Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) was created to give undergraduate students an effective way to communicate with the school's senior administrators. We strive to actively and accurately represent all voices of the school, including students, staff, and faculty.

Mission Statement

The Hotel School Student Advisory Board works closely with Dean Walsh and her leadership team to represent the undergraduate students, gather student feedback, and recommend courses of action to improve the student experience.

Top Objectives

  1. Create a satisfying education experience for Hotel School undergraduate students.
  2. Ensure all student interests are well represented through active communication among the student body, board members, and school leadership.
  3. Identify, take action, and follow up on all student concerns.

Contact Us

We encourage you to express your ideas and concerns, as well as to provide input, suggestions, and feedback for us to share with the administration. You can do so through a submission to The Box—an anonymous channel provided by the SAB to ease and broaden communication between the undergraduate student population and the dean. Discover more at The Box website.

Advisory Board Members

Soh-Hyun (Lotte) Ahn Class of 2018

Soh-Hyun (Lotte) Ahn, Class of 2018

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2018

Minor/concentration

Art history

Appointed to the SAB

December 2014

Professional interests/experiences

Lotte's interests lie in both finance and art. She has previously interned at WorldStrides, an educational student travel organization, and Insticator, an AdTech startup in New York City. This summer, she hopes to further the skills and knowledge she has acquired from her past experiences with a career in investment banking.

Activities/interests

  • Cornell Daily Sun, Business Department - advertising associate
  • Student Educators: Art & The Museum (SEAM)
  • Teaching assistant for HADM 2010 (2015-2016)
  • Korean Students Association

SAB engagement

As a member of the SAB, Lotte strives to improve student life by working closely with the administration, and to enhance the strong community bond within the Hotel School. By working with Dean Walsh and other SAB members, she hopes to facilitate the transition into the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. This fall, Lotte will be focusing on recruitment and welcoming new members to the SAB.


Nelson Billington '19

Nelson Billington, Class of 2019

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2019

Minor/concentration

Undecided

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2015

Professional interests/experiences

Nelson has a passion for and interest in restaurants, the travel industry, and special events. Over the last five years, he has consulted for over a half-dozen companies in the Washington, D.C. area and Charleston, SC. Through work with Washingtonian magazine, he has written a weekly events blog post. Additionally, Nelson has worked with Venga, a technology startup focused on the hospitality industry. In 2016, he spent a month working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for NBC Olympics on the 2016 Summer Games. Last summer, Nelson worked on sales and account management for Coyle Hospitality Group.

Activities/interests

Currently, Nelson works as a luxury travel advisor for MilesAhead, a luxury travel concierge. At Cornell, Nelson is a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity.

SAB engagement

Through his work with the SAB, Nelson hopes to connect with first-year students through events like Downtime with the Dean. By working with Dean Walsh and other student leaders, he wants to ensure that the values of the Hotel School are best represented in the new structure of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.


Aetheline Chua '18

Aetheline Chua, Class of 2018

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2018

Minor/concentration

Marketing concentration, computer science minor

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2015

Professional interests/experiences

Aetheline's interests lie within technology and marketing. She aspires to either market technological products to the greater consumer population, or to use technology to push marketing strategies in the future. Her roots in hospitality can be found in her leadership of a student-run food service venture in high school, and experience working at the Statler Hotel, where she spent her summer this past year.

Activities/interests

Guest experience manager for Hotel Ezra Cornell, Cornell ambassador, brand consultant for HSMAI, blogger for the Cornell Gourmet Club, teaching assistant for HADM 1410.

SAB engagement

As a member of the Student Advisory Board, Aetheline hopes to increase the transparency and efficiency with which students of the school are able to convey issues and opinions to the dean. Furthermore, she hopes to open up communication channels to other schools and colleges within Cornell, in the hopes of enriching the educational experiences of each School of Hotel Administration student.


Matthew Guarini '18

Matthew Guarini, Class of 2018

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

December 2017

Minor/concentration

Corporate food and beverage

Transfer from

The Culinary Institute of America

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2015

Professional interests/experiences

Matthew continues to refine his skills in the foodservice industry and hopes to pursue a career in food and beverage management. He recently interned at Aria Resort and Casino, and has also had internship experiences in Germany and Hawaii.

Activities/interests

Matthew is an introductory-level sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a lead TA for the Introduction to Wines class. He continues to further his F&B experience as a TA for Restaurant Management and enjoys hanging out with fellow foodies.

SAB Engagement

While on the Student Advisory Board, Matthew hopes to best represent the students transferring from the Culinary Institute of America, as well as other non-traditional students. He sees the value in the extra years of experience non-traditional students bring to the Hotel School, and hopes to best foster their ideas to better the school as it becomes a part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.


Thomas Johnson '19

Thomas Johnson, Class of 2019

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2019

Minor/concentration

Undecided

Appointed to the SAB

November 2016

Professional interests/experiences

Thomas's professional interests include business and finance and he is exploring careers in consulting or banking. With the endless opportunities that the hospitality industry provides, Thomas hopes to eventually land a management role with a professional sports franchise. He has interned at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort and Spa in Naples, Florida, and has also worked at the Statler Hotel on campus. Thomas looks forward to expanding his experience by interning for the Buccini/Pollin Group, a real estate acquisition, management, and development company in Washington, D.C.

Activities/interests

Thomas is an active member of the Cornell Club Lacrosse Team, and is an avid sports fan, having also played football in high school. He is an active member of the Delta Phi (Llenroc) fraternity. Thomas enjoys traveling with his parents and two older brothers who are also Cornellians. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI, and moved to Ithaca when he was nine, and now the Boston area is his new hometown. Thomas is also interested in helping underserved communities through entrepreneurial efforts.

SAB Engagement

As a member of the SAB, Thomas hopes to promote a welcoming community that is open and inclusive for all members of the Hotel School. With the launch of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Thomas wants to increase connectivity, efficiency, and transparency between the Hotel School and its sister schools, Dyson and Johnson, while helping to maintain the unique character and identity of the Hotel School.


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Alyannah Kassam, Class of 2017

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2017

Minor/concentration

Real estate minor

Transfer from

College of Arts and Sciences (Fall 2014)

Appointed to the Student Advisory Board

Fall 2014

Professional interests/experiences

Alyannah's interests reside in hospitality and technology. Last summer, she worked as a real estate and hospitality transaction advisory services intern in Miami and has completed internships with Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Kinnek, a technology startup in New York City. Upon graduation, she hopes to hone in on these skills with a career in management consulting.

Activities/interests

Alyannah is an active member of the Class of 2017 and the Canadians of Cornell Club. In the past, she has participated on the IT team at Hotel Ezra Cornell, worked at the Statler Hotel in the Banquets Department, and was a resident advisor in the Holland International Living Center. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing sports, and photography.

SAB engagement

In the SAB, Alyannah wishes to ease the transition for transfer students in the Hotel School, as well as providing more opportunities for international students. In addition to this, she looks forward to being an active member in the Hotel School by helping to facilitate communication between the students and administration.


Eri Kato '20

Eri Kato, Class of 2020

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2020

Minor/concentration

Real estate minor; law concentration

Appointed to the SAB

November 2016

Professional interests/experiences

Eri's professional interests include international business and law, and she aspires to work in the legal or diplomacy field. The Cornell Hotel School is her first dip into the hospitality industry, following her previous involvement in TEDx and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Activities/interests

In addition to being an active member of After Eight A Cappella and the Cornell University Chorus, Eri is involved with the Kappa Alpha Phi pre-law fraternity, Cornell Undergraduate Asia Business Society, and Hotel School Ambassadors.

SAB engagement

Eri wishes to improve the day-to-day experiences of Hotelies and those who frequent Statler Hall. She works to strengthen the linkage institution between the administration and the student body, with a special focus on international students and their adaptation to the American college life.


Harrison King, Class of 2020

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2020

Minor/concentration

Concentration in finance, accounting, and real estate with minors in both information science and real estate

Appointed to the SAB

November 2017

Professional interests/experiences

At the age of 13, Harrison started his business career by interning at several different restaurants across NYC, particularly Revel in the Meatpacking District. It is there where he first gained his passion for business. Harrison's career interests now lie in the field of finance, particularly within investment banking and security analysis.

During his freshman year, Harrison completed several freshman insight internships with Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, and Goldman Sachs. This past summer, he worked as a finance and accounting intern under the CFO and managing director of accounting at the Greenwich Hospitality Group in Greenwich, CT. This upcoming summer, Harrison will be working as an intern in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Global Capital Markets Program in their NYC world headquarters.

Activities/interests

Harrison is currently an associate with Apex Capital Fund, an investment club on campus, and will assume the role of project manager next semester. In addition, he is treasurer and VP of member development for SHA Security Analysts, a club focused on financial education. Before coming to Cornell, Harrison was inducted into the National Honor Society, Italian National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. In his free time, Harrison enjoys fishing and playing tennis and golf.

SAB engagement

While on the Student Advisory Board, Harrison is interested in exploring options to create a "Hotelie Meal Plan" that would alleviate the burden of insufficient BRBs while also allowing for unlimited Mac's and Terrace food swipes. In addition, he would like to explore options to increase the number of technological accessories within the Marriott Student Learning Center, such as chargers and adapters, with a distinct color-coding system. Harrison is also deeply committed to promoting and working on diversity initiatives throughout the school to ensure that every SHA student's opinion is voiced and listened to.


Jonathan Lee '20

Jonathan Lee, Class of 2020

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2020

Minor/concentration

Real estate minor; finance concentration

Appointed to the SAB

November 2016

Professional interests/experiences

The past summer, Jonathan worked as a finance intern at Four Seasons Hotels and as a real estate consultant performing valuation work for a family office. Prior to attending Cornell University, he interned at the Grand Summit Hotel and Warwick Hotels and Resorts, gaining vast leadership experience in all areas of hotel operations. Jonathan's previous professional experience also includes interning at LVMH/Christian Dior and at a boutique real estate private equity fund in New York City. He plans to pursue a career in the areas of finance and asset management upon graduation.

Activities/interests

Jonathan serves on the executive board of the Cornell Real Estate Club and is a director of professional development for the Cornell Hotel Society, Collegiate Chapter. He is also a member of the Johnson Museum of Art student advisory committee and the Hotel Leadership Development Program. Last year, Jonathan served as a guest experience manager at the 92nd Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell.  In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. He was a former USTA tournament player and is now an active member of the Cornell Club Tennis Team.

SAB engagement

Jonathan looks forward to working with fellow SAB members and Dean Walsh in continuing to address integration issues at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business with the focus on improving the overall student experience at the Hotel School. He is also interested in helping create opportunities for Hotel School students to discover their passions and interests professionally.


Jeffrey Liao '20

Jeffrey Liao, Class of 2020

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2020

Minor/concentration

Real estate minor; marketing concentration

Appointed to the SAB

November 2017

Professional interests/experiences

Jeffrey's professional interests lie within hospitality operations and fitness. He hopes to apply the knowledge and skillsets gained in the hospitality industry to the growing fitness industry. Jeffrey previously worked at Hakkasan New York and Bouley Restaurant, and interned at Rocco Forte Hotels and Denihan Hospitality Group. He currently works at the Regent Lounge at the Statler Hotel. As a dual citizen of Taiwan and the U.S., Jeffrey spent this past summer serving in the Taiwanese army.

Activities/interests

Jeffrey is an active member of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Cornell chapter. He serves as a sales manager for the 93rd annual Hotel Ezra Cornell. Passionate about healthy snacking, Jeffrey serves as a brand ambassador for Siete Family Foods, a new health-conscious tortilla and tortilla-chip company. This year, he joins the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business marketing team as a #CornellSHA social media ambassador. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys boutique fitness classes, café hopping, and healthy cooking.

SAB engagement

Jeffrey is eager to improve the Hotelie experience, especially for international students unaccustomed to American culture and transfer students new to the Cornell community.


Shanna Martin '21

Shanna Martin, Class of 2021

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2021

Minor/concentration

Spanish minor

Appointed to the SAB

November 2017

Professional interests/experiences

After working as a research assistant, office intern, front desk agent, and waitress, Shanna is most interested in pursuing a career in hotel operations. She also has a passion for international business.

Activities/interests

Outside of the SAB, Shanna is the marketing chair for the Court-Kay-Bauer Residence Hall Council. She is also a cheerleader for Cornell men's varsity football and basketball.

SAB engagement

Shanna is eager to take an active role in optimizing the Hotel School experience for both current and future students. Primarily, she hopes to increase communication between students and the administration and faculty.


Armaan Singh Nirh

Armaan Singh Nirh, Class of 2017

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2017

Minor/concentration

Real estate minor/finance, accounting and real estate concentration

Transfer from

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland (fall 2014)

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2014

Professional interests/experiences

Armaan's interest lies in the strategy involved in growing businesses. He is inspired to get into consulting and asset management. He worked as a revenue management intern for Starwood Hotels and Resorts at their South Asia Regional Corporate Office and has completed a couple of internships with India's Taj Group of Hotels, Resorts and Palaces.

Activities/interests

Armaan is an active member of the Cornell Hospitality Consulting Club (CHC) and the Cornell Real Estate Club. He is also a teaching assistant for Financial Accounting (HADM 1210).

SAB engagement

Armaan wishes to address some of the issues other transfers may face as they make transitions from their previous institutions into the Hotel School. He also aims to bring a few hotel operational elements into the teachings here at the Hotel School. Prior to college, Armaan was the head boy in his high school.


Sebastian Ogando '17

Sebastian Ogando, Class of 2017

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2017

Minor/Concentration

Finance, accounting, and real estate

Transfer from

Barry University - fall 2014

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2014

Professional interests/experiences

Sebastian is interested in international business and finance. He has interned at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States International Trade Commission, learning about global entrepreneurship and trade.

Activities/interests

Sebastian has an interest in global affairs and aspires to work in finance towards international economic equality. At the Hotel School, he is a student ambassador and co-founder and vice-president of Comunidad Latinx in Hospitality, and he currently serves as the chair for the SAB. He is also a research scholar in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, working with Cornell's Global Citizenship and Sustainability programs in Malaysia. He is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, where he has led fundraising initiatives. In addition, Sebastian is a resident advisor in Collegetown and an avid theater enthusiast, which is why he works at Cornell's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

SAB engagement

Sebastian wants to help students find academic and professional experiences in any of the many fields of the hospitality industry. He works with Cornell business deans and student services on financial aid initiatives. He wants to help build a collaborative and inclusive environment for everyone in the Hotel School community.


Kayti Stanley '18

Kayti Stanley, Class of 2018

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2018

Minor/concentration

Information science minor/real estate concentration

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2014

Professional interests/experiences

Kayti is looking forward to a career in the ever-exciting and innovative hospitality industry. Before attending Cornell University, Kayti interned with the Aramark Corporation. This summer, she hopes to return home to Houston, Texas to work in a hotel and gain invaluable experience at the ground level of operations.

Activities/interests

Within the Hotel School, Kayti is a part of Hotelies Serving Society as well as the design team for Hotel Ezra Cornell. She is also a member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and CRU.

SAB engagement

Kayti believes an integral part of the success of any academic organization is effective communication between administration and student. Her main goals as a member of the SAB are to ensure a comfortable relationship between the two, and to promote an active student body.


Tatiana Suero '19

Tatiana Suero, Class of 2019

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2019

Minor/concentration

Undecided

Appointed to the SAB

Fall 2015

Professional interests/experiences

Tatiana plans on exploring different areas of hospitality in order to find her niche. At the moment, she holds a strong interest within event management.

Alyannah Kassam '17

  • Worked at Lui Lui of Nashua, NH as a hostess and server
  • Worked at Taverna Banfi of Ithaca, NY as a server
  • Externed at the Westin Georgetown in the Event Management Department

Activities/interests

 

  • Outreach chair for Comunidad Latinx in Hospitality
  • Member of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
  • Member of Club Managers Association of America

SAB engagement

In SAB, Tatiana wishes to continue strengthening the tight-knit community of the Hotel School. She wants to build a strong relationship between the students and the administration to continue to make the Hotel School the best it can be.


Kristina Tagliente '17

Kristina Tagliente, Class of 2017

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2017

Minor/concentration

Entrepreneurship

Appointed to the SAB

November 2013

Professional interests/experiences

Kristina's professional work experiences range from operating her own granola bar business called KBar Pro in high school, to interning at News America Marketing's retail advertising solutions department, to interning at the Four Seasons Boston Hotel's sales/marketing/public relations department. Kristina has always been a passionate foodie so she plans to pursue a career in restaurant operations leadership and development post graduation.

Activities/interests

In her free time, Kristina enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Kristina is concentrating in entrepreneurship so she invests time in working on business models as well.

SAB engagement

Kristina is interested in the tidal changes that are taking place in the industry and at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, and she enjoys working with the dean and the student body to ensure that the curriculum incorporates these changes. She views her seat on the SAB as an opportunity to work closely with members of the faculty in observing and dissecting these developments in the field firsthand.


Venus Tse

Venus Tse, Class of 2017

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

May 2017

Minor/concentration

Hotel administration

Appointed to the SAB

November 2013

Professional interests/experiences

Venus has completed internships at Goldman Sachs, Colliers International, Xian Dai Architectural Design Group, Horwath HTL, the Peninsula Shanghai, and URBN Hotel Shanghai.

Activities/interests:

  • Design director, Hotel Ezra Cornell 92
  • Co-president, Hospitality Students International
  • Teaching assistant, Hospitality Development and Planning
  • Sigma Delta Tau sorority
  • New student representative of Hong Kong Student Association

SAB engagement

As a member of the international community, Venus understands the struggles that international students at the Hotel School might face when experiencing a new and different education system and living environment. Her focus is to help fulfill the needs of international students at the Hotel School by serving on the SAB. Venus is also in charge of the marketing and branding of the SAB.


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Shilu (Jess) Wu, Class of 2017

Candidate for Bachelor of Science

 May 2017

Appointed to the SAB

 December 2014

Professional interests/experiences

 Jess loves to do things that she is passionate about, and devotes 100 percent to what she is doing. Interested in real estate and the luxury hotels industry, she interned with Intercontinental, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Swire Properties, and the Blackstone Group in the past three years. Besides her passion for hospitality and real estate, Jess is also an amateur baker and a travel enthusiast. She summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2015 and traveled to over 40 cities in Europe.

Activities/interests

  • Vice president of Mountains for Moms
  • Event chair of Mainland Chinese Student Association
  • Marketing chair of Cornell Gourmet Club
  • Founder of Velvet Cakes
  • VP professional of Cornell Undergraduate Asia Business Society (CUABS)
  • E-board member of Ye Hosts Honorary Society

SAB engagement

 Jess joined the SAB because she wanted to help improve the "bridge" between students and the administration to make the Hotel School not only an outstanding school, but also a second home for students away from home. She would like to bring more fresh ideas from outside the Hotel School.

Emeritus SAB Members

Class of 2017

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Alyannah Kassam '17

Bachelor of Science: May 2017

Minor/concentration: Real estate minor

Transfer from: College of Arts and Sciences (Fall 2014)

Appointed to the Student Advisory Board: Fall 2014

Armaan Singh Nirh

Armaan Singh Nirh '17

Bachelor of Science: May 2017

Minor/concentration: Real estate minor/finance, accounting and real estate concentration

Transfer from: Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland (fall 2014)

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2014

Sebastian Ogando '17

Sebastian Ogando '17

Candidate for Bachelor of Science: May 2017

Minor/Concentration: Finance, accounting, and real estate

Transfer from: Barry University - fall 2014

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2014

Class of 2016

Sarah Murdoch

Sarah Murdoch '16

Bachelor of Science: May 2016

Minor/concentration: Real estate minor

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2012

Andreas Valhouli-Farb

Andreas Valhouli-Farb '16

Bachelor of Science: May 2016

Minor/concentration: Marketing

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2013

Class of 2015

Alec Budow '15

Alec Budow '15

Bachelor of Science: May 2016

Minor/concentration: Real estate minor

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2012

Lucas Busch '15

Lucas Busch '15

Bachelor of Science: January 2015

Minor: Real estate

Concentration: corporate finance, financial consulting, investment banking

Transferred from: Les Roches-­Gruyère University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland (fall 2012)

Appointed to the SAB: August 2013

Quinn Cox '15

Quinn Cox '15

Bachelor of Science: May 2015

Transferred from: Bucks County Community College (August 2012)

Appointed to the Student Advisory Board: October 2012

Francesca Filippini '15

Francesca Filippini '15

Bachelor of Science: May 2015

Minor: Italian

Transferred from: Boston University (fall 2012)

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2012

Isabella Mongalo '15

Isabella Mongalo '15

Bachelor of Science: May 2015

Concentration: Services Marketing and Operations Management

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2011

Class of 2014

Stephen Breedon '14

Stephen Breedon '14

Bachelor of Science: May 2014

Minor/concentration: Minor in real estate

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2011

Ashley Dimond '14

Ashley Dimond '14

Bachelor of Science: May 2015

Concentration: Services Marketing and Operations Management

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2011

Kealy Hartman '14

Kealy Hartman '14

Bachelor of Science: May 2014

Minor/concentration: N/A

Appointed to the SAB: Fall 2011