The Nominations and Elections Committee Mission

To maintain strong leadership in the ACF, the Nominations and Elections Committee is charged with identifying and elevating those who are willing and able to serve on the ACF Board of Directors. The Nominations and Elections Committee shall facilitate the nominations process and supervise the election of the national and regional officers within the American Culinary Federation in accordance with policies and procedures established by the committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The committee shall accept nominations from eligible ACF members, verify the qualifications of the nominees, and present the list of qualified nominees to the ACF Executive Director for publication purposes at the close of nominations.


John A. Minniti, CCE, AAC, HBOT, HOF

Committee Members

  • Central- Jesse W. Cobb, CEC, AAC
  • Northeast - Wilfred R. Beriau, CEC, CCE, AAC
  • Southeast - Philip L. Mastin, CEC
  • Western - Jay Marshall, CEC, AAC
  • Staff Liaison: Heidi Cramb, Executive Director

2019-2021 Candidates for National Office


Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC


Mark Wright, CEC, AAC


Christopher Donato, CEC, AAC
James Taylor, CEC, AAC, MBA

Vice President, Central Region

Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
James Tinkham, CEC, CCA, AAC
Scott Turley, CEC, AAC
Mark Webster, CEC, CCE, AAC

Vice President, Northeast Region

Jeffrey Mitchell, CEC, CCA, PCC, AAC
Barry Young, CEC, CCE, AAC

Vice President, Southeast Region

Kimberly Brock Brown, CEPC, CCA, AAC
Lisa Ramsey, CEC, CEPC, AAC

Vice President, Western Region

Robert Phillips, CEC, CCA, AAC

Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, will serve as immediate past president.