Ryan Babich

Director of Dining Services

Ryan studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  During his time there, he received a research grant to study sustainability in a university setting.  He was published in the Journal of Culinary Science and Technology.  Upon graduation, he completed his Dietetic Internship at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey IL, where he studied Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management, and Community Nutrition.  Currently, he is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Favorite dish to make: Baked Spaghetti


Gregory Pittman

Executive Chef

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he has over seven years of experience in the food industry. A blend of energy and creativity in culinary arts sparks his ambitions to succeed in the field. A graduate from L’Ecole Culinaire in Memphis, Executive Chef Greg holds an Associate’s degree in Occupational Studies and has received multiple certifications through the National Restaurant Association.

Favorite dish to make: Shrimp and Polenta Grits with Herb Boursin cheese, white wine, and ham reduction sauce


Claressa Padilla

Director of Operations

Claressa is passionate about customer service and working in a fast-paced environment. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Management and has over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. With a constant goal to be “Humble and Kind,” Claressa believes in being hands-on and working in a team environment to deliver exceptional services at catering events.

Favorite dish to make: Baked Goods


Patrice Jones

Senior Retail Supervisor

With a degree in Business and Accounting, Patrice Jones applies her management skills to various departments in Dining Services as Administrator and Cyber Café Supervisor. From office work to kitchen work, she loves to be hands on at all times. Her passion for helping people and making conversation is what drives her to succeed as a dedicated worker. When she is not at work engaging with others and making people smile, she is enjoying her time with her two children and cooking.

Favorite dish to make: Chili


Aileen Berrios

Retail Supervisor

Aileen Berrios has been a Supervisor for the past 5 years in different facilities.  She has worked at Central DuPage Hospital and Marian Joy Rehabilitation Facility.  Also, she is an experienced Catering Captain as she worked in White Eagle Banquet Hall.  She has received her Certificate in Management from Standford University. She started working in the Food Service Industry at 16 years old.  Her first job was at Chuck E’ Cheese.   Her goal is to continue learning and move up to a managerial position. But most of all, she is really looking forward to be part of a team at Dominican. Also, she is the mother of 4 amazing kids and really enjoys hiking and movies.

Her favorite food is Chicken Wings with Hot Sauce.


Alberto Padilla

Production Chef

Alberto brings over 15 years of experience in the food industry to Dominican University Dining Services. He was trained by Mark Fisher, Executive Chef at the White Eagle Country Club in Naperville, IL and advanced his career by actively learning from other great chefs. His passion in cooking comes from creating new recipes and making people’s favorite foods. With hard work and dedication, Alberto skillfully leads a great team in the kitchen.

Favorite dish to make: Chicken Limon