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

Greetings, NENA Colleagues! 

Greetings NENA Colleagues! 

The 10th Annual NENA Federation Conference is April 4 - 6, 2024!

Until the conference, we'll be sending an update with deadline reminders and other important announcements. We'll also be updating our website regularly. You are also encouraged to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for recommendations on interesting things to see and do in beautiful Portland, Maine.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline: 2/15

Due to overwhelming enthusiasm and numerous requests, we're thrilled to announce that the deadline for submitting your papers and proposals for the NENA Spring Conference has been extended once again to February 15, 2024.

Our thanks to those colleagues who've submitted conference proposals. We've received some great proposals for professional development, research, and posters. There is just over a week to go to submit your proposal. Click here to access the submission link.

Why Submit?

1.        Showcase your expertise to a diverse audience.

2.        Connect with like-minded professionals.

3.        Contribute to the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry.

4.        Opportunities for recognition, awards, and publication in esteemed journals - IJGHT or JHTE.

Click here to access the submission link.

Legacy Lecture Nominations – Deadline: February 5

 The Legacy Lecture is a highlight of the NENA Spring Conference.  All NENA Federation members are eligible to submit a nomination for a current or former member of our federation community who has made significant contributions to the NENA, ICHRIE, and Hospitality Education and research. Self-nominations are also welcome. Click here to submit your Legacy Lecture nomination. 

Conference Scholarships – Deadline: February 29

The NENA Board is excited to offer individual conference registrations to three (3) eligible NENA members for this year’s NENA Federation Conference.  This is to support those members who may have limited or no funding from their institutions.  Click here to access the scholarship application link.  

Tentative Conference Schedule 

Many members have asked about the conference schedule – the committee is getting close but won't be able to finalize it until all conference submissions have been reviewed. However, we know you want to make your travel plans and are happy to share the following overview: 




Thursday, 4/4

4:30 - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception
(includes transportation between hotel and venue)

Friday, 4/5

8:00 am  - 4:00 pm

Conference Sessions: Professional Development, Research Presentations, Posters, and Panel
(Includes breakfast and lunch)


4:00 - 5:00 pm

Conference Awards Reception

Saturday, 4/6

8:00 - 10:00 am

Federation Meeting and Legacy Lecture
(includes breakfast)


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conference Sessions: Professional Development and Panel


1:00 - 3:00 pm

Optional Foodie Tour (additional fee applies)


Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

20 Milk Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Please call for reservations: (207) 774-4200

Room Block Rade is Available: April 3 - 7; Please call the hotel to book the block rate; our group name is ICHRIE NENA.

For those planning to fly to the conference, you may be able to save money by flying into Boston instead of Portland.  Concord Coach Lines bus departs regularly from Logan Airport to Portland, Maine. You can then take a 5-minute taxi or uber to the conference site from the bus stop.


Thank you!

Your dedication to advancing the hospitality and tourism field is truly commendable, and we appreciate your commitment to making the NENA Spring Conference a success.

Maureen Peters Gittelman

NENA Federation Secretary


Dear Colleagues,

I hope this email finds you well. As Past President, one of my responsibilities is to chair the NENA nominations/awards committee and coordinate the election for open leadership positions on the NENA Board. This year the following positions are open:

Vice President


Director of Conference and Events

Director of Education

I would like to thank the amazing and supportive Nominations Committee: Abena Aidoo Hewton, George Mason University; Donna Albano, Stockton University; Ya-Ling Chen, SUNY Brockport University, and David Schweiger, Northampton Community College for their dedication and work this year in putting together a slate of very qualified candidates. The NENA Board officially approved the slate (per the bylaws) at their February 6, 2024 meeting.

Below is a link to the NENA Website where you can learn about the candidates running for each of these board positions. This viewing period will run for one week and the election will officially open on February 15, 2024, and run for 30 days per the NENA bylaws and close on March 15, 2024. NENA members will be sent a separate email with instructions on voting right before the election opens. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best Regards,





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