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Frequently Asked Questions

The Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI) is a charitable effort of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. The initiative’s purpose is to enhance hospitality education, leading to rewarding careers for the next generation of China’s hospitality leaders. Developed in partnership with San Diego State University, this multi-faceted project enables Chinese educators and students to gain knowledge and real-world experiences in hospitality operations.

Our vision is to create world-class hospitality education that leads to life-changing careers for youth in China. Our mission is to prepare youth in China for rewarding careers in the hospitality industry by enhancing education resources, offering real-world operational experiences, and engaging a community of inspired educators.

In November 2012, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation committed funding for a five-year period to support China’s youth through the Marriott China Hospitality Initiative (CHEI) and a portfolio of programs. The initiative reflects the Marriott family’s ongoing efforts to help young people fulfill their potential and realize their ambitions.

CHEI is unique in several ways. It is a charitable initiative with a focus on universities and vocational schools in secondary and tertiary cites across China. CHEI offers a portfolio of programs that focus first on faculty members, exposing teachers and their students to real-life hospitality operations and experiences. Unique and China-centric Hospitality English curriculum was developed and is available to teachers in China, along with many other teaching tools and resources.


Anne Gunsteens, Executive Director

Anne Gunsteens

Executive Director, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Anne Gunsteens oversees all Marriott Foundation activities including the overall long-range strategy and financial investment in CHEI. She partnered with industry and academic experts to develop CHEI and engage teams in China and the United States.  Read More

Carl Winston, Managing Director, China Hospitality Education Initiative

Carl Winston

CHEI Managing Director

Carl Winston provides oversight for CHEI, advising on overall strategy, impact measurement and sustainability. With 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he is currently program director of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU). Read More

Joy Dong, China Project Manager, China Hospitality Education Initiative

Joy Dong

CHEI Project Director

Joy Dong provides CHEI project leadership, helps develop CHEI strategy and oversees the implementation of all programs across mainland China. She travels extensively to foster relationships with CHEI partner schools and hospitality venues. Read More

Caron Chen, CHEI Administrative Assistant

Caron Chen

CHEI Project Assistant Manager

Caron Chen supports the CHEI project team by managing program logistics, fielding inquiries, visiting schools and administering the CHEI website and WeChat posts. Previously, Caron interned in the United States with The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, United Nations Children’s Fund, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and Disneyland Resort. Read More

Gene Lamke, Curriculum Development Coordinator, China Hospitality Education Initiative

Gene Lamke

CHEI Chief Academic Advisor

Gene Lamke manages the CHEI hospitality teaching-learning resources program and mentors International CHEI Fellows and CHEI Teaching Consultants. Gene is professor emeritus at San Diego State University (SDSU) after 45 years on faculty. In 2001, Gene and Dr. Mark Butler designed and founded SDSU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program. Read More

Linda Roundtree

Linda Roundtree

CHEI Communications Director

Linda Roundtree guides the strategy and execution of all communications, including website, social media and public relations messages and collateral to align with the CHEI mission. Linda is president of Roundtree Consulting, a Human Resources communications firm she founded in 2002. Read More.

Brian Blake, Director, China Hospitality Education Initiative

Brian Blake

CHEI Academic Advisor

Brian Blake provides operations advisement to CHEI and helps select, mentor and manage the International CHEI Fellows program. Brian has 30 years of experience in hospitality and is the internship and placement director for the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at SDSU. Read More


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