Celita Fritch Director of Sales & Planning
From bartender to Senior sales and catering manager, Celita Fritch’s hospitality career spans over 20 years. While learning the basic intricacies of banquet operations and service, Celita rose up the ranks with Hilton at Lake Lanier to ultimately assume the banquet manager opening in 2002. In 2005, Celita made a switch to sales and catering where she accepted a position with Emerald Pointe at Lake Lanier Islands where she would stay until her move to Ashton Gardens in 2014. Instilled with unbridled work ethic, Celita is just the event professional to take the Ashton Gardens sales and planning team to new heights.
Bri Hampton Sales Associate
Bri joined the Ashton Gardens team as a Wedding & Event Planner back in 2013 with several years of hospitality and restaurant experience under her belt. While learning the ins and outs of coordination, Bri displayed a sense of leadership and diligence that eventually lead her to the sales associate position. A Georgia native, Bri graduated with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism management and a certification in Event Coordination. Bri’s knack for working with people and maintaining customer relations laid the perfect foundation for her current role and truly makes her a valuable part of the Ashton Garden’s team.
Christina DiPaola Sales & Event Coordinator
Ashton Gardens Atlanta welcomed Christina to the team in early 2017 as a Sales & Event Coordinator. Well before she stepped into the wedding and event business, Christina earned her degree from Georgia Southern University in May 2016 all while receiving glowing academic accolades and juggling multiple extracurricular activities. Towards the end of her college journey, Christina took on a coordination internship with Fernbank National History Museum and was later offered a full time positions with Emory Conference Center Hotel where she began to lay the groundwork for her career. In addition to her impeccable work ethic and organization, Christina exhibits characteristics of ambition, energy and compassion. Aside from her love of planning weddings, Christina enjoys photography and spending time with her friends and family.
Jazzmyne Wages Sales & Event Coordinator
Jazzmyne’s impeccable customer service and her unmistakable adoration for event planning create the ideal combination for a true hospitality veteran. Since 2010, Jazz has flawlessly balanced her ability to provide a truly memorable experience for all of her clients while also collaborating with colleagues to consistently impress and excite her couples. When Jazz isn’t planning dream events, you can find her spending time with her friends and family.
Arlene Casiano Executive Chef
Chef Arlene Casiano comes to Ashton Gardens with over 12 years of award winning credentials in the culinary world. From banquet center catering to hotels, Arlene gained the experience and tools she needed to be an inspiring leader in the kitchen from diverse culinary outlets. Chef Arlene’s imaginative presentation of creative menus leave guests with a depth of quality and care.
John Mocnik Director of Operations
With nearly a decade of experience in the event and hotel industry, John Mocnik joined the Ashton Gardens team in late 2014. John’s hospitality career began with the Marriott family where he quickly moved up the ranks into a supervisor position. Upon leaving the Marriott group, John joined Hilton Americas in Houston as an Outlets Supervisor. With extensive knowledge in restaurant and bar operations, John has displayed remarkable leadership qualities and instills a positive attitude with every task he undertakes. His desire to gain additional experience and training for advanced responsibilities with Ashton Gardens makes him an Ashton Gardens rising star.