Our Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a network of passionate, globally-minded industry professionals dedicated to the international mission of alleviating poverty by empowering underprivileged young adults through economic and employment opportunity via the hospitality industry. 

Our objective for the Advisory Board is to have an open platform of dialogue on specific issues facing EGBOK, where industry experts address topics directly contributing to the health and longevity of the organization. 

Topics Include:

  • Identify and help provide resources needed to grow the organization 
  • Input on curriculum development and means of providing resources 
  • Leveraging on-site experiential learning programming
  • Strategies for leveraging social media and marketing to serve donors, potential donors, volunteers, etc.
  • Program ideas for alumni professional development
  • Approaches for nurturing mutually beneficial relationships with local hotel employers
  • Raise visibility and awareness of EGBOK worldwide and within their own professional and personal communities
  • Offer strategies for fundraising within the global hospitality community and other sources

Barbara Lang is our Advisory Board Chairperson

Dryden, NY, USA
B. Lang Consulting

Learn more about Barbara

Richard Adie
Ithaca, NY, USA
Statler Hotel
General Manager

Shereen Bong
Director of Talent Management, Asia Pacific 

Ken deLaski
Portland, OR, USA
Vibrant Village Foundation
Founder & President 

Cathy Enz
Ithaca, NY, USA
Cornell University, 
School of Hotel Administration
Professor of Strategy 

Ansell Hawkins
New York, NY, USA
Chambers Hotel
General Manager

Beth Justus
San Diego, CA, USA
Piazza Travel
Travel Advisor  

Barbara Lang
Advisory Board Chair Person
Dryden, NY, USA
B. Lang Consulting

Shi’ai Liang
Hong Kong
Marriott International     Director of Hotel Development, Asia Pacific


René Lim
Hong Kong
Hyatt International, 
Asia Pacific, Limited
Director of Financial Analysis

Howard Mason
Cambridge, UK
Freelance Consultant  

Emily O’Keefe
Evanston, IL, USA
Northwestern University
Kellogg School & McKinsey & Co.
Student & Summer Associate 

John O’Sullivan
Punta Minta, Mexico
Four Seasons Resort Punta Minta
General Manager

Ken Pelletier
Chicago, IL, USA
Self Employed 

Hannah Phan
Ithaca, NY, USA
Cornell University
Khmer Language Instructor 

Michael Sands
Chicago, IL, USA
EGBOK Volunteer

Atish Shah
Orlando, FL, USA
Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Juliana “Jo” Snapp
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Transitions Global
Clinical Director

Ariane Steinbeck
London, UK
RPW Design, Ltd.
Managing Director 

Masahiro Taguchi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton Hotel Hanoi
General Manager 

Carmen Teo
Mindful Insights
Founder and Mindfulness Trainer

Chris Thonis
Chicago, IL, USA
Ogilvy Worldwide
Account Supervisor/Media Strategist 

Bruce Tracey
Groton, NY, USA
Cornell University
School of Hotel Administration
Professor of Management 

Dave Vollenweider
Dryden, NY, USA
Formerly Master Electrician

Patty Ard
Ithaca, NY, USA
Cornell University, 
Office of the Provost
Administrative Manager

Jay Zweibaum
Pleasantville, NY, USA
Aramark International
Vice President Operations, International

Krista Weih
Charlottesville, VA, USA
CFA Institute
Meeting Manager 

Bill Whitely
Wayzata, MN, USA
Tamber Health

Jeff Weilgopolan
Houston, TX, USA
Forbes Travel Guide
Director, Learning & Development 

Andrej Wisniewski
Manila, Philippines
Raintree Hospitality
Vice President

Ilse Wittens
FRHI International
Director Project Management, 
Hotel Openings & Integration

Craig Witty
Winnetka, IL, USA
Grant Thornton LLP
Chief Legal Administrative Officer

Nancy Witty
Winnetka, IL, USA
International Society of Stem Cell Research
CEO/Executive Director