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Professional Development Session 2: Welcome Session for Community Colleges (Virtual)
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)


Saehya Ann, PhD

Associate Professor & Department Chair


Mr. Carl H. Winston



Ms. Corinne Youngholm

Student Experience Manager

​WF CHRIE hopes to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone. The role of community colleges in the world of higher education has expanded over the years and the importance of community colleges is tremendous for the community's success. Still, they are also instrumental in the success of 4-year universities. As the country works to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, community colleges are more important now than ever. We invite all community colleges that offer hospitality, tourism, recreation and culinary programs to participate in the virtual “Welcome session for community colleges,” sponsored by The California State University, Hospitality and Tourism Alliance (, on February 16, at 3 p.m. 


Saehya Ann, PhD

Dr. Saehya Ann is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism at California State University, East Bay, and current WF CHRIE President. Teaching and students’ success always comes first to Dr. Ann. Dr. Ann’s research focuses on different perspectives and perceptions for motivation and turnover among employees of different generational cohorts in the hospitality industry, and other relevant human resources areas in the hospitality industry. Dr. Ann has served several boards and directors for hospitality and tourism organizations such as WF CHIRE and KAHTEA (Korea-America Hospitality & Tourism Educators Association).

Mr. Carl H. Winston 

Ms. Carl H. Winston has over 35 years of experience in a variety of senior executive level hospitality and tourism industry positions in academia and the “real world.” He is the founding Director of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University. He is also the founding Managing Director of the China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI) and lead Academic Advisor to The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation for the initiative. Prior to moving into academia, Carl was a chief operating officer for Trigild Corporation; executive vice president of operations for Jeepers!, a Boston-based company which operates a chain of small amusement parks; and executive vice president of operations for Trusthouse Forte; and later Chartwell Leisure. Prior to these experiences, he started his own hotel management company, and was the senior operations executive responsible for a hotel company that grew from 17 to 125 locations in four years. In addition, he worked in public accounting as a consultant for four years. Carl has been involved with a large number of local, regional, and international industry associations and groups where he has served in leadership positions and on Boards of Directors.

Ms. Corinne Youngholm
Ms. Corinne Youngholm has over 20+ years in the Hospitality Industry primarily in the meetings & events sector with DMCs. She is currently the Student Experience Manager in Advising, Events and Recruitment at SDSU L Robert Payne School of Hospitality as a Student Success Manager in Advising, Events and Recruitment. When the CSU Hospitality & Tourism Alliance was moved to SDSU and needed a Director, Programs and Industry Relations, she jumped at the chance to combine the two areas of assisting universities and their students with the bridging those connections to the hospitality industry, a field she is very passionate about!

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