Our Team

We are a collaboration of professionally trained chefs, dedicated cooks, educators, and business professionals whose primary goal is to provide the best possible culinary training in a loving and nurturing environment.

Linda Amidei

Administrative Coordinator

Linda Amidei received her Bachelor’s Degree from Memphis State University and completed her Masters Degree in Counseling at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. She worked in the social service arena all of her professional life. She was a counselor/case manager in her early career. The last fifteen years of her career she was Executive Director of The Haven Domestic Violence Center in Clearwater, Florida. During her time at The Haven, she coordinated the establishment of several new programs, including a Transitional Housing Program for victims of domestic violence and a violence prevention program for pre-K through middle school. Since her retirement Linda has enjoyed working with various outreach programs sponsored by St. Marks Episcopal Church and is pleased to be a part of the Flyin’ Lion Transition to Employment Program.

Sue Bartlett

Lead Culinary Instructor

Sue Bartlett is a second career culinarian. She graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2006 in the first graduating class at the Charlotte campus of Johnson & Wales University. Sue worked in the catering kitchen on Kiawah Island during her university co-op which gave her an appreciation for organization and forward planning. Since graduation, she has had multiple culinary opportunities. Sue has worked as a private chef for a financial management firm, a personal chef for a professional basketball player, a small events caterer, a chef instructor at The Young Chef’s Academy, and has conducted group and individual cooking classes in her home. For the past six years, Sue and her husband, Tom, have operated The Cedars Davidson Bed & Breakfast in Davidson, NC. It was her love of sharing knowledge and working alongside fledgling cooks as they realize their potential in the kitchen that encouraged Sue to be a part of The Flyin’ Lion Team.

Administrative Team

Bill O'Conner

Linda O’Connor

Lynnda Jordan


Mary Lou Blevins

Candice Sullivan

Debbie Heggen 


Assistant Culinary Instructors

Malinda Bivens

Valerie Colbert

Debbie Heggen


Kristen Leighton

Jackie McWhorter


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