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Chef Gleason began her teaching career at Sullivan in 2003. She is a fulltime instructor within the Baking and Pastry Department and an adjunct instructor for the Hospitality Bachelors program. Throughout her tenure at Sullivan, Chef Gleason has taught in the culinary, baking, and catering programs. American-Italian roots fuel her passion for all things culinary and baking, as food expresses a way of life. She has been involved in the hospitality business since she was 15 years old. Prior to her teaching career, she assisted in the front of house management and worked her way from prep cook to head of garde manger and pastry chef. She has worked with Lactalis Food Service, spoken locally and nationally on cheese and beer production, food pairings, and food styling for Food & Dining Magazine, KY Monthly Magazine, and appeared on local television. Community and kids drive her to passion to volunteer for charities such as The Salvation Army, Dare to Care, and local farmers markets. She holds a Servsafe Proctor/ Instructor Certification and was secretary of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) from 2005-2008, Knowledge Bowl coach in 2004, a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, and voted Local ACF Chef Educator twice, member of the ACF, and is a member of Les Dames de Escoffier. Chef Gleason is also a new student mentor, on the CoHS Scholarship committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion committee for the University.