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Meet Our Support Team

July 13, 2020 10:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

FCIA has had the good fortune to bring on some new team members this year. Get to know the new people working behind the scenes to keep FCIA moving this year.

Ephi Maglaris is FCIA’s Operations Manager. She has over 20 years of diverse professional experience in event production, sustainability consulting, and restaurant marketing including:

  • programming education for the National Restaurant Association Show
  • producing a national mixology competition
  • event management for an international bank
  • organizing culinary focused health and wellness events

After executing Elevate Chocolate in San Francisco in March, Ephi became certified as a Digital Event Strategist (DES) in order to adapt to restrictions on live events. She is looking forward to leading FCIA’s expansion in providing digital event experiences to reach a wider audience and stay connected with stakeholders.

Ephi resides in Chicago and is a fan of farmers markets, craft cocktails, and of course fine chocolate.

Dan McMahon is FCIA’s Program Support and Development Intern for Summer 2020. After graduating from college with a degree in international development and economics, Dan worked in rural Jamaica where he was a teacher at an orphanage and led community development activities. Upon returning to the U.S., Dan began working at Fintrac Inc., an agriculture-focused international development consulting firm, where he supported business development efforts and the company’s global analytics portfolio. In summer 2019, Dan returned to school full-time, pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He is providing FCIA with a variety of program support and development tasks.

Emily Reese is FCIA’s EU Liaison. She's a pastry chef and chocolatier in Paris, France since 2014. Born in Hershey, she grew up surrounded by the smell of chocolate and immersed in the family business of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Emily graduated from Brown University and earned her master's degree before working at tech startups like Kickstarter, OpenClassrooms, and Glossier. After teaching more than 200,000 people how to code and design websites via online courses, she chose to reignite her own learning by earning the official French diploma for pastry chefs: the CAP Pâtissier. This year, she'll earn the CAP Chocolatier while working with various French chocolatiers. She then will combine her entrepreneurial and chocolatey backgrounds by creating her own business.

LaSaundra Scott is FCIA’s Administrative Assistant. She is a southern belle located in northern Louisiana. She has both an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree in English, and holds true to the philosophy that a quality education can open a world of possibilities. Currently, she assists FCIA in an administrative capacity, adhering to various projects and tasks. Although she’s a proud vegan, she allots a touch of chocolate into her life occasionally.


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