As part of the Future Leaders of Hospitality Program, each ECF student is paired with a member of the board for the duration of their college education. The program provides the students with personal advice, academic assistance and access to unique job and internship opportunities during monthly in-person meetings or video chats. The ECF board is comprised of more than 20 of the top food and beverage and hospitality executives in the city.

Students also receive mentorship and guidance from the ECF staff, which oversees the academic counseling, financial distribution, etiquette and interview training and overall functionality of the foundation.

Meet our Mentors & Mentees…

Ashley Hassler and John Bray
Ashley Hassler
John Bray, Corporate Food and Beverage Director for Station Casinos
Ashley Kozell and Christopher Bond
Ashley Kozell
Christopher Bond, Vice President of Hotel Sales and Catering, The Mirage Hotel and Casino
Ben Sison and Travis Lunn
Ben Sison, Class of 2019
Travis Lunn, General Manager of MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Brkiti Brhan and Ken Johnson
Brkiti Brhan
Ken Johnson, Executive Director of Food & Beverage for Four Queens/Binion’s
Cameron Keenan and Robert Chiti
Cameron Keenan
Robert Chiti, Director of Hotel & Guest Relations for TAO Group Las Vegas
Jasmine Ramos
Karla Perez-Larragoite, Vice President National Accounts-Gaming, Sysco Corporation
Kennedy Villegas and Craig Gilbert
Kennedy Villegas
Craig Gilbert, Managing Partner of Drive This! Entertainment
Maria Miranda and Kelley Jones
Maria Miranda
Kelley Jones, Founding partner of Trust3 Hospitality and Kelley Jones Hospitality
Mia Salomon and Martha Morales
Mia Salomon, Class of 2019
Martha Morales, General Manager, Nobu Hotel, Las Vegas ECF Alumni Class of ‘09
Monica Corral and Marisa Martino
Monica Corral
Marisa Martino
Monica Corral and Michael Kennedy
Monica Corral
Michael Kennedy, Director of Food Operations at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
Noe Martinez Alvares and David Suppe
Noe Martinez Alvares
David Suppe, Executive Chef of The Juice Standard
Paige Owens and Kevin Ball
Paige Owens
Kevin Ball, Corporate Vice President of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing for Golden Entertainment, Inc
Rocio Vasquez and Eric Brady
Rocio Vasquez
Eric Brady, Career Position
Nachely Martinez and Luiz Oliveira
Nachely Martinez, Class of 2013
Luiz Oliveira, Owner of Sambalatte Torrefazione
“Luiz is a wonderful mentor and friend. I know that I can always reach out to him if I have any questions or just need someone to talk to. He is a very smart man and someone whom I truly admire and respect.”
Claudia Soler and Marisa Martino
Claudia Soler, Class of 2014
Marisa Martino, Mentor
“My mentor and I have a close friendship, and is there to guide me in the right direction.”
Emily Hewitt and Scott Farber
Emily Hewitt, Class of 2014
Scott Farber, Mentor
“Scott Farber is an incredible mentor. He is attentive and helpful, always steering me in the right direction, and encouraging me to above all, smile and enjoy yourself.”
Vildan Buric and Michael Kennedy
Vildan Buric, Class of 2014
Michael Kennedy, Director of Food Operations at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
“My mentor has truly become a great friend. He is always there to help me academically and professionally, and provides invaluable advice and expertise.”
Jordan Moore and Rene Werner
Jordan Moore, Class of 2017
Rene Werner, Director of Food & Beverage for The Orleans Hotel & Casino
“My mentor is truly one of a kind. He has helped me not only professionally, but personally as well and I could never say ‘thank you’ enough.”
Karen Nava and Ana Marie Mormando
Karen Nava, Class of 2017
Ana Marie Mormando, General Manager of The Mansion at MGM Grand
Mia Salomon and Craig Gilbert
Mia Salomon, Class of 2017
Craig Gilbert, Managing Partner of Drive This! Entertainment
“Craig is always there for me whenever I need him. Not only does he give me amazing professional advice, but personal life advice as well. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be mentored by someone with such a wide variety of experience in the industry.”
Melanie Saucedo and Marisa Martino
Melanie Saucedo, Class of 2018
Marisa Martino, Mentor
Anna Tymoshevska and Christopher Bond
Anna Tymoshevska, Class of 2019
Christopher Bond, Vice President of Hotel Sales and Catering, The Mirage Hotel and Casino
“I am very fortunate to have Chris as my mentor. He is a role model, a great mentor, and a friend who is always there for me and supports me in the academic and career aspects of my life. It is a privilege to be able to learn from such an experienced professional that has taken the career path that I am just starting.”
Benjamin Sison and Michael Kennedy
Benjamin Sison, Class of 2019
Michael Kennedy, Director of Food Operations at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
“Michael has helped me progress as a student, an employee, and a man. I know I can go to him if I need any help or advice. He tells me what I need to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear, that is something I appreciate greatly. I am very thankful to have a mentor like Michael. It is not often a person at my age and at the point of my career to have such a fortunate opportunity. I look forward to our continued mentorship and friendship.”
Geovanni Saucedo and Craig Gilbert
Geovanni Saucedo, Class of 2020
Craig Gilbert, Managing Partner of Drive This! Entertainment
“Craig has been an amazing mentor for my second year as a college student. His advice isn’t solely restricted in my academics, but in my future career as a industry professional and on my personal life. I appreciate his guidance and concern over my growth as a young hospitality leader.”
Geovanni Saucedo and Tim Bowen
Geovanni Saucedo, Class of 2020
Tim Bowen, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood
“Tim has vast experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry, specifically food and beverage, giving me the opportunity to learn a lot under his guidance. He has provided me with opportunities to learn hands on, as well as observe him perform as a professional in his work environment. Tim is dedicated to aiding me with my career development and making sure I am on the right track. I am more than fortunate to have Tim Bowen as my mentor, he is one of the most caring people I know, and I always look forward to having our mentor meetings!”
Jasmine Ramos and Kelley Jones
Jasmine Ramos, Class of 2020
Kelley Jones, Founding partner of Trust3 Hospitality and Kelley Jones Hospitality
“As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” My mentor, Kelley Jones is the perfect example of this quote. He has done nothing but push me in the right direction and give great advice. Kelley has treated me like family right from the start and I appreciate his generosity more than he’ll ever know.”
Maria Miranda and Tim Bowen
Maria Miranda, Class of 2020
Tim Bowen, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood
“Tim has vast experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry, specifically food and beverage, giving me the opportunity to learn a lot under his guidance. He has provided me with opportunities to learn hands on, as well as observe him perform as a professional in his work environment. Tim is dedicated to aiding me with my career development and making sure I am on the right track. I am more than fortunate to have Tim Bowen as my mentor, he is one of the most caring people I know, and I always look forward to having our mentor meetings!”
Ashley Hassler and David Suppe
Ashley Hassler, Class of 2021
David Suppe, Executive Chef of The Juice Standard
“I am so grateful for my mentor. He has truly made a large impact in my life, and has helped me through so much personally and even professionally. He is more than a mentor to me; he is a close friend for life. I am thankful for the time he has given me to mentor me, give me advice, and help me out. Not many people would do that. I know the mentorship with him will eventually come to an end, but our bond will last stronger. I look forward to the future of our friendship, even after ECF.”
Kennedy Villegas and Martha Morales
Kennedy Villegas, Class of 2021
Martha Morales, General Manager, Nobu Hotel, Las Vegas
“Any student would be lucky to have a mentor like Martha Morales. She has been the biggest supporter of my academic and career endeavors during my first year of university. Her guidance has allowed me to grow more knowledgeable about the industry of Hospitality, and the experiences we shared has given me the opportunity to realize my true potential in becoming a professional in the field. I am grateful for Martha and everything she has done. When I am a leader, I wish to pass on this mentorship bond with future students of Hospitality and ECF.”
Brandon Scarberry and Sean DiCicco
Brandon Scarberry, Class of 2021
Sean DiCicco, Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage at Caesars Entertainment
“My mentor has already set me up for tremendous amounts of success in only my first year of college. The amount of faith he has in my abilities is extremely empowering and truly bolsters my confidence when it comes to the professional world. The connections he provides are unlike anything I would have received without this wonderful foundation, making it truly more than just a scholarship.”
Noe Martinez and Michael Kennedy
Noe Martinez, Class of 2021
Michael Kennedy, Director of Food Operations at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
“The relationship I have with my mentor is the first of its kind that I have experienced. It’s a hand of guidance along with real world example. It’s helping better myself to become closer to my goals. It’s a relationship that empowers me in various ways. This relationship, simply put, is incredible.”
Monica Coral and Ken Johnson
Monica Coral, Class of 2021
Ken Johnson, Executive Director of Food & Beverage for Four Queens/Binion's
“I am extremely grateful to have Ken as my first mentor. Ken has provided me with so much more than an educational experience of the food and beverage industry, he has taught me what it takes to be an executive in any industry. As one of the most caring people I know, Ken is someone who I can trust with providing me with professional and personal advice, not just because I am his mentee, but because he genuinely wants to see me succeed. No matter how busy Ken may be he does everything with an optimistic point of view while always staying true to himself, which are only a few of his astounding characteristics that I wish to see in myself when I work in the hospitality industry. ”
Rocio Vazquez and Kevin Ball
Rocio Vazquez, Class of 2021
Kevin Ball, Corporate Vice President of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing for Golden Entertainment, Inc
“It is an honor to have Kevin as my mentor. He never fails to make me feel special and no matter how busy he is, he always makes sure that I am doing well personally and academically. It is always a joyous moment whenever we get together.”
Ben Sison and Linda Sim
Ben Sison, Class of 2019
Linda Sim, Vice President Sales and Special Events Live Nation Clubs & Theatres, House of Blues Entertainment
“Linda is an amazing mentor to me. She encourages me and helps me progress educationally, professionally and personally. She sets an incredible example for me to learn from. I do not take her advice for granted, I know she has my best interest in mind and she has been where I am before. I am so grateful and blessed to have a mentor like Linda who I know has my back and is always there for me.”