Our Team

Our Staff

Headshot of Danforth Campus Dining Services Manager Paul R. Schimmele

Paul Schimmele serves as Washington University in St. Louis’ Dining Services Manager. Paul can answer your questions about meal plans, hours of operation and locations, requests from student groups and more.

To connect with the WUSTL Dining Services administrative team, please email: diningservices@wustl.edu

Operations Manager

Chris Ipanis serves as Operations Manager for Washington University Dining Services on the Danforth Campus. In his role, he manages the operations of the three large dining facilities at the Danforth University Center (DUC), the Village and the South 40 Dining Facility. He also provides management oversight of the various satellite operations across campus.

Site Controller

  • Danforth Campus

Lena Pancake has been the Site Controller for Washington University Dining Services (Bon Appetit Management Company) since February 2002. She brings experience as a financial assistant. At WUSTL Dining, Lena oversees the financial operations of 24 dining facilities on the Washington University campus. She conducts weekly, monthly and yearly financial accounting close processes. She provides  direction to operation managers on adhering to budgets, managing expenses, reducing and reviewing cost of goods sold and controlling labor.

Employee Engagement

Denise Massey is manager of the Bon Appetit (Washington University Dining Services) Human Resources department. To learn more about job opportunities with Bon Appetit and WUSTL Dining, please visit altogether great.com

 

Marketing Manager

  • Danforth Campus

Rob Staggenborg enjoyed a lengthy career in education public relations and communications before joining the WUSTL Dining Services team. Rob served in the US Army for seven years, then worked as a print journalist in St. Louis before joining a local public school district as its communications director. He moved into the private school sector, becoming Director of Communications for two of the St. Louis area’s private schools.

 

Our Chefs

Campus Executive Chef

  • Danforth Campus

Chef Patrick McElroy joined the Dining Services team in June of 2010. Chef Patrick has traveled the country, cooking for high-end hotel brands like Hyatt and Westin, top-tier restaurants like Ruth’s Chris and has cooked for two U.S. presidents. Chef Patrick has a passion for Asian cuisine driven by his time growing up in Korea.

Executive Chef

  • South 40 (Bear's Den, Cherry Tree Cafe, Paws & Go)

Chef Martell Smith leads the largest culinary program on campus. Martell has gained valuable culinary experience leading large teams with casinos like Ameristar in St.Charles, Missouri, and Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa in Greenville, Mississippi. He has also worked as a chef at historic Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Prior to joining the WUSTL Dining Services team, Martell served as the Regional Culinary Lead for California Pizza Kitchen.

Executive Chef

  • The Village

Chef Dan LeGrand has served in a variety of culinary roles in many of the WUSTL Dining Services cafes over the last 6 years. Prior to joining the WUSTL Dining Services team, he played an active role in his family’s business (LeGrand’s Market and Catering).

Operations Manager

  • The Village
  • Executive Chef, South 40

Hayes Green previously served as Executive Chef at The Village before transitioning into the Operations Manager role, also at the Village. With a strong culinary background, Green has a unique perspective of just what makes The Village cafe “tick.”

Executive Sous Chef

  • South 40 (Bear's Den)

Chef Tom Martoccio has experience as a culinary instructor at Le Cordon Bleu (St. Louis, MO), Banquet Sous Chef at the Ritz Carlton (St. Louis, MO), and the Chef of Café Eau and Marquee Café at Chase Park Plaza. Chef Tom prides himself in his ability to help change people’s lives through food.

Sous Chef

  • South 40 (Bear's Den)

Satellites Manager

Mark Catubig serves as one of our Satellite Operations Managers. He has been with (WUSTL Dining) Bon Appetit since July 2013. He previously had served as the restaurant manager at Ibby’s Bistro at the Danforth University Center. As Satellite Operations Manager, Mark manages the day-to-day operations of five of our satellite locations on campus.

Executive Chef

  • Danforth University Center (DUC)

Chef Mike Healy joined the WUSTL Dining Services team in 2009 as the Catering Sous Chef. Chef Mike was also the featured Guest Chef of Taste of Tulsa and Good Morning Oklahoma Television. Previously, he worked as the Executive Chef at The Doubletree/ Westin Hotel Philadelphia, Chef Tournant at David Slay’s La Veranda in Beverly Hills and Sous Chef at Giovanni’s on The Hill. Chef Mike likes to use his talent to, “make what people want in the best way possible.”

Satellites Manager

Shawn Coffel serves as one of our two Satellite Operations Managers. In this role, he supports the operations of North Campus, West Campus, Etta’s, Holmes Lounge, Stanley’s, Whispers, and Law Cafe. Shawn previously served as manager of the Bear’s Den dining facility in the South 40 House. Shawn brings several years of culinary experience with Ritz-Carlton and several resort companies.

Research & Development Chef

  • Danforth Campus

Chef Sara Cox supports the WUSTL Dining Services efforts to develop a nutritionally sound dining program through recipe development and execution of the Dine with the Registered Dietitian program in concert with Director of University Nutrition

She has a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of Virginia, and has spent time as an Executive Chef for such restaurants as Café Bistro at Nordstrom (St. Louis, MO) and Grey House Grill (Birmingham, AL). Prior to joining the WUSTL Dining Services team, Sara served as a chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in St. Louis.

Sous Chef

  • South 40

Executive Sous Chef

  • South 40 (Bear's Den, Cherry Tree Cafe, Paws & Go)

Chef Chris Gapinski is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but his work for several hotels, country clubs and casinos including Ameristar and the Renaissance Grand Hotel brought him to St. Louis. Chef Chris joined the WUSTL Dining Services team in 2015 and has infused the culinary program with his contemporary American cuisine.

Sous Chef

  • South 40

South 40 Manager

Karl Wolak serves as manager of the South 40 Dining Facility. He comes to Washington University from a similar position with another local university.

South 40 Manager

Lonnie Hileman serves as one of the managers of the Bear’s Den in the South. In her role she manages the cafe operations, staffing and special promotions.

South 40 Manager

Stephen Gray serves as one of the managers of the South 40 (Bear’s Den) dining facility. In this role, he manages the dining facility, staffing and special promotions.