This month we are featuring Chef Todd Leasure, CDM, CFPP, of the WV ANFP chapter. Todd became a Certified Dietary Manager in March 2012. Prior to becoming a CDM, CFPP, Todd spent nearly 30 years in the fine dining world and is certified by the Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris, France. Currently, he is the Executive Chef at The Orchards (located in OH and WV) and oversees all aspects of culinary dinning services at several facilities on three different campuses.
Todd became active with the WV chapter in 2015 when he served as the program chair. Since then he has served as the president-elect and is the president as of 2016.
Todd states that his involvement with WV, OH, and National meetings has helped him gain knowledge and improve his skills, specifically related to facilities that offer restaurant-style dining. By becoming involved, stepping outside his “comfort zone,” and networking with other CDMs, Todd has been able to improve his leadership skills as well as increase resident and employee satisfaction scores.
As for the WV Chapter, it is a strong chapter with very dedicated CDM’s that are very passionate about the industry, including Todd himself. He would to see it continue with its success by building stronger community ties, and reaching out to new CDMs to share their knowledge and talents in order to bring about change.
Todd encourages all ANFP members to take the opportunity to get involved as a volunteer and step out of your own comfort zone. He states, "ANFP is only as strong as its members, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to take a role in sharing their talents and knowledge."
Thank you for your many years of service and dedication to ANFP, Todd! Congratulations on the many successes throughout your career and more to come!
If you would like to nominate yourself or another volunteer, please email Abigail Solazzo at asolazzo@ANFPonline.org.