Dr. Bill Lightfoot brings to the table over 15 years of global senior leadership experience, including seven years overseas in multicultural organizations. He most recently served as Managing Director of Village Inc. Africa, where he developed a new business model for driving economic development in rural communities. He has also served as Dean of Brenau University’s College of Business and Mass Communication and as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Institutional Advancement, and Strategic Planning at the International University of Monaco.
Dr. Lightfoot earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University before moving on to earn his MBA in General Management from the University of North Carolina. He also earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and possesses a CCMP (Certified Change Management Professional) Certificate from the Association of Chance Management Professionals.
A baking and pastry instructor at SNHU since 2006, Karina Pasternak teaches the fundamental elements of baking and instructs finer techniques of pastry arts. She developed an elective course in artisan bread baking. She previously worked as a pastry chef.
Pasternak received her Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration from SNHU.
Pasternak's publications have appeared in Food & Wine and Art Culinary magazines.
M. Brigid Flanigan has served as an associate professor in the School of Hospitality since 1995, teaching in both culinary and baking concentrations. Before joining the university in 1995, Flanigan worked as a chef in private clubs, hotels and restaurants, including St. Botolph Restaurant in Boston, Club 101 and The United Nations Park Hyatt Hotel in New York City. She was the last executive chef at the famous Red Coach Grill in Wayland, Mass.
Flanigan has developed courses in both culinary and baking areas and has worked on curriculum development and adaptation of the 2 + 2 plan for bachelor's in Applied Science in Hospitality.
Flanigan received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts from Southern Maine Technical College, an Advanced Certificate of Culinary Arts from the Cordon Bleu Cookery School, London, England; and a Master of Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA.
Flanigan serves on the SNHU Judicial Board and the Faculty Center Committee. Flanigan is active in the New Hampshire chapter of Share Our Strength and is a member of the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and the Careers through Culinary Arts Program.
Since joining SNHU in 2008, Stefan Ryll has completed the training to become a certified test evaluator by the American Culinary Federation, developed the Skills of Meat Cutting course for the Culinary Department and assisted in the development of the four-year Culinary Management program. Ryll coached the SNHU Culinary team to a bronze medal win at the Northeast Regional competition in 2011.
He earned his Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the Metha Bohnert Culinary Academy, Germany; his Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration and his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from SNHU. Stefan is working towards his Master of Business Administration at SNHU.
Ryll is a member of the American Culinary Federation, and a member and certification chair for the Professional Chefs of Southern New Hampshire. In 2004, he was awarded Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs of New Hampshire. He also presents at the NE Culinary Educators Forum on a regular basis.
At SNHU, Ryll serves as a member of the Faculty Senate, the University Curriculum Committee, as the faculty advisor to SNHU's Culinary Student Association and was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Stephen Owens is an associate professor of culinary arts and teaches a variety of courses in the culinary and hospitality disciplines. Prior to joining SNHU in 1995, Owens worked as an executive chef at various restaurants in New England.
Owens received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel/Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Ritz Escoffier certificate from the Hotel Ritz and his Masters of Science in Business Education from SNHU.
Owens was nominated for SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, 2006 and 2012.
Professional memberships include American Culinary Federation – Professional Chefs of NH Chapter and ServSafe Certified. Owens serves on SNHU’s Assessment Committee and the University Budget Advisory Committee. His publications include articles in the Hippo Press, Lawrence Eagle Tribune and Early American Homes.
Vicki Connell is an associate professor in SNHU's culinary program and has written and taught curricula for the pastry arts program since 1985. Connell was an SNHU Excellence In Teaching Nominee in 2010 and 2011.
Connell has been featured as an on-set chef on Public Television's "Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco" and in the American Culinary Federation's video series to accompany the text, "Baking Fundamentals." She has been awarded a National Restaurant Association's teacher work-study grant and a Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Bread Baking Internship with Amy's Break in NYC. She was inducted into the Cooking Matters Hall of Fame by Share Our Strength where she was recognized for her volunteer work with Cooking Matters, an organization that brings together local culinary and nutrition professionals to teach hands-on cooking courses to low-income families.
Connell received her Associate in Applied Science in Foodservice Management from the University of New Hampshire, her Bachelor in Science in Small Business Management and Master in Business Administration from SNHU.
Professional associations include American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs of New Hampshire Chapter and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.
Connell service includes the University Committee on the Faculty, Faculty Development Committee Culinary Curriculum Committee, University Curriculum Committee, University Promotion Committee, Culinary Search Committees, and the University Assessment Committee.