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ICHRIE Welcomes Dr. Cynthia Mejia and Dr. Donna Albano to the ICHRIE Board of Directors


Dr. Cynthia Mejia has accepted to take on the role of Interim Director of Education until the ICHRIE Global Conference in Montreal (24-26 July 2024). We would like to thank Dr. Annette Graham for the hard work she has done for ICHRIE and wish her the best of luck in the future. Cynthia is enthusiastic about carrying forward Annette’s legacy and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position. She already has numerous ideas to enhance the value provided to members committed to education. You shall hear from her soon. Welcome on board Cynthia!
Donna Albano, Stockton University, has accepted the role of interim Chair of the Eta Sigma Delta Board of Governors.  We want to thank Tim Flohr for his dedicated service, as he decided to step down from his role. We are immensely grateful to Tim for his outstanding contributions and leadership during his tenure.  Tim will remain active as Immediate Past Chair for the remainder of this year.

Donna has been a part of ICHRIE and ESD for many years in various roles and is well-positioned to steward the mission of ESD. We are confident that Donna will continue to lead us with the same dedication and vision that Tim has displayed throughout his tenure. We thank Donna Albano for her commitment and welcome her to this new role. We remain enthusiastic about the future of ESD and thank both the entire Board of Governors for their time and effort and Mary Richards, ICHRIE for her amazing support for all our work. Thank you for your continued dedication and support of ICHRIE and Eta Sigma Delta.  

Fall 2023 Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) International Travel Show


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Greetings from the Eta Sigma Delta Board of Governors!

I am Kate Price-Howard from Troy University’s Global Campus, with our main campus being in Troy, Alabama. I will be representing ESD in the role of Director of Marketing this academic year and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce, thank, and welcome many of our members and highlight our upcoming events!
As we approach a new academic year and the Fall semester, we would not be able to continue thriving forward without the amazing team of outgoing board members who helped ESD become who we are today. A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to Ralf Burbach (ICHRIE – President), Godwin-Charles Ogbeide (Director of Marketing), Ruth Lee O’Rourke (Immediate Past Chair), and Andrea White-McNeil (SECSA).
While we are sad to see this team leave the board, this also gives us the opportunity to welcome the new members stepping in and stepping up to fulfill their forward progression. Please help me welcome the following: Chrystel Masdupuy (ICHRIE – President), Alessia Moretti (Euro CHRIE) from César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Dr. Heather Lewis (SECSA), and myself as Director of Marketing. Heather and I both represent Troy University.

This year we have some exciting events lined up and wanted to get this information out to all chapters as soon as possible!
  • This fall ESD events will kick off with The International Travel Show in New York, New York from 26-28 October 2023. This event includes a networking and professional development event on Wednesday, 25 October 2023, and the New York City Tourism + Conventions Tour on Thursday, 26 October 2023. Registration is under ESD Events on the ICHRIE webpage!
  • In February 2024, we fly south to Miami, Florida for Eta Sigma Delta’s first Undergraduate Student Research Symposium at FIU (north campus) on 21 February 2023. This will coincide with the famous South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) hosted by FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. For those interested in the event industry, there are plenty of opportunities available to gain hands-on experience by volunteering for this event!
  • In May 2024, we will head to Chicago, Illinois for the National Restaurant Association Show from 18-21 May 2024. This will include a back-of-the-house show tour and many networking opportunities!
We hope that you will help us market these exciting international events for our ESD students, faculty, and affiliates and we hope to see you there!
Make sure to establish a chapter, if your college doesn’t already have one, and let this serve as a reminder to renew your current memberships as well. These are all exciting opportunities to increase industry awareness and engagement with your hospitality and tourism students!
Kate Price-Howard
Eta Sigma Delta Board of Governors

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