our team

ready to make a difference

Our dining team promises to educate and inspire every guest that comes to our table with a true, mindful, and rooted approach to food. Read about our leadership team below, and say hello when you see us around campus!

Laura Thompson

Regional District Manager

Laura is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and has been with Elon Dining for a total of nine years. She has a B.S. in Nutrition from Penn State University, and her favorite pastimes are sitting at the beach with her family, hearing her kids laugh, reading a good book and enjoying the sound of the ocean!

Tisha Davidson

Director of Operations

Tisha is a Elon University alumni, and she worked for Elon Dining from 2001 to 2003 as a Location Manager and 2010 to 2013 as the Catering Director. Elon has held a special place in her heart since her first campus visit when she was 16. When not at work Tisha enjoys spending time with her family - from the horse barn to the baseball field and everywhere in between!

Jay Vetter

Director of Culinary Development

Jay is originally from Moorefield, West Virginia, and has worked in kitchens for over 25 years. Jay went to Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University, and has a degree in Hospitality Management from Concord University. He is also Pro Chef II Certified from The Culinary Institute of America! When he is not hard at work on our menus, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and three kids Brooke, Meredith & Braeden!

Jonathan Burns

Executive Chef

Jonathan hails Lexington, North Carolina, and has been a chef for over 19 years. His favorite food is Pad Thai, and he comes from a strong BBQ background, working for over 15 years in North Carolina BBQ. When he's at home Jonathan enjoys being outside. Jonathan has a vast sneaker collection at home, and loves showing them off (especially his Air Jordans).

Debbie Rogers


Debbie is from Conway, North Carolina. She has an Associate's in Accounting from Halifax Community College, and has been working with Elon Dining for ten years. Debbie loves bowling in her spare time!

Mary Tennis

Catering Director

Mary just joined our dining team this year! She brings a wealth of catering knowledge and experience to the Elon Dining team, and we're thrilled to have her on campus!

Casey Claflin

Guest Experiences Manager

Casey is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has a B.A. In English and Economics from the University of Michigan He has worked with Elon Dining for three years, and he worked as a line cook for 6 years after college!

Michelle Campos-Gregori

Director of Associate Support

Michelle is originally from Porterville, CA, and has been working with Elon Dining for 20 years. In her spare time, she loves to knit and to garden!

Danny Sartyoungkul

Chef de Cuisine

Danny is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, and has a B.A. in Geography from UNCG. He has worked with Elon Dining for eleven years, and he loves to collect kitchen knives! He's excited to lead our dining team at Lakeside Dining Hall!

Myles Hamilton

Chef de Cuisine

Myles is originally from Norwalk, CT and attended Johnson and Wales University where he received his Bachelors in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. He enjoys cooking and coming up with new healthy and creative plant based recipes.

Mikel Rich

Chef de Cuisine

Chef Mikel just joined our dining team this year! He's looking forward to leading our teams at Lakeside Dining Hall!

Justin Bass

Chef de Cuisine

Chef Justin just joined our dining team this year! He's looking forward to leading our teams at McEwen Food Hall!

Orin Ealey

Hospitality Services Manager

Orin Ealey is from Whitsett North Carolina. He previously worked in food where his love for the ever-changing world of retail restaurants continues to excite him. Orin loves listening to old school music and being with family. Orin is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp, and loves being a part of that awesome community. Orin goes by his father’s words “Keep it as simple as possible."

Cathy Mims

Hospitality Services Manager

Cathy is originally from Alexandria, Virginia. She has a Associates Degree in Business Management from Northern Virginia Community College. She has been with Elon Dining for almost four years now! Interesting fact: She was in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down.

York Wilkinson

Catering Manager

Born and raised in Mebane, NC York started with Elon Dining in 2017. York has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years. As a catering manager he enjoys being given the opportunity to interact with Elon’s community members every day. In his free time York loves going to the lake with his family and having pizza night at his grandma's!

Caroline Redick

Sustainability Coordinator

Caroline is originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, and has been with Elon Dining for two years! She has a B.S. from Michigan State in Environmental Economics and Policy and Sustainable Agriculture. Fun facts: her favorite food to grow is sugar snap peas, and her favorite food to cook is homemade pasta!

Elliot Egerton

Digital Specialist

Elliot is originally from Durham, North Carolina. He has eight years in the Graphic Design field; highlights include a stint of freelance web design, a year and change managing a local sign shop, and over four years designing for a national grocery retailer. Likes to think he knows a little bit about everything. You’ll find him kicking back on his screen porch with a cup of strong coffee most evenings, no matter the weather.

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