Meet the ALP Board of Directors
Marc R. Kassouf - Quiet Creek Inn and Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild, CA
Owner of Quiet Creek and Strawberry Creek Inns in California, Marc Kassouf chairs CABBI, the state's boutique lodging and B&B association.
Awarded the California Hotel and Lodging Association manager of the year for a small lodging property in 2018, he was recently named AHLA’s national manager of the year for a small property 2020 and recognized as representing the best of small lodging professionals, B&B or boutique owner-operators.
No stranger to travel & hospitality, Marc & his partner have owned a travel agency and award-winning online travel magazine. He has worked as a systems and business operations consultant for two decades; Marc has owned, consulted and worked with businesses of all sizes large and small, and has helped open two five-star resorts. Over his career, Marc has volunteered as a speaker and presenter at numerous industry conferences and educational sessions. Marc was on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.
Dean Carlson - Innkeeper Emeritus - Key West, FL
Dean and his husband of 32 years, Paul Hayes, owned the Mermaid and the Alligator B&B for almost 20 years. In addition, he has been the owner/partner of an extensive vacation rental real estate portfolio and a vacation rental property management firm, Rent Key West Vacations, as well as being partners in a small boutique Key West real estate firm, Beach Club Brokers.
Dean was part of the AIHP Leadership Team and a Founding member of AIHP where he served as the founding Chair for two years and continued as a board of Director. He was a member of the Key West Innkeepers Association (KWIA) for nearly 20 years serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair. As Chairperson he oversaw the merging of the association into the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West where he served as a board of director, as well being on the board of the Florida Bed & Breakfast, Inns Association (FBBI)
Dean was a member of the transition team created to oversee the merging of PAII & AIHP, and served as the Transition Board Chair.
Donna Olney Kohler - Fig Street Inn, Cape Charles, Virginia
Donna and her husband Greg have been innkeepers for 14 years. They purchased their first B&B (East Bay Bed & Breakfast, 4 rooms) in 2003 in Jamestown, RI. and operated that property until October 2009. They then went on a search along the East Coast from Maine to Savannah, GA to find their next property, and purchased a vacant home in Cape Charles, VA that they converted into Fig Street Inn (4 rooms). The Inn has been open since May 2011.
Donna also spent 18 months running the Old World Inns in Napa, CA. She served as their General Manager, running 35 rooms across 6 buildings, with a staff of 20. In addition to being an AIHP Founding Member, Donna has been a member of several local, state and national innkeeping associations, including the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV/StayVA) and the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII). She has served as president of both the Newport Inns and Beds & Breakfasts Association (NIBBS), and BBAV/StayVa, and the Executive Director of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce. Donna and Greg have 2 daughters.
Patricia Detwiler - Broker / Consultant, Hospitality Properties for Sale, Florida
Patricia is a professional Hospitality Consultant and Real Estate Broker offering expert advice for Buyers and Sellers through Aspiring Innkeeper Workshops, teaching Exit Strategies and Individual Consultations. Patricia has a background in commercial lending. She was an innkeeper for more than 12 years and is also the Executive Director for the Florida Inns, a position she’s held for more than 10 years. Patricia was also on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.
John P. Finneran - Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, Salisbury Mills, New York
Prior to forming the Finneran Family LLC, John was the Senior VP and CFO for The Edison Mission Group (1999 - 2011) (“EMG”) the unregulated power generation, energy trading, and Investment business of Edison International (“EIX”). Chairman, CEO, and Managing Member of the Finneran Family LLC whose principal operations include investments in Real Estate and Marketable Securities. Among the Group’s holdings include the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast - a multi-award winning fourteen room Inn located near the USMA at West Point.
John previously was SVP of Finance and Treasurer of Richfood Holdings (1998-1999), a Fortune 500 food retail and wholesale distribution company that merged with Supervalu. Before that, he served as CFO and Treasurer of Dominion Energy (1995 – 1998) and VP & Treasurer of Potomac Capital Investment Corporation (1986 -1995) where he managed a $2 billion fixed income portfolio. Earlier experience included positions at the accounting firms Price Waterhouse and KPMG. He is a CPA.
John earned a BBA from Siena College; an MA in accounting/tax from George Washington University; and did post-graduate studies in finance at George Mason University. He has served as a lecturer of finance at Georgetown University. Before that, he was an adjunct professor of accounting at Northern Virginia College.
John serves on the Board of Advisors at his alma mater – Siena College, and is a Director of Medicus in Christi, a charitable organization founded to provide medical care to impoverished peoples of the Third World. In addition, John serves on the Board of Directors of the national Bed and Breakfast Association (Professional Association of Innkeepers International), is President of the NYS Bed and Breakfast Association (ESBBA), and is a Board member of the Hudson Valley Lodging Association. He also serves on the Board of the Blooming Grove/Washingtonville and Cornwall Chambers of Commerce.
John and his wife, Dena, have five grown children and 3 grandchildren. In his spare time, John likes to golf, read, workout, and maintain the grounds of their Inn. John was also on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.
Laura Moskwa, The Bradley Inn, New Harbor, Maine
Laura Moskwa began her hospitality career in 2017 with the purchase of The Bradley Inn. Her love for cooking and entertaining plus the constant drive to be busy made owning an inn and restaurant a good fit. Prior to becoming an Inn Owner, Laura worked for over 30 years in the retirement plan industry in various capacities, of which in the last 8 years she focused on business best practices for the small business owner. Laura always felt that being involved was important so she belonged to a couple of national retirement industry organizations, volunteering on committees and sitting on their boards, as well as to a local club of Soroptimist International which helped women and girls locally and around the world.
Linda Hayes, ijk Partners, Innkeeper Emeritus-VA
Linda and her husband Lynn designed, built and operated Inn at Riverbend in SW Virginia for almost 8 years. During that time, they also created The Bank Food and Drink restaurant leasing it to chefs and then operating it for almost 4 years before selling the building. For many years, Linda coordinated her county tourism committee, was an active member in StayVA, an active PAII member for 15 years, and a founding member of AIHP. Her association involvement includes being a frequent speaker, sponsor, conference organizer, education committee member, and most recently, a member of the AIHP Board of Directors. Prior to Innkeeping, Linda was a senior account executive for a Fortune 500 company in South Florida. While Hayes works under her own company brand, ijk Partners, LLC, she is an affiliate of The B&B Team®, providing consulting services for investors, owner/operators, and managers of small lodging properties.
Janice DeLerno Verges - The Stockade Bed and Breakfast, Baton Rouge, LA
Innkeeping has been a passion for Janice for over 25 years. Even though she didn’t plan to become an innkeeper, she took to it like a duck to water once she discovered it. She enjoys the lifestyle and loves meeting guests from around the world. She has built the business from the ground up and changed with the industry as it has progressed, always looking for better ways to manage the day to day operations, as well as marketing for the future.
She has enjoyed diverse careers and experiences throughout her life which have been valuable to her as a bed & breakfast host. In her hometown of New Orleans, she worked as a draftsman in the oil industry during highschool. While attending LSU (Louisiana State University) she worked in the foodservice industry, as well as working as a custom picture framer in a local art gallery. Before opening and operating her own gallery and frame shop, a career which she enjoyed for 35 years, she also worked in the Interior Design field. She opened a restaurant and catering business for a short time before opening the Stockade Bed and Breakfast in Baton Rouge. “I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I guess it is in my blood, “ says Janice.
She has served the hospitality industry since she opened the inn and has learned much from her association with International industry professionals worldwide in lodging, transportation and experiential travel. She is currently serving as the chairman of LTA (Louisiana Travel Association) and has served on the boards of both PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) and LBBA (Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association).
A retired businessman and professional musician, Janice’s husband Jerry is a natural performer and also enjoys entertaining the guests of The Stockade. They are happy to share their experiences of operating their award winning inn with newcomers as well as seasoned professionals. They live with their greeter cat Crybaby onsite at their property.