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Admissions Team

Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI) has assembled an Admissions Team comprised of several individuals that are well versed on every aspect of LCI. Whether you have questions regarding enrollment, the LCI curriculum, or job placement assistance, the Admissions Team can provide the answer. Contact anyone on our Admissions Team to schedule a tour of our new 40,000 square foot facility. Come in and see for yourself why we are the premier culinary school of the South.

Tiffany Collins 
Admissions Officer

Tiffany Collins is passionate about joining the Louisiana Culinary Institute’s Admissions Team as an Admissions Officer.  Besides having a wealth of experience in admissions within educational institutions, Tiffany also possesses an extensive background in management and customer service.  This history, combined with her superior communication skills, will enable her to effectively assist potential culinary scholars on the first step of the road to attaining their culinary dreams.  A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University.  She looks forward to building new relationships with potential students.

Courtney Tegtman 
Admissions Officer

Courtney Tegtman is ecstatic to be joining the Louisiana Culinary Institute’s Admissions team as an Admissions Officer and ProStart Contact.  After working many different aspects in the sports medicine world, including being a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, she realized her passion was in customer service and helping people reach their goals.  Having a strong educational background, Courtney is excited to learn more about the culinary world.  Born and raised in Stamford, Nebraska, Courtney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  She looks forward to growing into the profession and working with new people every day.

Patricia Johnson
Student Services Coordinator
Job Placement Officer
Admissions Officer

Patricia Johnson is excited to be the Louisiana Culinary Institute’s new Student Services Coordinator and Job Placement Officer.  Patricia also continues to be an essential component of the Admissions Team serving as an Admissions Officer.  Her extensive customer service management and foodservice industry experience has honed Patricia’s interpersonal communication skills, making her adept at discerning and accommodating current and potential student’s, as well as faculty and staffâs, needs. Additionally, Patricia is formally trained in Medical Assisting and has lived many years of her life in her mother’s native country, England.

Financial Aid

The Louisiana Culinary Institute is committed to helping students realize their culinary dreams. This includes providing applicants and students with relevant information on funding options for their culinary education. Title IV Federal Student Aid, GI Bill and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Contact any member of the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Natalie Gunn 
Financial Aid Officer / Tuition Officer

Natalie Gunn is enthusiastic about becoming Louisiana Culinary Institute’s Financial Aid Officer / Tuition Officer.  After owning and managing a successful business in Chicago for over ten years, she is excited to employ those skills when assisting applicants in financing their culinary educational dreams.  No stranger to the arts, Natalie holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio Design with an emphasis in Interior Architecture.  Having started working on a Master’s Degree in Chicago, she plans to continue at Louisiana State University.  Natalie’s strong commitment to education and the arts, as well as her successful business background, makes her a valuable asset to Louisiana Culinary Institute’s staff.

Charlie Ruffolo
Director of Public Affairs

Charlie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Baton Rouge in 2008.  He studied Business Administration at Minnesota State and Elmhurst College.  Growing up, he spent majority of his time working with his family’s produce distribution company, C. Ruffolo and Sons, on the Southwest side of Chicago.  Charlie received extensive training from Chicago International Produce Market (CIPM), including Sales, Management, Purchasing, Inventory, Accounting, and Customer Service.  Since 2008 he has handled the Public Affairs for the Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI).  He has built a number of professional relationships and is always eager to create new ones.  LCI has some of the most talented culinary students and Charlie believes in showcasing their skills for the public.  Charlie also has experience working with local farmers, non- profits, chefs, hotels, restaurants, casinos, bakeries, Fortune 500 companies, corporations, schools, and local and national television/media production companies.  He also oversees and assists with Admissions, Job/Career Placement, and other Administrative functions.

Support Staff

The Louisiana Culinary Institute has developed a support staff specializing in unique areas of student need. These individuals are committed to ensuring  that resources are available to promote student success. LCI prides itself on creating new innovative tools to help students reach their dreams. For any questions about the services provided by support staff please contact one of the staff members below.

Lindsay King, CC, CPC Lindsay is a both a Certified Culinarian and a Certified Pastry Chef through the ACF. She has over 13 years of restaurant experience and 3 years in management. As an LCI graduate, with an Associate in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts (Advanced Culinary Arts concentration), Lindsay is able use her alumni background to enhance the student experience.

Katie Guidry, CC, CPC Katie has 9 years of experience in the food service industry. She has worked within a diverse variety of restaurants as a pastry chef. She has also worked in the front of the house as both a server and hostess. Katie has both a diploma in Professional Cooking and Culinary Arts as well as an Associate in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts (Advanced Baking and Pastry). She is a Certified Culinarian and a Certified Pastry Chef, with several certifications through the NRA. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Entrepreneurship at Liberty University.

Mike Buck Job Placement Although well traveled, Mike Buck has always called Baton Rouge home. He worked for several years in the local restaurant industry while getting an education in Business Management and Nutrition Science at Louisiana State University. His experiences include work in nutrition research, local food systems, and business operations. Additionally, Mike has been involved with countless projects across Louisiana as a seasoned photographer. As both the Nutrition Instructor and Career Services Coordinator at LCI, Mike not only furthers student education, but also their careers.

Leah Guillory- White Student Services Leah Guillory White joined LCI in September of 2014 as the newest member of the Student Services team. With more than 8 years of student supportive services experience, White is assisting with administrative support, student services’ needs, curriculum support, and new project initiatives.  Her goal is to become an additional pillar of support to our students as they strive to reach their dreams with all of her efforts pointing towards the continued success of LCI. Leah has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University as well as a MBA and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Leah has experience working in higher education, management, small business development, employee engagement and diversity, compliance, and youth advocacy groups.  She is excited about playing an important role in the success of our future culinarians.