Our Team

Culinary Excellence

Get to know the culinary team at Wheeling University. See the vast amount of knowledge and talent we have assembled to bring cutting edge and delicious meals to your table each and every day.

Terry Baker


Food Service Director

Phone 304-243-2320

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Terry is excited to be here at Wheeling University! He currently lives in Oakdale, PA with his fiancé Shawnel, child Levia 13, stepchildren, Jayden 11, Aubree 9 and their Alapaha Blueblood bulldog, Buddy. Terry has a Bachelor of Science degree in restaurant management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He has over 20 years in the food and beverage industry working mainly in hotels and contract dining.  In his free time, Terry enjoys spending time with his family and watching all sports, especially golf and tennis.  At age 10 Terry won the local Junior Tennis Tournament for ages 12-14! He is also a HUGE fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.  If you see Terry around campus be sure to introduce yourself and say, Hello!

Mark West

Catering & Retail Manager

Phone 304-243-2285

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Mark has over 44 years of experience in the food and beverage industry! He currently resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife of 32 years, Diane.  Together they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.  Mark enjoys spending quality time with his grandchildren and watching sports.  Mark oversees the coffee shop and catering events on campus.  Feel free to reach out to him with any questions. 

Carl Pesi

Executive Chef

phone 304-243- 2118

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About Donnie

Carl was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia.  He grew up in the home of John and Edna Pesi and attended Wheeling Park High School.  After graduation he left for Philadelphia, PA to pursue music and culinary arts.  There, he worked in numerous restaurants as a cook learning whatever he could to better himself in the culinary world.  Carl worked under master Chef Philippe Chen and Culinary Institute of America graduate Newton Jones practicing French Japanese fusion, as well as continental dining. 

After working as a cook, Carl was given an opportunity by Bahama Breeze as a sous chef in Towson, Maryland.  After the birth of his daughter, he moved back to Wheeling, WV where he continued his culinary career with River City Ale Works, Station Grill and Wheeling Hospital.

Carl has worked in restaurants, healthcare facilities and Universities.  He most recently came from Howard University in Washington, DC to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an executive chef.  His passions are his children, cooking and music.  He is very excited to be apart of the Wheeling University Community. 

Terrie Stradwick

Office Manager

phone 304-243-2301

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Terrie was born and raised in Wheeling, WV, where she currently resides with her husband of 39 years, Kevin.  Together they have two adult children, Torre and Summer.  Terrie has over 20 years of experience and can be found in the Benedum dining room.  When Terrie is not spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoys baking, exercising, shopping and serving God.  What makes Terrie happy is family and the unconditional love of God. 

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