Dean’s Council of Young Alumni

The dean of the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration works closely with young alumni—those who have graduated within the last 5–15 years. The Council of Young Alumni strives to help shape the next generation of hospitality leaders by:

  • Providing feedback on current issues in the industry
  • Offering ideas for how the school can enhance its programming
  • Working with students as career mentors
  • Fostering a strong philanthropic culture

Young Alumni Who Lead by Example

The Council of Young Alumni comprises graduates who lead by example—they are successful in their careers and dedicated to supporting current students who will soon enter the workforce. Young alumni are closely connected to emerging areas within the hospitality industry and can play a prominent role in introducing exciting and valuable programming that can directly impact Hotelies’ educational experiences.

Selection Criteria and Term Requirement

Members of the Council of Young Alumni are appointed by the dean of the Cornell Nolan School in collaboration with current council members. They are selected based on their experience both inside and outside the hospitality industry, involvement in other nonprofit organizations, and demonstration of volunteer leadership.

Appointees serve three-year terms and are required to serve on one of three subcommittees: engagement, philanthropy, or nomination and governance.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Affairs

Council of Young Alumni members

Dan Boda MMH '10 head shot

Dan Boda MMH '10

Vice President, Design & Construction
Lindsay Brous headshot

Lindsay Brous '12

Jason Cotter '03 head shot

Jason Cotter '03

Managing Principal
Ashley Dimond headshot

Ashley Dimond '14

Jason Daniel Fair ’07

Jason Daniel Fair ’07

Senior Major Gifts Officer
Rohan Gopaldas ’02

Rohan Gopaldas ’02

Co-Founder & CEO
Geoffrey Gray ’08

Geoffrey Gray ’08

General Manager
Alissa Hendel ’07

Alissa Hendel ’07

Vice President Business Development
Howard Ho headshot

Howard Ho ’05

David Israel ’09

David Israel ’09

Senior Vice President
Brian Kaufman ’08

Brian Kaufman ’08

Managing Director
Joyce Ke ’10

Joyce Ke ’10

Kirk Kelewae '08 head shot

Kirk Kelewae '08

Food & Beverage Consultant
Katherine Kies '11 head shot

Katherine Kies '11

Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Americas
Rich Levins head shot

Richard Levins '13

Vice President
Alex Liu MMH '09 head shot

Alex Liu MMH '09

Principal, Global Marketing Strategy & Operations
Kevin Mok ’14

Kevin Mok ’14


EastBay Capital

Arzu Molubhoy '12 head shot

Arzu Molubhoy '12

Chief FInancial Officer
Ruben Ortega Jr. ’13

Ruben Ortega Jr. ’13

Director of Real Estate
Carrie Nolan '14 head shot

Carrie Nolan '14

Manager of Training
Gilda Perez-Alvarado ’02

Gilda Perez-Alvarado ’02

Executive Vice President


Juan Andres Ramirez head shot

Juan Andres Ramirez '13

Senior Director, Asset Management - Latin America
Molly Reinstein head shot

Molly Reinstein '11

Relationship Manager - Hospitality Finance Group
Taylor Rijos ’13

Taylor Rijos ’13

Vice President – Seniors Housing
Lindsay Schattenstein ’09

Lindsay Schattenstein ’10

Event and Meeting Manager
Amber Sherman ’05

Amber Sherman ’05

Victor Tchou head shot

Victor Tchou '06

Director of Asset Management

Junson Asset Management

Rohan Thakkar ’08

Rohan Thakkar ’08

Council Co-chair - Senior Vice President - Development & Strategy
Katie Tomechko head shot

Katie Tomechko '11

Global Product Manager, Supplier Product
Jelissa Toro ’08

Jelissa Toro ’08

Director of Revenue Management