Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Meet Our Board of Directors

The programs, funds, activities and initiatives of the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier are managed by our Board of Directors. It is comprised of chapter leaders who are elected by the membership each fall.

2019 - 2020 LDNY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sharon Franke - President

Job Title: Kitchenware Expert, Consultant, Journalist

 

Professional Skills: Writing, editing, testing kitchen equipment, recipte development, food styling, public speaking

 

Member Since: 2013

 

Current Board Position: President

 

Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Vice President, Director at Large, Induction Dinner Co-chair, SummerDine Co-chair

 

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising an accomplished daughter.

 

Favorite Place to Visit: Westport, CT... that's where my grandkids live.

 

Favorite Food: Scrambled eggs

 

Fun Fact: "I cook on a 67-year old Magic Chef range with an oven that has to be lit with a match!"

Veronica (Ronnie) Campbell - Vice President

Job Title: Specialty Food & Beverage Marketing Consultant

Professional Skills: Public Relations and Specialty Food Communications Specialist

Member Since: 2010

Current Board Position: Vice President

Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Secretary, Director at Large, Communications/Public Relations Committee Co-chair

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising our beautiful daughter and becoming a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier NY.

Favorite Place to Visit: Anywhere in New York, Cape Cod and Italy.

Favorite Food: Italian; especially polenta and risotto when done just right.

Fun Fact: My life’s path was totally unplanned but meant to be.

Alison Price Becker - Treasurer

Job Title: Chief.....
 
Professional Skills: 
Former Restaurant Owner, Product Development, Hospitality Consultant, Cookbook Author
 
Member Since: 2018
 
Current Board Position:
Treasurer
 
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired:
N/A
 
Proudest Accomplishment:
Besides bringing up my son to be a brilliant man: Alison On Dominick Street & Alison By the Beach
 
Favorite Place to Visit:
France
 
Favorite Food:
Too Many....The only thing I don't like anymore is innards.
 
Fun Fact: 
I am now the proud owner of a huge house in France, I will be turning into a commune of sorts. Mirabelles, Music and Magic await all.

Bonnie Tandy Leblang - Secretary

Job Title: CEO Blogger at Bite of the Best

Professional Skills: Entrepreneur, Cookbook Author, Syndicated Columnist, Professional Speaker, Culinary Agent, Magazine Columnist, Media Relations Specialist

Member Since: 2011 

Current Board Position: Secretary, Parliamentarian

Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Director at Large, The Next Big Bite (twice!)

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising two accomplished sons as a single parent.

Favorite Place to Visit: Paris and Dana Point (CA), as I have grandchildren in each!

Favorite Food: I shouldn’t admit it — but French fries!

Fun Fact: I was once a gymnast…

Patricia Clough - Director at Large

Job Title: Strategic External Communications & Partnerships pro, specializing in fine beverages, travel and healthy lifestyle products 

Professional Skills:  Trade & Media Communications Programs, Event Concept & Management, Partnership & Alliance Development

Member Since2017

Current Board Position: Director at Large

Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Co-Chair Annual LDNY Induction Event, The Next Big Bite Sponsorship Committee, LDNY Communications Committee

Proudest Accomplishment: My clients are getting abundant, positive press coverage; solo driving in Chablis, France

Favorite Place to Visit: Fontaine Biache beach, Sicily, for ocean, sun and brioche-and-gelato "ice cream sandwich" 

Favorite Food: Thai yellow curry with fresh crab meat, sauteed peppers 

Fun Fact: My initial introduction to NYC was via a college grant to study modern dance at Jose Limon Dance.

Odila Galer-Noel - Director at Large

Job Title:  Founder, PRonCall LLC

 
Professional Skills:
Public Relations, Event Planning
 
Member Since: 
2018
 
Current Board Position: 
Director at Large
 
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: 
Programs
 
Proudest Accomplishment:
The Next Big Sip, if not for LDNY, raising two fabulous and beautiful, respectful, decent, hardworking, loving children
 
Favorite Place to Visit: 
Paris, but have MANY faves
 
Favorite Food: 
Middle Eastern
 
Fun Fact: 
I’ve never (willingly) had peanut butter—totally dislike its smell and texture!

Kathryn Gordon - Director at Large

Job Title:  Chef Instructor, Author, Consultant

 
Professional Skills: 
Pastry & Baking, Food Consulting, Project Management
 
Member Since: 
2016
 
Current Board Position: 
Director at Large, Green Tables Committee Chair
 
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: 
N/A
 
Proudest Accomplishment:
Top Ten Pastry Chef America
 
Favorite Place to Visit: 
Le Moulin Brégeon, Loire Valley, France
 
Favorite Food: 
Pizza
 
Fun Fact: 
I lived in Australia as a kid and went to high school in London

Lori Jean Levy - Director at Large

Job Title: CEO My Global Table, LLC

Professional Skills: Specialty and private label product development, product marketing and distribution, customs and trade law, licensed U.S. customs broker, writer.

Member Since: 2017

Current Board Position: Director at Large

Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Co-chairSummerDine ‘18; Chair SummerDine ‘19

Proudest Accomplishment: Creating a suite of private label products, across all categories, for Fairway Market.  Many of these remain cult favorites in NYC. I do smile at them when I shop, still so proud of the adventure behind each! 

Favorite Place to Visit: Spain is heaven for a million reasons, if I must be more specific then Port de Soller, Mallorca  is the spot!

Favorite Food: Olive Oil, for it enhances everything it touches.

Fun Fact: Lori was a speaker at the New York International Olive Oil Competition in 2014, sharing her knowledge of import regulations, FDA, customs, duties, labelling, marking and safety.

Janet McCracken - Director at Large

Job Title:  Cookbook Editor, Weight Watchers

 
Professional Skills: Food editor, recipe development, recipe editing, cookbook development and editing
 
Member Since:  2018
 
Current Board Position:  Director at Large 
 
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired: Scholarship
 
Proudest Accomplishment: The incredible web of fabulous relationships I have developed in the food world over my years in the business. And my grandchildren, of course! 
 
Favorite Place to Visit: I have been known to say: Give me a plane ticket and I’ll go just about anywhere!  
 

Favorite Food: Impossible to answer. 
 
Fun Fact: I lived in South Africa for a year when I was 11.

Jo-Ann Makovitzky - Director at Large

Job Title: Managing Partner Ct RestaurantCEO Culinary Aspirations Realized


Professional Skills: Executive chef, Restaurant GM , F&B director, CEO, Catering Director, Restaurant concept developer, 

Member Since: 2017

 

Current Board Position: Director at Large

 

Past Board Positions and Committees:  Program committee member

 

Proudest Accomplishment: Opening and running Tocqueville Restaurant for 18 years. 

 

Favorite Place to Visit: Nantucket

 

Favorite Food: Oysters

 

Fun Fact: Mentioned on page 234 of Chefs Drugs and Rock & Roll. First woman to work in the kitchen at La Caravelle.

Linda Pelaccio - Director at Large

Job Title Culinary History Podcast Host and Producer, "A Taste of the Past® "


Professional Skills:  Culinary historian, media and public speaking trainer
 
Member Since:  2006
 
Current Board Position:  Director-at-Large
 
Past Board Positions and Committees Chaired:  Mentoring Committee, Director-at-Large (? 2011-12 ?)
 
Proudest Accomplishment:  Being a mother and grandmother.
 
Favorite Place to Visit:  Rome
 
Favorite Food:  Pasta in any size, shape or sauce.
 
Fun Fact: While living in Rome in the early 70s I was a swim instructor and a 3rd grade teacher in order to pay for cooking courses.

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