The Faces of Food Service

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Food builds community — it inspires creativity and transports us to far-off lands. It helps us move through difficult times, stay awake in our afternoon meetings and tastes, well, pretty good. Dining Services know the impact food can have and is committed to being an essential campus service — remaining open during inclement weather events, campus tragedies and even a global pandemic. If you’ve been on campus since March 2020, you know that you can count on seeing Dining Services staff serving meals and cleaning a table for you — bringing a semblance of normalcy and everyday good food.

But pandemic or not, the planning for and providing of food service on a campus this large requires a lot of thought and care. The to-go box you carry back to your office may have been packaged by one, but many hands went into the finished product. From recipe creation to product ordering; from menu programming in the Mobile Ordering app to food prep; from order intake to food running, each step is carried out with you, the customer, in mind.

While the faces of Dining Services have been covered by masks this past year, know that each one has been proud to serve you and greeted you with a smile. We invite you to take time today to get to know some of the great people behind Dining Services

Chartwells has been the University’s contracted food service partner since 2009. Each year they employ over 500 individuals, nearly half of which are students, to provide you with exceptional dining experiences at more than 20 retail locations, two dining halls, campus catering and athletic concessions.

Names in order of the photos:

  • Iesha Speaks – Quality Assurance Manager
  • Jorge Elizagaray – Director of Operations
  • Lindsay Klingenschmidt – Wellness and Sustainability Coordinator
  • Brenna Hart – Dining Services Manager, Panda Express
  • Erin Hutchison – Director of Retail
  • Shakira Weddington – Supervisor/Barista, Library Cafe
  • Neiosha Foxx – Lead, Panda Express/Subway Grab & Go
  • Arika Patterson – Supervisor, Crown2Go
  • Brandon Arhart – Supervisor, Crown2Go
  • Jeff Cunard – Concessions Supervisor
  • Clarence Rodgers – Cashier/Greeter, Wendy’s
  • Shirley Pratt – Cashier, SoVi
  • Alice Cunningham – Cashier, SoVi
  • Angela Clark – Cook, SoVi
  • Calvin Seabury – Sous Chef, SoVi
  • Samantha Honeycutt – Lead, Fresh2U
  • Jennifer Lilyquist – Director of Catering, Patrick Jackson – Catering Driver, Jessica Glen – Catering Cook
  • Red Barakat – Catering Captain
  • Melissa Nelson – Supervisor, SoVi Market
  • Morgan Smith – Catering Director