Meet the Team

Todd Alden

Director of Hospitality

Todd joined our team in December of 2020. He has a passion for food and excellent service. Todd earned his bachelor's degree in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University and was certified as ProChef II from the Culinary Institute of America His highschool superlative: "most likely to own a restaurant" (close enough!)

Beth Stipanov

Hospitality Services Director

Beth graduated from Springfield College in 1995 and was so excited to join the Harvest Table team at her alma-mater. She has worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years with focus on operations, sales, events and most importantly the PEOPLE! Beth enjoys spending time with her friends and family!

Kate Day

Chef de Cuisine

Kate joined the Harvest Table team in May of 2022 bringing over 25 years of experience, knowledge, and passion to her role. She attended the Culinary Institute of America where she received her Associates degree in Culinary Arts. What she loves most about her job is that there is always a new method to learn or a new product to try. When Kate isn’t in the kitchen she loves to spend time with her children finding new and fun activities to do!

Michelle Connors

Director of Catering

Michele joins our team with experience spanning over 25 years, 15 of them managing the F&B department of an awarding wining hotel. Michele holds a degree in Hospitality Management and Certification in Culinary arts. Michele is best known by coworkers for her uncanny ability to quote movies and her love of her farm animals!

Ben Duquette

Retail Dining Director

Ben joined the Harvest Table team in February of 2021. Ben has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry and brings his knowledge of guest services and great food to his role. He is very passionate about giving the Springfield College students the best dining experience possible.

Kathy Jaracz, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Kathy Jaracz, MS, RD, LDN, is a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian. Kathy studied Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, followed by earning a Masters Degree in Community Health Education at Merrimack College. Kathy sees food as something that matters. Food can be used to optimize performance, improve our physical and mental health, bring joy, or connect us with others. She is excited to engage with students to help find nutritious and delicious meals on campus. Outside of work Kathy enjoys golfing, weightlifting, watching basketball, and spending time with family and friends.

Emily Sweetman

Guest Experience Manager

Emily was born and raised in Enfield, CT and can proudly say she is a Springfield College Alumni. Emily brings years of marketing, social media, and guest service experience to the Harvest Table Team. She loves to craft, bake, kayak, shop, and spend time at the beach with her family and friends.

Mary D’Angelo

Office Manager

Mary attended Springfield College and has worked at Springfield College for 18 years. She enjoys working with such a wonderful group of people here at Springfield. Outside of work: Mary enjoys camping, spending time in nature and eating spanakopita. Yum!

Savanna Chappell

Student Board of Director

Meet Savanna! Savanna is our Harvest Table Student Board of Director for the 2023-2024 academic year. Savanna is from Enfield, CT only a short 15-minute drive away from SC! She is a Junior majoring in Health Sciences/Physician Assistant with minors in Nutritional Sciences and Biology. Her favorite things to do in her spare time are skiing, going to the beach and reading a good book. Savanna’s goal as a board member is to positively impact the dining experience of all the students at Springfield College.