Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late Sunday night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

Denise Mazzei ’96, CIA Assistant Professor—Business Management

Faculty Bio: Denise Mazzei ’96

Business Management
Assistant Professor—Business Management

BA, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. AOS, CIA, Hyde Park, NY.

Professional Experience:
Senior Advancement Officer, CIA. Consultant, Black Water Center, Inc., Lumberton, NC. Entrepreneur/Consultant, Bon Vivant Catering, Inc., Durham, NC. Chef/Proprietor, 608 Catering Company, Durham. Producer, Digital Chef, Inc., St. Helena. Demonstration Chef, CIA at Greystone, St. Helena. Entrepreneur, The Board Womb, Inc., Durham; Calligraphy by Denise, NYC. Administrator, The First Boston Corporation, NYC. Creative Consultant and Artist, Democratic National Convention, NYC. Paralegal, Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn, NYC. Manager Trainee, Kidder, Peabody & Co., White Plains, NY.

Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen “10 Best Student Chefs 1995.” Second Place, Durkee Foods National Recipe Contest.

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