of the student.

The Promise Award recognizes students for their overall potential for success in the hospitality/culinary industry, including contributions that they have made during their employment experiences.