Our Team

Culinary Excellence

Get to know the culinary team at Capital 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.

Elizabeth Hernandez

Dining Director

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About Liz

Liz lives by the motto, “do it right, or don’t do it at all.” She enjoys working in the campus dining atmosphere and honored to be the dining director. Liz has worked in the food service industry for over 12 years. Her expertise are in catering and retail operations in hotels and campus services.  She was born and raised in Uruapan, Mexico and speaks fluent Spanish. She recently relocated to the Columbus area with her daughter Mia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and hand crafts. 

Casey Hood

Executive Chef

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About Casey

Casey is a Columbus Native and honored to be here at Capital.  He graduated from Harvest Prep in Canal Winchester where he was an all-state high school quarterback and a 4 sport athlete.  He has over 15 years of culinary experience.  Casey can be found in One Main Café and Capital Grounds, if you have any suggestion be sure to tell him!  He has three children ages 5, 4 and 2 years old.  He enjoys fishing, playing basketball and watching sports in his free time

Richard Tennant

Dining Room Manager

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About Richard

Richard was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.  He graduated from Independence High School and attended both The Ohio State University and Ohio University.  He has spent most of his time managing in restaurants but enjoys working in Higher Education!  He served in the USMC has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.  In his free time he can be found watching sports or enjoying the outdoors.

Rhonda Kimsey

Office Manager

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About Rhonda

Rhonda keeps everyone organized behind the scenes!  She has over 23 years of experience with Aladdin and happy to be the Office Manager. Rhonda was born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio but now resides in Columbus where she is happily married to her husband Dave.  Rhonda loves spending time with her two kids, Derrick and April, and 4 grandkids, Peyton, Kylie, Addyson and Violet.  She often travels to watch the grandkid’s sporting events (swimming, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball and Track and Field).  When she’s not working or with her family she loves reading and traveling.  Her greatest happiness is the daily phone call from her kids or grandkids, there is nothing better than hearing someone say, I love you, everyday.

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