MEET OUR STAFF
BETH MERTZDirector of Conference Services
Beth started in hospitality as a front desk clerk at a San Diego CA hotel in 1980 and used her knowledge, customer service abilities and genuine love of people to grow and succeed in the hospitality field. After moving back to the St. Louis area, she worked her way up the hospitality ladder – from Front Desk Clerk, Reservations, Sales and Catering, Banquet Manager, Catering Manager, Director of Catering and finally, as the Director of Conference Service and Sales at the Regency Conference Center. Beth uses her 38 years of experience to insure a smooth, successful event with awesome customer service from beginning to end!
MELODY FRANCISBanquet & Beverage Manager
Melody has worked in the food and beverage industry for 19 years, starting as a prep cook because she was too young to wait tables! Through the years, she has worked as a cook, server and bartender, before she was promoted into the position of Banquet Captain. After working as the banquet captain for a few years, Melody accepted the position of Banquet and Beverage manager here at the Regency, and has sharpened her expertise and attention to detail to insure our client’s satisfaction once they have arrived on property. She enjoys meeting new people from all walks of life and enjoys working with them in conjunction to the sales office to insure their event is executed perfectly. Making a positive impact on their lives while they are here is paramount to her success!
ANGELA DORRISCatering & Sales Manager
Angela has dedicated 20 years in the hospitality industry, building her professional career in the downtown St. Louis market as a Catering Salesperson and worked her way up as a Meeting Professional, Convention Services Specialist, and Wedding Coordinator as well as booking Entertainment for a well-known casino. She is versatile, outgoing and an expert in detailing your event to be a success, all while making it as least stressful as possible. Her knowledge, professionalism and genuine friendliness will make your experience a blast and will have you coming back to insure all your events are successful!
MICHELLE JENSWedding Specialist
Michelle decided early on in life that she loves the wedding industry! Obsessing over Pinterest for new and exciting ideas and working 13 years with weddings, from banquet captain to banquet manager and now as The Regency’s Wedding Specialist, she uses all her knowledge and experience to help you create your perfect day! Besides her love for her beagle Sam, (who would make you a great ring bearer, by the way), Michelle’s passion for success, whether weddings, social or corporate, will insure your event is your vision!
ART PHETSADASACKExecutive Chef
Art, an Executive Chef since 2001, began his early years in Laos, before moving to the United States at the age of 11 years old. He grew up in Florida, surrounded in tradition and the culture of his Laos heritage, with his parents, siblings and extended family. Upon graduating from high school, Art joined the US Navy for 7 years, where he cooked for his fellow servicemen and recognized his passion for cooking. After leaving the Navy, he and his family moved to the Collinsville area where he continued pursuing the culinary arts and began his formal education at Forest Park Community college. While working at a local steakhouse and attending college, he moved up in the ranks, gaining valuable experience and knowledge for the food industry. Throughout his 30 years of cooking and culinary and at different venues, he used his passion for cooking to create wonderfully inspired and delicious dishes for his clients. Award winning and accomplished, Chef Art enjoys carving ice sculptures and using his abilities to benefit others through his volunteer work and the Knights of Columbus. He loves to make his clients happy and see the smile on people’s faces when they try his food – “To serve people good food and see them smile – THAT is what it is all about!”