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 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 support & volunteer service are a hallmark of Kerri’s business career. Big Brothers/Big Sisters was Kerri’s first volunteer commitment after college. She has participated 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 Hopeworks (a Housing Hope affiliate) the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, and is actively involved with the Washington Hospitality Association.
Kerri loves the opportunity to share the best of Italian food, wine & culture with guests and staff, and has since 1987. Frequent trips to Washington wine country and of course Italy are "necessary" to stay fresh and creative in the competitive culinary and hospitality scene.
Kerri’s favorite season in the Northwest is summer. Bring on the sunny skies & warm weather, especially at the Everett Marina!! Downtime includes working out at the gym, bicycle riding, boating & hiking, and snuggling on the coach with her husband Mark, and their two dogs Stella & Lilly.
Kristofer Korshaven - Corporate 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 Kris loves being a dad, likes to build things with his kids, 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 & 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 not in the kitchen, Andy enjoys home brewing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his girls.
Tiernan Lindsey - Assistant General Manager
A seasoned member of the hospitality industry, Tiernan is originally from Kansas City, MO. He took his first restaurant job at a local pizza parlor at the age of 16. He quickly moved into serving and realized that he had a talent and a passion for it. He spent years honing his craft in a variety of establishments, from local bars to fine dining. Tiernan moved to Seattle in 2008 after finishing his degree and deciding he didn’t want to live in the Mid-West for the rest of his life. He fell in love with the beauty that is the PNW and decided to make it his new home. He continued his career, learning even more at iconic Seattle restaurants like Ivar’s Salmon House. Tiernan decided that his skills and knowledge of the industry would be put to better use in a management capacity and moved into that role in 2013.
Seeking new challenges, Tiernan joined the Lombardi’s family in September 2017. He spends every day looking for ways to continue to improve the experience that we provide for every guest and the abilities of every member of his team. Bringing his passion with him every day, Tiernan is thrilled to be part of Lombardi’s in Everett. Tiernan is an avid bowler; however, on a day trip to the coast, at the local dog park or simply relaxing at home with a movie, on his days off, he is most likely to be found with his two dogs, Izzy and Lance.
Casey Garcia - Chef
Casey’s first job at 17, was in the grocery industry as a bag boy in Sacramento, CA. A short time later a position in the meat department opened and he landed it. This was the beginning of his love for food. Over the next 6 years he worked his way up to meat cutter, embracing as much information about cutting, preparing and cooking meat as he could.
Eventually the job of a meat cutter was too slow paced. After jumping around a few different positions, he found himself in a cook position for the first time. His introduction to the “Orchestrated Chaos” of the kitchen lit a fire inside as he discovered his true passion. Within half a year he was promoted from cook to kitchen manager, & found himself leading the team while his passion grew.
Although he loved his position, Casey needed a change of pace and excitement. He signed up to work a summer on the wildfire line in CA, feeding firefighters and support crew. He worked 20 hour days for weeks on end feeding more than fifteen hundred people two meals a day. Upon returning home Casey took his first sous chef position catering weddings for a year before finding a position as Lombardi’s in the summer of 2016. Once here he found a place full of colleagues whose love and passion for beautiful food not only matched his own, but pushed for him to grow. He was promoted head chef of the Everett Lombardi’s in 2017.
In his down time Casey loves to hike and camp, spend time with his wife and his two dogs, or enjoy any time out in the sun with a cold beer and a grill.
Tracy Adams - Dining Room Manager
Caleb Samp - Sous Chef
Caleb is a Snohomish County native and a father of two amazing young men. Caleb’s passion for the culinary arts started over a decade ago, but became a reality in 2013, when Caleb graduated from Le Cordon Blue Cooking School, top of his class with a 4.0 G.P.A. and academic achievement awards.
Caleb has been fortunate to work with some great chefs in his short career, such as celebrity Chef Wayne Johnson and 2004 Food and Wine's best new Chef Mat Wolf. Although his time with these great chefs was invaluable, Caleb gives a lot of credit to Lombardi’s Corporate Chef Andy Hilliard, for his effort in the development of Caleb's career since he started with Lombard's in 2014.
In Caleb's spare time he likes watching and rooting for both the Seattle Sounders and the Seattle Seahawks. He also loves spending any extra time with his children, cooking for family gatherings or just plain cooking!
Sharon Serres - Assistant Manager
Kelly Hilliard - Supervisor
Kelly started her life’s journey in southern California. Her parents fell in love with the northwest and moved here at the age of six and she has been a resident of Snohomish county ever since. When she was sixteen years old she took a position at Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant in 2010 as a hostess and quickly grew to become a favorite among management. Her innate knack for the hospitality industry would continue her path of growth within the Lombardi’s Family. She grew from a hostess to a server, and at the young age of twenty-three she took an assistant manager position. She continues to strive to create the best dining experience Lombardi’s has to offer.
On her free time, she enjoys spending her free time with her husband and kids enjoying the northwest’s great outdoors, fishing, hiking, and enjoying all that this wonderful community has to offer. Kelly would also be a bit of a makeup hobbyist cosmetologist, she enjoys doing make up for her friends and family for special occasions upon request. When she is home, she relaxes with her favorite companions Oliver and Theo (her cats) and enjoys her favorite shows. Kelly also met her husband in the Lombardi’s Family, she recently become Mrs. Andy Hilliard on July 23rd, 2017.
Mill creek team
Jackie White - Assistant General Manager
Jose Ortega - Chef
Jose joined the Lombardi’s team in January 2007 in the now closed Issaquah restaurant. Starting out as a line cook and getting training from the prior executive chef Matt Romeo.
When Lombardi’s of Issaquah closed in July of 2013, Jose decided to keep his talents in the Issaquah area. Although, he tried to work in other local restaurants, Jose yearned for the atmosphere that Lombardi’s provided. Jose returned to Lombardi’s shortly thereafter in the Mill Creek location. He quickly moved into the Sous Chef role and made his way to the head chef position in 2016.
In Jose’s free time he loves to watch the Seahawks, hang out with family and take his children to visit Disneyland.
Caitlin Nestor - Assistant Manager
Nicole Elverston - Sous Chef
Andrew Jorden - Private Dining & 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. He joined the Lombardi's' Team in 2011. 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!
Christian Murphy - Catering Sous Chef
Born and raised Texan that grew up in a suburb outside of Dallas, Christian shares six sons and a step-daughter with his beautiful wife. They made the decision to move to Washington just two weeks after their wedding and haven’t looked back. Growing up in Texas Christian was exposed to a wide range of culinary delights. He did’t know how good the barbeque was in Texas until he left and had it somewhere else!
Christian has worked in kitchens since 1998 when he started at a TGI Friday’s in Dallas and worked mostly corporate run concepts of the like. It wasn’t until a year before coming to Washington, that he became serious about pursuing a culinary career. He’s had the fortunate experience to work with some talented chefs from the Eastside such as Chef Bobby Moore and Chris Smith of Barking Frog in Woodinville and Chef John Howie of Seastar in Bellevue. He spent 5 years on Microsoft campus in Redmond, where he was able to engage in the most educational part of his career and consider it his “culinary schooling”. Christian started at Lombardi’s in 2017 as a second job. It wasn’t long before he realized that it was more than a side gig and he was promoted to the chef team.
“The crew, atmosphere and culture that have been implemented in the kitchen by Chef Andy have translated into absolutely delicious food that we are able to offer our guests. I’m happy to be here and look forward to being part of this restaurant’s continued success!”