Mr. William D. Stafford was the first chairman of the Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management Department at Northwood Institute. From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Stafford shared his knowledge about the hospitality industry and incorporated it into the curriculum. Stafford Dinner was created in memory of our founder. This night introduces students to hands-on skills and real work experience as they step out of the classroom and provide you, our guests, with an amazing evening. These students have planned, prepared and implemented this evening’s festivities for your enjoyment.

We salute both Mr. William Stafford and Mrs. Ethel Stafford for their guidance, support and passion for both the industry and the students.

Executive Board

Rachel LaCavera


Ashley Phillips

Vice Chair

Emily Williams

Logistics Chair

Jessica Sierocki

Procurement Chair

A.J. Verschaeve

Service Chair

Trisha Arnold

Registration Representative

Amanda Brantley

Decorations Chair

Zach Barton

Fundraising Chair

Nicholas Hamilton

Hospitality Department Chair

Karla Spaeth


Highlights of the Evening

  • A combination of service and strolling style dinner featuring a served encrusted goat cheese, mixed greens salad. Four stanza stations to include tender parcels of beef, zucchini cakes, Portobello caps, and pasta station. Completing the evening with a crescendo conclusion.
  • Entertainment provided by Cool2Duel
  • In addition to this exciting evening, guests will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities to include bidding on a variety of silent auction and the electrifying sixty second to donate by cash, check or credit card.
  • Net proceeds directly support Northwood University Hospitality Program Scholarships.

Guest Speaker

Angela McGillis

Angela McGillis, MBA, RMAC is the Corporate Director of Revenue and Digital Strategy for Hotel Investment Services, Inc out of Troy, MI. She holds a BBA from Northwood University in Hospitality and an MBA from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management. She’s been in her current position for eleven years and with the company for fifteen. A fun fact is that she was the opening Front Office Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City Riverfront. She’s married to Patrick and they have a fourteen-year-old yellow lab named Molly who acts as her personal assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys boxing, rowing and running. Last year she started a side business, Party Sweets by Angela, for fun, baking sweet treats.

Stafford Sponsorship Levels

Sponsors not only support Stafford Dinner, they open a door for Northwood students to gain realworld experience and hands-on skills along with gratification from their accomplishments as they continue their education at Northwood University.

All pledges/donations due by February 11, 2019.

Register for Stafford Dinner