Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business
6681 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221



MS, Education, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, 1985

BS, Dietetics Food and Nutrition, State University College at Buffalo, NY, 1972

AAS, Food Service Administration/Restaurant Management, Erie Community College, Buffalo NY, 1970


Professional Experience

Associate Dean, Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2016-present

Professor, Department Chair
Erie Community College (ECC), Buffalo, NY 1973-2016

  • Responsibilities included: managing 16 full-time and part-time faculty, 150-225 students, curriculum development, grant writing (obtained 1.5 million dollars in grant funding private, federal and state)
  • On sabbatical in fall 2008, taught in Dubrovnik Croatia at the American College of Management Technology (owned and accredited by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Department)
  • 2017: Named Professor Emeritus



National Restaurant Association Teacher Work Study Grant

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence

President’s Recognition Award for Innovative Programming, ECC

President’s Recognition Award for Grant Initiatives, ECC

Ebony and Ivory Award for Community Service, ECC

Western New York Hospitality Ambassador Award, SUCB

Distinguished Alumni Award, ECC

Silver Medal Award Council of Food Services Association

State University of New York Alumni Honor Roll

Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award


Presentations and Seminars

“So You Want to Open a Restaurant,” ECC, Community Service Division

“Customer Service,” New York State Restaurant Association, Buffalo Chapter

“Customer Service,” Frontier School System, Hamburg, NY

“Feasibility Studies Within the Hospitality Industry,” ECC, Community Service Division

“Kitchen Layout and Design,” ECC, Community Service Division

“Customer Service/Satisfaction,” University of Rochester, Auxiliary Services

“Etiquette for a Lunch Interview,” Canisius College, Career Resource Center

“Etiquette for Youngsters,” Big Sisters Little Sisters Organization



Current Boards

Catholic Academy West Buffalo, 2005-present

Co-chair, Joseph P. Panzarella Foundation

New York State Restaurant Association/Western New York Chapter

Visit Buffalo Niagara


Community Activities

Volunteer for Buffalo News “Kids Day” (1986-present)

Local Organizing Committee, Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala, Kelly for Kids Foundation (1991-Present)

Peloton participant, Ride For Roswell

Co-Chairman, Joseph P. Panzarella Scholarship Foundation

Wrestling Legends fundraiser benefiting Children’s Hospital and Ilio DiPaolo’s Scholarship fund

Crisis Services “Men Who Cook,” ECC, (Oct. 2007)

Volunteer, Special Olympics Basketball (2006-2010)

Steadfast Foundation-Ryan Miller Fund Raiser (2006-2009)

Volunteer,Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (2002-2010)

Holiday Charity Luncheon benefiting children’s charities, ECC (1984-2006)