About HEAT

In 1996, the Hospitality Educators Association of Texas (HEAT) was formed to further professionalism for secondary educators who are teaching hospitality and tourism programs in the state of Texas.

HEAT is governed by a board of directors, consisting of high school and college hospitality educators and industry professionals.

If you are interested in serving on the HEAT board please fill out the Board Application for our Board to Review for the next slate of officers to be presented in November 2017. Please email the application to Bunny Denton by September 15, 2017 to bunny.heat@gmail.com


2017 HEAT Board and Officers                                              

President                                        Kara Palermo                                 Cy – Fair ISD

1st Vice President                            Veronica Saldana                           Texas City ISD

2nd Vice President                           Elena Doerrie                                Johnson & Wales University

3rd Vice President                            Christine Donovan                         Northside ISD

Sec/Treasurer                                 Jill Lawson                                    Glen Rose ISD

Past President                                 Susie Weinberg                             Magnolia ISD


Educator At Large                              Zach Moore                                Irving ISD

Educator At Large                              Delicia Church                            Pine Tree ISD

Educator At Large                              Debbie Wieland                          Leander ISD

Educator – West Texas                       Melinda Castillo                          Canutillo ISD

Educator – Austin                              Reid Johnson                             Round Rock ISD

Educator – Houston                           Michele Smith                            Cy – Fair ISD

Educator – San Antonio                     Cynthia Nash                              Northside ISD                                       

Educator – DFW                                Dena Knoll                                 Irving ISD

Hotel                                                Philett Carter                             San Luis Resort and Spa                 

Industry                                            Glenn Rierson                           AceMart

Industry                                            Jordan Swim                             Vestal Catering

Post Secondary                                  Steve DeShazo                          El Centro College

Post Secondary                                  David Uminski                           St. Philip’s College            

Post Secondary                                  Lisa Hernandez                          University of Houston Conrad Hilton College

At Large                                            Dr. Gina Fe Causin                      Stephen F . Austin State University

At Large                                            Chef Michael Bargas                   Aramark                                                  

At Large                                            Sheila Hyde                               Hospitality Staffing

At Large                                            Vicki Tramel                               Retired Educator

Retired                                              Cynthia Williams                        Retired Hospitality Educator

TRA EX Officio                                    Yvonne Loya                              TRAEF

TH&LA EX Officio                                Brian Sulivan                             TH&LA

TTIA EX Officio                                   David Teal                                  TTIA

TEA EX Officio                                   Sandra Delgado                           Statewide Instructional Resources                                                                                                          Development Center




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