La Pet-isserie is proud to work with high school interns from The Leonia Academy through their Marketing and Business Leadership program (MBLA) as well as their Hospitality and Culinary Arts program (LAHCA). La Pet-isserie founder Jennifer Kang strongly believes in giving back to the community and empowering young women to pursue their dreams by providing them with real-life business experience.
The Leonia Academy for Marketing and Business Leadership directs students towards fulfilling their passions in business. The rigorous program offers marketing, accounting, and economic studies. With the membership of a business-class, students are also able to participate in a national club called DECA. DECA builds an individual’s ability to problem solve and to think creatively in business settings. Ms. Gianfredi, the advisor of the MBLA, has worked at Leonia High School for over thirty years. She aids the program through overlooking all activities and guiding the students.
MBLA Marketing Interns
Sabrina Jeon
Sabrina is one of three marketing coordinators at La Pet-isserie. Currently in her junior year, Sabrina is also a varsity volleyball and golf player. Her hobbies include drawing and listening to music. Sabrina loves puppies and cannot wait to have her own one day!
Jijung Lim
Jijung is also a junior at The Leonia Academy. In addition to her studies and internship with La Pet-isserie, Jijung is co-president of the Girls Up Club, a United Nations organization aimed towards empowering and educating girls all over the world. In her free time, Jijung enjoys reading and binge-watching TV shows. She strongly believes in La Pet-isserie’s focus on environmental sustainability, and she hopes to pursue a career in business one day.
Molly Lawrence
Molly is a junior at The Leonia Academy. She is also a four year varsity soccer player as well as member of the student senate. In addition to her extracurriculars and internship, Molly loves to take Blue, her cocker spaniel, on walks in her free time. Her other interests include fashion and food.
The Leonia Academy for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, established in 2013, enables interested students to discover, develop and grow in their areas of interest. Senior LAHCA members must complete a Friday externship. Those who extern enjoy the opportunity to learn about culinary and hospitality businesses. Along the way, many students discover unforeseen talents. Ms. Gabrielsen, LAHCA’s advocate, fosters skills and guides every student through the program. The above picture shows a recent field trip to El Parador Café, NYC.
LAHCA Interns
Maria Serna
Maria is one of La Pet-isserie’s first team members and Jennifer’s right-hand woman. Maria was born in the Phiippines and immigrated to the United States seven years ago. She can often be found in the kitchen chopping and preparing ingredients for the Balanced Seed, La Pet-isserie’s most popular product. Pictured above is Maria crossing state lines for the first time with Jen!
John-na Watson
John-na is in the Leonia Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy. With the help and motivation from Jennifer she has been taught many valuable lessons and she wants to continue to use that information to open up her own business called “Jae’s Cakes”. When she’s not making mixtures in the kitchen, she is at home baking beautiful cupcakes and cakes. After senior year, John-na would like to pursue a career in the art of baking and pastries.
Gabi Morales
Gabi is another crucial member of La Pet-isserie’s team. LAHCA’s internship program gives Gabi the opportunity to learn from Jennifer and help make the Balanced Seed by hand alongside Maria. In her free time, she also loves baking. Gabi hopes to own her own business one day!
Paris Dudley
Paris Dudley, is another LAHCA member. She is interested in nutrition and wanted to increase her knowledge on how humans (even furry friends) are affected by different foods. She loves “La Pet-isserie” because she gets to study how different the different ingredients affect dogs and cats.
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