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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Anne L. Gunsteens

Executive Director

Anne Gunsteens oversees all Marriott Foundation activities including the overall long-range strategy and financial investment in CHEI. She partnered with industry and academic experts to develop CHEI and engage teams in China and the United States. Under Anne's leadership, the Marriott Foundation has expanded its focus to invest in innovative global initiatives, such as CHEI, for young people interested in hospitality careers, education reform efforts and higher education hospitality programs. Previously, Anne worked in KPMG's audit practice. Anne earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant.


Joy DongCHEI Project Director

Joy Dong provides CHEI project leadership, helps develop CHEI strategy and oversees the implementation of all programs across mainland China. She travels extensively to foster relationships with CHEI partner schools and hospitality venues. Previously, Joy worked in human resources for Marriott International, most recently as China talent relations program manager. Joy earned a master's degree in international business from University of Wollongong, Australia and a bachelor's degree in English from Shanghai Normal University, China.

Caron ChenCHEI Project Manager

Caron Chen supports the CHEI project team by participating in CHEI strategic planning, program design and execution, new hire training and development, and stakeholder relationship building and managing website design and administration. Previously, Caron interned in the United States with The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, United Nations Children's Fund, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and Disneyland Resort. Caron earned a master's degree in public administration from New York University and dual bachelor's degrees in management and economics from Southwestern University of Finance & Economics in China.

Sarah LiuCHEI Project Coordinator

Sarah Liu assists the CHEI project team in China with administrative tasks related to the execution and communication of CHEI programs. Most recently, Sarah was human resources officer at Courtyard by Marriott Suzhou, responsible for employee engagement, compensation, benefits and HR communications. Sarah also worked in the Human Resources Management department at Jiangsu Tsingda Vision Technology, Shanghai Sandpay Network Service and Jiangsu Company, and the Operations department at Golden Eagle International Group. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in science of biology from Suchow University, China.

Sharon WuCHEI Project Coordinator

Sharon supports the CHEI team by coordinating daily administrative tasks, and assisting with event planning, program logistics, database maintenance, website and WeChat updates, etc. to ensure CHEI programs are well executed. 

Previously, Sharon worked for Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in Ireland and The Eliot Suite Hotel in Boston (USA) in hotel operation services. Most recently, Sharon was with Thirsty Work Productions in Shanghai, where she focused on event planning and execution.

Sharon completed her Bachelor of Business Study in International Hotel Management from Shannon College of Hotel Management, National University of Ireland, Galway. She also holds a Master of Science degree in International Tourism and Convention Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Christina WuCHEI Teaching Consultant

Christina Wu consults with educators to help them incorporate CHEI Hospitality English curriculum into classroom teaching and writes related "Tips of the Week" posted on MarriottCHEI WeChat. Christina is currently an instructor of English at the College of Foreign Languages, Chengdu University of Information Technology (CUIT). Previously, Christina was a visiting scholar at the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, San Diego State University. Christina earned a master's degree in English language and literature and a bachelor's degree in English from Sichuan Normal University.

Stephanie XuCHEI Teaching Consultant

Stephanie Xu advises the CHEI team on teaching-learning resources and consults with educators at CHEI schools to help them incorporate advanced teaching methodologies into hospitality and tourism courses. Stephanie is an associate professor and academic leader of the Hotel Management program at Heilongjiang Polytechnic, and AHLEI Certified Hospitality Educator. Selected as an International CHEI Fellow, Stephanie completed the program at San Diego State University. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Assumption University of Thailand and Nanhua University in Taiwan. Stephanie earned a master's degree in laws from Heilongjiang University and a bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Dalian University of Foreign Languages.

Candy MeiCHEI Teaching Consultant

Candy Mei advises the CHEI team on teaching-learning resources and consults with educators at CHEI schools to help them incorporate advanced teaching methodologies into hospitality and tourism courses. Candy is an instructor of Tourism and Hospitality English at the Hospitality and Tourism Program in East University of Heilongjiang. Active in CHEI programs, Candy has completed a summer Faculty Internship at the Ningbo Marriott Hotel and an International CHEI Fellowship at San Diego State University. She was also a speaker at this year’s CHEI Teaching Conference in Shanghai. Candy received her bachelor's degree in Business English and master's degree in Tourism Translation from Heilongjiang University.

Kate LiuCHEI Teaching Consultant

Kate Liu helps teachers discover and use advanced teaching methods to enhance their hospitality and tourism courses. She also authors the Kate Brainstorming teaching blog series for MarriottCHEI WeChat. This year, she designed a cooperative online Global Learning Experience (GLE) course with Dr. Nicholas Thomas. Kate is an advanced teacher at Shandong College of Tourism and Hospitality, teaching hospitality information technology, hospitality management and hospitality English. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland, Australia. Kate completed the International CHEI Fellows program during the fall 2016 semester at DePaul University in Chicago. Kate is a certified CHEI Master Teacher. She earned her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Normal University.

Romeo LuoCHEI Teaching Consultant

Romeo Luo helps teachers understand how to effectively incorporate technology into classroom teaching. He also authors the "Professor Luo teaching technology series" for MarriottCHEI WeChat. Romeo is an associate professor and master supervisor. Currently, he is director of the Tourism Management Department at Wuhan Polytechnic University where he teaches hotel and tourism management courses. Romeo trained at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chengdu and is a certified CHEI Master Teacher. He obtained his master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering from China University of Geosciences, and his bachelor’s degree in tourism management from Henan Normal University.


Carl WinstonCHEI Managing Director

Carl Winston provides oversight for CHEI, advising on overall strategy, impact measurement and sustainability. With 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he is currently program director of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU). Previously, Carl was chief operating officer for Trigild and executive vice president of operations for Jeepers! (family indoor amusement parks), Trusthouse Forte Hotels and Chartwell Leisure Hotels. He also founded a hotel management company. Carl earned a master's of professional studies in hotel administration from Cornell University.

Linda RoundtreeCHEI Communications Director

Linda Roundtree guides the strategy and execution of all communications, including website, social media and public relations messages and collateral to align with the CHEI mission. Linda is president of Roundtree Consulting, a human resources communications firm she founded in 2002. Previously, Linda spent 17 years with American Airlines in international flight service leadership and HR. She is a research affiliate with the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College and a faculty member with WorldatWork, a global HR professional association. Linda earned a bachelor's degree in communicative disorders and sciences from California State University, Northridge.

Gene LamkeCHEI Chief Academic Advisor

Gene Lamke manages the CHEI hospitality teaching-learning resources program. Gene also mentors International CHEI Fellows and CHEI Teaching Consultants. Gene is professor emeritus at San Diego State University (SDSU) after 45 years on faculty. In 2001, Gene and Dr. Mark Butler designed and founded SDSU's Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. Gene has delivered over 100 papers and presentations and published numerous research articles and professional contributions in peer-reviewed journals, professional publications, books and monographs. Gene earned master's and bachelor's degrees in physical education from San Diego State University.

Brian BlakeCHEI Academic Advisor

Brian Blake provides operations advisement to CHEI and helps select, mentor and manage the International CHEI Fellows program. Brian has 30 years of experience in hospitality and is the internship and placement director for the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at SDSU. Previously, Brian was vice president of operations for Trigild, a management company specializing in hospitality operations, and held various management positions with Trusthouse Forte, Hilton and Accor. Brian earned a bachelor's degree in hotel management from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

Carol ChenCHEI Finance Manager

Carol Chen oversees CHEI expenditures, prepares budgets and forecasts, establishes and organizes databases, and communicates CHEI program progress. Previously, she was senior accountant at Ernst & Young and hotel controller at Hilton Hotels. She was also vice president of accounting at Trigild, providing hotel-clients with financial operations oversight. Carol earned a bachelor's degree in economics from University of California, Los Angeles and is a certified public accountant.

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