Our management team
Executive Director, Dining & Hospitality
Rahul is a recognized leader in the hospitality industry through his work at top hotels in Syndey, Orlando, Chicago, and Ann Arbor. He was manager of food operations at Penn State, director of catering at University of Michigan, and, since 2017, executive director of dining at Indiana University. His decades of experience are evident in Rahul's customer-first, student-centric approach at IU, where he actively encourages students to learn about food sourcing and solicits their feedback on campus dining. Rahul prioritizes farm-to-table meals and supports local vendors whenever possible to provide students with the freshest, most healthful options.
Food & Beverage Director
Aneli began her IU career as catering captain in 2017, moving through the ranks as supervisor for IU Catering; a dual position as assistant manager for both IU Catering and Read Direct; general manager at Bookmark[et] Eatery; general manager for the Indiana Memorial Union; retail area manager for IU Dining; and interim catering director for IU Catering. Her excellent organizational, collaborative, and operational skills led to Aneli’s current position, as food and beverage director.
Rachel has served as a registered dietitian with IU Dining since 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Bluffton University in Ohio and her master’s in food and nutrition from Southern Illinois University. She is a board member for the Indiana Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and is active in the Southeast Indiana Region of the Academy of Nutrition. Rachel is a certified food allergy trainer through AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo. Her tip for IU students? “Consider working for IU Dining no matter your major. You’ll gain customer service and food safety skills and get to try new foods and dishes.”
Director of Residential Dining
Ken joined IU Dining in 2021. His 30+ years in higher education dining and auxiliary services included leadership roles at Saint Joseph's College, Purdue University, Northwestern University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ken previously worked in restaurants and hotels, a foundation that provides a unique perspective on management of dining in a high-volume university setting, as well as the ability to build and manage budgets, and to create and train effective teams while prioritizing excellent customer service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and an MBA at the Krannert School of Management, both from Purdue University.
Director of Student Engagement & Systems Support
Islam joined the IU staff in 2014, as a kitchen employee, climbing the career ladder through five promotions with increasing levels of responsibility: hourly supervisor, assistant manager, system support specialist, and manager of the system support team before entering his current role. Prior to IU, Islam served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Kosovo military. His diverse skill set encompasses budgeting, payroll processing, informatics, and even teaching math and English. Islam earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies and political science from Indiana University, graduating cum laude, and an associate degree in mathematics in Kosovo. Additionally, he holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Kelley School of Business.
Micah joined IU in 2006 as a part-time shift supervisor and graduate student in historical performance at Jacobs School of Music, becoming assistant manager before promotion to his current role in 2014. He completed an MBA from Western Governors University in 2018. Micah is grateful to connect with staff through training and development that supports their continual growth, and is proud of the department’s service to students, staff, and faculty. On training and development, Micah says it is important to never lose the desire to continue learning.
Area Manager for Residential Dining
A Bloomington native, Ashley joined IU as Pastry Chef de Cuisine in 2015. She was named Plated Dessert Champion at the CaterSource Rapid Recipe Challenge (2016, gold) and Diced Competition (2017, gold) in Las Vegas. She previously managed pastry kitchens including Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia, Taj Boston Hotel, and Cliff House Maine. She completed three degrees magna cum laude from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University: an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in applied science, baking, and pastry (2010 & 2011) and a hospitality-focused MBA in 2022. She earned a certificate in hospitality management from DCT International Hotel & Business Management School in Vitznau, Switzerland.
Executive Director, Campus Auxiliary Experience
Jennifer moved to Bloomington for a master’s in journalism in 1998 and stayed to raise her family. Her 25+ years of experience have included stints as a food columnist and culture writer; as a creative and marketing professional; as a public relations specialist; and as a leader of executive and internal communications, including nine years as communications director for the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. She studied and worked in India and Australia, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Tucson, and in the summer of 2023, finally found her perfect job with campus auxiliaries.
Director of Retail Dining
Drew began his career path with IU Dining in 2004, as a student employee in the Ballantine Hall and Jordan Hall cafes. Over the next several years, he was promoted four times, eventually becoming area manager. Drew enjoys the daily variety and challenges of his work and loves asking for student feedback to improve their dining experiences. He received a bachelor’s degree from the IU College of Arts & Sciences in 2009.
A Bloomington native and former IU student, David honed his craft at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, where he became fascinated with the Slow Food Movement and its focus on local, organic, seasonal ingredients. Following positions at some of the finest restaurants in Atlanta, and at the James Beard House in New York, David and his wife and fellow chef, Kristen, returned to Bloomington to open Restaurant Tallent. The success of the restaurant led to nine James Beard Award nominations and private catering work with IU that eventually brought him to campus full time as executive chef.
Lauren previously worked as a nutrition intern for IU Dining before joining the department as a registered dietitian in 2022. She earned an IU bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s in nutrition and dietetics at Ball State University in May 2023. Lauren enjoys working closely with students and families while continually gaining new knowledge. Her food tips? “Eat more fruits and vegetables and make food fun. Food is more than nutrients and nutrition; it brings people together and is meant to bring joy!”