Meet the LDNY Board

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

Jennifer O’ Flanagan

Founder of Feast PR and @FeastonFarms, celebrating farmers worldwide



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. 

Janet McCracken

Vice President

Janet McCracken –

Food Editor and Food Director for various publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit and Rachael Ray Every Day

Jessie Riley


Jessie Riley –

Founding Partner Food Startup Help consulting services, Culinary Educator at NYC Technical College

Susannah Gold


Susannah Gold –

Owner of boutique public relations, marketing and educational consulting firm specializing in food and wine

Patricia Clough


Patricia Clough –

Strategic External Communications Professional specializing in fine beverages, globally focussed food and design entrepreneurs, tourism/hospitality


Francine Kowalsky

Francine Kowalsky

Strategic Sales and Marketing Specialist for the Wine & Spirits Industry

Wanda Mann

Wanda Mann

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

Pat Cobe

Pat Cobe

Senior Editor at Restaurant Business Magazine / FoodService Director Magazine

Bonnie Tandy-Leblang

Bonnie Tandy Leblang

Food Writer & blogger; professional speaker, syndicated columnist, culinary talent agent, consultant

Silvia Baldini

Silvia Baldini

Branding Director at Strawberry & Sage, Italian born Chef and Food Entrepreneur

Beth Cotenoff

Wine and Spirits Public Relations and Marketing, holds WSET Level 4 Diploma


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