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Tara has been president of Eastwood Partners since 1997. She has served as the Executive Director of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART), an association of hospitality trainers, since 1998, and oversees other projects and events that Eastwood manages. In January, 2019 Tara joined the Women of the Vine Spirits Foundation as Executive Director and is working to help set up a structure for this rapidly growing nonprofit.

Prior to joining Eastwood Partners, Tara served as a Trusts and Estates attorney in Greenwich, CT, overseeing estates and foundations, where she first became involved in non-profit management. Tara also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Economic Crimes Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and as Deputy Director of the Dahesh Museum in New York City for three years, expanding her non-profit base of experience. She has managed non-profits, associations and events full time for over 20 years.

Tara grew up in Carmel Valley, California. She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. She is based in Westfield, NJ. She likes coffee. A lot.

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Administrative Manager


Always in-the-know, no one will recall or relate to your members better. Allison joined Eastwood in 2003 and has maintained her job security by remembering every detail about every member and event we have managed.


As Administrative Director, Allison oversees many of the operations of Eastwood associations including volunteer support, regional and annual meetings, budget needs, and member recognition. Allison works closely with association members on a daily basis.

Allison currently serves on the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives. She is also involved with several other nonprofit efforts in her hometown of Cranford, New Jersey.

Allison graduated from Rider College with honors with a double major in German and Spanish. Prior to joining EAM she was a Sales Representative at Emiliani Enterprises.


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Senior Director of Marketing Communications


If you desire creative marketing that captures attention, engages communication, and inspires action, you’ve got it. Lisa has served as the Senior Director of Marketing for the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) since 1999.

She has over 25 years of marketing experience working in professional associations. Prior, she was Director of Programs and Services for the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) and Director of Strategic Marketing for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), launching and branding such training programs as the ServSafe Food Safety program and ProStart High School Foodservice curriculum.

Lisa holds a B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with majors in Not-for-Profit Management, Marketing, and Strategy. Lisa is a member of the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) and is on its marketing committee.


She is based in South Haven, MI.

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Communications Director


Susan has a background in marketing, communications and event management. She currently serves as Marketing Assistant for the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers. In 2019, Susan launched Tandem Marketing Solutions, LLC, specializing in web development and marketing services for small and medium-sized businesses.

Susan graduated with honors from Western Michigan University in 2003 with a BA in Anthropology. Since college, she has pursued a wide variety of unusual career paths across the country, ranging from zookeeper to retail store manager to Communications & Events Director for a regional Chamber of Commerce. Susan feels these diverse experiences contribute to her creativity and flexibility. She's not afraid to try new things and learn new skills!

Since moving back to her home state of Michigan in 2013, Susan has been the Vice President of the National Blueberry Festival. She is active as a volunteer in her community.


She is based in South Haven, MI.


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Master of Technology


When anything related to anything electronic or computer-based is not functioning, Joe makes it function. Like other Masters of Technology, he had no interest in producing a real bio for the website, and we had to track down a photo of him by contacting his wife.


Having attended over six universities, Joe is the most educated human being that ever chose to not bother graduating from College. He knows everything about everything.


He is based in Tower Lakes, IL.

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