Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation

TRA Education Foundation

The Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation was established by the Texas Restaurant Association in 1994 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, to focus on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training. The TRA Education Foundation’s mission is to offer educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas.

Support The Foundation

Get involved and support the work of the TRA Education Foundation! The Foundation's programs support educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas. Your contributions benefit not only talented and dedicated students, but also the restaurant and hospitality industry as a whole.

TRAEF Board of Trustees 
2016–2017 TRAEF Officers

Roger Kaplan, Restaurant Innovations

David Cea, Orlando's Enterprise

Jessica Delgado, house. wine. & bistro.

Charles Duit, Calder Woods Retirement/Lamar University

Russell Woodward, Texas Beef Council

2016–2017 TRAEF Board of Trustees

Larry Ahlhorn, Luby’s Cafeteria

Danny Arocha, Houston ISD

Tony Birsinger, Ecolab

Patrick Costello, St. Phillips College

Larry Delgado, Salt

Steve DeShazo, El Centro College

Deborah Donovan, The Frisco

Melissa Doolin-Koehne, TDn2K

Ryan Eason, Medical City Dallas Hospital

Al Flores, Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen

Kirk Greenwood, Auto-Chlor

Roy Gillean, Odesssa Barn Door

Jessica Goehring, Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, LLC

Jimmy Hasslocher, Frontier Enterprises

Greg Hemphill, The Coca-Cola Company

Patrick Whitey Hershorn, Sysco

Carter Hobbs, The Country Line

Gary Johnson, Magic Time Machine

Timothy M. Kelly, Fort Worth ISD

Aaron Lyons, Dish Society

Matthew Mabel, Surrender

Brian Medina, Self Opportunity

Margaret McKoin, The Time Group

Early Mulley, Halfmann’s Cake Cottage

Karen Musa, Collin County College

Lloyd Nichols, Popdine, Inc.

Rhonda Obenhaus, Panhandle Restaurant Group

Jack Ogden, Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Kara Palermo, Cy-Fair High School

Nikky Phinyawatana, Asian Mint

Bill Puett, Performance – Roma Foodservice

Glenn Rierson, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply

Bob Sabina, Brinker International

Tina Sparger-Buice, Tina’s Culinary Business & Design Work

Gloria Starling, Capital Grille

Steve Swofford, The Culinary Institute of America

Vicki Tramel, Longview ISD – Retired

Sharon Van Meter, 3015 at trinity groves, a division of SVM Productions, LLC

Carl Walker, Brennan’s