Diane Symms - Founder & President
Entrepreneur, activist, and community leader, Diane Symms has been a restaurant owner for 45 years. Since 1987 she has owned and operated Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants, with current locations in Everett at the Marina and Mill Creek. She has been an active member of the Washington State Restaurant Association as president, board member, and chair of a number of committees. Symm’s many community affiliations include serving on the boards for the Everett Community College Foundation and Village Theatre, and prior to that she was the Board of Trustees director for the Northwest Center. Awards include the prestigious Nellie Cashman “Business Owner of the Year”, Restaurateur of the Year, Small Business of the Year, SBA SCORE Hero Award and the Retail Business Person of the Year. A recent survivor of breast cancer, Symms has two children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, sailing, cooking and travel.
Kerri Lonergan-Dreke - Proprietor & Vice President
Kerri is a native of the Northwest & started working in the hospitality industry as a young teenager. With a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, her knowledge & experience are critical in many areas of restaurant operations. From HR, to marketing, finance, & everything in between - Kerri knows - and does it all!
Community involvement & support are a hallmark of Kerri’s business career. Big Brothers/ Big Sisters was Kerri’s first volunteer commitment after college. She has served on Chamber of Commerce boards, PTA & school auction committees, & served on the Lynnwood City Council from 2010- 2013. Kerri is currently a volunteer board member for the Snohomish County Hospice & Homecare Foundation, Northshore School District Foundation & the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau.
Kerri loves the opportunity to share the best of Italian food & wine with guests and staff. The hard work of operating a small business becomes that much more worthwhile every time a guest describes Lombardi’s as their favorite restaurant, or a staff member shares their pride in being a part of the Lombardi’s family.
Kerri’s favorite season in the Northwest is summer. Bring on the sunny skies & warm weather, especially at the Everett Marina! She enjoys bicycle riding, hiking, boating, & sharing wine & food with her friends, family, & husband Mark.
Kristofer Korshaven - General Manager
Kris started out in the hospitality business like a lot of people do… he needed a job and his friends were working in the industry. He soon learned that he had a true passion for the business, was relentless in implementing the most effective operational measures, and most importantly, he enjoyed the interaction with his guests. Kris considers himself lucky, because he discovered a long time ago that he is good at doing something he loves to do.
As Kris worked up the ranks of the restaurant industry, he became obsessed with learning all that he could about food & wine. He loves to share his knowledge with his guests, his team, and basically anyone who will listen! With almost 20 years in the business, Kris’s expertise as a manager and a coach is recognized, appreciated and applauded by everyone who knows and works with him. His efforts and passion are what brought him to the Lombardi’s team in 2007, and they are what makes him successful as a general manager, mentor, and leader today.
In his spare time (spare time??) Kris loves being a dad, likes to “build things”, and he is an avid supporter of our local sports teams.
Andy Hilliard - Corporate Chef
Born in Bend, Oregon, Andy started his journey down the culinary path at 14 years old, working the cold station for a local fine dining restaurant. It wasn’t long before he realized his love for cooking and creating. He proceeded to excel above his industry peers and colleagues, landing lead kitchen positions by the age of 18. Andy found his talents – and his passion – working with the gifted culinary ninjas at Bend’s historic Pine Tavern Restaurant. His passion led him to learn the restaurant trade, lending his culinary skills when and where needed. Andy was offered his first Sous Chef position when he was 21, working with an Executive Chef that molded his career and sharpened the edges of his ambition. It was at this time that he opened his first two restaurants. Following opportunity, Andy packed his bags and his skills, and headed south to work in fine dining restaurants in and around San Francisco. He accepted his first Executive Chef job at this time, and went on to apply his expertise and experience in the opening of two additional new restaurants. His culinary journey led him to Seattle and Lombardi’s, where he has led the charge in the kitchen since 2014. Andy’s journey is far from over, as his dreams and ambitions of opening a restaurant of his own remain strong in his heart.
When out of the kitchen, Andy enjoys home brewing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his girls.
Andrew Jorden - Catering Manager
Meet Andrew, a young man with a dream of owning a bed and breakfast with his wife Lynda, who have been sweethearts since high school. Hospitality runs through Andrew’s family - and his blood. At 14 years old, he was bagging cookies and cleaning tables in hotels. But not for long. He was soon promoted to server, allowing him to learn and master all the tricks of the business. From hotel life in Colorado, to Hawaiian cruise ships, to wilderness lodges in Alaska, his culinary experiences throughout the U.S expanded his knowledge and his passion for food, culture, and wine. Fast forward to today, where as Banquet & Catering Manager, Andrew’s ultimate professional goal is to share the love of authentic Italian food with our neighbors and communities, bringing Lombardi's catering to a whole new level.
On a personal note, Andrew enjoys being outdoors, riding motorcycles, camping, and fishing. And not many people know that he is also a master at making puzzles!