Our faculty not only know how to teach in a classroom setting but also are experienced hospitality professionals.

Whether they once led a large-scale kitchen operation or executed their own successful restaurant, our chef instructors know the fundamentals and real-world requirements for success in a professional kitchen. Similarly, our Restaurant and Hotel Management instructors have trained at some of the most renowned and refined establishments across the country in all areas of hospitality and fine dining.

Derek Andress, CEPC

Chef Instructor

Chef Derek Andress has over 20 years of experience as a food service professional in fine dining restaurants and hotels. He has a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts with...

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Nancy Bates

Instructor

Ms. Bates earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from West Chester University and is ABD in English Literature from The University of Oregon. Her extensive experience includes teaching...

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Colleen Bonner

Career Development Coordinator

Ms. Bonner earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University and a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Education, from Villanova University. After counseling for several years...

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Todd Braley

Executive Chef of Restaurant Operations

Formerly the Co-Chef/Owner of French-inspired bistro The Pickled Heron in Fishtown, Chef Todd D. Braley joined the faculty at Walnut Hill College in the fall of 2016. As a lover...

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Akita Brooks

Instructor

Ms. Brooks has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years and has done everything from working in a bustling airport food operation to navigating hotels in the boutique,...

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Madeline Copp

Librarian

Ms. Copp graduated from California State University, Long Beach with B.A. and M.A. degrees in English. Additionally, she received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from The University...

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John Everett

Chef Instructor

Chef Everett graduated with an Associate in Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Science from The Culinary Institute of America, where he received The Katharine Angell Scholastic Achievement Award. In addition...

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Christopher Ferretti, CEC

Chef Instructor

Chef Ferretti is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York City, where he received Grand Diplomas in...

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Michael Frost

Instructor

Mr. Frost graduated from The University of Maryland, College Park with an M.A. in Journalism and was a recipient of both a university fellowship and The Gene Roberts Award. Also...

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John Gallagher, CEPC

Chef Instructor

Chef Gallagher has been teaching at Walnut Hill College since 1995 and received the title of Certified Executive Pastry Chef...

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Gerald Goard, CEC

Chef Instructor

Chef Goard graduated with a B.S. degree in Restaurant Management from Florida International University and an A.S. degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America. He has served...

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Katherine Honeyman, CEPC

Chef Instructor

Chef Honeyman graduated from The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and gained additional experience in pastry arts by attending both Notter’s Confectionary...

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Philippe McCartney, CSW

Instructor

Our resident sommelier, Mr. McCartney, began his career at Walnut Hill College in 1996. Under his guidance, the wine list...

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Timothy McLean, CEC, CCE

Chef Instructor

Chef McLean graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Language from The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and completed...

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David Morrow

Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Hospitality Studies

Dean Morrow’s passion for food led him to attend Johnson & Wales University, where he obtained an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. He soon decided to further his education, earning...

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Christina Pirello

Chef Instructor

Chef Pirello, MFN, CCN is the Emmy Award-winning host of the show “Christina Cooks,” which airs weekly on over 200 public television stations nationwide and in over 50 countries on...

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Esther Press-McManus

Chef Instructor

Born in Marrakesh, Chef McManus was the first generation of "educated" girls in her family, studying and teaching French from...

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Joshua L. Seery, EdD

Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning

Joshua began his career at Walnut Hill College as a Student Success Advisor in 2011 and eventually became a full-time...

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Greg Slonaker, CEC

Chef Instructor

Chef Slonaker graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an A.O.S. degree in Culinary Arts. He served as a line cook, restaurant chef, and executive sous chef for The...

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Marie Stecher, CEPC

Chef Instructor

Chef Stecher holds a B.A. in Communications from Rowan University and an A.S. in Pastry Arts from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. She continued her pastry studies at...

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Robert Tumas

Student Success Advisor

Robert Tumas graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in English and Textual Studies before moving to Brooklyn to pursue his writing career. After many successes and failures, he decided...

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