Stephen F. Austin State University


Todd Barrios
Todd Barrios - Chef Instructor Office: EDAN 119A Phone: 936.468.1326

Chef Todd Barrios is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Hospitality and Institutional Services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. He also earned his Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from Northwestern State University.

Chef Todd has extensive foodservice experience in restaurant management and culinary arts. He worked in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA with the Brennan Family, Ruby Tuesday Restaurants, Al Copeland Restaurants, Chef John Folse, and The University Club of Baton Rouge. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has been teaching in higher education for 10 years.

Chef Todd is a member of the American Culinary Federation, and has won several awards in culinary competitions. He is also SERVSAFE certified in food safety and sanitation and is a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor.

He joined the faculty at SFA in August 2011 when his family relocated to Nacogdoches. Chef Todd has been married for over 20 years and has 3 children.


  • Master of Arts, Adult Education, Northwestern State University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Home Economics (Concentration in Hospitality and Institutional Services), Northwestern State University, 1993

Area of Specialization

  • Culinary Arts
  • Food Service Management
  • Food Safety and Sanitation

Area of Expertise

  • Certified Executive Chef through American Culinary Federation
  • Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Flavor Profile Development
  • Menu Development and Design
  • Food Service Facility Design and Layout
  • International and Regional Cuisines
Gina Fe Causin
Gina Fe Causin - Assistant Professor Office: HMS North 106C Phone: 936.468.1411

Dr. Gina Fe G. Causin has more than 20 years of experience in meeting, event and lodging operation and hospitality education. She has taught in Hospitality Administration, Field Experiences in Human Sciences, Lodging l & ll, Management of a Diverse Workforce, Introduction to the Event Industry, Advanced Event Operations, Special Events/Convention Sales, Introduction to Lodging, Advanced Lodging Operations, Housekeeping, Facilities and Design and other hospitality and tourism courses. She has published in the CHRIE Communiqué, Handbook of Research on Global Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and Electronic Journal of Hospitality Legal, Safety and Security Research. Her research interests are accessibility of individual with visual impairment, sustainability of cultural festivals using the triple bottom line approach, expatriation, culture and socialization, green meetings, events and lodging.

Education ·

  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University - Human Environmental Sciences - 2007
  • M.S. Oklahoma State University - Hospitality Administration - 2003
  • B.S. Mindanao State University - Hotel and Restaurant Management - 1991 ·

Area of Specialization ·

  • Hospitality Administration
  • Hospitality Education
  • Human Environmental Sciences

Area of Expertise

  • Meetings and Events
  • Festivals
  • Lodging Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Expatriation
  • International Development
Mary Olle
Mary Olle - Assistant Professor Office: Human Sciences North; Room 101D Phone: 936.468.1873

Dr. Mary Olle is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She received her teaching certification from Stephen F. Austin State University as well as her Master of Science degree. Dr. Olle earned her Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Texas Tech University. Dr. Olle has 14 years of public school teaching experience in Family and Consumer Science. Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Olle worked in the field hospitality in various capacities including Food and Beverage Management for Hyatt, Ramada, and The Houstonian, as well as country club experience.

She is an active member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (iCHRIE) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) serving in state and national officer positions for AAFCS. She has also presented at state and national conferences on topics related to hospitality and online teaching.


  • Ph.D. Texas Tech University - Family and Consumer Sciences Education - 2012
  • M.S. Stephen F. Austin State University - Home Economics - 2006
  • B.S. Stephen F. Austin State University - Human Sciences - 1984

Area of Specialization

  • Hospitality Administration
  • Hospitality Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences

Area of Expertise

  • Menu Planning and Meal Management
  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Chay Runnels, Ph.D
Chay Runnels, Ph.D - Associate Professor/Program Coordinator for Hospitality Administration/Graduate Program Co-Coordinator Office: Human Sciences North 107 Phone: 936.468.2060

Dr. Runnels holds a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master Science in Architectural Studies degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin, a Ph. D in Resource Interpretation in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry of Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is a certified Texas Friendly Program Trainer through the Texas AgriLife Extension.

Dr. Runnels is an active member in the Texas Travel and Tourism Industry Association and works with tourism related organizations to assist in training employees for customer service around the state. She has presented at state and national conferences regarding heritage tourism and historic preservation.

Before coming to Stephen F. Austin, she served for five years as the Texas Forest Trail Regional Coordinator. During her tenure with the Texas Forest Trail, the organization was awarded the President's Preserve America Award for Heritage Tourism.


  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry with an emphasis in Resource Interpretation, 2009
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Master's degree in Architectural Studies (Historic Preservation), 2000
  • The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor's of Arts in American Studies, 1996

Area of Specialization

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Destination Marketing
  • Customer Service

Area of Expertise

  • Interpretive Marketing
  • Destination Marketing
  • Cultural Resource Management