Our Family

We are a true family owned and operated organization now in our 4th generation of the Nowak family!  What started back in 1928 continues today - a culture of family first values predicated on treating people with respect and kindness and a dedication to quality food service.


We have operated under the guidance of a diverse board of directors since 1980. Board members oversee Variety’s finances, operations, and strategic planning. At Variety, we embrace a diversity of ideas and cultures and our actions are guided by fairness, honesty, and integrity. We are committed to providing all of our customer’s with excellent service and delicious food !

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John Nowak

President & CEO

John is the third generation of the Nowak family and has been an active member of Variety for over 35 years. John is responsible for the day-to-day operations, customer service, and continued growth for all of Variety’s core services. John succeeded his father Ken in 1997 and his grandfather Norman as past presidents of Variety.

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Larry Nowak

Chief Operating Officer

Larry is also a third generation Nowak family member. He manages all customer service and day-to-day vending operations, being directly responsible for the equipment, operations and customer service of both vending and dining operations.  Larry has been with Variety for over 30 years.

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Jessica Coumans

Human Resources Director

Jessica Coumans is the Human Resources Director responsible for all facets of Human Resources such as Employee Relations, Worker's Compensation, Benefits, Recruiting, and more! She is a essential component in driving employee growth & satisfaction within Variety FoodServices.

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Ken Denomme


Ken is Variety’s controller and has been responsible for overseeing the accounting department, invoicing the accounts on a timely basis, and handling the financial statements for each accounting period.  He has been with us for over 10 years.

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Zach Nowak

Director of Business Development

Zach is a 4th generation Nowak family member and has been working in our sales & marketing department with us since 2018. He currently oversees our business development initiatives and helping us improve our overall products and services.

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Nicole Petterson

Kitchen Operations Director

Nicole is responsible for overseeing the operations at our commissary. These responsibilities include quality control, food safety, product enhancements, and overall operational efficiency. Nicole brings extensive experience and knowledge to our team.

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Jessica Rustoni

District Manager

Jessica is responsible for all facets of our customer success strategy such as; day-to-day customer service, proactively seeking customer feedback, and developing unique plans for each customer to ensure a successful food program.


Damon Kurtz

K-12 Sales Manager

Damon is the K-12 program specialist and he is responsible for new sales development, client relations, customer service, and account retention. Damon has worked with numerous charter school accounts for over 10 years and provides solid food service experience that includes best practices in cafeteria design and menu planning.

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Mike Nowak

Logistics Manager

Mike is our Logistics Manager, and the 4th generation of the Nowak family, managing all of our day-to-day distribution operations.  Mike manages our fleet of drivers and vehicles to ensure the daily successful delivery of all shipments to each client everyday.  Mike also manages our warehouse facility and is responsible for all inbound shipments as well as onsite storage and facility maintenance.

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Keith Cole

School Manager

Keith Cole is the purchasing and warehouse manager for over 10 years and he is responsible for ordering all food, paper, and cleaning supplies as well as any equipment requirements. In addition, he is responsible for managing the warehouse organization, inventory control, and the warehouse employees that load and unload all of our stock.

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Kathy Green

Assistant Controller

Kathy is our Assistant Controller. She graduated Magna Cumme Laude from Oakland University with a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Development. She has spent over 18 years at Variety working as a Counting Room Supervisor, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable & now her current position starting in October 2018.

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Reggie Massey

Route Supervisor

Reggie Massey is Variety’s food expediter and supervises our school drivers. Reggie has over 15 years of food service experience. He manages proper food loading into cambros, paper supplies, and he supervises driver schedules and standards. Reggie ensures on-time deliveries at all schools.

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Shannon McNair

Menu Compliance & Creation Manager

Shannon is an essential component to Variety's menu development & implementation. She ensures all menus meet Federal Meal Pattern Guidelines & meet all necessary dietary restrictions. 

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Russ Nowak

Service Manager

Russ Nowak is active in all aspects of vending operation from warehouse to technical service. He currently assists both vending and the school division as a customer service manager. Russ is another third generation Nowak whose father Don, formerly vice president, handled operations. Russ has been a part of the Variety family for 40 years.

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Rosetta Chapman

Customer Service Representative

Rosetta brings many years of experience working in school food service management. She uses her industry experience to help add value to our school's food service programs.

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Renee Frederick

Customer Service Representative

Renee joined the Variety team as a Customer Service Representative in August 2017. She is a former Food Service Director at a local charter school. She spent a few years as a server at the charter school before transitioning into the Director role. Her past experience helps her excel at her current position as a Customer Service Representative.