Silver Garden Events Center Staff

Ann Marie Mathews

General Manager

Ann Marie was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan. She studied hospitality and marketing at Central Michigan University and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale environment, assuring client delight in private member golf & country clubs and the sports and entertainment field. Passionate about the hospitality industry and helping people, the move to Shriners Silver Garden Events Center in 2009 was a natural fit. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors; hiking, biking, swimming, camping and gardening with her family. Having left for a brief period in 2014, she is grateful to have been asked to return in 2016. With a heart-warming welcome, Ann Marie ensures that all guests feel like they are guests in her home.

Chef Sam


Chef Sam’s immense passion for cooking was sparked at a young age. He was inspired by his mother, who learned to cook while being raised in an orphanage in France. She passed her knowledge and passion on to Sam throughout his youth. In his younger years he travelled through the Middle East, Europe, France, Germany, and Italy, picking up different skills along the way. He started in the restaurant industry at the age of 19 as a dishwasher, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a skilled culinarian. He attended culinary school as well as countless seminars and competitions, picking up a few wins along the way. His passion led him to master multiple kinds of cuisine, including Mexican, Italian, Indian, North African, and many more. For the last 25 years he has been working banquets, catering for thousands of weddings and occasions, and executing many different types of cuisine. He cooks with passion and love, and is constantly striving to fine-tune his craft. As our sales manager accurately stated, “He cooks with soul, and creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes.”

Carol Callahan

Catering Sales Manager

Carol graduated from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario with a degree in Hotel/ Restaurant Management. She perfected her skills by working in higher education, corporate catering operations, convention services, food and beverage management, event sales, and as an adjunct instructor for culinary and hospitality. She came to focus on corporate and social planning and will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind event from start to finish.