Senior Account Executive alla Colangelo & Partners Public Relations
Michelle Erland is a Senior Account Executive with Colangelo & Partners Public Relations.. A native of Port Jefferson, New York, she has worked in the hospitality industry for as long as she can remember, all while pursuing a professional dance career. In 2005, she was hired by Walt Disney World entertainment and it was during this time, Michelle began to develop a passion for different cultures, cuisines, and wine! To take this passion to the next level, she enrolled in the International Culinary Center (French Culinary Institute) and graduated from their Intensive Sommelier program. In 2015, Michelle passed the Court of Master Certified Sommelier Exam. Throughout her wine studies, Italian wine always stood out as something she wanted to pursue more. Michelle joined Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina as the Beverage Director and General Manager. This opportunity led Michelle to follow her passion by relocating to Verona, Italy where she has had the fortune to teach pasta and wine classes in both Italy and London. In 2017, she became an Italian Wine Ambassador for the United States through the Vinitaly International Academy in Verona. Michelle holds an MBA through Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a concentration in the food, beverage, and hospitality sectors.