Our Team

Culinary Excellence

Get to know the culinary team at Waynesburg University. See the vast amount of knowledge and talent we have assembled to bring cutting edge and delicious meals to your table each and every day.

Hannah Myers

Food Service Director

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About Hannah:

Hannah joined the Aladdin family in 2018 as a Regional Support Manager before planting her roots at WU. Before her 10 years in the Food Service industry she obtained a Culinary Certificate at IUP Academy of Culinary Arts where she also received a degree in Hospitality Management and a Masters in Employment & Labor Relations. Hannah is born & raised and currently in Bentleyville, PA on her family farm with her furry child, Paisley. In her free time she is often seen  playing with her nephews Parker & Beckett, traveling, spend time outdoors and scrapbook with her mom.

Crystal Jeffries

Assistant Food Service Director

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About Crystal:

Crystal has worked at Waynesburg University for over 11years.  She started in the dish room and worked up to Associate Food Service Director and over sees the catering events.  She is a great at multi-tasking, currently balancing all departments and administrative work.  She was born and raised in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.  She has 2 sons, Keith and Joshua, three grandkids, Baylee (13 years old), Emma (9 years old), Hunter (4 years old) and three fur babies, Hershey (mix) and Mousse (mix) Niko (Pitbull) Crystal enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids. She also likes to travel and spend time out side.  Crystal recently just got married to Aaron Jeffries. They went to Las Vegas and got married by Elvis

Aaron Jeffries

Executive Chef

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About Aaron:

 Aaron has over 24 years of experience in the food service industry with a background in country clubs, 5-star restaurants, high-end catering and university dining.  He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, raised in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and now lives in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  Aaron’s hobbies include fly fishing, back packing, hiking and camping all of which leads him back to streams for fishing.   Aaron has been fortunate enough to cook for royalty, celebrates and government officials, he has taken part in numerous cooking competition and a few ice carving competitions as well.  A fun Fact about Aaron, while at West Virginia University he made a gingerbread replica of the Erickson Alumnni Center and other miniature ginger bread house displays. 

Eric Tarentino

Dining Room Supervisor

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About Eric:

Eric was born and raised in Washington, PA.  He has a bachelor’s in business management and has over 2 years of experience in the food service industry.  He has three fur babies, Nia (dog), Snowball (cat) and Dozer (cat). His hobbies include cooking, sports, gaming, traveling, and eating but most importantly, he’s a huge Steelers fan!  Eric enjoys listening to the Joe Rogan podcast.  His two favorite quotes, “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential” – Liane Cardes and “…I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. ‘You do that every single day and soon you will have a wall.” – Will Smith.

James Portellos

Retail Manager

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About James:

James spends his time at the Beehive juggling many tasks.  He has over 17 years of experience in the food service industry he has a bachelor of fine arts from community college of Allegheny.  He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.  James and his partner, Mary have a son, Alexander and a fur baby, Otis.  In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, cooking and working on cars.  He is a photographer who has traveled the United States and Europe.  He has photographed a president, professional athletes, super models, priceless works of art and a munchkin from the wizard of OZ.  His work has been in many national and international magazines. A fun fact about James, he owns two antique automobiles, a 1937 Packard 120 and a 1969 Oldsmobile 442. 

David Price

Assistant Retail Manager

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About David:

David has over 16 years of experience in the food industry with backgrounds in retail dining, residential dining, as well as a wide array of settings in the private sector including fine dining and catering. He has managed multiple coffee/sandwich shops simultaneously, a few different Chick fil A locations, has worked as a chef in both fine dining as well, He was born in Columbia, Maryland and now currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.  David is a proud father of three amazing children, Jackson, 13, Emily, 9, and Natalie, 5. Most of his free time is spent with his children juggling various extracurricular activities like dance and football with random outdoor activities all over the area from jumping fishing, to hiking and camping. In the occasional bit of free time alone, David enjoys playing paintball and just relaxing around a fire with friends.

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