Tel: (415) 422-6844
Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair
Michael D. Collins is a highly respected academician who brings to USF a wealth of hospitality management experience, current research and a devotion to student success. His research focuses on hospitality revenue management and the electronic distribution and pricing of hotel accommodations. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Collins was a General Manager for some of the country’s premier hotel operators, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Wyndham International.
Tel: (415) 422-6721
Kathy “K.O.” Odsather, M.S., C.H.A., Associate Director, Department of Hospitality Management, University of San Francisco. Born and raised in Alaska KO earned her undergraduate Business degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University and embarked on a successful career in hotel general management in San Francisco managing corporate hotels, boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfast Inns. In her equally long career in hospitality business education, she oversees the 800-hour industry-related internship/work experience requirement for graduation and works extensively with local hospitality businesses and national recruiters to create opportunities of mutual benefit with students.
KO uses the classroom at USF as a petri dish in which to bring her extensive hospitality industry experience to students to create both magic and reality!! Having earned her Master of Science in Organization Development from USF, KO considers herself an Agent for Change and works with industry organizations to facilitate dynamic change in the Hospitality Industry.
Tel: (415) 422-4170
Associate Professor Thomas Maier brings to USF more than 20 years of industry experience, a wealth of current research, and a honed experiential teaching methodology. Prior to academia, Professor Maier was a senior level executive in the international hotel, restaurant, and food and beverage industries. His research interests include applied leadership, restaurant revenue management theory, and business analytics.
Tel: (415) 422-2498
Michelle Millar holds her PhD in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management, and Marketing within the School of Management, and teaches marketing management, sustainability in the hospitality industry, event management, and hotel operations.
Tel: (415) 422-6577
Executive Chef, Term Instructor
Jean-Marc was an Instructor at the California Culinary Academy where he taught classes and operated a restaurant specializing in whole foods and healthy cuisine. Former President Bill Clinton has even recognized Jean-Marc's expertise in healthful cooking. He has been a Guest Chef at the White House and had the honor of making three presentations on low-fat cooking in the White House and prepared dinner for President Clinton.