2016 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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David Lee Szalanski

Culinary Chef-Instructor
Greater St. Louis Area
Prior to becoming a chef and chef-instructor, DavidLee received his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University in Bio/Chemistry and attended Hahnemann University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. DavidLee’s career spanned 20 years in health and human services across the US, with notable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters; the American Lung Association; United Way's in Philadephia, Jacksonville FL, New Mexico, and Orlando FL; Florida's School Readiness, Hope In Diversity, and now Emmaus Homes. His experience includes social work, program creation, fund development, volunteer management, and leadership including serving as the Chief Professional Officer for many agencies.
Since starting his culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, DavidLee has studied in the French culinary arts, interned in Brazilian cuisine at Brazikat, specialized in Caribbean cuisine at South Seas Island Resort, and mentored in East European cuisine. He has become an international culinary professional, a culinary writer, dining reviewer, and a popular and entertaining cooking class Chef-Instructor, offering unique hands-on cooking classes throughout St Louis. Chef DavidLee is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, and serves as an active member of the American Culinary Federation, St Louis Chefs de Cuisine, and internationally with World Chefs and Poland's Klubu Szefow Kuchini.
His ability to connect and engage participants is contagious. In the past several years he has developed innovative culinary class curricula for EmmausLink including: A Mother’s Day Feast; Fun Summer Treats; Winter WarmUps…in a JAR; SALADS-The RAINBOW Project; English TEA TIME; COOKING that CROCKS; FUN-to-do FONDUES; Pow-Wow CHOW; The Incredible Edible EGG; and PASTA Galore. In addition, he has served as the Executive Chef for EmmausLink events including the Summer Dinner Theater (Summer 2015), the Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance (February 2016), and the Summer Theater and English Tea (July 2016 ).

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 1

3:30pm CST