New Staff

Feb. 5, 2019      Dining Room Server: Ayat Abdelgadir

Meet our newest dining server, Ayat Abdelgadir, her name reflecting her Arabic heritage. Her parents immigrated from Khartoum, the capitol of Sudan and its largest city with over five million people. She was born in Philadelphia but moved to Ohio with her family, which includes two younger brothers. She graduated from Dublin Coffman High School and is attending Columbus State as well as working part-time at the Forum. She has worked as a server at Friendship Village Dublin so she already knows a bit about senior citizens. I asked if anyone had ever suggested she should be a model and she admitted that she has indeed done a bit of modeling. She looks much younger than her twenty-one years. She enjoys riding her bike (in better weather) but her real love is travel. She has not only been to Sudan to visit grandparents and cousins, but she has also been to Dubai, Egypt and Germany and visited other relatives. Welcome to the Forum Ayat.


Jan. 30, 2019      Dining Room Server: Jessica Farman

Meet Jessica Farman who began working in our dining room just this noon! She was born in Florida but has moved a lot – first to Indiana and then to high school at Putnam Bay on Lake Erie where there were just seven people in her graduating class. She graduated from the Regency School of Cosmetology in Columbus but didn’t enjoy that work, although she might create still create a style for a friend. Prior to coming to the Forum she worked at La Chatelaine in Worthington. She has a boyfriend here but her brothers and sisters are scattered from Florida, to Indiana, and Arizona. When I asked what she does for fun she introduced me to the whole field of “costuming.” This involves designing a costume that depicts a video game or cartoon character and meeting up with other costumers in conventions in places like Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Jessica says she often begins with thrift shop finds and redesigns them for her character. She showed me hers as “Black Cat” from Spiderman. Sophisticated? Wow!

Jan. 30, 2019      Dining Room Server: Aishat Lawal

Meet Aishat Lawal, who says she was named after her grandmother. She was born in Nigeria and came to the United States with her family when she was fourteen. She has four sisters and is next to the youngest. She is a senior at Mifflin High School and heard about the Forum from her friend Alfreda who is in her AP (Advanced Placement) English class. She also participates in bowling and soccer. She plans to go to college but doesn’t know yet where she is going. Welcome to the Forum Aishat.



Dec. 1, 2018      Dining Room Server:  Shalandra Roy

We met the newest member of the dining room staff at the special Frosty Holiday luncheon today – not a typical lunch but she was handling it like an experienced trooper, which she is. She’s a Columbus native with one brother who graduated from Walnut Ridge High School. She worked for a couple of years on the dining staff at First Community where she knew Chris and Ty. Now she has a full time job in the  Anthem office and has a nine-year-old daughter, but she’s going to be working part-time for the Forum. Look for her at dinner in the evenings and on weekends. She must be a good time manager and it’s no wonder she doesn’t have time for hobbies. Welcome Shalandra.

Oct. 26, 2018       Dining Server: Gabbi Haines

Welcome to Gabbi Haines, our second new dining server this week. This is a girl in a big hurry! She is both a junior at Westland High School and a sophomore at Columbus State. She will graduate high school with an Associate degree from Columbus State also and be ready to enter Ohio State as a junior. She plans to major in neuroscience, then medical school, a residency in surgery, and be a brain surgeon by the age of 33. When I caught my breath from such long range vision, I asked if someone in her family inspired her and was surprised to learn she is the first in her family to attend college. Her parents are supportive and the education is free while she is under eighteen. She has two younger brothers and although she doesn’t have time for many sports activities, she does enjoy photography. She heard about the Forum job from her Westland classmate Jack who has been working here since late July. We’re glad you’re here Gabbi.


Oct. 25, 2018       Dining Server: Chazsady Smith

Our newest server in the dining room is Chazsady Smith. She was born in Cincinnati but has lived in the Columbus area ever since second grade.  She graduated from Bexley High School in  2017 where she was on the volleyball team and still likes to meet up with some of them for a game. It is definitely her favorite sport.  She has had several jobs in fast-food restaurants – Wendys, Taco Bell, Penn Station – but this is her first time waiting tables in a first class dining room and she really likes ours. She heard about the Forum from a friend and says it is worth the twenty-minute drive across town. She lives at home with two younger sisters looking up to her. Welcome to the Forum Chazsady, we’re glad to have you.