teresa gomez

Air Force Veteran

Teresa Vanderford Gomez


Winter 2019

Favorite Baked Goods


As the daughter of an Army veteran, Teresa Vanderford lived in many locations during her childhood, but now claims Northern Virginia as her home. A recently retired Air Force veteran of nearly 23 years, Teresa’s background includes the food service and hospitality industries, as well as nine years serving as an Enlisted Aide for two General Officers. Prior to retiring in 2018, Teresa served in the Pentagon’s Air Force General Officer Management Office as the Program Manager for the Air Force Enlisted Aide Program. Teresa attended Ashford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. Additionally, she is certified through the Culinary Institute of America as a Professional Chef Level 3.

Teresa hopes to unite her experience and talent with the tools and basic fundamentals of business that DTI provides as a jumpstart into a successful career in the hospitality industry. Her favorite baked good is a pavlova, as it is reminiscent of her mother.

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