WMU News

Brigham and Wiest join service staff

April 12, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University has landed two experienced service professionals for its catering and conferences divisions.

Sarah L. Brigham is the University's new catering manager, replacing Shari Glaser, and Kathleen M. Wiest has replaced Les Roberts as conference supervisor in the Fetzer Center. Both recently began working in their new positions.

Brigham oversees the campus catering department, which employs three managers, six supervisors and some 100 student servers. She comes to WMU from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she had worked since 1998 as catering manager for convention services. In that role, she coordinated sales for private and corporate events, assisting clients from initial site inspection through payment arrangements. Brigham also has experience as an events coordinator for T.S.O. Catering Inc. in Grand Rapids and as a shift leader and service staff member at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich. She earned an associate's degree from Grand Rapids Community College in 1995.

Wiest manages logistics for the Fetzer Center's conference clients, a job that includes oversight of building maintenance, audiovisual equipment and food service. She also manages seven student workers. Before joining the University, Wiest worked for 22 years at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Mich.. From 1985 to 2000, she was the education program coordinator and assistant conference manager there. She earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1982.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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