About NENA
Meet the Board


North Eastern North American Federation CHRIE is the North Eastern region chapter of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education. The North Eastern Federation is comprised of 13 of the 50 United States & all of Canada: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Be sure to stop by our website at www.nenachrie.com to keep up on all the activities we have in store!


Tracy Michaud, President of NENA



Greetings NENA Colleagues,

I am excited and honored to be your NENA President. I am an Associate Professor of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Southern Maine and focus my scholarship on sustainable tourism development. I have enjoyed many years of ICHRIE NENA membership and have benefited from the conferences and networking. I am fortunate to have an amazing and dedicated group of NENA Executive Committee members to work with this year. Together we look forward to serving you, our members, by continuing to provide valuable networking, educational, and research opportunities.

We hope to welcome more colleagues from Canada as our NENA conference in April will take place in Portland, Maine (hosted by the University of Southern Maine) and this summer we will be in lovely (and cooler than Phoenix!) Montreal for the ICHRIE conference.  We will continue to bring you the Rise and Grind Series and hope to see you all online with your coffee in hand.

Please reach out with your ideas for helping our federation better serve your needs. Have a great year!


Tracy Michaud



Dear NENA Colleagues,

Are you interested in becoming more engaged and making a difference in hospitality and tourism education? It does take a village and we need amazing colleagues like you to help us with the advancing NENA Federation Mission of supporting and providing value for our NENA CHRIE Membership. The NENA Federation Nominating Committee is looking for the following positions in 2024:

Vice President

Eligibility for Vice President:  To be eligible for the office of NENA Vice President, a member shall have been an ICHRIE member for two years and NENA member for one year and must supply a letter of support from their academic institution or business stating commitment for the three years of service.


Eligibility for Treasurer:   To be eligible for the office of NENA Treasurer, a member shall have been an ICHRIE member for two years and a NENA member for one year and must supply a letter of support from their academic institution or business stating commitment for the two years of service.

Director of Education

Eligibility for Director of Education: To be eligible for the office of Director of Research, a member shall have been an ICHRIE member, have a record that demonstrates experience with publications, research grants, or industry research; and must supply a letter of support from their academic institution or business stating commitment for the two years of service.  

Board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings (virtual) and the three general NENA Federation Meetings (Summer during the ICHRIE conference, Fall (can be in person or virtual), and Spring during the NENA Conference). More information about all positions can be found in the NENA Bylaws.

Candidates should email Dr. Jeff Lolli, Immediate Past President, and NENA Nominations Committee Chair at [email protected] their intention to be placed on the ballot, stating which position, and must also include a letter of institutional support from their supervisor (Chair, Director, Dean, etc.). If one member wishes to nominate another member, please check with the member first to ensure they are interested and then they can send the interest email and letter of support directly to me. Should anyone have any questions regarding these positions or would like to discuss responsibilities further, please email and we can set up a time to talk.

The Deadline for submittal of nominations is Friday, January 12, 2024.

The Nominations Committee (Abena Aidoo-Hewton, Donna Albano, Ya-Ling Chen, and David Schweiger) greatly appreciates your consideration of running for a board position.

Wishing everyone the best for a successful end to the semester and a rejuvenating break.



Please join us this Friday, December 1 @ 10:00 AM for our final Fall Semester Rise & Grind.

This month's topic is Going Gradeless: Exploring Upgrading as an Assessment Innovation to Enhance Student Outcomes and Equity.

Please register using this link or use the QR code below to receive your Zoom link.

Save the Date:  April 4-6, 2024

We are thrilled to announce the 10th Annual NENA Spring Conference, April 4-6, 2024 at the University of Southern Maine.  

Come see for yourself why this state is nicknamed Vacationland, has the most photographed lighthouse in the world, and the most James Beard-winning chefs per capita. The theme of the conference should resonate with every institute of higher education and business in the hospitality and tourism industry. We all need to Attract, Engage, and Retain students and employees.   

Call for Submissions – Due January 14, 2024 

Submissions are accepted in all sub-specialties of the hospitality, tourism, and events industry are invited for peer review and presentation. Please click here to download the full Call for Submissions and learn about the five different submission tracks.  

Key Dates:  

  • January 15, 2024 -- Research Submissions deadline, 11:59 PM 
  • January 30, 2024 -- Submission Decisions  
  • February 20, 2024 – Revisions Due for Proceedings 

Be sure to check visit our website, www.nenachrie.com updated conference information in the weeks to come.  


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