Currently Enrolling for upcoming Afternoon May Class
Currently Enrolling for upcoming Afternoon May Class

Our Team

D'Avolio Culinary Institute's employees are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our students and industry partners. 

Dan Gagliardo


CEO and Owner


Owner of D'Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars and More, Five West Enterprises,  D'Avolio Culinary Institute, and Dilettos Chocolate


Dan and his management team are dedicated to making positive changes in the community.  Dan is an active board member with Independent Health and partnered together with D'Avolio they offers healthy options cooking classes to the public.  Additonally, the D'Avolio family provides meals two to three times per week to the homeless through Restoration Society and host a yearly fundraiser for this great organization.  Dan has been instrumental in partnering with St. Mary School for the Deaf to offer employment related skills to students throughout his various companies.




Jeffrey Scharoun


Director of  Admissions


Licensed Private School Agent pending

Licensed Director pending



Student Support and Development & Career Services


Graduated from SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY with a Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.


Graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.


A native of Syracuse, NY, Jeffrey has held several positions in Higher Education in both Central and Western New York. He has severed in both Community College and 4-Year institutional settings (both public and private).  In addition to his experience on several institutional committees and initiatives; Jeffrey has been assisting students achieve their own success for over 10 years.  “Each student has their own unique pathway to success and I love assisting our students in navigating those pathways.”


Currently, Jeffrey serves as the Chair of the Board of Animal Adventures of Western New York, Inc, a local wildlife education organization.  He maintains active membership with the College Student Personnel Association, American College Personnel Association, WNY Association of College Career Centers, and the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.  Jeffrey maintains regular attendance to national and regional conferences pertaining to cutting-edge and best practices in student services and development.




David Rennie


President of Instructional Activity

Executive Chef Instructor


Licensed Private School Full Teacher License

Licensed Director - Permit

Certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor



Fine Dining Food and Culinary Instruction


Graduated from Liason College of Culinary Arts, Ontario, Canada


Skilled culinarian who has created fine dining food at the Buffalo Country Club, Adams Mark Hotel and Buffalo Launch Club.  Over 6 years of experience training students for successful careers in food service.   



Sadie A. McPhillips


Director of Career Services

Basic Work Skills Preparation Instructor


Licensed Private School Agent

Temporary Private Career School Teacher Certificate

Liscensed Director

NYS Adult Education Certificate

ServSafe Certified



Culinary Employment Services, Resume Writing and Customer Service


Graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY with a BA in Psychology and Sociology


Over 5 years working with at-risk youth and adults at Buffalo Adult Education and culinary internship and job placement at Professional Culinary Academy, to help students achieve credentials to advance their professional careers.  Previous experience includes Assistant Manager and Customer Service Trainer at Wilson Farms; managing all daily aspects including hiring and firing of staff.  


Recently, Sadie, has taken on the responsibilities of management of sales and activity with Dilettos Chocolate and sits on the Board of Directors as Secretary of Animal Adventures of Western New York.


D'Avolio Culinary is always looking to partner with local food service establishments who are willing to help students hone their culinary skills, though both student internship and employment opportunities.



Marleta Stansberry


Chef Instructor


Licensed Private School Full Teacher License

MS Bi-Lingual Special Education

ServSafe Certified



Bread Baking, Catering, Special Education Instruction


Skilled Culinarian who completed Culinary Training in 2014 with the Administrative Staff at D'Avolio Culinary Institute.  Experience with a variety of food service locations including Sodexo @ Hodgson Russ, Wine on Third, The Chocolate Bar and Private Knives Catering.  Special attention paid to the needs of students with disabilities.




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