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OUR TEAM

Meet The Ryland Inn #MemoryMakers.

Our event experts are here to help you celebrate life’s greatest milestones in style.

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Danielle Gomez

General Manager

After studying Hospitality Management in college, Danielle has dedicated her career to the industry. She has experience in overseeing events of all sizes and delights in adding refined country elegance to her clients’ biggest life milestones.

Christopher Albrecht

Executive Chef

Since his graduation from the Culinary Institute in 1996, Executive Chef Albrecht has built an impressive resume that boasts both a 12-year run as a Top Chef and a Ted Talk. He is dedicated to farm to table cuisine, which is the foundation for his menu at The Ryland Inn.  

Jeff Straub

Sommelier

Starting in high school, Jeff's first job was a bus boy at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge, eventually promoted to a server, and then bartender. He then moved on to become the assistant brewmaster at Harvest Moon, in New Brunswick, NJ. While working towards his Culinary Management degree at the Institute of Culinary Education, he returned back to Stone House and has been with Landmark ever since. Jeff is a Certified Sommelier through the Sommelier Society of America, and the in-house Sommelier at the Ryland Inn.

Lara Nestler

Event Stylist

From early on in life, Lara has always been affected by food, travel and culture. Because of this, it was only natural for her to pursue a career within the hospitality industry. She now translates her passion into both serving others and creating unmatched experiences.

Michelle Ross

Event Stylist

I have always been passionate for providing exceptional customer service. I majored in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I started my career by interning at Walt Disney World. I have over 16 years of management experience from working at numerous properties throughout Marriott, Starwood and the Four Seasons. My true love and passion for weddings began at The Ritz-Carlton where I held the role as a Senior Manager of Special Events. I take great pride in building relationships with my brides and being with them on their special day.

Samantha Lipman

Office Manager/Event Stylist

Graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management, Samantha has always had a passion for the industry.  In her seven years at Landmark, Samantha has held a variety of positions. Her creative hunger and impressive experience have made her a natural fit as one of the Event Stylists at the Ryland Inn. She aims to bring every client’s vision to life and make their experience unforgettable. Expect exceptional guest service from Samantha in her new role.

Crawford Koeniger

Crawford Koeniger

Chef de Cuisine

After Graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Crawford Koeniger worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in New Jersey and New York. The past ten years have been a focus on refined comforts from true farm-to-table concepts. Each restaurant has had their own farm giving Crawford the chance to build and compose with ingredients specific to his art. His passion and attention for food, culture, and people brings a perfect fit to Landmark Hospitality’s venue: The Ryland Inn.

Charles Howlett

Charles Howlett

Banquet Chef

Chef Charles Howlett was born and raised in New Jersey. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University, Howlett worked his way through some of New Jersey’s top fine dining restaurants, gaining unmatched experience. In 2017 he joined the Ryland Inn team, growing his love for the farm-to-fork movement. Howlett also enjoys Gastronomy in his personal life, where he studies beer and cider making, charcuterie and cheesemaking.

Mary Beth Madill

Mary Beth Madill

Area Director of Corporate Sales

Mary Beth started her hospitality career as a pastry chef at The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in downtown Philadelphia and then owned and operated an off-site catering business serving the Montgomery and Bucks County area. Mary Beth has over 20 years of experience with corporate events, working at Marriott, Westin and Hyatt hotels in the Princeton area. Planning executive dinners, multi-day retreats, product launches, holiday parties… events and experiences ranging from 10 guests to thousands. Her goal is to give personal service on every level and represent the best properties. In her spare time she still loves to cook, especially teaching cooking classes to youth and people struggling with illnesses.