The hospitality industry is Maryland’s largest private employer and continues to expand here and across the nation. Career prospects are best for those with a college education and training.
At HCAT, our mission is to provide accessibility to an array of high-quality, credentialed programs; experiential learning; responsive, customized training for business; and fun and credible community education activities to support the hotel, culinary arts and tourism needs of the industry and the consumer.
HCAT's Associate of Applied Science degree is accredited by both the American Culinary Federation Foundation's Accrediting Commission and the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. Students may select from several majors.
Industry-specific job training for students interested in pursuing new opportunities or for those currently in the industry but requiring additional training is available in the following areas:
The HCAT Institute offers a variety of noncredit cooking classes for beginners and culinary experts alike in the areas of The In-Home Classroom with video Cooking Demonstrations, Hands-on Cooking, and Wine and Spirits classes. Tempt your taste buds with delicious demonstrations in any of our food and wine courses.
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The staff and faculty of the HCAT Institute have a commitment to academic excellence and an enthusiasm to help students excel while maintaining a nationally recognized status as a leader in all aspects of hospitality training.
Email Donnisha or call 410-777-2314
Chef Donnisha Grant, MSIHM, CHE, is an assistant director for the HCAT Institute. She oversees the Hospitality program, noncredit programming and Dealer School. Grant's main focus is to attract and expand the minds of students who are entering the hospitality management field. She believes every person deserves the opportunity to discover what they love, and to pursue it without any boundaries. Grant has over five years of teaching experience and over 10 years of industry experience. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at Morgan State University and Howard Community College, a full-time professor at Stratford University and was an instructional specialist for the HCAT Institute. Grant received her Associate of Applied Science in culinary arts from Baltimore International College, Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Morgan State University, and a master’s in education and a master’s in international hospitality management from Strayer University.
Email David or call 410-777-2063
Chef David Ludwig, CEPC, CHE, is an assistant director for the HCAT Institute who oversees the Culinary and Baking and Pastry programs. Ludwig believes that while it's easy to get a job in the hospitality industry, it is much harder to build a lasting career, and that education is the key to finding that level of success. He has coached Team Anne Arundel, is an adviser to the HCAT Chef’s Club and is a certification evaluator for the American Culinary Federation. Ludwig has worked as a boulanger under Chef Michel Gras at La Patisserie, Cape May, N.J., pastry cook at the Trellis Restaurant, executive pastry chef for the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., worked at the five-star, five-diamond Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, chef for the English Tea Room at Reynold’s Tavern in Annapolis, and adjunct instructor and instructional specialist for the HCAT Institute. He has completed several courses at the Culinary Institute of America, both in Hyde Park, N.Y., and Greystone, Calif. Ludwig holds an Applied Associate of Science in culinary arts from Atlantic Cape Community College, a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from DeVry University, and is pursuing a master’s in distance learning with University of Maryland Global Campus.
HCAT's instructional staff is ACF accredited and have a broad, extensive background of industry experience. Professionals with a passion for excellence in education, they are dedicated to improving student learning and outcomes. Learn more about our team and read their biographies below.
Email Melissa or call 410-777-2099
Chef Melissa Hawkins, CWPC, is an instructional specialist who teaches credit baking and pastry courses. Her specialties are cake decorating and bread. Hawkins believes there is no end to learning in the culinary world; every new dish you try is adding to your culinary education. In addition to teaching baking and pastry curriculum, she teaches the noncredit bartending courses. In her free time, she runs her own cake business, Chocolate Chic Connection. Hawkins has been the assistant pastry chef at The Maryland Club, executive pastry chef at Cosima and garde manger chef at the Baltimore Country Club. She has over 13 years of experience as a bartender at Hard Rock Café. Hawkins holds an Associate of Applied Science in baking and pastry and culinary arts from Anne Arundel Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in hospitality from Baltimore International College.
Email Virginia or call 410-777-2208
Chef Virginia Olson, CWPC, CHE, is an instructional specialist who teaches credit baking and pastry courses. Olson specializes in artisan breads, chocolate and confections. She believes learning is a process of discovery, an exploration of the wider world as well as a student's personal abilities and interests. Olson believes that setting the bar high and striving for personal excellence will lead to professional achievement. In 2020 she was awarded Teacher of the Year by Anne Arundel Community College’s Student Association. Olson has worked at The Main Ingredient in Annapolis and Renaissance Pastries in Savage. She has worked as a pastry chef at the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore, 1789 in Georgetown and Butterfield 9 in Washington, D.C. Olson earned a master’s degree in Russian studies from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and international studies from the University of Oregon. A 1995 graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, she has completed additional programs of study at the International School of Confectionary Arts, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif.; King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vt.; and Chocolate Academy in Chicago and Valrhona in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Email Michael or call 410-777-2488
Chef Michael Santos, CEPC, is an instructional specialist who teaches credit and noncredit baking and pastry courses. He passes down to his students the expertise and skills he has gained in over 25 years of industry experience. Santos has been awarded American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition medals in the categories of Single Tier Celebration Cakes, Hot Plated Dessert, Breads and Chocolate Candy Display, and Cold Plated Dessert. In 2014 and 2016 he was voted ACF Greater Baltimore Chapter’s Pastry Chef of the Year. Santos has 10 years of teaching experience as an adjunct instructor at Stratford University, Howard Community College and Anne Arundel Community College. He has held the positions of executive pastry chef, assistant pastry chef and food and beverage manager with The Olive Group, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Marriot Hotels and Hilton Hotels. Santos holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in baking and pastry making from Baltimore International College. He continues to attend trainings and conferences specializing in the science of baking and pastry to further advance his knowledge and skills.
Email Michael or call 410-777-2918
Chef Michael Levins, CEC, CCA, WCCE, WCEC, is an instructional specialist teaching credit culinary courses. Levins believes in a positive learning environment that encourages students to think outside the box. He has held many roles in his 20-plus years in the culinary industry. Levins' career highlights include the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and working at Walt Disney at the Rotunda in the executive dining room. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Levins participates in several positions and appointments for ACF; certification chair for the Greater Baltimore ACF chapter, certification evaluator trainer, and post-secondary accreditation education evaluator. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in culinary and hospitality management from Howard Community College.
Email Randy or call 410-777-1178
Chef Randy Stahl, CEC, is an instructional specialist teaching culinary courses. He specializes in bringing real-life experiences into the academic classroom and kitchen. He enjoys guiding students through fundamentals in culinary skills and life skills that are necessary for a career in the food service industry. Stahl believes in learning as a lifelong endeavor, mastered only through diligence, discipline and constant effort to reach for the stars and moon during your pursuit of excellence. He has committed to many local and national charities including Maryland Food Bank, Second Helping, Share our Strength, Operation Frontline, Great Chefs Dinner for the Center for Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland, American Cancer Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Heritage Festival, American Culinary Federation, and Cystic Fibrosis. In 1997 Stahl was awarded the Maryland Governor’s Volunteer of the Year by then-Gov. Parris Glendenning.
Stahl started his career while in high school at Merrickana Kosher Caterers in New York. He worked as a sous chef and chef de cuisine at Sal Anthony’s in Gramercy Park, New York City. He was a chef-partner for Country Fare Group in Fiori, co-founder of The Brass Elephant, and he co-designed, built and worked as executive chef/general manager at Remomo Café Italia in Anne Arundel County. A highlight in his career was preparing, with his staff, the banquet following Pope John Paul II’s Mass at Camden Yards in the private residence of Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore.
Stahl earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics with a business minor from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated with high honors from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Email Ken or call 410-777-2722.
Chef Ken Jarvis, professor, CEC, CCE, CHE, has been with the HCAT Institute since 1993. His 26 years of extensive professional experience in both front and back-of-the-house positions for full-service and catering establishments prepared him for his current position at HCAT. He has a long list of accomplishments including direct management of a 250-seat restaurant as well as an exclusive catering business; food, equipment and supplies distribution; and executive chef/management at a local waterfront restaurant. Jarvis holds a Master of Science in business administration, a Bachelor of Science in food service administration, dietetics and nutritional care, and an associate degree in occupational studies from the Culinary Institute of America. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the American Culinary Federation.
Jenny Abreu, CMP, DES, MTA, is an adjunct instructor who teaches catering management. Abreu has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Howard Community College. She is the founder and chief experience officer of Forever Etched Events LLC. For more than 19 years Abreu has passionately and creatively produced association, academic, social, corporate, and nonprofit meeting and event experiences. She is a board member for the American Advertising Federation of DC (AAF DC), and advisory board member for The Women in Leadership Executive program at The George Washington University School of Business, and a meeting and event planning subject matter expert (SME) for EnventU. She has been recognized as an Ascent Luminary by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convene Ascent Initiative. Abreu holds a Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) in event and meeting management from The George Washington University School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Management, and an Associate in Science in Business Administration from Massachusetts Bay Community College.
Ericka Campbell is an adjunct instructor who teaches internship in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Anne Arundel Community College. Passionate about people, Campbell believes that the world needs more kindness. After college, she was competitively recruited to work at a 2,112-room resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando. While there, she was trained on how to deliver white-glove service at Disney University and managed a team of Disney employees. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Morgan State University.
Ray Davis is an adjunct instructor who has been teaching hospitality courses since 2018. Davis believes that with a growth mindset learning can be achieved through experience, training and in academic settings. He has worked in the hospitality field for over 20 years holding both front-of-house and back-of-house positions, as well as working with operations. For the past 10 years he's owned and managed several restaurants in the Baltimore area. Davis holds an Associate of Arts degree from Baltimore City Community College.
John Delozier, MBA, CHA, is an adjunct instructor who teaches hospitality management at Anne Arundel Community College. Delozier owns and operates a small hotel management company with a $20 million portfolio of hotels. He also serves on several industry boards and professional committees often focused on education, training and leadership development. While some may question the impact of higher education on the hospitality industry, Delozier is passionate about workforce development. He encourages students to start their educational pursuits within the community college system where they can learn from experienced professionals, most of whom have significant industry experience. Delozier holds an Associate of Arts in Christian education from Lancaster Bible College, a Bachelor of Arts in organizational management from Eastern University and a Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College.
Leo Dilling is an adjunct instructor teaching culinary courses. He believes that every chef and cook should stay curious and never stop striving to learn. Dilling brings 20 years of experience cooking and managing in some of Washington, D.C.’s top fine dining kitchens. He has been an adjunct at the Art Institute of Washington for eight years and as a full-time instructor at Stratford University. His works a full-time job as culinary operations manager for Ceremony Coffee, an Annapolis-based company with seven locations. Dilling is a member of the American Culinary Federation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Mary Washington and the Diplome de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, Canada.
Keiron Forde, PMP, is an adjunct instructor who teaches hospitality courses. Forde has worked in the hospitality industry since 2008. He started his career as sales manager trainee at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. He has been resident dining manager for Sodexo at Stevenson University, food and beverage director at Aloft hotel, Element hotel, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites, Wyndham Baltimore, Radisson Baltimore Inner Harbor, and Crown Plaza Baltimore Inner Harbor, as well as food and beverage manager at the Westin BWI. In 2018, Forde received his Project Manager Professional certification (PMP). Upon receiving his certification he left the hospitality industry and became a supply chain planner at Northrop Grumman Corp. Today he is the supplier quality engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp. Forde holds a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Morgan State University.
Frederica R. Joy, CC, is an adjunct instructor who teaches hospitality courses. Joy believes that hospitality is a philosophy that should be embodied and strives to provide first-class service with every encounter. She is a food and beverage director with over 10 years of experience in the culinary/hospitality industry. In addition to managing the food and beverage outlets at her current hotel, she is also the chef/owner of a full-service catering company. She is ServSafe® certified, TIPS certified and an ACF certified culinarian. Joy holds an Associate of Applied Science in advanced culinary arts and a Bachelor of Arts in hospitality management, both from Stratford University.
Chef Akemi Keahey is an instructional specialist who teaches the Job Corp Advanced Culinary Arts program courses. She is passionate about food science, learning about world culture and cuisine, and the medicinal use of foods and herbs. Keahey has been an adjunct instructor at Anne Arundel Community College, Howard Community College and Community College of Baltimore County. She is an approved instructor/proctor for ServSafe®, ServSafe® Alcohol and ManageFirst® by the National Restaurant Association.
Keahey has worked as a chef and vocational instructor at the Harbour School at Baltimore, and as a consultant to the Restaurant Association of Maryland for writing HACCP plans and teaching ServSafe® certification courses. She has started several businesses, including Green Eating (nutrition education), HACCP Writer 123 (hospitality consulting), food truck owner and personal chef. She has worked as an event chef and in institutional dining facilities at the management level, Howard County public schools and Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, as well as at Disney World’s award-winning Contemporary Resort. Her most recent position was with St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore as the training chef spearheading the Food Service Training Program which provides job training to individuals with barriers to employment, preparing them for successful careers in Food Service.
Keahey, the author of "Superfoods – Powerful Foods that Beat Cancer and Chronic Illness©", also is consistently recognized for her high level of dedication, customer service and ability to coach others.
She holds an associate degree in liberal arts from Baltimore City Community College and has completed courses at the HCAT Institute.
Gregory Mazzeo is an adjunct instructor teaching hospitality courses. Mazzeo believes that employees are the most important asset to an organization and finding the right talent for the right job is critical to an organization’s success. He has been nominated as leader of the year and has developed employees into high performing talent as well as leaders while working his way through the restaurant industry for 16 years. He is a recruiter who supports the full recruitment cycle while studying current market trends and supporting internal and external applicants/candidates through the hiring process. He holds an associate degree in culinary arts from Anne Arundel Community College, a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University, a master’s degree in human resources development from Towson University and is a current leadership psychology doctorate candidate at William James College.
Dan Rendulic has been adjunct instructor with HCAT since 2007, teaching both credit and noncredit culinary classes. He believes that with proper training and guidance, anyone can elevate their basic cooking skills from so-so to WOW! Eating is essential to life. Eating food that not only taste great but also look great makes that experience more delightful. He is hands-on in the culinary field and has worked at a variety of venues including restaurants, food production facilities and large volume catering. Rendulic is employed with Puttin’ on the Ritz catering company focusing on off-premise events. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in culinary arts from Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts.
Jason Roberts is an adjunct instructor who teaches various hospitality courses. Roberts believes that connecting students to the course material with the real-world experience and application of the curriculum objectives is paramount to creating a more well-rounded hospitality professional. He has 20 years of experience operating higher education dining facilities and hotels. In addition to managing large dining facilities at universities, he has built a reputation of mentoring reporting managers and turning around underachieving units. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Morgan State University and a Master of Science in management: acquisition and supply chain management from University of Maryland Global Campus.
Carrie Svoboda, CWPC, is an adjunct faculty member at the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute who began teaching for HCAT in 2016. As an HCAT graduate herself, Svoboda has the unique ability to relate to students in a way that most cannot. She believes that a desire to always improve and the dedication needed in this industry will propel students to any goal they may set. Passion will get you part of the way, but to truly excel you must pair passion with dedication and a strong work ethic. Svoboda has worked in a variety of positions and places from cake decorator for a small business to pastry chef de cuisine at Army Navy Country Club. She also works with a former AACC student and her business, Happy Chicken Bakery, in Chestertown. Svoboda holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in education from Long Island University, an associate degree in baking and pastry from Anne Arundel Community College, and is a certified working pastry chef through the American Culinary Federation.
Jeanette Warne is an adjunct instructor teaching baking and pastry, and intermediate bread production courses. Warne believes that pastry arts requires a different skill set from the savory arts. One has to be more adept to food science, ratios, time and temperature – not to mention the arts of delicacy and dexterity. In addition to teaching credit courses, she also teaches noncredit and professional enrichment courses for the school. Warne graduated with distinction from the Pastry Arts program at L'Academie de Cuisine Culinary School, formerly in Gaithersburg.
AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute is pleased to provide top-notch instruction for their noncredit classes by leading professionals from AACC’s staff and the community.
Cheryl Ignaczak, CSC