Cal Poly Campus Dining Team

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Jess Dozier, Director of Campus Dining

Jess Dozier

Director of Campus Dining

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Jess Dozier joined Cal Poly Corporation as the director of Campus Dining in April 2020. Dozier is responsible for leading the Campus Dining operations and strategic planning. He came to Cal Poly with more than 20 years of higher education food management experience. Most recently he served as director of Culinary and Brand Management and district manager for Sodexo. Prior to that he oversaw the operation of 11 campus dining programs including serving as the director of the Whitworth University and Gonzaga University culinary programs.

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Russell Monteath

Assistant Director

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Russell Monteath joined the Cal Poly Corporation in 2012. As assistant director for Campus Dining, he is responsible for the overall management of three core campus dining units as well as University Catering. Over the past six years, Monteath has developed programs and initiatives to help improve Campus Dining’s food quality and customer service. He has also fostered relationships with various campus departments to enhance stakeholder satisfaction and elevate expectations of dining services on campus.

An Atascadero native, Monteath attended UC Santa Barbara prior to working at high-profile local restaurants such as The Apple Farm and F. McLintocks in Shell Beach.

Chris Dunham, Executive Chef

Chris Dunham

Executive Chef

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Chef Chris Dunham joined the Cal Poly Dining Team in 2011, and became an Executive Chef in less than a year. Dunham discovered his passion for cooking at the age of 17, and has worked in various restaurants including Big Sky Café in downtown San Luis Obispo. During his time with Big Sky, the eatery won the Best Restaurant award by the New Times in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Now, Chef Dunham is excited to offer his extensive cooking experience to the Cal Poly Dining Team.

Rensford Abrigo, Campus Dining Executive Chef

Rensford Abrigo

Executive Chef

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Rensford Abrigo joined the Campus Dining team as one of three executive chefs in April 2019 bringing his experience as the culinary manager at venues throughout the country.

A certified executive chef, Abrigo studied at the Culinary Art Institute of Las Vegas and was one of the youngest chefs to work for Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation. During that time he served as the chef for Prince during the opening of a club at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, and was on the culinary team at Caesar’s Palace. More recently he was general manager of food services at Vandenberg Airforce Base.

Kaitlin Gibbons, Registered Dietitian

Kaitlin Gibbons

Vista Grande General Manager

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Vista Grande Dining Pavilion General Manager Kaitlin Gibbons began her career in nutrition right here at Cal Poly. After receiving her undergraduate degree in nutrition in 2009 she headed north to complete her dietetic residency in Seattle, focusing on community and public health.

She returned to the Central Coast and continued her work in the healthcare industry for eight years. She served as the director of Food and Nutrition at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where she helped transform the perception of hospital food with a heavy focus on wellness, sustainability and whole ingredients. Her move to Cal Poly came in 2018 when she joined Campus Dining as the registered dietitian and sustainability coordinator. Gibbons is passionate about helping others feel, and be their best through food.

Kelsey McCourt, Registered Dietitian

Kelsey McCourt

Registered Dietitian

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Cal Poly alum Kelsey McCourt joined the Campus Dining team in 2019 bringing years of experience as a clinical dietitian in the medical field.

Following the completion of her applied nutrition degree at Cal Poly, McCourt spent a year as a dietetic intern at Pepperdine University where she performed rotations at Los Angeles County + USA Medical Center. She spent more than two years as the clinical dietitian for Dignity Health before moving over to Cal Poly