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Amy Bardwell, President of CentralCHRIE

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Welcome to CentralCHRIE!

Hello all,

I am very excited to serve as the CentralCHRIE Federation President for the 2023-2024 term. My name is Amy Bardwell, I am an Associate Professor at Illinois State University, where I am actively engaged in curriculum development and program coordination for the Food & Beverage Management major. I have also had the opportunity to serve on the CentralCHRIE board of directors since 2020, initially as the Director of Education (2020-2022), and then as the Vice President (2022-2023). I am looking forward to this year and the opportunities it presents for CentralCHRIE.

It was great seeing many of you at the annual conference in Phoenix, AZ this summer. Thank you to everyone who voted in the CentralCHRIE elections. Please join me in congratulating our new board members and welcoming back our returning board members.

Amy M. Bardwell, President, Illinois State University

Lu Zhang, Vice President, Michigan State University

Susan Gordon, Immediate Past President, Purdue University

SoJung Lee, Secretary, Iowa State University

Craig Webster, Treasurer, Ball State University

Lan Li, Director of Education, Northern Illinois University

Vernetta Kosalka, Director of Industry Relations, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ally Lee, Director of Marketing, Purdue University

Yeasun Chung, Director of Members Services, Oklahoma State University

Shawn Jung, Director of Networking, Purdue University

Hugo Tang, Director of Research, Purdue University

The 2023 CentralCHRIE conference was held at Purdue University from 19-20 October 2023. We had more than 30 participants representing 11 universities in the CentralCHRIE Federation, industry, and ICHRIE. By joining the Spirit of Hospitality Summit, CentralCHRIE participants were able to hear industry leaders speak on important hospitality topics, network, and engage with three keynote speakers. Thank you to Purdue University White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management for providing CentralCHRIE an opportunity to engage with the 2023 Summit. You can read my wrap-up about the whole event and see pictures on the ICHRIE blog.

Don’t forget that our monthly ZoomIN! events are held on the fourth Friday of each month. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook for the latest on those sessions. If you are interested in presenting one of the sessions or have an idea for a session, please contact the Director of Education, Lan Li at [email protected].


Amy M. Bardwell, PhD

CentralCHRIE President (2023-2024)



We hold monthly ZoomIn! sessions at 1PM CT every Fourth Friday, so please follow our social media for the latest on those sessions. If you are interested in presenting one of the sessions or have an idea for a session, please contact Lan Li at [email protected]. Afterall, we continue to put the central in CentralCHRIE by focusing on our members!

Join us for our next ZoomIn! 

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Spring ZoomIn!  

Friday, 23 February 2024

Topic: Advancing Health and Well-Being in Hospitality:  Employers Respond to Workforce Expectations

Speaker: Deborah Popely, Professor of Hospitality Management, Kendall College

Join us for the February ZoomIn


Friday 22 March 2024 

Topic: Culinary Diplomacy: Unveiling the Significance of Food in International Sporting Events

Speaker: Jinlin Zhao, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Florida International University

Join us for the March ZoomIn


Friday, 26 April 2024 

Topic: Channel Optimization

Speaker: Matt Schalk, Vice President of Revenue Management, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Join us for the April ZoomIn


ZoomIn! Rewinds

Friday, 2 December 2023 - Dr. Chris Roberts and Dr. Misty Johanson from DePaul University presented on writing external review letters for the tenure and promotion process.



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