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November 2018  

President's Report

Feeling Grateful.

Hello my fellow Tacoma South Puget Sound NACE members.

As I reflect back on the election at the beginning of the month, I can't help but feel thankful for your support and I am truly honored to be your new president.

I also want to thank the new board members who stepped up to keep the chapter moving in the right direction. Those members are Ellie Carr, Jeremy Hamel, Emily Cook, Pattie Graffe, Alisa Mazziotti, Amy Hatcher, Kiel Pilch, Keniesha Pritchett, Anthony Shipman, Cayla McLaughlin, and Beth Bailey.

Since the election I have had the privilege of sitting down on a one on one basis with most of the new board members. I asked for the meetings to get to know each other on a more personal level. We also spoke about the chapter and we all feel optimistic about it's future. On a personal note this is the best thing I have done since being a member NACE. I am very fortunate to have this group of people to work with for the next year.

I also want to say a special thank you to our past board members; Kati Wright, Emily Cook, Angie Jacobsen, Nems Scarim, Bill Riordan, Debbie McNairy, Rachelle Erickson and Andre Jimenez. Your service to our chapter is truly appreciated.

Looking forward into 2019. We have a board retreat planned for January 7th. During the meeting we will be planning the meetings for the upcoming year. If you have any new ideas for programs or speakers please let one of our board members know so we can discuss them at the retreat.


Mike Abella

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Upcoming Events

Mark you calendars for our first meeting in 2019. The meeting will be held on January 15th, 2019 at Neighborhood Bistro at Goodwill in Tacoma 714 S. 27th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.

The Neighborhood Bistro’s culinary program will be the program for our meeting.


Chef Jeff Pratt is currently the Culinary Skills Program Manager at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region in Tacoma, WA and head chef at the student-run Goodwill Neighborhood Bistro.  Chef earned his culinary degree in Renton, WA and has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He has a broad range of unique culinary experiences from chef and innkeeper at a waterfront country inn, where he was named Innkeeper of the Year for Kitsap County, to chef at an upscale neighborhood restaurant.  He’s also served as a food & beverage director at a Las Vegas golf club and corporate chef for a regional retirement housing provider.

Jeff has also been very active in the community serving as chairman of the culinary arts advisory committee at Renton Technical College.  He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation where he serves as Treasurer of the local chapter and Chair of the Culinary Apprenticeship committee.  Chef was named Washington State Chef’s Association Chef of the Year for 2013 and has received the Presidents Medal for Service to the Community three times. Chef Jeff describes his style of cuisine as international, preferring to prepare dishes consisting of flavors from around the globe.

Due to the size of the venue sitting will be limited. Registration will be open soon.


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