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Our Faculty

Educator Profiles

NECI is proud of its diverse and distinguished faculty. In order to allow for regular updates of their educational and professional accomplishments, biographical information for our staff is available here on our school’s website. You can also request a copy of this information from the Office of Admissions. Our executive faculty and department heads are profiled below. 

For the full Faculty Directory, please click here.

Chef Lyndon M. Virkler

Dean of Faculty

Education

Master of Education
Vermont College of Union Institute and University
Montpelier, VT

Bachelor of Arts
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT

Associate of Occupational Studies
The Culinary Institute of America
Hyde Park, NY

Experience

Working Chef
Sam Ruperts Restaurant
Warren, Vermont

Sous Chef
The Metropolitan Club
Washington, D.C.

Saucier
La Bergerie
Old Towne Alexandria, Virginia

Line Cook
Le Bagatelle
Washington, D.C.

Chef Kathleen Kessler

Dean of Enrollment and Retention

Education

Bachelor of Arts – Hospitality and Restaurant Management
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT

Associate of Occupational Studies – Baking and Pastry
The Culinary Institute of America
Hyde Park, NY

Experience

Baking and Pastry Instructor
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, Vermont

Pastry Chef
Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel
Cincinnati, Ohio

Pastry Chef
Twin Farms
Barnard, Vermont

Pastry Chef
Icarus
Boston, Massachusetts

Michelle Ford

Department Chair, School Hospitality and Restaurant Management

Education

Bachelor of Arts
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, Vermont

Associate of Arts - Hospitality and Management
University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire

Certified Wine Specialist, Society of Wine Educators

Experience

Campus Food and Beverage Director
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, Vermont

General Manager
JP Founder’s Restaurant & Bakery
Newberg, Oregon

Dining Room Manager
Shanty on the Shore
Burlington, Vermont

Kitchen Manager
Holderness Private School
Holderness, New Hampshire

Chef Jim Birmingham

Department Chair, Culinary Arts

Education

Bachelor of Science - Health Science
Johnson State College
Johnson, VT

Grand Diplome de L’Ecole Le Cordon Bleu
London UK

Experience

Culinary Arts Instructor
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, Vermont

Executive Sous Chef
Topnotch Resort and Spa
Stowe, VT

Rounds Chef
Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, VT

Chef Dan Tabor

Department Chair, Baking and Pastry Arts

Education

Bachelor of Science, Food Service Management
Johnson & Wales
Providence, RI

Experience

Culinary Arts Instructor
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT

Pastry Chef
Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, VT

Pastry Chef
Marvelous Market

Freelance Sugarcraft/Pastry Demonstrator

Chef Peg Checchi

Department Chair, Online Education

Education

Master of Education, Learning and Technology
Western Governors University
Salt Lake City, UT

Bachelor of Arts
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Associate of Occupational Studies
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT

Experience

Culinary Arts Instructor, Senior Core
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT

Executive Chef, Aramark
Olympica Games, Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Executive Chef
Woodmoor Resort
Drummond Island, MI

Rounds Chef
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston, MA

Anne Connor

Dean of Student Affairs

Education

Master of Arts in Writing
Manhattanville College
Purchase, NY

Master of Arts Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts: Major, Literature, Minor, French
SUNY Brockport
Brockport, NY

Experience

Principal/Owner
Taproot Academic Coaching, LLC
Online Business

Learning Services Coordinator
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT

Teacher Trainer
Vermont State Department of Education

Director of Student Services
Woodbury College
Montpelier, VT

ADA Coordinator
Vermont College of Union Institute
Montpelier, VT

ESL Instructor
Saint Michael’s College, School of International Studies
Colchester, VT

Coordinator/Faculty of ESOL Program K-12
Bronxville Schools
Bronxville, NY