Meet the Board

What makes the Black Tie Dinner so special is that every aspect is student managed. The board members work throughout the year to get every detail perfect. Even though each team specializes in their own area, all members work together and provide assistance when needed. This year, the board has assembled a very talented group of students. These 16 students will lead around 125 student volunteers throughout the year. Additionally, the most sincere gratitude must be sent to our three advisors. Their wisdom, expertise, and guidance shape our board and each dinner.  These gentlemen have not only influenced the success of the Black Tie Dinner, but also the lives of many Purdue Hospitality and Tourism Management students.

Executive Team

President - Kristen Shepard

Vice President - Abby Oksanen

Executive Assistant - Zoe Jones

Culinary Team

Director - Bryan Tishmack

Assistant Director - Anna Ruckman

Assistant Director - Michaela Hagler 

Marketing Team

Director - Emily Weisenberger

Assistant Director - Summer Cerny

Assistant Director - Olivia Pillar

Decorations Team

Director - Karis Fanning

Director - Jenna Giron

Service Team

Director - Mitchell Bruner

Director - Eva Lianos

Assistant Director - Blaire Martin

Wine Team

Director - Kristen Lansing

Director - Cole Nuhring

HTM Society President

Karis Fanning


Dr. Carl Behnke
Anthony Cawdron
Chef Ambarish Lulay