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Karrie Teel
Director of Education & Communications
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association 
27 E. Monroe St. | Suite 1200 
Chicago, IL 60603
O: 312-346-3135 x233
F: 312-346-6036
E: 
KTeel@IllinoisHotels.org

 

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YOUR IHLAEF PLEDGE DOLLARS MAKE A DIFFERENCE 
IN THE YOUNG HOSPITALITY LEADERS OF TOMMORROW!

Your corporate and/or individual contributions are essential to the success of deserving college students who have chosen hospitality as their career of choice. We hope you will join our efforts to support the Foundation Scholarship Program and make an investment in the industry that means so much to all of us.

DONATE TODAY 

IHLAEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Ron Vlasic
Regional Vice President
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants             

VICE CHAIRMAN
David Sowell

CCS Prime

TREASURER
Dale McFarland

General Manager 
President & CEO  
KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark 
Veracity Hospitality

 
SECRETARY
Ed Copeland

Kendall College

PRESIDENT & CEO
Marc Gordon

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carol Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor
Roosevelt University 
Manfred Steinfeld School of 
Hospitality & Tourism Management 

Rich Cialabrini        
Senior Association 
Relationship Manager
Constellation  

Ed Copeland 
Instructor
Kendall College 

Kim Corrigan 
General Manager 
Renaissance Blackstone Chicago 

Paul Daly 
General Manager
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Shevket Dardovski
Vice President 
Standard Parking 

Mike Feigenbaum    
General Manager
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Marc Gordon
President & CEO
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

Jim Gould
Principal
Horizon Hotel Group

Peter Hoffman
Senior Vice President, Operations
Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Misty Johanson 
Director
DePaul University 
School of Hospitality Leadership
Driehaus College of Business

Arnie Karr
President
Karr & Associates, Inc.

Dale McFarland
General Manager 
President & CEO  
KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark 
Veracity Hospitality

Ginny Morrison
VP, Sales & Marketing
Spire Hospitality

Michelle Ohlhaber
Publisher         
Where Publications 

David Prentiss, CHA 
Regional Director of Operations 
Pillar Hotels & Resorts 

Andy Schwebel

David Sowell
CCS Prime

Lisa Timbo 
General Manager
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Ron Vlasic
Regional Vice President
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

IHLAEF Scholarships

The 2015 IHLAEF scholarship application period is now closed. 
Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available in January.  

Please visit www.ahlef.org for national hospitality scholarships.

The Educational Foundation Signature Scholarships

Each year, IHLAEF awards academic scholarships to deserving Illinois college students pursuing hospitality management degrees throughout the country. The Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and determines the amount of scholarships to be awarded. Scholarships are available in amounts ranging from $2,000 up to $5,000 per academic year. 

Choose Chicago Scholarship
Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who demonstrate a passion for their future hospitality career. 

Hostmark Hospitality Group, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student for their academic year in honor of the continued dedication to our industry by "Bob" Cataldo of Hostmark Hospitality Group, an award-winning independent hospitality company. 

Other Named Scholarships 
-Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship 
-Constellation Scholarship 
-Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship 
-Hyatt Scholarship 
-Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship 

Additional scholarships will be awarded to eligible students starting from $2,000.

Previous Named Scholarships 
-Gerald J. Roper Scholarship 
-J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
-Richard B. Guggenheim Scholarship

Congratulations to Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients! 
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Choose Chicago Scholarship Recipient 
Caitlin Frech - Roosevelt University 
 
Choose Chicago Scholarship Recipient 
Maxwell Herbert - Kendall College
 
Hostmark Hospitality Group, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship Recipient
Miranda Pearson - Eastern Illinois University

Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship Recipient 
Abby Clark - DePaul University

Constellation Scholarship Recipient
Dana Bartolon - DePaul University
 
Gerald J. Roper Scholarship Recipient
Lindsey Wehking - DePaul University
 
Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship Recipient 
Daniel Weise - DePaul University 
 
Hyatt Scholarship Recipient
Christopher Contos - DePaul University
 
Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship Recipient
Matthew Korman - Cornell University
 
IHLAEF General Scholarship Recipients 
Carrie Burt - Northern Illinois University          
Cole Demet - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Acasia Gibson - University of Alabama            
Ariella Gibson - University of Alabama 
Nicole Griffin - Lincoln Land Community College         
Joshua Heiger - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign     
Daren Hooper - University of Missouri 
Rebecca Jurevis - Northern Illinois University  
Jesica Leon - Roosevelt University        
Brittany Walder - Southern Illinois University Carbondale        
Paige Zimmerman - Purdue University            
Matthew Zyburt - Purdue University 

READ MORE ABOUT OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS HERE