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Education Committee

Our Education Committee consists of volunteers committed to helping shape the next generation of the restaurant industry. Their efforts support the Texas Prostart program, the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF), and other local education incentive efforts. The GDRA greatly appreciates their hard work and dedication.

Committee Chairs:
Mary Abrams, Cleveland Menu 
Nikky Phinyawatana, Asian Mint Restaurant Group  


Committee Members:
  • Steve DeShazo, El Centro College
  • April Barney, Miller & Associates
  • Davin Bernstein, Cierge, LLC
  • Jane Brecunier, DCVB
  • Ryan Eason, Medical City Hospital 
  • James Graham, Shepherd Food 
  • Gje Greene-Wallace, Fish City Grill
  • Samantha Hagan, Hot Schedules
  • Cody Hayes, Rockwall High School 
  • David House, Ettinger Rosini
  • Roger Kaplan, Restaurant Innovations
  • Gus Katsgris, El Centro College
  • Estella Martinez, Matt's Rancho Martinez
  • Karen Musa, Collin College
  • Jordan Swim, Vestals Catering
  • Mike Via, Ettinger Rosini
  • Mike Ayers, Freshpoint
  • Jim Traister, Hospitalityfan
  • John Riggio, Wolfgang Puck Catering
  • Heather Picket, 3015 @ Trinity Groves
Committee Meeting Dates: 
  • September 8th
  • November 10th
  • January 18th 
  • March 9th
  • May 11th