Meet Our Team

ready to make a difference

Our dining team promises to educate and inspire every guest that comes to our table with a true, mindful, and rooted approach to food. Read about our leadership team below, and say hello when you see us around campus!

John Gula

District Manager

John has over three decades of experience with higher education, most recently managing the Harvest Table dining program at the prestigious University of Rochester in upstate Rochester, NY. John joined the company in 1985, while still a student at the University of Delaware. In 2012, he led a transformation of the Rochester program. Focusing on food and the guest experience, the campus developed strategic partnerships with local farms and businesses, and attracted an award-winning culinary team that wows customers. Rochester is now annually recognized as one of the top college dining programs in America. John relocated to southern California in June 2019 to launch the Harvest Table program at the University of Redlands. He and his wife Wendy now reside in Redlands.

Amber Young

Catering Director

Amber has a passion for the food industry and the art of making food and events beautiful. She moved to the Yucaipa/Redlands area when she was three years old. She attended culinary school and received her degree in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry. She is an experienced Executive chef, Pastry chef, Food and Beverage Manager, Food Stylist, Catering Manager and Wedding Coordinator. She loves to bring out her creativity in décor and food when planning events and weddings. When she isn’t planning an event she spends time with her husband, four kids, and three fur-babies.

Chef Robert M. Sevaly CEC

Executive Chef

Chef Robert joined the Harvest Table team at Redlands as its Executive Chef in Spring 2020. He brings a wide array of experience in the culinary industry, starting as a deck hand breaking down the day’s catch on fishing boat, to a chef for the president, and even to an assistant to an Iron Chef. While he’s not creating menus and leading the Harvest Table culinary team, Chef Robert makes YouTube videos for the Flavor of Riverside. He has traveled around the world to enhance his culinary expertise and loves teach others about what he has learned, while also continuing to expand on his culinary mastery.

Arturo Gallardo

Hospitality Director

Arturo was raised right here in the heartland of the Bulldogs. For 30+ years he has pursued his passion serving others while working in the Hospitality and Dining Service Management Industry as a Regional Manager in coastal resorts of Mexico and later with some of the top S&P 500 Restaurant Industry Corporations as a full service restaurant Manager, General Manager and Area Safety Manager. In June 2019, he joined our Harvest Table family and assisted in launching the HTCG dining program here at the University of Redlands. Art loves spending time with his entire family but especially with his immediate family, his wife Annette and their four kids, Art II, Andrew, Aliias and Autumn.

Adrienne Knight

Sous Chef

Adrienne is a Sous Chef and culinary professional born and raised in Riverside, CA. She has extensive experience as a Baker for Disney, where she specialized in large scale productions for movie sets, weddings, and banquets. At Holloman Airforce Base, she coordinated free café services for Armed Forces YMCA and also prepared gourmet cupcakes that were featured on Cupcake Wars. Adrienne has a passion for creating custom cakes and desserts from scratch and for outdoor activities like kayaking and archery. She enjoys camping and biking with her energetic son, Noah, and her high school sweetheart husband.

Sandy Gonzales

Sous Chef

Sandy is a Sous Chef with extensive experience at Redlands. Born in southern California, she grew up in Fontana and has always had a passion for food and family. From a young age she was always in the kitchen preparing meals with her mother and continued to pursue that by attending Culinary School after graduation. Food continues to bring her large family together every week. She has been at the University of Redlands for over 8 years, where she has held a number of positions, and was promoted to Sous Chef in 2020. She continues to reside in Fontana, with her husband and two children.

Nicole Hoss

Marketing & Catering Coordinator

Nicole’s family has owned and operated restaurants since before she was born. She grew up in the food and beverage industry and has always been passionate about planning and coordinating functions. This has led her into the design and marketing field. Nicole graduated with an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and work for a design company for 4 years as a Marketing Manager. She then moved into event coordinating and catering. She feels that food is what brings people together, to her food is apart of many important memories in our lives. She has been part of the catering team at the University of Redlands for over 10 years.

Kristin Tapanes

Financial Accounting Manager

Kristin has lived in Redlands for 27 years, 23 of which she has remained in the same house. She has 20 years of restaurant experience as well as 17 years’ experience as a CFO. Her time as a CFO was with a non-profit residential program for adolescent boys. Kristin’s greatest joy is spending time with her adult children and grandchildren.

Channon Alexander

Office Administrator

Channon Alexander is originally from Cerritos, California. She graduated from Long Beach State University with a B.A. in Family and Consumer Science and a minor in Communication Studies. You can catch Channon anywhere from Los Angeles to Redlands going to concerts, hiking, or writing poetry!