North East North American Federation

Looking Forward to the Future of NENA

As I am writing my first Communique article, I am anticipating what a great conference ICHRIE hosted in Grapevine. My first ICHRIE conference was in 1993 in Chicago. I still remember how overwhelmed I felt with all of the information provided at the conference, yet very excited at all of the networking opportunities I had encountered. I was so pumped to get back into the classroom in the fall to share with my students all of the wonderful information on the ever changing hospitality industry.

Twenty+ years later, I still feel the same way when I think about an ICHRIE conference. The information gained and the friendships made are so extremely important for us as hospitality educators.

At the ICHRIE conference in July, we will have the opportunity to officially welcome new members and thank returning members of the NENA Federation executive board. The NENA Federation of ICHRIE executive board for 2016/2017 is:

David Schweiger, Northampton Community College

Vice President
Erinn Tucker, Temple University

Jennifer Forney, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Suzanne Bagnara, Boston University

Director of Research
Ajay Aluri, West Virginia University

Director of Education
Ruth Lee O’Rourke, University of Maryland at Eastern Shore

Director of Member Services
Paul Bagden, Johnson & Wales University

Director of Networking
Theresa Lind, James Madison University

Director of Marketing
Rick Lagiewski, Rochester Institute of Technology

Director of Industry Relations
Ronisha Goodwin, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Immediate Past President
Annette Graham, The Culinary Institute of America

SAVE THE DATE to attend the NENA Federation of ICHRIE 5th Annual Conference the weekend of March 31 thru April 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, hosted by Temple University. This year’s theme is “Pursue Your Educational Happiness.” Mark your calendars to attend.

Also in 2017 the NENE Federation of ICHRIE will be assisting with the Annual ICHRIE Summer conference to be held July 26th thru 28th in Baltimore, Maryland, a first time host city for ICHRIE. The conference will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Come “BMORE in Baltimore.”

I look forward to serving as the NENA Federation President for the next academic year. I welcome any NENA member to reach out to me at or 01 (610) 332-8660 so we can chat about the future of NENA.

David F. Schweiger


   David Schweiger is President of North East North American Federation. David.



2016 Promise Award Winners

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

Sarah London

2016 Fred Mayo Undergraduate recipient of NENA Promise Award Scholarship


Sujin Song

2016 Jim Bardi Graduate recipient of NENA Promise Award Scholarship 

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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.

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