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Team Biographies

Hee Bong Hyun MS, RD - Resident District Manager

    Born in Seoul, Korea Hee Bong Hyun brings over 25 years of large-scale operational leadership to the dining services program at San Francisco State University. She earned her Master’s Degree from New York University with a focus on Human Nutrition. Hee Bong has served as a preceptor for Sodexo’s Dietetic Internship program, Chairwoman of Sodexo’s National Pan-Asian Employee Resource Group, and most recently as a Bio Ethics Fellow and Human Nutrition Instructor. As a registered dietitian for over 25 years, she brings a deep passion for connecting people through food and nutrition. 

Ivy Hung - Director of Resident Dining

    Ivy Hung, Director of Resident Dining, joined Sodexo in 2009.  Ivy brings with her an extensive operational knowledge and a diverse blend of food service leadership experience in high volume university and corporate dining, as well in the private sector with restaurants, hotels and destination resorts across the country and in Asia. Before arriving at SFSU, Ivy’s prior campus dining experience includes leading the culinary operations at George Washington University in Washington DC, overseeing resident dining program, retail service as well as high profile catering operations.  In addition to her passion for sustainability focused menu and operational planning, Ivy is a strong advocate and supporter of “Eat Well, Live Well” and mindfulness in everyday life. 

Gerard Rangel – Executive Chef

    Executive Chef Gerard Rangel joined Sodexo in 2006 after successfully leading many restaurants into world-class status. Classically trained in French, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisines, he graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco where he also had the privilege to tour France and Italy learning several inside-trade skills. Now as the Executive Chef of San Francisco State University Dining Services, Chef Gerard will bring a new sensation to collegiate dining. He is well-known for his use of seasonally-available ingredients and gastronomy techniques. 

Jennifer Villarreal – Director of Catering

    San Francisco native Jennifer Villarreal may be Sodexo's latest addition to the team, but, she is very familiar with San Francisco State University, first as an alum, and then as an assistant to the President’s Office for close to 10 years.  During her years of service to the University, Jennifer was a key client with the catering team for events hosted by the President and First Lady, which included the annual campus holiday party, commencement brunch, faculty dinners, VIP lunches, alumni celebrations, and various receptions. As a home cook, she has enjoyed taking semester long culinary courses at City College of San Francisco, as well as drop-in classes from the local park and recreation. Jennifer brings to Sodexo a lifelong passion for food, and all things San Francisco and San Francisco State, which will serve the campus community very well. 

Zion Thomson – Marketing Coordinator

    Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Zion Thomson has worked on a multitude of different community based marketing projects. From large fundraisers, to gallery openings, music events, and video campaigns, Zion has put emphasis on working with the community to reach the best outcome for the people.  Zion has a huge passion for food and culture.  He has been working in food service since he was thirteen and has gotten to travel across North America and Europe, getting to learn and appreciate how cuisine and culture are intermingled. As the Unit Marketing Coordinator, Zion will continue to integrate his passions for community, culture, artistic media, food, and marketing to create the most enjoyable student dining experience possible.

Ena Panameno - Food Service Manager

    Ena Panameno, Food Service Manager, has been involved in every aspect of SFSU Dining food production, providing students and guests an exceptional dining experience for the last 7 years. A transplant from El Salvador, Ena graduated from the City College of San Francisco and has been calling San Francisco home ever since. With a strong passion for all cuisines and a genuine warmth for the local communities and people from all cultures, Ena has been delivering responsive and welcoming service experience to all our guests’ days in, days out.  She is also well versed in a board spectrum of dietary preference and restrictions, food safety, health and wellness focused menus. Ena’s versatility and her drive for innovation have been key driving forces in leading our team to deliver unsurpassed customer satisfaction every day.

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