Harwood Unified Union School District Food & Nutrition
Our Culinary Team
HUUSD Schools Food & Nutrition Co-Director
Erika Dolan, Harwood Unified Union School District Food & Nutrition Co-Director, Pre-K-12, in Vermont, makes the health and wellbeing of all students her main priority by providing nutritious and fresh whole foods every day. Erika’s main goal is to provide food access and equity to all her students. With passion and creativity she helps integrate local products into the menus creating a strong Farm to School Program for the district.
She is an active member of:
- HUUSD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
- Vermont Farm to School Network - State Strategic Plan, School Leaders Campaign, Demand/Policy Team.
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) is currently being discussed in Congress. Currently in 2 advisory groups: Hunger Free Vermont CNR group, and a CNR group with policy advisers for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.
- School Nutrition Association of Vermont Past President and board advisor. Where Erika provides education, support and networking for school food service professionals across the state.
- Vermont-Puerto Rico Food Resilience Project - Focus Group
Erika has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning and previously worked with architect Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti, AZ; architect Michael Reynolds at Earthship Biotecture, NM; at Shelburne Farms, VT; and for the Waterbury/Duxbury School District as the Food Service Director for 11 years. Her work and her Child Nutrition Program have been recognized statewide and nationally by many organizations.
When you don’t see Erika at work you can find her at the soccer field, at the ice rink, at church, or at Jazzercise.
Erika who speaks three languages is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, but now lives off the grid with her husband and daughter in an Earthship in Vermont.
HUUSD Schools Food & Nutrition Co-Director
Paul Morris, Harwood Unified Union School District Food & Nutrition Co-Director, Pre-K-12, in Vermont, is a certified Executive Chef (American Culinary Federation), a Culinary Institute of America graduate, and holds a Level 4 Certification with the School Nutrition Association. Paul is committed to the concept of scratch cooking with local ingredients, and to provide fresh, good tasting, and nutritious meals to Vermont students.
Paul was the Past Vice President Vermont School Nutrition Association, where he provides education, support and networking for school food service professionals across the state. He previously worked as the Executive Chef for the Stowe Mountain Resort; as a Culinary Consultant for the Department of Defense, Ramstein Air Base in Germany; as the Executive Chef at the Stowehof Inn; and as the Food Service Director for Harwood Middle and High School for 12 years. His work and his Child Nutrition Program program have been featured on local television, local newspapers papers, and the Vermont Life Magazine.
Paul likes to spend time with his family, to ski, golf, and mountain bike.
Erika Dolan & Paul Morris
HUUSD Schools Food & Nutrition Co-Directors
Erika and Paul have been working together to ensure that the HUUSD Food & Nutrition Program delivers high quality meals to all students in our District.
To provide students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices is their mission.
District wide they are responsible for:
- Direct all aspects of the Child Nutrition Programs in all 7 schools;
- Interview, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate all Child Nutrition Program personnel;
- Assist Superintendent and Director of Finances & Operations with program’s yearly budget preparation.
- Prepare all documentation necessary for Agency of Education Child Nutrition Review in coordination with Central Office. Ensure that all USDA - Child Nutrition requirements are followed;
- Submit monthly claims and reports. Daily record keeping as necessary and required;
- Plan and execute menus based on nutritional adequacy, federal standards, pupil acceptance, and culture. Monitor the purchase and inventory of all foods and supplies. Coordinate the maintenance, repair and replacement of all food service equipment;
- Develop bids for food/equipment procurement;
- Ensure that facilities and staff meet all local and state health, safety laws and regulations as it applies to Food Service;
- Promote the Child Nutrition Program through positive relations with all district employees, parents, students, and partners in the field. Develop marketing strategies and maintain social media outlets updated;
- Implement and continue to support all aspects of our Farm to School Program. Develop and maintain partnerships with local farmers and producers. Act as a resource to school educators to better connect cafeteria and classroom in Farm to School activities.
The Highlanders Café at Harwood Middle & High School
The Bobcat Café at Moretown Elementary School
Besides his District wide responsibilities Paul still oversees food production and purchasing at Harwood Middle & High School, and at Moretown Elementary School. Full Bio above.
Gary has been the Sous Chef for Harwood Union Middle and High School and Moretown Elementary School for 13 years. He has held positions as a chef and baker at high-end restaurants and resorts across the U.S., and has been involved in school food service for many years. He is also a Culinary Institute of America graduate. Helping students make better food choices is a personal passion.
Debby is in her first year as a Food Service Assistant. She enjoys interacting with the students daily. When not at work she enjoys camping with her husband , grandchildren and Casey (the baby dog) in the summer. In winter she loves going hunting to enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors.
Stephanie has been working in restaurants for 22 years, staring out at the bottom doing dishes and working hard all the way to the top. She works at the Harwood High School kitchen preparing our amazing salad bar, and serving meals off the main entrée line. This will be her 4th year working with us, and she loves every minute of it. Her favorite thing about her job is interacting with the students, and being able to create different things for the salad bar.
Jeannie is in her first year as Food Serve Assistant at Moretown Elementary School. She has spent the last 5 years as a Home Daycare Provider. Prior to that she worked in a natural food store. She also spent many years as an administrative assistant and technical illustrating. Jeannie loves cooking and has a home garden. She enjoy's hiking, biking & yoga. She is really enjoying serving the children food that is made with Love!
The Cougar Café at Crossett Brook Middle School
Besides her District wide responsibilities Erika still oversees food production and purchasing at Crossett Brook Middle School. Full Bio above.
This is Teresa’s first year as an Assistant Cook working with Gina at Crossett Brook Middle School. Most recently Teresa cared full-time for her two young grandsons who are now in school full-time. Her background in education and desire to serve her community brought her to Crossett Brook. Even though she brings no experience in the industrial kitchen, she loves the kids and hopes to bring a smile to their faces while serving them their food! T and her husband of 28 years have two sons, one who lives in Williamstown with his wife and two young sons, and another who lives in Waterbury with his fiancé. T loves to spend time with her family. She also enjoys hiking and traveling.
Gina has been working in the food industry for the past 25 years. Currently she is the Head Cook at CBMS and has been in this position for the past 8 years. Gina's creativity and desire to create meals that are appealing not only to children but also to adults in the school is what drives her to highly perform daily! During school breaks, Gina works at the Prohibition Pig, in Waterbury, and has been working there for the past five years. Gina and her husband of 34 years enjoy watching and attending Nascar races. She enjoys spending time with her son, who lives locally, and her daughter who lives in Maine
The Fox Café at Fayston Elementary School
The Wolverine Café at Waitsfield Elementary School
Cheryl has been the Food Service Director for the Fayston and Waitsfield Schools for the past 17 years. She has been in the food service industry most of her life and graduated with a degree in Applied Science (Culinary Arts) from Newbury College, formerly of Brookline, MA. She has worked in many different settings in the food industry from Mt Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH to the Warren Store in Warren, VT. Working at the school food service level has enabled her to work with elementary age school children and engage them in farm to school practices. She has a passion to educate students about where their food comes from and how the quality of local products helps us all survive within a community. Providing wholesome foods to students is important to her. We welcome you to join Chef Joslin and students for lunch or breakfast any day and see what happens in the biggest classroom of the school. When not engaging in passion for food, Cheryl Joslin is an avid gardener, skier and mom to three daughters. Cheryl lives in Warren, VT with her family.
Sarah is a Food Service assistant at Fayston and Waitsfield Elementary school. This will be Sarah's third year in this position. Sarah's has received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont. Sarah is great at encouraging her students to be mindful of waste. She also makes sure to provide a colorful, vibrant, and nutritious salad bar to her students daily. Sarah loves to garden in the summer and loves building snowmen in the winter. She is looking forward to another great school year!
The Eagle Café at Thatcher Brook Primary School
Besides her District wide responsibilities Erika still oversees food production and purchasing at Thatcher Brook Primary School. Full Bio above.
Carmen Morgan has worked in Food Service for the district since the Fall of 1996. Her responsibilities started out as a cashier, which included processing Free/reduced applications, daily reports, and helping with the running of a busy cafeteria. As the years carried on, she was given different tasks that kept her daily schedule interesting. To date, most paperwork was reassigned to Central Office staff, leaving more time to assist in preparing both breakfast and lunch for the students. One asset that she has provided to the smooth flow of the lunch program is her ability to remember the students lunch numbers and keep the lines flowing in a quick manner. To date, she is responsible for getting the meals at TBPS made and out on time with the help of her teammates Deb, Jackie, and Mary when available. Not only does Carmen enjoy cooking, numbers, and working with an awesome team, she loves the students! Each morning greeting them at the Grab and Go Breakfast Bar as they come into school, and asking them how their day is going at lunch. The students are why she continues to help provide healthy and nutritious meals to your children. It has been a delight to have them all as a part of her day.
Carmen is married and resides in Waterbury with her husband Keith and has helped raise five daughters. Her number one joy in life now is being a Grandmother. Besides family dinners, other interests are indoor plants, cats, enjoying long summer rides with her husband with the top down and the sun shining on her face. Life is good!
The School Café at Warren Elementary School
Yuko was born and raised in Japan. She moved to Warren, Vermont when her children were young. It has been her 4th year as a Food Service Director at the Warren Elementary School, though she been a Sous Chef to the former chef, Claire Simpson for over 10 years before she retired. She loves to visit each and every street food vendors in the world to taste all the cuisine. She is grateful to be able to share her love for " good for your body and soul food" with the children and staff at the Warren Elementary School and the community.
Maryanne is a former city kid, now living in the frozen tundra of Vermont. But she really wants to move to the town in Italy that makes pepperoni if it exists. Maryanne came to us from a business background, but now is interested in food. She's introducing hummus to the elementary school. Maryanne's a bike rider that's only had a car 1/2 her time in Vermont. She thinks your bike should be more expensive than your car. You can find her in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Portugal over the summer.