Meet the LDNY Board

LDNY Board members are elected by their peers to guide the organization’s mission for a two-year term


The work that LDNY has done in the past years is remarkable. To keep our organization in the forefront, we will seek socially-conscious sponsors to partner with us as we support the emerging young women in our industry through scholarships, education, and networking. We are excited to now include farmers and other grass-roots food producers to our organization as they will help us round out our distinguished membership.

We look forward to reaching our goals with the support of our members and partners. 

Incoming President Barbara Sibley and
Immediate Past President Wanda Mann


Barbara Sibley was born and raised in Mexico City. An anthropologist, for many years she collected traditional, rare, and ancient Mexican recipes, including 17th Century recipes from Mexico’s convents following the traditions of the Mayoras, the women leaders of Mexican kitchens. Her extensive experience led her to open La Palapa Cocina Mexicana in 2000. As a truly authentic Mexican restaurant, La Palapa has been awarded the “Disctinctivo” by the Sabores Autenticos de Mexico Foundation. Barbara is a past president of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, and previous trustee of Les Dames D’Escoffier NY, LDNY. In 2022 she was awarded the Operator of the Year award from the Industry Excellence Awards presented by the Food and Restaurant Expo, La Palapa was named the Gender Equity Restaurant of the Year by One Fair Wage and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and selected as a member of the James Beard Foundation Women Entrepreneurial Program. Sibley co-authored the cookbook, Antojitos: Festive and Flavorful Mexican Small Plates. She is a featured contributor to many cookbooks including: The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table, Mocha, Women Chefs of New York, and WW Fresh Mex! During the pandemic she served over 90,000 meals to frontline hospital workers, nursing homes, and soup kitchens. 

Jill Kreutzer Orent

Vice President

Marketing professional with expertise in kitchen equipment and eating and lifestyle trends

Penny Stankiewicz


Cake artist, entrepreneur, chef instructor and pastry chef

Allison Price Becker


Restaurateur, Author, Recipe Developer


Yvette Leeper-Bueno

Restaurateur, Vinateria NYC

Brooklyn, NY - July 28, 2022: Headshots of Deniece Bourne at Simple Syrup wine shop in Crown Heights.Photos by Clay Williams.© Clay Williams /
Deniece Bourne

Wine & spirits savant, WSET Certified wine and spirits educator

Joyce Lin

Certified Sommelier, Wine Writer and Educator

Rhonda Kave

Owner and chocolatier of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates and professional chocolate educator

Alison Awerbuch

Partner, Pier 60, Consultant and Mentor

Marisa May

NYC Restaurateur and owner of San Domenico and SD26 Restaurant and Wine Bar

Janeen Sarlin


Culinary Educator

Adrienne Cheatham

Cookbook author, Top Chef Runner Up, Michelin-raised executive chef

Wanda Mann, Immediate Past President

Wine Writer and Founder of Wine With Wanda and East Coast Editor at The SOMM Journal


Jen O’Flanagan, Jenifer Lang, Sharon Franke, Joan Brower, Linda Lawry, Margaret Happel Perry, Melanie Young, Beth Allen, Deborah Mintcheff, Mary Ellen Griffin, Shelley Clark, Emily Snyder, Alison Awerbuch, Lila Gault, Jan Turner Hazard