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UNC Dining Services is a large department spread out all over campus. There are a lot of employees in the Dining Services family. But who are we? We asked our leadership team to tell us about themselves.

UNC Dining Services May 2019

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 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. The only time the office is closed is if the University is closed.

G. Hal 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 30 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 million meals annually in Holmes Dining Hall, Tobey-Kendel Dining Room, Bears Bistro, 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.

Chef 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!

Matthew Doyle, RDN

Assistant Director for Board Operations & Registered Dietitian

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

Matthew Doyle, RDN has over 20 years of experience in University and College food service developing leaders and staff and promotes health and wellness to students. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Mankato with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration-Finance, he worked in the business field for several years before returning to Minnesota State University-Mankato to pursue a degree in Dietetics. Upon completion of his internship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Mr. Doyle began his career in university and college food service as the Dining Room Manager and Dietitian at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin and served as the Associated Director of Dining for 10 years. During his tenure at St. Norbert College, Mr. Doyle served as the NFL’s Green Bay Parkers’ summer training camp coordinator. He taught leadership courses for the St. Norbert College’s Continuing Education Institute to local and regional companies and non-profit organizations including the US Postal service, Hatoc Corporation, Thilamy Papers, Wisconsin Public Service, Time Warner Cable and the Salvation Army.

As the Assistant Director of Board Operations/Senior Nutrition, Mr. Doyle is responsible for the successful operation of the University’s two main dining halls, Tobey-Kendel and Holmes. In addition to supporting the board operation’s management team, Mr. Doyle’s responsibilities as a Registered Dietitian include working with the Weld County Senior Nutrition Program, nutritional analysis of menu items, nutritional counseling and education for students, product nutritional evaluation, implementation of HACCP, food allergy management and safety and sanitation in-servicing. Mr. Doyle shares his career expertise as a guest speaker for the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Preceptor for the UNC Dietetic Internship program and serves on the UNC Dietetic Program Advisory Board.

He is a certified proctor and instructor for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ServSafe, Master Trainer for MenuTrino Allertrain program, and is a certified facilitator for Developmental Dimension International specializing in leadership. Mr. Doyle has served on the Steering Committee and as a Preceptor for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Dietetic Internship, and has held numerous board positions for the Green Bay Area Dietetic Association including Secretary/Treasurer, Co-President and President. Mr. Doyle is a Registered Dietitian and member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Holly Wainscott, RDN

Assistant Director for Catering, Concessions, and Retail Dining

phone: 970-351-1983  //  email: holly.wainscott@unco.edu

I love the energy associated with working on a university campus. I enjoy the interactions with faculty, staff, and the community -- but most especially the students!

I am the Assistant Director for Catering, Concessions, and all of the Retail Dining locations. I am also a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, have a passion for food service, and enjoy interacting with people.

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Christy McDonald

Business Manager

phone: 970-351-1962  //  email: christy.mcdonald@unco.edu

I am a Colorado native and a 2002 graduate of UNC with a BS in Business Administration (emphasis in Marketing, and a minor in Spanish). I fell in love with Greeley while attending UNC and have since chosen to make Northern Colorado my home.

I have an extensive background in customer service, and it is truly a passion of mine. I think our Dining Services team does an impeccable job of maintaining the highest levels of service possible. Where else can you have so many great food choices at your disposal simply by swiping a card?! I think that is pretty amazing!

I currently serve as the Business Manager for Dining Services and am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to return to the UNC community; it feels like coming home.

Bob Baxley

Vending Manager and 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!

JoAnn Doherty

Program Assistant

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

I started working part-time as a student here at UNC in McCowen Dining Room (many, many years ago). After a couple of semesters, one of the managers figured out I could handle a computer pretty well, so I moved into the Student Secretary position. I'm thankful for that change of scenery, because I found out that I truly liked the "behind the scenes" work quite a bit.

After graduating from UNC with a Psychology degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life -- but I also couldn't think of a better place to work. It was like the universe was trying to tell me to stay put, so I made UNC and Dining Services my "home away from home." I started my full-time path here at UNC as an Administrative Assistant in the Dining Services main office, and now I'm the only Program Assistant in Dining Services.

Once a Bear, always a Bear!!

Lisa Bowker

Administrative Assistant

phone: 970-351-2652  //  email: lisa.bowker@unco.edu

I’m a Kansas native but have lived in Colorado since 2008 -- and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and especially my dogs. I typically devote any down time I get to some of my favorite hobbies: photography, paper crafting, and painting.

I began working for UNC Dining Services in 2009, and have found that I truly appreciate being a part of an organization that is continually changing, growing, and striving to provide an inclusive environment not only for our students, but also for faculty, staff, and guests on campus -- as well as in the community. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Greeley and UNC.


Lee Nelson

Maintenance (AKA Our "Fix It Guy")

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.