Our Family

Our Family

We Are Constellation

Accomplishing goals like ours takes a dedicated team—and today, that team is over 1,500 strong. Learn more about some of the people that make us who we are.

OUR STARS

Tia Azzara

This Philly native and die-hard Eagles fan moved to South Florida to escape the chilly winters and get a graduate degree in Hospitality Management—and never went back! She loves celebrating moments with people, sailing, horseback riding, Pilates, her cat Tamara, and good food (everything but capers).

Brittany Ballester

Brittany comes across as quiet, but her keen listening skills allow her to absorb all of the details that make an event exceed expectations. Her thoughtful quiet side stems from her time spent living on a rural island in Vermont, where she honed her passion for winter sports, nature, and cooking.

Laura Bass

Laura is a “foodie” who will eat almost anything (except cilantro!). She’s also a Russian history buff who sponsors a baby elephant named Roi who lives in Kenya. A true “people person,” her favorite part of her job is getting to talk to someone new every day. But no matter how many weddings she witnesses, she always still tears up at the vows.

Morgan Bedore

Growing up in an artistic family—where Dad is a woodworker & painter, Mom weaves, and EVERYBODY cooks—certainly influenced Morgan’s career. She loves that Constellation allows her to mesh her passions, combining great food, entertaining, and design. When she’s not working, she’s cooking for her husband and two amazing kids or entertaining friends. Work imitates life, and vice versa.

Eric Bird

When we found out that the one-of-a-kind Eric was an identical twin, we were astonished. (He assured us they are total opposites, and we were relieved.) A dad to a very sweet pup and married to the love of his life, Eric spends his time outside the office doing cross fit and tickling the ivories.

Lorraine Bridges

Lorraine is a saint and deals with everything that comes along with payroll management like the star that she is. To decompress, Lorraine binge-watches HGTV and channels her inner Joanna Gaines for home remodeling projects. She also enjoys a great weekend bike ride.

Heather Burke

Heather creates events that are infused with her spirited warmth and contagious enthusiasm for bringing her clients’ vision to life. Fun fact: She has a tattoo collection that is as varied as her love for singer/songwriters, classic literature, and enjoying the great outdoors with her dog Atticus.

Emily Burster

Born in Seoul, this former pro cheerleader grew up in New Jersey. While Emily loves her job because of the people and the relationships she’s able to build, she spends time off with her family at her second “home”: Disney. Her fave breakfast? Ham, egg + cheese on an everything bagel—classic NJ!

Adelee Cabrera

This Manhattan native moved to Florida in the ‘90s and now loves to travel. With 3 kids, and two labs, she’s always on the go (“my car is my office AND my closet!”). She considers eating a favorite hobby; loves good wine, real sugar, and fierce competition; and owns over 100 pair of shoes.

Tatiana Cardenas

You can call Tatiana a food enthusiast—just don’t call her a “foodie.” She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be in the food industry, and has been cooking, dining, and entertaining ever since. Instead of cutting cake at her own wedding, she served delicious cheeses from around the world.

Katie Carter

Katie’s love of music influences every facet of her life, and you can generally find her jamming out in her office while writing proposals. When she’s not there, she’s seeing live music or hanging at home with her “jazz cats,” Thelonious Meow and Ella Katzgerald.

Nikki Collins

Nikki has been working around food and events for the last 10 years—and her favorite part is always seeing an event she helped create come together. Outside of work, she spends her time savoring delicious food and taking inspiration from some of the greatest and biggest events in the country. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and dogs, Toby & Izzo.

Tim Cosgrove

Whether crafting a flawless blueberry sour or curating a perfect playlist for a holiday party (he was a DJ in his previous life), Tim revels in creating experiences that are memorable from start to finish. Tim’s other claim to fame? In 2009, he rode his bicycle from San Francisco to New York City!

Catie Cuellar

Catie is a self-described over-planner who makes lists and timelines for everything in her work and home life ("It’s what keeps me sane!”). Hailing from Wisconsin, the Dairy State, she says cheese is the one food she could eat at every meal—including dessert. Her lifelong dream is to adopt a small pig that she will name “Ciorba”—Romanian for soup.

John Dangaran

This self-described “unofficial ranger” grew up on a ranch with cattle in Nevada and has since lived in the four corners of the U.S.—Washington, Miami, New York, San Francisco—but never vacations. While he went to school for creative writing, he now uses some of those skills at work, and admits to having a coffee & espresso obsession.

Kaytlin Dangaran

Kaytlin grew up in NC with 10 dogs and moved around every year until she turned 12. She has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Affairs and attended culinary school in Soho NYC before spending 6 months in South America encouraging women and children to continue their education.

Jordi De Fockert

Jordi, a native of the Netherlands, spent time living in both Thailand and Indonesia before moving to the United States—and continues to cultivate his love for both traveling and sports.

John Delahunt

John, who was born and bred in Boston, has a lifelong love of running and hiking. Fun fact: He met his wife on a blind date—but it took him over a month to call her for a second date ("she still ended up marrying me!").

Deana Earland Perez

Deana escapes the reality of the HR world on the weekends (as much as possible!) taking in a good scary movie or karaoke battle. She also shares her love of music through dance and song, and after spending a summer in Africa and Israel, plans to visit more exotic destinations in the near future.

Randi Edelman

Randi is our resident fashion guru. She refined her impeccable sense of style through years in public relations for retail giants Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue. She revels in helping her clients craft memorable visuals, from curated tablescapes to the deco bar they didn’t know they had to have.

Simon Edwards

While Simon was born in Los Angeles, he spent 27 years living across the pond in London. When he's not overseeing large-scale events throughout the New York region, he enjoys traveling and experiencing new things as well as golf, boxing, and tennis. Fun fact: He once played at Wimbledon!

Rob Esplen

Hailing from sunny Florida, Rob is a true football aficionado and excels in creating amazing tailgating fare. Rob is as comfortable presenting in front of clients as he is wielding a knife in the kitchen. Little-known fact: Rob was once an environmental science major. Will wonders never cease?

Sharla Evans

Born in St. Lucia, Sharla grew up in NYC as the youngest of four children (including a twin brother!). A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she’s now a new mommy with a penchant for dogs, coffee, Asian food, sweets, event décor, and travel. Her favorite vacay? Paris 2018.

Richard Freedman

Rich is our sausage-making, cheese-loving, Van Halen-obsessed chef! He learned the art of crafting charcuterie on a pig farm in southwest France and never lost his taste for cured meat. When not rocking out to his fave band, he is always seeking out great new artisan butchers and local cheese makers.

Valerie Fullerton

Never seen without a genuine smile, Valerie is the epitome of Constellation culture, welcoming new teammates with her friendly demeanor. Mom to an energetic little girl, Valerie loves shopping, eating out, and savoring a great glass of wine—a throwback to her days of hosting local winery tastings.

David Gibbs

David, who hails from Syracuse, is a self-proclaimed self-taught chef and golf fanatic (“My love for the game is equaled only by how bad I am at it!”). If you meet him, ask him to tell you a story about the time he spent working as the personal driver for “KC” of KC and the Sunshine Band.

Monica Glass

If you don’t find Monica in our pastry kitchen, she's likely jet-setting on an adventure, bringing back amazing ideas and exotic ingredients. Diagnosed with Celiac, Monica has a passion for creating gluten-free pastries and educating our community about safe preparations and allergy awareness.

Terry Gsell

Before joining Constellation, this rural Iowa native travelled the country for several years as an actor, settling in NYC and finding passion in the hospitality industry. But don’t let his country upbringing fool you: Terry is full of zest and vigor and loves the rush of jumping out of airplanes.

Nicole Hernandez

A fan of ‘90s pop culture, Nicole is an authority on the TV show “Friends” and music from the era. She has had a lifelong love of Christmas and horseback riding. Her last meal wish? Seared foie gras and stone crabs with drawn butter. Dream vacation? Visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

Anita Hirsch

Anita is a Cleveland, Ohio native who once spent a month working as the personal chef for Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman while the actors filmed Rain Man. Outside of her work life, she enjoys bike riding, cooking (of course!), and charity work.

Aaron Janus

A Chicago native, Aaron moved south to attend the Florida Culinary Institute before being hired at Palm Beach's Mar-a-Lago Club and advancing to Executive Chef. Another career highlight? Staging at Chicago’s Alinea, one of only 12 restaurants in America to earn three Michelin stars.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler held an eclectic string of positions before moving to New York City to start his impressive culinary career. He first played upright bass in a cinematic surf rock band in Seattle (which is still in existence today)—and then became a protein purification technician for a biotech company.

Will Joseph

Will lived on the beach in Santa Monica for 6+ years before moving to NYC for a taste of the Big Apple. He is a live music fanatic, having attended 300+ concerts all over the world. Fun facts: While a student, he won the annual Cornell University mother/son dance-off—and he prides himself on always having the perfect restaurant recommendation for any occasion.

Katie Knight

Katie’s positive energy is contagious, and her dry humor keeps things light during the busy season. Pair that with her Google-like ability to make recommendations for Philly's must-see destinations & her love of a good weekend dance battle (using her BFA in dance, of course), and you have a party!

Erin Lambert

Our favorite picture on Erin’s Instagram feed captures the time when she successfully channeled Hulk Hogan for Halloween! Now a new mom, Erin’s channels her maternal skills into her creative work at Constellation helping to design and source materials for our amazing restaurants, events, and cafes.

Neil Lebude

Neil honed a sharp attention to detail in his early career behind a welding torch—and today, you’ll find that focus evident in every project he designs, from the meticulously manicured home vegetable garden that feeds his family to the amazing collateral he creates for the Constellation brand.

Ali McDowell

Ali is a Dade County native, born and raised. She is also a self-taught mixologist and coffee aficionado who loves the water (pool, ocean, shower, and dishes), and her philosophy is #puglife. Fun trivia: She competed against Catherine in high school swimming!

Lisa McKiernan

While Lisa started school as a photography major, the only art she produces these days is expertly color-coded timelines. She spent 11 years living in Philly, but proudly says she managed to remain a Giants fan throughout. Important fact: She has a terrible fear of sunken things, so it’s best to not invite her to go snorkeling with you.

Ginger Metzger

The chilly winters of Ginger’s Milwaukee childhood are a stark contrast to her current passion for Caribbean food and culture. Today, she combines her art education—which includes two master’s degrees—with her love of hospitality in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We call that a perfect match.

Leila Miller

As a new mom, Leila balances a busy career planning events at the Horticulture Center and Curtis Atrium with a rich home life. With the help of her husband Rian, Leila channels her love of parties into planning epic and creative costumed fetes for Halloween, her self-proclaimed “high holiday.”

Shirley Miller

Born in Colombia and raised in Venezuela, Shirley has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 2 decades. She likes to pretend she’s Scandal’s Oliva Pope at work (“It’s handled!”), and enjoys cooking and home decorating in her spare time. She has a clear passion for good food, great wine, and exceptional client service.

Caroline Morin

Born and raised in Miami, Caroline can be found boxing, working out, or listening to true crime podcasts in her free time. She loves avocados, dogs, and the outdoors—but hates driving. She’s known for smiling through everything and asking coworkers what they are thankful for when they are stressed.

Kathleen Newman

A New Jersey native, this farm girl is just as comfortable pond fishing in rain boots as she is expediting a dinner for 300 guests in heels. You’ll often find her in the kitchen collaborating with Chef Todd on a custom wedding menu, or in her home kitchen trying out a new way to get her son to eat veggies.

Ally Perez

A former FIU cheerleader, Ally is now a fearless event producer (“nothing scares me!”). She has a deep fondness for Napa Valley, dogs, and buffalo chicken wings, and her hobbies include cooking, staying fit with Orangetheory, and collecting coffee mugs.

Emily Piuggi

While in college, Emily studied gastronomy—the relationship between food and culture—and has yet to come across a food she doesn’t like. In fact, she wholeheartedly believes that there is no such thing as eating too much pizza. She has run two full marathons, and is an avid fan and season ticket holder of the New York Redbulls MLS Soccer team.

Simon Powles

When an 11-year-old Simon started helping out in his aunt and uncle’s pub in London, a lightbulb went off: He wanted to spend his life making people happy in the same way. Today, as the founder and leader of Constellation Culinary, he’s doing just that. His secrets to success? Be humble. Be kind.

Lillian Rojas

Lillian loves the beach, scuba diving, and anything to do with nature. She never eats breakfast (“café con leche and out the door!”), but enjoys a good Sunday brunch and martini. Interesting facts: She recently eloped to France to marry the man of her dreams, and she’s a belly dancing aficionado!

Sarah Saracino

Sarah has been an avid Food Network fan since childhood (she'd rather watch other people cook than be behind the stove herself)—and she says a day is not complete unless she has enjoyed a latte and a sauvignon blanc. Fun fact: She met her husband at a Hallmark store on Valentine’s Day (awwww!).

Scott Steenrod

Scott has a great passion for talented people, delicious food and beverage, and exquisite environments. While this proud dad of two boys has traveled around the world, he prefers a relaxing day on a quiet beach. Fun facts: He can play 5 musical instruments and has a collection of 7 guitars at home!

John Suley

Mark Tropea

Mark’s appetite for sourcing local menus starts close to home—his identical twin brother raises goats at a farm outside of Philadelphia. His culinary philosophy? If it’s not seasonal, he’s not serving it. When not in the kitchen, you can find Mark playing his guitar or hanging ten at the beach.

Brian Tucker

Growing up in Trenton, New Jersey, Brian developed dueling interests in martial arts and songwriting. One of his bucket list goals? Attempting to see a football game in every NFL stadium in the country.

Catherine Vallin

Catherine, who has lived in Miami her whole life, says she’s “made up of 90% coffee, 10% cheese.” Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving—a.k.a. the FOOD holiday—and loves all things water-related. She is also an avid Miami Heat basketball fan and music festival junkie.

Gabriel Vega

A lifelong New Yorker and proud father of two near-teens, Gabriel has worked in the food and beverage industry for 20+ years. He set a life goal to complete the NYC Marathon at least once every 10 years—he accomplished this mission during his 30s and is looking forward to his next run during his 40s.

Katelyn Webb

Born and raised in Sycamo, Katelyn’s favorite place in the world to visit is Rio de Janeiro, and her favorite place to eat is China—where she also used to live. Fun facts: She worked on the events team for two Olympic Games, and loves crafting, champagne, and Madonna.

Allie Wildstein

Allie arguably has the most well-curated sweet tooth at Constellation. She always has a stash of “sour somethings” on hand & has been known to down a pound in one sitting! Her obsession with sugar blends perfectly with her baking hobby. Just ask her about the list of recipes—including mastery of a mean Taiyaki—that she brought back from her recent trip to Japan.

Bret Winograd

While Bret got his start in the business at age 17 selling Dove Bars from a push cart in Manhattan, he went on to study at both the CIA and UNLV—where he also taught—before working for celebrated chefs in a variety of restaurants. Outside of work, you can find him reading philosophy, playing chess, or competing in frisbee golf.

Ashley Zaccara

An avid traveler, Ashley crafts her trips around two things: food and culture. Her favorite culinary travel memory? Hands down, the quail and txakoli at Berkeley's Chez Panisse. Ashley puts as much care into planning our events as she does the weekly dinners she creates for her fiancé and friends.

David Zaga

Originally from Israel, David is a disciplined, deliberate, and uber-talented chef. He operates his kitchen with such meticulous precision that we weren’t surprised to find out that he served in the Israel Defense Forces for 3 years. Some of his favorite things? Good food and soccer—in that order.

Gina Zimmer

Always on the lookout for a great new partner to add to the Constellation portfolio, Gina uses her natural gift of gab to talk about all things food and hospitality! After completing her MBA in Marketing, she found her career “match made in heaven” in the hospitality industry. When not meeting clients or writing proposals, she is spending time with her husband and two very amusing children.

Gunna Zimmerman

This former actress played a nurse on Guiding Light for many years and worked on Saturday Night Live for 10, where she got to say those famous words “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” on one episode, and Elton John once sang happy birthday to her during rehearsal. She says that, thanks to her proud Icelandic heritage, hospitality is in her blood.

Shining Stars

“Kelly is a Constellation all star - she started in the front of the house on our events team worked her way up thru catering coordination and professional dining. She's now our rockstar GM at the Clark and we couldn't be more proud!" ”

Kelly Turner, New England