D'Avolio Culinary Institute- Offering Open Enrollment
D'Avolio Culinary Institute-  Offering Open Enrollment

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 and D'Avolio Institute for Culinary Education



Christy Weber


Director of Sales and Admissions


Licensed Private School Agent

Licensed Director



Human and Community Services, Sales and Customer Service, Advocate


20 years experience in human and community services in the Western New York area.  Christy has served at-risk youth, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals struggling with addiction and veterans.  These opportunities have given her the chance to create lasting relationships with many of the great community resources. 


email: cweber@davolioculinary.com


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.   


email: buffalohealingchef@yahoo.com

Sadie A. McPhillips


Director of Career Services

Basic Work Skills Preparation Instructor


Licensed Private School Agent

Temporary Private Career School Teacher Certificate

Liscensed Director- Permit

NYS Adult Education Certificate



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 another local culinary program, to help them achieve credentials to advance their lives.  Previously, I have worked as an Assistant Manager and Customer Service Trainer at Wilson Farms; managed all daily aspects including hiring and firing of staff.  


I am 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.


email: smcphillips@davolioculinary.com

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.


email: mstansberry@davolioculinary.com


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2253 Main Street Buffalo NY 14214

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