Unidine Corporation is led by a team of executive managers who are capable, experienced and client-focused. Each one of these seasoned professionals brings knowledge and skill, along with proven performance and a passion for fresh food to the organization.
Richard has an extensive background in food and service management in the health care industry. As Founder, President and CEO, Richard spearheaded the development of Unidine from concept to implementation. Prior to establishing Unidine, Schenkel was CEO and President of a regional health care service management company and a food service management firm. His leadership experiences include various executive level positions with two major international health care service firms directing various operational, sales and marketing initiatives. He has a degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Tom brings over 30 years experience in contract food service to this critical role within our organization. As the SVP, Chief Operating Officer, Tom provides our teams with an additional level of guidance and expertise in delivering the most holistic and guest-driven programs in the industry. Tom specializes in the integration of cultural and operational approaches that leverage the strengths of an organization’s people. Tom has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism from the University of New Haven.
Shane is responsible for overseeing all financial functions of the company and has over two decades of financial leadership experience. Prior to joining Unidine, Shane directed financial strategy and services as the Corporate Controller, working for a multi-national, publicly traded, industrial uniform rental company. He had responsibility for all accounting, SEC reporting and global financial control policies.
Shane is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has an MBA from Clarkson University and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Janet DePiero is responsible for all organizational development and people management at Unidine. She has over 20 years of executive HR leadership with a track record of aligning organizations with business strategy. Janet developed her expertise through long tenures with companies that represent some of America’s most respected family and athletic footwear brands, which she led through successful acquisitions, forged collaborative business partnerships and coached executive teams. Janet earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Lesley University.
As Unidine’s General Counsel, Andrew Kopans directs all matters and activities related to corporate and financial transactions, contracts, litigation and compliance with relevant laws. Prior to joining Unidine, he represented some of the region’s largest companies in a wide variety of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, while serving as Counsel for an elite global law firm. Andrew earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where he was Senior Editor of the Journal of International Law and Business. He has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2014 and 2015.
David is a hands-on industry leader with more than 15 years of IT management experience in the software development, strategic asset management and health and fitness industries. He is skilled at developing and pushing an organization’s strategic technology direction towards operational efficiency, cost effectiveness and market competitiveness, and is adept at shaping policy for national and global IT organizations.
Chris leads Unidine’s supply chain team. He has an extensive background in contract foodservice purchasing in healthcare, school, B & I, sport and entertainment markets. With over 20 years’ experience in food, paper, distribution, supplies, equipment and services purchasing, Chris brings a solutions based mindset to deliver the right product at the right cost and time. Prior to joining Unidine, Chris led purchasing teams at one of the largest Group Purchasing Organizations in the United States, where he executed supply strategies for over 14,000 facilities. Chris holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Business from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Drawing on his experience as a proven, results-oriented operations executive in the foodservice industry, Dan is charged with executing internal strategic initiatives designed to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, optimize cross-functional collaboration, and support the organization’s long-term strategic vision. Prior to Unidine, he served as VP of Operations for a global foodservice management company where he had P&L responsibility for accounts spanning 600 public school district locations and $225MM in annual total managed volume. Dan earned his MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
Lee drives innovation and program development for the dining experiences at Unidine’s corporate retail cafes, as well as hospital and senior living locations. He leverages experience that included Vice President, Operational Excellence and National Director of Marketing for a multi-billion dollar foodservice company spanning café concept development, catering, c-stores, quality assurance and operating standards systems. Lee received a BA in Marketing and Management from Shippensburg University and completed a Global Management Master Program with University of Phoenix.