Our Board Members are

elected by their peers to guild the organization for a two year term


Jenifer Lang – Food Journalist, Author and formerNYC Restaurateur/Owner/Operator of Café des Artistes

Co Presidents


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 woman in our industry through scholarship, 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. 

Jennifer O’ Flanagan – Founder of Feast PR and @FeastonFarms, celebrating farmers worldwide

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


Alison Price Becker is presently a financial consultant in the food industry, having formerly owned 6 restaurants

Parlimentarian Patricia Clough

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

Sharon Franke – Journalist specializing in kitchen equipment, sitting on Board as Immediate Past President


Linda Pelaccio – Culinary Historian and radio/podcast host “A Taste of the Past” at Heritage Radio

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

Kathryn Gordon – Pastry Chef and Educator at ICE, Author of 3 cookbooks and food industry consultant

Bonnie Tandy Leblang-Food Writer & blogger; professional speaker, syndicated columnist, culinary talent agent, consultant

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