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.

Jose Adorno

Chef Instructor

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, José Adorno's culinary career began to take shape after he graduated from Walnut Hill College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Culinary...

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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 an 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 and Director of Culinary 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

Professor Brooks has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years and has done everything from working in a bustling airport's 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

Michael 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

David 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, MFN, CCN

Chef Instructor

Chef ChristinaPirello is the Emmy-Award-winning host of the show Christina Cooks, which airs weekly on over 200 public television stations...

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Esther Press-McManus

Chef Instructor

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

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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 Greg Slonaker graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an A.O.S. degree in Culinary Arts. During his career, he served as a line cook, restaurant chef, and executive...

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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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Kenneth Zask

Dining Room Services Instructor

Kenneth Zask was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with a bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management. Then,...

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