The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 and is governed by a board of directors made up of restaurants, industry experts and educators in the hospitality industry. The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation exists to enhance the industry's service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities.
The three main programs that LRAEF offers are ProStart, a high school culinary and restaurant management program; the LRAEF Scholars, which provides scholarships to students pursuing a degree in culinary arts or hospitality; and the Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship, which is an earn as your learn program.
LRAEF Board of Directors
Jason Jones, Sysco, Chair
Tammy Smitherman, Heartland Payment Systems, Vice Chair
Michael Eastman, Auto-Chlor System, Secretary/Treasurer
Alan Guilbeau, PJ's Coffee
Glen Armantrout, JMH Hospitality
Michael Carmouche, Ecolab
Scot Craig, Katie’s Restaurant & Francesca by Katie's
Octavio Mantilla, BRG Hospitality
Greg Reggio, Taste Buds Management
Emery Whalen, QED Hospitality
Derrick Dunne, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Craig Dennison, Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Yvette Green, UNO Kabacoff School of HRT
Stan Harris, LRA President & CEO
Michael Maenza, LRA Chair
LRAEF Articulation Agreements
The LRA Education Foundation is proud to partner with these educational institutions through articulation agreements, which provides a smooth transition of credits from the completion of ProStart I and II. We are grateful to these schools for their commitment to the foodservice and hospitality industry.