The American Academy of Chefs AAC Board and Committees

Mark Wright

American Academy of Chefs Chair

Mark Wright, CEC®, AAC®
Department Chair
Hospitality Management Erie Community College
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 270-5256


Americo 'Rico' DiFronzo

American Academy of Chefs National Vice Chair

Americo “Rico” DiFronzo, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Executive Chef
Union Oyster House
41 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108-2494
(617) 512-3063


Ambassador

Stafford DeCambra, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®

Past Chair Council

John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT, Chair
Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC®, AAC®, HOF
Thomas J. Macrina, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®
Bert P. Cutino, CEC®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT
Jon Greenwalt, CEC®, AAC®, HOF
Stafford DeCambra, CEC®, CCE®, CCA®, AAC®

Chair Honorary Board of Trustees

Bert Cutino, CEC®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT

Honorary Board of Trustees

Thomas J. Macrina, CEC®, CCA®, AAC®, HBOT
James Doherty, HBOT, HAAC, HHOF
Ferdinand Metz, CMC®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT
John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HOF, HBOT
Ira Kaplan, Irinox Corporation
Hal Small, JD, CPA, HBOT
John Folse, CEC®, AAC®, HBOT - Emeritus
Jim Singerling, HAAC, HHOF, HBOT - Emeritus

Chair Emeritus Culinary Hall of Fame

Jon Greenwalt, CEC®, AAC®, HOF

Chair Culinary Hall of Fame

John Minniti, CCE®, AAC®, HBOT, HOF

Culinary Hall of Fame

Louis M. Perrotte, CEC®, AAC®, HOF
Willie L. Lewis, CEC®, AAC®, HOF
Leopold K. Schaeli, CMC, AAC, HOF

Regional Academy Directors

Central Region

Patrick D. Mitchell, CEC, AAC
Joe G. Aiello, CEC, AAC
Glenn S. Brown, CEC, AAC

Northeast Region

David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC
Mark S. Kent, CEC, AAC
Linda S. Musch, CCE, AAC

Southeast Region

John H. Kacala, CEC, AAC
Steven E. Barron, CEC, AAC
Michael J. Rigberg, CEC, CCA, AAC

Western Region

Jacqueline I. Hamilton, CEC, AAC
Jay Marshall, CEC, AAC
Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC - Hawaii
Gary L. Fuller, CEC, CCE, AAC

Military Regional Director

Rene Marquis, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC

Committee Chairs

Professional Alliances Committee

John Kaufmann, CEC, AAC, HOF

Public Relations and Marketing

Deborah Bando-Duit, CEC, AAC

Education Committee

Mark Spelman, CEC, AAC

Scholarship Committee

Rajeev Patgaonkar, CEC, AAC

Fellowship Committee

Paul O’Toole, CEC, AAC
Robb White, CEC, CCA, AAC

Nominations and Elections Committee and Special Projects

Frank Leake, CCC, CCE, AAC - Hawaii

Lifetime Achievement Committee

James G. Rhoads, CEC, AAC
Dale Miller, CMC, AAC

Past American Academy of Chefs Officers
2011–2015 National Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
  National Vice Chair - Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
2007–2011 National Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  National Vice Chair - Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
2003–2007 Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Vice Chair - Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, HBOT
1999–2003 Chair - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
  National Vice Chair - John Minniti, CCE, AAC, HOF, HBOT
1997–1999 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Fritz Sonnenschmidt, CMC, AAC, HOF
1996–1997 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Joseph Amendola, CEPC, CCE, AAC, HOF
1995–1996 Chairman - Bert Cutino, CEC, AAC, HOF, HBOT
  Secretary/Treasurer - Dieter Preiser, CEC, AAC
1993–1995 Chairman - Richard Bosnjak, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Hartmut Handke, CMC, AAC
1989–1993 Chairman - Lawrence Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Harry Hoffstadt, CEC, AAC, HOF
1985–1989 Chairman - Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Lawrence Conti, CEC, AAC, HOF
1981–1985 Chairman - Rene Roncari, AAC, HOF
  Secretary/Treasurer - Jon Greenwalt, CEC, AAC, HOF
1977–1981 Chairman - U. Max Behr, CEC, AAC, HOF
1971–1977 Chairman - Anthony Bartolotta, AAC, HHOF
1965–1971 Chairman - Paul Laesecke, AAC, HOF
1960–1965 Chairman - Walter Wingberg, AAC
1954–1959  Chairman - Peter Berrini, AAC, HOF