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.
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.
Michael Albright joined Cal Poly in the fall of 2011 as executive chef of Campus Dining. Albright has lived on the Central Coast for 23 years, working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.
He began cooking at a very young age in his parents’ restaurant and catering business in Los Angeles. Growing up, he worked in various restaurants in Los Angeles, sharpening his skills. Albright eventually moved to the Central Coast to consult on a restaurant night club. He was later hired on as the executive chef at The Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Mineral Springs. While there, he had the chance to work with some culinary greats like Jacques Pepin, Michel Richard and Julia Child. He then opened Steamers of Pismo for the McClintocks’ Group and became corporate executive chef three years later.
Albright is passionate about working and living through Cal Poly’s motto of “Learn by Doing.”
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 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 as general manager of food services at Vandenburg Airforce Base.
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