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EVENT & CATERING TEAM

Meet our catering Team

San Antonio Team

(210) 223-2680

Sonya Villarreal
Sonya Villarreal
Director of Sales
svillareal@therkgroup.com
Knowledgeable and highly experienced in the hospitality field and longtime partner with Rosemary’s Catering, Sonya brings her keen insight for creativity and responsive service to every event. She is a consummate professional, committed to providing clients with the most memorable guest experience for any occasion, from formal weddings and garden luncheons to corporate receptions and civic functions.
Michelle Rivera
Michelle Rivera
VP, Staffing & Development
mrivera@therkgroup.com
Michelle’s expertise in identifying top culinary and hospitality talent provides Rosemary’s Catering clients with the assurance that their events will be facilitated by the most skilled staff and collaborative team members. Her commitment to exemplary standards continues to enhance the commitment to customer service and standards of excellence.
Mercedes O’Donnell Valadez
Todd Ruiz
Executive Chef
truiz@therkgroup.com
Chef Todd is a culinary-industry leader with 25 years of extensive experience in menu development, events and client service. As executive chef for Rosemary’s Catering, he is responsible for leading our 300-person culinary team and servicing high-end luxury events across the San Antonio area.
Dawn Dawes
Dawn Dawes
Senior Account Executive
ddawes@therkgroup.com
With 20+ years at Rosemary’s Catering and a lifetime career encompassing hotel, country club and catering-dedicated experience, Dawn provides our clients with the most professional standards of service. Her industry familiarity with complex, luxury food and beverage operations at places like the Four Seasons Hotel, gives her the insight and responsiveness to help new and established clients with any need, for corporate, social, weddings and numerous other events.
Art Menchaca
Amy Riggle
Sales Account Manager
ariggle@therkgroup.com
Amy is responsible for bringing catering visions to life for clients across San Antonio. With over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, she is passionate about planning and executing social and corporate events as well charitable fundraisers and galas. In 2019, Amy earned her CPCE designation - Certified Professional in Catering & Events. 

Austin Team

(512) 840-6480

Neil Fuselier
Neil Fuselier
Senior Vice-President
nfuselier@therkgroup.com
Hailing from the food-centric city of New Orleans, Neil began his career there in hospitality service as Director of Sales and Production for the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Neil's industry expertise and relationships with clients as well as vendor partners on a local and national stage has helped propel Rosemary's Catering and our sister company Illusions Rentals and Design to facilitate VIP experiences at multiple high visibility, private, and numerous other events.
Rachel Sommer
Rachel Sommer
Director of Sales & Marketing
rsommer@therkgroup.com
A diversely experienced catering and event professional, Rachel's experience and creative culinary background has provided all clients with the benefit of her vision and outstanding leadership capabilities. For any function from bridal showers and family reunions to large-scale sporting events and all celebratory gatherings, she is adept at planning, managing, and facilitating each event.
William Ragsdale
William Ragsdale
Executive Chef
wragsdale@therkgroup.com
Chef William Ragsdale has been part of the Rosemary’s Catering tradition of excellence with The RK Group since 2001. He has served in diverse roles as Executive Sous-Chef and Director of Operations prior to his appointment as Executive Chef for Rosemary’s Catering Austin. William directs his team’s efforts in creating a global palette of cuisines, including European continental, interior Mexican, South American, and Asian specialties. Uniquely modern approaches to every menu provides the most exclusive guest experience for events of any size.

Kentucky catering Team

Christine Hannah
Amie Milby
Director of Sales & Events
amilby@therkgroup.com
Amie has demonstrated a lifelong passion for food that marks her notable culinary career. Over the past 18 years, she has held management positions in several catering companies, established and rebranded restaurants, promoted and sold venue space, and even oversaw food truck operations in Kentucky. Prior to her role with Rosemary’s Catering, she worked as Director of Sales and Events, Kentucky Derby Museum, and with the Louisville Convention.
Emily Malaya
John Heidelmeier
Executive Chef
jheidelmeier@therkgroup.com
Chef John Heidelmeier has worked in kitchens in various capacities since 2005. An Austin, Texas native and Le Cordon Bleu graduate, he strives to be versatile in a catering environment in which the style of cuisine is different every day. When not in the kitchen drawing from his experience to help young cooks become great chefs, he can often be found smoking a Texas-style brisket in the backyard of his Germantown home.
Christine Hannah
Carter Gross
Executive Sous Chef
cgross@therkgroup.com
Chef Carter has been cooking and baking professionally in Louisville for over a decade, previously serving as executive chef at Wild Rita’s where he created his unique style that blends traditional Kentucky fare with French and South American cuisines. He also has been an executive chef for prominent businesses and at the beloved Louisville Zoo. Chef Carter now brings his valuable experience to his position as the Executive Sous Chef with Rosemary’s Catering.
Christine Hannah
Torri Coddington
Director of Operations
tcoddington@therkgroup.com
Native to Louisville, Torri brings her unique insight and years of experience in the event industry to all operations activities. Starting in sales, she began her career with The RK Group in 2018, and is responsible for facilitating events of every size. Torri has helped plan and execute functions of up to 2,500 people and is always seeking novel ways to enhance guest experiences.
Christine Hannah
Kendall Mudd
Catering Sales Manager
kmudd@therkgroup.com
Recognizing a true passion for the hospitality industry, Kendall joined Rosemary’s Catering in 2019, bringing with her an extensive knowledge and expertise of the Louisville market and enjoys working closely with her clients to create beautiful events. Whether it’s a casual party or corporate dinner, she represents our commitment to details that always results in something memorable.
Christine Hannah
Courtney Issacs
Sales Manager
cisaacs@therkgroup.com
Courtney is our Sales Manager for Rosemary's Catering. She received her education from Eastern Kentucky University and shortly after graduating, moved to Louisville where she worked as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator for a local business before joining the Rosemary's Catering Kentucky team.

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