How long have you taught at UNH and what courses do you teach?
I just started working at UNH this past semester. I am excited about being here and the programs we offer! I am currently teaching Tourism Planning and Policy, Resort Development, and Service Management.
What experience do you bring from the professional field into the classroom?
I have more than five years of experience working in the hospitality and tourism industry and nineteen years of experience in education and training. I have worked at several types of resorts in the Bahamas and Jamaica, ranging from 50 to 1,000 rooms. During the past 19 years, I have trained 1,500 people, both nationally and internationally, in information technology and hospitality and tourism. I have also had the pleasure of developing academic programs in e-business and information technology at my previous institutions.
How would you describe your role as an adviser and mentor?
I work with the seniors to make sure they are prepped for the profession. I make sure their resumes are customized to their experiences, and I instill confidence in them to pursue their desired profession. I want them to be accomplished and ready to be a manager. I tell my graduating seniors that success has no boundaries except the limitations that you put on yourself!
I help new students to become integrated into the UNH community so that they will be comfortable spending the next four years of their lives here. I guide them to experience various aspects of the industry, to explore their options, and not to focus too early in one area of hospitality management. I
want them to understand the dynamics
and diverse nature of the industry for the first two years and use the latter two years to focus on the aspect of the industry in which they want to specialize. I try to help them make satisfying career decisions. In a nutshell, my job is to help students become who they want to be!
What is your educational background?
I have the following degrees: Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management with minors in Statistics and Research Methods and E-Business from Purdue University; M.S. in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems, and M.S. in Hospitality Management from University of North Texas, Denton; B.S. (Honors) in Hotel Management from University of the West Indies.
What are some fun facts about you?
I am currently writing my first contemporary gourmet/gastro/culinary fiction novel titled The Sensual Gourmet. I love to explore the cuisines of the world. I believe we all should try every edible thing at least once. I am a certified cake decorator and I also collect antique paintings. I love to travel, particularly internationally. My favorite place is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna. Why? Seeing the hard work and beauty of a bygone era is humbling.
What advice would you give to parents of prospective students?
Let your children go. Let them soar. When they fall, don’t catch them. Let them break their own fall.