Associate Director Dining Services & Planning
Jesse is a complete BBQ enthusiast! Not only does he participate in BBQ competitions, but his favorite foods at Tufts are also all things BBQ. He is equally fond of all Mexican Foods and watching football. Jesse’s favorite part of work is that the job always provides the ability to be creative and developing exciting new concepts.
Unit Manager, Carmichael Dining Center
When not at work – Pasquale enjoys a round of golf or playing football with friends. What he loves most about Tufts Dining is the continuous opportunity to be creative every day. He is a real fan of Mexican and Italian cuisines especially Tufts Dining pizza and all the different Asian foods offered here.
Chef Manager, Carmichael Dining Center
“Cooking, Cooking, Cooking” is Richard’s favorite pastime – along with old cars, motorcycles, and refinishing mid-century modern furniture. As a Chef Manager, Richard enjoys working with the passionate Tufts Dining team and the great food served. His favorite? Braised and Slow Cooked Meats like the Beef Brisket Sandwich with smoked Gouda Cheese!
Unit Manager, Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center
A firm believer in “anything is possible” (the impossible just takes a little longer), Chef Jonathan truly enjoys working and interacting with so many different people at Tufts. A forever-fan of all Boston Sports Teams, he also enjoys anything Mexican – especially the Taco Tuesday Bar. Family, friends and the beach are his favorite activities.
Corey Ellen Mota
Chef Manager, Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center
“I love food and food loves me” is a mantra Chef Corey relates when talking about favorite foods. She enjoys developing new recipes that are healthy – but more importantly, flavorful and colorful! When not at work in the summer you can often find Chef at local farmer’s markets picking out the freshest of the fresh!
Catering and Logistics
Associate Director, Catering and Logistics
While at work and while away, Eric likes to “eat, drink & be merry” in the wonderful world of food. His passion for fine foods spans the globe with favorite restaurants from New York to Nashville. He enjoys learning and teaching about food with his adult children and always being a part of the Tufts University Family.
Chef Carlos is fluent in 3 languages and has triple citizenship acquiring his last – American – just several years ago. He follows many famous chefs and political figures and enjoys reading books and spinning music (as a former DJ). His favorite food at Tufts is the Egg Shakshuka and slow-cooked short ribs sandwich. But to Carlos – it’s all about Brunch!
Catering Service Manager
If there’s Chicken Carnitas on the menu, you can be sure, Michael will be there. An avid runner, he also enjoys being the captain of his local kickball team. Working with a team that is both diverse and creative is a major reason he works with Tufts Dining.
Catering Sales Manager
As the Catering Sales Manager for Tufts Catering, Heather can combine her two passions: making a client’s vision for their event into reality and her love of food. Her favorite food at Tufts is the Tuna on Rye with extra pickles at Pax et Lox. When not at work, Heather's three kids keep her busy with their many activities.
As Tufts Dining prepares new menus for its dining centers and retail cafes, Sabrina is instrumental in building the recipes that will be prepared in Tufts Dining’s central culinary service. A long-time fan of Italian food she enjoys many of these items while dining with Tufts. She is also an avid reader in her rare spare time.
Making impactful changes and providing excellent service energizes Justin in his work with Tufts Dining. A golfer and salt-water fisherman, he enjoys sharing these and Street Foods with his family. At Tufts, you can find Justin enjoying Sundried Tomato and Seafood Pasta and Thai Shrimp Chowder.
Associate Director of Retail Operations
Having joined the team in 2014, Melody has enjoyed the various cultures represented by the foods and people of Tufts Dining. Often found at the Pita station at Hodgdon, her favorite foods include Sushi, Korean BBQ, and Hot Pot. She leads all the retail dining on campus including Kindlevan, Hotung, Pax et Lox to name a few. In her rare spare time, she enjoys boxing, and of course – cooking!
Antonio (Tony) DaSilva
Retail Manager - Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run
Tony especially likes the camaraderie he gets with his teammates at Tufts Dining. He’s a do-it-yourself-er who creates paintings, carvings, glass etching and more. With family and friends, he also pursues photography and family projects. At work, you can find Tony enjoying the chicken shawarma as one of his favorites.
Arthur (Turo) Rigor da Eva
Retail Manager - Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run, Tower Cafe'
A true fan of Mediterranean food, Turo especially finds lamb pitas at Hodgdon a favorite. He has a great love of cooking and traveling but loves to snorkel. Spending time with his extended family keeps him busy in his time away from work.
Retail Dining Manager- Commons Marketplace, Hotung Café
Ally enjoys spending time at the beach and hiking. She is a fan of so many different items at Tufts Dining that she can’t pick just one favorite! She is passionate about working with her team to help nourish the young minds of the future. Her all-time favorite dish is her mom’s jerk chicken and rice as it reminds her of her island heritage.
Steven P Tortora
Chef Manager - SMFA Café, Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run
Street foods are a real favorite for Chef Steven – much more so than fine dining. He is especially fond of Latin, Italian, and BBQ. He can’t identify his go-to foods in Tufts Dining because the variety is awesome! Traveling and spending time with family keep him busy away from work.
Chef Manager - Pax et Lox Glatt Kosher Deli
Chef Walls thoroughly enjoys really hot spicy foods. His favorite cuisine is Louisiana Cajun and the hotter - the better. In fact, he makes his own hot sauce because no one else can make it with as much heat and spice as he can. When not with his family and family of pet dogs, his other passion besides cooking is his Harley. Motorcycling is his great leisure past-time on the rare times he has time to spend. He enjoys creating new recipes for Pax et Lox Glatt Kosher Deli and cooking with and for friends.
Retail General Manager - Commons Marketplace, Hotung Café, SMFA Café
A self-described proud “Disney adult”, Michelle can be found reveling in the Chocolate Mousse from the Tufts Dining Bake Shop or the Chicken Broccoli Penne. She enjoys keeping up with food trends and food photography.
Retail General Manager - Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run, Kindlevan Café, Tower Café
The Somerville Bagel from Hodgdon and the Strawberries & Cream Smoothie from Kindlevan Café are Michelle’s go-to favorites of Tufts Dining. The people she works with every day are her inspiration. She enjoys all-things baking and going out to her favorite restaurants in the area.
Chef Manager - Commons Marketplace, Hotung Café
Chef Lei enjoys pineapple, ice cream and the Rice Crispy Treats from the Tufts Dining Bake Shop and the Boba Teas at Hotung Café! She is an avid gardener in her spare time along with spending a great deal of time with her very large close family. She’s fond of stand-up comedy shows.
Administration and Support
Director, Dining & Business Services
Originally from Hawaii, Patti Klos arrived in New England (via Indiana) to work at Tufts in 1989. Salmon of all types and the Spiced Chickpea Taco Salad are her favorite Tufts Dining items. She loves creating a community for Tufts students and the smart, hard-working, and dedicated staff she works with. In her more leisurely moments, she designs and constructs quilts – mostly for friends and family – with more than 70 quilts to her credit.
Assistant Director, Business Operations
A long-time fan of pork char siu, Connie enjoys a variety of dishes at Tufts Dining as well as the ever-popular gluten-free lasagna. Tufts has been her work home for over 35 years – the last 7 of which have been with Tufts Dining. A long admirer of Queen Elizabeth, she has enjoyed her travels with her family, walking and getting together with friends. In Business Operations, she constantly sees how business changes as well as the people within it – thoroughly appealing and interesting every day.
Manager of Staffing & Training
“Hospitality” and Customer Satisfaction are the reasons Dante works at Tufts Dining. He enjoys all sports – from basketball to ping pong to street hockey - especially when playing with his family. Soups of all kinds with a special preference for Ginger Butternut Bisque and Ceviche are his favorite foods at Tufts.
Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist
“No two days are the same”, says Gary about working in Tufts Dining. “I enjoy the variety of daily challenges”. After joining the dining team in 2011, he has worked in various roles. Currently, he supports Tufts Dining through procurement and contracts in the Tufts Finance organization. Home improvement projects keep him busy in his time away from work – especially with his family and dog, named Finn!
Manager of Strategic Communication and Marketing
Since Cape Cod is Amy’s favorite place to be, it makes sense that New England seafood is her favorite fare. She is passionate about creating innovative ways to promote the success of Tufts Dining, and Grain Bowls from Hodgdon. Running, gardening, and coordinating her busy family’s activities, keep her occupied when not working at Tufts.
Data Systems Administrator - Tufts Technology Services
Sonya has a passion for intricate things that go together. In both her work with Tufts Dining’s point-of-sale and meal plan technology and her off-work love of completing complex puzzles, she exhibits how connections resolve issues. A New England favorite – Chowders - are one of her go-to menu items in Tufts Dining.
Brian A. Jermyn
Application Administrator - Tufts Technology Services
Being Scottish, Brian loves fish – smoked, of course! What he likes most about working with Tufts Dining are the fantastic people he interacts within every facility. He is a professional percussionist, a private pilot, and plays soccer, and coaches Senior Babe Ruth baseball. He enjoys spending time with his family – especially fishing with his father.
As a nutritionist, it is no surprise that Kelly enjoys helping others find foods that are best for them. Her favorite foods include the fresh strawberries from a local farm to the Carmichael tamales and Diwali Dinner at Dewick. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring New England with her family.