Meet The Dining Services Staff ~ "We Feed The Bears!"

Dining Services is a large department comprised of many different locations spread out all over campus! We would love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us...

 

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Holmes Dining Hall | Tobey-Kendel Dining Room | University Center

 

Dining Services Main Office

The Dining Services Main Office is located on Central Campus in the North wing of Tobey-Kendel Hall, Room 120. Our normal hours of operation are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The only time the office is closed is if the University is closed.

 

Hal Brown, FMPHal Brown, FMP
Director of Dining Services

phone: (970) 351-1967
email: hal.brown@unco.edu

I have always been around food, whether it's farming, growing and producing it, cooking or managing it... or just enjoying eating it!

I have been at the University of Northern Colorado for over 25 years. In 1982 when I came to UNC, I started working as a student in Dining Services. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Food and Nutrition with emphasis in Food Service Management from UNC in 1987. I currently serve as the Director of Dining Services.

I provide leadership to the Residential Board Plan, which serves around 1,000,000 meals annually in Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, and the University Center Food Court. We also have multiple Retail Dining operations that are both national and in-house brands, campus snack & beverage Vending, Athletic & Non-Athletic Concessions, Catering, and Senior Meals for the Weld County Area Agency on Aging.

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Chef Aran Essig, CEC, CCAChef Aran Essig, CEC, CCA
Certified Executive Chef & Certified Culinary Administrator

phone: (970) 351-1938
email: aran.essig@unco.edu

"What do you eat at home?" I'm asked that question quite often. Dining Services also asks our guests the same question. With such a diverse campus population, it is only natural that our menus and food offerings are just as diverse as those that we serve.

I started in restaurants at the age of 14 and have not looked back. I love to work with food, create new dishes, explore new foods and see guests happy. I work with a team of great chefs, cooks, and culinary professionals here at UNC to create menus, recipes, conduct staff trainings and work diligently to ensure customer satisfaction and the safety of the products and services we offer our guests.

I am a graduate of the International School of Culinary Arts in Denver Colorado. Originally from Michigan, I have worked in various restaurants and Country Clubs in Michigan and Colorado. I am an active member and past president of the Colorado Chefs Association, active member of the American Culinary Federation, Certified Culinary Administrator and Certified Executive Chef.

To answer that question of what I eat at home, it is the same as what I eat here at UNC…good food made with care for those it is served to.

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Jenny LarsonJenny Larson
Associate Director for Catering, Retail Dining, and Concessions

phone: (970) 351-1983
email: jennifer.larson@unco.edu

I graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, & Institution Management. My first “real” job was as a Catering Assistant Manager at Iowa State University for their Off-Site Catering department. When my husband was offered a position at Greeley Harley Davidson in Colorado, we jumped at the chance to move to our favorite state!

My first career in Colorado was as the Director of Catering for Catering by Kenny’s for three years and then I moved on to UNC as Manager of Tobey-Kendel Dining Hall in September 2005. Six months later, I found myself in the position of Assistant Director of Catering, Concessions, Retail Dining, and Vending... and have been here ever since. July 2012 was a great month for me... I became the Associate Director of Dining Services.

I love my job because I get to work with a wide variety of people from the Greeley community, campus community, and as one of the largest employers on campus: STUDENTS! My job keeps me on my toes as we are always reviewing our operations, revising our menus, and opening new stores to meet the ever-changing demands of our clientele.

My role at UNC in leading the education of sustainability practices in Dining Services, UNC, and the community has been so rewarding. Most recently we have added pre- and post-consumer composting and pre-consumer recycling at the University Center Dining operations (including UNC Catering). We are also recycling our milk jugs at all three coffee corners, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Starbucks. What make this journey even better, is the participation from our student employees and staff; they are so dedicated to utilizing the sustainable resources available to them as a student.

When not busy at work, I love to fill my time snowboarding, reading, and riding... of course, a Harley!

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John WieserMatthew Doyle, RD, CD
Assistant Director for Board Operations

phone: (970) 351-1961
email: matthew.doyle@unco.edu

As a former UNC student and native of Colorado, I am happy be back after living in the mid-west for the past 25 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/ Finance and Dietetics from Minnesota State University-Mankato and am a Registered Dietitian. I was most recently the Associate Director of Dining Services and a leadership instructor for the Continuing Education Institute for St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin... and yes, I am a Packers fan. I have to be -- I ran their training camp for 13 years!

My passion is working with students and student organizations to promote healthy lifestyle, teaching dining etiquette, and assisting with special events. My current responsibilities as the Assistant Director of Dining Services are to oversee Holmes Dining Hall and Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and ensure the UNC community is receiving the best possible food and customer service. As a Registered Dietitian, I am here to provide nutritional information and to assist students with special dietary needs.

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John WieserJohn Wieser
Business Manager

phone: (970) 351-1962
email: john.wieser@unco.edu

As the Business Manager for Dining Services, I oversee the department’s operating budget. I am responsible for financial reporting and forecasting used to monitor the department’s current fiscal performance and to make informed financial decisions affecting the department’s future fiscal performance.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from UNC in 2005, and I have worked for UNC both as a student & as a full-time staff member since 2002.

I am a Colorado native and love spending time outdoors.

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Bob BaxleyBob Baxley
CBORD FSS Coordinator

phone: (970) 351-2646
email: bob.baxley@unco.edu

I have worked in UNC Dining Services for over 20 years. I am a 1989 graduate of UNC with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.

I currently coordinate technology needs for Dining Services, as well as CBORD FSS (Food Services Suite -- the system we use that contains all of the food and recipes we prepare).

I am married to Laura, and we have 3 children... Adrianna, Krue, and Kian... and Heidi our Jack Russell Terrier. In my spare time, I enjoy coaching my son Kian's baseball and basketball teams. I also enjoy supporting UNC Athletics. GO BEARS!

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JoAnn DohertyJoAnn Doherty
Program Assistant

phone: (970) 351-2658
email: joann.doherty@unco.edu

It seems truly amazing to think about (or even admit) it, but I have worked at UNC Dining Services since I was 18 years old! I started working part-time here at UNC as a student in the dining room, and I just never left.

While here at UNC, I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology -- and to be honest, I think I use those skills every single day! After graduating from UNC (go Bears!), I decided there wasn't anywhere else I wanted to be, so I made Dining Services my "home away from home"... and I've been here ever since! (For those of you keeping track, that means I've been on this campus for over half my life!!)

When I have spare time, I enjoy watching movies, reading "who done it" books, laughing with my friends, and painting pretty pictures... I recently found that I am addicted to painting. I'm not the best artist in the world, but it's a great stress-reliever!!

I am also very excited to be a part of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life committee here in Weld County. I am currently the Online Chair an Co-Event Chair, and I'm a member of the American Cancer Society's Online Task Force for the Great West Division. Being a volunteer for the American Cancer Society is such a great experience, and I hope I'm a part of the "Relay family" for a very long time!

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Judy FriendJudy Friend
Administrative Assistant to the Director

phone: (970) 351-1967
email: judy.friend@unco.edu

I was raised in Sterling, CO and studied Business Administration in college. I joined the UNC Dining Services team in 2008 as an assistant to the Director, and there has never been a dull moment.

Did you know that Dining Services provides more than 500 jobs to students, administrative, classified, and temporary employees? Last year, we served over one million meals combined in the dining rooms, catered events, retail dining at the University Center and the Weld County Senior Meals program.

One of the best parts of my job is being a member of such a diverse team of culinary and administrative professionals and…we have a lot of fun!

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Lisa BowkerLisa Bowker
Administrative Assistant

phone: (970) 351-3590
email: lisa.bowker@unco.edu

I am a Kansas native, and moved to Greeley in 2008.

When I began working for Dining Services, I could clearly see that the level of customer service provided by UNC faculty and staff is outstanding, and the pride in our University is visible everywhere you look – in the people, the campus, and the community.

These qualities make UNC a great place to learn, work, and play. I am honored to be a part of the University of Northern Colorado.

GO BEARS!

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Lee NelsonLee Nelson
Maintenance

phone: (970) 351-2652
email: lee.nelson@unco.edu

I have been at UNC for over 4 years now. My job in Dining Service covers anything maintenance-related for all of Dining Services... including all of the dining locations, the UC Food Court, Catering, Retail Dining, and Concessions.

I went to University High School here on the UNC campus as well as Aims Community College. I am married to Jan (who also works in Dining Services) and we have 2 kids, Ashlee and Brandon. We're all very excited to welcome a grandson into the family!!

In my spare time during the summer, I am a Wrangler for the Greeley Stampede -- and have been for over 15 years. I am currently a Trail Boss over the Guest Ranch and Information station. I also enjoy going to the lake and hanging out at the in-law’s pool.

Along with many of my co-workers, I'm a proud member of Team UNC Catering... raising money for the Relay For Life of Weld County! We have a great time with Relay every year!

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Dining Services Office | Holmes Dining Hall | Tobey-Kendel Dining Room

 

University Center - Food Court, Catering, and Retail Dining

The University Center is located between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue at 20th Street. This building houses many businesses and offices, so stop by and see what we can do for you!

 

James MedinaJames Medina
Retail Dining Manager

phone: (970) 351-1358
email: james.medina@unco.edu

I have lived in Colorado all my life. In my spare time, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife and five boys. We all enjoy the Colorado Rockies, the Colorado Avalanche, the Denver Nuggets, and the Denver Broncos.

I have been employed in Dining Services for over two years, but I have been in the food industry for over eleven years. I owned and operated two restaurants before coming to UNC. The experience I gained from being "the guy where the buck would stop” was immeasurable. Here at UNC Dining Services, we have that same ownership mentality. It is exciting to be a part of a management team that looks to growth to better serve our students.

As the Retail Dining Manager, it is my job to ensure the student's retail dining experience is one that they have grown accustomed to and expect. At the University Center, students have a choice of Einstein Bros® Bagels, Starbucks®, Subway®, Taco Bell® Express, Munchy Mart, and 3 Coffee Corners conveniently located across campus.

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Susie DittonSusie Ditton
Retail Dining Assistant Manager

phone: (970) 351-3401
email: susan.ditton@unco.edu

I have always worked in food service and am very excited to be part of the UNC Dining Services family. I love working with such an interesting, supportive, and diverse group of people.

I also love the opportunity I have to interact and learn from the amazing students that are such a big part of my UNC experience.

I am married, have 3 children, and 4 grandchildren. Being "Nana" is a wonderful stage of life, and I love the "snuggle, hug, spoil, and send back to Mom" job it is!

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Kim FryeKim Frye
Retail Dining Assistant Manager

phone: (970) 351-1329
email: kimberly.frye@unco.edu

My favorite part about being a Colorado native is the amazing scenery we have here especially the mountains. I love the time I get to spend with my family, especially when we get together for Bronco games as most of them live right here in Colorado.

I have been in the QSR industry since 2000. I have gone from being a team member to a store manager and Co-owner of a restaurant. I am excited to start a new chapter in my life. I have been given the opportunity to work in Dining Services at UNC. I started my career in Retail dining in August of 2013 working with the Coffee Corners and Subway.

I am proud to be a bear and enjoy working with all the different staff and students here. With the diverse group of students I will be working with, my hope is to learn as much from them as they learn from me.

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Chris BowenMya Walker
Retail Dining Assistant Manager

phone: (970) 351-2165
email: mya.walker@unco.edu

I am originally from Greeley, and I grew up very close to campus in the Cranford neighborhood. I relocated to Denver for a few years and then on the St. Louis for 2 more years. I happily headed back to Greeley to raise my daughter closer to family.

I have actually worked in the food service industry for the last 20 years, and I thrive on the interaction with my staff and members of the community.

I truly enjoy working in the Retail Dining department here in UNC Dining Services, and I am enthusiastic about being here at UNC and the rewards of working with such a diverse group of staff and students! Working with the students here at UNC is truly the most enjoyable part of my day.

In my free time I enjoy biking, working in my yard, cooking new things, and golfing. I love patio parties, wine, and handsome men... and I do my best not to embarrass my teenage daughter.

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Jan NelsonJan Nelson
Food Court and Concessions Manager

phone: (970) 351-1398
email: janelle.nelson@unco.edu

I began working at UNC Dining Services in August 2006 as the Concessions and Bar Manager. In August 2008, I became the Food Court and Concessions Manager. Not only do we provide Concessions for UNC events, but also for the Colorado community including youth and high school tournaments and activities. This can be very challenging at times... but it's very rewarding at the end of the day.

Since the Fall of 2008, the Food Court has been through many changes to accommodate our students wants and needs. In the Summer of 2013, we had a new salad bar installed to "up the variety" of items we serve. Bears Bistro has also been through many changes. The students asked and we listened. New for the Academic Year 2014-2015, we will have Bears Bistro open Monday through Thursday from 10:30am to 9:00pm and Fridays from 10:30am – 3:00pm. We are looking forward to meeting the student’s needs for a meal plan option during the times when the dining halls are closed.

I have been married to my husband Lee for 27 years, and we have two children: daughter Ashlee (grandson Silas) and son Brandon. As a family, we enjoy spending time together... especially in the summer when we can go boating and jet skiing at the lake or just hanging out at my sister's swimming pool. And of course we enjoy spending a lot of time with our 18 month old grandson, Silas. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering for the Greeley Independent Stampede Wranglers; I have been an active member for the past 19 years.

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Joanne TisonJoanne Tison
Catering Manager

phone: (970) 351-1390
email: joanne.tison@unco.edu

A few of my duties include hiring and training Catering staff, overseeing safety and sanitation, scheduling, and supervising daily events. I am still learning my responsibilities and loving every minute of it. As a certified FTD Master Designer, I am hoping to have more opportunities to use this skill for Catered events here at UNC.

I am a transplant from New Mexico and have been in Colorado since 1994. I have been married to Scott for 10 years. In our spare time, we enjoy traveling, going to the movies and attending all sporting events. I have volunteered for the Wrangler organization for 13 years and have recently joined the UNC Dining Services Relay For Life team.

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Danielle Rupp
Catering Assistant Manager

phone: (970) 351-1304
email:
danielle.rupp@unco.edu

Danielle is SUPER new to our department, so keep checking back for her photo and bio... it'll be here soon!! Welcome Danielle!!

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Ron BennettRon Bennett
Catering Production Manager / Chef

phone: (970) 351-2626
email: ronald.bennett@unco.edu

Are you looking for that special touch at your meeting, certain special occasion, or wedding? At the University of Northern Colorado we can accommodate your entire request. We offer wide selection of high quality cuisine and full service.

I have been in the culinary entertainment field for 30+ years. I have worked in various restaurants in the Denver area, and I’ve been with UNC Catering for 6 years. I’m a Colorado native, and I love the diverse cuisine we have here... especially wild game.

I have the honor to work with some really talented chefs, cooks and culinary professionals here at UNC to provide excellent quality and safe product to our customers.

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Melodie KammerzellMelodie Kammerzell
Accounting Technician

phone: (970) 351-1131
email: melodie.kammerzell@unco.edu

I joined UNC Dining Services in July 2008 as an Accounting Tech II for the University Center Food Court, Bears Bistro, UNC Catering, and Retail Dining operations.

I graduated from Colorado State University and spent 17 years working at Hewlett-Packard Company in the IT Department and as an IT Consultant. In 2005, I left HP and started a business, but in 2008 I decided that I would join Dining Services at UNC in an accounting position.

My oldest son graduated from UNC in 2012 and is now working at Rabo AgriFinance. My youngest son will graduate from UNC in May 2014 and hopefully will find a job close by. My husband and I have lived our entire lives in Colorado and we enjoy being close to family.

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Jodi PowersJodi Auch
Accounting Technician

phone: (970) 351-2803
email: jodi.auch@unco.edu

I am the new Accounting Tech for the University Center Dining Services. I graduated from Aims Community College with an AAS in Accounting and from UNC with a BS in Business Administration.

I worked in the grocery retail business for the last 22 years, so I am excited to embark on a new work adventure here at UNC. I look forward to meeting and interacting with our students, faculty, and staff.

I have lived in Colorado for most of my life, but was able to live in Montana and Arkansas for 5 years each. I have one son, who currently attends Greeley Central High School. He will be following my footsteps (as well as mother’s) and will attend UNC upon graduation.

In my free time I like to go shopping, travel, and spend time with my friends and family. I love to go to sporting events, especially Denver Broncos games, and last year became a season ticket holder! I am also excited to be a new member of the UNC Catering Relay For Life team.

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Holmes Dining Hall

Holmes Dining Hall is located on West Campus, south of Turner and Lawrenson Halls - and north of the very large parking lot.

 

Ann RoseAnn Rose
Unit Manager

phone: (970) 351-3800
email: ann.rose@unco.edu

I starting working in Dining Services 29 years ago as a student cashier at the University Center cafeteria and loved the opportunities that kept coming my way. I moved on to full-time status as a Supervisor and then as Catering Manager for 15 years. For the past 10 years, I have managed both Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall. I truly cannot choose which operation I like better -- Catering or the Dining Rooms -- as they have similarities that make me passionate – people, good food, and a feeling of accomplishment.

Dining Services has changed a lot over the last 30 years, and the changes have been awesome... better food, modern establishments, endless offerings, and more opportunities coming my way - I can’t wait for the next 29 years!

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Dru MarkDru Mark
Administrative Assistant

phone: (970) 351-3801
email: dru.mark@unco.edu

“Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy!”

My life has been a journey of many different experiences that have tested and tried me, as well as invigorated and inspired me. My approach has been in a positive and confident manner, knowing that I am willing to try most anything and do my very best.

I am enjoying working with UNC Dining Services because of the opportunity to work with students, faculty and staff that appreciate the services we provide and can come to a place where their needs are met and they can relax, unwind and enjoy a small part of their day with friends.

I graduated from CSU with a degree in Landscape Design and was fortunate to work with a local Landscape Architect on many Greeley Community projects before staying home to raise a family.

I married a wonderful, hard-working man that I went to high school with and raised five lively children on a farm outside of Greeley. I continued to work part-time as a Landscape Designer, Floral Designer, Substitute Teacher and a volunteer with a Youth Outreach Program. I love to spend time gardening, reading, crafting and enjoying my family!

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Chris BowenChris Bowen
Student Personnel Supervisor

phone: (970) 351-3802
email: christopher.bowen@unco.edu

I am a 2011 graduate of UNC with a degree in History and a minor in Geography. I was a student at Holmes Dining Hall before I graduated and was lucky to find a job opening here when I graduated.

Working for Dining Services has been great experience... I met my wife through Dining Services. She and I live in Evans with our kitten Jackson. I'm a Colorado native, but I've been to or through 38 states and 12 countries. Growing up in Boulder, Colorado made Greeley a bit of a culture shock, but I love it here and enjoy the diversity of our campus.

Here at Holmes Dining Hall, I am in charge of the student employees. I am responsible for hiring and training the students and our "front of house" staff as well as meal shift supervision. If you see me in Holmes, feel free to say hello. I'm a fairly outgoing person, who enjoys online video games and science fiction.

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Judy WernerJudy Werner
Production Manager

phone: (970) 351-3803
email: judy.werner@unco.edu

I am the production manager in Holmes Dining Hall. I have worked at the University for 19 years. I started at Tobey-Kendel Dining Room... and I have actually worked at all of the dining rooms on campus! I truly like working at UNC.

I am originally from Minnesota, but I have been in Colorado for 54 years. I have two daughters – Tina is my oldest and my other daughter Becky also works here on campus. My son Wayne lives in Massachusetts. I have 10 grandchildren and one great grand-daughter. In my free time, I like to crochet, sew, and go dancing. My family and my job are my life.

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Jason KearnsJason Kearns
Unit Chef

phone: (970) 351-3804
email: jason.kearns@unco.edu

I love food, and I love to serve people. That’s why I became a chef. I love working for UNC Dining Services because I get to come into work every day and do what I love.

Before coming to UNC in 2008, I worked in a variety of hotels and restaurants throughout North Carolina and Colorado. I am a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Denver with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Culinary Nutrition.

I’m a Pennsylvania native, and a die-hard Steelers fan. I’m happily married with three wonderful children.

 

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Tobey-Kendel Dining Room

Tobey-Kendel Dining Room is located in the middle of the Central Campus residence halls... look for the building with the little bell tower, and you've found the right one!

 

Mark GebhardtMark Gebhardt
Unit Manager

phone: (970) 351-3514
email: mark.gebhardt@unco.edu

I joined UNC six years ago, and I am now the manager of Tobey-Kendel Dining Room. I obtained a BA in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Metropolitan State College of Denver and am currently enrolled as a Graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program.

Working at UNC is one of many blessings in my life because I get to work with those who are becoming our future leaders. It is special to see the students grow and change within their four years at UNC. To be a part of this, never grows old... even though I will!

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Marina AlcazarMarina Alcazar
Administrative Assistant

phone: (970) 351-3522
email: marina.alcazar@unco.edu

I attended San Jose State University and moved to northern Colorado in the fall of 2000.

I began working in Dining Services at UNC in November 2008 and truly enjoy being here!

Among many things, I volunteer with the home bound and am involved with St. Mary Church. Enjoying life along the way with my husband and son is something that I truly value.

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Kellie GoyaKellie Goya
Student Personnel Supervisor

phone: (970) 351-3517
email: kellieann.goya@unco.edu

I was born and raised on Oahu, Hawai’i and came to UNC to pursue a bachelors degree in Chemistry (which I have now). If you had asked me (when I started as a freshmen here at UNC) where I would be in five years, I'm not sure I would have said I would be working for UNC... but here I am! I'm looking forward to seeing where this road will lead me.

As a freshman here at UNC, I began working at Holmes Dining Hall, where I later became a student supervisor. After 4 years as a student in Dining Services, I was promoted and am now the Student Personnel Supervisor at Tobey-Kendel Dining Room. I am responsible for hiring and training the students and our "front of house" staff as well as meal shift supervision.

When I have free time away from work, I enjoy spending it with my friends, watching movies, or sleeping!

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Teresa SugiTeresa Sugi
Production Manager

phone: (970) 351-1946
email: teresa.sugi@unco.edu

I consider myself blessed to have worked over 25 years at UNC in a variety of capacities. Every day is a new, fresh, and exciting opportunity to work with great people, great food, and great services.

My job is to keep our coolers, freezers, and storerooms fully stocked so that our staff can create some of the best food to be found on any campus in the country! On occasion, I assist groups or individuals to provide BBQs, picnic meals, or special meal requests.

By far, the most enjoyable part of my job is the daily interaction with people of all ages who truly appreciate our efforts.

I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, volunteering with several local organizations, and reading the occasional mysteries adventure book.

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Dan SennDan Senn
Unit Chef

phone: (970) 351-3518
email: daniel.senn
@unco.edu

I joined UNC in October 2010. After a great introductory month at Holmes Dining Hall, I became Unit Chef at Tobey-Kendel Dining Room. I enjoy working here with a great staff and wonderful students.

Upon completion of my three year culinary apprenticeship in my home country, Switzerland, I moved to the United States in 1981. After working in various hotels and cities, Colorado became home in 2001. With 35+ years of experience in the culinary field, I am still excited to learn about new food trends and cuisines from around the globe.

I have three children that keep me busy at home. In my free time, I love to cook (my favorite foods are ethnic and sushi). I also enjoy being outdoors skiing, hiking, and camping.

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