Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Meet Our Board of Directors

The programs, funds, activities and initiatives of the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier are managed by our Board of Directors. It is comprised of chapter leaders who are elected by the membership each fall.


Joan Brower - President

Job Title: Principal, The Dilenschneider Group
Professional Skills: Communicator and Marketer of food, fine wine and hospitality; a public relations professional, who believes in an integrated approach that brings culture to life through tourism and culinary experiences.
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: President
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Secretary, Public Relations Committee Cochair
Proudest Accomplishment: Two grown sons, who are not only outstanding professionals (veterinary surgeon; biotech executive), but also caring individuals and committed amateur cooks
Favorite Place to Visit: Everywhere and anywhere in my hometown -- New York City
Favorite Food: Duck in any form
Fun Fact: My cousin was the late Dr. Phoebus Levene, an American biochemist who discovered the components of DNA. Perhaps my love of food, wine and hospitality has its genesis in DNA mapping!

Sharon Franke - Vice President

 Job Title: Director, Kitchen Appliances and Technology of Good Housekeeping Institute

Professional Skills: Magazine writing, editing, testing kitchen equipment, recipe development, food styling, public speaking
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: Vice President
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Director at Large, Programs Committee Cochair, Communications Committee Cochair
Proudest Accomplishment: Raising an accomplished daughter
Favorite Place to Visit: Westport, CT... that's where my grandkids live
Favorite Food: Scrambled Eggs
Fun Fact: "I cook on a 67-year old Magic Chef range with an oven that has to be lit with a match!"

Ronnie Campbell - Secretary

 Job Title: President, The Burrell Group, Ltd

Professional Skills: Public Relations and Communications Specialist
Member Since: 2010
Current Board Position: Secretary
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Director at Large, Communications and Website Committee Chair
Proudest Accomplishment: There are several, and becoming a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier NY was certainly one!
Favorite Place to Visit: Anywhere in New York and Cape Cod
Favorite Food: All Italian, but especially polenta and risotto when done just right
Fun Fact: My life’s path was totally unplanned but meant to be!

Cathy Fazzolari - Treasurer

 Job Title: Co-owner, D. Coluccio and Sons, Inc

Professional Skills: Executive company decisions, buyer, coordinator of all imported products and private labeled goods. Liaison with all Italian vendors and customers. Controller of accounts receivables and payables. Control and supervise all employees. Fluent in Italian.
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: Treasurer
Proudest Accomplishment: Being a mother of three children and working full time
Favorite Place to Visit: Italy
Favorite Food: Pasta with fish sauce
Fun Fact:I am an amazing home cook, who has taught various home cooking classes

Beth Allen - Director at Large

 Job Title: President, Beth Allen Associates, Inc.

Professional Skills: Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer and Producer of 23 illustrated cookbooks
Member Since: 2002
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: President, Vice President, Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Website Cochair; LDEI President, Immediate Past President, First Vice President, Chapter Board Liaison
Proudest Accomplishment: Married John Allen (with the same last name as mine) over twenty-five years ago and still happily married
Favorite Place to Visit: Paris, where I attended cooking school, returned for my honeymoon and celebrated several holidays
Favorite Food: Brandied Baked Ham with Mom’s Baking Powder Biscuits
Fun Fact: Personally baked over 100 cheesecakes-to-die-for while creating the Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook

Donna Boland - Director at Large

 Job Title: Culinary Instructor, Recipe Developer, Recipe Tester

Professional Skills: Educator, Hospital Administrator and Registered Nurse
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Proudest Accomplishment: Raising my son and daughter
Favorite Place to Visit: Too hard to pick one - Paris, Rome or anywhere with a beautiful beach
Favorite Food: Pasta-it's in my blood!
Fun Fact: I am a total cat lover

Joan Coukos Todd - Director at Large

 Job Title: CEO and Chocolatier of Chocolat Moderne

Professional Skills: In current life, recipe, product and packaging development; branding (all learned on the job). In past life, financial services
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Proudest Accomplishment: Founding Chocolat Moderne and winning the sofi™ Gold Award for Outstanding Chocolate in both 2012 and 2013
Favorite Place to Visit: Paris, once a Francophile always a Francophile…
Favorite Food: Salmon, caviar, (both of those can be with or without blini), oysters
Fun Fact: I lived in Moscow for 6 years in the 90’s when I was in banking; fluent in Russian

Karen Goodlad - Director at Large

 Job Title: Assistant Professor

Professional Skills: Education
Member Since: 2010
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Delegate to LDEI 2015 and 2016, Scholarship Co-Chair 2012-2015 and Member at Large 2011-2012
Proudest Accomplishment: Is still in the works: raising my children.
Favorite Place to Visit: Just one? Impossible. I will find a path to meander, hopefully with hills, and I will explore it with pleasure.
Favorite Food: Chocolate and anything I grow in my garden but not necessarily together.
Fun Fact: My maiden and married names merge to be Goodvino, perfect for a wine professional!

May Matta-Aliah - Director at Large

 Job Title: President, In the Grape

Professional Skills: Wine & Spirits Education
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Scholarship Committee member, Scholarship Committee co-chair
Proudest Accomplishment: I have been happily married to my best friend for 24 years and I have an amazing son that puts a smile on my face every morning.
Favorite Place to Visit: It's a tie between any place in the Caribbean where I can see my toes in the clear turquoise waters, and cool underground cellars lined with dusty old bottles of wine that have been resting there for decades.
Favorite Food: Cheese and chocolate (don't make me pick!)
Fun Fact: I cannot stand to see a body of water on a hot summer day and not jump right into it.

Barbara Sibley - Director at Large

 Job Title: Chef Owner of La Palapa and La Palapa Taco Bar, Creative Director of Holiday Cocktail Lounge, Co-Founder and Director of The San Miguel Poetry Week, Delegate of the New York Chapter of the Conservatorio de La Gastronomía Mexicana: http://www.ccgm.mx/ccgm/Conservatorio de la Cultura Gastronomica Mexicana

Professional Skills: Restaurant and Bar Development and Management, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Educator, Food Writer.
Member Since: 2013
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: First time on the Board
Proudest Accomplishment: Life in the culinary world is truly an accumulation of many accomplishments. Opening La Palapa Taco Bar this past year was a testament to that!
Favorite Place to Visit: Tepoztlán, Mexico to shop and eat in its wonderful market
Favorite Food: Tamales
Fun Fact: I studied Anthropolgy – which is very useful when explaining Mexican culture and cuisine!

Marjorie Wolfson - Director at Large

 Job Title: Managing Director, Wellness in the Schools

Professional Skills: Program development and operations, event production and catering
Member Since: 2015
Current Board Position: Director at Large
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: None
Proudest Accomplishment: Raising 2 daughters
Favorite Place to Visit: Paris
Favorite Food: Linguini with Clam Sauce
Fun Fact: I love Bruce Springsteen

Deborah Mintcheff - Parliamentarian

 Job Title: President, Food Style, Inc. and Founder, LiveForwardCoaching

Professional Skills: Cookbook Editor and Certified Life Coach
Member Since: 2000
Current Board Position: LDEI Chapter Board Liaison, LDNY Parliamentarian
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: President, Copresident, Treasurer, Director at Large, Membership Committee Cochair, Public Relations Committee Cochair, Induction Cochair, Scholarship Committee Treasurer, Nominating Committee Chair, Website Cochair, Fales Library Initiative Cochair, Parliamentarian
Proudest Accomplishment: Being the best daughter possible
Favorite Place to Visit: Paris, where I can enjoy all the Brie and baguette I want and not gain an ounce!
Favorite Food: Dover Sole Meuniére (on the bone)
Fun Fact: I founded Biscuits 'n' Bones, a dog-biscuit company specializing in treats for dogs with food allergies

Linda Lawry - Immediate Past President

Job Title: Director, International Wine Center
Professional Skills: Educator
Member Since: 2005
Current Board Position: Immediate Past President
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: President, Director at Large Programs Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Conference Delegate, Scholarship Committee Member, Scholarship Committee Cochair
Proudest Accomplishment: Have been teaching professional wine classes for 25 years and still love it
Favorite Place to Visit: So many, it’s hard to pick only one—but Paris
Favorite Food: Smoked salmon and caviar—with champagne, of course!
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