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

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!

Keith Griffin III

Director of Culinary Development

Keith has worked in and around restaurants since he was 16, eventually attending culinary school in Washington DC while working in fine dining. After graduating he found work at JMU in culinary operations and location management until joining Elon in 2018. When he’s not working, Keith likes to work out, play sports, and trail run with his wife, Morgan, and their dog, Frank.

Jordan Keiper

Hospitality Services Director

Jordan grew up in the hospitality industry and says his love and appreciation for the work has only grown over time. At a critical point in his life, Jordan decided to drop out of law school to pursue the culinary arts, and has now been a chef for the past 12 years.

Jonathan Burns

Executive Chef

Jonathan, 19 years a chef, hails from the BBQ capital of Lexington, NC; so his extensive 15 years’ experience with NC BBQ should come as no surprise. When he's home, Jonathan enjoys being outside and showing off his vast sneaker collection (especially the 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!

Whitney Self

Registered Dietitian

Whitney joined the Elon Dining team this past Fall. After graduating East Carolina University Whitney received a Masters in Human Nutrition from Appalachian State University. Whitney brings a wealth of dietetic knowledge to our restaurants!

Casey Claflin

Guest Experience Manager

Casey is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Casey's fifth year at Elon Dining, and when he isn't preparing social media content, managing events, meeting with guests, or snapping photos, Casey likes to spend quality time with his wife, Micaela, and their dog, Shirley.

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!

Ebony Thompson

Chef de Cuisine | Clohan

Ebony always loved to cook at home growing up; it was the one chore she actually enjoyed. Seven years ago she moved to Maryland to pursue her ‘forever dream’ of becoming a chef, and made it happen!

Myles Hamilton

Chef de Cuisine | McEwen

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.

Danielle Patterson

Chef de Cuisine | Lakeside

Danielle became a chef while working under the direction of The Colonel, and has been cheffing ever since. She loves cooking for family, especially her mom, sister, and daughter.

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!

Elliot Egerton

Digital Specialist

Elliot is originally from Durham, North Carolina. He has nine years in the graphic design field; highlights include a stint of freelance web design, a year and change managing a local sign shop, and a little 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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