I have been employed in the hospitality industry for 40 years, mostly in food and beverage, as a bus girl, waitress, hostess, supervisor and manager.
My 21 years of experience at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza groomed me for the position I currently hold as Director of Administrative Services. While at the Radisson, I held a variety of positions during my first 11 years within the food and beverage department; and for 10 years I worked as the human resources recruiter. I was privileged to meet, recommend, and hire many, many fine people, one of whom is my esteemed colleague, Heather Becerra.
In 1991, I was humbled and honored to be chosen a Presidential Star Award winner from the Radisson Hotel, Indiana Hotel/Motel Association Employee of the Year, and Radisson Hotels International Employee of the Year. I was presented the Chairman’s Diamond Award from Bruce W. White, CEO, White Lodging Services, for achieving this recognition.
In 1999, I chose a follow a different hospitality path and joined the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau. As Director of Administrative services, my role is to administer human resource related functions and employee relations. I worked through the ranks from a receptionist to Executive Assistant to the President/CEO to Sr. Director of Administration. And, I was privileged to serve as Interim Operations Manager in 2005.
I am married with two children and a granddaughter. She is a joy in my life; being a grandparent is a feeling you cannot describe; you have to experience it.
I am passionate about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the New England Patriots. My husband and I love to travel and have visited Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and 40 of the 50 United States. What better ambassador for travel than someone who works in the tourism industry.