Our Team is Our Family!
Todd Snopkowski founded Snapchef in 2002 with over 25 years of experience in the food industry as an entrepreneur and executive chef with world class institutions such as Harvard University, Goldman Sachs, Aramark and Sodexo. Todd is also fondly remembered as Chef for The Olympic Village in Atlanta, where led a team of 72 cooks which fed 15,000 athletes daily for two weeks. Through these experiences, he learned that creating win-win environments with a commitment to community would be the key ingredients for any successful enterprise.
Todd’s commitment to developing people and supporting communities has helped Snapchef grow to more than six hundred employees. Snapchef has received numerous awards for community entrepreneurship and continues to have a profound effect on the lives of its staff through job training and creation. His dedication to working with people in the food service and hospitality industry has led to the unique “earn and learn” method to get people started in the business. Through his efforts, Snapchef increasingly collaborates with all levels of government and organizations to explore new ways to serve community members. Todd holds a graduate certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Boston University. In 2015, Todd was the recipient of the 2015 SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award for Massachusetts, and in 2016 he received the Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award for the positive impact the Snapchef has had in the communities in which it operates.
Daniela Snopkowski has been with Snapchef and DTC Enterprises from the start. She has managed the company’s financial growth and back office systems that the business operates on today. Her unique approach to real time back office solutions and state of the art systems have proven to be seamless for our staff and our clients. Her keen eye for detail and her creative talents have helped shape the Snapchef brand to what it is today.
In Brazil, Daniela managed her family business and here in the United States, she found her knack as a Catering Manager for food service giants Aramark and Compass Group before earning her degree in Business Administration. This along with her multicultural business experience continue to lead Snapchef to new horizons.
Cherise Silverio has been with Snapchef and DTC enterprises since 2011 and is responsible for maintaining office operations and procedures. Cherise received a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State and has over 10 years of customer service experience. With her Internet research abilities and strong communication and management skills, Cherise keeps our entire staff in line and on our toes. She’s in contact with our clients providing reliable and professional accounts receivable management services. Cherise has an outstanding work ethic which make her a valued addition to the Snapchef team.
Ed Christian has been Snapchef VP of Operations since 2007. He attained his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and post graduate degree in business from Harvard University. At the age of 25 he opened the award winning Papillion Gourmet Cafe in Brookline, MA. After that he served as general manager for Wyndham Hotels, Radisson Hotels and Director of Retail Operations for The Boston Convention and Expo Center. Through his career he became increasingly dedicated to the concept of staff training as the key to team excellence. Certified to teach a handful of courses including ServSafe, Ed has helped develop Snapchef’s reputation for well trained employees and as a training resource for our clients.
Karl Guggenmos has been a member of Snapchef’s active Advisory Board for several years. Among his many many achievements he’s earned WACS Global Master Chef status. He follows in the footsteps of chefs such as August Escoffier, first WACS president in 1928. As Dean Emeritus of Culinary Development at Johnson & Wales University, Karl brings a lifetime of dedication and experience to expedite the Snapchef Mission: guide community members in a transformative process to unlock their potential and find meaningful and sustained work in the food service industry.
Chef Guggenmos is helping immeasurably to further Snapchef’s commitment in job growth arenas such as the Massachusetts Workforce Development, the Division of Apprentice Training and New England Center for Arts and Technology.
William McDonough has been a valued part of the Snapchef team since 2005, arriving with years of experience in a variety of food service arenas. Having spent most of his adolescence in El Salvador, Will attended culinary school in California before relocating to Boston.
Will helped the growing company in any capacity he could; office management, working at locations and building our client base. In the early days, he was the only one who had extensive pastry experience. The Westin Copley was in need of a pastry chef and Will was quick to raise his hand for the assignment. Little did we know, his offer to help the Westin Copley turned into a seven plus year assignment for William. Snapchef was thrilled to be able to provide Will with a permanent, full-time opportunity.
Although William was a full time associate for the Copley, he kept in touch with us and a close eye on the growing Snapchef organization. Will knew in his gut that he would be back to work for Snapchef in some capacity. What he didn’t realize was that Todd had the same feeling about William.
10 years after William found Snapchef, he returned as our recruiting director, a critical role for the success of the organization. Will has a natural ability to connect with people and the gift of being a former “Snapchef” to share with his potential new hires. When you ask Will why he thinks he’s been so successful in his new role, the humble man says, “I just speak from the heart sharing all the wonderful things Snapchef has done for my family and me. I believe in the company and all that Todd does for the community.”
Greg DiStefano is the most recent addition to the Snapchef team. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA in marketing from Columbia University. Greg has spent 25 years in the fields of marketing, branding, advertising and public relations, in both the consumer goods and higher education industries. While at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in New York City, Greg received a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America, for 1999’s best “Integrated Communications” program in the United States.
Most recently, Greg served for 11 years as the executive director of university marketing at Johnson & Wales University. He developed significant foodservice industry experience through his role as head of marketing for the university’s College of Culinary Arts.
Ken joins our management team as a Culinary Arts alumnus of Johnson & Wales University. He’s held career positions as a chef aboard La Costa Resort’s private yacht, personal chef on Steve Wynn’s Golden Nugget corporate jets, and as executive chef and manager for private dining services at Boston’s prestigious Palmer & Dodge Law Firm. He also served as Chef Instructor for the Boston Private Industry Council’s culinary internship program with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.
Ken is a Food Accelerator Advisor and an Aquaponics Changemaker Fellowship Mentor for Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, Rhode Island. His culinary business development initiatives also include collaboration with entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, policymakers and social support partnerships to maximize community participation, health and wellness education and business venture success.
“My philosophy is to strengthen one’s impact through meaningful partnerships and a connection with the community,” says Ken. “There’s no greater satisfaction than being part of an organizations that does well and does good.”
Jason Campion studied culinary arts at the highly acclaimed BOCES in New York State. He then worked as a manager at high volume restaurants such as Applebee’s and Ruby Tuesdays. As a seasoned professional food service manager and chef he came to Snapchef and served as a traveling manager chef working with a variety of Snapchef clients. Currently he deploys Snapchefs throughout Massachusetts. He developed his command of day-to-day operations during a period of high growth at Snapchef, demonstrating his exceptional management abilities. Jason plays many roles: leader, mentor, motivator and trainer. His passion is to see people succeed and develop as they work at Snapchef.
Nicholas Probolus received his associates degree in culinary arts, as well as his bachelor’s degree in food service management from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Upon graduation he worked as a general manager with Eurest at Compass Group. Nick ran several operations including his tenure as director of dining services at MetLife in Warwick, RI. At Snapchef, Nick is the lead instructor at our culinary orientation and training center. He also oversees all of Snapchef’s IT operations, and has implemented innovative ways to track individual employee development as well as a variety of other important operational systems.
Kizzy and her family hail from Trinidad-Tobago, famous for Creole cuisines. She got her love of cooking from her mom’s expertise with island recipes, and grew up trying to emulate the unique flavors that her mom produced.
Kizzy’s family decided to immigrate to the United States to pursue the American Dream, settling in Dorchester, Massachusetts. After completing school she began to work in professional kitchens. Not only did she learn the skills that make her a seasoned professional chef, Kizzy also developed a deep understanding of how kitchens operate along with the knowledge of food production. Her ambition to gain an even stronger understanding of the overall food service industry pushed her to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from which she graduated with a degree in culinary arts.
Upon graduation, Kizzy was asked to join the Norwegian cruise line where she worked her way up the kitchen ladder. She then became a chef at The Chart House restaurant.
Kizzy brings a deep love of culinary to the Snapchef’s team on Boston. In addition to assisting with recruitment and our Fast Track Culinary Training development, Kizzy is also the liaison to all Snapchef’s hospital clients, which is a growing part of our clientele.
When Michael Salomon was 14 years old, washing dishes at a local restaurant, he didn’t realize it was setting the table for a career in the kitchen. After graduating high school, Mike headed to New Orleans to start college. Temptation was too much in the big easy for a 19 year old boy, on his own for the first time. After 3 months, Mike’s father told him he needed to move home until he could take his studies seriously. Mike was able to secure a full time job at a catering company in Wellesley, MA. During his three years there, Mike fell in love with food and the art of cooking, and decided he wanted to pursue a career in the culinary arts.
Much more committed to his studies this go around, Mike earned his associates in culinary arts and received his bachelor’s in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University. “I’m grateful that I went back to school when I was a little older. I had some experience under my belt which helped me and I truly knew food service was the right fit for me”.
Mike has enjoyed a number of executive sous-chef positions throughout his career with companies like Sodexo, ARAMARK and Compass. Looking to pick up a part time job to help cover his living expenses, which included his 6 year old son, Mike stumbled on an ad for a part-time position with Snapchef.
Mike immediately clicked with the team, and soon accepted a full-time as operations manager at our Worcester location. From his years working in a kitchen, he understands the need for a strong team and the importance and intricacies of recruitment, selection, and training. We’re excited for a long and bright future for Mike in our growing Snapchef family.
Carl Tracy graduated Johnson and Wales University with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management.
At an early age Carl seemed destined to be a Chef. Starting as a cook at his uncle’s restaurant and raised in a restaurant family he had found his calling. His passion for food led to his enrollment in the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Providence. His studies there opened his eyes to the wide world of professional food services.
Carl joined Snapchef and immediately earned his place as a trusted manager. His wide range of cooking experiences and knowledge made him very understanding of clients and employees alike. A perfect fit for a rapidly growing company that supplements all manner of professional food services with staffing. Carl can evaluate employee abilities and potential as well as look at any food operation and understand its needs.
He brings the same magic ingredient to managing at Snapchef that he brings when he prepares a sumptuous dish: deep commitment to the people of the food industry!
Kelli joined our Worcester office as Assistant Operations Manager after working for high profile Snapchef clients in the field. She came to understand first-hand our clients’ businesses and their needs and expectations. With this insider knowledge she’s already proven to be an excellent resource to Snapchef clients.
Years of business office experience will enable Kelli to work with Snapchef clients to assure they get the best value from Snapchef’s array of services, including selecting the best temporary and permanent candidates for their specific operations.
Kelli holds an advanced degree in Culinary Arts from Salter Culinary School.
Jennifer Danaux’s culinary background perfectly balances academic with the practical. Having received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University, she’s worked in the busy JWU Culinary Events Department, at the five star Peninsula Manila Hotel (Philippines) and the Food and Nutrition Security with World Vision International.
Jennifer’s culinary expertise combined with organizational skills bode well for Snapchef’s newest office in Rhode Island. Her demonstrated capacity for organization and management, along with her dedication to our diverse employees in high pressure venues bodes bodes well for a great culinary team delivering outstanding client service.
Michelle Tulloch, one of the newest members to join our Snapchef team, has always had a passion for cooking and managing people. Growing up in a large Caribbean family, food and everything surrounding it has always been at the forefront of Michelle’s life journey. It’s no surprise that she chose to attend the prestigious Johnson & Wales University for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. This helped launch her culinary career by obtaining her first cook position with The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in Lanai, HI.
After leaving the Palm Trees of Paradise, she returned to the New England area to be closer to family and friends and has been a great addition to the Snapchef team. With over 8 years of customer service experience in various industries, commitment to excellence and the need for continuous improvement, Michelle makes a great fit for the Assistant Office Manager in our Providence office.
Erica was raised in Yorktown, New York, by parents who came to the U.S. from the Philippines. She started cooking at a young age, helping her family in kitchen.
After many years of watching the Food Network with a huge interest in cooking, Erica decided to pursue her passion for the culinary industry and enrolled at Johnson & Wales. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management.
What started off as a simple walk around the university’s career fair became a life changing experience that Erica didn’t expect. Before completing culinary internship with Snapchef, she worked as an office employee getting to know the fundamentals of the company. Through that experience, she realized that she enjoyed the fast-paced management side of the business. Because of her demonstrable management skills, Erica joined our team as the Assistant Operations Manager for our Rhode Island office.
Before joining the team, Erica gained food service experience at various locations as a cook. She trained as a breakfast cook at a golf club, worked at a private school in California and had the unique opportunity to learn more about organic foods and farm to table living. Her diverse knowledge and background make a great addition to the Snapchef team.
Jasmine joined the Snapchef team as a natural extension of her Culinary Arts and Food Service Management degree from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University. Working with Snapchef clients, it became quickly apparent that she took an interest in the day-to-day business aspects of our dynamic, fast-paced environment.
She has a wide spectrum of food production experience, which includes The Radisson Hotel, The Brownstone Restaurant and numerous Snapchef clients. Everywhere Jasmine landed, she brought a passion for food (including a special interest in “Farm to Table and Wellness and Sustainability”). With her encouraging and understanding leadership style, she assist Snapchef employees and clients. She has earned a spot as one of our key office managers playing a significant role in overseeing operations in five states.