Student Assistants to the Dean

Dean Kate Walsh

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nelson Billington '19 and Marissa Block '19 as dean's assistants for the academic year 2018-2019. Marissa and Nelson bring wonderful qualifications to the position, are naturals to lead HADM 1910 - Distinguished Lectures in Hospitality Management, and will represent the school well in this important leadership role.


Kate Walsh
Dean and E. M. Statler Professor

Dean's assistants for academic year 2018-2019

Nelson Billington '19

Nelson Billington '19Nelson has a genuine love for the school. He serves on the SHA Student Advisory Board and was the Hotel School representative to the Student Assembly during the spring of his freshman year.

Outside of SHA, Nelson is a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon professional business fraternity. He is the director of client operations for MilesAhead, where he leads a team of travel advisors and support staff to plan and execute luxury travel arrangements for the company's 600-plus clients.

Nelson has gained leadership experience helping to open several restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area, managing VIP guests at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and executing a sales strategy for a mystery shopping firm.

This summer, Nelson will continue to grow MilesAhead and train the company's newest team members. He is a May 2019 degree candidate and has previously received Dean's List honors.

Marissa Block '19

Marissa Block '19Marissa's deep passion for the school is evident through her many SHA activities. She is an active member of SHA Ambassadors, the Grid, Cornell Hospitality Consulting, and Hotel Ezra Cornell. She also works at the Hotel School's Office of Student Services.

Since arriving at Cornell, Marissa has fostered an interest in hospitality design and development. She is pursuing a development concentration and a design and environmental analysis minor in the College of Human Ecology. Last fall, Marissa studied abroad in Copenhagen and focused on graphic design.

Marissa has held internships as a guest manager for the Hotel School's Office of Executive Education and as a restaurant management intern on the opening team for a restaurant in the Hamptons. She has earned Dean's List honors multiple semesters and is a May 2019 degree candidate.