Meet the team
A Korean immigrant, Ann credits her culinary palate to helping her mother and grandmother at an early age make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. Her college years at New York’s Columbia University laid the foundation for her dream of bringing great pizza to Minnesota, and her years as a freelance actor fostered her value of creativity. Ann is the culinary mind behind Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni; in 2019 Ann received the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Midwest .”
I love having a job that challenges me to be creative not only in the execution of a great dish, but in every aspect of what I do. Creativity is freedom from the mundane and allows me to do my best work while inspiring others in our organization to do the same.
Raised in North Dakota, Conrad graduated from Yale University and earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He worked as an analyst and in leadership positions for financial companies including Aetna, IDS, American Express, Piper Jaffray, and Black River Asset Management before devoting himself full time to restaurant ownership in 2010. He has run distance since high school and continues to compete in marathons and half marathons.
As CFO, I'm always looking for opportunities to make investments in our restaurants, our people, our organization, and new concepts.
director of people and culture
Becky has two decades of restaurant service and management experience in cities including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis. With a degree in Art History and Classics from the University of Wisconsin, at one point she envisioned a career in teaching, which informs her passion for training and instruction in cultivating the talent of Vestalia’s staff. She has entry-level sommelier certification and has completed 5 marathons (but doesn't indulge in both hobbies at the same time).
It's my responsibility to make sure we're creating an environment for everyone in our organization to feel valued, supported, respected, and engaged. I set a foundation for that by developing and fostering solid HR systems, I also coach our leadership team and check in with individuals at each restaurant to ensure they have the tools they need to grow personally and professionally. Ultimately my purpose is to help people gain a deeper understanding of themselves so they can make stronger connections to others and reach their full potential.
director of operations
Kris’s experience in the restaurant business includes working in Hawaii and on the mainland for Restaurants Unlimited Incorporated, and in operations in the Twin Cities in the Chambers Hotel for D’Amico Partners full service division, and in General Manager positions at Minneapolis’ Vincent—A Restaurant and Pizzeria Lola. In ninth grade, he won a National Scholastic Silver Medal award for Humor Writing.
As Director of Operations, I spend most of my time facilitating conversations and exploring possibilities, ensuring the well-being and effectiveness of leadership, and supporting each restaurant in fulfilling their vision and meeting their goals.
Rachael is a Minneapolis native with nearly 20 years of marketing experience; she's held positions at City Pages, Sesame Street Live, and the Guthrie Theater. Her Cultural Anthropology degree from the University of Minnesota lends itself well to understanding the intersection of storytelling and connecting people to the things they love.
Rachael's culinary curiosity began while studying in Nantes, France, where she became enchanted by the daily ritual of shopping in the open-air markets and cooking with fresh, local, simple ingredients.
In her spare time Rachael can be found practicing or teaching yoga, running around Lake Harriet, or photographing Tillycat and whatever she's eating for Instagram.
I love connecting people to content through creative, and tailored marketing efforts. It's a privilege to be able to the story of our restaurants, dishes, and team members.