Friends and Mentors
Katie Cavuto-Boyle ’02, MS, RD, LDN
Katie Cavuto-Boyle ’02, MS, RD, LDN is president of
Healthy Bites LLC, a nutrition and personal chef service.
An expert in her field, she is a regular contributor on the
Fox, NBC and CBS networks, has appeared on Rachel Ray
and was one of 10 finalists on season five of “The Next Food
Network Star.” Katie promotes farm-to-table fare using seasonal,
local ingredients and “green cuisine” — eating healthy
for body and planet.
What brought you to JWU As a gymnast growing up, I was always interested in healthy
eating but I knew that to be a good dietitian I needed a good
understanding of food.
Memorable JWU personality Professor [Janet] Rouslin was a huge
support system and always believed
that I could achieve my dreams.
Advice for new alumni Work hard, never say “no” to an
opportunity and always make a good first
impression with every person you meet.
Source of career passion I live what I teach and my mission is
to help others see how easy living
a healthy lifestyle can be if given
the tools and information.
Defining moment Being a finalist on the
“The Next Food Network
Star,” being hired as the
Philadelphia Phillies’ dietitian
and opening my locally
sourced market and café,
Healthy Bites To-Go.
team player A driven entrepreneur.
Lori Pleva ’96
Lori Pleva ’96 is a sourcing manager of broadband and
distribution for NBC Universal Inc. She’s responsible for
strategic sourcing, supplier negotiations and contracting for
digital media products and services. Lori has held similar
positions with such Fortune 100 companies as GE Capital
and JPMorgan Chase. She reduced NBC Universal’s digital
advertising cost by 50 percent, resulting in significant savings
in capital and expenses.
Impact of clubs and organizations My participation [in Sigma Delta
Tau Sorority] was a starting point
to a lifetime of learning and
experiences in the disciplines
of loyalty, leadership, teamwork,
negotiation and conflict resolutions.
Best advice My father advised me to be
well rounded; to have a job,
do an internship, volunteer, be
involved, hold an office and
remember that the best office
is the president.
Source of career passion My job directly impacts the
company’s bottom line and
mitigates risk for the business.
My customers are both internal
and external which gives me a unique
view of the business and how the
operations tie directly to the work we
do. I’ve played a significant role in the
cutting-edge technology NBC Universal
Inc. (NBCU) uses.
Career advice for new alumni
Recognize what you don’t know and
learn from those who do. Learn from
those around you.
Most important ingredient in life Integrity, passion, compassion and humor.
Clay Snyder ’93
Clay Snyder ’93 is senior director of brand performance
for Hilton Worldwide. Based in Atlanta, Ga., he provides
Doubletree hotels around the world with strategic and
operational support to increase profits. Clay has helped
open hotels in Tanzania, Russia and China. He is the
president of the JWU Alumni Council and the primary
link between alumni chapters and the university.
Qualities admired in others Honesty, integrity and straightforwardness.
Impact of Greek life Being part of establishing our local
chapter of TKE at JWU, I was able to
take that experience and utilize it in
my career in building successful teams
Future vision Global growth will be critical
to expanding the hospitality
industry. Many countries have
a need for quality organizations
to fill a necessary void with the
expanding middle class.
Highest priority Leaving life better than I found it.
Heroes The people I work with every day.
Book on your nightstand “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”
by Seth Godin
Career role of JWU Alumni connections have opened
each opportunity from my first job
as a valet parking attendant to my
current role with Hilton
Ian McPhee ’94
Ian McPhee ’94 is executive assistant manager of food
and beverage for The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.
With the luxury hospitality giant since graduation, Ian
advanced from director of banquets in Boston, Mass., to fine
dining manager in Osaka, Japan, and then to director of food
and beverage in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities have
included managing staff and payroll, piloting programs and
events and leading a team that is among the company’s top
10 for guest engagement.
Favorite quote “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
Impact of clubs and organizations
My ability to work in teams, whether I was
the leader or not, was strengthened knowing
that my part was always equal and just as
important. Great followers become
Career satisfaction I am very satisfied with my career
progression. Someone from Career
Development saw value in the work
I was doing ... and signed me up for
an interview with The Ritz-Carlton.
I have worked and lived in Boston,
Japan, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
and now Hawaii for The Ritz-Carlton.
Books on your nightstand John C. Maxwell’s “Developing the Leader
Within You,” “Developing the Leaders
Around You” and “Winning with People"
Advice for new alumni Set goals, follow your heart, whatever you
do, do it with passion and always be true to
yourself. The rest will fall into place.
Most important ingredient in life Love.