Board of Trustees

The HEFG Board of Trustees provides invaluable insight to ensure the success of our organization. Their guidance supports the sustainability of HEFG by adopting sound, ethical, legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure HEFG has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Our board consists of seasoned professionals from the culinary and hospitality industries. Their area of expertise help shape HEFG’s activities, initiatives, and day-to-day operations.

If you would like more information about the board or how to join, contact Nesha Mason at

John P. Bevilaqua

John is Founder and CEO of Creative Marketing Strategies, and Atlanta based consulting and communications practice. He was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity (Delta Theta Chapter) at the University of Chattanooga where he holds a BS in Administration. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration and Ph.D. in Business Management. 

Elliot Cash

I’m the Regional Director of Georgia. I’ve been with Egg Harbor Cafe since 2009 and been in the restaurant industry overall for 17 years. My passion and our companies passion go hand in hand: teaching people how to become great leaders and the best versions of themselves in life while also constantly being a student of that myself.

Chef Justin Gillette

Chef Justin Gillette is a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation (ACF).  He currently holds the position of Executive Chef of Athletics at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  During the course of his career, he has worked as an Executive Chef for Sodexo for the past 11 years. Chef has been selected as National Culinary Chair for Sodexo Diversity North America, and has also been recognized as a Global Executive Chef for Sodexo. Chef also mentors Up and coming High School Chefs in partnership with the NAACP.  Chef Justin’s scope of experience also includes Princess Cruise Line, Ritz Carlton at the Reynolds Plantation, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and Callaway Gardens.

Claire Tann-Wilson

Claire brings nearly 20 years of experience in the food service industry, working with brands including Campbell Soup Company, HJ Heinz, Church’s Chicken and Popeye Louisiana Kitchen. Claire currently leads Quality Assurance and Product Commercialization for baked goods at Arby’s Restaurant Group.  She holds a B.S. in Food Science and Business Management from The Ohio State University and has studied baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park.

Jill Danieli

Jill Danieli is an accomplished marketing professional with 25 years of experience in planning, developing and the implementation of marketing programs for agency and client side (15 years at Coke). Jill is Senior Customer Marketing Manager in the Coca-Cola North America Foodservice and On-Premise (FSOP) organization supporting the Yum! Global Account team. Prior to joining the Yum! Global Team Jill was member of the National Retail Sales team as a Senior Shopper Marketing Manager for the Convenience Retail channel. I