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Our Team

Our range of products requires an incredible amount of work to maintain, and we count on some of the most talented industry professionals to make that happen. From the skills of our internal staff to the outstanding support from industry leaders, the Catersource team is a content community geared for you and your business needs.

Lisa Brenna | Account Manager
[email protected]
Direct: 612.253.2023

Lisa Brenna, CPCE is the Account Manager for Exhibit and Sponsorship Event Sales for the Catersource Brand. Her past careers have encompassed many titles in the catering and events industry including: Convention and Banquet Services for Intercontinental Hotel Group, Banquet/Bar/Sales & Marketing and Business Development for a local on and off premise catering company, Catering Sales for Starwood Hotels and Sales/Marketing and Operations for national restaurant/catering and venue hospitality groups. In addition to her current career at Catersource, Lisa has been a consultant at her company, Brenna Consulting for Catersource, serving as the Special Events Coordinator from 2007 thru March 2017. She received her Certified Professional in Catering and Events designation (CPCE) in 2015 from the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE). She served on the NACE Minneapolis/Saint Paul chapter board from 2007 thru 2016, including Presidency.

Kathryn Frankson | Director of Event Marketing
Contact: [email protected]
Direct: 612.253.2021

Kathryn has been successfully developing live event, partner and marketing campaigns driving revenue growth, conversions, profit and brand development for Catersource stakeholders and partners for over ten years. A seasoned marketing and sales professional and lover of analytics, logic and digital marketing solutions, Kathryn is a top resource for event strategy and revenue generating partnerships. With a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Digital Marketing Certificate and professional concentration in marketing, digital and content trends, Kathryn has the unique perspective to increase yield, develop strategies and create measurable and effective solutions all while driving a culture of collaboration and positivity. 

Amber Kispert-Smith | Content Producer
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Direct: 612.308.5547

Amber is the Content Producer for Catersource where she produces and facilitates content for both the Catersource website and Catersource magazine. Her background includes a Bachelor's Degree in jounralism from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Catersource, she worked as a staff writer for the Woodbury Bulletin where she primiarily reported on education, arts & entertainment, and local government. Amber than made a career shift in 2016 when she began working as the Comunications Specialist for LeClair Group.

As a self-described "foodie," Amber loves to experience the world of food and beverages, and is excited to help share the stories of Catersource and the world's caterers. 

LaShara Parham | Account Manager
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Direct: 612.253.2033

LaShara Darkenwald is the Media Account Manager for the Catersource brand. Her background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Culinary Arts Degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Before she joined the Catersource Team she was the Digital Marketing Manager for ABC Radio, then made a career change to pursue her culinary dream of becoming a Chef. Her professional cooking experience include Sage Hospitality, Macy’s Food Division, America’s Test Kitchen, and local restaurant favorite Barbette. 
After working behind the scenes in professional kitchens, LaShara expanded her talents to coordinate events. She has experience understanding the logistics for both back of house and front of house logistics that make for a successful event. This perspective translate well for the Catersource brand in helping clients reach their branding goals. 

Kathleen Stoehr | Director of Community & Content Strategy
Contact: [email protected]
Direct: 612.253.2030

Kathleen is an award-winning writer, editor, and creative director responsible for aligning and building the Catersource brand with high-quality content online, in print via Catersource magazine and also oversees all live education at Catersource Conference & Tradeshow, the Art of Catering Food, and the Leading Caterers of America Executive Summit.
In publishing for over two decades, she is the recipient of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists; the National Parenting Media Association; and the Minnesota Magazine Publishing Association. Kathleen is a trend spotter, having spent most of her career watching what others do and respond to, and then reporting how like-responses and interests begin to assemble like puzzle pieces into trends and shorter-lived fads. 
She is the author of a couple of books and is a member of the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC), for which she served three years on the executive board of directors (Treasurer) and is also a member of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) for which she is BarSmarts certified.
Klaudia Watts | Marketing Coordinator 
Contact: [email protected]
Direct: 612.253.2035

Mike Roman | Founder
1945-2013 (Read our tribute to Mike)

Mike, along with his wife Bernice, started Catersource in 1982 with the simple mission of helping all types of caterers achieve increased profitability along with a better quality of life. His vision and passion for catering made him a dynamic force in the industry. In addition to being a seasoned catering professional, Mike was also a college-level instructor with a master's degree in education. He wrote and published three books on catering tactics, strategies and solutions and was one of the most sought-after consultants and speakers in the industry.
The catering community suffered a great loss when Mike passed away in June 2013. His leadership of Catersource and teachings have shaped the direction, raised the level of professionalism, and brought a positive public image to the industry.
Today, we celebrate Mike's life with an annual Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement award. Past recipients include Lon Lane (2020) of Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions; Lee Epting (2019) of Epting Events; Bill Hansen (2018) of Bill Hansen Luxury Catering; Harlan Diamond (2017) of Executive Caterers; Kendall Collier (2016) of A Divine Event; Holly Safford (2015) of The Catered Affair; and more.