Dining Services Staff


Celia Daniels
Director of Dining Services

Celia is a third-generation alum of East Carolina University. She began with ECU as the Director of Dining Services in the summer of 2021, having worked in the food service industry for over 35 years. Armed with those years of experience and attention to detail, you will find ECU’s food service program innovative (look for the robots) and offering our campus a wider variety of options and services than ever before!

Mary Rhodes
Business Services Coordinator

Mary started with ECU Dining Services in 2005. She works as the Business Services Coordinator for ECU Dining Services managing the meal plan office and the point-of-sale system. Mary is an ECU alum and her oldest daughter recently graduated from ECU with a BS in Nursing. Mary enjoys spending her spare time in her vegetable garden canning and preserving the bounty. She also enjoys all things Broadway, especially the musical Hamilton.

Neal Bean
Facilities Maintenance Technician (Lead)

Neal started with ECU Dining Services just as the service department was created (2006). He is the Lead Technician of the dining services maintenance department. Neal has a wealth of knowledge of the daily processes throughout all operational aspects of Dining Services. He was raised in the small town of Pelham, North Carolina and loves fishing. hunting and watching North Carolina State University athletics. You can find Neal out on the grounds of ECU, as he does not sit still long.

Ernie Benz
Building Environmental Technician

Ernie began with ECU Dining Services in 2012. As a Building Maintenance Technician, he is responsible for maintenance of the interior and exterior of our dining venues and outdoor patios. Born in Toronto, Ontario Canada, Ernie enjoys watching hockey and going to see the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.  Ernie also enjoys spending time cooking Jamaican food with his family.

Randy Wintsch
Maintenance Mechanic

Randy started with ECU Dining Services in 2018 after spending 15 years in private industry as a field engineering technician.  An eastern North Carolina native, ECU graduate, and veteran, he enjoys spending time outdoors in a variety of activities, from hunting to backpacking, traveling with his wife, and volunteering in his community.

To meet more of the ECU Dining team, visit go.ecu.edu/DiningTeam