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Jean Hertzman, Ph.D., CCE



E-mail - jhertzma@nmsu.edu

Jean Hertzman obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from UNLV in May 2006. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans. She has been certified as a Culinary Educator by the ACF since 1996. Her research interests are hospitality and culinary education, foodservice operations, food safety, and career planning and training for the hospitality industry. She is co-author of the 9th edition of Purchasing: Selection and Procurement in the Hospitality Industry to be published in 2016.

Dr. Hertzman recently moved from Las Vegas where she was an associate professor and held a progression of administrative positions for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. These included director of enrollment management, assistant dean of operations and academics, and culinary arts and foodservice management program director. Dr. Hertzman taught Foodservice Operations Fundamentals, Culture and Cuisine, UNLVino Management, Hospitality Service Management, Hospitality Purchasing, a graduate seminar on Hospitality Management Education, and the master degree professional paper class. Previously, she was a Chef Instructor at The National C enter for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. She has work experience in independent restaurants, hotels, and private catering services.

Dr. Hertzman's honors include the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) W. Bradford Wiley Best Research Paper of the Year Award in 2014, the ICHRIE Chef Herman Breithaupt Award and UNLV Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, induction into the ACF Chefs of Las Vegas Hall of Fame in 2010, the Sam and Mary Boyd Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2005 and for Service in 2002, 1998 Chef of the Year for the ACF Chefs Las Vegas, and two ICHRIE best conference paper awards.

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Priscilla Bloomquist, Ph.D.


E-mail - pbloomqu@nmsu.edu

Priscilla Bloomquist is a Professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at New Mexico State University. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she earned a B.A. in Economics, and an M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. in Educational Management from New Mexico State University.

In 1988, she moved to Las Cruces to assist in starting what is now the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Since that time, the program reached a peak enrollment of over 400 majors, and has been ranked in an academic journal among the top 25 programs in the country.

    She has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including:

  • Hospitality Educator of the Year, New Mexico Restaurant Association
  • NMSU Donald Roush Award for Teaching Excellence (two-time recipient)
  • Professor of the Year, NMSU Greek Community (two-time recipient)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Fiestas Latinas, Chicano Programs Awards Banquet, NMSU
  • Patricia Christmore Excellence in Teaching Award, NMSU
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Agriculture and Home Economic, NMSU
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Multi-year Recipient (Fewer than 2% are included in more than one edition.)
  • She has also been responsible for over $1 million dollars in grants/contract work through the New Mexico Tourism Department, the U.S. Forest Service, the New Mexico Department of Economic Development, the New Mexico State Parks & Recreation Division and was the Project Director on three United States Department of Agriculture education grants. She has published a chapter in a textbook, a number of articles and technical reports, and has presented her research at statewide, national and international conferences. A member of several international/national hospitality and tourism associations, Dr. Bloomquist was elected and currently serves as a Board member for the Tourism Association of New Mexico.

    In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Daren and their children Haley , Madelyn and Robert.

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Keith Mandabach, Ed.D, C.E.C., A.A.C.


E-mail - kmandaba@nmsu.edu

Dr. Mandabach holds an Ed.D. in Education from the University of Houston, an M.S. in Hospitality Management, University of Houston, Conrad Hilton College, and a B.S. in Hotel / Restaurant Management, St. Edwards University.

Dr. Mandabach teaches HRTM 410 Hospitality Cost Control, HRTM 420 Club Management, HRTM 412 Beverage Management and HRTM 450 Food and Wine Pairing. His research interests are in culinary education, restaurant and bar management, the use of technology in restaurants, the history of culinary arts, ethics and media influences on the food industry.

I am a Certified Chef and hospitality educator at New Mexico State University with a Doctorate in Education committed to making a difference in my community. I have over twenty years-experience as a practitioner in the industry and 16 years as an award winning researcher and educator. I have a passion for teaching, research and community development. My students and university duties are my top priority. I speak regularly at academic meetings and industry conferences.

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Greg Blanch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

E-mail - gblanch@nmsu.edu

Dr. Blanch holds a Ph.D. in education from the Claremont Graduate School. His research interests focus on three areas: the intersection of educational technology and public policy; improving the teaching / learning process for language minority students in hospitality management programs; and the perceived use of leadership in hospitality management organizations.

  • Expertise: Tourism & hospitality research, business administration

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Stringam, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

E-mail - betsys@nmsu.edu

Dr. Betsy Stringam came to NMSU from The University of South Carolina where she was Associate Professor of Hotels and Resorts. Dr Stringam has also been a member of the faculty at Penn State University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to her career in academics Dr. Stringam worked in the hotel and restaurant industries at both the corporate and property level. Dr. Stringam received her Bachelor's degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, her Master's in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Florida International University, and her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She has published articles in numerous hotel, and tourism management journals. Dr. Stringam has served on many industry, education and association committees, including recent service on the Board of Directors for the Hospitality Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. She currently serves as a contributing editor for several journals and as a member of the Research Committee for the International Foundation of the American Resort Development Association, and as a Research Affiliate of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program.

Pete Mitchell

Pete Mitchell

College Assistant Professor

E-mail - petemit@nmsu.edu

Pete Mitchell is a strong advocate for servant leadership within the hospitality industry. He believes that the strength of the team outweighs the strength of any individual; every student has value towards the outcome of the class; and, students deserve respect, trust and right to be treated as professionals in the hospitality industry. His passions lie in the proper production and management of foods. Chef Mitchell focuses on the instruction of future restaurant managers and their abilities think on their feet with the end goal of the total operation in mind instead of just cooking or just serving or just cleaning. With over 35 years in the restaurant industry as both management and educator, Chef Mitchell continues to set his focus towards the wellbeing of coworker and student as well as their development and advancement within the industry.

Chef Mitchell holds a Master's Degree in Hospitality Management from The University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science degree in Lodging, Restaurant, and Tourism from Northern Arizona University. He has taught a myriad of hospitality and culinary arts classes since 2003.

John Hartley

John Hartley

College Assistant Professor

E-mail - jhartley@nmsu.edu

Mr. Hartley holds a Master of Business Administration from New Mexico State University, a B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Services from New Mexico State University, and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco.

Mr. Hartley teaches courses in Food & Beverage Management, Marketing, and Accounting

  • Chef, Culinary Lab Manager
  • Expertise: Culinary Arts, Food & Beverage Management

Daren Bloomquist

Daren Bloomquist

College Assistant Professor

E-mail - dbloomqu@nmsu.edu

Mr. Bloomquist, "Mr. B", received his M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism, and B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management, from University of Wisconsin-Stout. He developed, and was sole coordinator of, hospitality programs at El Paso Community College and Doña Ana Community College before coming to teach in the School of HRTM, and is a strong proponent of sustainable development and operations for hospitality and tourism enterprises. Mr. B has been a volunteer fire fighter in the Las Alturas/Talavera communities since 1998.

  • International program outreach and development, instructor in Facilities Management
  • Expertise: Tourism, Hospitality Marketing, Facilities Management, and Distance Education

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Ed Linderman

College Assistant Professor

E-mail - wineprof@nmsu.edu

Mr. Linderman is currently Vice President of Verlander Enterprises, which owns and operates 11 Village Inn Pancake House Restaurants, 11 Applebee's Grill & Bar Restaurants and 6 Corner Bakery Café's; all located in the southwest. Mr. Linderman is a past Chairman of the New Mexico Restaurant Association, the 2004 "New Mexico Restaurateur of the Year", and is actively involved in New Mexico and Texas hospitality issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, and has most recently attended "Professional Wine Studies Programs" at the Culinary Institute of American, Greystone Campus, in St. Helena, CA.

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Julie Correa

College Assistant Professor

E-mail - jzumwalt@nmsu.edu

Julie is a graduate of NMSU with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and Master of Arts in English. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. Julie is currently teaching classes in Safety, Sanitation and Nutrition, Introduction to Hospitality Management and Professional Development.