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North East North American Federation


Jennifer Forney
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

"Almost Heaven" at WVU


This year our Federation held our elections early as we work to align our federation with the updated ICHRIE election timeline. We are excited the new leadership for 2020-2021 will be starting the onboarding process starting with our February board meeting.  Our goal for this early onboarding is to ensure that the leadership team is knowledgeable and ready to serve you.  We would like to thank Lynsey Madison for her time as the Director of Education, and Damien Duchamp as the Director of Membership & Development, and Lauren McCulligan as the Director of Conference & Events. The newly elected 2020-2021 NENA leadership team include:

  • Theresa Lind, James Madison University: Incoming President
  • Kirstin Tripodi, Sacred Heart University: Incoming Vice President
  • Joe Scarcelli, York College: Treasurer, incoming second term
  • Leslie Scamacca, LaGuardia Community College: Incoming Director of Education
  • Tracey Michaud, Southern Maine University: Incoming Director of Membership & Development
  • Tony Kim, James Madison University: Incoming Director of Conference & Events


The NENA Leadership is so excited to connect with our members March 27-29 2020 at the 7th Annual Regional NENA Conference!!

Explore the Diverse World of Hospitality & Tourism and come and experience “Almost Heaven” packed with hospitality innovations, trends, and adventure. This conference offers unconventional thinking and disruptive ideas in the industry and academia.

  • Tours of the Hospitality Innovation and Technology (HIT) Lab and Campus will be available, and we have some major key note speakers on the schedule. 
  • Do not forget to reserve a West Virginia adventure package, for example, rock climbing, zip lining and guided hikes! Most importantly, stay refreshed during the weekend with morning yoga and Zumba!


  • As a final touch, there will be personalized dinner-tours of local food, WV craft beer, and WV bourbon on both days of the conference!

All the information you need to register for this amazing conference and book your WV adventure is listed below.  We look forward to seeing you there to meet new friends and colleagues, as well as, reconnect and network with everyone!


Conference Registration:

Complete your registration here

Early Bird $99

Graduate Student $75

Conference Fee $150, after February 28th


Hotel Information:

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place

Two Waterfront Place

Morgantown, West Virginia 26501


Adventure WV

Check out some of the great outdoor adventure activities exclusive to conference attendees:


Conference Contacts:

  • Research Questions? Contact the Director of Research, Gilpatrick Hornsby, at
  • Conference Registration Questions? Contact Vice President Theresa Lind, at
  • Questions about the Host Campus? Contact NENA President, Jennifer Forney, at



A new addition to our regional conference this year is our programming for how to work effectively with high school partners.  We have created three scholarships for High School Educators.  Each scholarship is $200 towards travel and lodging expenses, as well as, conference registration. In addition, we will be offering a discounted registration rate of $75 for our High School Educator partners. 

If you know a high school educator who may be interested in attending our regional conference please contact: 


Speaking of Scholarships, the application link for the NENA Promise Awards will be sent out soon!

For all the latest updates, follow us on Twitter: @nenachrie and Facebook: @ICHRIENENA!

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Please feel free to contact me directly at with any comments, questions, or concerns.  See you next month!


In Hospitality,

Jennifer Forney

NENA President


Federation Overview
Meet the NENA Federation Board

NENA Promise Award Information
2020 Call for Proposals and Reviewers


RFP Proposal Form

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